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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 Americas 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 R1s first AMA Superbike Championship.

We have partnered with Yamaha for 13 years now, and during this tenure weve 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.

Yamahas 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 Sundays 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 Saturdays race one but that didnt stop Hayes from utilizing the crossplane crankshaft R1s 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.

Sundays 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. Its 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