"I had three race weekends in a row where I had a crash over 120 miles an hour," Hayes said after earning pole position. "If that's not proof that you're trying hard then I don't really know what is. I'm such a lucky guy that I'm still doing this. I've been in this paddock... Roger (Hayden) and I came into AMA Pro Racing at the same time. We've been here a long time and we're still here. I think we're both still having a great time and love racing motorcycles. More proof of that is, I couldn't believe it, I was talking to my crew chief, I'm like, 'man, I'm really nervous about a 15-minute qualifying session.' It's been a lot of years. I can't think of a time that I haven't been competitive at the front and I still get nervous because I want to make sure that I do my part and that I'm able to repeat and continue what I've doing. When you've got good competition it's easy to get nervous like that. It's a good feeling. It keeps it fun."