Archive for August, 2010

 

CORY WEST AND HIS GRAVES MOTORSPORTS EQUIPPED VESRAH SUZUKI GSX-R 600 CHALLENGE FOR THE WIN IN DAYTONA SPORTBIKE RACE 2 AT VIR

Thursday, August 19th, 2010
Graves Motorsports Suzuki GSXR Exhaust Systems

Graves Motorsports GSX-R Exhausts

Graves Motorsports is offering a 20% off discount coupon on all Suzuki exhaust systems in honor of Vesrah’s accomplishments on bikes equipped with Graves Motorsports motorcycle products. To take advantage of this offer, go to the all-new www.GRAVESPORT.com , then select your desired exhaust and enter coupon code: vesrah20 into the coupon box (located at the bottom of the checkout page). The 20% off savings will automatically be applied. This offer is valid for a limited time and to retail customers only.

Thanks for the business and congrats Vesrah and Corey! – Graves Motorsports

The following is a Press Release from Vesrah Suzuki on the VIR race:

After showing that he could run up front in Race 1 on Saturday Cory West backed it up by running with the lead group and challenging for the win in Daytona Sportbike Race 2 on Sunday during the Suzuki White Lightning AMA Pro Nationals Presented by Foremost Insurance at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA. After passing for the lead going into turn 1 on the final lap Cory was knocked off the track by a competitor ruining his chance to take his first AMA Pro racing victory. He recovered from his off track excursion to finish in 7th place and continues to hold onto 5th place in the season championship.

Chris Fillmore had a rough time again on Sunday with a crash early in the race. Chris is now tied for 9th place in the standings. Nick Hansen rode for the team for the second time this season in the Supersport class and came away with a top 10 result in Race 1 on Saturday and was looking for another top 10 in Race 2 on Sunday when he crashed out of the race.

Mark Junge – Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki

“I’m glad to get back to tracks where the team has past experience and is able to show that we can run up front. Cory did an awesome job this weekend and Nick got a top ten result in only his 2nd AMA Pro racing Supersport event. Chris had an off weekend as he was not feeling well but will be ready for New Jersey. Thanks to all of my crew for the effort put in this weekend.”

Cory West – Vesrah Suzuki #57

“I was determined to redeem myself today! We had a red flag come out early in the race because of some sprinkles but I was running in 3rd when the race was stopped so I got to restart on the front row. The restart went well and I was back in 5th or so. The guys at the front were pushing a fast pace and I was struggling a little to hold on. As the laps started to wind down I could see that I was reeling the leaders back in. With about six laps to go I had moved into podium contention. I relaxed a little and waited for two to go to try and make a charge to the front. I took the lead once and then got drafted by on the front straight so I knew I needed a small gap coming to the line. I was in 2nd place when we came to the white flag and then I made a pass for the lead on the brakes into turn one. I was just starting to get the bike turned and then I got punted by another rider. I didn’t crash but I ended up in the grass. I ended up taking 7th place and I am still 5th in the championship. I’m happy that we showed everyone that we can still fight for race wins. It is just disappointing that we didn’t get a result to show for it. I thought for sure that I could have won yesterday and today’s races. We’ll come back strong at NJMP and try to get on top of the podium! Thanks to the whole Vesrah Suzuki crew and to our Penske and Traxxion Dynamics engineers for giving me such a good bike this weekend. See you at New Jersey!”

Chris Fillmore – Vesrah Suzuki #55

“We tried a new setting on the Penske shock that made a big difference with the tire choice that we planned to run. I got off to a good start & was close to the front group as people were crashing themselves out. Going into turn 1 I got in just a bit hot and followed the guys in front of me right off into the grass. I had a bad case of rider fixation in today’s race and it got the better of me. Big thanks to all the Vesrah Suzuki crew. I know New Jersey will be a much better showing for me.”

Nick Hansen – Vesrah Suzuki #97

Race 1 Saturday

“I had an awesome start but I started braking way to early so people just went flying past me. When I turned in people got taken out and I just went up the inside and before I knew it I was in 5th place. I was so excited so I just pushed as hard as I could. Two people got by me so I was frustrated but I stuck with them. We were going back and forth and it was intense and fun at the same time. I ended up finishing 7th so I wasn’t too upset.”

Race 2 Sunday

“I had an awesome start again so I was excited but unfortunately I got pushed out wide in the first turn. I got by some people and I think I was in 13th. The race got red flagged so I was happy the race got restarted to give me another shot. On the restart I came out of turn 1 in like 7th and I passed some guys to get into 5th. It was back and forth for 5th place then unfortunately on the 13th lap I crashed in a pretty fast corner. I was so mad at myself because I knew I shouldn’t have been that close to the curb. I just nicked the foot peg on the curb and tucked the front.”

Graves Motorsports offers Yamaha R6 Complete Daytona Sportbike and Supersport Bike Packages for Sale to Qualified Customers

Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Graves Motorsports R6

Graves Motorsports Daytona Sportbike

Kennesaw, Georgia, (August 12, 2010) – Objective: To create an avenue for greater competition by supplying teams and riders with the same equipment and technical support that Team Graves Yamaha uses.

These one off purpose built race bikes start at $22,000.00 and $24,000.00 respectively and both offer a complete upgrade options resource that features not only additional parts but factory level tech support at specific racing events. Graves Motorsports staff can also quote to our customers individual support sessions that are customized to riders and teams utilizing Graves Motorsports race bikes.

LEADING THE WAY

Teams or Riders can now purchase all or part of the Graves Yamaha package as outlined in the specific bike packages.
Graves additionally offers other race winning solutions for your team. We offer everything from complete race team organization, maintenance and equipment leasing to the simplest hardware.
The product presentations are a brief explanation of the parts and service included with the purchase of a Graves R6. A detailed list of the parts and benefits will be included with your purchase agreement.

The base complete bike kits are listed on the all new www.gravesport.comwebsite on the following pages:

Daytona Sport Bike:

Website Listing: http://www.gravesport.com/Graves-Motorsports-Yamaha-R6-Daytona-Sportbike-2010.html

Power Point Presentation: http://www.gravesport.com/instructions/2010-R6-Graves-Daytona-Sportbike.ppsx

Supersport Bike:

Website Listing: http://www.gravesport.com/Graves-Motorsports-Yamaha-R6-Supersport-Sportbike-2010.html

Power Point Presentation: http://www.gravesport.com/instructions/2010-R6-Graves-Supersport-Bike.ppsx

These bikes are configured specifically for customers’ needs and usually take 30-60 days depending on contract agreements. Pricing is based on the 2010 model year Yamaha R6. When owning an elite bike with unmatched support is needed to take your riding to the next level this is the opportunity for you. Interested parties please review the documents and listings and request a formal meeting with Graves direct. Send inquiries to shane@gravesport.com . Thanks for your business.www.gravesport.com

Heated Racing and A High Side Leave Zyvax with Double Wins

Sunday, August 8th, 2010
Graves Motorsports Zyvax WERA Racing

Graves Motorsports WERA Victory

Kennesaw, Georgia, August 6, 2010 – After taking first and second last weekend at Summit Point, Team Zyvax had high expectations heading into VIR’s WERA Cycle Jam 4-Hour endurance race.  Battling the oppressive heat and a mid-race crash, the team and their machines logged a hard fought class win and a decisive overall win.

Despite an early race high side and crash-truck ride to the paddock, Clinton Seller and Dane Westby on their Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports supported Yamaha R6 mounted a massive comeback, finishing only ten laps down from the overall winner.  The lightning fast and always ready Team Zyvax crew took less time to repair the bike than track workers took to load and transport the bike back to the pits!  Undaunted by the eleven lap deficit accumulated after the crash, the Zyvax R6 riders were able to hunt down the rest of their class and win the mediumweight division.  Before Seller’s unfortunate high side-inducing missed shift, the quick little R6 was leading the entire race.

The heat proved to be a major hurdle for the team.  Though the track offered good grip in the morning, as the day got hotter the track got more and more slippery.  Still healing from recent surgery on his injured thumb, team rider Ben Bostrom managed to ride for an hour long stint.  Due to the heat Bostrom lost four pounds of body water while on the bike!  During the race Bostrom made the most of the slippery track; “It was a lot of fun, it felt like a fire road.  I was spinning the tire everywhere.”  Guest rider Jason Disalvo covered Bostrom’s second stint.  “The heat was incredible,” said Disalvo of the steamy race day.  Team rider Chris Clark ran first and last giving him the most time to cool off between runs.

Clark, Bostrom and Disalvo muscled past the competition to take the Overall win aboard their powerful Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports prepped Yamaha R1, finishing an impressive four laps ahead of second place.   The Zyvax R1 team set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:27.4, over a second faster than the fastest lap time from last year.  Both Zyvax / Graves teams were the only ones to go below 1 minute 30 second lap times, again proving Yamaha’s dominance over the competition.

Team Zyvax is sponsored by Zyvax, Inc., Graves Motorsports and Dunlop.  Check out www.teamzyvax.com for team news and details.

Graves Motorsports is a leading motorcycle sport bike parts and accessories manufacturer. Graves Motorsports produces exhaust systems, fender eliminator kits, frame sliders, velocity stacks, engine case covers, engine performance and the leading resource for Dynojet Power Commander + accessories. Graves Motorsports has two locations: Van Nuys, California and Kennesaw, Georgia.

Visit the all new Graves Motorsports website and use coupon code “graves20” for a 20% off motorcycle parts discount- www.gravesport.com

The Battle in the Virginias Continues as Team Zyvax Heads into VIR’s WERA Cycle Jam Weekend

Thursday, August 5th, 2010
VIR WERA Racing

Zyvax Graves VIR Racing

Kennesaw, Georgia, (August 4, 2010) – Team Zyvax is looking forward to the WERA Cycle Jam 4 Hour endurance race at VIR, near Danville, VA this weekend. The entire team is excited to endure the racing against each other and the competition! With the drama of a shortened race and a leveled playing field, it’s anyone’s game!

The flowing VIR track plays to the strengths of both Team Zyvax race machines. Chris Clark and returning guest rider Jason Disalvo’s Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports prepped Yamaha R1 can really stretch it’s powerful legs on VIR’s long front straight but Clinton Seller and Dane Westby’s Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports supported Yamaha R6 will be lightning quick through the track’s technical sections. The win will come down to whichever team has the fastest, most consistent laps and the fastest, most precise pit stops.

The Cycle Jam weekend’s packed racing schedule leaves less time for the endurance riders to battle, putting more pressure on the Team Zyvax riders to achieve and maintain the lead. Fewer race hours also means less time to fix any issues that may arise during the race. Team Zyvax owner JB Layman expects top results from his riders and crew but he knows it’s going to be a dog fight ’til the end. “With the variations in this track and past rider results, there are no bets on which bike will take the victory,” stated Layman, “We’re expecting to see some new, talented teams this round which will make things all the more interesting.”

Team Zyvax would like to thank Jason Disalvo for stepping in to ride for Ben Bostrom at the WERA Cycle Jam weekend. The team looks forward to Ben’s return once he recovers from a thumb injury.

The Team Zyvax / Graves Yamahas Were On Fire at Summit Point’s WERA Endurance 6-Hour

Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Team Zyvax Racing ON FIRE

Dane Westby of Team Zyvax Racing is on FIRE

Kennesaw, Georgia, (August 1, 2010) – Team Zyvax riders dominated the entire six hours of the Summit Point WERA Endurance race. The Team Zyvax R1 effort led the entire race and the second place Team Zyvax R6 effort defeated the rest of the field by ten laps! And the icing on the cake; all top five overall finishers were on Yamahas.

A fast bike, a perfectly suited racetrack and a bit of luck helped team rider Chris Clark and guest rider Jason Disalvo astride their Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports prepped Yamaha R1 outrun the competition. The riders put in consistent, flawless laps and their uncatchable R1 proved its dominance. “We led from start to finish and didn’t see any deer,” said Clark of the race and the track’s recent proclivity for wildlife visitors, “Not a bad day!”

The track may have been better suited for the liter bikes but the Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports supported R6, with team riders Dane Westby and Clinton Sellers in the irons, gave the R1 a run for its money. An unfortunate oil spill through the tighter sections of the track robbed the smaller bike of its opportunity to really shine where it performs best. Even without the speed advantage through the tighter areas, the Graves spec R6 came in only one lap down from the team’s R1. “The R6 team put in an unbelievable effort to stay so close to the R1 on that track!” exclaimed ecstatic team owner JB Layman.

After tasting first at Grattan and finishing so close to the bigger bike at Summit Point, Westby and Sellers are hungrier than ever for another win. “We’ll be ready to pounce on the opportunity to win at VIR,” said a very determined Dane Westby. Next weekend at VIR the Team Zyvax riders and crew look to further their points lead and lay down some more fast laps.

Team Zyvax would like to thank Perry Melnecuic of Project 1 Atlanta for stepping in as our axle man this weekend.

Some highlight images of the racing can be found here: http://www.gravesport.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=855

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Team Zyvax is sponsored by Zyvax, Inc, Graves Motorsports and Dunlop. www.teamzyvax.com

Graves Motorsports is a leading motorcycle sport bike parts and accessories manufacturer. Graves Motorsports produces exhaust systems, fender eliminator kits, frame sliders, velocity stacks, engine case covers, engine performance and the leading resource for Dynojet Power Commander + accessories. Graves Motorsports has two locations: Van Nuys, California and Kennesaw, Georgia. Visit the all new Graves Motorsports website – www.gravesport.com