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MotoAmerica Indy Round 2015

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

 

Weekend Press Results and Images for Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha and Yamalube / Y.E.S. / Graves / Yamaha Teams from MotoAmerica’s 2015 Indy Round

 

 

 

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CamBeau Goes Rambo And Gets The Double Win At Indy; Teammate Hayes Podiums Again
Indianapolis, IN – August 9, 2015 – MotoAmerica’s Inaugural Superbike season is one round and two races from its conclusion, and the two Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike riders Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier are now tied in race victories with eight wins apiece. More importantly, Cameron now has an 18-point lead over Josh in the Championship as a result of his two heroic wins on the world stage during MotoGP weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Under skies that threatened to rain at any moment on Sunday, Superbike Race 2 from Indy started in much the same fashion as Saturday’s Race 1 did, with Roger Hayden getting the holeshot, while Cameron and Josh slotted into position in second and third. And, also much the same as Saturday, the race became an exciting duel between Cameron and Roger.

But on Sunday, Josh was much closer to the front and was also very much in contention for the win. With the laps winding down and Roger and Cameron swapping the lead, Josh watched the battle and plotted his move. Meanwhile, raindrops began to fall on the 16-turn, 2.591-mile Indy road course. With only a couple of laps left in the race, and Cameron in the lead, the red flags flew just after Josh moved past Roger into second place. The race was called at that point, but the results reverted back a lap, which created some momentary confusion about the outcome. A photo finish at the stripe showed that Cameron was in the lead by the slimmest of margins, so he took his second win of the weekend, with Roger in second, and Josh in third.

Commenting on his points lead going into the final round of the season at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Cameron said, “18 points is a decent gap, but I know how good Josh is at New Jersey. This race was really tough when it started raining, and it was easier to ride around in second than it was to lead because I could see what Roger was doing and where the wet track was causing problems for him. I definitely got a little lucky in the second race, but I’ll take it. I really didn’t know I’d won until about halfway around the cool-down lap.”

Josh said, “My whole Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew worked so hard all weekend long. With all the changes we made over the past couple of days, that was about the third different R1 that I’ve ridden this weekend. We got a lot closer for today’s race, but I still didn’t feel like I had any weapons or areas of the track that I was better in than Cam or Roger.”

The entire Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike team will take a well-deserved break and get ready for the “Showdown in South Jersey” on the weekend of September 11-13 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Watch Round 8 Of The MotoAmerica Championship on CBS Sports

MotoAmerica Round 8 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway will air on Saturday, August 15 at 10:30 AM EST, with a re-air on Wednesday, August 19 at 10:00 PM EST. For the complete MotoAmerica TV broadcast schedule on CBS Sports Network, visit http://www.motoamerica.com/motoamerica-tv-schedule
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CamBeau Slices ‘Em At Indy In MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1; Teammate Hayes Finishes Third
Indianapolis, IN – August 8, 2015 – Coming into Round 8 of the 2015 MotoAmerica SuperBike Championship, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammates Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier were all tied up in points, but Josh held the tiebreaker with eight race wins to Cameron’s six.

In Saturday’s Superbike Race 1 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Cameron notched victory number seven to move into sole ownership of the Championship.

Cameron, who earned the pole with a blistering lap in Friday’s Superpole final qualifying, slotted in behind Roger Hayden at the start, and the battle was on. The lead changed hands quite a few times during the 18-lap feature event, with Cameron and Roger swapping the lead and Josh following in third. As the dynamic duo crossed start-finish to begin the final lap, Cameron made a perfect draft pass going into the high-speed sweeper in turn one, took the lead, and held onto it all the way to the checkers. Josh, who was solidly in third place, kept his position to the end to fill the final spot on the podium and salvage as many points as he could in what has been a somewhat difficult weekend for him on a track he’s never turned a lap on until Thursday.

After his victory, Cameron said, “That was a really important race for me to win, in this tight championship with Josh. Who knows? Tomorrow, it’ll be his third day on this track, and I’m sure they’re going to go back and work hard on the bike for tomorrow. It’s gonna be tough. The battle I had with Roger was awesome. Going into turn one, trying to outbrake each other, it seemed like that was the only place we could pass each other. I had fun, and I’ve got to thank my team. We’ll go back, and hopefully find a little bit more grip for tomorrow.”

“We kind of threw something at the bike, to see if we could improve, Josh commented. “And, there were some aspects of it that I thought were OK, but for the most part, later in the race, I couldn’t match my laptimes from earlier in the race, and it was hard to watch those guys (Cameron and Roger) ride away from me. All in all, it was just a very difficult race.”

With Cameron and Josh very much in a dogfight for the title, the two teammates will race again tomorrow afternoon in MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2, which will go green from Indy at 3:30 PM EST. Don’t miss it!
Watch Round 8 Of The MotoAmerica Championship on CBS Sports

MotoAmerica Round 8 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway will air on Sunday, August 15, at 10:30 AM EST, with a re-air at 10:00 PM EST. For the complete MotoAmerica TV broadcast schedule on CBS Sports Network, visit http://www.motoamerica.com/motoamerica-tv-schedule

For live, online streaming during the race weekend, go to www.MotoAmerica.com and click on “Streaming” under the “LIVE” header in the top-left corner of the page.
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Gerloff Wins The Race And Beach Wins The Championship As Yamalube/Y.E.S/Graves Yamaha Teammates Shine On World Stage At Indy
Indianapolis, IN – August 8, 2015 – Coming into the weekend with a solid chance to win the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, JD Beach didn’t really want to talk about the title. He’s a racer, through and through, and winning races aboard his #95 Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 is always his focus.

On Saturday, the race victory went to his teammate Garrett Gerloff, but JD’s third-place result was more than enough to clinch the inaugural MotoAmerica Supersport title with one round and two races remaining in the series.

Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha rider Josh Herrin was in the lead early in the contest until the race was red-flagged and restarted with just six laps remaining. JD, who got the holeshot in the initial start of the race, also got the holeshot once again in the restart, and it looked like the stage was set for a battle to the end between JD and his closest points rival Josh. Unfortunately, Josh high-sided, which put him on the ground and out of contention. He did manage to rejoin the race a couple of laps down and finished in an unlucky 13th place.

Meanwhile, at the front of the pack, Garrett was stalking the leaders and waiting for a perfect place to make his move. He found it coming down Indy’s legendary front straightaway, as he made a perfect draft-pass aboard his #31 Yamaha YZF-R6 and put himself in front to stay. Garrett’s second win of the season moves him up to second in the Championship points standings.

After the race, Garrett said, “I’m so happy to get this win here at Indy, in front of all these fans and on the world stage. Congratulations to my teammate JD on winning the Championship. This is a great day for all of us at Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha. For us to get the race win and the Championship, well, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Commenting on his Championship, JD said, “Ever since I was a little kid, going dirt track riding with my Dad back home, I’ve wanted this. It’s been a great year, and I’m so proud to win this Championship for my family and my entire Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team.”

The Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team will take a late-summer break and return to action on the weekend of September 11-13 at New Jersey Motorsports Park for the ninth, and concluding, round of the inaugural MotoAmerica season.
Watch Round 8 Of The MotoAmerica Championship on CBS Sports

MotoAmerica Round 8 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway will air on Sunday, August 15, at 10:30 AM EST, with a re-air at 10:00 PM EST. For the complete MotoAmerica TV broadcast schedule on CBS Sports Network, visit http://www.motoamerica.com/motoamerica-tv-schedule

 

 

MotoAmerica 2015 Miller Motorsports Utah Round

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Scroll down for various press releases and images form the Moto America Miller Round 2015

 

 

 

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Hey! Hey! Hayes Doubles At Miller Motorsports Park To Take Superbike Championship Lead; Beaubier Finishes 2nd, Also Now 2nd In Standings

 

Tooele, UT – June 28, 2015 – Fortunes flipped between the two Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike teammates at high-energy, high-altitude Miller Motorsports Park as four-time and defending AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes won both of Sunday’s Superbike races to rise from second in the standings to a four-point lead in the Championship over teammate and double second-place finisher Cameron Beaubier.

The progression of Superbike Race 2 was decidedly different from how things played out in Superbike Race 1. Instead of multiple passes between the two Yamaha YZF-R1-mounted teammates, Josh, who started from the pole had to work his way into the lead over Roger Hayden, and Cameron got shuffled back into fourth at the beginning on the 18-lap feature event.

With Josh in the lead and building a gap, Cameron worked his way into second as the laps wound down, but the checkered flag flew before he could catch all the way up to Josh. It was a valiant effort from the 22-year-old Californian, and his efforts resulted in the second 1-2 finish of the day for the team and the 11th podium result of the 2015 season for Cameron.

“It’s been an incredible weekend,” Josh said. “My team is such an inspiration to me when I see how hard they work all the time to give me the best bike out there. I’m really happy to be right in the thick of this Championship, especially after I dug myself a little bit of a hole earlier in the season. I’m looking forward to (Mazda Raceway) Laguna (Seca).”

Cameron said, “Honestly, I rode my heart out today. It took all I could to run the laptimes I did. I’ll get with my guys and see what we can do to close this gap to Josh. Congratulations to him, he was ripping here all weekend.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will return to action on the weekend of July 17-19, when the MotoAmerica series shares the world stage at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during World Superbike weekend
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JD “The Jiggy Double” Beach Wins Supersport Race 2 At Miller Motorsports Park; Teammate Gerloff Finishes Third
Tooele, UT – June 28, 2015 – Not far from the shores of The Great Salt Lake, it was another day at the beach for aptly named Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha rider JD Beach as he won MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 at Miller Motorsports Park in convincing fashion for his second victory of the weekend and second double-win outing in a row.

Starting from the pole, JD got a great start, which pretty much decided the 16-lap race as the Kentucky-based rider pulled a gap that grew larger and larger with each circulation of the 3.048-mile, 15-turn Miller road course. It was his seventh victory of the 2015 season and fifth in row with three rounds and six races left to go.

JD’s blistering, fast pace was also motivated by his good friend, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike rider Cameron Beaubier who still holds the lap record for 600cc machines at Miller, which he set in 2013 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6 during his AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike Championship season. Cameron teasingly reminded JD of the lap record earlier in the day.

“Yeah, Cameron was giving me a hard time earlier today about his lap record,” JD said with a big grin. “So, one of our goals was to try and beat his lap record. I came close but didn’t quite get it. Hopefully, we can come back next year and get that record. I’m happy with the win and I’m really excited to get to (Mazda Raceway) Laguna Seca for the next round.”

JD’s Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff also got off the line well and took second position early on, but like every other rider in the race, he wasn’t quite able to match his teammate’s absolutely blistering pace. Garrett battled with Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha rider Josh Herrin throughout most of the race, and then with Bobby Fong, and the Texan ultimately took the checkers in third place.

Garrett said, “We’ve been struggling with the setup and chasing some things. My guys, Olly (Hutchinson) and Kei (Maeda), are working hard to make me comfortable on the bike, but JD and Bobby (Fong) are really upping the pace a lot. We’ll keep working at it and, hopefully, we can get a win or two when we get to Laguna Seca.”

With his double-win weekend, JD is now leading the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship by 44 points over Josh Herrin. Garrett is currently third in the points standings and just 10 points out of second place.

The Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team will return to action on the weekend of July 17-19, when the MotoAmerica series shares the world stage at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during World Superbike weekend.

 

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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike Champ Hayes Adds To His Legacy With Superbike Race 1 Victory At Miller Motorsports Park
Tooele, UT – June 28, 2015 – A big part of MotoAmerica’s mission is to help identify and develop the next generation of U.S. road racers who will take on the world’s best riders in MotoGP and World Superbike. And, while that is already happening, 40-year-old Josh Hayes continues to remind everyone that he is not done yet…far from it, in fact.

In Superbike Race 1 at Miller Motorsports Park, Josh–who earned pole position in Saturday’s Superpole Qualifying event–and his precocious Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike teammate Cameron Beaubier–who is leading the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship–raced virtually in tandem throughout the 18-lap event, with each rider taking multiple turns at the front of the pack. And, in the end, it all came down to the final lap. Josh made a deft pass on Cameron, and it proved to be the deciding maneuver as Josh took the checkers to notch his sixth Superbike win of the season and break the tie in 2015 victory totals that he had with Cameron.

“It was a great race,” Josh commented. “We’ve had good speed here all weekend, and I really love this track. For Cam and I, it was really a lot like a chess match. I kind of think it was easier to lose the race than it was to win. I was able to get past Cameron on that final lap, and that did the trick.”

Cameron said, “I got a decent jump at the start, but Josh got a better one, and then it was close between us the whole race. I passed him a few times and he passed me back. It was a fun race, but Josh kind of outrode me on the last lap. I couldn’t find a way to get past him after he got by me.”

With Josh’s victory, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammates are still first and second in the Superbike points standings, with Josh now just one point behind Cameron for the Championship.
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The Dog Stays Jiggy In Utah As JD Beach Wins Supersport Race 1 At Miller Motorsports Park; Seven Out Of Top Ten Are Yamaha R6 Machines
Tooele, UT – June 27, 2015 – It is now safe to say that Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha rider JD “The Jiggy Dog” Beach is on a roll. At Miller Motorsports Park, the popular Kentuckian won his sixth race of the season–and fourth MotoAmerica Supersport race in a row going back to his double win at Barber Motorsports Park two weekends ago, preceded by his Race 2 win at Road America prior to that. JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff finished second, and Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha’s Josh Herrin finished third for an all-Yamaha-YZF-R6 podium.

JD started from the pole after qualifying as the fastest rider in the morning, got the holeshot, and never looked back. Garrett also got a great start, but it was immediately apparent that, unless JD made a mistake, he was headed for the checkers with his #95 R6’s bit in its teeth. JD rode flawlessly around the 3.048-mile, 15-turn Miller road course and never put a wheel wrong for the entire 16-lap event.

“It was a really good race for me,” JD said. “I really felt good the whole race, and I’m happy that I rode smooth and fast. My training has been a big help for me this year, especially in this heat, and my team, including my crew chief Mike Canfield, has been awesome.”

Garrett said, “I was behind JD, and I did my fastest lap of the weekend behind him. I started making a couple of little mistakes, and JD wasn’t making any. I’m glad to get on the podium, and I know I’ve got the pace to get up there and battle for the win. We’ve got some stuff to work on for tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to it. I really love this track.”

With Saturday’s win, JD is now leading the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship by 19 points over Josh Herrin. Garrett is currently third in the championship.

 

Moto America Round #3 VIR Press Releases and Images

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

 

 

Various Press Releases involving the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha Superbike and YamaLube / Y.E.S. / Graves / Yamaha Superstock Teams from MotoAmerica Round 3 at VIR. Image by Brian J. Nelson at the bottom.

 

 

 

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Virginia Is For Lovers… Of Motorcycle Road Racing As The Yamaha bLU cRU Goes To VIR For Round Three Of The MotoAmerica Championship
Cypress, CA – May 13, 2015 – If you love motorcycle road racing (and who doesn’t?), then Alton, VA, is the place to be this weekend as Round Three of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Motorcycle Road Racing Championship takes place at VIRginia International Raceway. The Yamaha bLU cRU riders are currently holding down first and second place in both the Superbike and Supersport points standings as AMA professional road racing returns to VIR for the first time since 2010.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier
When four-time and defending AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes last raced his Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike at VIR, in 2010, he came away with a win. The year before that, in 2009, Josh won both Superbike races at VIR and soundly defeated none other than seven-time AMA Superbike Champ Mat Mladin.

Does the “Mississippi Madman” think his experience and record of Superbike success at VIR will give him an advantage this weekend, after a five-year series hiatus from the 14-turn, 2.25-mile natural road course?

“I can’t imagine that my experience at VIR wouldn’t give me an advantage. After all, most of my opponents this weekend were still children the last time I raced at VIR,” Josh said, with his trademark pirate smile. “I’m excited to go back to VIR, and with the weather being what it was at the first two MotoAmerica rounds, I’m hoping for clear skies and a dry track for this third round. I’ve got an awesome new R1 Superbike to race this weekend at VIR, too, so I can’t wait.”

Josh’s teammate Cameron Beaubier, who has three MotoAmerica Superbike wins in four races thus far this season and leads the Superbike Championship by a whopping 30 points over Josh in second place, will be visiting VIR for the very first time. Cameron will be looking to record his second-consecutive double-win weekend, aboard his all-new 2015 #6 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1.

MotoAmerica Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) begins at VIR on Saturday, May 16, at 2:10 PM EST. Superbike Race 1 will go green on Sunday, May 17, at 12:00 PM EST, and Superbike Race 2 is set for later on Sunday at 4:00 PM EST.

Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
Like Cameron and Josh, teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach are also currently sitting in the first and second place, respectively, in the Championship points standings. Aboard their identically prepared Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 Supersport machines, Garrett and JD have each won a race, and both riders have finished on the podium in all five of the Supersport races that have taken place so far this season. The pair will go head to head again this weekend, and only eight points currently separate first-place Garrett from second-place JD.

As for experience at VIR, JD has the advantage there. He finished second at VIR in 2009 aboard a Yamaha R6, and in 2010, he won both AMA SuperSport races, again riding an R6, on his way to winning the 2010 AMA SuperSport East Championship.

When asked about his experience at VIR, JD said, “VIR is an awesome track and a lot of fun. I’m really looking forward to going back there. I think my past success there won’t be a huge advantage other than the fact that I’ve done quite a few laps on that track. But, everyone running at the front in MotoAmerica Supersport has been there either for AMA or club racing, so I feel it will be a level playing field.”

MotoAmerica Supersport Qualifying 1 is on Friday, May 15, at 1:55 PM EST. Final Supersport Qualifying is Saturday, May 16, at 9:50 PM EST, and Supersport Race 1 will go green later on Saturday at 1:00 PM EST. Supersport Race 2 is scheduled to start on Sunday, May 17, at 1:30 PM EST.
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Yamaha R6 Riders Show Their VIRility In MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 As Herrin Wins; Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Teammates Beach And Gerloff Finish Second And Third

Alton, VA – May 16, 2015 – The Yamaha bLU cRU made another big statement, this time at VIRginia International Raceway, as YZF-R6 riders swept the podium in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1. Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen/Yamaha rider Josh Herrin won the race, while Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammates JD Beach and Garrett Gerloff rounded out the all-R6 podium by finishing second and third, respectively.

JD started on pole, got the holeshot, and led pretty much the entire 22-lap race, while Josh stalked the Kentuckian, carefully studied his racing lines, and patiently waited to make his move to the front. It took a combination of last-lap heroics, a hot and somewhat slick racing surface, and diminishing tire grip for Josh to make his decisive move, getting around JD and crossing the finish line to notch his second win in four races.

Meanwhile, the biggest hero of the day was arguably Garrett Gerloff, who had a big crash early in the first qualifying session on Friday and fractured the little finger on his left hand. Garrett sat out Saturday morning’s final qualifying session, went out in the late-morning warmup, and started in sixth position for the early-afternoon race. With a plan to salvage as many points as he could under the difficult circumstances, Garrett had an exciting race, fighting for position with Bobby Fong and then David Anthony. He ultimately passed both riders and brought home his #31 Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 in a very impressive third place.

After his win, Josh said, “JD was holding a really good pace, and I really couldn’t get by him until that last lap. It was a good race for me, and I was glad to be able to get by him when I did and make it stick. This is a tight championship battle, and I need all the points I can get.”

“Riding out front with no one in front of me was a good lesson,” JD commented. “I tried to set a good pace, and that kept me out front for most of the race. It got a little bit greasy out there towards the end of the race. I tried to keep Josh behind me, but he got by me right there at the end. It was a good race, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

When asked about how he felt while riding with the injury to his left hand, Garrett said, “After two or three laps, I got into a battle with Bobby Fong and then Dave Anthony, and I forgot all about the injury. I felt pretty good, despite the broken finger, and I concentrated on keeping my R6 on two wheels and bringing it home safe. I’m glad to get on the podium, considering the situation, and we’re still in good shape in the points standings, which was my goal today.”

Based on his finish, Garrett retained the lead in the 2015 Supersport Championship, while Josh moved into second place over JD, who is now in third. All three riders are only separated by four points with a lot of racing left to go in the 2015 MotoAmerica season.

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Hayes And His Brand-New R1 Star In “Act 1 & 2″ Of MotoAmerica Superbike Passion Play At VIR; Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Beaubier Finishes 2nd
Alton, VA – May 17, 2015 – In a MotoAmerica Superbike race that included an unplanned intermission, four-time and defending Champ (and main protagonist) Josh Hayes delivered a flawless performance to win his 50th career Superbike race–all with Yamaha. And win number 50 was even sweeter because Josh got the victory aboard his brand-new #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike.

A red flag caused by a couple of downed riders was the reason for the two-part race. And, despite the restart, Josh got an equally good jump off the line to mirror his holeshot at the beginning of the race. In both legs of the race, the “Mississippi Madman” was completely on his game and turning laps that no one else in the field could match.

Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier had a good battle with Roger Hayden for second place before the red flag, and the battle picked up again after the restart. Cameron was able to get around Roger, and he worked hard to close the gap to Josh, but he couldn’t quite catch Josh, who was absolutely on rails throughout the race.

“To get my 50th win here at VIR is special because I really like this track,” Josh said. “It was a tough race. Having my teammate Cameron right behind me doesn’t make it easy for me. Hats off to my guys and to Yamaha. All 50 of my Superbike wins have come while riding an R1, so I’m really proud of that.”

When asked about finishing second to Josh, Cameron commented, “Josh is riding really well. As for me, I feel like I can put together a couple of quick laps here at VIR but, in terms of consistency, I’m struggling a little bit. I need to get better on my starts, too, because Josh gets a good jump on us, and he makes it so tough to close the gap.”

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Beach Turns The Tide To Win MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 At VIR; Gerloff And Herrin Finish Second And Third, Respectively, For Another Yamaha R6 Podium Sweep

Alton, VA – May 17, 2015 – After earning the pole and leading most of Saturday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 at VIRginia International Raceway, Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha rider JD Beach made sure that he led Sunday’s Supersport Race 2 from start to finish. It was a dominant performance by the Kentuckian, and he never put a wheel wrong all race long.

JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff, who fractured the little finger on his left hand in Friday’s first qualifying session, put in another gutsy performance as he followed up his impressive third-place finish on Saturday with a jaw-dropping second-place result on Sunday.

Saturday’s race winner Josh Herrin, also aboard a YZF-R6, finished third to complete the all-Yamaha bLU cRU podium.

Based on his victory, JD currently leads the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship with 102 points, while Garrett is just one point behind in second with 101 points, and Josh is in third with 95 points.

“Right now, I just want to win races,” JD said. “I’ve been working really hard for a long time, and to get the win in the rain at COTA (the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX), and then, to win in the dry here at VIR, I’m really happy. Today, I was determined to put the win in my own hands. Garrett rode really well, especially with his injury, and so did Josh. This is a very competitive series, and it’s way too early to think about points, but I’m glad to be leading the Supersport Championship right now.”

About his event-filled weekend, Garrett said, “Being in an ambulance, then at the hospital on Friday, and then, getting on the podium yesterday and again today, I can’t complain about the results. It wasn’t easy, but my Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team gave me a great bike and made me comfortable on it. On Tuesday, I’m going to have surgery on my (fractured) finger, so I’m looking forward to getting that fixed and feeling better.”

The Yamaha bLU cRU riders will be back in action for round four of the MotoAmerica series, which will take place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, on May 29 through 31.
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Hayes The VIRtuoso Gets The Double Win In MotoAmerica Superbike At VIR; Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Beaubier 3rd
Alton, VA – May 17, 2015 – Four-time and defending Champ Josh Hayes notched his 50th Superbike win in MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 at VIRginia International Raceway and, just to make a point that he’s far from done racking up Superbike wins, the “Mississippi Madman” got Superbike win number 51 in the same dominant style for which he is well-known.

Josh’s performance in Race 2 was almost a carbon copy of what he did in Race 1: get the holeshot, pull an immediate gap, circulate faster than any other rider on the course for lap after lap, and win the race by more than what would be called a “comfortable margin.”

Current points leader Cameron Beaubier had never been to VIR before this weekend and compared with Josh, who has several wins and a lot of laps at VIR, he needed to learn the course (and its intricacies) quickly. And he did just that. Cameron followed up his second-place finish in Race 1 with a solid third-place result in Race 2, which makes him six for six in podium finishes this season.

So, with three rounds completed and six Superbike races under their belts, Cameron leads the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship with 131 points, and Josh is in second place in the standings and only 16 points behind Cameron with 115 points. Stay tuned because there is a lot of racing left before it’s all decided.

After his second win of the day, Josh said, “This racetrack has been very good to me. I’ve gotten a lot of good results here. The weekend started out a little rough (after crashing on Friday), but my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew is just the best. They built me a brand-new bike, and I’m so happy to be able to repay them for all their hard work by getting these two wins.”

“I’m happy to still be in the Championship lead, Cameron said. “But I’m not that happy with my results because, of course, I want to win! Josh had an awesome job this weekend, and I’ve got some work to do. I’m not sure if it’s because this track is new to me or what it is, but I need to go home, get strong again, and be ready for Road America in two weeks.”
The Yamaha bLU cRU riders will be back in action for round four of the MotoAmerica series, which will take place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, on May 29 through 31.

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Moto America Round #2 RoadAtlanta Press Releases and Images

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
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Various Press Releases involving the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha Superbike and YamaLube / Y.E.S. / Graves / Yamaha Superstock Teams from MotoAmerica Round 2 at Road Atlanta

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Beaubier Doubles At Road Atlanta, Wins Third Consecutive MotoAmerica Superbike Race Aboard His New Yamaha YZF-R1

Braselton, GA – April 19, 2015 – The first time Cameron Beaubier sat on the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1, he knew that the bike suited him well because it reminded him a lot of the Yamaha YZF-R6 on which he dominantly won the 2012 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship…except for one big difference: the R1′s 1000cc crossplane crankshaft engine.
On Sunday at Road Atlanta, Cameron used the prodigious power of his #6 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 Superbike to notch his second MotoAmerica win of the day and third victory in a row. With the track wet, but starting to dry out, Cameron passed early race leader Jake Lewis and rode smoothly all the way to the checkers.
Cameron’s teammate Josh Hayes, who is the four-time and defending AMA Superbike Champion, didn’t fare nearly as well after his second-place finish in Superbike Race 1. The rider of the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 suffered a rare tipover on the opening lap. He was thankfully unhurt but unable to continue due to a mechanical issue with his bike.
“It was great to get my first double in the Superbike class,” Cameron said. “And it was really good for my confidence to get two wins here in the wet. I felt good on the new R1 all weekend long–in practice, qualifying, Superpole, and in both races. I’m really happy, especially for my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew, that I was able to win both races today.”
Josh commented, “I had a pretty decent race going in the first one today. I got a lap in the lead. I was riding around pretty comfortable, and I think Cam had a little more confidence in the wet than me. In Race 2, I got off the line pretty good, and I don’t really know what happened. It was a very slow crash. It’s typical in the wet because you don’t have much room for error. I was OK, but the bike hit the curb, and I wasn’t able to continue.
“I’m really glad that we were able to get both races in, and MotoAmerica did a good job working around the weather to help us give the fans a good show.”
With four races and two MotoAmerica rounds completed, Cameron currently leads the Superbike Championship with 95 points. Josh is 30 points back of Cameron, and in second place in the points standings.
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha riders and crew will be back in action for round three of the MotoAmerica series, which will take place at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, VA, on May 15 through 17.
Watch Round 2 Of The MotoAmerica Championship on CBS Sports

MotoAmerica Round 2 from Road Atlanta will air on Sunday, April 26, at 5:00 PM with a replay on Sunday, April 27 at 2:00 AM EST.
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Gerloff Breaks Through To Win MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 At Road Atlanta As Yamaha R6 Riders Once Again Go 1-2-3
Braselton, GA – April 19, 2015 – The same three Yamaha YZF-R6 riders who swept the podium in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 at Road Atlanta repeated the feat in Sunday’s Race 2, but the order of finish changed as an overjoyed Garrett Gerloff got the win aboard his #31 Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6. Saturday’s race winner, Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha’s Josh Herrin finished second and Garrett’s teammate JD Beach finished third.

Garrett started from the pole in the rain-shortened race, but RoadRace Factory/Yamaha rider Tomas Puerta got the holeshot. Undaunted, Garrett went about his business of running fast laps, soon passed Puerta to take over the lead, and he stayed there unchallenged all the way to the checkers.

Garrett was glad to get the win and said, “I didn’t know what to do on the cool-down lap because it’s been a while since I’ve won a race! I’m really happy to finally get my first win in this class. This is going to be an exciting championship all year long, and I can’t wait till the next race at ViR (Virginia International Raceway.”

After finishing third, JD commented, “The track was wet and slick, but it wasn’t too bad for me. I’m glad we had that little delay because it helped us quite a bit. Congratulations to my teammate Garrett. He rode a great race.”

With three races completed in the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, Garrett currently leads the championship, and JD is second in the points standings.

After two MotoAmerica rounds in as many weeks, the Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha riders and crew will take a short break. They’ll be back in action for round three of the MotoAmerica series, which will take place at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, VA, on May 15 through 17.
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Beaubier & New Yamaha R1 Win MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 At Road Atlanta, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Hayes Finishes Second
Braselton, GA – April 19, 2015 – The wet track conditions that challenged Cameron Beaubier in 2013 are clearly a non-factor in the new MotoAmerica Superbike era, and aboard his brand-new #6 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1. The Californian rode a perfect race at Road Atlanta to take his second victory in a row, in Sunday’s Race 1. Four-time and defending AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, who also happens to be Cameron’s highly experienced teammate, piloted his #1 R1 to a solid and safe second-place result. It was the third 1-2 finish for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team out of three MotoAmerica Superbike races run so far this season.

With Superbike Race 2 scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 3:20, and with track conditions expected to be wet, Cameron and Josh will dry off, and get ready to race again.
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Yamaha R6 Riders Go 1-2-3 In MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 At Road Atlanta As Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Teammates Gerloff & Beach Finish 2nd & 3rd

 

Braselton, GA – April 18, 2015 – The Yamaha YZF-R6 continues to be the dominant Supersport motorcycle in AMA-sanctioned road racing, and in this new MotoAmerica era, the R6 is two for two in race victories. In Supersport Race 1 at Road Atlanta, Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen/Yamaha rider Josh Herrin won the race, with Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach finishing second and third, making it a podium sweep for the Yamaha R6.

Garrett started from the pole, and he and JD were immediately at the front of the pack, along with Josh, who took the lead in the closely packed group. Garrett was able to get past Josh a couple of times during the race, but Josh moved back into the lead each time. The final lap was a battle, but Josh would not be deterred from taking the checkers and getting his first win of the season. JD held third throughout the race, and his result keeps him in the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship points lead.

After his win, Josh said, “I’m really happy to get this victory. I was a little tense today because I know this track well, and I was probably putting too much pressure on myself. But I settled down once the race started, and everything felt good. That’s the first race I’ve been able to win from the front since New Jersey in 2009. Racing in Moto2 last year–while it wasn’t a great year over there for me–it did teach me a few things, and I think it helped me today to get this first win.”

Garrett commented, “I battled hard with Josh today, and JD was keeping me honest and pushing me forward. We have a really strong bike, and it’s really good in a lot of the areas on the track. I put everything into getting past Josh on that final lap, but it just wasn’t enough. I expect to be racing with these same guys tomorrow, so it’s going to be a great race. Rain or shine, we’ll be going for the win.”

When asked about retaining his Championship points lead, JD said, “Right now, I’m focused on winning races, and I’m not really worried about the points. My Yamaha R6 was working awesome today. When we were doing ’31s’ in qualifying, I was really comfortable. The race pace was a little bit quicker–in the ’29s’–and it caught me out a little bit on the setup. I know the team will give me a great bike for tomorrow, so I’ll try to get that second win, for sure.”

 

Moto America Round #1 COTA Press Releases and Images

Monday, April 13th, 2015

 

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Scroll down for the weekend’s racing press releases and images (newer listings first) – Graves Motorsports

 

 

Beaubier Wins The Monster Bash As He And Teammate Hayes Finish 1-2 In MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 At Circuit of The Americas

Austin, TX – April 12, 2015 – Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes are not only teammates, but they’re also very close friends. In Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 at the Circuit of The Americas, they’ve never been closer. On the final turn of the race’s final lap, with Cameron in the lead, four-time and defending Superbike Champion Josh made a daring attempt to pass his teammate. Not willing to concede the victory, Cameron shut the door on Josh’s maneuver and took the checkered flag none the worse for wear despite a few scuffs on his leathers from Josh’s front tire.

It was an exciting finish for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha tandem that enjoyed their battle just as much as the fans did.

After being presented with the first-place trophy, Cameron said, “Going into today, we made a change to the front of the bike. I was struggling a little bit in the beginning of the race, but I started to connect the corners a little bit better towards the halfway point, and with a dry track today, I felt more comfortable on the bike than I did yesterday when I finished second. I got into the lead, and I was determined to not give it up to Josh or anyone else. It was fun racing with Josh today, and it was close, which is also great for the fans.”

Josh, who won yesterday’s Superbike Race 1 and is currently tied for the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship lead with Cameron, said, “There were some areas of the track where Cam was better, and other areas where I felt like I was better. I had a few ideas on what I wanted to do, and I had a plan to try to pass him on the final turn. Well, things weren’t really working out for me a couple of turns before that final turn, and there just wasn’t room to get by him. We both wanted to win the race. It’s good fun being able to race together like that and have it be so close in the final corner. It sounded like the fans enjoyed it.”

In MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 Race 2, run at the same time as the Superbike race, Jake Gagne, rider of the RoadRace Factory/Yamaha YZF-R1, followed up his Saturday win with another victory on Sunday. Mirroring the double-podium Yamaha R1 finish in Superbike, Taylor Knapp finished third to Jake aboard his Taylor Knapp Racing R1.

All in all, Yamaha couldn’t ask for a more successful debut for the brand-new R1, taking two Superbike wins and two second-place Superbike finishes, along with two Superstock 1000 victories and two Superstock 1000 third-place finishes.

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will now travel east for next weekend’s Road Atlanta Superbike Challenge in Braselton, Georgia.
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New R1 Superbike Debuts With A Win As Hayes Gets Along Swimmingly In Inaugural MotoAmerica Superbike Race; Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Beaubier Finishes Second At Circuit of The Americas

Cypress, CA – April 11, 2015 – It is said that rain is the great equalizer in motorcycle road racing, but the precipitation did nothing to deter four-time and defending Superbike Champion Josh Hayes from starting off the MotoAmerica era with a Race 1 victory aboard his brand-new Yamaha YZF-R1 at the Circuit of The Americas. Meanwhile, Josh’s teammate Cameron Beaubier, who earned the pole position in Friday’s qualifying, finished a strong second to make it a one-two result for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha squad.

Josh got a great start off the line, and he ultimately led every lap in the race, with Cameron in the top three for the first couple of laps. The Superbike sophomore moved into second position early in the contest and remained there to the checkers.

RoadRace Factory/Yamaha rider Jake Gagne, riding a brand-new R1 in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 class that races conjointly with Superbike, battled for third with Superbike rider Roger Hayden. Jake ultimately won the race in his class and was fourth overall, leaving a bevy of Superbikes behind him in the final results.

After his victory, Josh said, “New bike, new series, new track for us, and there are a lot of people here for MotoGP, so there was a lot to think about. It’s great to get the win, especially when you throw in the rain. The crossplane crankshaft is more refined in this new R1, and I think it helped us in the rain today. The (tire) grip was really good, and a lot of that has to do with how smooth the bike puts the power to the ground.

“I’m missing my friend Dane (Westby) today,” Josh added. “He was riding well here during the test a few weeks ago, and I have no doubt that he’d have been up here with us.”

Cameron said, “I’m really happy to get out of here with a second place. I had some issues in the rain last year, and these Superbikes are a handful in the wet, but this new R1 really suits me well. Getting second in those conditions gives me a lot of confidence for tomorrow and the season.”

Speaking of tomorrow, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike team will be back on track for Race 2 on Sunday at 3:30 PM CST. Polesitter Cameron will try to get the best of his teammate Josh, along with the rest of the field. Don’t miss it!
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Beach Hits The Surf And Wins Inaugural MotoAmerica Supersport Race, Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Teammate Gerloff Finishes Second At Circuit of The Americas
Cypress, CA – April 11, 2015 – The new Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Supersport team had a stellar day in difficult track conditions on Saturday at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) as JD Beach took the win aboard his #95 Yamaha YZF-R6 and teammate Garrett Gerloff finished second on his #31 R6.

The inaugural MotoAmerica Supersport race was met with sprinkling skies, which changed to drying conditions, and ultimately concluded with a downpour. JD relied on his considerable skills as a flat track racer to ride smooth and steady on the fickle track surface. It was a satisfying win for the popular Kentuckian, who took the checkers and enthusiastically stood on his footpegs to exult the happy crowd. JD and Garrett rode in tandem for much of the race, avoiding the attrition that befell several competitors during the 12-lap contest. Patience and skill paid off for Garrett, who couldn’t quite catch JD, but followed him across the finish line.

Commenting on his win, JD said, “I want to dedicate this win to the Westby family, and to Dane, who was a great rain rider. It was fitting that we had those kind of conditions today.”

JD continued, “All that training in the cold conditions in Kentucky over the winter really paid off. Racing is my life, and I’ve been doing it since I was really little. I’ve dedicated myself to this, so to finally get this win makes me so happy. And, I’m also really happy for my entire Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team.”

Talking about his race, Garrett said, “At the beginning, I felt like I was having some trouble getting the bike to hook up in the wet. I settled down, but the rain got more intense, and by that point, I didn’t think I could catch JD. He ran a great race, and I’m happy for him. I wish it was me in P1, but I’m glad it was my teammate in front of me.”

With only one Supersport race scheduled for COTA, the Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action next weekend when the MotoAmerica series travels to Road Atlanta for Round Two of the Championship.
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Yamaha Previews bLU cRU Road Racing And Fan Activities Scheduled For Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas

Cypress, CA – April 6, 2015 – For the first time ever, the Yamaha bLU cRU road racing teams will join the stars of MotoGP at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, TX, as the inaugural season of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship gets under way.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier

Starting the season with the big #1 emblazoned on his brand-new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike is four-time and defending AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes. “The Mississippi Madman” is the odds-on favorite to add a fifth Superbike title to his impressive racing resume. However, Josh faces his stiffest competition from right within his own Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team. Cameron Beaubier, last year’s AMA Superbike Rookie of the Year, is poised to improve on his phenomenal first Superbike season. Aboard his #6 R1 Superbike, Cameron will be looking to add a Superbike title to the Daytona SportBike Championship that he won in dominant fashion when he raced the #6 YZF-R6 in 2013. Who wins the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike title is anyone’s guess, but chances are, it’ll be one of these highly talented teammates.

And so, the battle between Josh, Cameron, and the rest of the MotoAmerica Superbike field begins. Superbike Race 1 will go green at COTA on Saturday, April 11, at 5 PM CST. Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday, April 12, at 3:30 PM CST.

Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach

The riders and crewmembers who make up Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha are one of the most experienced and successful race teams in the MotoAmerica paddock. No pair of professional road racers has logged more seat time on the Yamaha R6 than teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach. The team welcomes Yamalube as its title sponsor for 2015, and everyone is motivated to win races and capture the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship in its inaugural year.

Look for Garrett’s #31 and JD’s #95 identically prepared R6s competing at COTA. The Supersport Race is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, at 4:15 PM CST.

Meet The Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers

All your favorite Yamaha U.S. bLU cRU road racers will be available for autographs at their Team Transporters in the MotoAmerica Paddock on Saturday afternoon, April 11, from 12:45 to 1:45 PM. Josh and Cameron from Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha, Garrett and JD from Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha, and the other bLU cRU riders will all be on hand, along with the Monster Energy and Yamalube Umbrella Girls.

See The All-New 2015 YZF-R1/R1M, YZF-R3, And Bolt C-Spec

The Yamaha Display will be open in the Support Paddock at COTA on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, and on Sunday, April 12 from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Four of Yamaha’s newest motorcycles will be on display at the Yamaha Display, including the MotoGP-derived R1 and R1M; the entry-level R3 sportbike; and the café-racer-styled Bolt C-Spec by Star Motorcycles.

Take A Ride On A 2015 Yamaha Motorcycle

To demo a 2015 Yamaha R3, FZ-07, FZ-09, or FJ-09, go to the Support Paddock at COTA on Friday, April 10 from 9 AM to 4 PM, Saturday, April 11 from 9 AM to 3 PM, or Sunday, April 12 from 9 to 1 PM. You must be 18 years of age and have a valid motorcycle license (permits are not allowed), a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection to take your ride.

Learn To Ride With Yamaha

A favorite for kids and parents alike, Yamaha’s Learn-To-Ride Program gives children under the age of 12 the opportunity to try out a TT-R50 and TT-R110 in a controlled environment, complete with instruction and supervision by American Supercamp’s Danny Walker and his expert team. Riders of all abilities are encouraged to experience the TT-Rs with their class-leading features such as electric start, automatic-clutch transmissions, and YZ styling. The TT-R Demos will take place Friday through Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Yamaha Display. Full safety gear is provided, and all riders will receive a complimentary digital photo of their experience.

Score A FREE Yamaha Visor

FREE Yamaha MotoGP Commemorative Visors will be given away at the Yamaha Display, so be sure to check the schedules posted at the Yamaha Display for giveaway times.

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Preview of the 2015 Graves R1 Full Exhaust Available SOON!

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Our production 2015 R1 full exhaust system mounted on one of the Yamaha Factory : Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha R1 Superbikes

 

Various Weekend Press Releases from this Weekend’s Final AMA Pro Racing Round at New Jersey Motorsports Park 2014

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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Newly Crowned AMA Pro SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes Ends The 2014 Season With His 48th Career SuperBike Victory

 

 

Millville, NJ – September 14, 2014 – A day after celebrating his fourth AMA Pro SuperBike Championship in the past five years, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Josh Hayes was determined to show why he is the dominant SuperBike rider in the U.S.

 

And he did just that. The man who had won 47 SuperBike races in just the past six years–and all of them aboard the Yamaha YZF-R1–added a 48th victory to his total, in Sunday’s Race 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

 

Josh got off to a great start in the race and was in the lead with Roger Hayden, Martin Cardenas, and Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier close behind. On lap three of the contest, Josh had a bobble, which moved him back to third, and Cameron took the lead.

 

“The Mississippi Madman” fought back from his mistake and caught back up to Cameron. Then, on lap 10 of the 23-lap race, Cameron lost the front of his #2 R1 while leading Josh, and the tipover put Cameron out of the race.

 

“The race was definitely not as smooth as it looked, and with Cameron leading, I felt like I was losing ground,” commented Josh. “But I relaxed and just ran my race. I was running some pretty good lap times, and things were starting to come around. I’m gutted for Cam because I wasn’t sure that I could catch him, and I really wanted a Yamaha one-two. I’m glad to win this last race of the season, though, especially after winning the Championship yesterday. It’s been an awesome season, and I’m so lucky to be racing for Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha. Five straight Championships for Yamaha and the R1 is just amazing.”

 

For the season, Cameron won three SuperBike races and earned three pole positions, and he finished third in the points standings in his first year in SuperBike and on the Yamaha R1.

 

 

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The Fourth Was With Him As Yamaha’s Josh Hayes Quadruples The AMA Pro SuperBike Championship

 

 

Millville, NJ – September 14, 2014 – The rain and tricky racing surface at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Saturday did nothing to deter Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes and his #4 Yamaha YZF-R1 from winning a fourth AMA Pro SuperBike Championship in the past five years.

 

Watch as Josh talks about bringing Yamaha its fifth-consecutive SuperBike title aboard the R1: http://youtu.be/eglOyKBWwBU

 

 

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SuperBike Championship Four For #4, As Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha”s Josh Hayes Wins The 2014 Season Championship

 

 

Millville, NJ – September 13, 2014 – At the beginning of the season, when Josh Hayes traded in the #1 on his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 SuperBike for his trademark #4, it was also an omen. And, in Saturday’s AMA Pro SuperBike Race 1 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, that omen became reality when the #4 on Josh”s bike became a tally of the number of SuperBike Championships that the “Mississippi Madman” has won in his amazing career. For Yamaha, it marked the fifth consecutive AMA Pro SuperBike Championship.

 

What made Josh’s Championship even more special is that he also earned the pole for the race–his fifth of the season–and he followed that up by crossing the finish line first in one of the best SuperBike races of his career. Ultimately, he wasn’t credited with the win because AMA Pro Racing deemed that one of Josh’s multiple passes on Roger Hayden was made under a waving yellow flag. As a result of AMA Pro’s decision, a 20-second time penalty was assessed on Josh, which only moved him back one spot in the official final results and still netted him the Championship with one round still remaining.

 

“I wanted to win the race, and I gave it everything I had,” Josh commented. “I didn’t want to come here and have anyone feel that I was riding around for the Championship. In fact, I wasn’t even really thinking about the Championship too much. I was confident out there despite the (rainy) conditions. I knew that I just had to ride my race and I’d be OK. I had fun today.”

 

Josh’s teammate Cameron Beaubier–riding the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1–finished 5th in the race, which was an excellent result considering that he had a tipover early on in the wet and very treacherous track conditions.

 

With a better weather forecast for Sunday, both Cameron and Josh are looking forward to racing hard for the win in SuperBike Race 2, which will go green on Sunday at 4:00 PM ET.

 

 

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The Yamaha “Fast Four” Are Revved Up For The Devil’s Showdown This Weekend At New Jersey Motorsports Park

 

 

Millville, NJ – September 13, 2014 – The final round of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing Championship is here, and Yamaha will be racing for three potential Championships this weekend.

 

To find out what Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD have been up to since Mid-Ohio and also discover why this round is called the “The Devil’s Showdown,” check out this video: http://youtu.be/WgJv9DCYvnw

 

 

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Hayes And Beaubier Face Off In This Weekend’s New Jersey Devil’s Showdown

 

 

Cypress, CA – September 10, 2014 – The master and the rookie go head-to-head for the last time this season in AMA Pro SuperBike as Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammates Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier will be the main protagonists for this weekend’s Devil’s Showdown, which takes place at the 14-turn, 2.25-mile New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.

 

In addition to SuperBike, Yamaha has an excellent chance to win every AMA Pro Road Racing Championship in which its riders compete, and it’ll all be decided this weekend at NJMP.

 

RoadRace Factory/Yamaha rider Jake Gagne leads MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha’s Jake Lewis by just seven points at the top of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike points standings, and one of the two Jakes–both Yamaha YZF-R6-mounted–will emerge from the Devil’s Showdown as the 2014 DSB Champion.

 

In AMA Pro SuperSport, HSBK Racing/Yamaha R6 rider Dustin Dominguez is just two points out of the Championship lead, and he’ll be riding hard to win the SuperSport title for Yamaha.

 

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier

With a 40-point lead over Cameron in the 2014 SuperBike Championship, Josh is clearly the odds-on favorite to clinch his fourth AMA Pro SuperBike crown in the past five years, which will be the fifth consecutive SuperBike title for the mighty Yamaha YZF-R1.

 

Josh will be the first to tell you he doesn’t believe in “championship preservation,” however, and he’ll be going all out to notch his 7th and 8th SuperBike wins this season, as well as the 48th and 49th SuperBike victories of his stellar career.

 

The “Mississippi Madman” will also be the first to tell you that getting the double win at New Jersey won’t be easy. Not with SuperBike Rookie of the Year-in-waiting Cameron racing a Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 SuperBike that’s identically prepared to Josh’s own R1.

 

Speaking of the R1, Yamaha’s all-powerful SuperBike has won the past five races in a row at New Jersey, and this year, the bike has won all nine SuperBike races so far this season, with Cameron notching three victories aboard the #2 R1 to Josh’s six wins aboard the #4 R1.

 

Cameron is currently leading the standings for the Cortech Performance Edge Award. The Award–along with $2,000–goes to the AMA Pro SuperBike rider who records the fastest lap in the most races during the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season. Josh is second to Cameron by just one lap, so that’s extra motivation for the teammates to run fast laps in New Jersey…not that either determined Yamaha rider needs any extra motivation!

 

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Beach & Gerloff

For JD Beach and Garrett Gerloff, both riders are coming into the Devil’s Showdown with burning desires to finish off their AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike seasons with a pair of wins, and the teammates have been training hard since Mid-Ohio.

 

JD is currently fourth in the DSB points standings, but he’s leading the way in the 2014 Sunoco “Go the Distance” Award and is poised to win $5,000 for racing the most miles this season.

 

Garrett has a special place in his heart for New Jersey Motorsports Park, since his AMA Pro Racing career began in New Jersey, and the Texan also won his first professional race that very same weekend back in 2011. He’ll be looking to get his first career DSB race win, and he’s hoping that his past success at NJMP will give him an edge.

 

Meet The Yamaha “Fast Four” And More At Deptford Yamaha

On Friday night, September 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, be sure to stop by Deptford Yamaha at 1300 Clements Bridge Road in nearby Deptford, New Jersey. Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, and give away posters. Also appearing will be MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha’s DSB Championship contender Jake Lewis, along with Yamalube Westby Racing’s Dane Westby.

 

Watch The Show Before The Showdown

To rev your heart and get you ready for the Devil’s Showdown this weekend, take a look of Yamaha’s preview video: http://youtu.be/kVIzBaWQuog

 

Monday, July 14th, 2014
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See below for various Press, Videos and Pictures from the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamahana and Yamaha Extended Services / Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha Race Teams at Laguna Seca 2014

 


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The Sunday-Morning Fog Lifted At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, And Then, A Blue Hayes Overcame The Field In AMA Pro SuperBike
Cypress, CA – July 13, 2014 – Morning fog is a dominant feature at Mazda Raceway Laguna…and so was a Blue Hayes on Sunday afternoon as three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes dominated the field to win his fourth SuperBike race in a row aboard his #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1.

The first to admit that Josh was the man of the meet was his teammate, AMA SuperBike rookie, who also ran a strong race to finish second and put a tandem of R1 SuperBikes in the winner’s circle.

“What a beautiful day!” Josh said after celebrating his victory and adding more points onto what is now a 40-point lead over Cameron, who moved up to second place in the Championship standings. “It’s never as easy as it looks, and I could feel Cam behind me. I felt like a rabbit being chased a little bit, but I just concentrated on hitting my marks and running clean laps. I’m happy to get the win, especially in front of Cam because we all know how fast he is. I’ve got to thank my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team for everything. I love those guys, and they always give me the best bike out there.”

“Overall, I think I rode OK,” Cameron commented. “I got off to a pretty rough start, and I got behind Rog (Hayden) and Martin (Cardenas). I was able to get by them and get into second on lap five, and then, I went after Josh, but he had a pretty good gap going by then. It was a good race for me, though, and I’ve got my confidence back going into Mid-Ohio next weekend. I can’t wait.”

As Cameron alluded to, the next round of the AMA Pro SuperBike season will take place this coming weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.
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JD Beach Finishes Second At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Garrett Gerloff Is Sixth
Cypress, CA – July 13, 2014 – Sunday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca saw a total of seven Yamaha YZF-R6 riders finish in the top ten. MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha rider Jake Lewis notched his first win of the season in a hard-fought race with Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider JD Beach.

JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff was also in a close battle of his own with Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Dane Westby as the two R6 pilots swapped positions a couple of times during the 20-lap race. In the end, Dane took over fifth position on the track, and Garrett Gerloff–coming off a still-healing wrist injury at Barber Motorsports Park just a couple of weeks ago–finished a respectable sixth.

“My Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6 was fantastic today.” JD said. “The crew has been working really hard, and I’m so glad we’re going to Mid-Ohio next week because I’m close to winning, and I just want to get back on my R6 and make that happen as soon as possible!”

As JD said, the next round of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike season will take place this coming weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.

 

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Corkscrew-Conquering Cameron Beaubier Earns AMA Pro SuperBike Pole At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Just Ahead Of Teammate Josh Hayes

Cypress, CA – July 12, 2014 – For the Yamaha U.S. road racers, day two of the FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round, was all about qualifying for tomorrow’s races, and the “Fast Four” did their jobs well.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier
The season-long, razor-close competition between three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes and his SuperBike rookie teammate Cameron Beaubier continued in both of Saturday’s SuperBike qualifying sessions, and Cameron ultimately bested Josh, albeit by a narrow margin, to earn the pole. Cameron’s 1:24.019 lap time eclipsed Josh’s fast lap from last year to set the fastest lap ever on a Yamaha R1 in AMA Pro SuperBike competition at Mazda Raceway.

Josh will also start on the front row for tomorrow’s SuperBike race, right alongside Cameron, with their #2 and #4 Yamaha YZF-R1 SuperBikes providing double vision for the fans in attendance.

“I’m really comfortable here at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,” Cameron said. “It’s a home track for me, so a lot of my family and friends are in attendance. This is my first weekend here on the SuperBike, and my crew is doing awesome work to get me comfortable on it. I’m feeling great for the race tomorrow.”

Sunday’s SuperBike race is scheduled for 4:20 PM PST.

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
JD Beach looked like a man on a mission when he arrived at the track this morning, and it showed in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike qualifying as the rider of the #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 topped the charts for a good part of the session before settling in for a third-position start on the front row for tomorrow’s race. Meanwhile, his teammate Garrett Gerloff will start from the third row, with hopes of getting a good start in tomorrow’s race.

“We made a couple of changes to my R6,” JD commented. “It made a difference, and I was able to run up front. We’ve got a fast bunch of riders in this class, especially among those on R6′s, so I’m happy to be on the front row. I’ll put my flat-track experience to the test tomorrow and try to get the holeshot, as well as the win. I’m looking forward to it.”

Sunday’s DSB race will start at 1:25 PM PST.

Visit The Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace And Demo A 2015 FZ-07
The Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace, which is located in the track infield between turns 5 and 6 at the Raceway, will be open from 8 AM to 5 PM. You’ll be able to take a demo ride aboard the all-new 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 sportbike. Demo rides will take place from 9 AM to 1 PM. You’ll need a valid motorcycle license (permits are not allowed), a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection to take your ride.

Meet The Yamaha U.S. Road Racers
All your favorite Yamaha U.S. riders will be available for autographs during Sunday’s autograph session from 12:00 to 12:45 PM at the Team Transporters in the infield paddock. Yamaha riders signing posters include Josh and Cameron from Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Garrett and JD from Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Jake Gagne and Tomas Puerta from RoadRace Factory/Yamaha; Jake Lewis, Tucker Lancaster, Andre Ochs, Erick Sanchez, and Bernat Martinez from MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha; along with Dane Westby from Yamalube/Westby Racing.

Let Josh and Cameron Coach You Through The Corkscrew
Wondering what it’s like to ride a racebike through Mazda Raceway’s famed Corkscrew? Then check out this video: http://youtu.be/7rzVfa9zKKo

 

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It Was “Fast-Four Friday” At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca As The Yamaha U.S. Road Racers Start World Superbike Weekend On A High Note
Cypress, CA – July 11, 2014 – The “Fast Four” riders who make up Yamaha’s U.S. Road Racing Teams competing in AMA Pro SuperBike and AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike started their annual visit to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on a high note with practice and qualifying sessions that netted excellent results.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier
Right from the start of first practice in the morning, three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes was the fastest rider on the track. As expected, he continued his dominance in first qualifying…until his teammate, SuperBike rookie Cameron Beaubier, nipped him with a slightly faster lap time, putting the Northern Californian on provisional pole at one of his favorite tracks.

“Morning practice went pretty well for me, and then, I got off to a little bit of a slow start in qualifying,” Cameron said. “It’s my first time on this track on a SuperBike, so I guess a bit of a learning curve is to be expected. I got going pretty well there towards the end, and I’m happy to get provisional pole today. We’ve got another qualifying session tomorrow, so I’ll be working hard to stay up front.”

Saturday’s two-part final qualifying, which includes a second session to set the grid among the 12 fastest riders, will commence at 2:15 PM PST. Sunday’s SuperBike race is scheduled for 4:20 PM PST.

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
Rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, Garrett Gerloff, looked fully fit after his incident at Barber Motorsports Park late last month, in which he fractured his wrist. The quick-healing Texan was equally quick on track and qualified provisionally in third place on the grid. His teammate, Kentuckian JD Beach, is currently slotted into sixth place aboard his #6 R6, but both he and Garrett are separated by only .243 second, and they’re each just a few thousands of a second off provisional pole. Garrett and JD will be looking to improve on their lap times in Saturday’s final qualifying session, which is scheduled for 10:40 AM PST.

Sunday’s DSB race will go green at 1:25 PM PST.

Visit The Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace And Demo A 2015 FZ-07
The Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace, which is located in the track infield between turns 5 and 6 at the Raceway, will be open Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13, from 8 AM to 5 PM.

You’ll be able to take a demo ride aboard the all-new 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 sportbike. Demo rides will take place at the Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace on Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, from 9 AM to 4 PM, and on Sunday, July 13, from 9 AM to 1 PM. You’ll need a valid motorcycle license (permits are not allowed), a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection to take your ride.

Meet The Yamaha U.S. Road Racers
All your favorite Yamaha U.S. riders will be available for autographs during two Saturday “Meet & Greet” sessions, including Josh and Cameron from Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Garrett and JD from Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Jake Gagne and Tomas Puerta from RoadRace Factory/Yamaha; Jake Lewis, Tucker Lancaster, Andre Ochs, Erick Sanchez, and Bernat Martinez from MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha; along with Dane Westby from Yamalube/Westby Racing. The Monster Energy and Y.E.S. Umbrella Girls will also be there:

• Saturday, July 12, 12:45 – 1:15 PM, Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace
• Sunday, July 13, 12:00 – 12:45 PM, Team Transporters (infield paddock)

See Garrett Gerloff’s “Misty Morning Hop”
First practice was a misty one for Garrett Gerloff at Mazda Raceway Laguna. Check out what he had to say: http://youtu.be/W2qCOTVo2cA
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It’s A Brave, New World For Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams As They Visit Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca This Weekend
Cypress, CA – July 9, 2014 – Yamaha’s “Fast Four” will make their annual visit to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend where they’ll shine brightly under the global spotlight of the FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier

Leading the 2014 AMA Pro Racing SuperBike Championship points standings is three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes, who will be looking to add to his points lead by notching another win aboard his #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1.

The “Mississippi Madman” will be the first to tell you that it won’t be easy, however, as he will face stiff competition from right within his own team. Rider of the #2 R1 SuperBike, Cameron Beaubier, is having a remarkable rookie SuperBike season, and he’ll be going all out to get the win in front of a throng of family and friends from nearby Roseville who will be in attendance and enthusiastically cheering him on.

The battles between Josh and Cameron have been great drama all season long, and this weekend should prove to be no different. Sunday’s SuperBike race is scheduled for 4:20 PM PST.

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
Garrett Gerloff, rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, is coming off a visit to Barber Motorsports Park that he’d just as soon forget. The 18-year-old Texan is back to full fitness after his Alabama experience, however, and he’s ready to take to Laguna Seca’s famed Corkscrew with renewed vigor and go for the Daytona SportBike win.

Also ready for action on the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca natural road course is JD Beach, the newest member of the Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team. JD is currently in 4th place in the 2014 Daytona SportBike Championship points standings and just 20 points out of the Championship lead.

Look for JD and Garrett up front and going for the win as they do battle not only against each other, but also against a highly competitive DSB field dominated by Yamaha R6 riders. Sunday’s DSB race will go green at 1:25 PM PST.

Visit The Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace And Demo A 2015 FZ-07
The Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace, which is located in the track infield between turns 5 and 6 at the Raceway, will be open Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13, from 8 AM to 5 PM.

You’ll be able to take a demo ride aboard the all-new 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 sportbike. Demo rides will take place at the Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace on Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, from 9 AM to 4 PM, and on Sunday, July 13, from 9 AM to 1 PM. You’ll need a valid motorcycle license (permits are not allowed), a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection to take your ride.

Meet The Yamaha U.S. Road Racers
All your favorite Yamaha U.S. riders will be available for autographs during two “Meet & Greet” sessions, including Josh and Cameron from Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Garrett and JD from Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Jake Gagne and Tomas Puerta from RoadRace Factory/Yamaha; Jake Lewis, Tucker Lancaster, Andre Ochs, Erick Sanchez, and Bernat Martinez from MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha; along with Dane Westby from Yamalube/Westby Racing. The Monster Energy and Y.E.S. Umbrella Girls will also be there:

• Saturday, July 12, 12:45 – 1:15 PM, Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace
• Sunday, July 13, 12:00 – 12:45 PM, Team Transporters (infield paddock)

Get Wound Up For The Corkscrew With Yamaha’s Latest Video
Yamaha has put together a video featuring the Monster Energy and Y.E.S. Umbrella Girls, along with highlights from last year’s visit to Laguna Seca, so check it out: http://youtu.be/aAp5UYdVM-o

Weekend Press Releases, Videos and Images from the June 2014 Barber Motorsports AMA Pro Race Weekend

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Various Press Releases, Videos and Images from the June 2014 Barber Motorsports AMA Pro Race Weekend. Teams Monster Energy Graves Yamaha / Yamaha Extended Services Graves Yamaha

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Josh Hayes Wins His Fifth Barber SuperBike Race In A Row
Birmingham, AL – June 22, 2014 – Barber Motorsports Park was just what three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes needed to put himself back in control of a fourth SuperBike title, as he won Saturday’s SuperBike Race 1 in convincing fashion aboard his #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1.

Watch as Josh talks about his very busy day of qualifying, racing and, ultimately, winning in the intense heat at Barber:

 

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JD Beach Finishes Second In AMA Pro DSB Race 1 At Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, AL – June 22, 2014 – Saturday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Barber Motorsports Park was a high-water mark for JD Beach’s career with the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team, as he finished a strong second.

Check out what JD has to say about a very hot day of qualifying and racing in Alabama:

 

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Josh Hayes Uses His Sixth Sense, Wins Sixth Barber SuperBike Race In A Row Aboard His Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1; Teammate Cameron Beaubier Also On Podium
Birmingham, AL – June 22, 2014 – Tying the consecutive SuperBike wins record at Barber Motorsports Park wasn’t even remotely on three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes’ mind during Sunday’s SuperBike Race 2, but his dominant victory not only tied the record at Barber, but it also marked the third year in a row that Josh notched the double win at the 2.38-mile, 14-turn Alabama road course.

“It was a lot different race than how I expected it to play out,” Josh commented after his record-tying win. “I was able to get a good start and work on stretching out a lead, so the last few laps were pretty smooth. My conditioning was important this weekend with the hot temperatures and high humidity, and I’m glad that I put in all those miles on my bicycle between race weekends because it really helps. My Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew always gives me a great R1 that performs flawlessly, so hats off to them.”

Josh’s SuperBike rookie teammate Cameron Beaubier came back from a tough Saturday to finish on the podium in Sunday’s race, which made it two Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha riders on the podium.

Cameron said, “It feels great to get on the podium. I felt bad crashing two bikes yesterday, so I’m really happy with this third-place finish. I’m still in contention in the points standings, so we’ll move on to (Mazda Raceway) Laguna Seca and try to improve.”

With three rounds and five races left in the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike season, Josh is leading the Championship by 29 points. Cameron is currently in fourth place, but just six points out of second place in the standings.

The next race weekend for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike Team is July 11-13 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, as the stars of AMA Pro Racing compete on the world stage during the FIM World Superbike Championship’s only U.S. stop.

 

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Yamaha R6 Riders Sweep The Podium In AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 2 At Barber Motorsports Park; JD Beach Finishes Fifth For Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Birmingham, AL – June 22, 2014 – Yamaha YZF-R6 riders continued their dominance of the ultra-competitive AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class, as Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Dane Westby did the double and took his second DSB win of the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. MotoSport.com Meen Yamaha’s Jake Lewis was second, while RoadRace Factory/Yamaha’s Jake Gagne completed the R6 triumvirate at the top of the finishing order.

Throughout the 19-lap race, a pack of five riders battled it out for the win, and among them was JD Beach, rider of the #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6. JD made several challenges for a top-three finish in the race, but a small mistake late in the contest caused him to ride off the track. He was able to rejoin the race quickly, but with only a couple of laps left before the checkered flag, JD did good work to keep his R6 upright and salvage a fifth-place finish.

JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff suffered a wrist injury in Saturday’s DSB race, and he was unable to start the race on Sunday. The prognosis is good for the rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider, and he is expected to return to action in the next round of the AMA Pro Road Racing season.

That next round will commence on the weekend of July 11-13 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, as the stars of AMA Pro Racing compete on the world stage during the FIM World Superbike Championship’s only U.S. stop.

 

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Josh Hayes Gets Five For Fighting, Wins Fifth Barber SuperBike Race In A Row Aboard His Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1

Birmingham, AL – June 21, 2014 – Barber Motorsports Park was just what three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes needed to put himself back in control of a fourth SuperBike title, as he won Saturday’s SuperBike Race 1 in convincing fashion aboard his #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1.

The win launched Josh into a 17-point lead in the standings after coming into the weekend in third place. It was a brutally hot day, with three qualifying sessions followed by a long race, but Josh’s Mississippi roots and topnotch fitness clearly helped him win the day.

“It was hot, greasy, and easy to make mistakes out there,” Josh said. “It was a very hard race in these hot conditions, so I’m happy to finish with the win. Five SuperBike wins in a row at this track seems hard to believe, but I guess you could say that I feel at home here in Alabama. We’ll come back tomorrow and try to make it six wins in a row. I know I’ve got the bike and the crew to do it.”

As for Josh’s teammate and SuperBike rookie Cameron Beaubier, his day was the polar opposite (and, by “polar,” were definitely not talking about the Birmingham-area climate). Cameron lowsided his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 while running in fourth place. The 2013 Daytona SportBike Champion was unhurt, but his R1 SuperBike didn’t fare quite as well. The race was red-flagged after another rider crashed, so Cameron’s crew chief Rick Hobbs and the rest of the team worked diligently to get the bike race-ready for the restart.

Unfortunately, they ran out of time, and Cameron was credited with 15th place and enough points for fourth place in the points standings. He and his team will regroup and come back strong for Sunday’s SuperBike Race 2 from Barber Motorsports Park, which is set to go green at 3:00 PM CST.

Watch FansChoice.tv. For All The Racing Action This Weekend At Barber Motorsports Park

If you can’t make it to Birmingham, AL, this weekend for the SuperBike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park, you can catch all the action live and online at http://www.FansChoice.tv

 

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JD Beach Finishes A Close Second Aboard His Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6 In AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1 At Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, AL -June 21, 2014 – On a busy Saturday of qualifying and racing in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class, the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team had a good news/bad news outcome at Barber Motorsports.

First, the good news. After qualifying seventh on the grid earlier in the day, JD Beach, rider of the #6 Yamaha YZF-R6, finished second to Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Dane Westby in DSB Race 1, which is JD’s best result yet since joining the team at the beginning of the 2014 season. It was also Dane’s first win aboard his #00 Yamaha R6.

After the race, JD said, “It seems like Dane and I keep finding each other out there. Dane’s a great rider, and we had a really good battle. It was great to be out front. It was a really hot race, but an exciting one, and I’m happy with the result.”

JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff got his weekend off to a great start in qualifying, as he put his #8 R6 on the front row of the grid. Garrett was also in the lead in DSB Race 1 when the race was red-flagged. After restarting from the pole, Garrett and RoadRace Factory/Yamaha rider Jake Gagne both went down, and Garrett unfortunately suffered a hairline fracture of his left radius (wrist).

“I’m upset that my day, and weekend, ended early, especially when I was up front and had a chance for the win. I’m also upset that I injured myself and can’t race tomorrow, but I’m determined to get back on the bike as soon as I can.”

Watch FansChoice.tv. For All The Racing Action This Weekend At Barber Motorsports Park

If you can’t make it to Birmingham, AL, this weekend for the SuperBike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park, you can catch all the action live and online at http://www.FansChoice.tv

 

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Photos Brian J. Nelson

 

Graves Racing – AMA Pro Racing : Road America Results, Pictures and Videos

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Press Releases from this past weekends AMA Pro Racing; Road America round for the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha and Yamaha Extended Services / Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha race teams.

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Through The Rain, Three-Time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Hayes Wins Again At Road America
Elkhart Lake, WI – June 1, 2014 – In a Sunday SuperBike race fraught with rain at Road America, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes used his considerable experience and obvious talent to bring his #4 Yamaha YZF-R1 home safe and notch yet another memorable win in Wisconsin. The victory was Josh’s sixth out of the past seven at Road America.

Josh got the holeshot and led the race from the start to the red flag that was the result of the rain-dampened track, and then he took the lead again on the restart and stayed up front all the way to the rain-drenched checkered flag.

After the race, Josh said, “Despite the conditions and circumstances of the race, I’m happy to get this win for my team. With all that rain, those last two laps were the toughest I’ve ever had here at Road America.”

Josh’s teammate Cameron Beaubier also had an eventful race, but it didn’t end quite as well for Cameron as it did for Josh. The SuperBike rookie had a tipover early in the race, and then the contest was red-flagged because of the rain, which enabled Cameron’s crew chief Rick Hobbs and the entire Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team to work feverishly and get the #2 R1 race-ready for the restart. Cameron rejoined the fray, survived the rain, and ultimately finished 13th, which gave him enough points to retain the lead in the AMA Pro SuperBike Championship.

Meanwhile, the victory by Josh vaulted him up to third place in the standings and just four points out of the lead.

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on June 21-22 for round three of the AMA Pro SuperBike racing season at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.
Watch FansChoice.tv. For All The Racing Action This Weekend At Road America
To watch all the great racing from the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America, go to http://www.FansChoice.tv

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Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beach Finishes Second At Road America As Yamaha R6 Riders Sweep The Podium In Daytona SportBike
Elkhart Lake, WI – June 1, 2014 – Just like on Saturday, Yamaha YZF-R6 riders swept the podium in Sunday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Road America. RoadRace Factory Yamaha’s Jake Gagne won the race, Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s JD Beach was second, and Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Dane Westby was third.

After the race, JD said, “It feels good to get second here at Road America, but it would feel even better if I’d won. Jake rode a great race and pulled a pretty big gap on Dane and me. I’m glad to be on the podium. My team and I are improving with each race, so I’m really happy with our progress.”

JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff, who was second in Saturday’s race, unfortunately went down hard on the opening lap of Sunday’s race. The 18-year-old Texan received medical attention at the scene, and the initial diagnosis was that he had sustained a concussion. He was taken to St. Agnes Hospital in nearby Fond du Lac for a CAT scan, and the results were negative so Garrett will be able to travel home on Monday.

The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on June 21-22 for round three of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike racing season at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.
Watch FansChoice.tv. For All The Racing Action This Weekend At Road America
To watch all the great racing from the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America, go to http://www.FansChoice.tv

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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Wins SuperBike Race 1 At Road America; Teammate Hayes Finishes A Close Second

Elkhart Lake, WI – May 31, 2014 – For three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes, his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier is quickly proving to be his toughest competitor and, in Saturday’s AMA Pro SuperBike race at Road America, class rookie Cameron got the best of his legendary teammate to take his second win on the season. Josh had won the past five SuperBike races in a row at Road America.

After the race, Cameron said, “Josh was riding awesome, and he made it really tough for me to get around him. After getting past him, I made a couple of mistakes, and he was able to re-take the lead. It took all I had to catch back up to him, and I was running out of laps to pass him. I was fortunate to get a good drive on that last lap and get the win.”

Josh commented, “It was a really fun race, and I had a great time riding. It started right off with a battle from the start. When Cameron came by at one point, I was a little wide, and I had to really concentrate to catch back up to him. When Cam made a little mistake, I had a chance to pass him, and I took it. I knew the race wasn’t over, however. He got back by me on the final lap, and that was the race.”

Sunday’s AMA Pro SuperBike race 2 will start at 3:00 PM CST, and with Cameron and Josh in the race, you won’t want to miss it!

Watch FansChoice.tv. For All The Racing Action This Weekend At Road America
If you can’t make it to Elkhart Lake, WI, this weekend for the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America, you can catch all the action live and online at http://www.FansChoice.tv

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Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammates Gerloff & Beach Finish Second & Third In Daytona SportBike Race 1 At Road America
Elkhart Lake, WI – May 31, 2014 – Yamaha YZF-R6 riders swept the podium in Saturday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Road America, and Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach finished second and third, respectively, in an exciting race that included a red-flag-restarted three-lap sprint to the finish.

For Garrett, the drama of the restarted race almost equaled the drama that the 18-year-old Texan had experienced during final qualifying when he went down hard on his #8 R6. Garrett was banged up, but he avoided serious injury. His R6, on the other hand, didn’t fare quite as well.

After the race, Garrett said, “My Y.E.S. team had to totally rebuild the bike for me after my crash this morning, and they did a great job getting it race-ready in a very short amount of time. We weren’t able to get in any practice laps since the race followed right after qualifying, so I wasn’t sure what I had. The front-end felt a little different, so I had to adjust to the change and just concentrate on my laptimes. The restart helped me because my team was able to adjust the front suspension and get me a little more comfortable. It was a big improvement, and I’m really happy to finish second, although I wish I’d won. But, we’ve got another race tomorrow, so I’ll being racing hard for a win.”

JD commented, “On the restart, I didn’t get off the line as well as I’d hoped, and I knew, with only three laps to the checkers, that I had to put my head down and just go. It’s great to get on the podium with a third, but I want more, and we’ll try again for a win tomorrow.”

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race 2 will start on Sunday at 2:00 PM CST.

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Cameron Beaubier Earns First Career AMA Pro SuperBike Pole For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Teammate Hayes Is Second Fastest At Road America

 

Elkhart Lake, WI – May 31, 2014 – At Road America for the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader, AMA Pro Racing’s brand-new SuperBike qualifying procedure also proved to be a first for Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha phenom Cameron Beaubier as he notched his first SuperBike pole position in only the second round of his rookie season.

Saturday morning’s SuperBike qualifying consisted of two sessions, with a 15-minute final qualifying for the top-12 fastest SuperBike riders. Cameron, who earned the provisional pole on Friday, hung onto the top spot and will start from the pole for Saturday afternoon’s and Sunday afternoon’s two SuperBike races. Three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes will also start on the front row of the grid in second position and right alongside Cameron.

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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Earns Provisional SuperBike Pole At Road America; Teammate Hayes Is Second Fastest
Elkhart Lake, WI – May 30, 2014 – The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team got off to an excellent start in round two of the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike Championship as Cameron Beaubier put his #2 Yamaha YZF-R1 on provisional pole for the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America. Cameron’s teammate and three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes qualified comfortably in second place on the road course where he’s won the past five AMA Pro SuperBike races in a row.

After provisional qualifying, Cameron said, “Josh (Hayes) has this place pretty dialed, so I talked to him a little bit this morning. I pushed hard and got my confidence going for the afternoon qualifying session, and it went well for me. I feel really comfortable on the R1, and I love riding it. I really want to win both races this weekend, especially after not winning both of them here last year when I was on the R6.”

Saturday morning’s SuperBike qualifying will consist of two sessions beginning at 9:40 AM CST, with a 15-minute final qualifying for the top-12 fastest SuperBike riders. SuperBike race 1 will go green later on Saturday at 3:00 PM CST.

Garrett Gerloff Qualifies In Second Provisionally In AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
In Daytona SportBike, Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff was under last year’s track record in provisional qualifying, but his lap was not the fastest on the day, as he was flanked by another Yamaha R6 rider who earned the provisional pole with a new track record, while a third Yamaha rider also qualified on the provisional front row.

Garrett will aim to improve on his second-place position in Saturday morning’s qualifying aboard his #8 Yamaha R6, which is scheduled for 8:50 AM CST. Also looking to improve on Saturday is JD Beach, who qualified provisionally in 8th place on Friday.

Daytona SportBike race 1 will start on Saturday at 2:00 PM CST.

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