Hayes, Lopez Star In Suzuki Cup Finals
Published: October 18, 1998
Teammates Josh Hayes and Grant Lopez starred in the Suzuki Cup Finals held as part of the WERA Grand National Finals at Road Atlanta, taking five of nine available podium finishes in the three Suzuki Cup races for Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki.
Hayes and his GSXR1100 fended off a strong challenge from retiring teammate Tray Batey and his borrowed TL1000R in the GSXR1100/TL1000R Suzuki Cup Final, the pair trading the lead until Batey crashed out and Hayes cruised to victory.
In the GSXR600 Suzuki Cup Final, Hayes dominated, jumping out front and pulling away to a 6.89-second margin of victory. Lopez, meanwhile, came from behind to move into second, onto to be passed in the final few turns of the last lap and crossing the finish line a close third.
In the GSXR750 Suzuki Cup Final, Hayes traded the lead in a tight race and finished a very close second, with Lopez third.