History tends to favor the Fogartys, the Doohans, and the Mladins—riders who repeatedly stamp their name on a particular championship trophy. It looks like we can add Josh Hayes’ name to the repeat-winner list, as he is currently in the midst of creating a dynasty of his own in the AMA Pro Racing SuperBike Championship. Armed with his Graves Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1, Hayes completed a three-peat in 2012, winning 16 races along the way to claiming his third consecutive SuperBike title. Hayes has single-handedly stopped the Yoshimura Suzuki freight train that won 10 AMA Superbike championships between 1999 and 2009 (not consecutive because some kid named Nicky Hayden, riding for Honda, spoiled the party in 2002), establishing a new pecking order in the AMA Pro Racing paddock.
Hayes’ dominant SuperBike performance earned him a wildcard spot in MotoGP in 2011 during the final round at Valencia, where he finished an impressive seventh place. Could MotoGP come calling again? Never say never, but Hayes is cursed with having started racing late. The man from Gulfport, Mississippi, has achieved his racing success despite never having ridden a bike on a track until after high school. Really only one question remains: How many more championship trophies will he stack on his shelf before someone can step in and stop him? We wouldn't bet against him adding a fourth to his collection in 2013.