Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
Graves Motorsports R1 Brakeline Kit
Graves Motorsports Yamaha R6 stainless steel brake line kits are manufactured from the finest materials and deliver vastly improved performance over stock brake lines. This kit includes front and rear lines to completely setup your 2006-2010 Yamaha R6.
This 4 line kits is the exact setup used on the Team Graves Yamaha factory and associate team race bikes and is assembled in house by our trained race staff. The unique front assembly utilizes a “T” fitting to properly align all components and to maintain the high standards of fitment you’ve come to expect from Graves Motorsports products.
- Hose features a tighter black wrap and a higher wire count than competing brands, which correlates into improved brake lever sensitivity and dramatically reduced stopping distances.
- Black PVC cover protects the lines and other components from abrasion and provides an attractive look.
- PTFE liner is compatible with all brake and clutch fluids.
- Comes with stainless steel banjo bolt, washers, pre installed sleeve wrap and “T” junction (to join the front lines together).
Fitment: Yamaha R1 2006-2010
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
Graves Motorsports Products Win Laguna
Veteran rider Ben Bostrom won both the pole and the race at the seventh round of the 2010 AMA Superbike season in Monterey, Calif. on Sunday, July 25. In front of a huge MotoGP crowd, the popular Californian set fast time to win the pole on his Pat Clark Motorsports (Graves Motorsports backed) YZF-R1 on Saturday, then chased Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes aboard another R1 for most of the race on Sunday. Bostrom captured the lead for good on the 15th of 23 laps, before he and Hayes pulled away for a fantastic 1-2 finish, the first Superbike win for Yamaha at Laguna Seca and Bostrom’s first Superbike win since 2004. In the weekend’s other races, Yamaha R6s swept the podium in SuperSport while Clinton Seller and Tommy Aquino finished third and fourth, respectively, in Daytona SportBike.
Bostrom is no stranger to pressure-cooker competition or to Laguna Seca, the undulating track with its famous Corkscrew freefall that Yamaha helps support. Variable weather patterns – foggy mornings and sunny afternoons – meant getting chassis setups right was crucial, and Bostrom and crew chief Robbie Petersen nailed it for Saturday qualifying, with BBoz posting a time nearly quick enough to put his R1 on the MotoGP grid, with Hayes just 0.2 sec. behind. Then things got crazy at the start of Sunday’s Superbike race, with Bostrom hot-shoeing it into Turn 2 alongside Hayes, emerging with the lead, and then dropping back a few positions after running wide in the Corkscrew and motocrossing through the dirt.
The consummate moment for BBoz came in Turn 5 on lap 15, when he got underneath Hayes for the lead – and then defended it beautifully with a handful of blistering laps before the flag. “Every time I ride into this track, it reminds me of home,” Bostrom grinned afterwards. “I love the fog and when I can ride up here and see the blue sky start to break through, it makes me happy – and a happy rider rides well.” Yamaha road race team manager Tom Halverson added, “It was a nice closing for Yamaha to follow up the MotoGP win with a Superbike win, especially since Yamaha has committed to sponsor this event for the next few years.”
|2010 AMA Superbike Points
||Josh Hayes – Yamaha
||Ben Bostrom – Yamaha
|2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Points
||Josh Herrin – Yamaha
Friday, July 23rd, 2010
Graves Prepped Yamaha R1
Cypress California, July 21, 2010 – The stars of the MotoGP World Championship made their way to California this week. They’re headed for Laguna Seca, of course, but on Tuesday you could not have been blamed for thinking the race would be held in Burbank.
The suburb north of LA is normally home to a lot of television and film production and star sightings are commonplace, but on Tuesday it was teeming with motorcycle racers… Fiat Yamaha’s championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha riders Ben Spies and Colin Edwards; Yamaha legends Kenny Roberts Sr., Eddie Lawson, and Wayne Rainey – even AMA Superbike championship leader Josh Hayes and Ben Bostrom were all spotted in the nondescript warehouse district near Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport – not a typical transfer point on the way to Laguna Seca.
But avid motorcyclists know that Burbank is also the location of Jay Leno’s famous ‘Big Dog Garage.’ Leno, host of the Tonight Show, is a member of the AMA Hall of Fame. His garage (actually a 70,000 sq. ft. complex with several full time employees) houses over 200 motorcycles and cars – ranging from pioneer motorcycles like his 1918 Pope to an 800-horsepower ‘Ecojet’ car tuned to run on recycled cooking oil. It’s definitely a garage and not just a collection, since virtually every vehicle is licensed and insured; Jay rides and drives all of them.
The latest addition to Jay’s fleet is fast and exotic, even by his standards – an ex-Eric Bostrom AMA Superbike.
“Last Fall, Jay auctioned off a custom Star V-Max to benefit Bailey’s Cafe, a charity that we both support,” said Bob Starr. “We were thrilled with the results of that auction; it benefitted a very worthy cause. But we realized that when he sold his V-Max, it left him without a Yamaha in the garage.”
“We wanted to make sure that Jay had a unique bike, that reflects his uniquely effective role as an ambassador for our sport,” Starr continued. “This R1 Superbike is not something that can be purchased at any price. It is virtually as-ridden by Eric. We put it into storage at the end of the 2008 season. We just asked Chuck Graves of Graves Motorsports to go through it and make sure it was ready to ride again.” The bike was a surprise gift for Leno, who thought he’d only agreed to host a dinner for Yamaha’s MotoGP riders.
It was hard to tell who was more star-struck. Jay and his garage staff met a ‘who’s who’ of Yamaha racing history. But even legends like Eddie Lawson do a double-take when they see the scope of Jay’s garage and workshop. “There are so many vehicles in here,” said Lawson, “that are just works of art.”
Since all his bikes get ridden, it will be up to garage manager Bernard Juchli to find a place to hang a license plate on this factory superbike. When we asked Bernard how he’d manage to register it, he smiled and replied, “I can’t reveal that.”
The job of going through the ultra-trick R1 fell to Team Yamaha’s Chuck Graves. Graves made a few concessions to making the bike ‘streetable’; swapping the Magneti Marelli ECU for a YEC unit, and the race dash for one with a speedometer. But the engine internals, fork, swingarm and more are pure factory unobtanium. “This bike was built before we homologated parts,” said Graves, “so really, a lot of these components just aren’t for sale, at any price.”
In all, over 100 of Yamaha’s ‘friends and family,’ and representatives from Dorna and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, attended the event, which included a great meal prepared by none other than Yamaha-USA’s own racing boss Keith McCarty. Tim Collins of Alpinestars presented Jay with a custom set of leathers to match the bike, and Troy Lee added a fantastic custom-painted Arai helmet, which included signatures and elements from the designs used by the legends and MotoGP riders at the dinner.
When he posed for photos with Lorenzo, Spies, and Edwards he quipped, “Yeah, this is great – I love being the slowest guy in the room.”
After dinner, as the event wound down, the riders prepared to travel up the coast to Laguna Seca and Jay – who works
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Yamaha racers had a perfect day at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday, July 17, finishing 1-2 in the AMA Superbike race, winning the Daytona SportBike race and sweeping all three podium positions in SuperSport. As they have done twice before this season, Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes and Pat Clark Motorsports’ Ben Bostrom rode their YZF-R1s to first and second in the opening round of the weekend’s two Superbike races, while Graves’ Josh Herrin won the Daytona SportBike race aboard his YZF-R6. And in SuperSport, R6-mounted J.D. Beach and Cameron Beaubier went 1-2 on Saturday, with Yamaha improving on that to finish 1-2-3-4 on Sunday under the command of Beach, Beaubier, Tomas Puerta and Huntley Nash, respectively. Yamahas now lead all three championships, with Hayes ahead in Superbike, Herrin ahead in Daytona SportBike, and Beach leading SuperSport.
Despite a scary crash in Superbike qualifying that resulted in an injured thumb, the tenacious Bostrom qualified third behind Hayes and rival Tommy Hayden. He and Hayes attacked hard in Saturday’s Superbike race, leading each of the 21 laps to nearly a photo finish, with Bostrom just 0.219 sec. behind Hayes at the flag. The pair went on to finish Sunday’s race with Hayes second and Bostrom in fourth, his thumb too traumatized for him to go any faster. “Ben is a talented rider and he can dig deep, that’s for sure,” praised Yamaha road race team manager Tom Halverson. “As for the championship, it’s going to be a fight for Josh Hayes for the rest of the year. He’s strong and happy with the bike, and is completely ready for it. He is riding like a champion right now.”
Josh Herrin had to work hard for his Daytona SportBike win on Saturday, spurring his R6 to the front on the final lap. But it still wasn’t over, as Herrin had to defend against rivals Bobby Fong and Martin Cardenas, ultimately winning by just 0.045 sec. Graves teammate Tommy Aquino was fifth aboard another R6. At the conclusion of Saturday’s race Herrin had a comfortable 30-point advantage over Danny Eslick in the championship. But things can turn quickly in racing, and that’s exactly what happened on the last lap of Sunday’s race two. While running second, the back end snaked wide on Herrin under braking, bike and rider parted company, and the R6 cart-wheeled spectacularly. But Herrin ran to the still-rideable R6, now minus a windscreen and handlebar, and finished the race—and thus managed to leave Ohio with the points lead. “Josh has really developed into a mature racer,” Halverson added. “He hasn’t made a mistake in quite a while, and it was great to see him recover from this one and get back on track.”
2010 AMA Superbike Points 7/18/10
1. Josh Hayes – Team Graves Yamaha 285
2. Tommy Hayden 281
3. Jake Zemke 245
4. Larry Pegram 209
5. Blake Young 197
2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Points 7/18/10
1. Josh Herrin – Team Graves Yamaha 249
2. Danny Eslick 247
3. Martin Cardenas 222
4. Steve Rapp 190
5. Cory West 164
Saturday, July 10th, 2010
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Saturday, July 10th, 2010
Graves Motorsports R1 Case Covers
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Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
Kennesaw, Georgia, July 6, 2010 – Team Zyvax created their own fireworks on the track during the 4th of July WERA Endurance weekend races at Grattan Raceway in Belding, MI. Despite the big power of the team’s Yamaha R1, the little brother Yamaha R6 stood out as the champion in all out lap times during the shortened endurance race.
Perfect weather and perfectly prepped bikes and riders could not outweigh the less than perfect track conditions at Grattan Raceway last weekend. Track surface issues and resulting clean-up efforts caused cancelled practices on Friday and a shortened endurance race on Saturday.
Taking it all in stride, guest rider Jason Disalvo with team riders Dane Westby and Clinton Seller put in careful but lightning quick laps on their Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports prepped Yamaha R6. With the help of his uncatchable R6, Westby bought his team an early thirty-seven second lead and set the pace with the fastest lap time of the race. Despite poor track conditions, Westby was a full second quicker than the fastest lap of the same race in 2009 set by Tray Batey.
“I just went crazy from the beginning; flying off the jump, landing at the apex and flicking it in,” said Westby after his first stint, referencing the famous Grattan Jump. He also commented on the track saying, “It was getting better each lap. Turn three was okay if you stayed way inside and turn two is still a little sketchy.”
Ben Bostrom and Chris Clark astride their Graves Motorsports prepped / Team Zyvax Yamaha R1 had their work cut out for them. Both Zyvax R1 riders were new to Grattan Raceway and they too were forced to deal with the loss of track time. Even more challenging was hooking up the more powerful R1. Bostrom and Clark had to adapt to track conditions and work hard to get horsepower to the track. “The R6 has loads of grip!” said a slightly envious Bostrom at the end of his first stint, “Dane just left me! But I was having so much fun learning each hole on the track. It got more exciting every lap.”
Former AMA Champion Kurtis Roberts’ scheduled guest ride with Bostrom and Clark was shelved by the shortened race, forcing the team to adjust their race strategy. Unfortunately the adjusted strategy left Roberts without a stint in the race.
Team Zyvax marked the halfway point of the season at Grattan by solidifying the first place championship positions of both the R1 and the R6 in their respective classes. In overall championship points the Zyvax Teams are first and second with the R1 holding a narrow four point spread over the R6.
“What a race!” exclaimed ecstatic team owner JB Layman, “The little R6 finished on top over the big R1. The riders adapted to the changing track conditions and were able to get the most out of the bikes. This is our team’s best performance so far.”
Team Zyvax is sponsored by Zyvax, Inc., Graves Motorsports and Dunlop. Check out www.teamzyvax.com for team news and details.
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