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AMA Pro Racing Round 1 – Daytona Beach Press Release Recap

Monday, March 31st, 2014
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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.

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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.
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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.
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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
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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

 

R.I.P. Tommy Aquino – You’ll always be a part of the Graves Motorsports Family.

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

 

RIP Tommy Aquino

RIP Tommy Aquino

GOD Speed to our fallen friend Tommy Aquino as our thoughts are with the entire Aquino family during this sad time.

 

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AMA Pro Racing Laguna Seca Round 2 Press and News 2014

Monday, September 30th, 2013
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Graves Motorsports Press Laguna Seca Round 2 - 2013

 

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.”

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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.”
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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.

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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

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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.

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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 Team Announces Its SuperBike Rider Lineup For 2014

Monday, September 30th, 2013
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Monterey, CA – September 29, 2013 – Now that the 2013 AMA Pro Racing season has reached its conclusion, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team is pleased to announce that 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Cameron Beaubier will join three-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes on the two-rider team. The announcement was made by Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

For the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike season, Josh Hayes will be aboard the #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, and Cameron will race the team’s other R1 SuperBike, with competition #2 on the fairing.

According to McCarty, “Josh Herrin has been with us since 2005, and he’s been a tremendous rider and great ambassador for the Yamaha brand and all our team sponsors. His long-term goals have always been to win a Championship here in the U.S., and then go and race in Europe. With his 2013 SuperBike Championship and an opportunity awaiting him to race in the Moto2 World Championship, his dreams are coming true. We’re thankful to Josh for all the terrific years he’s given us, and especially for winning the SuperBike Championship this season. We’re looking forward to seeing him race on the world stage beginning next year.”

When asked about his new SuperBike teammate, Josh Hayes said, “First of all, big congratulations to Josh (Herrin) for winning the Championship this year. He really stepped up big this season. I’m looking forward to seeing him race against those boys in Moto2. It’s great to have another American carrying the flag for us. Good luck to Josh. As for Cameron, he had an amazing year in Daytona SportBike, and he deserves to be up here racing the Yamaha R1 and representing Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha in SuperBike. He’s already proven to be a phenomenal rider. I’m thrilled to have him as my teammate for 2014, and I have to say that I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me next season!”

Cameron said, “Congratulations to Josh Herrin on his SuperBike Championship, and also on his opportunity to race in Moto2. It’s going to be cool to see him compete against the world’s best and represent the U.S. As for me, I’m very thankful that Keith (McCarty) has given me this opportunity to continue advancing my racing career with Yamaha. I love riding for Yamaha, and I’m looking forward to racing the R1 SuperBike. And, to have Josh Hayes as my teammate is icing on the cake. He’s helped me so much over the past couple of years, and I really respect him both as rider and a mentor.”

Stayed tuned for more information coming soon about Yamaha’s U.S. road racing plans for 2014, including an announcement of next year’s rider lineup for the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team.

For more news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Graves’ Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @Gravesport

Graves Motorsports New Jersey AMA Pro Racing Weekend Press Releases 2013

Monday, September 16th, 2013
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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Triple Champ Hayes Wins SuperBike Race 2 At New Jersey Motorsports Park, Moves Into Second Place Behind Teammate & Title Leader Herrin


Millville, NJ – September 15, 2013 – In Sunday’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes definitively showed was he is the three-time defending series Champion. With his title defense in definite peril, he led the 23-lap contest from start to finish to record his seventh victory of the season. With the title points for the win, and the two bonus points he earned for setting the pole and leading the most laps in today’s race, Hayes moved into second place in the Championship, with one race left to decide it all.

After his victory, Hayes said, “The race went pretty good. This morning in practice, I knew I was in good shape for the race. I was able to get a good start and run fast laps right from the beginning. I rode well yesterday, too, and I knew that I had good speed. Today, it was the same thing, and I’m happy that I won the race for my team. I’m proud of the way I rode all weekend.”

Current points leader Josh Herrin finished second in today’s race, and he is currently 22 points ahead of Hayes. Herrin’s solid P2 result was his 11th podium finish out of 13 races (which includes 4 race wins) this season.

Herrin said, “It’s been since 2008 that I’ve been trying to win a Championship for Yamaha. I’m not there yet, but I’m knocking on the door. I was really nervous today, but I put my head down and got a good result, which definitely helps towards the Championship.’

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action during the weekend of September 27 through 29 for the World Superbike Weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA. It will be the final event of the season for the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike series.

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2013 Daytona SportBike Champ Beaubier Says “Y.E.S.” To A Dominant Sunday Win For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha At New Jersey Motorsports Park


Millville, NJ – September 15, 2013 – In his first race as 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion, Cameron Beaubier rode a blistering pace on his #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 to win Sunday’s DSB Race 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

By the time he took the checkered flag, Cameron–who was clearly the class of the field–had pulled a gap of more than seven and a half seconds over his notably fast teammate Garrett Gerloff in second place. Also, along the way, Cameron recorded the fastest lap of the race, which was actually faster than his record-breaking lap in Friday’s qualifying session. It was his 11th win out of 12 races, in a season in which the northern California phenom has racked up more victories in a single season than any DSB rider in AMA Pro Racing history.

“It was a relief wrapping up the championship yesterday,” Cameron said. “So, going into today, I felt good, and I was happy that I could just ride with no pressure. I was able to ride a little more aggressively knowing that I had secured the title.”

Garrett, aboard the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6 rode a very strong race at a track on which he’s had much success in his young career. For the likeable Texan, it was his eighth podium finish of the season.

Garrett said, “My first start wasn’t too good, but on the restart, I got a pretty good jump, and I was able to get up front and ride smooth laps. I couldn’t catch my teammate, so I decided to ride my own race and maintain my position till I saw the checkers.”

The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action during the weekend of September 27 through 29 for the World Superbike Weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA. It will be the final event of the season for the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike series.

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Josh Herrin Extends His SuperBike Championship Points Lead For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha With A Saturday Race 1 Win At New Jersey Motorsports Park

Millville, NJ – September 14, 2013 – Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike rider and current Championship points leader Josh Herrin put in an amazing performance to win Saturday’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Josh’s hard-fought victory extended his lead to 19 points with just two SuperBike races left to go in the 2013 season.

After winning his fourth SuperBike race this year and earning his 10th podium finish out of 12 races thus far in 2013, Herrin said, “It was awesome! That battle with Martin (Cardenas, who finished in second place) was amazing. It was a lot of fun, and I really wanted to get the most laps led. Whenever Josh went by, I panicked for a second because I had a feeling that he had charged from behind and was going good. I thought I had to keep up with him because I needed this race win. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, and I’m really happy I was able to capitalize on Josh’s jump-start and get an even bigger cushion in the points.”

As Herrin alluded to, ironically, for the second time this season, three-time defending SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes was the first rider to be shown the waving checkered flag at the finish line, but he didn’t technically win the race. Due to a five-second penalty assessed by AMA Pro Racing for “anticipating the start” when the race went green, Hayes actually finished in fourth place on the scoring sheets.

It was a gut-wrenching result for Hayes, who is still in third place in the Championship, but he is now 28 points behind his teammate Herrin. Hayes and his team will regroup overnight, and they’re determined to come back strong in tomorrow’s SuperBike Race 2, which will go green on Sunday at 4:00 PM ET.

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Cameron Hammers ‘Em As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Clinches 2013 DSB Title With Race 1 Win At New Jersey Motorsports Park


Millville, NJ – September 14, 2013 – Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier will remember this day for the rest of his life, as will his family, friends, and fans. In one fell swoop, the soft-spoken, yet lightning-fast, northern Californian won Saturday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1, clinched the 2013 Daytona SportBike Championship, and set a new record for most DSB wins in a single season.

Despite only needing to score a handful of points to wrap up the 2013 DSB title in today’s race, Cameron was determined to keep his winning streak alive, and he successfully extended it to 8 wins in a row and 10 out of 11 wins this season. Also, earlier in the day, Cameron earned his seventh pole position out of seven rounds for a perfect qualifying record this season.

“It’s an awesome day,” Cameron said. “I can’t thank my Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team enough for all they’ve done for me this season. Also, I’ve got to thank my Mom and Dad, and my girlfriend Kayla for all their love and support. It feels really good to get this Championship for Yamaha.”

In contrast to Cameron’s fortunes, Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff had a day that he’d just as soon forget. While racing in the lead group on lap three, Garrett lost the front of his #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6, and he suffered a mild tipover that put him out of the race.

About the incident, Garrett said, “I thought the left side of my tires had more heat in them than they did, and I was trying to catch up to Cameron and Jake in the lead. With the (cooler) track temps today and the cold tires, I ran out of side grip in Turn 3 and lowsided. It was a mistake, and I’ll learn from it and come back strong for tomorrow’s race. I want to say congratulations to my teammate Cameron. He’s had an amazing season, and my hat’s off to him.”

Daytona SportBike Race 2 from New Jersey Motorsports Park is scheduled for tomorrow at 3 PM ET.

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Hayes Throws Down At The Showdown As Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Champ Breaks Track Record In Friday Provisional Qualifying At New Jersey Motorsports Park


Millville, NJ – September 13, 2013 – In the first on-track salvo at New Jersey Motorsports Park, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes made a strong statement by breaking the track record during today’s provisional qualifying. Meanwhile, current Championship points leader and Hayes’ Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin was the second-fastest rider on the track.

After the opening qualifying session, Hayes said, “It’s been a pretty good day for the most part. We’re heading in the right direction, and I’m having fun riding the motorcycle. I’m glad to be back on my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 after the break, and I really like riding on this track.”

Herrin said, “We tried a tire in the beginning, and it just wasn’t working for me. So, we changed that, and it made a huge difference. Towards the end of the session, I was finally able to put some fast laps together, but not quite enough to catch Josh (Hayes). Tomorrow morning, we’ll start out (final qualifying) with the setup I ended today’s session with, and we should be in good shape. I’m glad that I have another session to improve my laps.”

Tomorrow morning’s final SuperBike qualifying session will begin at 9:40 AM ET, and SuperBike Race 1 from Miller Motorsports Park will go green at 3 PM ET.

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Beaubier & Gerloff Both Obliterate Lap Record At New Jersey Motorsports Park; Beaubier Earns Provisional DSB Pole Aboard His #6 Yamaha Extended Service/ Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6


Millville, NJ – September 13, 2013 – The two-rider tandem of Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff were both well under the qualifying track record in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike at New Jersey Motorsports Park in today’s provisional qualifying session. The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammates were the fastest two riders on the track, and Cameron earned the provisional pole with a blistering lap time that was 1.5 second faster than the previous qualifying-lap record at the track

Following his record-breaking session, which is the fifth racetrack in a row on which he’s broken the track record, Cameron said, “This morning, we started off pretty rough, and I actually crashed towards the end of that session. But, my team did a great job getting the bike back together. We found a really good setup with the soft tire in qualifying, so I was able to put in a bunch of fast laps.”

Garrett said, “I felt really good for qualifying. I think I could have dropped my laptimes even more, but where you are on the track is always so important. I came up on some slower riders there at the end, and it slowed me a little bit. This track is really connected together, so you have to carry momentum all the way around. My bike should be faster in the morning with the cooler temps, so we’ll look to improve some in tomorrow’s final qualifying session.”

After final qualifying for Daytona SportBike tomorrow morning at 8:50 AM ET, DSB Race 1 will go green at 2 PM ET.

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Miller Motorsports Round : Monster Energy Graves Yamaha / YES Monster Graves Yamaha Race Report

Monday, August 5th, 2013

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Josh Herrin Takes Over The SuperBike Championship Lead From His Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Josh Hayes In A Tumultuous SuperBike Race 2 At Miller Motorsports Park

 

Tooele, UT – August 4, 2013 – Fortunes can change quickly in motorcycle road racing, and with the consistency that three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes is known for, sometimes that fact gets forgotten. But today, in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at Miller Motorsports Park, fortunes changed for the worse for both Hayes and his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin. Ironically, though, Herrin’s situation actually improved as a result.

Herrin fought through a less-than-ideal setup throughout the race, but he toughed it out and finished an admirable third, for his second podium finish of the weekend, and his 9th podium out of 11 races so far this season. And, based on his consistent results, the rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 is now leading the 2013 SuperBike Championship for the second time this season.

Hayes, meanwhile, suffered a worse fate. Things began well for the Mississippi Madman, as he got one of his best starts of the season, and it was obvious that his strategy was to quickly get out front and go to work stretching out his lead.

The plan was working perfectly until lap three when Hayes suffered an ultra-rare lowside in Tooele Turn on the 3.05-mile, 15-turn road course. After he and his #1 R1 slid into the gravel, Hayes quickly got to his feet and worked on getting his SuperBike re-fired and back into the action where he could salvage as many points as possible. He raced back up to 18th place, and he was able to collect three valuable points in the Championship.

Based on his uncharacteristic result, Hayes lost the points lead, and is now third in the Championship with two rounds and three SuperBike races left to decide this year’s title winner. But, the Champ is not out of contention yet. In fact, he still very much controls his own fate if he can extract maximum points out of the remaining three races this season.

In the post-race podium press conference, Herrin said, “I was struggling all race long to keep the bike off the ground. I don’t know what it was, but it seemed like it was something with the front tire. Around the middle of the race, it seemed to start feeling better, but by then, both tires were pretty worn. Yesterday was, by far, the best it could have possibly gone for us, which made today so tough to take. It wasn’t our day, but we came out of here with the points lead, so that’s a big plus.”

Hayes said, “I was trying hard, and I fell down. I wanted to put in fast laps right from the start, and try to pull a gap. I made a mistake and unfortunately had a lowside. It was a difficult weekend for us, but we’ll move on to the next round.” The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on the weekend of September 13 through 18 for Round 8 of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship, which is the New Jersey Lottery Devil’s Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ.

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Twin-Cam Beaubier Ties Record With His Ninth DSB Win Of The Season And Second Of The Weekend For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Teammate Gerloff 2nd At Miller Motorsports Park

Tooele, UT- August 4, 2013 – Consistency is the secret to success in AMA Pro Road Racing, and the Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team has it as AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 2 was almost a carbon-copy of Saturday’s race from Miller Motorsports Park. Cameron Beaubier once again took the win, which was his ninth victory out of ten races this year, and he tied the record for most DSB wins in a single season.

Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff was, once again, a very close second in a race in which he took a couple of turns in the lead. Also as was the case yesterday, the top-five finishers in today’s race were all aboard Yamaha YZF-R6s in another dominant showing for the crossed-tuning-forks brand.

“It’s really been a dream season for me,” Cameron said after his record-tying win. “My crew of Olly (Hutchinson) and Skye (Girard) have really worked hard to give me a great bike all season long. It was a fun race today, just like it was yesterday. We had an awesome battle out there, and I really enjoyed it.”

Garrett said, “Getting a second at Laguna Seca gave me a lot of confidence coming into Miller, and I’m really happy with my results. I was able to run up front and lead the race both yesterday and today, so I’m hungry for a win.”

With just two rounds and three races left to go in the 2013 season, Cameron has a commanding 87-point lead in the Championship points standings and, on the strength of his strong finishes yesterday and today, Garrett is now in third place.

The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on the weekend of September 13 through 18 for Round 8 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship, which is the New Jersey Lottery Devil’s Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ.

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It Was A “Thrilla In Milla” As Josh Herrin Steps Up With A Monster Win In SuperBike Race 1 At Miller Motorsports Park; Teammate Hayes Finishes Third For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha

Tooele, UT – August 3, 2013 – In what was arguably the best win of Josh Herrin’s entire racing career, the rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 was number One on the track today in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at Miller Motorsports Park. Herrin ran a masterful race and was on the pace from the start, earning a bonus point for leading the most laps in the race.

Also very much in the hunt for the win was three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion and current 2013 points leader Josh Hayes, who got the holeshot to start the race, but ultimately had to settle for third in an excitement-filled contest that had everyone on the edges of their seats, including the SuperBike combatants themselves at the front of the field.

After taking his third win of the season, Herrin said, “It feels really good to win. I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work with training, and it’s paying off for me. I feel like I made a really good tire choice today. It was the one that I was most comfortable with, and I’m glad that it worked out. Miller was where I got my first (AMA Pro Racing) podium (back in 2006), so it feels great to come back here next year and get the win.”

Hayes, who is now just two points ahead of Herrin in the 2013 SuperBike Championship points said, “It was a fun race, and I had a good bike. These boys ran good, and they just beat me today. I’ve got some ideas for tomorrow’s race, and my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team and I are looking forward to coming back out here for Race 2.”

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Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammates Beaubier & Gerloff Battle At The Front & Go One-Two In DSB Race 1 At Miller Motorsports Park

Tooele, UT – August 3, 2013 – Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha riders Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff are close teammates, but they’ve never been closer than they were on the Miller Motorsports Park race course today in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1. The two battled closely and cleanly all race long, and each rider took turns at the point.

Ultimately, it was Cameron who took the win, which was his eighth victory in nine races this season and his six win in a row. Garrett hung tight with Cameron, and the newly minted 18 year old–his birthday was this past Thursday–actually recorded the fastest lap of any rider on the track, in his final circulation around the 3.05-mile, 15-turn road course.

Garrett also led 10 out of the 16 laps in the race, which earned him a bonus point in the Championship. However, Cameron used his wily racecraft, took the lead late in the race, and rode a defensive line to take the checkered flag first aboard his #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.

The top-five finishers in today’s race were all aboard Yamaha R6s in a dominant showing for the crossed-tuning-forks brand.

“It was really cool racing with JD (Beach) and Garrett,” Cameron said. “We made some changes (to the bike) this morning, and we thought it would be good for the race, but I wasn’t doing the laptimes I’d hoped for. Still, it was a great race, and it’s obvious that the Yamaha is the bike to have in Daytona SportBike with the top five of us all riding R6s.”

Garrett said, “I feel great. I got an awesome start, and I was really glad to get in the lead. It was a fun race, and I can’t wait till the race tomorrow. Our Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6s are the best bikes out there, and hats off to my crew for giving me a great bike today.”

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Hayes Lays Down The Gauntlet For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha In Friday’s First Qualifying Session At Miller Motorsports Park

Tooele, UT – August 2, 2013 – In the first day of action at Miller Motorsports Park, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes got off to his usual successful start by earning the provisional pole aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1. Hayes’ teammate and rider of the #2 R1, Josh Herrin, also had a good first-qualifying session, and the 2012 SuperBike Rookie of the Year is currently in third position on the provisional front row.

After the opening qualifying session, Hayes said, “It was hard work today. I’m trying very, very hard, and I’m hoping, after a good night’s sleep, I can put something together for tomorrow. The performance of the tires seems to be dropping off pretty quickly. The cooler temperatures should help us, though, and I would expect to go a little bit faster tomorrow, but we’ll see how it goes in the morning.”

Herrin said, “We did a few things with the bike this morning, and it really helped for qualifying. There are some new concrete patches on the track, and they’re a little tricky to negotiate, but my laptimes were way more consistent through the session than some of the other riders. We’re going to try a couple of other things in the morning and see how we do, but I feel comfortable, and I hope to go faster tomorrow.”

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“Bam Bam” Beaubier Breaks Another Lap Record, This Time In Provisional Qualifying At Miller Motorsports Park Aboard His #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6

Tooele,UT – August 2, 2013 – The string of success continued today for current AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship points leader Cameron Beaubier as he broke the track record in provisional qualifying at Miller Motorsports Park aboard his #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6. His teammate Garrett Gerloff, who rides the #8 R6 and was fastest in the morning practice session, currently sits in second position on the provisional grid, with final qualifying to set the pole and final DSB grid scheduled for 8:50 AM MT tomorrow morning.

After his record-breaking session ended–at the fourth racetrack in a row on which he’s broken the track record–Cameron said, “We dialed in my Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6 this morning, and it felt really good during the qualifying session this afternoon. The track is starting to come in a little bit and, being here in the middle of the summer, I think, has helped me go a little bit faster than we have when we’ve come here in the spring. Everything’s going great so far, and I really like riding on this track.”

Garrett said, “This morning, I didn’t think the track was going to be good because there was a lot of dust on it. But, we went out and everything felt fine. I’ve done a lot of laps here at Miller–more than at any other track we visit–so I was comfortable from the start of practice, and I was glad to be P1 after this morning’s session. In Qualifying, everything felt fine, and I was on a fast lap. Going into Turn 5, I may have had the brakes on a little too hard when I hit a bump, and I had a really easy lowside. I picked up the bike, rode it back to the pits, and got on my ‘B’ bike. It felt a little different to me, and I needed to get used to it for a few laps. I started getting back up to speed, but I wasn’t able to put in a really fast lap before the session ended. So, I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning’s final qualifying because, for me, colder temperatures work better here at Miller.”

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Photo Credits: Brian J. Nelson

Graves Yamaha Laguna Seca Race Recap + Exhaust Sale Special

Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Graves Motorsports Laguna Seca 2013 Exhaust Special

Graves Motorsports Laguna Seca 2013 Exhaust Special

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Hayes & Herrin Deliver Another 1-2 Yamaha Punch At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha

Monterey, CA – July 21, 2013 – After going five for five in pole positions yesterday, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion and current 2013 points leader Josh Hayes won his sixth SuperBike race of the season, with his Sunday victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It was the culmination of another perfect weekend for the rider of #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, as he also led all 23 laps of the race from start to finish.

Hayes’ teammate and rider of the #2 R1, Josh Herrin, kept his own SuperBike title hopes very much alive by finishing second to make it the second 1-2 Yamaha finish of the day. And, speaking of “1-2,” with three SuperBike rounds and five races left to go in the season, Hayes and Herrin are still a close 1-2 in the Championship with the younger Josh just 11 points back of the Mississippi Madman.

Hayes said, “That wasn’t how I expected the race to play out, but I’m happy with it. It was a really smooth race for me, and we progressed well through the weekend to get this result today. My teammate got a really good start, and I was determined to come out of the first turn in the lead. It was good to get up front so quickly so I could focus on turning quick laps and just run my race. I’m looking forward to going to Miller Motorsports Park and focus on keeping this thing going. ”

Herrin said, “My plan was to stick behind Josh (Hayes) from lap one, and it sort of went to plan. I had a couple of pretty good bouts with Roger and Martin, and I was able get myself back into second. By then, Josh (Hayes) was gone. Right now, I’m only 11 points behind Josh (Hayes in the Championship points standings) going into Miller, and I enjoy going back there. It’s a good track for me, and I always do pretty well there.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action in less than two weeks for Round 6 of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship, which takes place on August 2-4 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.

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Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Delivers A One-Two Punch As Beaubier Wins & Gerloff Is Second At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Monterey, CA – July 21, 2013 – The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team couldn’t have asked for a better weekend on the worldwide stage at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron Beaubier continued his string of perfect race weekends aboard his #6 YZF-R6 as he earned the pole yesterday in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, and then the northern Californian won Sunday’s race in convincing fashion with a gap of nearly three full seconds over the rest of the field. He also earned the bonus point for leading the most laps in the red-flag-shortened race and now has a 56-point lead in the 2013 Championship.

After the initial start, Cameron slotted himself into the lead pack to survey the field–which is the rider’s trademark strategy–he got into the lead and started working on pulling a gap. Unfortunately, the race was red-flagged and had to be restarted for a 5-lap sprint to the finish. At that point, Cameron abandoned his strategy and got the holeshot on the restart where he immediately began to pull away from the pack.

“I pulled a pretty good gap, and then we had a red flag,” Cameron said. “So, on the restart, I knew that I needed to get to the front a lot more quickly. I got the holeshot, and just put my head down till I saw the checkers. Five laps go by quickly here at Laguna, and I was happy that I won.”

In hot pursuit of Cameron during the race was his teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Garrett Gerloff. Garrett, who hails from Spring, Texas, finished second to Cameron, and ran an excellent race of his own. This was Garrett’s first-ever race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and he scored his second top-two finish of the season, which includes his second-place finish in March at the Daytona 200.

Garrett said, “I’m finally back on the podium! We came into this weekend, and everything was going smoothly. I kept improving my laptimes more and more as the weekend went on, and I’m really happy to get my second podium this year.” Garrett is currently in 4th place in the 2013 Championship points standings.

The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action in less than two weeks for Round 6 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship, which takes place on August 2-4 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.

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A Hayes Descends On Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca And Earns His Sixth SuperBike Pole In A Row For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha

Monterey, CA – July 20, 2013 – Three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes is a perfect five for five in pole positions this season and six for six going back to the final round of the 2012 SuperBike season. Riding his signature #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, Josh was the fastest SuperBike competitor in the morning’s provisional qualifying session at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and he bettered his time in the afternoon’s final qualifying event.

Hayes’ teammate and rider of the #2 R1, Josh Herrin set his fastest time of the day in provisional qualifying, and he will also start on the front row for tomorrow’s single SuperBike race of the weekend.

After earning his sixth-consecutive pole, Hayes said, “It was a pretty good session for me. My team and I worked a little bit on our setup and race pace, and I was able to go a little faster than I did this morning, so that was good. It’s always great to get that extra point for the pole, and I’ve got five of them, so that’s five bonus points. Those points are always important, and they’re especially important this season because we’re all still pretty close in points (in the SuperBike Championship standings).”

Herrin said, “The session got shortened, but it still went pretty well for us. I’m happy to be on the front row, and I’m also glad that I’m going faster in these qualifying sessions. I’ve been working hard on my fitness, and it’s obviously paying dividends for me.”

Tomorrow afternoon’s SuperBike race from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is set to go green at 3:45 PM PST.
Beaubier and Gerloff Qualify 1-2 In AMA Pro Go Pro Daytona SportBike

Cameron Beaubier–like his Yamaha teammate Josh Hayes–is also perfect on the season in DSB final qualifying, as the rider of the #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 also notched his sixth pole position of the season based on the record-breaking lap that he ran in yesterday’s provisional qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff made a huge jump from his fourth-place result in provisional qualifying. Garrett put his #8 Y.E.S./Monster into 2nd place in today’s final qualifying session, and he’ll start right next to Cameron on the front row for tomorrow morning’s single DSB race of the weekend.

Commenting on his pole-position-earning effort, Cameron said, “We made a couple of changes this morning to the rear shock. The fog was a little tricky, but we saw Garrett going faster, and we decided to put in a new rear tire. We didn’t improve on our time from yesterday, but I feel really good about our setup for the race.”

“The bike was really good for me today,” Garrett said. “Every time I go out on the track, I learn something more, and it showed today. I’m really glad that I was able to improve my position, and I’m looking forward to starting the race right next to Cameron on the front row.”

Tomorrow morning’s Daytona SportBike race from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will start at 11:15 AM PST.

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Beaubier Notches Another Record-Breaking Performance For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha, This Time In Provisional Pole Qualifying At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Monterey, CA – July 19, 2013 – At his home track, in front of his friends and family, and up on the world stage, Cameron Beaubier shone brightly in the limelight on the first day of AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron piloted his #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 around the picturesque 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course in Friday’s provisional pole qualifying session and laid down a record-breaking, fastest lap that was more than a full second quicker than the rest of the talented field of DSB riders.

After his chart-topping performance–which is becoming a regular occurrence for the 20-year-old northern Californian phenom–he said, “We made some changes after practice this morning, and I put in some solid laps in qualifying. (RoadRace Factory Yamaha rider) Jake (Gagne) ran really well, so I was happy to be able to put my Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha on the provisional pole. I wanted to make sure I put some really good laps in today because the mornings can be foggy here, and conditions in final qualifying session may not be as good as they were this afternoon.”

Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff put his #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha in 4th place provisionally, and he’s determined to improve on that lap time in final qualifying tomorrow morning.

“I’m hoping that we have a fog-free session and cool temperatures in the morning because I wasn’t happy with how things went for me in this first qualifying session,” commented Garrett. I’m on the second row of the grid right now, and I want to be a lot closer to Cameron rather than behind him at the start. I like this track a lot, and I need to show it with my results.”

Final qualifying for Daytona SportBike is tomorrow morning at 9:15 AM PST, and the single DSB race of the weekend is set to go green on Sunday morning at 11:15 AM PST.

For a video recap of last weekend’s historic performance at Mid-Ohio by Cameron and the Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team, go to http://youtu.be/aq_f1vtImHQ

Mid Ohio AMA Pro Racing Round – Recap

Monday, July 15th, 2013

 

Mid Ohio 2013 AMA Pro Racing Race Recap

Mid Ohio 2013 AMA Pro Racing Race Recap

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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”

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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.”

 

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”
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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.

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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.