See below for a recap of the complete weekend for the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha and Yamaha Extended Services Graves Yamaha Teams. Images from Brian J. Nelson at the bottom :
Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams Recap Doing The Double At Daytona
Cypress, CA – March 21, 2014 – As a possible preview of what’s to come in 2015 when AMA Pro SuperBikes return to the iconic Daytona 200, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Team notched a double win at “The World Center of Racing.”
For three-time SuperBike champ Josh Hayes, his Race 1 victory was both the 42nd of his career and his 42nd aboard the dominant Yamaha YZF-R1 SuperBike.
For last year’s Daytona 200 winner and 2014 SuperBike rookie Cameron Beaubier, Race 2 was the first of what is sure to be many more SuperBike victories in the 21-year-old phenom’s rapidly ascending career.
In the 73rd running of the Daytona 200–the last 200 for the Daytona SportBike class–Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach had high hopes for the high banks, but ultimate success eluded the likable pair. Both riders had tipovers during the 57-lap event, and Garrett managed to fight his way back to a remarkable fifth position at the checkers, while JD’s fate was sealed when he had to withdraw from the race after displaying possible concussion symptoms. Both riders are already back to full health and ready to continue their racing seasons in the weeks and months to come.
To relive the excitement of Daytona and see the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing teams in action, please check out the video. In it, you’ll see interviews with Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD, along with all the sights and sounds (and umbrella girls!!) from Daytona.
Garrett Gerloff Finishes Fifth In Daytona 200 For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Daytona Beach, FL – March 15, 2014 – Yamaha has had a lot of success and good fortune in the Daytona 200, with 22 victories to its credit but, unfortunately, the 73rd running of America’s iconic motorcycle race did not go quite as the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team hoped.
However, RoadRace Factory/Yamaha rider Jake Gagne and MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha rider Jake Lewis did take up the cause for the Yamaha brand and finished the Daytona 200 in second and third place, respectively.
Meanwhile, Garrett Gerloff, who finished second to his former teammate Cameron Beaubier, winner of last year’s Daytona 200, suffered a tipover shortly after his first pitstop of the 57-lap race. The mishap forced Garrett to return to the pits for an unscheduled stop in order for his crew to make repairs to his #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6. Despite the setback, Garrett still managed to work his way back up to fifth place by the end of the race.
“I wish I hadn’t made a mistake,” Garrett said. “My crew worked so hard to give me a fast bike, and I low-sided it on the lap right after my first pitstop. I had some trouble getting it pulled out of the airfence, but it fired up pretty quickly and looked mostly OK. Still, I decided to re-pit to make sure everything was OK. The worst damage was to the fairing. I lost the windscreen, which made things pretty tough out on the banking.” When asked about his remarkable run back up to fifth position, he said, rather succinctly, “Lemonade out of lemons, I guess. I’d much rather have won the race and not crashed.”
Garrett’s new teammate for 2014, JD Beach, was running a smooth and steady race until he also had a tipover, which damaged his #6 R6. The repairs to JD’s Yamaha were a little more extensive than those required for Garrett’s bike. While in the pits, JD was also evaluated for a concussion and, as a precautionary measure, the team took him to Halifax Medical Center for further tests, just to be safe. No further information was immediately available.
Daytona Double For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Team As Cameron Beaubier Wins SuperBike Race 2
Daytona Beach, FL – March 15, 2014 – Following up his third-place finish in yesterday’s AMA Pro SuperBike Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway, Cameron Beaubier notched the first win of his SuperBike career in only his second SuperBike race.
Unfortunately for Cameron’s teammate, three-time class champ Josh Hayes–who won Friday’s SuperBike Race–finished today’s race in 21st position after his #4 Yamaha YZF-R1 had a mechanical issue.
Today’s race was another close one, and Cameron took full advantage of the famous Daytona draft, as well as the crossplane-crankshaft power of his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 to pull out the exciting victory.
After the win, Cameron said, “It means everything to win this first SuperBike race of my career. It was a little bit smoother race for me today, and I stayed up front and didn’t make any big mistakes. I’m really happy that my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew gave me a bike that enabled me to pull ahead when I crossed the finish line.”
On the strength of his win today and podium finish yesterday, Cameron leaves Daytona with the points lead in the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike Championship.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Josh Hayes Wins SuperBike Race 1 At Daytona; Teammate Beaubier Finishes Third
Daytona Beach, FL – March 14, 2014 – The first AMA Pro SuperBike race of the season, today at Daytona International Speedway, was an exciting contest as three-time class champ Josh Hayes won by just .025 seconds aboard his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 to start his 2014 campaign off on a high note.
Josh got the holeshot at the start of the race and immediately pulled a sizeable gap on the first lap. Eventually, SuperBike rookie Cameron worked his way up to Josh, as did veteran rider Roger Hayden. Cameron was able to get into the lead for a brief moment a couple of times during the race, but he overshot turn one. He caught back up to Josh and Roger, but after overshooting turn one a second time, there weren’t enough laps left in the race for him to make another charge to the front, so he had to settle for third place. With only a few laps remaining, Josh and Roger battled closely till the checkers with Josh taking full advantage of his R1’s prodigious power to ultimately prevail.
After his victory, Josh talked about his jackrabbit start and the race that followed: “If I can get up to speed quickly, that’s how I like to start each race. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that you’ve gotta be on it from green to the finish. On the last lap, I knew Rog was there, so I kept the bike low on the track and held my line. It was a close finish, and I’m glad to get the win.”
Commenting on the first SuperBike race of his career, Cameron said, “I’m happy to be on the podium, but I wish it was a couple of steps higher. I made a couple of big mistakes while I was trying to pass Josh, but I learned a lot. I’m probably still riding like I’m on my R6, and this R1 SuperBike is a whole different animal. I love racing it, and I can’t wait to come back tomorrow.”
SuperBike Race 2 from Daytona is set for Saturday morning, March 15 at 11:00 AM EST. You can watch live online at FansChoice.tv.
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Garrett Gerloff Earns Front-Row Start For Daytona 200; Teammate JD Beach Starts Seventh
Daytona Beach, FL – March 14, 2014 – Provisional polesitter for the 73rd running of the Daytona 200, Garrett Gerloff, will start on the front row for tomorrow’s race. The rider of the #8 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 will start in second position for the 57-lap event.
Joining Garrett for the Daytona 200 is teammate JD Beach, who was seventh-fastest on the day and will be looking to get a good start from the third row of the grid in Sunday’s race.
Commenting on his qualifying effort, Garrett said, “Man, I wanted that (Rolex) watch! I felt pretty good, and I don’t think that’s the fastest I can go around here. It’s a long race with a couple of pitstops along the way. My team has a lot of experience with the quick-change equipment that we use here at Daytona, so we’re definitely in good shape for the 200. We’ll be ready.”
The Daytona 200 is set to begin tomorrow, Saturday, March 15, at 1:00 PM EST. You can watch the entire race live online at FansChoice.tv.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike Rookie Beaubier On Provisional Pole In AMA Pro SuperBike At Daytona
Beach, FL – March 13, 2014 – Cameron Beaubier wasted no time getting up to speed on his brand-new #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 SuperBike. The 2013 Daytona 200 winner battled it out with his teammate Josh Hayes, who is back aboard the #4 R1 SuperBike for the 2014 season. Cameron ultimately earned the provisional pole in AMA Pro SuperBike this afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.
Commenting on the first qualifying session of his rookie SuperBike season, Cameron said, “In the beginning, I just tried to go out and get a constant pace going. Then, I came in and put a new (rear) tire on, which made a big difference. I felt really good in the whole session, and I was able to bang out a lot of fast laps. I’m happy to be up front, and Josh, Roger (Hayden), and I are really close at the top. I think I’ve still got a little bit more in me for tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens.”
Three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes proved that he’s still the man to beat as he gave Cameron all he could handle throughout the 45-minute qualifying session. The two Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 pilots swapped fastest lap times back and forth several times before the checkered flag flew.
The second SuperBike qualifying session is scheduled for Friday morning, March 14, at 10:35 AM EST, and SuperBike Race 1 will go green later on Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM. SuperBike Race 2 is set for Saturday morning, March 15 at 11:00 AM EST. Watch both SuperBike races live online at FansChoice.tv
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
In today’s two practice sessions for the Daytona 200, Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff was second-fastest in the morning and fastest in the late afternoon. Meanwhile, Garrett’s teammate JD Beach overcame difficulties in the morning practice session to finish out the day in ninth place on the lap charts.
Three qualifying sessions will take place Friday, March 14, for the Daytona 200, and the race will go green on Saturday, March 15, at 1:00 PM EST. Watch the Daytona 200 live online at FansChoice.tv
Herrin Wins SuperBike Championship & Hayes Wins Race At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Monterey, CA – September 29, 2013 – Since joining Yamaha in 2005, Josh Herrin has won race after race aboard his YZF-R6 and YZF-R1, and dreamed about bringing home a Championship for the triple-tuning-forks brand. On Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Herrin accomplished his goal. The 23-year-old rider from Dublin, Georgia, finished second in the final SuperBike race of the 2013 AMA Pro Racing season, which earned him more than enough points to win the title.
The winner of the race was Herrin’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate, three-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes. Hayes notched his 8th SuperBike victory of the season, taking the checkers more than 13 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, and he finished the season second in total Championship points.
Third place went to Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing/Yamaha rider Larry Pegram, who matched his season-opening result at Daytona International Speedway, to complete a Yamaha podium sweep.
When asked about his freshly minted Championship, Herrin said, “I think the best word to describe my season is ‘consistency.’ We were really consistent all year. At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t even thinking about the Championship. We were fortunate at Daytona, but I figured Josh would come back, and he did. But, at the same time, we were smart and rode really consistent, and it paid off in the end. Overall, it went great.”
“This has been a lifelong dream of mine,” Herrin continued, “And it’s finally come true. I can’t even explain the emotions right now. Coming around on that last lap, I just filled up with tears. I could barely see where I was going. I’ve never felt that kind of emotion before. It’s crazy, the emotions you feel when you achieve something that you’ve been hoping to do your whole life.”
After his Sunday win, Hayes said, “It was a great weekend. This is two good Laguna Seca’s this year for me. I’ve had a great season, and I’m proud of the things I’ve accomplished. My statistics are good. I was able to get eight pole positions. I think I’ve gotten all the poles except two in three years, which is a pretty amazing run. It’s fun to be fast. And I had a good run of races this year.”
About his teammate’s SuperBike Championship, the Triple Champ said, “I really think the story today is Josh winning his #1 plate. He did what he needed to do and, when the pressure was on, he stepped up.”
Faster By The Dozen As Daytona SportBike Champ Beaubier Notches His 12th DSB Victory Of The Season For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Monterey, CA – September 29, 2013 – Finishing his Championship season in winning fashion, Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier won his 12th AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race this year, with a victory in Sunday’s DSB race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It was also his 10th win in a row in 2013, completing a season of utter domination for the 20-year-old sensation, in a racing class known for its ultra-competitiveness.
Garrett Gerloff, rider of the #8 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, raced in tandem with his teammate Cameron for part of the race, until the 2013 DSB Champ started another one of his signature charges to the front. Garrett stayed in the lead group and almost caught the third-place finisher at the checkers, but he ultimately had to settle for fourth. Garrett completed his first full season of DSB competition on the Championship podium, with an excellent third place in the points.
After celebrating his win and “dominant dozen” in winner’s circle, Cameron said, “I had a pretty big crash in final qualifying yesterday, and I banged up my knee and ankle a little bit. So, I felt pretty stiff this morning in the warmup. In the race, I decided to take it a little bit easy in the beginning. My knee was hurting pretty good but, as the race went on, it loosened up some, and I was able to start putting down some fast laps. My team worked hard last night to get my bike ready for today’s race, so I have to thank them for today, and really, for the whole season. Olly (Hutchinson) and Skye (Girard) are so good at what they do, and I can’t thank them enough. 12 wins this season is awesome, and of course, winning the Championship is, too.”
Everything Comes Up Crazy 8s For Daytona SportBike Champ Beaubier As He Goes 8 For 8 In Poles For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Monterey, CA – September 28, 2013 – In a string that started with a Rolex wristwatch for winning the pole for the Daytona 200, 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Cameron Beaubier completed a perfect record of eight poles out of eight events this season, with pole number eight coming today in final qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron has started from the pole in every DSB race this season, and he’ll do the same tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff will also start on the front row tomorrow, after qualifying third today aboard his #8 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.
Unfortunately for Cameron, though, his final qualifying session of 2013 was not without incident. The northern Californian–who lives just a few hours north of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca– tucked the front of his #6 R6 on the brakes going into turn three on the lap right after his fastest lap of the session. He lowsided the bike and injured his right knee and ankle in the tipover. “It was weird,” said Cameron as his sat quietly and iced down his leg. “As soon as I touched the brakes going into Turn 3, I lost the front. I didn’t even have any time to react. Before I knew it, I was on the ground. I’m not sure how I banged my knee, but I did tumble a lot going through the gravel. I wish we had footage to look at because I don’t really know how I hurt my knee and ankle. I definitely took a pretty good tumble, though.” When asked about his prognosis and plan for tomorrow’s race, Cameron said, “I may meet up with Dr. Bryan (his orthopedist) tonight to have the injuries evaluated. But, right now, my plan is to race tomorrow. That’s what I’m counting on.”
Garrett said, “I’m bummed for Cameron that he had a tipover and got hurt. Hopefully, he’ll be good to go for tomorrow. As for me, I qualified second yesterday, and I actually went faster today, but Im starting third tomorrow. I’m disappointed, but I’m still on the outside of the front row, which isn’t a bad place to start. I’m hungry to get my first win of the season, so I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow morning.”
The final Daytona SportBike race of the 2013 season will go green early on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM PT from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Pure Pole Perfection For Hayes As Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Champ Qualifies First At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca & Notches Eighth-Consecutive Pole Of Season; Teammate Herrin 2nd On Grid
Monterey, CA – September 28, 2013 – In Saturday’s final qualifying session at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes completed a perfect season in qualifying as he notched his eighth and final pole position of 2013, based on his fast lap from Friday’s provisional qualifying. No other SuperBike rider has gone faster than Hayes in qualifying at every AMA Pro Racing event this season.
2013 Championship points leader and Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin improved on his provisional fifth position from yesterday. He recorded a string of fast laps towards the end of today’s final qualifying and put his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 in second position on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race.
When asked about his perfect season of poles, Hayes said, “It’s really cool to consistently be the fastest rider out there, and to earn the pole at every track really shows just how good my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team is. The ultimate goal every weekend is to win the races, but the first step in that process is getting pole. I think it’s something that every team tries for, and I’m proud that we got all eight poles this season.”
“I’m ready for tomorrow’s race,” Herrin said. “I had a much better session today, and I worked methodically on putting down some fast laps. I’m happy with P2 on the starting grid, and I can hardly wait till tomorrow. I really wish the race was today.”
Sunday morning’s SuperBike race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is set to go green at 10:40 AM PT
Number 6 for #6 As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha DSB Champ Beaubier Breaks Track Record For 2nd Time This Season At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey, CA – September 27, 2013 – For the sixth-consecutive time, 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Cameron Beaubier broke the track record. Remarkably, this is the second time this season that Cameron, aboard his #6 YZF-R6, set the provisional pole and broke the track record at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff also bettered his previous qualifying time from July and is second on the provisional grid.
It’s not often that a rider is able to break a lap record at a track where they already set a new record earlier in the season, but that’s the kind of year that Cameron is having. “The track felt a lot better this afternoon with more rubber on the surface,” Cameron said. “So I was able to run some fast laps. I’m glad I broke the track record again like I did when we were here for the MotoGP weekend in July. I want to keep doing my best and improving every time I”m on the bike.”
Garrett said, “I couldn’t get comfortable this morning with so many more riders on the track. But, in qualifying, everyone seemed to be spread out more, so I was feeling better and better with every lap I rode. I got into P2 (second place) on my last couple of laps, and I’m hoping to go faster in tomorrow’s session.”
Final qualifying for Daytona SportBike is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3:15 PM PT, and the race will go green early on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM PT.
Hayes Earns Provisional SuperBike Pole For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; Teammate Herrin Is Fifth
Monterey, CA – September 27, 2013 – In Friday’s provisional qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes was the fastest rider on the track, and he was also notably nearly a full second faster than any of the World Superbike riders in their first free practice session of the weekend.
Championship points leader and Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin qualified provisionally in fifth position. His session was cut short when he tucked the front of his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 in Laguna Seca’s turn 3 and slid off the track unhurt.
After the opening qualifying session, Hayes said, “It was a pretty typical qualifying session, I think. I’m trying to be steady and keep feeling fresh. I’m looking to keep building toward Sunday’s race. After racing (an R1 for the Yamaha Austria Racing Team) at LeMans (in the 24-hour endurance race) last weekend, it took me a few laps to get acclimated to my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 and the Dunlop tires again, but I’m happy to be back on my SuperBike.”
Commenting on his tipover, Herrin said, “I’m really mad at myself because that’s the first time I’ve fallen all year. There were about 10 minutes left to go in the session, and I hadn’t really started clicking off fast laps. I’m glad we’ve got another qualifying session tomorrow.”
Tomorrow afternoon’s final SuperBike qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will begin at 12:40 AM PT, and Sunday morning’s SuperBike race will go green at 10:40 AM PT.
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’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.
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.”
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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Hayes On Pole For AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike At Daytona
Daytona, FL March 16, 2012 – Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes, who captured seven poles last season on the way to his second AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship in a row, earned the pole position in today’s final qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway.
Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike teammate Josh Herrin equaled the fourth position on the starting grid that he earned in Thursday’s first qualifying session, which means that both riders will start from the front row aboard their crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1 SuperBikes.
Commenting on his pole-qualifying effort, Josh Hayes said, “My R1 is fast! It’s good to get that first point of the season, and I’m really looking forward to this afternoon’s race. With Josh and I both qualifying on the front row, we’re really excited to have the pair of Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1s at the head of the pack.”
SuperBike Race 1 will go green later today at 4:00 PM, and SuperBike Race 2 is set for Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 AM. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of both races.
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Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Rider Beaubier Qualifies On Front Row For Daytona 200
Daytona, FL March 16, 2012 – Competing in just the second Daytona 200 of his young career, Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier earned second position in today’s final qualifying session, and he will start on the front row for Saturday’s 71st running of the prestigious Daytona 200.
Cameron’s freshly recruited teammate for the Daytona 200, veteran rider Tommy Hayden-who was called into service late yesterday as a replacement for the injured Garrett Gerloff-qualified on the fourth row. Tommy is very much in position to move up during Saturday’s race, as he gets more seat time and acclimates to his Yamaha YZF-R6 during the main event.
Commenting on his qualifying session and the upcoming 200-mile race, Cameron said, “We’ve got a good race setup for tomorrow’s 200. It’s 57 laps, so we’re happy to be on the front row for the start. I’ll be working hard to keep myself up front and in position to win my first Daytona 200.”
Yamaha is well represented at the front of this year’s Daytona 200 starting grid. There are 6 Yamaha R6 Daytona SportBikes in the top 10 for the race.
Start time for Saturday’s Daytona 200 is 1:00 PM. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of the race.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Hayes Blitzes The Field In AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 At Daytona
Daytona, FL March 16, 2012 – Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes was a man on a mission in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway as he successfully began his defense of his Championship title with a dominant win at “The World Center of Racing.”
Josh moved to the front of the pack in very quick fashion and clicked off fast lap after fast lap. He scored a valuable bonus point for leading the most laps-in fact, he led every lap of the 15-lap race—then took the checkered flag more than eight seconds ahead of 2nd-place finisher Blake Young. Josh also recorded the fastest lap of the race.
His Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike teammate Josh Herrin actually got the holeshot when the race went green in his first-ever SuperBike race. For a brief moment on lap one, Herrin and Hayes were in first and second position, respectively, on their identically prepared crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1 SuperBikes before Hayes ultimately took the lead and was never fronted. Herrin unfortunately low-sided his bike and eventually had to retire from the race.
After celebrating the win with his crew and climbing to the top of the podium in Victory Circle, Josh Hayes said, “Man, my 2012 R1 is fast. What a day…I’m so happy. I’ve got to thank my whole Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team, including my crew chief Jim Roach for working so hard in the off-season and this weekend to give me such a dominant motorcycle. It’s a great start to the season, and I can’t wait for tomorrow’s race.”
SuperBike Race 2 is set for Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 AM. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of the race.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Hayes Finishes Second In AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 At Daytona; Teammate Herrin Is Fourth
Daytona, FL March 17, 2012 – With both of its riders finishing in the top 4, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team performed well in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at Daytona International Speedway.
Josh Hayes, who earned another valuable point in the championship by leading the most laps, was perfectly positioned on the final lap to use the famous Daytona draft for the win, and Josh crossed the finish line in a photo finish. Blake Young held on to win the race by a scant two one-thousandths of a second. Josh, who is the two-time reigning SuperBike Champion, leaves Daytona in the lead of this year’s championship.
Number-2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike rider Josh Herrin ran an exciting and tactical race where he diced back and forth with Roger Lee Hayden. In only his second race aboard the crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1, Josh finished in a very respectable 4th place.
Commenting on his race, Josh Hayes said, “Wow, that was exciting, but I just mistimed it on that last lap. My crew gave me a great bike today, but that one was on me. It was a great race for the fans, and I can’t wait to get to Road Atlanta. It’s going to be a great season.”
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team’s next race is in almost exactly a month when AMA Pro Racing makes its welcome return to Road Atlanta for the Big Kahuna Atlanta.
Yamaha YZF-R6 Rider Pascarella Wins Daytona 200; Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Finishes On Podium; Teammate Hayden Is 7th
Daytona, FL March 17, 2012 - 19-year-old Joey Pascarella won the 71st running of the Daytona 200 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6. Riding to help raise awareness and support for the March of Dimes March for Babies, Joey led 41 laps of the 57-lap race.
Also the same age as Joey and hailing from the same part of California, Cameron Beaubier raced his Yamaha Extended Service /Graves/Yamaha R6 to a podium finish. Cameron was fast and out front at the start of the race, and he led 5 laps at the “World Center of Racing.” The final lap was as exciting as any 200 ever raced, and Cameron was in contention to notch the win. As always, drafting played a key role in the outcome, and Cameron crossed the finish line in third.
Tommy Hayden was called into action at virtually the last moment as a replacement rider for Garrett Gerloff, who was unfortunately injured in the first AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike practice on Thursday. Despite very little seat time in preparation for the race, Tommy relied on his immense experience and finished in a very impressive 7th place.
After the race, Cameron said, “I’m proud to put my Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 on the podium, but I’m also disappointed to not win the race. My crew gave me a great bike, and the pitstops were flawless. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”
The Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team’s next race is in about five weeks’ time when AMA Pro Racing makes its return to Road Atlanta for the Big Kahuna Atlanta on the weekend of April 20-22.
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Graves Motorsports WORKS YEC Race Parts Reminder #2
Kennesaw, Georgia, December 19, 2011
Subject: 2012 YZF-R1 / R6 WORKS Parts Ordering Deadline #2 – This is to advise you of the 2012 YZF-R1 / R6 WORKS Parts and ordering information. Please refer to the information and download links listed below. This current email covers products ordered by January 16, 2012 for late April 2012 delivery timelines.
Graves Parts: Graves WORKS Parts are designed based on the technical regulations of the AMA Pro Road Racing Championship series. Please check guidelines for the specific series you are entering before ordering Graves WORKS Parts.
YEC Kit Parts: Yamaha Racing parts developed for competing the YZF-R1 and YZF-R6. For the 2012 R1 a complete new ECU set and wire harness are available to allow full benefit of the new model’s traction control function. The front wheel assembly is modified to allow the traction control rotor sensor to be installed and a new repair set is also added to the range.
Listed below are the three Ordering Round deadlines for the 2012 season.
November 28, 2011: Delivery early March 2012 (orders and parts for this date have past)
January 16, 2012: Delivery late April 2012
May 18, 2012: Delivery mid-August 2012
Items not listed on the Graves Works website but included in the downloadable PDF can only be ordered on these ordering rounds.
All orders received prior to the ordering deadlines will be accepted. However, we cannot guarantee additional orders after the ordering deadline has passed.
Items appearing on the approved AMA Pro Road Racing Eligible Equipment list will generally ship upon order confirmation during the AMA racing season: March – October.
In the event that the items appearing on the approved AMA Pro Road Racing Eligible Equipment list are ordered during the current AMA racing season (and not in stock at that time). Order confirmation will be given and those items will be delivered in no less than 10 and no more than 45 days.
If we are not able to accept some orders due to low availability or high production cost of the parts, we will immediately inform you by e-mail.
No cancellation of orders will be allowed once we have confirmed the orders.
Confirmation of your orders requires payment in full.
Customers who have a current Graves Works account will receive a correspondence similar to this letter approximately 1 month prior to each deadline.
Customers who do not have a current Works account can sign up at www.gravesport.com . Orders for parts prior to the 2012 model year : Orders for YEC parts or Graves Works Parts prior to 2012 model year that are not listed in the downloadable PDF “2012 order sheets” must be requested by e-mail.
Website: Dealers and customers can refer to the WORKS specific section of our website located at www.gravesport.com/Works.html . This website contains details descriptions, images and “2012 Kit Manuals” (in several languages).
Important Notice: Graves Motorsports WORKS and YEC Racing Parts are not street legal and are sold for use exclusively on closed-circuits. For further information on specifications, availability and becoming a WORKS qualified customer refer to our WORKS Racing parts website at http://www.gravesport.com/Works.html .
2012 Graves Motorsports WORKS Parts Information Sheet: www.gravesport.com/order/2012-Graves-Works-Pre-Order.pdf
2012 YEC Kit Parts Information Sheet R6: www.gravesport.com/order/2012-Kit-Parts-Order-sheet-R6.pdf
2012 YEC Kit Parts Information Sheet R1: www.gravesport.com/order/2012-Kit-Parts-Order-sheet-R1.pdf
Contact: Inquiry for ordering, parts in stock, technical support, advice and technical issues can be directed through emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Order forms must be emailed to the email address above. You will receive a response and confirmation within 2 business days. You must also sign and fax our purchase agreement to 678-354-3732. We will contact you to secure a payment in full deposit within this time. If you have any questions please contact us at; 855-994-0990.
Graves Motorsprots crew chief Gary Dean installs a set of braking wave rotors on Josh Herrin’s Yamaha R6 Daytona Sportbike. These are the recommended brake rotor setup by Graves Motorsports. On sale at www.gravesport.com
Graves Motorsports crew chief Gary Dean is never late for the job! In this episode Gary sleeps in to begin the build of a Graves Motorsports AMA Pro Racing spec Yamaha R6 Daytona Sportbike. Watch as Gary quickly assembles this incredible Yamaha into a world class Graves Yamaha race machine. More details of this exact bike build and available products can be found at www.gravesport.com
Graves Motorsports suspension technician Kyle Guglielmetti taking the standard Ohlins Yamaha R6 front and rear suspension kits and building them to Graves Motorsports spec standards. This is the same suspension kits that can be found on Graves’ Yamaha R6 riders Josh Herrin, Tommy Aquino and Garrett Gerloff’s motorcycles. Kyle leaves no part left untouched on the way to world class level sport bike suspension. For complete details on these motorcycle suspension services, visit www.gravesport.com .