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Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Team Debuts Miami Sound (and Video) Machine

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Cypress, CA October 4, 2012 – Round 11 of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series saw 19-year-old Yamaha Extended Service/Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier pilot his #6 Yamaha YZF-R6 to yet another win in the hotly contested AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class.

Despite the changeable weather that brought rain, wind, thunder, and lightning to Homestead-Miami Speedway–along with track conditions that ranged from dry, to wet, to varying degrees of wet and dry–Cameron accepted the challenge with his usual calm demeanor and riding skills belying his young age. He earned the pole and won Saturday’s Race One–his sixth race win out of the past nine starts–and then, he finished third in Sunday’s Race Two to make it a perfect 12 for 12 in podium appearances in the DSB races that he has finished this season. And, to top it all off, on the strength of his 1-3 finishes, Cameron was named the Big Kahuna of the event and was awarded the coveted surfboard trophy, which is an appropriate prize for a guy who hails from northern California.

Seventeen-year-old Garrett Gerloff was also in action at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and he raced his #96 Yamaha YZF-R6 to solid eighth- and seventh-place finishes in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport class, at a track on which he’d never even seen in person, let alone, ridden.

For highlights of the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha riders in South Florida–including an interview with Cameron–check out this video:

You’ll also meet Rick Williams, Team Manager of Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha, who talks about how the team relies so heavily on Yamaha Generators, both in the paddock and right out on the starting grid.

Look for more videos to come from both of the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams: Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha.

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See Riders On The Storm In Latest Video From Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Team

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Cypress, CA October 1, 2012 – At Round 11 of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series, two-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes became the three-time SuperBike Champ, despite facing a rare bit of adversity over the weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The changeable South Florida weather made for a bit of extra drama as Josh crashed unhurt, remounted his #1 R1 and rejoined the race in 20th, and then finished 12th in SuperBike Race One, which delayed his title win by one more day. On Sunday, it all came good for Josh and his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew as “Hurricane” Hayes won SuperBike Race Two and, in doing so, secured his third consecutive title.

Meanwhile, Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, also battled adversity at Homestead-Miami. He finished 19th in Saturday’s Race One after running off the track and suffering a tipover, but then, he bounced back to finish 4th in Sunday’s Race Two.

For an up-close look at the two Joshes in action from Homestead-Miami, check out this video:

Also, in the video, you’ll get to meet Tom Halverson, who is the Team Manager for Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha and has worked for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., for more than 25 years. Tom talks about what a privilege it is to work for Yamaha, as well as with such a great group of team members and team sponsors.

Look for more videos to come from both of the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams: Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha.

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AMA Pro Racing -Rider Comments from Homestead, Miami Day 1 Testing

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
AMA Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Y.E.S. Homestead Testing

AMA Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Y.E.S. Homestead Testing

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha / Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha rider comments provided from a recent AMA Pro Racing press release yesterday from the Homestead, Miami testing.

Quotes from Day 1:

Josh Hayes (No. 1 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1) – “I rode here in 1999 and in 2001, when I rode for John Ulrich, but I think the track has changed a little bit because the banking is different than when I rode it last. I can honestly tell you I didn’t remember too much of it; when I thought of the last turn I thought of Loudon; when I thought of the turn onto the back straight I think I was really thinking of Phoenix; and turn one I think I was thinking of Texas World Speedway. You know, it was like trying to put all of the pieces together as to where I really was. It felt like it was totally new to me, I don’t remember much about it. Things are going okay, we made some progress. As we’re making progress, those guys are moving forward too. We have a little bit of catching up to do but at some point they’re going to stall and hopefully we’ll just keep going until we catch up to them. All in all, I can’t complain.”

Cameron Beaubier (No. 6 Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) – “We are just trying to get the suspension dialed in for when we come back for the race. My bike worked really well all day. The track is pretty cool, it flows really well and it was a lot of fun today. I really like the last section, the right-left, because you just throw the bike around and then drive it out, it’s pretty cool.”

Tommy Hayden (No. 8 Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) – “The day went pretty well, I was happy with it. It nice to get out there and just get a little more relaxed, start trying to get used to a 600 a little bit and get used to the team a little more. We addressed a few small things to get me a little more comfortable. We steadily chipped away at everything today, chipped away at the lap time a little bit. I’m definitely a little more competitive than I was at Daytona. I’m feeling pretty good, I had a fun day. This is a pretty cool track, I hadn’t really ridden here before. I enjoyed myself.”

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