News 6 Nov 2019
Hayes hopeful unpredictable triple crown will boost title chances
Serco Yamaha rider back to full fitness ahead of Wollongong.
American import Jacob Hayes is hopeful the triple crown format that’s set to be rolled out at the next three rounds of the Australian Supercross Championship will boost his title chances, the unpredictable style of racing serving an opportunity for him to regain points after crashing out of Port Adelaide’s second stop.
The Serco Yamaha rider, who won the season-opener in Brisbane, had his title chances damaged in South Australia when suffered a concussion in the early stages of the main event saw him record a zero point score for the round.
Still in the title hunt as the series heads to Wollongong this Saturday for round three, Hayes sits 17 points leader and teammate Aaron Tanti (Serco Yamaha) in seventh position.
“There are no lingering side effects from it, I just banged myself up,” Hayes explained to MotoOnline.com.au. “I was able to take the week off and get back to it – I feel completely normal on the bike.
“From my understanding, we have the triple crown format for the next three rounds – with that, anything can happen, so I’m just going to do what I was always planning to do at every round – get good starts, be up front and give myself a chance to go for the win.
“I want to finish the season strong, and whatever happens, happens. I’m not out of the title yet, and it’s definitely a long shot after not scoring points at round two, but I’m going to come out swinging in the next three rounds and see where I end up.”
This weekend’s third round of the Australian Supercross Championship will run alongside the Australian Motorcycle Festival, which will take place at Lang Park on 9-10 November.