Here’s 16-year-old Nicky Hayden leading the AMA 750 Supersport pack into Laguna Seca’s famous Corkscrew in ’98 on his way to his first AMA Pro Roadracing win. Laguna Seca was the third AMA round that season and the following round at Willow Springs, Hayden earned pole positions in both 600 Supersport and 750 Supersport classes, and dominated both classes for a pair of wins.
HyperCycle Suzuki’s Jason Pridmore won 8 of 10 AMA Pro Racing 750 Supersport races in ’97 to earn the championship and the #1 plate for the ’98 season. Here, Pridmore is leading teammate Nicky Hayden and the rest of the field into Turn 2 at Sears Point International Raceway.
Nicky Hayden leads factory Yoshimura Suzuki Superbike racer Aaron Yates – and everyone else -- on the final lap of the 600 Supersport race at Las Vegas, the final round of the ’98 race season. Hayden out-braked Yates into Turn 4, where the majority of passing is done, but Yates found one more opportunity and re-passed Hayden before the final run through the banking, and earned the win.
Nicky Hayden, celebrating his first AMA Pro Roadracing win at Laguna Seca in ’98 on his HyperCycle Suzuki GSX-R750. HyperCycle signed Hayden to his first professional roadracing contract when few had heard of the talented young kid from Kentucky.
Nicky Hayden, wheelying his HyperCycle Suzuki GSX-R750 over the blind rise into the fast, downhill Carousel at Sears Point International Raceway on his way to another victory in the 750 Supersport race.
Here’s the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R750 Supersport bike that Carry Andrew built for Miguel DuHamel in ’90. DuHamel won the 750 Supersport race at the Road Atlanta round.
HyperCycle’s Carry Andrew and Wendell Phillips (future owner/operator of Lockhart-Phillips) teamed up to win a 4-Hour endurance race at Sears Point International Raceway in ’77 on a Honda SOHC CB750-powered, custom-framed “Japuto” race bike.
Carry Andrew leaning against “Yancy,” his Kawasaki KZ1000 Superbike, in the Laguna Seca paddock in ’80, the year that he scored an impressive 5th-place finish in the Superbike class, in a field with over 10 factory Superbikes and a hungry pack of fast privateers.