Various Press Releases, Videos and Images from the June 2014 Barber Motorsports AMA Pro Race Weekend. Teams Monster Energy Graves Yamaha / Yamaha Extended Services Graves Yamaha
Josh Hayes Wins His Fifth Barber SuperBike Race In A Row
Birmingham, AL – June 22, 2014 – Barber Motorsports Park was just what three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes needed to put himself back in control of a fourth SuperBike title, as he won Saturday’s SuperBike Race 1 in convincing fashion aboard his #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1.
Watch as Josh talks about his very busy day of qualifying, racing and, ultimately, winning in the intense heat at Barber:
JD Beach Finishes Second In AMA Pro DSB Race 1 At Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, AL – June 22, 2014 – Saturday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Barber Motorsports Park was a high-water mark for JD Beach’s career with the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team, as he finished a strong second.
Check out what JD has to say about a very hot day of qualifying and racing in Alabama:
Josh Hayes Uses His Sixth Sense, Wins Sixth Barber SuperBike Race In A Row Aboard His Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1; Teammate Cameron Beaubier Also On Podium
Birmingham, AL – June 22, 2014 – Tying the consecutive SuperBike wins record at Barber Motorsports Park wasn’t even remotely on three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes’ mind during Sunday’s SuperBike Race 2, but his dominant victory not only tied the record at Barber, but it also marked the third year in a row that Josh notched the double win at the 2.38-mile, 14-turn Alabama road course.
“It was a lot different race than how I expected it to play out,” Josh commented after his record-tying win. “I was able to get a good start and work on stretching out a lead, so the last few laps were pretty smooth. My conditioning was important this weekend with the hot temperatures and high humidity, and I’m glad that I put in all those miles on my bicycle between race weekends because it really helps. My Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew always gives me a great R1 that performs flawlessly, so hats off to them.”
Josh’s SuperBike rookie teammate Cameron Beaubier came back from a tough Saturday to finish on the podium in Sunday’s race, which made it two Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha riders on the podium.
Cameron said, “It feels great to get on the podium. I felt bad crashing two bikes yesterday, so I’m really happy with this third-place finish. I’m still in contention in the points standings, so we’ll move on to (Mazda Raceway) Laguna Seca and try to improve.”
With three rounds and five races left in the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike season, Josh is leading the Championship by 29 points. Cameron is currently in fourth place, but just six points out of second place in the standings.
The next race weekend for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike Team is July 11-13 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, as the stars of AMA Pro Racing compete on the world stage during the FIM World Superbike Championship’s only U.S. stop.
Yamaha R6 Riders Sweep The Podium In AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 2 At Barber Motorsports Park; JD Beach Finishes Fifth For Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Birmingham, AL – June 22, 2014 – Yamaha YZF-R6 riders continued their dominance of the ultra-competitive AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class, as Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Dane Westby did the double and took his second DSB win of the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. MotoSport.com Meen Yamaha’s Jake Lewis was second, while RoadRace Factory/Yamaha’s Jake Gagne completed the R6 triumvirate at the top of the finishing order.
Throughout the 19-lap race, a pack of five riders battled it out for the win, and among them was JD Beach, rider of the #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6. JD made several challenges for a top-three finish in the race, but a small mistake late in the contest caused him to ride off the track. He was able to rejoin the race quickly, but with only a couple of laps left before the checkered flag, JD did good work to keep his R6 upright and salvage a fifth-place finish.
JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff suffered a wrist injury in Saturday’s DSB race, and he was unable to start the race on Sunday. The prognosis is good for the rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider, and he is expected to return to action in the next round of the AMA Pro Road Racing season.
That next round will commence on the weekend of July 11-13 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, as the stars of AMA Pro Racing compete on the world stage during the FIM World Superbike Championship’s only U.S. stop.
Josh Hayes Gets Five For Fighting, Wins Fifth Barber SuperBike Race In A Row Aboard His Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1
Birmingham, AL – June 21, 2014 – Barber Motorsports Park was just what three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes needed to put himself back in control of a fourth SuperBike title, as he won Saturday’s SuperBike Race 1 in convincing fashion aboard his #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1.
The win launched Josh into a 17-point lead in the standings after coming into the weekend in third place. It was a brutally hot day, with three qualifying sessions followed by a long race, but Josh’s Mississippi roots and topnotch fitness clearly helped him win the day.
“It was hot, greasy, and easy to make mistakes out there,” Josh said. “It was a very hard race in these hot conditions, so I’m happy to finish with the win. Five SuperBike wins in a row at this track seems hard to believe, but I guess you could say that I feel at home here in Alabama. We’ll come back tomorrow and try to make it six wins in a row. I know I’ve got the bike and the crew to do it.”
As for Josh’s teammate and SuperBike rookie Cameron Beaubier, his day was the polar opposite (and, by “polar,” were definitely not talking about the Birmingham-area climate). Cameron lowsided his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 while running in fourth place. The 2013 Daytona SportBike Champion was unhurt, but his R1 SuperBike didn’t fare quite as well. The race was red-flagged after another rider crashed, so Cameron’s crew chief Rick Hobbs and the rest of the team worked diligently to get the bike race-ready for the restart.
Unfortunately, they ran out of time, and Cameron was credited with 15th place and enough points for fourth place in the points standings. He and his team will regroup and come back strong for Sunday’s SuperBike Race 2 from Barber Motorsports Park, which is set to go green at 3:00 PM CST.
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JD Beach Finishes A Close Second Aboard His Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6 In AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1 At Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, AL -June 21, 2014 – On a busy Saturday of qualifying and racing in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class, the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team had a good news/bad news outcome at Barber Motorsports.
First, the good news. After qualifying seventh on the grid earlier in the day, JD Beach, rider of the #6 Yamaha YZF-R6, finished second to Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Dane Westby in DSB Race 1, which is JD’s best result yet since joining the team at the beginning of the 2014 season. It was also Dane’s first win aboard his #00 Yamaha R6.
After the race, JD said, “It seems like Dane and I keep finding each other out there. Dane’s a great rider, and we had a really good battle. It was great to be out front. It was a really hot race, but an exciting one, and I’m happy with the result.”
JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff got his weekend off to a great start in qualifying, as he put his #8 R6 on the front row of the grid. Garrett was also in the lead in DSB Race 1 when the race was red-flagged. After restarting from the pole, Garrett and RoadRace Factory/Yamaha rider Jake Gagne both went down, and Garrett unfortunately suffered a hairline fracture of his left radius (wrist).
“I’m upset that my day, and weekend, ended early, especially when I was up front and had a chance for the win. I’m also upset that I injured myself and can’t race tomorrow, but I’m determined to get back on the bike as soon as I can.”
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Graves Motorsports BMW S1000rr Slip-on Exhaust System
Graves Motorsports Cat Back Slip-on Titanium Exhaust System for the 2010-2014 BMW S1000rr. This “Strapless” style can (mounts direct to the bike with no strap around the can) and is constructed completely of titanium with a carbon fiber end cap. This system does not require the removal of any standard emissions equipment. Sound File: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y0JjMo1pmw
Diamond Shaped Ti Can Design to compliment the BMW’s sleek look
Cans mounts directly to the stock piping without the use of straps, saving weight and streamlining looks.
Constructed from Aerospace grade Titanium alloys
Advanced welding process showcases laser perfection welds
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammates Herrin and Hayes Battle Against Each Other AND The Clock In Mid-Ohio SuperBike Race 2, And Herrin Wins
Lexington, OH – July 14, 2013 – A jumped start by three-time defending SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes at the beginning of AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course today played a huge part in the outcome of the race. Hayes received a five-second penalty for the infraction, which meant that his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin was the winner of the 21-lap contest.
Hayes took the checkered flag first, but he wasn’t quite five seconds ahead of his teammate Herrin, which meant that Herrin, who rides the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, won the race by a margin of just over one-tenth of a second. It was Herrin’s second win of his sophomore SuperBike season.
Neither of the two Yamaha R1 teammates was sure, at first, who won the race, but AMA Pro Racing Timing and Scoring did, even though the appearance on track did not bear that out.
“I actually didn’t know I won till (CBS Sports Network Pit Reporter) Danielle Teal interviewed me and told me,” Herrin said. “It was kind of a crazy race, and I was so freaked out that I could hardly talk! Josh (Hayes) is an awesome Champion, and I’ve learned a lot from him. I’ve still got work to do to and, to get this win the way we did is definitely unusual, but we’ll take it. I guess I really won’t believe till I see the (Yamaha) win ad this week.”
Despite finishing second, Hayes still added valuable points to the Championship lead that he re-gained with yesterday’s SuperBike Race 1 win at Mid-Ohio. The defending triple-Champ now has a four-point lead in the title chase over his teammate Herrin, who moved into second-place as a result of his race victory today.
“I’m proud of the way I rode the race,” Hayes said. “I was pushing absolutely as hard as I could, but Josh (Herrin) rode a great race, and he really stepped up this weekend. As for the start, I really didn’t think I jumped it, and if I did, I thought I had it stopped like Martin (Cardenas) did at Barber, but I guess that wasn’t the case. I’m happy to leave Ohio with the points lead, and I gained a few extra points today.”
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team now travels across the country to Monterey, CA, where they will be back in action this coming weekend for Round 5 of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship, which takes place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Perfection For Cameron As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Completes His 2nd Perfect Weekend In A Row With A Race 2 Win At Mid-Ohio
Lexington, OH – July 14, 2013 – Current AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship leader and 2013 Daytona 200 winner Cameron Beaubier won today’s DSB Race 2 and recorded his second perfect-points weekend in a row this season. Cameron–who rides the #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6–earned the pole at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, won both of this weekend’s races, and led the most laps in both races. Today’s win was Cameron’s sixth victory out of seven races so far this season, and the northern Californian now leads the DSB Championship by 45 points.
In Race 2, Cameron got off to a start that was almost a carbon copy of yesterday’s Race 1 start. He got a good jump off the line but was shuffled back a little bit going into the first turn. Not to be deterred, Cameron quickly went to work, made some deft passes on his competitors, and within five laps, put his R6 into the lead where he would stay throughout the remainder of the race.
“I was a little timid in the first couple of laps,” Cameron said after the win, “but my Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team gave me a great bike, and I was able to go to work reeling in the leaders in those first couple of laps. I made a few passes, got to the front, and just concentrated on running clean, fast laps. I’m looking forward to heading back to California and racing at Laguna Seca, which is close to home for me.”
Garrett Gerloff, who is Cameron’s teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6, raced in the lead pack, and also in tandem with Cameron during the first few laps. The Texas rider was among a group of five riders who made a getaway and separated themselves from the rest of the field. Garrett crossed the finish line in fifth place for his sixth top-five finish out of seven races so far. Garrett is solidly in fourth place in the season points standings.
Garrett said, “I’m happy to be racing in the lead pack, but I’d like to be even closer to the front. My team and I are working hard to make that happen. I’m hungry for a podium finish like I got at Daytona, and we’ve got another race in less than a week, so I’m excited about that. Hats off to my teammate Cameron on another win.”
The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will travel west to Monterey, CA, for next weekend”s Round 5 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship, which takes place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Hayes Wins Among The Maize As The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike Champ Notches Race 1 Victory At Mid-Ohio; Teammate Herrin Second
Lexington, OH – July 12, 2013 – There was nothing corny about today’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for three-time defending SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes and his teammate Josh Herrin. Both riders had their race faces on and diced for the lead in the early going of the 21-lap contest. Ultimately, the elder Josh (Hayes) was able to prevail over his same-first-named teammate and stretch out a comfortable lead by the time he took his fifth win in a row on the season.
Today’s win put Hayes back into his familiar spot at the top of the Championship points standings. He currently leads by one point over second-place Martin Cardenas.
After leading in the early going of the race, Josh Herrin went from battling Josh Hayes to getting into an exciting bit of see-saw action with Cardenas. Herrin ultimately got the best of Cardenas and raced to a second-place finish, which was the Georgia rider’s fifth trip to the podium so far this season. He’s now in third place in the Championship standings and just 10 points out of the lead, with a lot of racing left to go.
After the win, Josh Hayes offered up a bit of impromptu commentary of the excellent performance of his teammate. Hayes said, “Josh (Herrin) was aggressive on the start, which was good. His hard work and training is definitely paying off. As for me, it was a long race and I feel good that I got the win. I like close racing, and it was good to have my teammate up there to push me. I focused on being as consistent as possible, which helped me get the win.”
Commenting on his return to the top of the SuperBike Championship standings, Hayes said, “I’m really quite surprised that I was able to get back into the points lead so quickly. These boys are riding hard, and they’re tough competitors, but I’ve got a great team and the best bike out there, so that obviously helped me make up the gap this soon after Daytona.”
Josh Herrin said, “It was a really good feeling to lead the race here at Mid-Ohio, and I know that I still need to work on running clean, consistent laps from the first lap to the final one. My fitness is something that I’m really focusing on, and I do think it helped me today because it was hot out there. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race.”
Buckeye Bull’s-eye For Beaubier As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Wins DSB Race 1 At Mid-Ohio
Lexington, OH – July 13, 2013 – Cameron Beaubier, who earlier in the day, broke his own track record to earn the pole in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike competition, won today’s DSB Race 1 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course aboard his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6. It was Cameron’s fifth win out of six races so far this season.
Cameron actually went faster in the race than he did on his record-setting lap in Saturday morning’s final qualifying session, which is a notable feat considering how much warmer the track conditions were on the 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course. He got a good jump at the start but was shuffled back a little bit going into the first turn, and the race was on. Cameron battled back into the lead and slowly, but surely, stretched out a comfortable lead to the finish line.
“I really want to thank my Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team for giving me a super-fast R6 today, Cameron said. “It was great to dice for the lead a little bit there at the beginning of the race, but I’m glad that I was able to get to the front, and put in some clean, fast laps to get the win.”
Also starting the race from the front row was Garrett Gerloff, who is Cameron’s teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6. Garrett also found himself in a pretty good dogfight on the first lap, and it became a theme for the Texas rider, as he raced in a pack of really fast riders throughout the contest. He finished in a hard-fought fifth place and is clearly looking for better results in tomorrow’s DSB Race 2.
Garrett said, “I got a pretty good start, and I was actually in front of Cameron after the first turn. We were all bunched up at the beginning of the race, and there was quite a bit of passing among the frontrunners. Things opened up a little as the race went on, but by that time, I was looking at a fifth-place finish. I’m not happy with that position, by any means, so we’ll re-group tonight and focus on a better result tomorrow.”
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Hayes Earns Provisional Pole At Mid-Ohio; Teammate Herrin Second
Lexington, OH – July 12, 2013 -Continuing his rapid climb to the top of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship standings, Josh Hayes–the three-time defending title holder and rider of the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1–was the fastest rider on the track in Friday’s first qualifying session at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, which netted the Mississippi Madman the provisional pole. Meanwhile, his teammate and rider of the #2 R1, Josh Herrin also ran fast laps on the 2.4-mile, 15-turn natural road course and put himself right next to Hayes on the provisional starting grid.
After earning the provisional pole, Josh Hayes said, “It’s been a decent day for us. The DSB guys were breaking track records, and we’re a little bit off that (in the SuperBike class), but it’s going well. I was out there trying to get in as many laps as possible and keep putting that Dunlop rubber down. Everything felt good out there. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s final Q session and, of course, the race.”
Josh Herrin said, “I was really excited that I was in first for a while, and I did that time on a used front and new rear. We put on a new front, but it didn’t seem to help me go any faster. I’m hoping to improve my laptimes tomorrow morning, but it seems like this track needs heat in it, to go fast. If it’s cooler in the morning, that may not help. I felt really good out there today. I think the training that I’m doing with Greg Direnzo is helping me. It’s giving me a lot of confidence to go faster earlier in the weekend.”
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Sets New Track Record & Earns Provisional Pole At Mid-Ohio; Teammate Gerloff Second
Lexington, OH – July 12, 2013 -Cameron Beaubier enjoys racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and his laptimes are the proof of that fact. The Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider and current AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship leader turned the fastest lap in DSB history at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course today, to earn the provisional pole. Meanwhile, Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff laid down a blistering lap of his own on his final trip around the 2.4-mile, 15-turn natural road course, and he put his #8 Y.E.S/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 in second position on the provisional starting grid.
After his record-breaking performance, Cameron said, “The track came in for this session, and it really felt good out there. With each lap, my Dunlops just kept getting better and better. Plus, I’m carrying a lot of confidence from our weekend at Barber, so I’m really happy to get the provisional pole and break the record here at Mid-Ohio. I expect the track to be even better for tomorrow morning’s final qualifying session, so hopefully, we can break the track record that we set today!”
Garrett said, “I was struggling a little bit earlier in the session. We put in a new tire right near the end, and I tried to slow things down on my last lap, just to make sure I hit my marks and focused on everything. I was actually surprised that I ended up in P2 because I didn’t think it was a fast lap. We’ll take it, though, and try to improve in tomorrow’s final qualifying.”
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammates Hayes and Herrin Dice For The Lead In SuperBike Race 2 At Barber Motorsports Park, And The Champ Prevails
Birmingham, AL June 23, 2013 – Following yesterday’s drama with the start of AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park, the excitement of Sunday’s Race 2 played out completely on the track as three-time defending SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes won his fourth consecutive race of the season. Josh has now moved into second place in the Championship points standings, passing his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin. On the strength of his perfect weekend at Barber–in which he earned points for the pole, both race wins, and for leading the most laps in both races, Josh Hayes is now just 10 points out of the lead.
Hayes, who rides the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, had a much better start to today’s race, and he was in the lead from lap one, with Herrin in hot pursuit. A slight bobble on lap six enabled Herrin to get past the Champ, and Herrin led the race for two laps before Hayes was able to pass Herrin again for the lead. Hayes didn’t relinquish the lead for the remainder of the race, despite a significant challenge from second-place finisher Roger Hayden.
“It was a really hard race,” Josh Hayes said. “I was riding as fast as I could, and I was hitting my marks. It’s a big testament to my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team that I was able to get the win. It was a fun race for me, with my teammate and then with Rog both challenging me like they did. We got all the points we could out of this weekend, and that’s important for the Championship. The time that I’ve spent with my R1, the training I’ve done, and my experienced crew all helped me a lot to make up so much ground, so quickly.”
Josh Herrin commented, “I got out in front, and it felt good to lead a couple of laps. I’m happy that we improved quite a bit throughout the weekend, and I was turning my fastest laps of the whole weekend during the race. I went pretty quick in this morning’s warmup, so I felt like we had found something to work with. I still need to get better at keeping my pace as the race winds down, though…but it’s good to be back on the podium again.”
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on July 12-14 for Round 4 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.
Cameron Beaubier Completes Another Perfect Weekend At Barber Motorsports Park With A Race 2 Win For His Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Team
Birmingham, AL June 23, 2013 – 2013 Daytona 200 winner and current AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship leader Cameron Beaubier won today’s DSB Race 2 to finish off his second perfect-points weekend in a row at Barber Motorsports Park. Just like last year, Cameron–who rides the #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6–earned the pole, won both races at Barber, and led the most laps in both races. It was Cameron’s fourth win out of five races so far this season and, with his maximum points haul from Barber, the northern Californian now leads the Championship by 28 points.
In Race 2, Cameron employed virtually the same strategy as he did in his Saturday Race 1 win, which was to conserve his tires in the earlier part of the race, and then pour on the prodigious power of his Yamaha in the latter part of the contest. The plan worked to perfection for Cameron, who crossed the finish line with a gap of over six seconds over second-place finisher Jake Gagne, who was also Yamaha R6-mounted.
“I had a really good race,” Cameron said after his win. “Today, I felt great and rode a lot more consistently than yesterday. My Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team gave me an awesome bike, and I’m really looking forward to the next race at Mid-Ohio.”
Garrett Gerloff, rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6, got what appeared to be a great start off the line, and he took the point going into turn one. Unfortunately, Garrett’s start was a little bit too good, though, as he and three other riders were assessed a five-second penalty for jumping the start. The penalty shuffled the young Texas talent back in the order, but he went to work and very nearly got third at the checkered flag, ultimately settling for fourth place, which matched his starting position. Garrett is currently in fourth place in the season points standings.
Garrett said “I didn’t really think I jumped (the start) that much, but I did get the holeshot, and I figured I was going to get the penalty. I tried to stretch out a lead because I knew that I would have to make up the deficit. I felt like I rode a much better race than yesterday, but the start definitely messed things up for me. But, we’ll re-group and look for better results in Ohio.”
The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on July 12-14 for Round 4 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike Champ Hayes Plays Beat The Clock To Win SuperBike Race 1 At Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, AL June 22, 2013 – After a confusing start to AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park–due to a number of riders who jumped the start when the race went green–three-time defending SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes faced a challenge from AMA Pro Racing Timing & Scoring as much as he was challenged by his competitors on the track. Despite the adversity, however, Josh won his fourth race in a row, and his fourth out of six races so far this season to move up to third place in the Championship points standings, and only 23 points out of the lead with lots of racing left to go in the season.
Josh, who rides the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, was one of the riders who left the start line just a bit early. He checked up on the first lap and slotted himself into fourth place on the track, but it apparently wasn’t enough of a concession to avoid being assessed a five-second penalty by Timing & Scoring. Realizing that he was racing against the clock as well as the other riders, Josh managed to put himself into the outright lead just before the halfway point, and he stayed there for the rest of the race, which gave him another valuable bonus point for leading the most laps in the contest.
“That was a really fast race,” Josh commented. “I made it kind of a challenge right from the start. I wasn’t really looking at my laptimes in the beginning, and I was just racing the guys around me. I figured there was going to be a penalty, and I had that in my mind. So, in the second part of the race, I knew what I had to do, which was to pull a gap that would make up the time (from the penalty).”
Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, got a good start from his front-row position on the grid, avoided the penalty, and stayed in the lead pack for the first part of the race. He faded a bit toward the end of the race, but still managed to hold onto his fourth-place position when he took the checkered flag. Josh is currently in second place in the Championship points standings, just 16 points out of the lead.
Beaubier Boldly Blitzes Barber With A Race 1 Win For The Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Team
Birmingham, AL June 22, 2013 – Cameron Beaubier, who earlier in the day, broke his own track record to earn the pole in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike competition, won today’s DSB Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park aboard his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6. It was Cameron’s third win out of four races so far this season.
Cameron didn’t get the best of starts when the light turned green, but he got to work quickly and moved himself to the front in very short fashion. As the race progressed, Cameron methodically built a comfortable lead, which stretched out to more than five seconds by the time he took the win.
“We had a really good setup today,” Cameron said after the win. “I just wanted to start out the weekend getting really comfortable on the bike. I conserved my tires a little bit in the beginning, and that helped me because I was able to pull a decent gap as the laps wound down.”
Garrett Gerloff, who is Cameron’s teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6, started from the front row and battled hard in a pack of three riders throughout the 21-lap event, but a slight mid-race bobble shuffled him back in that fast-riding trio, which caused him to have to settle for a sixth-place finish despite nearly snatching fifth position right at the checkered flag.
Garrett said “I got a pretty good start, and I was fifth in the first corner, and in the lead pack. I was able to make a pass and get into fourth. About midway through the race, I spun up coming down the hill and Dane (Westby) and J.D. (Beach) got past me. We stayed pretty tightly bunched up for the rest of the race, and I tried to make a move there at the end. I thought I had fifth, and it was a close finish, but I ended up sixth. We’ll re-group tonight, and I’ll try for a better result tomorrow.”
Daytona SportBike Race 2 from Barber Motorsports Park is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Hayes Earns Provisional Pole In Friday Qualifying At Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, AL June 21, 2013 – With points to make up in the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship, Josh Hayes–the three-time defending title holder and rider of the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1–got to work quickly at Barber Motorsports Park and put himself on the provisional pole in Friday’s first qualifying session. Meanwhile, his teammate and rider of the #2 R1 Josh Herrin improved his laptimes from the morning’s practice and is currently fifth on the grid. He’s looking forward to improving even more in tomorrow’s final qualifying.
After provisional qualifying, Josh Hayes said, “I started the session on a used tire, and I was working to make the bike a little bit easier to ride. I didn’t really feel like I went a whole lot faster than in practice, so it felt pretty effortless, which is a good thing. My Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew always gives me a good bike to start the weekend with, so we usually come off the truck already in good shape. We made some adjustments after practice, and those few clicks here and there really helped me in this first qualifying.”
Commenting on his provisional qualifying session, Josh Herrin said, “We rode our backup bike in this morning’s practice, and we tried running the same shock as last year for most of that session. We also ran a race simulation on the tire. And then, in the provisional qualifying, the first intent was to go out and get a good time in. On the last two laps, we put on a new tire to try to move up, but we got held up a little bit. Tomorrow morning, track temperatures will be cooler, so the laptimes should drop for everybody. Obviously, tomorrow will be all about doing fast laps and moving up on the starting grid.”
Final qualifying for SuperBike is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:40 AM CST, and Race 1 will go green later tomorrow at 3:00 PM CST.
MEET THE YAMAHA U.S. ROAD RACERS TONIGHT AT BIG #1 MOTORSPORTS
After Friday’s first day of on-track action at Barber Motorsports Park, head over to Big #1 Motorsports at 505 Cobb Street in Homewood, AL. Beginning at 6:30 PM, Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Cameron Beaubier, and Garrett Gerloff–along with Meen Motorsports Yamaha R6 riders Jake Lewis and Wyatt Farris–will be there to sign posters and memorabilia, greet fans, and share a few other surprises.
In previous years, the Yamaha riders have traditionally participated in the annual Friday Night Track Walk at Barber Motorsports Park, and they regret having to miss the event this year, but they had a prior commitment with Big #1 Motorsports, and they hope to see you tonight at Big #1.
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Captures Provisional Pole In Friday Qualifying At Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, AL June 21, 2013 – Returning to the track where he had a breakthrough perfect weekend last year–earning pole, winning both races, and leading the most laps in each of those races–Cameron Beaubier put his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 on the provisional pole today in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park, while his teammate Garrett Gerloff qualified fifth and is in the hunt to move up in tomorrow morning’s final qualifying session.
After provisional qualifying, Cameron said, “There’s something pretty special about this track. It really suits me, and every time I go out on it, I enjoy it more and more. I’m feeling really good about my Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6, and I have a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.”
“We’re still working on the bike a little bit,” Garrett said. “It’s not exactly where I want it yet. I went out on track early after the red flag, to try to get some clean laps, but my rear tire was pretty used up by then. I think tomorrow will be better for me, with cooler temperatures in the morning. I’m looking forward to it.”
All Aboard For Birmingham As The Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams Make Tracks To Barber Motorsports Park
Cypress, CA June 19, 2013 – Following a successful race weekend at Road America in Wisconsin, the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams will be back in action this weekend on the 2.38-mile, 14-turn road course at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.
Both the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike Team and the Yamaha Extended Service/ Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Daytona SportBike Team are anxious to build on the huge momentum that they took away from Road America.
MONSTER ENERGY/GRAVES/YAMAHA: HAYES & HERRIN
Three-time and defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes took the maximum points haul from Road America, with his pole position, double win, and most laps led in both races, to move into 4th place in the Championship. Josh, who was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, not far from Birmingham, will be striving for his second perfect-points weekend in a row this season, as he returns to one of the venues where he had a perfect-points weekend last year. The Mississippi Madman is the Boss of Barber (with all due respect to Mr. Barber himself), so he’ll be on the gas and poised to continue his rapid rise in the points to his familiar position at the top of the Championship once again. “We had a great weekend at Road America,” Josh said. “But we need to keep the momentum going at Barber. I want to capture every available point at every race from here on out. It’s as simple as that.”
But, Josh’s rapid rise will not come without a serious challenge from his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate and last year’s SuperBike Rookie of the Year, the equally first-named Josh Herrin, who is currently second in the SuperBike Championship aboard his #2 R1. Josh Herrin considers Barber one of his home tracks, since Birmingham is not far from Dublin, Georgia, where Josh lives. Josh won the first SuperBike race of the season at Daytona this part March, and he’ll be looking to get back in the win column at Barber. Last year at Barber, he ran well and got on the podium in both races, with a 2nd-place finish in Race 1 and a 3rd-place result in Race 2. “I like the layout of Barber a lot,” Josh said. “And, of all the tracks where we race, it’s the closest one to my home in Georgia. Barber is one of the highlights of the racing season for me, so I’m really looking forward to this weekend.”
YAMAHA EXTENDED SERVICE/MONSTER ENERGY/GRAVES/YAMAHA: BEAUBIER & GERLOFF
Just one year ago, the current AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship leader Cameron Beaubier had a career breakthrough weekend at Barber Motorsports Park where he captured the pole position, won both races, and led the most laps in both races to cement his place as a rider to watch in the DSB class. This year, Cameron is, once again, a rider to watch and the odds-on favorite to win the 2013 Daytona SportBike title. He’s already won the Daytona 200 this season, as well as one of the two DSB races at Road America. Cameron will be looking to repeat his magical performance from last year at Barber, by once again earning the pole, winning both races, and leading the most laps on the way to those wins. “Last year at Barber was a dream weekend for me,” Cameron commented. “I love the track down there, and I’m going to try my best to equal my performance from last year. It won’t be easy, but I’ve got another year of DSB experience under my belt, so I’m heading to Barber with a lot of confidence.”
He’ll have stiff competition from right within his own Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team, as the rider of the #8 Yamaha YZF-R6 Garrett Gerloff counts Barber Motorsports Park among his favorite tracks. The central Alabama venue is not all that far from Garrett”s home in Spring, TX. Garrett is currently 3rd in the 2013 DSB Championship, and he’ll be racing hard for his first career win in the highly competitive class. “Before we moved to Texas, my family and I used to live only about 15 minutes from Barber, in Trussville, Alabama.” Garrett said. “So, Barber Motorsports Park is a special place for me. I’m really looking forward to racing there again and, hopefully, I can give my teammate (Cameron) a good battle at the front.”
MEET THE YAMAHA U.S. ROAD RACERS AT BIG #1 MOTORSPORTS
After Friday’s first day of on-track action at Barber Motorsports Park, head over to Big #1 Motorsports at 505 Cobb Street in Homewood, AL. Beginning at 6:30 PM, Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Cameron Beaubier, and Garrett Gerloff–along with Meen Motorsports Yamaha R6 riders Jake Lewis and Wyatt Farris–will be there to sign posters and memorabilia, greet fans, and share a few other surprises. Don’t miss the fun.
BID A FOND FAREWELL TO A LONG-TIME YAMAHA TEAMMATE
Barber will be the final official race weekend for Pat Muras, Yamaha team transporter driver extraordinaire, expert Yamaha hospitality cook, and faithful Yamaha employee for the past 20 years. Stop by and wish Pat a fond farewell. He’s a dear friend, tireless worker, and an awesome guy, and he’ll be terribly missed at Yamaha and throughout the entire AMA Pro Racing paddock.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Hayes Earns Provisional SuperBike Pole At Road America; Three Yamaha R1s In Top Five
Elkhart Lake, WI May 31, 2013 – What do you do when you’re Josh Hayes, the three-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champ, and you’re at Road America, your favorite track on the schedule? You start the race weekend off strong by setting the fastest lap of the day and earn provisional pole, of course!
After the long hiatus that followed Daytona, Josh got back to the business of out-qualifying his fellow SuperBike contenders, and he did so on a breezy, but dry day at the 4.05-mile, 14-turn Road America course.
“It’s going OK so far,” Josh said when asked about his session. “I feel a little rusty, but I’m happy to be back riding my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1. It’s been a long time. I’m a small step ahead of the rest of the guys, so we’ll go from there. I’ve done race distance at a very good pace, and I feel really good about that. We’ve got another qualifying session to go tomorrow, so we’ll try to go even faster.”
Rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, Josh Herrin, made a big jump from the first practice session to qualifying, and he sits in 4th position heading into final qualifying on Saturday morning. Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram qualified in 5th to make it three Yamaha R1 SuperBikes in the top five of provisional qualifying.
Final qualifying is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:40 AM CST, and the SuperBike race will go green later in the day at 3:00 PM CST.
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Earns Provisional Pole In Road America DSB Qualifying; Four Yamaha R6s In Top Five
Elkhart Lake, WI May 31, 2013 – This season’s Daytona 200 Rolex and race winner Cameron Beaubier put his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 on the provisional pole today in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike qualifying at Road America. Including Cameron, four of the top five provisional-qualifying riders were Yamaha-mounted.
After the session, Cameron said, “I’m happy with my lap time, but I’m hoping I can improve on it tomorrow. It was sprinkling a little bit out there, but not enough to worry about too much. There are a couple of places on the track with heavy braking into the corners, and I think the wind was a factor because it affected my times on a couple of laps when I didn’t hit my markers the way I like. But, overall, I feel good about the session and about earning the provisional pole.”
Cameron’s Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff qualified his #8 R6 in seventh place and is provisionally on row 2 going into final qualifying.
That final qualifying session for Daytona SportBike is scheduled for tomorrow at 8:50 AM CST, and DSB Race 1 will go green later tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST.
It was Yamaha Domination As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Wins Road America DSB Race 1; Top Five All Yamaha R6s
Elkhart Lake, WI June 1, 2013 – Cameron Beaubier, rider of the #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 and winner of this season’s Daytona 200, won today’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Road America to make it his second victory in a row early in this 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season.
Cameron started from the pole and got a good jump when the light turned green. He was almost immediately in a battle for the lead, which he secured before the end of lap one. It was a position that Cameron would not relinquish for the entirety of the race, as he led all of the 13 laps in the contest, ultimately taking the checkered flag with a gap of nearly 2.7 seconds over the second-place finisher.
“I got a decent start, and I was trying to save my tires a little bit in the beginning,” Cameron said after the win. “But those guys behind me were racing hard, so I had to pick up the pace. I’m really happy with the win today, and I”m going to go back and try to win it again tomorrow.”
Cameron’s teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6 ran an exciting race, which was his first-ever at Road America. He got the best of his competitors at the checkers to take a well-earned 5th, making it an all-Yamaha R6 sweep for the top-five finishers
Daytona SportBike Race 2 from Road America is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST.
In SuperBike Race 1 From Road America, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Hayes Gets Back To The Business Of Winning
Elkhart Lake, WI June 1, 2013 – Even when you’re the three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion like Josh Hayes, every race win is special and, of course, the points that go along with each win are of vital importance to winning a fourth title. So, after winning Saturday’s SuperBike Race 1 at Road America, the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider was both thrilled and very relieved at the same time.
“I’m really glad to get back to winning races again, and I’m actually relieved,” Josh said after the 34th SuperBike victory of his remarkable career. “We won with a small gap, which is good. We’ll see if we can improve even more for tomorrow’s race, and up our pace a little bit.”
Josh got a good start, but he found himself in a bit of a battle with the now-SuperBike points leader Martin Cardenas. The pair briefly touched at one point in the race, and after that, Josh was able to take the lead and start building one of his patented gaps, which increased to just shy of four seconds by the time he took the checkered flag for the win.
Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, started from the front row and looked poised to finish at least in the top three until a minor off-track excursion shuffled him back in the order. He fought back, though, and managed to finish in sixth-place on the day.
Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram had a go at Roger Hayden in the closing laps, but Larry couldn’t make the pass, and he just missed his second podium finish in as many SuperBike races this season.
Road America DSB Race 2 Was Another All-Yamaha-R6 Top Five, With Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier In 2nd And Gerloff 5th
Elkhart Lake, WI June 2, 2013 – After earning the pole and winning yesterday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1 at Road America, Cameron Beaubier–rider of the #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6–looked to be the odds-on favorite to win today’s DSB Race 2. It was not be, though, as Cameron had an exciting, race-long battle with Jake Gagne–who was also Yamaha R6-mounted–and Jake won the race, while Cameron finished second.
The two Yamaha riders took turns at the front throughout the race, which made for a very exciting race for the fans in attendance at Road America, as well as those tuning into CBS Sports Network. Cooler temperatures seemed to affect tire grip, as both riders were battling for traction, in addition to their battle against each other. Yet, despite the adversity, Cameron had a fastest lap of 2:19.367, which was actually quicker than the lap record at Road America.
“I had a frustrating race. I almost highsided at one point, and I broke the windscreen on my R6,” Cameron said. “Then, later in the race, I almost ran into the back of Jake (Gagne). It was a little bit of a tough day for me, but I’m leading in the points, so I’m happy about that.”
Indeed, Cameron leaves Road America with the points lead in the Daytona SportBike Championship. He currently has a 15-point advantage over Jake Gagne.
Currently sitting in 3rd place in DSB season points is Garrett Gerloff, who is Cameron”s teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6. Garrett matched his fifth-place finish from yesterday with another fifth in today’s race, and it was another all-Yamaha top five just as it was in yesterday’s Race 1.
The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on June 21-23 for Round 3 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Josh Hayes Wins SuperBike Race 2 For A Record Fifth-Consecutive Victory At Road America
Elkhart Lake, WI June 2, 2013 – Three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes will be the first to tell you that he loves Road America, and he’s not just paying lip service to the historic racing venue. With today’s win in SuperBike Race 2, he set a new AMA Pro Road Racing record at Road America with five SuperBike wins in a row on the 4.05-mile, 14-turn natural road course.
“It was a great weekend, and I’m really happy with the results,” Josh said after celebrating with his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew in the winner’s circle. “Both races were tough, and I had to work hard for the two wins I got. But, I’m happy. We closed the points gap a good bit, and there’s a lot of racing left to go in the season.”
Much like yesterday, Josh found himself in a battle with current SuperBike points leader Martin Cardenas. But, once he got past Cardenas, he was able to stretch out a little bit of a gap, which closed up some in the closing laps of the race. Despite the challenge, Josh kept his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 out in front to take the checkered flag.
Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, had a much better day on Sunday than he did on Saturday, as his crew led by chief Rick Hobbs worked hard to make him more comfortable on the bike. The changes helped a lot, as Josh was able to get his third podium finish out of four races so far this season.
“It was a good race for me,” Josh Herrin said. “But, I really wanted to catch Martin. Towards the end of the race, he really dropped the hammer, though. We lowered the air pressure in my rear tire a little bit for today, and it seemed to make a difference, so I’m excited about how that might help me moving forward.”
Josh Herrin is currently in 2nd place in the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship. Fellow Yamaha R1 rider, Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram, is in 3rd place. Making the biggest leap up the standings is Josh Hayes, who currently sits in 4th place in points after just two rounds completed in the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season.
At Road America, Josh Hayes had another one of his signature perfect weekends, in which he earned the pole position, won both SuperBike races, and also led the most laps in both races. So, the defending champ collected all the available points that he could at Road America. And, if he keeps doing that in the upcoming rounds, he’ll find himself back in the championship lead once again. One thing that’s certain is that the unfolding drama in AMA Pro SuperBike is going to be exciting, so stay tuned.
2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship Points (top five after two rounds)
1. Martin Cardenas 105
2. Josh Herrin 92
3. Larry Pegram 75
4. Josh Hayes 71
5. Danny Eslick 66
The next race weekend for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will take place on June 21-23 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Riders Go One-Two In Final Qualifying For Daytona 200
Daytona, FL March 15, 2012 – The two young riders who make up the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Daytona SportBike Team were the class of the field in final qualifying for the 72nd running of the Daytona 200, as Cameron Beaubier earned the pole, and his teammate Garrett Gerloff will start right next to him in second position on the grid.
Cameron earned the coveted Rolex wristwatch for winning the pole, and the 20-year-old from Roseville, CA, continues to earn the utmost respect from his fellow riders for his talent, racecraft, and sportsmanship.
Commenting on his pole-qualifying effort, Cameron Beaubier said, “The track temp came up, and I got a good draft on the last straightaway to the finish. I felt pretty good, and thought I might get a faster lap at the end, but I’m obviously happy to win the pole. The Rolex watch is such a cool thing, and to join guys like Scott Russell and all the other legends who have won the pole and gotten the Rolex, it’s a great feeling.”
Garrett Gerloff, the 17-year-old phenom from Spring, TX, said, “Conditions were a lot better this afternoon, for sure. This was my first Daytona 200 qualifying, so I’m thrilled and I can’t wait for the race tomorrow.”
The Daytona 200 field is set, and the start of the 57-lap event is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 PM. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of the race.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Josh Herrin Scores His First Career SuperBike Victory With A Race 1 Win At Daytona
Daytona, FL March 15, 2012 – Last year’s National Guard AMA Pro SuperBike Rookie of the Year Josh Herrin stepped up big in the first race of his sophomore SuperBike season as he won Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway.
Early race leader Josh Hayes, who is Josh Herrin’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate and three-time and defending SuperBike Champion, suffered a rare mechanical issue with his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1, and he was unfortunately unable to finish the race. That left Josh Herrin, who was shadowing Josh Hayes at the front of the pack, to take up the charge for the team.
Josh Herrin kept his bike in the lead for the remainder of the race and took the well-earned checkered flag at the same track where he won the Daytona 200 in 2010.
After his breakthrough victory, Josh said, “It feels really good to win my first SuperBike race. I did all I could to keep my #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 in the lead, and it all worked out great. I can’t wait till tomorrow’s Race 2.”
Finishing third on the day, in his debut race aboard his Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing/ Yamaha R1, was veteran rider and Ohio native Larry Pegram. After earning the podium finish, Larry said, “My guys really stepped up for me and got my R1 ready. I got a good start and kept myself in third. I tried to push to close up the gap to second place, but I finally had to settle for third. It was a great start to the season for our team, and my new R1.”
SuperBike Race 2 from Daytona is set for Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 AM. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of the race.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Josh Herrin Finishes Second In Daytona SuperBike Race 2
Daytona, FL March 16, 2012 – Following up his first career AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike win in yesterday’s race, Josh Herrin finished second in Sunday’s SuperBike Race 2 at Daytona International Speedway.
Unfortunately for Josh Herrin’s teammate, three-time defending SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes, adversity struck the Mississippi Madman when his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1 expired at the beginning of Lap 12 with a mechanical issue.
Josh Herrin took up the charge for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team and battled with Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing/Yamaha R1 rider Larry Pegram for second place all the way to the finish line, with Josh finishing just ahead of Larry, who was third at the checkered flag.
After the race, Josh Herrin said, “I felt comfortable with the pace while I was sitting behind Josh, and it was unfortunate for him that he was unable to finish the race. I’m happy to get second today after my win yesterday and really happy to be leading in the Championship points.”
“Josh and I had a good battle to the finish line,” Larry said. “And I did all I could to draft past him at the line…but it wasn’t to be. Still, I’m happy to get two podium finishes on my Yamaha R1. It’s a great start to the season for our Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing/Yamaha team.
On the strength of his win and second-place finish, Josh Herrin leaves Daytona with the points lead in the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship.
Cameron Beaubier Wins Daytona 200 For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Daytona, FL March 16, 2012 – In dominating fashion, Cameron Beaubier won the 72nd running of the Daytona 200 aboard his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6. Meanwhile, Garrett Gerloff, who is Cameron’s teammate in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class, finished in a strong second place. The top-five finishers in the Daytona 200 were all Yamaha R6-mounted, and they lapped the rest of the field in a remarkable show of strength for the Yamaha brand.
During the race, Cameron, who earned the coveted Rolex Daytona Cosmograph wristwatch for winning the pole for the Daytona 200, continued his dominance of the 3.51-mile Daytona International Speedway road course. Cameron clicked off consistently fast lap after lap and took advantage of flawless pitstops by his Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha crew to keep his advantage throughout the 57-lap event.
After the win, Cameron said, “What a day. My crew gave me an awesome R6, and our pitstops were just fantastic. The guys gave me a couple of seconds every time in the pits, and I was able to run quick laps the whole day long. It went great.”
“It was just awesome being in the front group, Garrett said. “I’m proud that our team went 1-2 in the race. It was a long race, and I’m really happy with the result. The team gave me amazing pitstops.”
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New Orleans, LA October 5, 2012 – Things got off to a great start for the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams on the first day at the Big Kahuna New Orleans as Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha and Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha riders earned provisional pole position in two GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing classes.
In AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, three-time reigning series champion Josh Hayes got down to business right away aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 and led provisional-pole qualifying from start to finish. It was another dominant display by the Mississippi native, on a race circuit that is a scant 90 minutes from his hometown in Gulfport.
“It’s great to be riding on a track that’s so close to my home in Gulfport,” Josh said. “Everything’s going well. We’re still sorting out some stuff but, so far, things are good. We got up to speed really quickly and kept putting down consistent laps.”
In AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, Cameron Beaubier certainly has a flair for the dramatic. He worked diligently throughout the qualifying session and put his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 on the provisional pole on his final circulation around the 16-turn, 2.75-mile NOLA Motorsports Park natural road course.
Commenting on his provisional-pole-winning effort, Cameron said, “The start of the session was a little rough, and I was trying to get my laptimes down. I built my confidence up a little bit, and I switched to the hard tire option, which helped a lot. I saw P2 on my pit board, and I was really pushing on my last lap. I”m super-happy to put my R6 on the provisional pole, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Cameron’s Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammate Tommy Hayden–in his first race back since suffering a concussion, broken foot, separated shoulder, and rib injuries in a race crash at New Jersey Motorsports Park a month ago–finished provisional qualifying in 15th. When asked if he was feeling the effects of his New Jersey crash, Tommy said, “It’s definitely making it tough. I’ve lost a little bit of strength in my shoulder. That’s the biggest problem. We modified my boot so that helped a little bit with my foot. I’ll see how I feel in the morning. Hopefully, I can improve in final qualifying.”
In AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport, Garrett Gerloff was third-fastest in provisional qualifying, on a track that he’d never set a tire on before, due to the fact that he was injured earlier in the season when AMA Pro Road Racing had an official test at NOLA. About his provisional qualifying session, Garrett said, “The bike feels good, and it’s fast, but we picked the wrong tire for the session. I really like the flow of the track a lot. The more laps I ride on it, the more comfortable I feel, so seat time is important, obviously. I can’t wait to get back out there tomorrow.”
Cagey Cameron Goes Cajun As Beaubier Wins Saturday Daytona SportBike Race In New Orleans
New Orleans, LA October 6, 2012 – Cameron Beaubier, the rapidly rising star of the Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team, won Saturday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race One at NOLA Motorsports Park. For Cameron and his #6 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, the victory was their seventh out of the past nine races.
In the press conference following his well-earned victory, Cameron said, “I didn’t get the greatest of starts, and I had to work hard to get myself to the front. My Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team gave me an awesome bike. I’m trying to win as many races as I can before the season ends, and I’m really looking forward to getting back on my R6 for tomorrow’s race.”
Cameron’s teammate Tommy Hayden, in his first race back from suffering injuries in a crash at New Jersey Motorsports Park, was understandably still feeling the effects of the incident that occurred just a month ago. He put in a heroic effort and finished a respectable 10th.
In Saturday’s AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport Race One, Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff had a great race going and had worked himself into 2nd on his #96 R6. Unfortunately, due to an as-yet-unidentifiable mechanical or electrical issue with his bike, he ultimately finished in 15th place. The team has been working to diagnose the problem, and they are determined to resolve the issue and ensure that Garrett’s R6 is ready for Sunday’s SuperSport Race Two.
That race will go green on Sunday at 1:15 PM, and Daytona SportBike Race Two will start at 2:15 PM. All times are Central.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Champ Josh Hayes Does That Voodoo That He Do & Wins SuperBike Race One At NOLA Motorsports Park
New Orleans, LA October 6, 2012 – In his first race after winning his third AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes continued his winning ways by scoring another decisive race victory, this time in Saturday’s Race One at NOLA Motorsports.
Josh, who was riding in front of a large group of family and friends from his hometown in nearby Gulfport, Mississippi, put pride and power on display as he dominated the 18-lap event aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 and took the checkered flag with a lead of more than 10 seconds over the rest of the field. The victory was Josh’s 14th of the season, with one more race to go tomorrow on the 16-turn, 2.75-mile New Orleans road course.
After the win, Josh said, “The first lap, everything went kind of clean, and I hit my marks well, and then I started to get a little gap. I had so many people come out this weekend, and I really wanted to do well for them and all the fans here at NOLA. The Dunlop tires held up well for me on this new surface, and tire wear was really a non-issue, at least for me. Hats off to my crew for giving me a great bike. Fourteen wins so far this season is really a testament to their talents.”
SuperBike Race Two is scheduled to start on Sunday at 3:30 PM Central Time.
Double-G Dominates In The Delta As Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Rider Garrett Gerloff Wins Final SuperSport Race Of The Season
New Orleans, LA October 7, 2012 – In Sunday’s AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport Race Two at NOLA Motorsports Park, Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff won convincingly aboard his #96 Yamaha YZF-R6 and finished off his final race weekend of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season in style.
For 17-year-old Garrett, it was his first visit to the 16-turn, 2.75-mile natural road course located within minutes of downtown New Orleans. During the weekend, Garrett quickly acclimated to the new track and, on Sunday morning, he was the fastest rider on the track in the warm-up session. That proved to be a harbinger of things to come later in the day when the light turned green for the start of the race. Garrett was on the gas and proved to be the class of the field as he won by a margin of more than 11 seconds.
After accepting his winner’s trophy, Garrett said, “I got a good start and got away a little bit. That got me feeling really good, and I was able to put down fast lap after fast lap. My Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 was awesome today, and I can’t wait for next year. Hopefully, this win will be a springboard to bigger and better things next year.”
Cameron Beaubier Hangs Ten On His Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha R6 And Is The “Big Kahuna” In New Orleans
New Orleans, LA October 7, 2012 – Sunday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race Two at NOLA Motorsports Park was a battle royale between Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier and DSB series points champ Martin Cardenas. Cameron diced with the veteran rider several times during the race, and especially on the final lap where the lead changed hands a few times. At the stripe, Cameron narrowly missed earning his second win of the weekend, and he finished a close second.
Based on his win in Saturday’s Race One and his second-place finish on Sunday, Cameron was awarded the surfboard trophy as the “Big Kahuna” in New Orleans, which will sit alongside the other surfboard that he won just two weeks ago as the “Big Kahuna” in Miami.
After the race, Cameron said, “I had a little better start today, but I got shuffled back early in the race. I managed to get myself back up to the front, and I worked hard to stay there. The last lap was a battle. I don’t know if we touched, but it was definitely close racing, and I did everything I could to get the win. The surfboard is awesome, and I guess I’ll have to add surfing to my off-season training program!”
Cameron’s teammate Tommy Hayden soldiered through Sunday’s DSB race aboard his #22 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 and finished in a very respectable seventh place. It was a gutsy effort for Tommy in New Orleans after coming back so soon from the multiple injuries he incurred in his crash at New Jersey Motorsports Park just a month ago.
Like Red Beans And Rice, Winning And Josh Hayes Go Together Perfectly In Sunday SuperBike Race In New Orleans
New Orleans, LA October 7, 2012 – Wrapping up his historic season, Gulfport, Mississippi’s Josh Hayes put the final touches on his third straight AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship by winning Sunday’s race at NOLA Motorsports Park. It was the 16th win of the season for Josh and the 33rd SuperBike of his career, which moves him into sole possession of second place on the all-time AMA Pro Road Racing SuperBike wins list.
Like most of Josh’s wins this season, he got a great start, moved to the front, and clicked off fast lap after fast lap, which resulted in a gap of more than nine seconds over the rest of the field when he took the checkered flag.
After celebrating on the top step of the podium at NOLA, Josh said, “It was the perfect way to end an incredible year. I think we’re all basically show-offs at heart, and to have a lot of my family and friends here made it all the more special for me. What a year it’s been for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team. My guys are the best.”
As part of the Vortex Racing PINK Campaign, in support of breast cancer research, Josh ran a special, pink-anodized Vortex sprocket on his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 throughout the weekend. “I was proud to have that sprocket on my R1,” Josh commented. “My manager Gina Nadeau has been battling breast cancer for a long time, and it felt good to do something to raise awareness of that terrible disease.”
Cypress, CA October 4, 2012 – Round 11 of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series saw 19-year-old Yamaha Extended Service/Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier pilot his #6 Yamaha YZF-R6 to yet another win in the hotly contested AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class.
Despite the changeable weather that brought rain, wind, thunder, and lightning to Homestead-Miami Speedway–along with track conditions that ranged from dry, to wet, to varying degrees of wet and dry–Cameron accepted the challenge with his usual calm demeanor and riding skills belying his young age. He earned the pole and won Saturday’s Race One–his sixth race win out of the past nine starts–and then, he finished third in Sunday’s Race Two to make it a perfect 12 for 12 in podium appearances in the DSB races that he has finished this season. And, to top it all off, on the strength of his 1-3 finishes, Cameron was named the Big Kahuna of the event and was awarded the coveted surfboard trophy, which is an appropriate prize for a guy who hails from northern California.
Seventeen-year-old Garrett Gerloff was also in action at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and he raced his #96 Yamaha YZF-R6 to solid eighth- and seventh-place finishes in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport class, at a track on which he’d never even seen in person, let alone, ridden.
For highlights of the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha riders in South Florida–including an interview with Cameron–check out this video:
You’ll also meet Rick Williams, Team Manager of Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha, who talks about how the team relies so heavily on Yamaha Generators, both in the paddock and right out on the starting grid.
Look for more videos to come from both of the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams: Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha.
Cypress, CA October 1, 2012 – At Round 11 of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series, two-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes became the three-time SuperBike Champ, despite facing a rare bit of adversity over the weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The changeable South Florida weather made for a bit of extra drama as Josh crashed unhurt, remounted his #1 R1 and rejoined the race in 20th, and then finished 12th in SuperBike Race One, which delayed his title win by one more day. On Sunday, it all came good for Josh and his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew as “Hurricane” Hayes won SuperBike Race Two and, in doing so, secured his third consecutive title.
Meanwhile, Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, also battled adversity at Homestead-Miami. He finished 19th in Saturday’s Race One after running off the track and suffering a tipover, but then, he bounced back to finish 4th in Sunday’s Race Two.
For an up-close look at the two Joshes in action from Homestead-Miami, check out this video:
Also, in the video, you’ll get to meet Tom Halverson, who is the Team Manager for Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha and has worked for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., for more than 25 years. Tom talks about what a privilege it is to work for Yamaha, as well as with such a great group of team members and team sponsors.
Look for more videos to come from both of the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams: Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha.