Posts Tagged ‘Josh Hayes’

 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
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Various Press Releases, Videos and Images from the June 2014 Barber Motorsports AMA Pro Race Weekend. Teams Monster Energy Graves Yamaha / Yamaha Extended Services Graves Yamaha

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Photos Brian J. Nelson

 

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

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
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Photos Brian J. Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Race Results, Pictures and Videos from Miller’s Superbike Shootbike Final Round

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Miller Superbike Shoutout Final Round Graves Yamaha

Miller Superbike Shoutout Final Round Graves Yamaha

 

 

Video Links from the race weekend

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6bGzhVAV48
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpIF0NI8vi8
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Josh Hayes Shows How The West Is Won With A Stunning Race Win At Miller Motorsports Park And A Pro Superbike Championship In The Superbike Shootout
Tooele, UT – May 25, 2014 – Three-time U.S. Superbike Champion Josh Hayes today added another Superbike Championship to his impressive racing resume with a win in today’s final Pro Superbike race of the 2014 GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha. The Arai Pacific Nationals event was held on Miller Motorsports Park’s 10-turn, 2.183-mile West Course.

Josh inherited the lead in the race when his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate and Superbike Shootout points leader Cameron Beaubier had a rare tipover aboard his #2 Yamaha YZF-R1, taking him out of the lead. From there, Josh put down consistently fast lap after lap and built a solid lead all the way to the checkered flag.

“Cameron was in front of me,” Josh commented after the race. “And I was trying to figure out what I needed to do to stay with him because he rides so well. I saw him tip over, and I feel really bad for him. This was his championship to win, and I’m sorry that it ended like that for him. But, I was happy that I was able to pick up the pieces for the team and get this victory and championship for our entire Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew. It’s really cool to win this first Superbike Shootout championship. I’ve enjoyed racing in this series, and it’s been great to see the fans come out to see us race.”

Next weekend, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action as the AMA Pro Road Racing season resumes with the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
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Tandem In Tooele As Garrett Gerloff Wins Pro Sportbike Championship With A Race Win At Miller Motorsports Park; Teammate JD Beach Finishes Second In Race, Third In Championship
Tooele, UT – May 25, 2014 – They say you never forget your first professional championship, and for Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff, his first Pro Sportbike title came at the young age of 18. Garrett won today’s 20-lap race at Miller Motorsports Park in dominant fashion, stretching out a lead of more than 11 seconds by the time he took the checkered flag to wrap up the Pro Sportbike Championship in the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha.

Garrett’s teammate JD Beach had his best finish of the Superbike Shootout series. He got a great start off the front row of the grid and led for part of the first lap until Garrett passed him. JD remained safely in second place for the remainder of the race.

After the win and wrapping up the championship, Garrett said, “I thought I got a good jump at the start, but JD got by me on the first lap. I really wanted this championship, and I worked hard to build a lead so that I didn’t have to fight so hard towards the end of the race. I’m excited to win my first pro national championship for my team. They’ve worked tirelessly to give me the best bike out there.”

“Race starts have always been a strong point for me because of my dirt track background where the starts are critical,” JD commented. “I knew that Garrett was going to be fast, so I knew I needed to get a good start and try to stay up front. Garrett got past me, and I just tried to stay with him as best I could. To finish second is a great feeling, and I have to thank my team so much for all their hard work.”

Next weekend, the Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action as the AMA Pro Road Racing season resumes with the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
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Three-Time U.S. Superbike Champ Josh Hayes Earns Pro Superbike Pole At Miller Motorsports Park With A New Lap Record; Teammate Beaubier Also Notches Front-Row Start
Tooele, UT – May 24, 2014 – Both Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Pro Superbike riders Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier got down to business in the final round of the Superbike Shootout at Miller Motorsports, and the R1 tandem will each start on the front row for tomorrow’s race. Josh will line up on the pole, while Cameron will start in third position on the grid.

Circulating on Miller’s 10-turn, 2.183-mile West Course, Josh broke the track record during his qualifying session. Afterwards, he said, “We went out in the wet morning (practice) session to take a look around. I’ve ridden on this (West) Course a little bit in the past, but I still needed to get in some good laps to string all the corners together. My R1 always goes well here at Miller, and I was able to get into a pretty good rhythm during qualifying. I feel like we’re in good shape for tomorrow’s race, and I’m looking forward to it.”

As dramatic as Josh’s record-breaking performance was, Cameron’s qualifying session had a completely different kind of drama. “I got three or four laps in, and I was getting a good pace going, but I had a little (technical) problem with the bike,” Cameron said. “I’m not too worried about it, though, because I’m confident that my crew will have everything sorted out for tomorrow. I ran some pretty good laps, even though we didn’t have a chance to put in the soft tire. I’m sure I could have gone quicker on that softer tire, but I just didn’t have chance.”

Sunday’s 18-lap Pro Superbike race is set to go green at 3:10 PM MST.

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Garrett Gerloff Smashes Lap Record To Earn Pro Sportbike Pole At Miller Motorsports Park; Teammate JD Beach Also On Front Row
Tooele, UT – May 24, 2014 – Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Pro Sportbike rider Garrett Gerloff continued his string of success in the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha by earning the pole with a record-setting qualifying performance at Miller Motorsports Park. Garrett’s teammate JD Beach also had an excellent qualifying session and, as a result of his hard work, the Kentuckian will start on the front row for Sunday’s Pro Sportbike race.

After earning the pole, Garrett commented, “I’ve always gotten along with Miller (Motorsports Park. I love coming here. It was a good qualifying session for me, and I got to work quite a bit on my race setup. I really like the West Course layout. It flows really well, which really suits my R6 and me.”

JD said, “We ran the race tire the whole session, and I felt a lot better today than I have in the whole Shootout series so far. It’s really helped my confidence today. Everything clicked for me, and I’m feeling more and more comfortable on the bike and with my team.”

Sunday’s 18-lap Pro Sportbike race is set to go green at 2:25 PM MST.

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Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams Looking To Clinch Two Superbike Shootout Championships This Weekend At Miller Motorsports Park In Utah

Cypress, CA – May 21, 2014 – The GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha concludes with the Arai Mountain Nationals this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT. The Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams are leading both the Pro Sportbike and Pro Superbike points standings, and the big-blue crew and riders will be working hard to win both races this weekend and clinch the championships in both classes.

The previous two rounds of the Superbike Shootout–at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, and at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA — have been well-attended by fans who have not only seen great racing on track, but have gotten autographs and met the Yamaha U.S. Road Racers up-close in the paddock. There will be more of the same excitement and Yamaha activities this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park, and Yamaha also extends a special invitation to American service men and women to visit the Yamaha hospitality area during the race weekend.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike

Leading the Pro Superbike class aboard his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 is Cameron Beaubier, who will be going for the win and the Superbike Shootout championship on Miller Motorsports Park’s 10-turn, 2.183-mile West Course. He’ll face strong competition from right within his own team, however, as three-time U.S. Superbike champ Josh Hayes will be going all out for the win aboard his #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1.

“Miller has a lot of cool things to offer both the riders and the fans,” Josh commented. “It’s fast and flowing, with some hard braking, and it’s a great place to watch racing. Cameron and I are looking to put on a great show, and I’m going to do my best to get the win over my very fast teammate.”

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Sportbike

Garrett Gerloff, rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, is currently tied for the points lead in Pro Sportbike, and a win at Miller will clinch the championship for the 18-year-old Texan. According to Garrett, “Miller is one of my favorite tracks, and I’ve done a lot of laps around that circuit. I’ll be trying hard to get the win and wrap up my first professional road racing championship this weekend.”

Garrett’s teammate JD Beach, who is brand-new to the Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team this year, has been acclimating quickly to his new #6 R6 and is working well with experienced crew chief Geoff Cesmat. JD will be looking to improve even more this weekend with a podium finish at Miller.

Meet Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD This Weekend

Yamaha’s “Fast Four” will be available to meet fans and sign autographs throughout the weekend, and a special team autograph session will take place at the Yamaha garage on Sunday, May 25, from 1:00 to 1:30 PM MST.

Get Yourself Race Ready With Yamaha’s Latest Video

Yamaha has put together a video featuring highlights from the first two Superbike Shootout rounds, as well as last year’s visit to Miller Motorsports Park, so check it out: http://youtu.be/voZ7EmBEF34

If You Missed Any Of The Races So Far, Yamaha Has You Covered

To watch all the Yamaha team videos from the Yamaha SoCal Nationals and the Arai Pacific Nationals, click on the following links:

Yamaha SoCal Nationals at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA: http://bit.ly/1hl2XBj
Arai Pacific Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA: http://bit.ly/1ufS1xT

Photos: Brian Nelson

Weekend race results and from Sonoma California’s Superbike Shootbike

Monday, May 5th, 2014
Superbike Showdown Sonoma California 2014

Superbike Showdown Sonoma California 2014

 

There’s No Place Like Sonoma As Local Rider Cameron Beaubier Wins Pacific Nationals Pro Superbike Race; Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Hayes Finishes Second

Sonoma, CA – May 4, 2014 – Everything came up smelling like roses for Roseville, CA, resident Cameron Beaubier as he started from the pole and won Round Two of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha at his home track, Sonoma Raceway. Cameron’s teammate and three-time Superbike Champion Josh Hayes came in second in Sunday’s Pro Superbike race to make it a 1-2 finish for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team.

Cameron, who was last year’s AMA Pro Racing Daytona Sportbike Champion, is having a phenomenal rookie season on his #2 Yamaha YZF-R1. Already a winner at Daytona in March in the AMA Pro SuperBike series, the northern Californian has now added a victory to his resume in the Superbike Shootout, as well.

When the race went green, Cameron got off to a good start, but he got balked on the inside in turn one, which shuffled him back to fifth. Undaunted, he went to work and began to make rapid and smooth move progress back to the front. He managed to pass Josh who was, as always, his toughest competitor on track, and then he managed to stretch out a fairly comfortable lead.

Following his win, Cameron commented, “I started on the pole, which is on the inside here at Sonoma Raceway, so I kind of got pinched off in the first turn, which shuffled me back to fifth. This track is very technical, and I’m glad I’ve upped my training this year because it’s helped me handle the big R1. I was able to work myself back up to Josh, who was in the lead, and it wasn’t easy to get around him. It’s great to get this win on my home track and in front of my family and friends.”

After Cameron got balked at the start, Josh was able to work himself into the lead where he stayed for a number of laps until he made a little mistake with Cameron right behind him. That brief lapse enabled Cameron to take the lead where he stayed all the way to the checkers.

“I don’t feel like I can be unhappy with my race after the way the weekend started,” Josh said. I was riding smooth, putting together the best race I could. I made a little mistake, and it really cost me. I rode hard to try to catch back up to Cameron. He rode a great race. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten beaten like that, so congrats to my teammate. He’s riding really well.”

After two rounds of the Superbike Shootout, Cameron is leading the championship and Josh is currently third. The final round of the Shootout will be May 24 and 25 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.
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New Kid In Town Garrett Gerloff Wins Pro Sportbike Race In First-Ever Visit To Sonoma Raceway; Teammate JD Beach Finishes Fourth
Fontana, CA – May 4, 2014 – There aren’t many racetracks in the U.S. where Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff hasn’t raced, but Sonoma Raceway was one of them. The first time was a charm for the Texan as he followed up his pole position from Saturday with an exciting Pro Sportbike win at Sonoma Raceway in Round Two of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha. Garrett’s teammate JD Beach, meanwhile, improved on his qualifying position and finished just off the podium in fourth place.

The race was an exciting one from start to finish, and Garrett battled hard for the lead throughout the 20-lap contest. He moved to the front a couple of times, but he just couldn’t make it stick until the closing laps.

“I felt like I had something during those last couple of laps, and I was able to get back into the lead,” Garrett said. “It wasn’t an easy race, and (second-place finisher) Bobby (Fong) gave me all I could handle. We both ran a clean race, and it was fun. It’s been a little while since I’ve won, so I’m really glad to get the victory, especially here at Sonoma Raceway, where I’ve never raced before. I hope the fans enjoyed it as much as I did.”

After two rounds of the Superbike Shootout, Garrett is tied for the championship lead. The final round of the Shootout, to decide it all in Pro Sportbike, will be May 24 and 25 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.
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Video: Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Showcases the 2013 Racing Season

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Monster Energy Graves Yamaha R1 R6 Racebikes

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha R1 R6 Racebikes

Graves Motorsports looks back at the 2013 race season with the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha race team. Winning AMA Pro Racing titles in Superbike and Daytona Sportbike. Featuring riders Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff. Bikes in the video are Graves Spec Yamaha R1 Superbikes and Yamaha R6 Daytona Sportbikes. www.gravesport.com

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0boQ5b1_bbU

AMA Pro Racing Laguna Seca Round 2 Press and News 2014

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

Graves Motorsports Press Laguna Seca Round 2 - 2013

 

Herrin Wins SuperBike Championship & Hayes Wins Race At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha

Monterey, CA – September 29, 2013 – Since joining Yamaha in 2005, Josh Herrin has won race after race aboard his YZF-R6 and YZF-R1, and dreamed about bringing home a Championship for the triple-tuning-forks brand. On Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Herrin accomplished his goal. The 23-year-old rider from Dublin, Georgia, finished second in the final SuperBike race of the 2013 AMA Pro Racing season, which earned him more than enough points to win the title.

The winner of the race was Herrin’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate, three-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes. Hayes notched his 8th SuperBike victory of the season, taking the checkers more than 13 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, and he finished the season second in total Championship points.

Third place went to Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing/Yamaha rider Larry Pegram, who matched his season-opening result at Daytona International Speedway, to complete a Yamaha podium sweep.

When asked about his freshly minted Championship, Herrin said, “I think the best word to describe my season is ‘consistency.’ We were really consistent all year. At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t even thinking about the Championship. We were fortunate at Daytona, but I figured Josh would come back, and he did. But, at the same time, we were smart and rode really consistent, and it paid off in the end. Overall, it went great.”

“This has been a lifelong dream of mine,” Herrin continued, “And it’s finally come true. I can’t even explain the emotions right now. Coming around on that last lap, I just filled up with tears. I could barely see where I was going. I’ve never felt that kind of emotion before. It’s crazy, the emotions you feel when you achieve something that you’ve been hoping to do your whole life.”

After his Sunday win, Hayes said, “It was a great weekend. This is two good Laguna Seca’s this year for me. I’ve had a great season, and I’m proud of the things I’ve accomplished. My statistics are good. I was able to get eight pole positions. I think I’ve gotten all the poles except two in three years, which is a pretty amazing run. It’s fun to be fast. And I had a good run of races this year.”

About his teammate’s SuperBike Championship, the Triple Champ said, “I really think the story today is Josh winning his #1 plate. He did what he needed to do and, when the pressure was on, he stepped up.”

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Faster By The Dozen As Daytona SportBike Champ Beaubier Notches His 12th DSB Victory Of The Season For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha

Monterey, CA – September 29, 2013 – Finishing his Championship season in winning fashion, Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier won his 12th AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race this year, with a victory in Sunday’s DSB race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It was also his 10th win in a row in 2013, completing a season of utter domination for the 20-year-old sensation, in a racing class known for its ultra-competitiveness.

Garrett Gerloff, rider of the #8 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, raced in tandem with his teammate Cameron for part of the race, until the 2013 DSB Champ started another one of his signature charges to the front. Garrett stayed in the lead group and almost caught the third-place finisher at the checkers, but he ultimately had to settle for fourth. Garrett completed his first full season of DSB competition on the Championship podium, with an excellent third place in the points.

After celebrating his win and “dominant dozen” in winner’s circle, Cameron said, “I had a pretty big crash in final qualifying yesterday, and I banged up my knee and ankle a little bit. So, I felt pretty stiff this morning in the warmup. In the race, I decided to take it a little bit easy in the beginning. My knee was hurting pretty good but, as the race went on, it loosened up some, and I was able to start putting down some fast laps. My team worked hard last night to get my bike ready for today’s race, so I have to thank them for today, and really, for the whole season. Olly (Hutchinson) and Skye (Girard) are so good at what they do, and I can’t thank them enough. 12 wins this season is awesome, and of course, winning the Championship is, too.”
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Everything Comes Up Crazy 8s For Daytona SportBike Champ Beaubier As He Goes 8 For 8 In Poles For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha

Monterey, CA – September 28, 2013 – In a string that started with a Rolex wristwatch for winning the pole for the Daytona 200, 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Cameron Beaubier completed a perfect record of eight poles out of eight events this season, with pole number eight coming today in final qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron has started from the pole in every DSB race this season, and he’ll do the same tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff will also start on the front row tomorrow, after qualifying third today aboard his #8 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.

Unfortunately for Cameron, though, his final qualifying session of 2013 was not without incident. The northern Californian–who lives just a few hours north of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca– tucked the front of his #6 R6 on the brakes going into turn three on the lap right after his fastest lap of the session. He lowsided the bike and injured his right knee and ankle in the tipover. “It was weird,” said Cameron as his sat quietly and iced down his leg. “As soon as I touched the brakes going into Turn 3, I lost the front. I didn’t even have any time to react. Before I knew it, I was on the ground. I’m not sure how I banged my knee, but I did tumble a lot going through the gravel. I wish we had footage to look at because I don’t really know how I hurt my knee and ankle. I definitely took a pretty good tumble, though.” When asked about his prognosis and plan for tomorrow’s race, Cameron said, “I may meet up with Dr. Bryan (his orthopedist) tonight to have the injuries evaluated. But, right now, my plan is to race tomorrow. That’s what I’m counting on.”

Garrett said, “I’m bummed for Cameron that he had a tipover and got hurt. Hopefully, he’ll be good to go for tomorrow. As for me, I qualified second yesterday, and I actually went faster today, but Im starting third tomorrow. I’m disappointed, but I’m still on the outside of the front row, which isn’t a bad place to start. I’m hungry to get my first win of the season, so I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow morning.”

The final Daytona SportBike race of the 2013 season will go green early on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM PT from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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Pure Pole Perfection For Hayes As Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Champ Qualifies First At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca & Notches Eighth-Consecutive Pole Of Season; Teammate Herrin 2nd On Grid

Monterey, CA – September 28, 2013 – In Saturday’s final qualifying session at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes completed a perfect season in qualifying as he notched his eighth and final pole position of 2013, based on his fast lap from Friday’s provisional qualifying. No other SuperBike rider has gone faster than Hayes in qualifying at every AMA Pro Racing event this season.

2013 Championship points leader and Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin improved on his provisional fifth position from yesterday. He recorded a string of fast laps towards the end of today’s final qualifying and put his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 in second position on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race.

When asked about his perfect season of poles, Hayes said, “It’s really cool to consistently be the fastest rider out there, and to earn the pole at every track really shows just how good my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team is. The ultimate goal every weekend is to win the races, but the first step in that process is getting pole. I think it’s something that every team tries for, and I’m proud that we got all eight poles this season.”

“I’m ready for tomorrow’s race,” Herrin said. “I had a much better session today, and I worked methodically on putting down some fast laps. I’m happy with P2 on the starting grid, and I can hardly wait till tomorrow. I really wish the race was today.”

Sunday morning’s SuperBike race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is set to go green at 10:40 AM PT

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Number 6 for #6 As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha DSB Champ Beaubier Breaks Track Record For 2nd Time This Season At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Monterey, CA – September 27, 2013 – For the sixth-consecutive time, 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Cameron Beaubier broke the track record. Remarkably, this is the second time this season that Cameron, aboard his #6 YZF-R6, set the provisional pole and broke the track record at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff also bettered his previous qualifying time from July and is second on the provisional grid.

It’s not often that a rider is able to break a lap record at a track where they already set a new record earlier in the season, but that’s the kind of year that Cameron is having. “The track felt a lot better this afternoon with more rubber on the surface,” Cameron said. “So I was able to run some fast laps. I’m glad I broke the track record again like I did when we were here for the MotoGP weekend in July. I want to keep doing my best and improving every time I”m on the bike.”

Garrett said, “I couldn’t get comfortable this morning with so many more riders on the track. But, in qualifying, everyone seemed to be spread out more, so I was feeling better and better with every lap I rode. I got into P2 (second place) on my last couple of laps, and I’m hoping to go faster in tomorrow’s session.”

Final qualifying for Daytona SportBike is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3:15 PM PT, and the race will go green early on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM PT.

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Hayes Earns Provisional SuperBike Pole For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; Teammate Herrin Is Fifth

Monterey, CA – September 27, 2013 – In Friday’s provisional qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes was the fastest rider on the track, and he was also notably nearly a full second faster than any of the World Superbike riders in their first free practice session of the weekend.

Championship points leader and Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin qualified provisionally in fifth position. His session was cut short when he tucked the front of his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 in Laguna Seca’s turn 3 and slid off the track unhurt.

After the opening qualifying session, Hayes said, “It was a pretty typical qualifying session, I think. I’m trying to be steady and keep feeling fresh. I’m looking to keep building toward Sunday’s race. After racing (an R1 for the Yamaha Austria Racing Team) at LeMans (in the 24-hour endurance race) last weekend, it took me a few laps to get acclimated to my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 and the Dunlop tires again, but I’m happy to be back on my SuperBike.”

Commenting on his tipover, Herrin said, “I’m really mad at myself because that’s the first time I’ve fallen all year. There were about 10 minutes left to go in the session, and I hadn’t really started clicking off fast laps. I’m glad we’ve got another qualifying session tomorrow.”

Tomorrow afternoon’s final SuperBike qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will begin at 12:40 AM PT, and Sunday morning’s SuperBike race will go green at 10:40 AM PT.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Team Announces Its SuperBike Rider Lineup For 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Graves Motorsports New Jersey AMA Pro Racing Weekend Press Releases 2013

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 5th, 2013

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo Credits: Brian J. Nelson