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MotoAmerica Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin Round Results

Monday, June 6th, 2016

 

Various Press Releases from this weekend’s MotoAmerica Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin round for the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha and Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha teams

 

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Yamaha bLU cRU Riders Gerloff & Beach Finish 2nd & 3rd In Supersport Race 2 At Road America

 

Elkhart Lake, WI – June 5, 2016 – Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach took turns leading Sunday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race at Road America, but when the checkered flag flew, the two teammates had to settle for second- and third-place finishes.

Garrett, who won Saturday’s Supersport Race 1, started from the pole again on Sunday after breaking the Road America Supersport lap record in Saturday’s qualifying, but it was his teammate JD who got the holeshot going into turn one, with Garrett slotting into second.

Valentin Debise got past Garrett, and he and JD tried to pull a gap, but Garrett was having nothing of it, and stayed with the two race leaders. Garrett passed Valentin, and set his sights on JD. The action was non-stop as Garrett took the lead, and then Valentin passed Garrett, only to have Garrett re-take the lead again. The two rivals swapped the lead a couple of more times on the final lap, and Garrett tried to time his pass heading to the checkers, but it didn’t quite work out as Valentin took the win with the two Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammates completing the podium.

“I just wish I could rewind the race and try again in that last sector,” Garrett said. “I just wish I could have gotten a better drive on the straightaway. I’m really happy with the weekend overall, though, and I’m ready to move on to Barber, which is another track that I really enjoy.”

“We decided to go with the soft tire today and, for some reason, it shredded the rear,” commented JD. “About halfway through the race, it was really bad on the right side and Valentin got by me. I was able to stay in the lead pack throughout the race, though, and I’m happy to get on the podium here at Road America.

“I lost a good friend (Moto2 rider Luis Salom, who passed away from injuries sustained in a practice crash at Catalunya) on Friday, and it makes me realize how quickly things in this sport can change. I’m thankful that I was safe today, and that I brought it home in third.”

The Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Supersport team will race again next weekend as the MotoAmerica Championship will be at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, on June 10-June 12.

2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings 6/5/16


Pos. Rider Points
1 Garrett Gerloff  -Yamaha 190
2 JD Beach -Yamaha 147
3 Valentin Debise 139
4 Cameron Petersen 121
5 Joe Roberts – Yamaha 89
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Beaubier Orders Up A Double Cheese With Two Superbike Victories In Wisconsin; Teammate Hayes Podiums Twice


Elkhart Lake, WI – June 5, 2016 – Defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier ordered a double-cheese victory from the Sunday menu at Road America, and his entire Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team feasted on the success.

Cameron’s victory in Superbike Race 2 was his second of the day, and his sixth on the season. Meanwhile, his teammate Josh Hayes (aka “Mr. Road America”) recorded his second podium result of the day and his eighth podium this year.

Josh started from the pole, but he had to settle for second going into turn one as fast-starting Toni Elias took the lead. Josh and Cameron slotted into second and third, respectively, and were immediately in a battle with Toni and his teammate Roger Hayden. Josh passed Toni in short order and took the lead, and then Cameron managed to also get past Toni.

Josh and Cameron began swapping the lead back and forth as Roger moved into third in front of Toni. On the final lap, with Cameron in the lead and Josh in second, Toni moved into second and tried to take the lead over Cameron. He ran wide in turn five, and Cameron maintained the lead, while Josh moved back into second. Cameron took the checkers, and Toni just barely nipped Josh at the line.

After his second victory of the day, Cameron said, “That was a tough race. You’ve got to ride on the edge if you’re going to beat these guys. I’ve never doubled here, but I always seem to have a good weekend at Road America. That was a fun race, and we were all in a battle. Coming to the last lap, I thought it was just Roger and Josh, but here comes Toni, and I was like “Where did you come from?” So I was glad to cross the finish line first because all four of us were going for it.”

Josh commented, “I felt like I rode a really good race, and I rode as fast and consistent as I could. I wasn’t too surprised when Cam came past me, so I knew that I had to be as relentless as I could for the rest of the race. Toni was able to draft past me to the line, and it was close, so I wasn’t happy to get third today. But I’ll take it and move on to next week at Barber.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will be back in action again next weekend as the MotoAmerica Championship will be at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, on June 10-June 12.

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings 6/5/16


Pos. Rider Points
1 Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha 176
2 Josh Hayes – Yamaha 169
3 Roger Hayden 149
4 Toni Elias 144
5 Claudio Corti 100
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Beaubier Extends Yamaha’s Wisconsin Winning Streak With A Victory In Superbike Race 1 At Road America; Teammate Hayes Finishes Third


Elkhart Lake, WI – June 5, 2016 – Defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier won Sunday’s Superbike Race 1 at Road America aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1. To date, a Yamaha Superbike rider has tasted victory at Road America for seven consecutive years.

Cameron’s teammate Josh Hayes started from the pole and also got the holeshot going into turn one, with Cameron slotting into second. From there, the battle was on between the two teammates as Roger Hayden followed closely behind in third.

On lap 7, a rare mistake by Josh caused him to run wide in turn 12, which set the four-time AMA Superbike Champion back a few seconds. With his work cut out for him, Josh focused on running fast laps, and his hard work paid off as he caught up to Cameron and Roger. Meanwhile, Cameron rode smooth, consistently fast laps throughout the race and took the checkered flag with a gap of nearly half a second over Roger. Josh rounded out the podium solidly in third.

“I felt really good in the race and felt comfortable leading,” Cameron said. “I was able to outbrake Josh in some corners, so I was really happy about that. I threw two bikes down the road over the past couple of days, so I’m really glad to win today and get some redemption for my guys who have had to work extra-hard to rebuild two bikes this weekend.”

Josh commented, “When we were all together at the front, I thought I had spots where I was good and Cam had some spots where he was good, too. It felt great being up front, and I was having fun. But, I knew that Cam was right there behind me. Going into the chicane, I thought I could get him on the brakes, but he had me covered and I got in too deep. After that, I had a front-row seat for a really good show in front of me.”

 

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By A Slice, Gerloff Takes The Cheese Over Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Teammate Beach In Supersport Race 1 At Road America


Elkhart Lake, WI – June 4, 2016 – Four, one-thousandths of a second. That’s how close Saturday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race was at Road America as Championship points leader Garrett Gerloff took the checkered flag inches in front of his Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teammate and defending Supersport Champion JD Beach.

Garrett started from the pole position that he earned in qualifying earlier on Saturday, with JD gridded right next to him. Rain earlier in the day meant that the race went green with the Wisconsin track still damp in spots. Slicks were the tire choice for all the top riders, and the pace started out slower, but picked up as the laps wound down.

The conditions were essentially a non-factor for Garrett and JD, who got off the line well and stayed in the lead pack throughout the race, with each rider taking a turn at leading the race. With only a few laps remaining, Garrett put his #31 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 up front, put his head down, and ran his fastest laps of the race at the end. JD did the same, and given that draft passes are a critical maneuver at Road America, looked perfectly positioned to steal the victory from his teammate by passing him right before the checkers.

It was so close, but the timing of JD’s pass just didn’t allow him to get past Garrett, who notched his sixth win of the season and extended his Championship lead to 39 points.

After his victory, Garrett said, “I wasn’t really expecting the track to dry up as fast as it did. There were some spots that were pretty damp, but a dry line appeared pretty quickly. Towards the end of the race, it was mostly dry, so I felt like I could go a little quicker. I think we could all tell that my R6 had a lot of steam today, so that was a big help. Also, I was doing everything I could to stay tucked in because streamlining is so important here.”

JD commented, “I had a chance earlier in the lap to try to get by Garrett, but I decided not to try it. So then, I tried to time it and catch him at the stripe. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out. I’m happy with the race, though, and how I’m riding.”

Garrett and JD will go head-to-head again on Sunday in Supersport Race 2, which will go green at 2:45 PM.

 

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Road America Is “Rode A Yamaha” As The bLU cRU Looks To Extend Their Wisconsin Winning Streak This Weekend


Cypress, CA – June 1, 2016 – Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, is a favorite stop on the MotoAmerica Road Racing schedule for the Yamaha bLU cRU teams and racers…and for good reason. Not only does the bLU cRU love the 4.05-mile, 14-turn natural road course, but they also love the enthusiasm and welcoming spirit of the Road America fans.

Those two factors have clearly contributed to Yamaha’s phenomenal success in Wisconsin. A total of 28 race victories in the past six years makes Road America more like “Rode A Yamaha.” In fact, last year, in MotoAmerica’s inaugural visit to Road America, Yamaha bLU cRU riders won all eight races in which they were eligible to compete–a perfect record in Superbike, Superstock 1000, Supersport, and Superstock 600.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing: Beaubier & Hayes
Defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier, who has won a class-leading four races aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1 so far in 2016, comes into Road America in second place after notching a win in Sunday’s second Superbike race at VIRginia International Raceway. Cameron won Saturday’s Superbike Race 1 at Road America last year, so he’ll be racing hard this weekend to retake the lead in the 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.

The current MotoAmerica Superbike points leader is “Mr. Road America” himself, four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, who has won a whopping total of eight Superbike races at Road America. Josh has won at least one of the two Superbike races at Road America every single year, starting with his breakthrough Saturday victory in 2010. And he also swept both Road America Superbike races for two years in a row, in 2012 and 2013.

Josh won his first Superbike race of the 2016 season in Virginia aboard his #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing R1, and he extended his Championship lead to 11 points over his teammate Cameron.

Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) begins on Saturday at 2:00 PM CST. Superbike Race 1 will go green on Sunday at 12:30 PM CST, and Superbike Race 2 is later on Sunday at 4:00 PM CST.

Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha: Beach & Gerloff


Defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach returns to Road America, which is where he started a winning streak last year that ultimately led to his 2015 Supersport title. JD won Sunday’s Supersport Race 2 last year, and he’s hoping to start another winning streak aboard his #1 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 this weekend in Wisconsin.

Speaking of winning streaks, JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff is currently enjoying one of his own. The rider of the #31 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 earned the pole at VIRginia International Raceway and went on to win both VIR races, which extended Garrett’s 2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship lead to 31 points coming into Wisconsin.

Supersport Qualifying is Saturday at 9:20 AM CST. Supersport Race 1 is scheduled for Saturday at 4:00 PM CST, and Supersport Race 2 will go green on Sunday at 2:45 PM CST.

Meet The Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers
Come to Don and Roy’s Motorsports at 17740 West Bluemound Road, in Brookfield, WI, this Thursday. Beginning at 6:30 PM, Cameron, Josh, JD, Garrett, and several other Yamaha bLU cRU riders will be on hand to sign posters and memorabilia, greet fans, and share a few other surprises. Don’t miss it!

MotoAmerica VIR 2016 Race Results

Monday, May 16th, 2016

 

 

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Beaubier On The Bounceback As He Wins MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 In Virginia; Teammate Hayes Finishes Close Second
Alton, VA – May 15, 2016 – In Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 at VIRginia International Raceway, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier showed why he is the defending Superbike Champion when he passed his teammate and four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes on the final lap to take the dramatic win.

Toni Elias and Claudio Corti got the jump on Cameron at the start and, with Josh uncharacteristically starting from the third row, both Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammates had their work cut out for them at the beginning of the race.

But, go to work, they did…and quickly, too. Cameron caught up to Corti and Elias, passed them both, and took the lead in the race. Josh rode smoothly and methodically made his way up to fourth, then passed Roger Hayden for third. Elias was able to pass Cameron for the lead, but Cameron quickly got back past him. Josh also got past Elias, and then he passed Cameron. On the final lap, Cameron made a surgical pass on Josh in a place on the track where passes aren’t usually made, and Josh wasn’t able to strike back before the finish line. The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing dynamic duo took the checkers in 1-2 formation, with Cameron notching his fourth Superbike victory of the 2016 MotoAmerica season.

After his win, Cameron said, “This race win definitely feels good. I’m glad to get this redemption after running off the track in the first race. The track (at VIR) is really technical, and it’s easy to make a mistake here. It’s great to have two Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1s in first and second. I know that this is one of Josh’s best tracks, so it’s not easy to beat him here. I’m happy to be able to give this win to my crew after how things went in Race 1.”

Josh commented, “I’m pretty happy with my race. I was really patient in the beginning, and I was behind quite a few guys. I just took my time, and I was waiting for my opportunities. Those guys (at the front) seemed to be racing really hard and moving around a lot.

“So, once I got into the lead, I was pretty comfortable. Toni (Elias) got past me, but it took a lot for him to do it, so I felt like I could get back around him, which I did. On the final lap, I left the door open a little bit, and Cameron capitalized on it.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will race again in three weeks, as the MotoAmerica Championship will be at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, on June 3 – June 4.

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings 5/15/16
Pos. Rider Points
1 Josh Hayes – Yamaha 137
2 Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha 126
3 Roger Hayden 116
4 Toni Elias 111
5 Claudio Corti 80

 

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Double-G With The Double Win As Garrett Gerloff Races His Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 To Another Victory, In Supersport Race 2 At Virginia; Beach Finishes Third
Alton, VA – May 15, 2016 – VIRginia International Raceway is a track that Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff really enjoys, and it showed this weekend as the mild-mannered, yet lightning-fast, Texan won both MotoAmerica Supersport races at VIR.

Sunday’s Supersport Race 2 was run under dry and sunny conditions–much different than Saturday’s Supersport Race 2, which was contested on a wet track due to a quickly passing storm that ravaged the paddock just prior to the start. Better weather made for an exciting race, as Garrett diced for the lead several times during the 23-lap event.

On the final lap, Garrett was passed momentarily, but he used the power of his #31 Yamaha YZF-R6 to regain the lead on the run to the finish line and take the checkered flag by just three one-hundredths of a second over French rider Valentin Debise.

Garrett said, “I knew there were three places where Valentin could pass me on the last lap. I had no idea who won until I saw the second monitor on the track. It was a very close finish, and I’m glad that I was able to get the win for my crew and for the whole Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team.”

Garrett’s teammate JD Beach, who is the defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion, had a strong comeback from yesterday’s result. JD raced in the lead pack throughout the entirety of the event, and he also relied on his #1 R6 to power him into third place at the finish line.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit with bike setup,” commented JD. “The front (of my R6) just hasn’t been feeling good this year, for some reason. At New Jersey, I was able to ride over it, but we’re still missing something. It’s great to have two Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 machines on the podium, though. Congratulations to Garrett. He’s on such a roll right now, and we’re just going to keep working hard and try to stop it.”

The Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Supersport team will be back in action in three weeks as the MotoAmerica Championship will be at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, on June 3 – June 5.
2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings 5/15/16


Pos. Rider Points
1 Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha 145
2 Valentin Debise 114
3 JD Beach – Yamaha 111
4 Cameron Petersen 92
5 Joe Roberts – Yamaha 79
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The Emperor Strikes Back As Four-Time AMA Superbike Champ Josh Hayes Wins Superbike Race 1 In Virginia

Alton, VA – May 15, 2016 – Going six Superbike races without a victory is a very rare thing for four-time AMA Superbike Champ Josh Hayes, but the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider put an end to his winless streak in a big way in Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 at VIRginia International Raceway. Josh’s teammate Cameron Beaubier, who earned the pole yesterday at VIR, led early in the race but had to negotiate his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1 through a couple of incidents to finish a solid fourth in the 25-lap feature event.

And, while it was Josh’s first victory of the 2016 MotoAmerica season, the win was the 59th of his storied Yamaha Superbike career. What made the win even more notable was that he started from 10th position on the grid. But a good start, some talented racing maneuvers, and lots of Yamaha R1 Superbike speed moved him up to 7th in short fashion.

Meanwhile, Cameron, who is the defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion, was up front and leading at the beginning of the race. He was passed by Josh Herrin, and then, a momentary off-track excursion moved Cameron back in the pack even more. And, despite being balked by a slower rider, which moved him back even more, he fought back aboard his #1 Yamaha R1 Superbike to finish fourth and keep himself in the top three in the Championship points standings.

When Josh was asked how he felt about getting his first win of the 2016 season, the “Mississippi Madman” said, “Definitely relieved. It’s been a pretty tough weekend. Rog (Hayden) and Cam, and Toni (Elias), have been strong here in practice and qualifying. It’s such a busy racetrack, a physical racetrack, and in the past, it’s worked in my favor. This track creates a lot of chaos, and today, the chaos worked in my favor. I was able to get up with the lead group, and then, get in the lead.

“Last year, I won more than half of the races in the season,” Josh replied when asked to comment on going six races without a victory. “And, after not winning any of the first six races this year, well, let me just say this, it feels really good to get this win, and I hope there are more to come.”

 

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Wet-Race Strategy Comes Into Play As Garrett Gerloff Wins Supersport Race 1 At Virginia Aboard His Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6
Alton, VA – May 14, 2016 – A pre-race burst of rain and high winds created turmoil in the MotoAmerica paddock at VIRginia International Raceway, destroying team canopies and tossing equipment and crew members into disarray right when Supersport Race 1 was about to begin. With the track surface affected by the quick, but prodigious deluge, tire selection became critical. The start of the race was only delayed a little more than 30 minutes, which meant that the track was still very wet, but warm temperatures and a brightening sun began to evaporate the water from the tarmac.

For Garrett Gerloff and his Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha team, the decision to race on full slicks, on both the front and rear of his #31 Yamaha YZF-R6, was the right one. Garrett played it cool in the beginning of the 23-lap race, got off to a smooth start from his front-row position on the grid, and didn’t put a wheel wrong all the way to the checkers.

As the laps wound down, Garrett’s pace sped up due to the VIR surface rapidly transitioning from wet, to mostly dry, to almost completely dry. By the time he crossed the finish line, Garrett had lapped the field all the way up to 12th place.

After his victory, Garrett said, “This is a track that I used to race at a lot, so in those conditions, I kind of knew that I wanted to be on slicks because this track dries quickly. In the beginning, JD just shot off, and it was definitely slippery out there for me. But, I just tried to ride smooth and, as the track dried, I was able to go faster. I knew that JD was on rains, so I was hoping that the race would come back to me. I’m glad it did! Having the grip as the laps wound down really made the difference.”

For Garrett’s teammate JD Beach, fortunes were almost completely the opposite, as the defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion and his team started from fourth position on the grid with his #1 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 shod in full rain tires, and with expectations that the rain would return at some point in the race. JD got off to a great start in the race, immediately took the lead, and stretched out a gap that ballooned into more than a 12-second advantage. The extra grip of the full rain tires on the wet VIR track helped JD dominate in the beginning of the race. But, as the laps clicked off, the rain stayed away, and the track dried out, JD’s pace remained relatively consistent, while Garrett and several of the other riders who had decided against racing on full rain tires increased their lap times, caught up to JD, and ultimately passed him. JD finished the race in 14th, which was a devastating result for him and the team.

 

 

MotoAmerica 2016 Road Atlanta Round Results

Monday, April 18th, 2016
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Scroll down for the weekend press releases and images from Brian J. Nelson from the 2016 MotoAmerica Road Atlanta / Braselton, Ga. Round #2

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Things Go Peachy For Gerloff In Georgia As He Dominates MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 At Road Atlanta On His Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6
Braselton, GA – April 16, 2016 – For the second MotoAmerica Supersport race in a row, Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff showed that he is a man on a mission as he won again in dominating fashion aboard his #31 Yamaha YZF-R6.

After he got past his teammate, 2015 defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach, who got the holeshot at the start, Garrett led the entire race and, by the time he took the checkered flag, he had lapped part of the field and stretched out a gap of more than 10 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Valentin Debise. JD brought home his #1 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 in third place for his second podium finish in a row.

After celebrating his victory, Garrett talked about how his focus has changed in 2016. “It’s been a combination of a lot of things,” Garrett said. “I’ve made a lot of changes in the off-season, and I just kind of feel more planted. I’ve got some stability, and it helps me to relax and have fun out there. It feels really good to win, but it’s not going to be easy to keep things going like this because these guys are tough competition.”

JD commented, “We’ve kind of got to get things together. Garrett is just riding so well right now. I made a pretty big mistake and let Valentin (Debise) get away from me. It’s only the second race of the year, but we really need to pick the pace up a little bit. We’re going to be racing a lot in a short time span, so these races are coming up quickly, and we’ve got to figure things out.”

MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 will go green from Road Atlanta tomorrow afternoon at 2:45 PM.

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Gerloff Takes Two At Road Atlanta With A Dominant Victory In MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 Aboard His Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6

 

Braselton, GA – April 17, 2016 – In what was essentially a carbon copy of Saturday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 at Road Atlanta, Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff won Sunday’s Supersport Race 2 by virtually the same gap of more than 10 seconds over repeat second-place finisher Valentin Debise.

Also the same as yesterday, Garrett’s teammate and 2015 defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach got the holeshot at the start, and then, Garrett passed JD for the lead, which he held all the way to the checkered flag.

For Garrett, it was his third consecutive MotoAmerica Supersport win, while JD has reached the podium for the third straight race.

“I’m really enjoying myself on the bike right now,” Garrett said. “I didn’t feel like I was as consistent today as I was yesterday, and the race actually seemed a little bit shorter even though it was the same number of laps. This stuff is never easy, and I’m just going to keep my focus going, have fun, and ride the best I can.”

“For some reason, we just can’t figure this bike and this track out,” commented JD. “Garrett and Valentin are riding so well. It’s tough to be unhappy with third, but after winning the Championship last year, I have high expectations. So, we’ve got two weeks till the next race, and I’m going to go back home, train harder, ride more, and come back stronger.”

As JD alluded to, the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Supersport team will be back in action in two weeks as the MotoAmerica Championship travels to the Northeast for the race at New Jersey Motorsports Park on April 29 – May 1.

2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings 4/17/16

Pos. Rider Points

1 Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha 75
2 Valentin Debise 56
3 JD Beach – Yamaha 53
4 Joe Roberts – Yamaha 37
5 Cameron Petersen – Yamaha 34

Watch The MotoAmerica Championship On BeIN SPORTS And BeIN SPORTS CONNECT

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All’s Well That Ends Well At Road Atlanta For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing As Beaubier Wins Race 2 & Hayes Is Second


Braselton, GA – April 17, 2016 – The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team experienced the agony and ecstasy of Superbike racing all in one day at Road Atlanta, and it was all sweetness and light at the conclusion of the race weekend as defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier got back to his winning ways with a victory in Race 2. Cameron’s teammate and four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes finished second.

In Race 1, with Cameron in the lead and Josh in second place and close behind Cameron, things got a little too close as the front wheel of Josh’s Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike made contact with the rear wheel of Cameron’s R1, which sent both Yamaha Factory riders and their bikes into the gravel and out of the race.

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike team and their two riders quickly regrouped, rebuilt their #1 and #4 R1 Superbikes, and were ready for Race 2.

When Sunday’s second Superbike race went green, Josh got the jump on Cameron, who earned the pole position in Saturday’s final qualifying. Cameron slotted into the lead pack and quickly worked his way into second where he raced in close formation with Josh throughout the entirety of the 22-lap main event, with the two teammates swapping the lead on several occasions. As the laps wound down, Cameron put his #1 R1 in front for good and took the checkers for his first Superbike victory of the season.

After the podium celebration, Cameron talked about what transpired in Superbike Race 1 followed by his comments about Race 2. He said, “Obviously, Josh has been racing a long time, and I really look up to the guy. I know he didn’t mean to have that happen, so we’ll move on and look forward. In Race 2, I felt like I could make some passes a little more easily than I could in Race 1. Josh did not make it easy, though. He wants to win just as badly as I do, and regardless of what happened in Race 1, we were both going for the win in Race 2. This win was important for my team and me, after the start we’ve had to the season. It’s great to get back to where we belong, and that’s winning races.”

Josh also gave his account of the events of Race 1, followed by his thoughts on Race 2, saying, “In Race 1, it was an unfortunate incident. It was late in the race, and the tires were getting to be a handful. When we were going into the turn, it felt like Cam went in there just a little bit different than he had been. I definitely ran into him, and I feel terrible about it. Race 2 went a lot more like I expected. We were able to draft each other a little bit and swap the lead. He pulled a little bit of a gap on me there at the end, and I tried to get back closer to him, but I just couldn’t catch him.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will be back in action in two weeks as the MotoAmerica Championship travels to the Northeast for the race at New Jersey Motorsports Park on April 29 – May 1.

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings 4/17/16

Pos. Rider Points

1 Roger Hayden 76
2 Toni Elias 75
3 Josh Hayes – Yamaha 52
4 Jake Gagne – Yamaha 44
5 Josh Herrin* – Yamaha 43

*Leads the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Points Standings.

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For more information and airtimes for MotoAmerica races on BeIN SPORTS and BeIN SPORTS CONNECT, check out http://www.motoamerica.com/bein-sports-watch-motoamerica-and-world-superbike-racing-this-weekend?src=SOC&dom=tw

 

 

MotoAmerica 2016 COTA Round Results

Monday, April 11th, 2016
2016 MotoAmerica Cota Round Results

2016 MotoAmerica Cota Round Results

Scroll down for the weekend press releases and images from Brian J. Nelson from the 2016 MotoAmerica COTA Austin, Texas Round #1

 

Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Does The Texas Two-Step As Gerloff Wins & Teammate Beach Finishes Second In MotoAmerica Supersport Race At COTA

Austin, TX – April 9, 2016 – The Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha Supersport team got off to the best-possible start of the MotoAmerica season today, as Garrett Gerloff raced his #31 Yamaha YZF-R6 to victory, while his teammate and defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach finished second aboard his #1 R6 in front of the MotoGP crowd at the Circuit of The Americas.

 

The bLU cRU duo also started 1-2 on the grid, with Garrett earning the pole by virtue of his new COTA Supersport track record, which eclipsed the track record that he set last year.

 

When the race went green, both riders got off to a great start, and the pair raced at the front throughout the 02-lap contest. Garrett, who was the fastest rider at the recent MotoAmerica Preseason Test powered by Dunlop Motorcycle Tires held at COTA, quickly took the point in Saturday’s race and ran consistently fast laps to keep JD behind him, despite JD recording the fastest lap of the race.

 

Commenting on his win, Garrett, who lives in the Houston area, said, “I put in a lot of work during the off-season, so it feels great to see it pay off for me with this win today. It made it really special to win here at my home track. I have the Texas flag on my helmet, so I’m proud to get the win here at COTA. It was a tough race with JD right behind me the whole time, and he was really riding well. I had to keep on my toes throughout the race because he’s the defending Champion and no one knows better than me how great of a rider he is.

 

JD said, “Garrett ran a great race. He’s really fast here. He had a great test a couple of weeks ago, and this was a great weekend for him. We gambled a little bit with our tire choice, and it didn’t work out. I’m happy to get second today, though, and it’s a long season. We’ll be racing again next weekend, so I’m looking forward to getting out there if we can improve on our runner-up result from today.”

 

With just one Supersport race scheduled for COTA, the 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 Supersport Championship

 

 

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Josh Hayes Finishes Third Aboard His Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1 In MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 At COTA

Austin, TX – April 10, 2016 – In a dramatic, red-flag-interrupted MotoAmerica Superbike race at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) – - which included a five-lap restart and an all-out sprint to the checkers – - Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing rider Josh Hayes finished on the podium in third. Meanwhile, defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion and Josh’s teammate Cameron Beaubier suffered a tipover, which damaged his #1 R1 Superbike enough that he was unable to continue or restart the race for the five-lap conclusion.

 

The red flag was flown because of oil on the track left by Kyle Wyman’s motorcycle, which occurred a few laps after Cameron’s incident.

 

After the race, Josh said, “One of my things I’ve been working on is to get up to speed more quickly. On the first start, things were really coming around, and I was getting better and better as the race wore on. So, the red flag didn’t really work in my favor.

 

“I had a great motorcycle today,” continued Josh. “So, I definitely used the best tool I had. I feel like I rode better than I ever have here. Tomorrow will be a little different with Cam back in there, but the more laps I run here, the more I feel like I’m dialing this place in.”

 

Josh, Cameron, and the entire Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will be back in action for Superbike Race 2 on Sunday at 3:30 PM CST. Don’t miss it!

 

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Hayes Podiums & Teammate Beaubier Finishes Fourth In MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 At COTA

Austin, TX – April 10, 2016 – Four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, who was the third-place finisher from Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1, also reached the podium in Sunday’s Race 2, while defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier was fourth despite briefly running off the track early in the race at the Circuit of The Americas.

 

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike tandem started from the second row, with Josh lined up fourth and Cameron gridded right next to his teammate. Both riders got off to a good start, and Cameron was battling for the lead until his fortunes changed when he went off the track.

 

As Cameron worked his way back toward the front again, Josh was in third where he ran a quiet, yet solid, race to finish out the weekend with two podium results.

 

“I don’t have a good excuse. I just got beat today,” commented Josh. “That was the best that I had. It’s no secret that I struggled here all weekend long. But, I’m happy that I get another shot at those boys in just a few days when we’re at Road Atlanta.”

 

Cameron said, “We struggled with a lot of things this weekend, and I feel a little bit snake-bitten. At the start of the race, I really didn’t feel comfortable at all. I guess I just want to put this one behind me. I’m definitely looking forward to going to Road Atlanta where I did well last year. And I’m glad that it’s next weekend because all I want to do is get back out there, work hard, and get some better results. I’m determined, and my whole team is determined, to get back to winning races.”

 

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will travel to Road Atlanta for Round Two of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, coming up this weekend.

 

 

Weekend Press / Images from this Weekend’s MotoAmerica New Jersey Round

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Images at the end of the post.

 

Cameron Beaubier Wins The 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, While Teammate Hayes Wins His 10th Race Of The Season
Millville, NJ – September 14, 2015 – On Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park, four-time and defending Superbike Champion Josh Hayes did everything he could to add a fifth title to his resume. He won both races to finish with 10 this season and a total of 57 in his storybook career. His Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier won 8 races this season, and had better finishes than Josh in the races in which he didn’t win. And that made all the difference for Cameron, who is MotoAmerica’s first Superbike Champion.

In the final Superbike showdown between the friendly rivals, Cameron rode a cautious and calculated race, and brought his #6 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike across the finish third in class to win the Championship by four points over Josh. It was the conclusion of a magical season for Cameron, Josh, and the all-new Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike, which went undefeated in the 18 races that made up the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike season.

Reflecting on the race and his Championship, Cameron said, “I was doing everything I could to not risk crashing in that race! I was definitely riding pretty timid. I got out there in the beginning of the race, and I made a couple of mistakes, so I decided to focus on not making any mistakes. It’s a dream come true for me to win the Championship in my second year on a Superbike and my first year with this brand-new R1. Josh is an awesome teammate and a great Champion. He’s helped me so much.”

“I’m super-proud to win both races today,” Josh said. “This was one of the hardest races I’ve ever had here, and I gave it all I had. Congratulations to Cam. My bad days were just a little worse than his bad days this season and, over the course of 9 rounds and 18 races, those are the things that cost you the Championship. Cam rode well all year long, and I’m proud of what he accomplished. If someone other than me is going to win the Championship, I’m glad it’s my teammate.”
Watch Round 9 Of The MotoAmerica Championship on CBS Sports

MotoAmerica Round 9 from New Jersey Motorsports Park will air on Sunday, September 20, at 5:00 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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2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Final Points 9/13/15

Pos. Rider Points
1 Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha 372
2 Josh Hayes – Yamaha 368
3 Roger Hayden 281
4 Jake Lewis 223
5 Elena Myers 152

 
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Gerloff & Beach Finish 3rd & 4th In MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 At New Jersey As Yamaha bLU cRU Riders Sweep The Top Six
Millville, NJ – September 13, 2015 – In the final race on the final Sunday of the 2015 MotoAmerica weekend, Yamaha bLU cRU riders once again demonstrated the dominance of the Yamaha YZF-R6 by taking the top six spots in Supersport Race 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha’s Josh Herrin scored his fourth win of the season, while his teammate and 2015 MotoAmerica Superstock 600 Champion Joe Roberts finished second. Completing the podium was Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff. Garrett’s teammate JD Beach, who wrapped up the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship at Indy last month, finished fourth.

The race quickly turned into a battle between two teams, both of which wore yellow and black livery, and all four R6 riders were in contention for the win until the checkered flag flew. Garrett gave it all he had on the final lap, attempted a pass on race leader Josh, but he ultimately got shuffled back to third, and Josh prevailed with the win.

“I was trying hard to get myself into position to win,” Garrett said. “On the last lap, I was definitely thinking ‘win or crash,’ and I was right there, but I just couldn’t make it happen. I’m glad to get a podium result, but also disappointed that I couldn’t get the win for Yamaha on my 60th Anniversary YZF-R6.”

Watch Round 9 Of The MotoAmerica Championship on CBS Sports

MotoAmerica Round 9 from New Jersey Motorsports Park will air on Sunday, September 20, at 5:00 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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2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Final Points 9/13/15

Pos. Rider Points
1 JD Beach – Yamaha 310
2 Josh Herrin – Yamaha 255
3 Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha 250
4 David Anthony 158
5 Tomas Puerta – Yamaha 137
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Hayes Wins MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 At New Jersey; Closes Gap To Teammate And Championship Leader Beaubier

Millville, NJ – September 13, 2015 – It’s clear that four-time and defending AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes is not going to give up his crown easily. And, in Sunday’s penultimate MotoAmerica Superbike race of the season, Josh won his 9th Superbike race of the season to move to within 13 points of his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier, who finished second and is atop the Superbike Championship points standings.

After starting from the pole, Josh and Cameron had to battle through a restart caused by a red flag due to a fallen rider and a second red flag due to rain, which ended the race four laps early. Cameron had been leading the race, and Josh got around his teammate just in the nick of time to be declared the winner when the race was called on the next lap.

For Josh, it was his 9th win of the season and, after celebrating on the podium, he said, “I thought (Cameron and Roger Hayden) had more pace than me, so I’m a little surprised to be up here. I needed to get to the front, so I was willing to take some chances to make that happen. So, now, it comes down to the final race of the season. We’ll see what happens.”

“It was a little tense there when it started drizzling,” Cameron said. “It helped to follow Josh around because he looked pretty comfortable, so I figured I should be, too. I was trying to do what I needed to do to win this Championship, and a (race) win would’ve been better, but I’m happy with second.”
Watch Round 9 Of The MotoAmerica Championship on CBS Sports

MotoAmerica Round 9 from New Jersey Motorsports Park will air on Sunday, September 20, at 5:00 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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Yamaha bLU cRU Riders And Bikes Race In 60th Anniversary Yellow & Black On Sunday At New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ – September 13, 2015 – To celebrate Yamaha’s 60th Anniversary, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., unveiled special yellow-and-black livery on its Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbikes and Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 Supersport machines early on Sunday morning at New Jersey Motorsports Park, on the final day of the 2015 MotoAmerica road racing season.

Riders Josh Hayes, Cameron Beaubier, JD Beach, and Garrett Gerloff will all race in leathers and helmets with the iconic yellow-and-black graphics that Yamaha legends like Kenny Roberts and Bob “Hurricane” Hannah made famous in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In addition, all the crew members and staff who work with the two premier Yamaha teams will be dressed for the day in yellow and black team apparel.

Commenting on the tribute, Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., said, “The yellow-and-black livery is very special to all of us at Yamaha. Not only Kenny Roberts, but Kel Carruthers, Jarno Saarinen, Gene Romero, Eddie Lawson, and lots of other Yamaha road racers competed in yellow-and-black leathers and helmets, and aboard Yamaha racebikes with yellow-and-black livery.

“We’re proud to recognize our racing heritage here today and celebrate our Championship sweep in MotoAmerica with the enthusiastic fans at New Jersey Motorsports Park. It’s been a very successful road racing season for our Yamaha riders and us, and today’s 60th Anniversary Celebration is the icing on the cake.”

 

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bLU cRU Riders Sweep MotoAmerica Supersport Podium In Race 1 At New Jersey Motorsports Park
Indianapolis, IN – September 12, 2015 – Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha rider Joe Roberts wrapped up the 2015 MotoAmerica Superstock 600 Championship on his Yamaha YZF-R6 with a couple of rounds remaining in the season, so he turned his focus to competing in the Supersport class. And, on Saturday in the rain at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Joe conquered that class, as well.

Starting from the pole, the 18-year-old from California needed to acclimate quickly to the tricky conditions, and once he did, he moved to the front and ran smooth laps all the way to the checkers.

Second-generation South African Yamaha road racer Cameron Petersen scored his best result of the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport season when he finished second aboard his RoadRace Factory/Yamaha R6.

2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach, who won the title at the previous round at Indy, finished third in Saturday’s Supersport Race, which was the Kentuckian’s 13th podium result this season. JD’s Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff finished sixth.

After the race, JD said, “Looking at the forecast, I knew we were going to have at least one race in the rain. I’m glad I was able to wrap up the Supersport Championship at Indy because conditions were pretty tough out there. Joe was untouchable today. We’ll work on the bike overnight, do a little anti-rain dance, and hope for dry track conditions tomorrow.”
Watch Round 9 Of The MotoAmerica Championship on CBS Sports

MotoAmerica Round 9 from New Jersey Motorsports Park will air on Sunday, September 20, at 5:00 PM EST. For the complete MotoAmerica TV broadcast schedule on CBS Sports Network, visit http://www.motoamerica.com/motoamerica-tv-schedule

 

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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