Hayes tops Infineon Superbike grid despite crash


Hayes tops Infineon Superbike grid despite crash

May 14, 2011 MOTORSPORTS PAGEJohn Crowley

SONOMA -- Josh Hayes showed a rare moment of vulnerability Saturday in final qualifying for the AMA American Superbike main event at Infineon Raceway. Shortly after claiming the pole with a lap of 1 minute, 35.717 seconds, the reigning series champion crashed in Turn 4 -- sending his Yamaha R1 cartwheeling into the grass and bringing his session to a dramatic end.

Perhaps Hayes, who said earlier in the week that his strategy was to lead every lap of every session at the 12-turn wine-country road course, was trying to eclipse his pole-winning time from last year (1:36.711). In 2009 he swept the AMA Northern Cal event to launch his first championship-winning season.

"Quite honestly, I don't know, I went down into Turn 4 there, broke kinda early, turned it in and I kinda lost the front," Hayes said.

"It was the longest, slowest crash ... about in the middle of it, I was like, 'I think I'm going to crash.' And the next thing I know I'm sliding down the pavement. Unfortunately, it tore the bike up a little bit."

Hayes was OK after the tumble and tried to ride his bike back to the pits but the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha required a lift from the crashtruck.

Despite the setback, Hayes was unconcerned.

He'll start No. 1 on the front row alongside Suzuki's Tommy Hayden (1:36.171), who qualified second, fellow Suzuki GSX-R1000 rider Blake Young (1:36.829) and Petaluma's Ben Bostrom (1:36.845), riding for Jordan Suzuki.

"We're pretty confident," Hayes said. "We've been in this position before. (The temperature) was pretty cool this morning, but the bike worked well, things were hooked up, I found some good clean racetrack to work with, which is a big help around here."

Counting last year's tandem-victory (AMA hosts main events on Saturday and Sunday), Hayes has won three of the last four AMA Pro Road Racing SuperBike on the 2.32-mile road course.

"I just feel like we're back where we were last year," Hayes said. "We're still going to look and see if we can make some improvements, but we're pretty confident with what we have."

Lafayette native Steve Rapp will start fifth on his BMW S1000.

In Daytona Sportbike qualifying, Jason DiSalvo (Ducati 848) topped the field with a lap of 1:39.257, followed by Josh Herrin (Yamaha YXF-R61:39.383), Jake Holden (Ducati1:39.444) and Danny Eslick (Suzuki GXX-R6001:40.182).

Benny Solis (Honday CBR600RR1:42.413) and David Gaviria (Yamaha YZF-Rg1:43.265 were 1-2 in AMA Pro SuperSport qualifying.

Injury report: Tartt returns to full practice for 49ers

Injury report: Tartt returns to full practice for 49ers

SANTA CLARA – Safety Jaquiski Tartt took part in full practice for the 49ers on Thursday, while wide receiver Torrey Smith and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey were limited.

Running back Carlos Hyde is the only 49ers player who did not participate in practice. He will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But it appears everyone else on the 49ers has a strong chance to be available.

Cornerback Rashard Robinson was cleared for limited non-contact football activity as he advances through the NFL’s return-to-play concussion protocol. Jimmie Ward, who missed the past three games due to a quadriceps strain, saw his second day of full work.

Tartt missed last week’s game with a quadriceps injury. After limited work on Wednesday, he was cleared for a full return on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Joshua Garnett (foot), Robinson, Dorsey (knee) and Smith (back) saw limited practice.

The Buccaneers do not expect to have running back Doug Martin available for Sunday’s game. Martin (hamstring) sustained a setback, according to coach Dirk Koetter.

49ers participation report
Did not participate
RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder)

DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
G Joshua Garnett (foot)
CB Rashard Robinson (concussion)
WR Torrey Smith (back)

Full participation
DT Arik Armstead (shoulder)
G Zane Beadles (ankle)
DT DeForest Buckner (foot)
DT Quinton Dial (knee)
QB Blaine Gabbert (back)
WR Jeremy Kerley (ankle)
TE Vance McDonald (hip)
S Jaquiski Tartt (quadricep)
CB Jimmie Ward (quadricep)

Buccaneers participation report
Did not participate
DE Robert Ayers (ankle)
RB Doug Martin (hamstring)

CB Jude Adjei-Barimah (knee)
DT Gerald McCoy (calf)
DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring)

Full participation
C Joe Hawley (knee)
WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring)
TE Luke Stocker (ankle)

Injury report: Murray rebounds well after return to Raiders practice

Injury report: Murray rebounds well after return to Raiders practice

ALAMEDA – Latavius Murray will spend this practice week testing himself to see if he can play after a debilitating bout of turf toe sidelined him the last two games.

He returned to action on a limited basis for Wednesday’s practice, and needed to respond and rebound well to continue his quest back to the playing field.

Early returns have been positive.

"I think he got a handful of plays out there (on Wednesday)," offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said before Thursday’s practice. "I think he’s looking to get better each and every day and hopefully it’s good enough by the time the next game arrives."

Murray practiced a second straight day on Thursday, strengthening his case to play against the Jaguars. That’s extremely likely, barring a setback.

That would certainly strengthen a Raiders running game that has slumped the past few weeks.

“Latavius has his own skill set,” Musgrave said. “Had some explosive runs for us last year. We’ll look forward to getting him back at some point. Hopefully it’s this week.”

Right tackle Menelik Watson practiced for a second straight day and seems in line to re-claim his starting spot against Jacksonville.

Special teams player Brynden Trawick and offensive lineman Vadal Alexander remain out.

It’s possible that Perry Riley will start at middle linebacker over rookie Cory James on Sunday.

Check back for complete participation reports for the Raiders and Jaguars.