Posts Tagged ‘Clinton Seller’

 

Graves Motorsports Team Zyvax Yamaha R6 WERA Endurance Racing – Part 2

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Part 2 of the Team Zyvax riders Clinton Seller / Dane Westby on the Graves Motorsports Yamaha R6 at the WERA Little Tally race 4-10-10.

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

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

Dane Westby of Team Zyvax Racing is on FIRE

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

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

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

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

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

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

- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -

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

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

Team Zyvax’s Graves Spec Yamaha R6 wins Overall first place during the Grattan WERA endurance round – leaves its big brother the in the dust!

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Kennesaw, Georgia, July 6, 2010 – Team Zyvax created their own fireworks on the track during the 4th of July WERA Endurance weekend races at Grattan Raceway in Belding, MI. Despite the big power of the team’s Yamaha R1, the little brother Yamaha R6 stood out as the champion in all out lap times during the shortened endurance race.

Perfect weather and perfectly prepped bikes and riders could not outweigh the less than perfect track conditions at Grattan Raceway last weekend. Track surface issues and resulting clean-up efforts caused cancelled practices on Friday and a shortened endurance race on Saturday.

Taking it all in stride, guest rider Jason Disalvo with team riders Dane Westby and Clinton Seller put in careful but lightning quick laps on their Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports prepped Yamaha R6. With the help of his uncatchable R6, Westby bought his team an early thirty-seven second lead and set the pace with the fastest lap time of the race. Despite poor track conditions, Westby was a full second quicker than the fastest lap of the same race in 2009 set by Tray Batey.

“I just went crazy from the beginning; flying off the jump, landing at the apex and flicking it in,” said Westby after his first stint, referencing the famous Grattan Jump. He also commented on the track saying, “It was getting better each lap. Turn three was okay if you stayed way inside and turn two is still a little sketchy.”

Ben Bostrom and Chris Clark astride their Graves Motorsports prepped / Team Zyvax Yamaha R1 had their work cut out for them. Both Zyvax R1 riders were new to Grattan Raceway and they too were forced to deal with the loss of track time. Even more challenging was hooking up the more powerful R1. Bostrom and Clark had to adapt to track conditions and work hard to get horsepower to the track. “The R6 has loads of grip!” said a slightly envious Bostrom at the end of his first stint, “Dane just left me! But I was having so much fun learning each hole on the track. It got more exciting every lap.”

Former AMA Champion Kurtis Roberts’ scheduled guest ride with Bostrom and Clark was shelved by the shortened race, forcing the team to adjust their race strategy. Unfortunately the adjusted strategy left Roberts without a stint in the race.

Team Zyvax marked the halfway point of the season at Grattan by solidifying the first place championship positions of both the R1 and the R6 in their respective classes. In overall championship points the Zyvax Teams are first and second with the R1 holding a narrow four point spread over the R6.

“What a race!” exclaimed ecstatic team owner JB Layman, “The little R6 finished on top over the big R1. The riders adapted to the changing track conditions and were able to get the most out of the bikes. This is our team’s best performance so far.”

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

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

Yamaha Road Racers Strong at Road Atlanta

Monday, April 19th, 2010
Team Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes Road Atlanta 2010

Team Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes Road Atlanta 2010

Yamaha R6′s and R1′s raced to two wins and six other podium finishes in a hard-fought third round of the 2010 AMA Superbike series at Road Atlanta in Georgia on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18. J.D. Beach led a swarm of YZF-R6s that swept the SuperSport podium on both days, while on Sunday Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes finished second in the premier Superbike race on his YZF-R1 and teammate Josh Herrin also took second in an especially competitive Pro Daytona SportBike race on his R6. After the weekend, Hayes now lies fourth in Superbike points, Herrin leads Daytona SportBike, and Beach sits second in SuperSport points (with fellow R6 pilot Cameron Beaubier in first).
Saturday’s Superbike and Daytona SportBike contests threw plenty of challenges at the Graves Yamaha squad. In Superbike, a fantastic ride earned Hayes the win, but he later received a time penalty that demoted him from the winner’s circle to sixth place – along with a corresponding loss of points. Herrin experienced a another challenge, battling as high as third before running off the track and winding up only eighth at the finish. Nevertheless, the R6s of Dane Westby, Tommy Aquino, Clinton Seller and Herrin still occupied four of the top eight positions overall.
The mark of a great team is its ability to rebound, and the Graves crew did just that on Sunday. In Superbike, Hayes and rival Blake Young smoked the rest of the field throughout the entire race. Though Young eventually prevailed, Hayes finished just 0.136 sec. behind. Then in the second Daytona SportBike race, less than two seconds cloaked the first eight riders. Herrin, Martin Cardenas, Steve Rapp and Cory West all took turns in front – only to slip back as the pack surged. On the last crazy lap, Herrin raced from fifth to second in an astonishing charge, taking the flag just behind Cardenas. “Both Joshes rode with a lot of heart today,” said Yamaha road race team manager Tom Halverson. “Josh Herrin fought hard to the bitter end, and Josh Hayes put yesterday’s disappointment behind him to get right up front again and fight for the win.”
2010 AMA Superbike Points 4/18/10

Pos. Rider Points
1 Jake Zemke 145
2 Tommy Hayden 141
3 Blake Young 130
4 Josh Hayes – Yamaha 107
5 Larry Pegram 92
2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Points 4/18/10

Pos. Rider Points
1 Josh Herrin – Yamaha 117
2 Danny Eslick 111
3 Martin Cardenas 103
4 Cory West 91
5 Dane Westby – Yamaha 90