Archive for September, 2010

 

Yamaha and Graves Motorsports Thanks Josh Hayes on his 2010 AMA Superbike Championship

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
AMA Superbike Champion Graves Yamaha

Team Graves Yamaha 2010 Superbike Champions

Cypress California, September 30, 2010…..Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. and Graves Motorsports would like to congratulate Josh Hayes on his first AMA American Superbike Championship. The Championship is also the first for Yamaha in America’s premier road racing class since 1991 when Floridian Thomas Stevens won the title aboard a Vance & Hines Yamaha-prepared FZR750RR OW01 works bike.

“I cannot thank Yamaha and my crew enough for giving me this shot at the Superbike Championship,” said Josh. “I am glad I was able to add my name to the record book and bring home the R1’s first AMA Superbike Championship”.

“We have partnered with Yamaha for 13 years now, and during this tenure we’ve been part of other Championships,” said Chuck Graves, “But this one is the pinnacle. I’d like to sincerely thank Josh Hayes, Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. and all of our associate partners.”

Yamaha’s Racing Division Manager Keith McCarty said “Josh came to us with a plan and great desire to win this title and he accomplished the goal. On behalf of everyone at Yamaha I would like to say thanks for a job well done!”

Yamaha Road Racing Team Manager Tom Halverson added, “Congratulations to all of the Yamaha family and Graves Team, we appreciate your support over the years and are very proud to win this Championship”.

Hayes Wins AMA Superbike Championship

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Graves Yamaha Josh Hayes

Graves Yamaha Josh Hayes Wins Championship

Aboard his Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R1, Josh Hayes claimed his first career AMA Superbike championship at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. on Sunday, Sept. 26. The championship is also the first for Yamaha in America’s premier road-racing class since Thomas Stevens took the crown in 1991. Meanwhile Team Graves YZF-R6 mounted Josh Herrin finished third in the AMA Daytona SportBike championship, while Austin Dehaven won the AMA SuperSport title on his R6.

The Superbike title chase came right down to the final weekend of the season, with Hayes ahead in points but rival Tommy Hayden still able to take the championship if Hayes faltered. Thus, Hayes’ mission for the weekend was the same as it has been all year long – race to win, but this time with extra care. In the first race on Saturday afternoon, Hayes led the most laps and ultimately finished a secure second as his rival Tommy Hayden claimed the victory. The result set up a situation on Sunday where Hayes would win the title with an eighth-place or better finish, even if Hayden won.

Severe weather soaked the area on Sunday morning, and by race time a quarter of the circuit was still damp. Nonetheless Hayes settled into a great ride with the lead pack until Brett McCormick crashed, pushing Hayes off track and dropping him several seconds behind the group. From here though, Hayes rode to an easy seventh-place finish and a very sweet championship. “A huge thank you to Yamaha for bringing me onboard for my first Superbike ride,” he said afterwards. “I am glad I was able to race well and bring home the R1′s first AMA Superbike championship.”

Yamaha road racing team manager Tom Halverson added, “This is probably the best team we’ve ever had, and the effort that everyone has made to win the championship is just incredible. From the machinists to the secretaries back at Yamaha, thank you. The race crew has really been amazing this year too. Josh has been a great rider, and it’s easy to stand behind him because he puts in so much effort.”

Graves Yamaha Re-Signs AMA American Superbike Points Leader Josh Hayes

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
Josh Hayes signs for 2011-2012

Josh Hayes Graves Yamaha

Cypress California, September 20, 2010… Yamaha Motor Corporation and its satellite race team partner, Graves Motorsports, are very pleased to announce the signing of current AMA American Superbike points leader Josh “Hurricane” Hayes to remain with the team to compete for the 2011 and 2012 racing seasons.

Hayes currently leads the AMA American Superbike series by 22 points with just one round remaining and has had an excellent season with a total of 7 wins and multiple bonus point awards for pole position and laps lead aboard his cross plane crankshaft equipped and Graves Motorsports prepared Yamaha R1 Superbike.

“Josh has proven to be a tremendous asset to the team and his success is proven in the current point standings,” said Graves Motorsports Team owner Chuck Graves. In addition to his on track accomplishments Yamaha Media Relations Manager Kevin Foley added, “We have found that Josh’s off track professionalism and enthusiasm have drawn considerable attention to Yamaha and his assault on the title has been very exciting for fans.”

“I’m so excited to have this opportunity with Graves Yamaha for the next two seasons” said Hayes, “My crew and the entire team have enjoyed great success this year and it is fantastic to attend this last event with my plans for the future solidly in place. I am looking forward to the final round at Barber and plan to do my best to bring them home the Championship they deserve.”

Graves Motorsports September Online Discount Special – 20% Off

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Graves Motorsports 20% off Sale

20% Motorcycle Parts Saving

Valid for the month of September Graves Motorsports RETAIL customers who use coupon code “sept20″ will recieve 20 percent off on there order. Simply add the products you wish to purchase to your shopping cart at www.gravesport.com . Then on the checkout page (before selecting credit card or paypal), enter coupon code – sept20 and submit to see the instant saving! GO BIG or GO HOME with incredible motorcycle parts deals at Graves Motorsports.

Rising Star Benny Solis Continues to Shine

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
WERA Nationals Barber 2010

Benny Solis, Jr. Barber WERA 2010

Kennesaw, Georgia, (September 14, 2010) – Young gun Benny Solis, Jr. put in a stellar performance at last weekend’s WERA National Barber round. The former U.S. Red Bull Rookies Cup champion has won races at Barber before so his familiarity with the track was a definite plus. The fifteen year old California native and Graves Motorsports supported rider pulled double duty at Barber, contesting the WERA National four hour endurance race on Saturday and competing in sprint races on Sunday.

Solis along with rider Ed Sullivan piloted their SE Composites / Graves Motorsports backed Yamaha R6 to third place overall and second in class in the endurance race. Solis and Sullivan could only be beaten by none other than the Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports prepped Yamaha R1 of Chris Clark and Jason Disalvo and the Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports supported Yamaha R6 of Dane Westby and Clinton Seller.

In Sunday’s sprint races Solis gave a record-setting performance, setting the fastest 600cc time of the event (1:28:340). That lightning speed garnered wins in the 600 C Superstock Expert and the 600 C Superbike Expert classes.

Perry Melneciuc of Project 1 Atlanta worked on Benny’s crew and had this to say of the young star, “I’m really proud of Benny; he rode really smart and knew what he had to do to take the lead. He stayed comfortable and rode a really great race.” On the endurance race Melneciuc added, “Benny also did an outstanding ride with Ed in the endurance series and I’m looking forward to seeing Benny in action at the GNF Finals at Road Atlanta!”

Solis’ uncommon work ethic and maturity helped him focus on the task at hand. “I messed up off the start just slightly which put me back to 3rd place, but I was able to overcome everyone pretty quickly,” said Solis. “Chris Lessing (Graves Motorsports factory suspension technician) and my crew chief Rick Boyles worked really hard on setup this weekend and that helped me to take the lead and come in for the win,” said the grateful youngster of his crew.

Chuck Graves has a proven eye for young talent and has high hopes for Solis’ future. “Benny was able to close the 600 championship points gap with Garrett Gerloff to just two points coming into the final round at Road Atlanta,” said Graves. “The season-long battles have been really exciting to watch and Benny’s final times this weekend would have put him near the top of the box at an AMA event for this track.”

Images of the event: http://www.gravesport.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=887&g2_page=2

Zyvax Locks Up Two WERA Endurance Championships, Overall Win Will Be Decided at Final Round

Monday, September 13th, 2010
WERA Barber Endurance Racing

Team Zyvax Racing

Kennesaw, Georgia, (September 12, 2010) – At Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park Team Zyvax’s R1 and R6 efforts gained enough of a lead over the rest of the WERA endurance field that they are guaranteed two championships. At the final round in Atlanta the Overall will come down to one of the two Zyvax bikes.
Heading into the Barber round the two Zyvax bikes were on a level playing field. Barber’s shorter straights and technical turns made the smaller, more agile bike able to keep up with the stronger, bigger machine. Both bikes were flawless going into the race and both got out in front quickly. But fifteen laps in the seat came loose on Dane Westby and Clinton Seller’s Team Zyvax / Graves supported Yamaha R6 and they had to come in for an unscheduled pit stop. Despite the setback, Westby and Seller battled hard and came out with the class win.

Seller was relieved and happy after the win. “The traffic made this race very challenging. At the same time, it made the race very exciting! It was a lot of fun finding different ways to pass other riders. It was unfortunate that the seat came lose because we would have had a better chance to win the overall,” said Seller of the race.

In addition to the loose seat Seller, Westby and the rest of the endurance riders had to suffer through thick southern heat. “It was hot!” said Westby of the four hour race, “The stints seemed to roll together but I am glad to have this win and this championship. We fought our battles hard and won the war. The bike was flawless, save for the seat issue, which unfortunately cost us some time. The clouds moved into the area just as we finished, cooling us off, and giving a fitting end to a hot war.”

Chris Clark and guest rider Jason Disalvo, their crew and their Team Zyvax / Graves prepped Yamaha R1 were the stars of the Barber endurance round. Consistent fast laps and hard work paid off for Clark and Disalvo. Both riders had no easy task harnessing the big bike’s power on a track better suited for the smaller bike.

“This track is very technical which makes it very demanding on a 1000cc. It is hard to keep the fast lap times for the whole hour,” said Disalvo of the bike. “This is the most rewarding win with Team Zyvax because of how hard the race was.”

“This was the toughest race yet,” commented Clark, “The track had good slip for as hot as it was. This track is hard to ride on a 1000. Thanks to Chuck Graves and team owner JB Layman for the opportunity, and I’m really looking forward to the GNF.”

Event Photos can be found in the Graves Motorsports Galleries: http://www.gravesport.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=887

Graves Motorsports Releases Race Developed Tools to Online Customers

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Graves Motorsports Sport Bike Tools

Sportbike Motorcycle Tools

Graves Motorsports’ performance motorcycle parts WORKS division is now offering race developed tools and accessories to our online customers on Gravesport.com.  Check out the new Sport Bike Tools section that features two new additions: Graves Motorsports Rear R1 + R6 Axle Alignment Tool and the Graves Motorsports R1 + R6  3 in 1 Socket.

Dynojet Secondary Fuel Modules available from Graves Motorsports

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Dynojet Secondary Fuel Module

Power Commander Secondary Fuel Module

Most of today’s high performance, four cylinder Sport Bikes have two injectors per cylinder. The Power Commander V connects to 4 of those 8 injectors. In virtually all cases the PCV’s +250% / -100% fuel adjustability allows more than enough adjustment for all but the most radically altered engines. However, we recognize that there are people building heavily modified engines (extreme big bore, turbo, etc) that may require the adjustment of all 8 injectors.

Enter the Power Commander V Secondary Fuel Module. The S.F.M. connects to the upper injector rail using OEM connectors. From there, it is only a single cable connection to the PCV. Once connected, you will be able to adjust both upper and lower injectors by as much as +250/-100%

If the gear position input is connected on your PCV you will have the ability to adjust all of the injectors on a “per gear” basis (a complete map for every gear) as well as the ability to map each injector separately. That gives you up to 48 complete maps!

There will also be a “basic” mode that allows you to have a single fuel table that simply puts the requested fuel change in both upper and lower injector modules at the same time. For those of you that have modified engines that require more fuel than 4 injectors can provide, but do not need the complexity of mapping each cylinder and each gear separately, this setting is for you.

In addition to the increased fuel adjustability the SFM provides, it also allows for the use of the Dynojet Quick Shifter sensor on 8 injector bikes. On earlier Power Commanders an Ignition Module or Stand Alone Ignition Quick Shifter was necessary to use the DQS on bikes with 8 injectors. Now, you can have both added fuel control and shifter functionality at a very low price.