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Yamaha Road Racers Strong at Road Atlanta

Monday, April 19th, 2010
Team Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes Road Atlanta 2010

Team Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes Road Atlanta 2010

Yamaha R6′s and R1′s raced to two wins and six other podium finishes in a hard-fought third round of the 2010 AMA Superbike series at Road Atlanta in Georgia on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18. J.D. Beach led a swarm of YZF-R6s that swept the SuperSport podium on both days, while on Sunday Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes finished second in the premier Superbike race on his YZF-R1 and teammate Josh Herrin also took second in an especially competitive Pro Daytona SportBike race on his R6. After the weekend, Hayes now lies fourth in Superbike points, Herrin leads Daytona SportBike, and Beach sits second in SuperSport points (with fellow R6 pilot Cameron Beaubier in first).
Saturday’s Superbike and Daytona SportBike contests threw plenty of challenges at the Graves Yamaha squad. In Superbike, a fantastic ride earned Hayes the win, but he later received a time penalty that demoted him from the winner’s circle to sixth place – along with a corresponding loss of points. Herrin experienced a another challenge, battling as high as third before running off the track and winding up only eighth at the finish. Nevertheless, the R6s of Dane Westby, Tommy Aquino, Clinton Seller and Herrin still occupied four of the top eight positions overall.
The mark of a great team is its ability to rebound, and the Graves crew did just that on Sunday. In Superbike, Hayes and rival Blake Young smoked the rest of the field throughout the entire race. Though Young eventually prevailed, Hayes finished just 0.136 sec. behind. Then in the second Daytona SportBike race, less than two seconds cloaked the first eight riders. Herrin, Martin Cardenas, Steve Rapp and Cory West all took turns in front – only to slip back as the pack surged. On the last crazy lap, Herrin raced from fifth to second in an astonishing charge, taking the flag just behind Cardenas. “Both Joshes rode with a lot of heart today,” said Yamaha road race team manager Tom Halverson. “Josh Herrin fought hard to the bitter end, and Josh Hayes put yesterday’s disappointment behind him to get right up front again and fight for the win.”
2010 AMA Superbike Points 4/18/10

Pos. Rider Points
1 Jake Zemke 145
2 Tommy Hayden 141
3 Blake Young 130
4 Josh Hayes – Yamaha 107
5 Larry Pegram 92
2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Points 4/18/10

Pos. Rider Points
1 Josh Herrin – Yamaha 117
2 Danny Eslick 111
3 Martin Cardenas 103
4 Cory West 91
5 Dane Westby – Yamaha 90

Graves Motorsports- ROUND #2 BRIDGESTONE/WERA NATIONAL ENDURANCE

Monday, April 19th, 2010
Graves Motorsports Talladega WERA Racing

Graves Motorsports Talladega WERA Racing 2010

Graves Motorsports- ROUND #2 BRIDGESTONE/WERA NATIONAL ENDURANCE, MICHELIN NATIONAL SPRINTS AND PIRELLI SPORTSMAN

(April 9-11, 2010) From the challenging 1.4 mile Talladega Gran Prix in Alabama WERA welcomed the 2010 Bridgestone/WERA National Endurance and the 2010 Michelin/WERA National Sprints. Mother Nature decided that she was happy the series was coming and gave us some of the most wonderful weather we have seen all year. The riders felt all the good vibes and the ambulance never left its parking spot all three days!

On Friday qualifying for the 600cc WERA Superstock Class saw the young riders put down some great times. At the end of the session Garrett Gerloff with a 57.98; next came Graves Motorsports’ Benny Solis, Jr. with a 58.05, then James Dellinger with a 58.88 and Hayden Gillim with a 58.97 the rest of the field was in the high 59s and it looked to be a good race on Sunday.

Saturday the Bridgestone/WERA National Endurance took to the technical track for four hours of non-stop racing. The #7 Zyvax Team on their Graves Motorsports supported Yamaha R6 with riders Dane Westby and Clinton Seller took the win over team mates Ben Bostrom and Chris Clark on their Zyvax #3 Graves Motorsports supported Yamaha R1. Third on the podium was the Hooters/Apex Racing team on their Suzuki 1000 with Tim Hunt, Opie Caylor and Skip Salenius on board. The Lightweight Superbike win went to #27 Team Kinetic on their Suzuki SV650 with riders Chris Parrish, Rob Turner, Mike Wischmeyer and Gill Cutchen. The trophy class was won by #888 V7 All Stars on their Honda 600 with riders Ken Johnson, Scott Lindsay and Barry Pailes.

The action continued in the 600cc Superstock Class with an epic battle between the young guns of JD Beach, Garrett Gerloff, Graves Motorsports 15 year old rider Benny Solis, Jr., Jimmy Merck, Jake Morman, Hayden Gillim, Payton Sassaman and the rest of the field. Beach held the lead for the 16 lap race with Solis and Gerloff right on his tail section. In a last lap attempt to pass the leader Solis and Beach touched and Solis went down. Beach was able to recoup and get back on the track to take the win at the line from Gerloff who sat in the cat bird seat. Solis was fine and would compete later in the day. Gerloff came back to take his win in the 600 Superbike Class with Merck and Solis, Jr. rounding out the podium.

To see all the results from this weekend?s events go to www.wera.com and to see the action register at Motoconnect.net and then watch Motoconnect.tv next week to see all this great action.

Round #3 will be May 22/23 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT. Miller Motorsports Park will host the Friday practice for this round. Graves Motorsports will be on hand for this and all WERA events in 2010. See Graves Motorsports WORKS parts technician Weston Gleave trackside at each event supporting riders that use Graves Motorsports championship winning Yamaha R1, Yamaha R6 parts and accessories. For more information on Team Zyvax visitwww.zyvaxracing.com . To view the entire assortment of Graves Motorsports championship winning sport bike parts visit www.gravesport.com

Graves Motorsports WERA Endurance Racing 2010 Round 1 Race Report

Monday, April 19th, 2010
Graves Motorsports WERA Racing

Graves Motorsports WERA Team Zyvax Racing

Kennesaw, Georgia (March 16th, 2010)- Graves Motorsports showed up to WERA’s first endurance racing event of 2010 this past weekend with a dynamic trackside presence of riders, teams and technical support staff.

Team Zyvax fresh from the recent signing of Ben Bostrom and Chris Clark to ride Graves Motorsports supported Yamaha R1 race bikes in the WERA series, wasted no time placing themselves on the podium’s top step! Ben and Chris performed flawlessly; the pair of riders brought the Team Zyvax Yamaha R1 to a commanding 9 lap lead by the end of the 4 hour endurance race to take the victory! In a notable appearance, Zyvax Yamaha R6 riders Dane Westby and Clinton Seller came through for a 3rd place finish after the riders moved to a backup bike early in the race.
Benny “Benito” Solis on his Graves Motorsports Yamaha R6 fought a hard battle with a five rider pack for 12 laps, finishing in 1st place. This was the 16 year old rider’s season opener as a Team Graves Motorsports rider! Benny will be racing at all of the 2010 WERA rounds on the Graves Motorsports YZF-R6.
WERA Racing’s next round resumes April 10-11, 2010 at the Talladega Gran Prix Raceway in Munford, Alabama.
The same parts, accessories and equipment used on all Graves Motorsports race bikes can be purchased through Graves Motorsports directly at www.gravesport.com or through your local Yamaha dealership. Qualifying racers can obtain WORKS parts access by contacting Graves’ in house WORKS parts specialist Weston Gleave at weston@gravesport.com. Weston will be on hand at all WERA rounds to insure that Graves Motorsports customers receive FACTORY level support.
References: www.gravesport.com / www.teamzyvax.com / www.yamaha-motor.com

Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Herrin Takes Daytona SportBike Win at Fontana

Monday, April 19th, 2010
Josh Herrin Fontana AMA Racing

Josh Herrin Takes the Win for Team Graves Yamaha

Led by Daytona 200 winner Josh Herrin, Yamaha racers took three wins and six more podium positions at the second round of the 2010 AMA Superbike series in Fontana, Calif. on March 27-28. Aboard his Team Graves YZF-R6, on Sunday Herrin won the Pro Daytona SportBike race, while teammate Josh Hayes placed second on his YZF-R1 in Sunday’s premier Superbike contest. The awesome finishes put Herrin in command of the Daytona SportBike title fight, while Hayes now lies fourth in American Superbike. Adding to the blue-and-white successes, privateer Joey Pascarella led R6 podium sweeps in both Pro SuperSport rounds over the weekend, giving Yamaha a stronghold in that series as well.
Saturday’s Superbike event was challenged by strong wind gusts that had riders battling to hold their lines in some places. Hayes started only sixth – the result of a canceled qualifying session – but he nonetheless advanced almost to the podium in fourth. The Yamaha star further improved matters on Sunday by grabbing the lead early in the 21-lap Superbike race ahead of rivals Larry Pegram and Tommy Hayden. Pegram soon retook the lead, but crashed just before the halfway point, handing control of the race back to Hayes. Working hard to maintain the lead, Hayes eventually used up his tires and an aggressive Hayden drove past, leaving the R1 pilot with a hard-fought second place.
In Daytona SportBike, Herrin started the weekend with a fourth-place finish on Saturday, then returned to notch his second Daytona SportBike win of the season on Sunday. He swapped positions with rival Danny Eslick beginning early in the race, and eventually used the same focus that earned him his first Daytona 200 title to snatch victory right before the checkered flag. “Josh knew he could win here, but he got in too much of a hurry in Saturday’s race,” said Yamaha Road Race team manager Tom Halverson. “On Sunday he was patient and sat behind Eslick for the entire race, measured him well and then made up his mind where to make his move.”
Race Winning Sport Bike Parts, Accessories and Tuning Products from Graves Motorsports  www.gravesport.com

Superbike Results: Race 1
1 Larry Pegram
2 Jake Zemke
3 Aaron Yates
4 Josh Hayes – YAM
5 Blake Young
6 Tommy Hayden
7 John Hopkins
8 Ben Bostrom – YAM
9 Chris Ulrich
10 David Anthony
Superbike Results: Race 2
1 Tommy Hayden
2 Josh Hayes – YAM
3 Blake Young
4 Jake Zemke
5 John Hopkins
6 Ben Bostrom – YAM
7 Brett McCormick
8 Chris Ulrich
9 Taylor Knapp
10 David Anthony
Standings After 4 of 19
1  Jake Zemke 106
2  Tommy Hayden 95
3  Larry Pegram 70
4  Josh Hayes – YAM 67
5  Blake Young 67
6  Aaron Yates 59
7  Ben Bostrom – YAM 52
8  Chris Ulrich 49
9  Tom Kipp 45
10  Brett McCormick 37
Daytona Sportbike Results: Race 1
1 Martin Cardenas
2 Danny Eslick
3 Dane Westby – YAM
4 Josh Herrin – YAM
5 Cory West
6 Tommy Aquino – YAM
7 Steve Rapp
8 Chris Fillmore
9 Bobby Fong
10 Clinton Seller – YAM
Daytona Sportbike Results: Race 2
1 Josh Herrin – YAM
2 Danny Eslick
3 Steve Rapp
4 Dane Westby – YAM
5 Bobby Fong
6 Tommy Aquino – YAM
7 Cory West
8 Chris Fillmore
9 Clinton Seller – YAM
10 Martin Cardenas
Standings After 2 of 11
1  Josh Herrin – YAM 79
2  Danny Eslick 71
3  Dane Westby – YAM 64
4  Steve Rapp 56
5  Cory West 45
6  Martin Cardenas 42
7  Bobby Fong 36
8  Shawn Higbee 33
9  Tommy Aquino – YAM 30
10  Chris Fillmore 26