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Moto America Round #3 VIR Press Releases and Images

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015



Various Press Releases involving the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha Superbike and YamaLube / Y.E.S. / Graves / Yamaha Superstock Teams from MotoAmerica Round 3 at VIR. Image by Brian J. Nelson at the bottom.




Virginia Is For Lovers… Of Motorcycle Road Racing As The Yamaha bLU cRU Goes To VIR For Round Three Of The MotoAmerica Championship
Cypress, CA – May 13, 2015 – If you love motorcycle road racing (and who doesn’t?), then Alton, VA, is the place to be this weekend as Round Three of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Motorcycle Road Racing Championship takes place at VIRginia International Raceway. The Yamaha bLU cRU riders are currently holding down first and second place in both the Superbike and Supersport points standings as AMA professional road racing returns to VIR for the first time since 2010.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier
When four-time and defending AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes last raced his Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike at VIR, in 2010, he came away with a win. The year before that, in 2009, Josh won both Superbike races at VIR and soundly defeated none other than seven-time AMA Superbike Champ Mat Mladin.

Does the “Mississippi Madman” think his experience and record of Superbike success at VIR will give him an advantage this weekend, after a five-year series hiatus from the 14-turn, 2.25-mile natural road course?

“I can’t imagine that my experience at VIR wouldn’t give me an advantage. After all, most of my opponents this weekend were still children the last time I raced at VIR,” Josh said, with his trademark pirate smile. “I’m excited to go back to VIR, and with the weather being what it was at the first two MotoAmerica rounds, I’m hoping for clear skies and a dry track for this third round. I’ve got an awesome new R1 Superbike to race this weekend at VIR, too, so I can’t wait.”

Josh’s teammate Cameron Beaubier, who has three MotoAmerica Superbike wins in four races thus far this season and leads the Superbike Championship by a whopping 30 points over Josh in second place, will be visiting VIR for the very first time. Cameron will be looking to record his second-consecutive double-win weekend, aboard his all-new 2015 #6 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1.

MotoAmerica Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) begins at VIR on Saturday, May 16, at 2:10 PM EST. Superbike Race 1 will go green on Sunday, May 17, at 12:00 PM EST, and Superbike Race 2 is set for later on Sunday at 4:00 PM EST.

Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
Like Cameron and Josh, teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach are also currently sitting in the first and second place, respectively, in the Championship points standings. Aboard their identically prepared Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 Supersport machines, Garrett and JD have each won a race, and both riders have finished on the podium in all five of the Supersport races that have taken place so far this season. The pair will go head to head again this weekend, and only eight points currently separate first-place Garrett from second-place JD.

As for experience at VIR, JD has the advantage there. He finished second at VIR in 2009 aboard a Yamaha R6, and in 2010, he won both AMA SuperSport races, again riding an R6, on his way to winning the 2010 AMA SuperSport East Championship.

When asked about his experience at VIR, JD said, “VIR is an awesome track and a lot of fun. I’m really looking forward to going back there. I think my past success there won’t be a huge advantage other than the fact that I’ve done quite a few laps on that track. But, everyone running at the front in MotoAmerica Supersport has been there either for AMA or club racing, so I feel it will be a level playing field.”

MotoAmerica Supersport Qualifying 1 is on Friday, May 15, at 1:55 PM EST. Final Supersport Qualifying is Saturday, May 16, at 9:50 PM EST, and Supersport Race 1 will go green later on Saturday at 1:00 PM EST. Supersport Race 2 is scheduled to start on Sunday, May 17, at 1:30 PM EST.

Yamaha R6 Riders Show Their VIRility In MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 As Herrin Wins; Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Teammates Beach And Gerloff Finish Second And Third

Alton, VA – May 16, 2015 – The Yamaha bLU cRU made another big statement, this time at VIRginia International Raceway, as YZF-R6 riders swept the podium in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1. Wheels In Motion/ rider Josh Herrin won the race, while Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammates JD Beach and Garrett Gerloff rounded out the all-R6 podium by finishing second and third, respectively.

JD started on pole, got the holeshot, and led pretty much the entire 22-lap race, while Josh stalked the Kentuckian, carefully studied his racing lines, and patiently waited to make his move to the front. It took a combination of last-lap heroics, a hot and somewhat slick racing surface, and diminishing tire grip for Josh to make his decisive move, getting around JD and crossing the finish line to notch his second win in four races.

Meanwhile, the biggest hero of the day was arguably Garrett Gerloff, who had a big crash early in the first qualifying session on Friday and fractured the little finger on his left hand. Garrett sat out Saturday morning’s final qualifying session, went out in the late-morning warmup, and started in sixth position for the early-afternoon race. With a plan to salvage as many points as he could under the difficult circumstances, Garrett had an exciting race, fighting for position with Bobby Fong and then David Anthony. He ultimately passed both riders and brought home his #31 Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 in a very impressive third place.

After his win, Josh said, “JD was holding a really good pace, and I really couldn’t get by him until that last lap. It was a good race for me, and I was glad to be able to get by him when I did and make it stick. This is a tight championship battle, and I need all the points I can get.”

“Riding out front with no one in front of me was a good lesson,” JD commented. “I tried to set a good pace, and that kept me out front for most of the race. It got a little bit greasy out there towards the end of the race. I tried to keep Josh behind me, but he got by me right there at the end. It was a good race, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

When asked about how he felt while riding with the injury to his left hand, Garrett said, “After two or three laps, I got into a battle with Bobby Fong and then Dave Anthony, and I forgot all about the injury. I felt pretty good, despite the broken finger, and I concentrated on keeping my R6 on two wheels and bringing it home safe. I’m glad to get on the podium, considering the situation, and we’re still in good shape in the points standings, which was my goal today.”

Based on his finish, Garrett retained the lead in the 2015 Supersport Championship, while Josh moved into second place over JD, who is now in third. All three riders are only separated by four points with a lot of racing left to go in the 2015 MotoAmerica season.


Hayes And His Brand-New R1 Star In “Act 1 & 2″ Of MotoAmerica Superbike Passion Play At VIR; Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Beaubier Finishes 2nd
Alton, VA – May 17, 2015 – In a MotoAmerica Superbike race that included an unplanned intermission, four-time and defending Champ (and main protagonist) Josh Hayes delivered a flawless performance to win his 50th career Superbike race–all with Yamaha. And win number 50 was even sweeter because Josh got the victory aboard his brand-new #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike.

A red flag caused by a couple of downed riders was the reason for the two-part race. And, despite the restart, Josh got an equally good jump off the line to mirror his holeshot at the beginning of the race. In both legs of the race, the “Mississippi Madman” was completely on his game and turning laps that no one else in the field could match.

Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier had a good battle with Roger Hayden for second place before the red flag, and the battle picked up again after the restart. Cameron was able to get around Roger, and he worked hard to close the gap to Josh, but he couldn’t quite catch Josh, who was absolutely on rails throughout the race.

“To get my 50th win here at VIR is special because I really like this track,” Josh said. “It was a tough race. Having my teammate Cameron right behind me doesn’t make it easy for me. Hats off to my guys and to Yamaha. All 50 of my Superbike wins have come while riding an R1, so I’m really proud of that.”

When asked about finishing second to Josh, Cameron commented, “Josh is riding really well. As for me, I feel like I can put together a couple of quick laps here at VIR but, in terms of consistency, I’m struggling a little bit. I need to get better on my starts, too, because Josh gets a good jump on us, and he makes it so tough to close the gap.”


Beach Turns The Tide To Win MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 At VIR; Gerloff And Herrin Finish Second And Third, Respectively, For Another Yamaha R6 Podium Sweep

Alton, VA – May 17, 2015 – After earning the pole and leading most of Saturday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 at VIRginia International Raceway, Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha rider JD Beach made sure that he led Sunday’s Supersport Race 2 from start to finish. It was a dominant performance by the Kentuckian, and he never put a wheel wrong all race long.

JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff, who fractured the little finger on his left hand in Friday’s first qualifying session, put in another gutsy performance as he followed up his impressive third-place finish on Saturday with a jaw-dropping second-place result on Sunday.

Saturday’s race winner Josh Herrin, also aboard a YZF-R6, finished third to complete the all-Yamaha bLU cRU podium.

Based on his victory, JD currently leads the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship with 102 points, while Garrett is just one point behind in second with 101 points, and Josh is in third with 95 points.

“Right now, I just want to win races,” JD said. “I’ve been working really hard for a long time, and to get the win in the rain at COTA (the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX), and then, to win in the dry here at VIR, I’m really happy. Today, I was determined to put the win in my own hands. Garrett rode really well, especially with his injury, and so did Josh. This is a very competitive series, and it’s way too early to think about points, but I’m glad to be leading the Supersport Championship right now.”

About his event-filled weekend, Garrett said, “Being in an ambulance, then at the hospital on Friday, and then, getting on the podium yesterday and again today, I can’t complain about the results. It wasn’t easy, but my Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team gave me a great bike and made me comfortable on it. On Tuesday, I’m going to have surgery on my (fractured) finger, so I’m looking forward to getting that fixed and feeling better.”

The Yamaha bLU cRU riders will be back in action for round four of the MotoAmerica series, which will take place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, on May 29 through 31.

Hayes The VIRtuoso Gets The Double Win In MotoAmerica Superbike At VIR; Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Beaubier 3rd
Alton, VA – May 17, 2015 – Four-time and defending Champ Josh Hayes notched his 50th Superbike win in MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 at VIRginia International Raceway and, just to make a point that he’s far from done racking up Superbike wins, the “Mississippi Madman” got Superbike win number 51 in the same dominant style for which he is well-known.

Josh’s performance in Race 2 was almost a carbon copy of what he did in Race 1: get the holeshot, pull an immediate gap, circulate faster than any other rider on the course for lap after lap, and win the race by more than what would be called a “comfortable margin.”

Current points leader Cameron Beaubier had never been to VIR before this weekend and compared with Josh, who has several wins and a lot of laps at VIR, he needed to learn the course (and its intricacies) quickly. And he did just that. Cameron followed up his second-place finish in Race 1 with a solid third-place result in Race 2, which makes him six for six in podium finishes this season.

So, with three rounds completed and six Superbike races under their belts, Cameron leads the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship with 131 points, and Josh is in second place in the standings and only 16 points behind Cameron with 115 points. Stay tuned because there is a lot of racing left before it’s all decided.

After his second win of the day, Josh said, “This racetrack has been very good to me. I’ve gotten a lot of good results here. The weekend started out a little rough (after crashing on Friday), but my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew is just the best. They built me a brand-new bike, and I’m so happy to be able to repay them for all their hard work by getting these two wins.”

“I’m happy to still be in the Championship lead, Cameron said. “But I’m not that happy with my results because, of course, I want to win! Josh had an awesome job this weekend, and I’ve got some work to do. I’m not sure if it’s because this track is new to me or what it is, but I need to go home, get strong again, and be ready for Road America in two weeks.”
The Yamaha bLU cRU riders will be back in action for round four of the MotoAmerica series, which will take place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, on May 29 through 31.


Graves Motorsports Riders Have a Stellar Competition Weekend

Friday, June 24th, 2011
Graves Motorsports Josh Herrin, Bill Dixon, Garrett Gerloff

Graves Motorsports Josh Herrin, Bill Dixon, Garrett Gerloff Win

Kennesaw, Georgia – June 24, 2011 – From sunny California to blazing hot Alabama, Graves Motorsports riders took three firsts this past weekend.

In AMA Pro Road Racing at the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, Josh Herrin piloted his Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R6 to victory in Sunday’s Daytona Sportbike race.  In blazing hot temperatures Herrin heated up the track with a last lap pass for the win.  The weather was hard to compete with according to Herrin, “I’m from Georgia so I’m pretty used to the heat, but it was still brutal!”  Herrin thanked the fans by climbing Barber’s catch fencing and tossing his gloves out into the fan-covered hillside.  Herrin heads into the next round at Mid-Ohio just four points from the lead in the Daytona Sportbike Championship.

On the other side of the country at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, Graves rider Garrett Gerloff put together an awesome race and ended up on top of the box in the WERA 600/C Superstock Expert class on his Graves prepped Yamaha YZF-R6.  With just two short months to go until he can go AMA Pro Road Racing, Gerloff is well on his way to being prepared for the pros.

Graves extreme motorcycle stunt rider Bill Dixon took the top prize in a completely different kind of competition at Nashville’s XDL FMF Cup.  Dixon put on his game face and laid down the two highest scoring runs in the class.  When it was all said and done no one could catch up with Dixon and he came away with the win.  Dixon also took third in the dangerous yet popular Longest Stoppee contest with a massive 642 foot stoppee.

Graves Motorsports Superbike Championship Discount Sale

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 20% off

Graves Motorsports 20% Super Bike Sale

Kennesaw, Georgia, (October 19, 2010) – 2010 has been an exciting year for Graves Motorsports! Carrying on our Championship traditions is our passion and drives everything we do from the production of world class parts and accessories to grassroots racing and support programs. Graves Motorsports HAS A WINNING HISTORY OF BUILDING FACTORY PARTS FOR PRIVATEERS AND RACERS WORLDWIDE.
In honor of these winning ways we now offer the 20% off SUPERBIKE20 discount special. This offer is valid until December 31, 2010 and available to retail customers only (not valid for dealers or WORKS parts / customers). When using the all new website, place the products in your shopping cart and at the bottom of the checkout page (before selecting your payment type) add the coupon code: superbike20 for an additional 20% saving on your order.
Pictures of the 2010 AMA and WERA Race Season can be found in the Graves Motorsports Photo Galleries:
Congrats to Josh Hayes for his 2010 AMA Super Bike Championship, Team Zyvax Racing for thier 2010 WERA Heavy Weight + Medium Weight + Overall Endurance Championship and to Benny Solis, Jr. for his 600 Superstock WERA Championship + C Super Bike WERA Championship + C Superstock WERA Championship! We’d also like to thank our customers and racers at all levels for their Championships and the support of Graves Motorsports for 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”.

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.”

Hayes, Bostrom Double 1-2 in AMA Superbike

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

(May 15, 2010)- Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 racer Josh Hayes swept to a pair of AMA Superbike wins in Sonoma, Calif. on Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16. The double wins – the fourth such pair in Hayes’ Superbike career – came at Infineon Raceway under pressure from fellow Yamaha pilot Ben Bostrom, who put in two second-place finishes aboard his own Pat Clark Motorsports R1. Yamaha YZF-R6s also figured highly in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, with podiums by Tommy Aquino, Josh Herrin and Dane Westby over the weekend, and in AMA Pro SuperSport, where R6s took five of the six top places on Saturday and Cameron Beaubier won Sunday’s contest outright, leading a train of four R6s to the checkers.

The 2.3-mile, 11-turn Infineon track is regarded as one of the most challenging on the AMA Superbike circuit because its serpentine layout and undulating terrain make it difficult for riders to put the power of the big superbikes to ground. Although Hayes had earned the top qualifying spot, rival Blake Young took the early lead in Saturday’s race one – but that didn’t stop Hayes from utilizing the crossplane crankshaft R1’s potent combination of tractable power and quick handling to lunge to the front on the first lap. Impressively, Hayes then lead all 22 race laps, edging Bostrom to the checkered flag by just under 3.7 seconds.

Sunday’s race two saw rival Larry Pegram get the early jump on the field, but Hayes got past on lap six and then rode the rest of the race up front while Bostrom eventually worked his way into second. “It’s hard to utilize all the horsepower a superbike makes at a track like this,” Hayes admitted later. “But the R1 is so good through the bumpy parts, I almost felt like I was cheating! I could get on the throttle early, and when you can do that there are lots of opportunities.” Yamaha road racing team manager Tom Halverson added, “We had a really good test here and the riders and crews gained a lot of confidence, so it was good to see the hard work pay off. For sure it was a great weekend for the entire team.”

2010 AMA Superbike Points 5/16/10
Pos. Rider Points
1 Jake Zemke 178
2 Tommy Hayden 174
3 Josh Hayes – Yamaha 170
4 Blake Young 162
5 Larry Pegram 134

2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Points 5/16/10
Pos. Rider Points
1 Danny Eslick 168
2 Josh Herrin – Yamaha 158
3 Martin Cardenas 133
4 Dane Westby – Yamaha 129
5 Cory West 119