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Press Releases from the MotoAmerica 2016 Series Final at New Jersey Motorsports

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016


Press Releases from the MotoAmerica 2016 Series Final at New Jersey Motorsports
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Cameron Beaubier Wins 2nd Consecutive MotoAmerica Championship Aboard His Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory YZF-R1 Superbike

 

Millville, NJ – September 11, 2016 – As if the final-round showdown between defending MotoAmerica Superbike title-holder Cameron Beaubier and his teammate, four-time AMA Superbike Champ, Josh Hayes weren’t exciting enough, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team unintentionally added even more drama to the season-finale Superbike race, which was held on Sunday afternoon at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

 

Josh started from the pole, and immediately went to the front, while Cameron slotted into the lead group and took a calculated assessment of the situation, in which he didn’t have to win the race in order to clinch the title.

 

What he didn’t calculate was that his #1 R1 would suffer an ultra-rare mechanical issue that caused him to have to pull off the race course and watch the race finish without him. The situation meant that, if Josh could win, he would also take the title instead of Cameron.

 

As the laps wound down, Josh was running in third position and only a very short distance behind Roger Hayden and Toni Elias. Things got even more interesting as Hayden and Elias jockeyed for position, with Elias eventually taking the lead for good. As the three riders crossed the finish line, with Josh in third, Cameron breathed a sigh of relief followed by an overwhelming feeling of happiness in winning his second MotoAmerica Superbike Championship in a row.

 

It was an exciting conclusion to a very exciting season in which Cameron won eight races and Josh won two, but it all wasn’t decided until the final checkered flag at New Jersey.

 

“When I had to pull off the track, I didn’t know how many laps were left,” Cameron said. “So, my heart sunk because I knew Josh had a chance to win the race, which was what he had to do to win the Championship. The last few laps seemed to last forever, but in this case, I’m obviously thrilled that Toni won instead of Josh! It feels weird to say that, but that was the situation. To win my second MotoAmerica Superbike Championship in a row, and in front of my whole family who flew from California, was so cool. My crew worked so hard this year, and we overcame a lot of obstacles–including what happened today–but we hung in there all season long, kept plugging away, got eight race wins, and this Championship. I’m so thankful to be racing for Yamaha, and to have such a great group of guys to work with.”

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Final Standings 9/11/16
Pos. Rider Points
1 Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha 311
2 Josh Hayes – Yamaha 305
3 Toni Elias – Suzuki 304
4 Roger Hayden – Suzuki 284
5 Josh Herrin – Yamaha 163

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Garrett Gerloff Pilots His Yamaha YZF-R6 To 2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship

 

Millville, NJ – September 11, 2016 – Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff’s final MotoAmerica Supersport race of 2016 was a microcosm of his entire season: smooth, steady, and successful. Garrett rode perfectly on Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park to bring his #31 Yamaha YZF-R6 in second and clinch his first MotoAmerica professional road racing title by four points over his teammate JD Beach.

 

JD, who carried the #1 plate on his R6 in 2016 as a result of the Supersport Championship that he captured last year, dominated Sunday’s race from start to finish and recorded his eighth victory of the season.

 

After celebrating on the podium with his entire Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team, Garrett said, “Oh, man, it feels so great to win this Championship. When I was 12, I saw myself with the #1 plate, and I dreamed about it all the time. Now that it finally became reality, I’ve got so many thoughts floating around in my head. I love riding bikes so much, but it definitely wasn’t easy and, to win this over a great Champion like JD makes it even more special. I’ve got to thank Dennis McNeal, Keith McCarty, and Yamaha; Chuck Graves and everyone at Graves Motorsports; my crew; MotoAmerica; the whole team; and all the great fans who cheer for us.”

 

JD commented, “Losing the Championship by just four points is a tough pill to swallow, but Garrett rode great this year. As I always say, I’m here to win races, and after getting off to a little bit of a slow start this year, to win seven races in a row is an accomplishment that I’m very proud of. And, since I didn’t win it, I’m glad that my teammate did. It was a fun season, for sure, and I really enjoy racing in Supersport, and also for Yamaha. I lose the number 1 plate on my R6, but I get to go back to running the 95, which is a very special number to me.”

2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Final Standings 9/11/16
Pos. Rider Points
1 Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha 326
2 JD Beach – Yamaha 322
3 Valentin Debise – Suzuki 246
4 Cameron Petersen – Suzuki 189
5 Benny Solis – Honda 147
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Hayes Finishes Second At New Jersey As Beaubier Arrives At The Threshold Of His Second Straight MotoAmerica SuperBike Championship
Millville, NJ – September 11, 2016 – In Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes finished second, while his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate finished fourth. The result narrowed the gap between the bLU cRU pair to 22 points going into the 18th and final Superbike race of the season.

 

Josh started from the pole position that he earned in yesterday’s Superpole session and got a perfect jump off the line to take the lead in the race. Cameron was in the lead group, got down to business, and clicked off the fastest lap of the race, which brought him up to Josh and Roger Hayden at the front.

 

Josh and Hayden swapped the lead a couple of times, and Cameron passed Josh, but it was short-lived as Josh had one mission–and that was to win the race–while Cameron also had a Championship to think about.

 

Later in the race, Toni Elias joined the fight and eventually got past Cameron to earn the third podium spot, while Elias’ teammate got the win and Josh crossed the finish line for a close second.

 

Josh commented, “I got a good start, and my first flying lap was a good pace. When Rog went past, I was fairly content to sit there for a while, and then Cam got past me, too, so I thought I’d better pick things up a bit. Before the race, I told Cam, “You’ve got a lot to think about, and I have one goal here. I love ya, Cam, but it’s your choice about what you want to do!’

 

“Roger started to get away a little bit, so I needed to go and try to catch him. I got past Cam and gave it the best I could, but Rog put his wheels in the right places everywhere on the track, so I had to take second.”
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Beach Wins & Gerloff Is Second In MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 At New Jersey To Set Up Sunday Season Finale

 

Millville, NJ – September 10, 2016 – Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha rider and defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach won Saturday’s Supersport Race 1 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, while current points leader Garrett Gerloff finished second to set the stage for the final race of the season, which will decide the Championship between the two teammates.

 

JD started from the pole, and Garrett was right next to him on the front row of the grid. The bLU cRU tandem got off the line perfectly, and in the same order, with JD getting the holeshot. During the race, Garrett tried a couple of times to make a pass on JD, but he was unable to make it stick and, as the laps wound down, backmarkers came into play. JD made some well-timed passes on slower riders, while Garrett was balked a couple of times, which was all it took for JD to widen his gap and force Garrett to settle for second place.

 

JD crossed the finish line a little more than four seconds ahead of Garrett, which broke the 6-6 tie in race wins between the teammates. Garrett goes into Sunday’s race with a nine-point lead over JD, so the MotoAmerica Supersport finale is sure to be a barn-burner.

 

After his win, JD said, “With the points gap to Garrett, I’ve got to do what I can and play all the tricks in the book. That’s what I did today, and I kept my Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha in the lead the whole race. Hopefully tomorrow, we can mix it up a little bit, too. I’ve got to get the win, and then we’ll see what happens from there.”

 

Garrett commented, “I never settle for second, but some lappers spoiled my plan a little bit. But, they have their own race to worry about, so I can’t fault them. Still, I’m happy with how the day went, and I’m ready to go out tomorrow and have some fun.”
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Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes Re-Sign With Factory Yamaha bLU cRU Superbike Road Racing Team For 2017

 

Millville, NJ – September 10, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is happy to announce that defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier, along with four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, have both been re-signed to race for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing Team in 2017. Both Cameron and Josh will be aboard Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbikes in the 2017 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship.

 

The announcement was made by Ib Sabur during a special presentation on Saturday morning of the final round of the 2016 MotoAmerica season at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Ib, who is otherwise known as “650ib” on his very popular YouTube Channel, and 30 other proud R1M owners took part in the special event. It was also the third MotoAmerica round this season at which R1M owners were special guests of Yamaha.

 

Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., said, “We were happy to include our R1M owners in this special team announcement. Cameron’s and Josh’s return to the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Superbike team for 2017 shows their commitment and belief in Yamaha. Both riders not only show their incredible skills on the track throughout each MotoAmerica race weekend, but they represent Yamaha in a way that is consistent with the values of our entire Yamaha family. These two riders alone are responsible for 79 of Yamaha’s 100 AMA Superbike wins! If that doesn’t say commitment, then I don’t know what does.”

 

Team manager Tom Halverson added, “It’s such a pleasure to have Cameron and Josh back again for next season. We have an awesome group of brilliant and dedicated crew members who love working with Cam and Josh, and they are equally excited to hear this great news.”

 

Defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champ Cameron said, “I’m pumped to continue my racing career with Yamaha! With their support, I’ve been able to accomplish a lot in only a few years. I’m also excited that Josh will be back again, too. I really enjoy racing against him. He’s helped me be a much better racer these past couple of years, and it’s great to have him as my teammate and closest rival. I have a ways to go to catch him in total Superbike wins, but hopefully tomorrow, I can lower the gap by two!”

 

Josh commented, “Wow, 2017 will be nine years for me at Factory Yamaha…how lucky am I? After four Superbike Championships and all 60 of my Superbike race wins coming on this Factory Yamaha, I’m very proud of my accomplishments and excited to continue with the team. I’m hoping I can add to both tallies in the coming year. That, of course, is difficult to do on a team that is, at least in part, dedicated to developing young riders. But that challenge has always brought out the best in me.”

MotoAmerica Utah Round Results and Press

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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Scroll down for the various press releases from the MotoAmerica Utah Round 2016
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Beaubier Follows Up His Utah Race 1 Win With A Runner-Up Result In Race 2 To Increase His MotoAmerica Superbike Points Lead; Hayes Finishes Fourth In Race 2

Tooele, UT – June 25, 2016 – Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammates Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes finished second and fourth, respectively, in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 at Utah Motorsports Campus. The results extended Cameron’s points lead and successful defense of his Superbike Championship, while Josh still remains in second-place in the Championship with two rounds and four Superbike races remaining in the season.

As in Superbike Race 1, Josh blasted off from the second row of the grid at the start of Race 2 and got the holeshot. While racing hard to extend his lead at the front, the four-time AMA Superbike Champion ran off the track, but did not tip over. None the worse for wear, Josh rejoined the fray and methodically worked his way up through the field, running fast laps and making surgical passes, to finish a solid fourth.

Cameron started from the front row and was almost immediately in a battle with Toni Elias and Roger Hayden, which lasted throughout the entire 18-lap main event. Cameron went for the win on the final lap, but he was not quite able to take the lead before the checkered flag flew, and he settled for the second step on the podium.

After the race, Cameron said, “I was going full-on the whole time. I wanted to win that race just as badly as I wanted to win the first one. I was struggling quite a bit on the brakes today, in both races, but it’s something we’ll work on, and I know we’ll get it figured out. I have the points lead– which of course, is in the back of my mind–but I still want to keep winning races.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will be back in action in two weeks when the MotoAmerica Championship will be part of the FIM Superbike World Championship weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, on July 8-10.

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings 6/25/16
Pos. Rider Points
1 Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha 253
2 Josh Hayes – Yamaha 228
3 Toni Elias 227
4 Roger Hayden 226
5 Josh Herrin – Yamaha 128
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Beach Gets The Double Supersport Win In Utah For Second Year In A Row, Gerloff Notches Another Second-Place Finish & bLU cRU Rider Prince Clinches Superstock 600 Title
Tooele, UT – June 25, 2016 – For the second year in a row, and also for the second MotoAmerica round in a row, defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach won both Supersport races. The two victories at Utah Motorsports Campus enabled JD to inch a little bit closer in the points standings to his Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha teammate and current Championship leader Garrett Gerloff.

In a near carbon copy of Friday’s race, Saturday’s contest began with JD getting a good jump from his pole position, pulling the holeshot, and immediately building a lead. Garrett, who started right next to him on the grid, slotted into the lead pack and quickly moved into second position while working hard to not let JD get away at the front.

As the laps wound down, JD remained in complete control of the race, although his gap wasn’t quite as large as it was in Friday’s race.

After doing the double, JD said, “I really enjoy this track, and, like yesterday, I just wanted to get off to a good start and concentrate on running fast laps. I’m here to win races, and that’s what I’m going to keep trying to do. Garrett is riding great, but I’ll keep working hard to defend my Championship.”

Garrett commented, “Today’s race was kind of like a replay of yesterday. Again, I didn’t get as good of a start as I would have liked, but I did manage to stay a little bit closer to JD than yesterday. I’m in the lead, and I just want to keep my season rolling. I like (Mazda Raceway) Laguna Seca a lot, so I’m looking forward to the next round.”

In the Superstock 600 class, Riders Discount/Tuned Racing/Yamaha’s Bryce Prince clinched the 2016 Championship aboard his #74 Yamaha YZF-R6. Bryce finished second in Friday’s Superstock 600 Race 1 and won Saturday’s Superstock 600 Race 2 to take the title with two rounds and three races left in the season. Congratulations to Bryce and his entire team.

The Yamaha bLU cRU teams will race again in two weeks when the MotoAmerica Championship will be part of the FIM Superbike World Championship weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, on July 8-10.

2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings 6/25/16
Pos. Rider Points
1 Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha 270
2 JD Beach – Yamaha 247
3 Valentin Debise 194
4 Cameron Petersen 165
5 Joe Roberts – Yamaha 129
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Beaubier Bests Hayes In Superbike Race 1 At Utah Motorsports Campus For A 1-2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing Finish
Tooele, UT – June 25, 2016 – Starting from the second row of the grid proved to be a non-factor for fast-starting Josh Hayes, who put the experience of his four AMA Superbike Championships to good use, got the holeshot, and led much of Saturday’s Superbike Race 1 at Utah Motorsports Campus. But, in the end, it was Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Cameron Beaubier, who put the defense of his own MotoAmerica Superbike Championship on display when he made a smooth pass on Josh with three laps remaining, took the lead, ran the fastest lap of the race, and notched his seventh win of the season.

“I had a couple areas of the track where I felt stronger than Josh, and there were a couple of areas where Josh had an advantage on me,” Cameron said. “So, we were pretty evenly matched. I stayed patient and waited for the right time to make my move. Once I got past Josh, I ran a very quick lap, but Josh was still right there with me. I’m glad to get this win, and I can’t wait for Race 2.”

Josh commented, “Really, that race turned the weekend around for me because I wasn’t very comfortable with how things were going. I would have liked to have seen the gap grow for me, but it wasn’t to be. Cameron was riding really well, and I felt like it was the best race I could ride. I rode well the whole race, and I thought I had something for Cam there at the end, but I just couldn’t get back past him.”

 

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Beach Pulls The Vanishing Act To Win MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 In Utah; Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Teammate Gerloff Finishes Second

Tooele, UT – June 24, 2016 – Starting from the pole in Friday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race at Utah Motorsports Campus, defending Champion JD Beach took off, got the holeshot, and ran laps faster than anyone else on the track, building a gap of over five seconds at one point in the race. JD’s strategy worked out perfectly, which sealed the victory for the rider of the #1 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6. It was JD’s fourth win of the season.

Meanwhile, JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff, who started from second position on the grid, also finished Saturday’s race in second position. And, while JD was never headed throughout the 16-lap event, Garrett had to battle for position all the way to the end. His hard work paid off as he brought his #31 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 home in the runner-up position and only gave up five points to JD, with his points lead now 28 over his teammate.

“My plan each race is to try to get a good start and take the lead,” JD said. “I was able to do that today, which helps me in the points. I’ve just got to keep trying to win, and see where I end up at the end of the season. Garrett is riding well, and he’s making it really tough to defend my Championship. But, I’m happy with how I’m riding, and I’m glad to get the wins.”

Garrett said, “I had a busy race–a lot busier than it was for JD–but I’m really pumped to get on the podium. I had a good battle going for second, and it was a fun race, but while we were dicing, I knew that JD was getting away at the front. I’m happy, though, to get the weekend started off with a podium result, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race. We’ll make some changes and try to get the win.”
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It’s Blue Skies Ahead For The Yamaha bLU cRU As MotoAmerica Will Be At Utah Motorsports Campus This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Cypress, CA – June 22, 2016 – In a departure from its usual Thursday through Sunday on-track schedule, the Yamaha bLU cRU road racers will be at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT, this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, as the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Motorcycle Road Racing Championship makes its stop in the Salt Lake City area.

With so much on the line in this year’s Championships, the boys in blue can’t wait to get back on track, so racing a day earlier than usual is perfect for them. And they also hope the schedule is perfect for all the fans planning to visit the 3.048-mile, 15-turn Outer Course at Utah Motorsports Campus in the next couple of days.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Beaubier & Hayes
Defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier and his teammate, four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, are both looking forward to this weekend. Cameron, because he’s currently leading the 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship by 13 points over second-place Josh, and he’ll be racing a lot closer to his home in Roseville, CA. And Josh, because he’s returning to the track where he notched a double win last year, and he’s hoping to do the double in Utah again this year.

With just three rounds and six races left in the season, the Superbike title is still very much up for grabs, and both Cameron and Josh consider Utah to be one of their favorite racetracks on the schedule, with the fast and flowing circuit a perfect venue for their powerful and agile Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1 Superbikes.

Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) begins on Friday at 2:00 PM MST. Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 12:30 PM MST, and Superbike Race 2 is later on Sunday at 4:15 PM MST.

Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
Despite being a rider who hails from Texas, Garrett Gerloff has logged a lot of laps around the Utah Motorsports Campus Outer Course, to the point that he considers it one of his home tracks. Garrett currently leads the 2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship by 33 points, but JD earned the pole and won both races in Utah last year. So, which Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 pilot will get the better of the other one this weekend? They’re good friends off the track, but staunch rivals when their helmets and leathers are on, so it’ll be a showdown that you won’t want to miss in person this Thursday through Saturday.

Supersport Qualifying is Friday at 9:20 AM MST. Supersport Race 1 is scheduled for Saturday at 4:00 PM MST, and Supersport Race 2 will go green on Sunday at 3:15 PM MST.

Meet The Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers
Cameron, Josh, Garrett, and JD will be available for autographs at their Team Transporters during the Paddock Autograph Signing Presented by Dunlop Motorcycle Tires on Friday from 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM.

The Hot Pit Fan Walk Presented by Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, scheduled for 10:50 to 11:30 AM Sunday on pit lane at Utah Motorsports Campus, is another great opportunity to meet Yamaha’s bLU cRU riders. They will be handing out free, autographed posters and other team items, and you can also get your picture taken with them, as well as with the Monster Energy and Y.E.S. Umbrella Girls.

 

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MotoAmerica Barber Round Results

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

 
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Press and Images from the MotoAmerica Barber Motorsports 2016 Round from the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha and Y.E.S. / Graves / Yamaha Race Teams
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Beaubier’s Double Podium At Barber Maintains His MotoAmerica Superbike Points Lead; Hayes’ Two Fourth-Place Finishes Keep Him In Second Place

 

Birmingham, AL – June 12, 2016 – Amidst extremely hot and humid weather conditions that tested the riders’ conditioning, defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier’s two third-place results on Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park moved him closer to winning his second-consecutive Superbike title. Meanwhile, his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Josh Hayes maintained second place in the points standings with two fourth-place results.

As in Superbike Race 1, which ran earlier on Sunday, Cameron started from the pole, but in Race 2, he got a better start off the line and slotted in behind Toni Elias while going into turn one. Josh moved quickly into fourth-place behind Roger Hayden, as the four main title contenders began their battle.

Hayden managed to get past Cameron, which moved him back to third place. The racing was close throughout the 23-lap contest, but Elias and Hayden ran a quick pace, and Cameron and Josh weren’t able to close the gap enough to make a pass for the lead before the checkered flag flew.

After his second podium result of the day, Cameron said, “I was struggling pretty bad driving off the corners, and I just couldn’t get close enough to the front. Normally, I’d be pretty bummed about two third-place finishes, but Toni and Rog really had the pace today. I’m looking forward to going to Utah, which is closer to my home.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will be back in action in two weeks when the MotoAmerica Championship will be at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT, on June 23-25.

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings 6/12/16


Pos. Rider Points
1 Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha 208
2 Josh Hayes – Yamaha 195
3 Roger Hayden 194
4 Toni Elias 189
5 Claudio Corti 108
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Beach Doubles At Barber As Yamaha bLU cRU Sweeps The Podium In Supersport Race 2

 

Birmingham, AL – June 12, 2016 – Defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach made it clear at Barber Motorsports Park that he is not ready to hand the crown to his Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha teammate and current points leader Garrett Gerloff. JD won both of the weekend’s Supersport races to shave precious points from Garrett’s lead. It’s the second year in a row that JD has notched the double-win at Barber.

Starting from the second row on the grid, JD got off the line well and slotted in behind equally quick starter Garrett, and the battle was on as polesitter and Wheels In Motion/Meen Yamaha rider Joe Roberts was also in the mix from the beginning.

Both JD and Garrett swapped the lead back and forth, and they also swapped fastest laptimes of the race, with JD going fastest in lap 4, while Garrett eclipsed JD’s time with a faster lap of his own on lap 14. The final circulation of the 21-lap race saw both riders dicing for the win, and despite having to pass lapped riders, JD nearly matched his fastest lap from earlier in the race as he took the checkered flag for his third race victory in 2016.

“My ride wasn’t super-smooth today, but I did what I could,” commented JD. “It was so fun to race with Garrett, Joe, and all the guys. There was a lot of passing back and forth, which I like. It feels great getting the double-win here at Barber for the second year in a row. As for the Championship, I’m just going to go for wins because I’ve got nothing to lose. All the weight is on Garrett’s shoulders right now since he’s in the lead, so we’ll see what happens ”

Garrett said, “JD was riding really well, and I was doing all I could to stay with him. With a couple of laps to go, I was able to get past him, but it didn’t last long with the pace he was going. It was a tough race just like yesterday was, but I’m glad to get two second-place finishes this weekend, especially against a flat tracker like JD.”

The Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Supersport team will race again in two weeks when the MotoAmerica Championship will be at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT, on June 23-25.

2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings 6/12/16


Pos. Rider Points
1 Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha 230
2 JD Beach – Yamaha 197
3 Valentin Debise 168
4 Cameron Petersen 139
5 Joe Roberts – Yamaha 118
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Beaubier Podiums In Superbike Race 1 At Barber; Teammate Hayes Finishes Fourth

 

Birmingham, AL – June 12, 2016 – One mistake. In the heated competition of MotoAmerica Superbike racing, one mistake can cost you a victory. Starting from the pole in Sunday’s Superbike Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park, defending Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier ran off the track in the first turn of the opening lap, and the race win eluded him.

Rejoining the fray back in 14th place, Cameron worked hard to race himself back up to third place–which included passing his teammate and four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes–and he ultimately finished on the last step of the podium in third.

Meanwhile, Josh got a much better start than did Cameron, and he was quickly in the lead pack. But, as the laps wound down, he started to lose precious seconds to Roger Hayden and Toni Elias, and then, Cameron passed him. With the two Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammates running in tandem, the hope was that Cameron and Josh could work together to move closer to the front. However, Cameron pulled away from Josh, but he couldn’t close the gap on Hayden and Elias.

“I got a good jump, and it felt good to get off the line decent,” Cameron said. “But then, I made a mistake in turn one, and ran wide. I didn’t want to cause a crash, so I had to wait a little bit till the traffic cleared for me to rejoin the race. I made a good push up through the guys, but once I got past Josh and into third, I wasn’t able to make up any time on Rog and Toni, so I had to settle for third.”

After Saturday’s Superbike Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park, Cameron leads the 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship by 10 points over second-place Josh. In Superbike Race 2, both riders will be extra-motivated to improve on their results from Race 1.
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bLU cRU’s Beach Best At Barber As He And Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Teammate Gerloff Finish 1-2 In Supersport Race 1

 

Birmingham, AL – June 11, 2016 – The start of Saturday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race at Barber Motorsports Park meant everything to the Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team, and defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach got a great start, while his teammate and 2016 Supersport Championship points leader Garrett Gerloff’s start was not as good as he would have liked.

JD used his prodigious flat-tracking skills, where getting a good start is so vitally important, and he rocketed his #1 Yamaha YZF-R6 from the second row on the grid. Once the “Jiggy Dog” got into the lead, he was never headed, taking his second win and ninth podium of the season.

Garrett started from second position on the grid, and he struggled initially to keep the front wheel of his powerful #31 R6 planted on the Barber asphalt. Steeling his determination, the Texan focused on passing riders on his way to JD in the lead. Garrett caught up to his teammate, but he was never able to get around him, as JD was on rails throughout the 17-lap event (the 21-lap race was red-flagged and declared final due to lightning visible in the vicinity).

After the win, JD said, “I like to lead the races and, if I can get out front, that’s what works best for me. I was able to do that today, and I concentrated on clicking off consistent laps after I got up front. I was able to make clean passes through most of the backmarkers so that helped me stay in front of Garrett.”

Garrett said, “The biggest thing is, I wish I would have gotten a better start. I could see JD and Joe (Roberts) putting in hot laps, and I thought, ‘Man, this is going to be even harder than I thought.’ I caught back up and got behind JD, but by that time, we were into lappers, and timing those passes is critical. I didn’t get around the backmarkers as cleanly as I would have liked to, and that was pretty much the race. I had to settle for second.”

After Saturday’s race, Garrett leads the 2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship by 38 points over JD.

The two Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammates will be back at it again on Sunday in Supersport Race 2, which will go green at 2:45 PM.

 

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The Yamaha bLU cRU Is ‘Bama Bound To Barber

Cypress, CA – June 9, 2016 – The Yamaha bLU cRU’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing and Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team transporters are rolling into Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, today for this weekend’s round six of the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Motorcycle Road Racing Championship. George Barber’s picturesque 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course is a favorite stop on the MotoAmerica schedule for Yamaha’s bLU cRU road racers and crew members.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Beaubier & Hayes

Fresh off his double win last weekend at Road America, defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier will be looking to keep his momentum going as he takes to the track at Barber Motorsports Park.

Cameron won Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 at Barber last year. And, with his two wins at Road America last weekend, the 23-year-old is now leading the 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship by seven points over his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Josh Hayes.

Speaking of Josh, the four-time AMA Superbike Champion absolutely thrives in the heat and stifling humidity of Barber Motorsports Park, a climate akin to where he grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi. Josh won Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 last year at Barber, and he doubled the year before. Last week at Road America, he earned his first Superpole of 2016 and led the field in both races, but ultimately had to settle for two third-place finishes. Josh’s results in Wisconsin did not sit well with him, and he comes to Alabama with the bit in his teeth and ready to put his #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1 on the top of the box in both of Sunday’s Superbike races at Barber.

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

Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach

Garrett Gerloff earned the pole, won Supersport Race 1, and finished second in Supersport Race 2 last weekend at Road America. His stellar results extended his 2016 Championship lead to a gaudy 43 points just past the halfway point in the season.

Garrett considers Barber Motorsports Park to be one of his favorite tracks on the schedule, partly because the thoroughly likeable Texan used to live in nearby Trussville. He’s hoping that momentum and familiar surroundings will work in his favor as he takes to the Alabama track aboard his #31 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.

Driving down to the track in his race van from just a short distance up the road in Philpot, Kentucky, is defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach. “The Jiggy Dog” notched second- and third-place results last weekend at Road America for his sixth and seventh podiums of the 2016 season.

JD had a breakthrough weekend last year at Barber Motorsports Park, winning both Supersport races. He took a noticeably different line around Barber road course than did his competitors, and it paid off.

“I’ve watched a lot of old races from Barber,” JD commented. “And I learned a little something from watching Ben Spies go around the track. Last year, I took a tighter line because I’m a dirt tracker, and I like to take the shortest way around the track, if I can.”

Look for JD to continue taking that tight line around Barber this weekend as he looks to repeat the double-win success in Alabama that he enjoyed in 2015.

Supersport Qualifying is Saturday at 9:20 AM CST. Supersport Race 1 is scheduled for Saturday at 4:00 PM CST, and Supersport Race 2 will go green on Sunday at 2:45 PM CST.
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MotoAmerica VIR 2016 Race Results

Monday, May 16th, 2016

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

MotoAmerica 2016 Road Atlanta Round Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings 4/17/16

Pos. Rider Points

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings 4/17/16

Pos. Rider Points

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

*Leads the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Points Standings.

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MotoAmerica 2016 COTA Round Results

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

2016 MotoAmerica Cota Round Results

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

With just one Supersport race scheduled for COTA, the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action next weekend when the MotoAmerica series travels to Road Atlanta for Round Two of the Supersport Championship

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Images at the end of the post.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Final Points 9/13/15

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

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

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

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

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

Watch Round 9 Of The MotoAmerica Championship on CBS Sports

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

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2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Final Points 9/13/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

MotoAmerica Indy Round 2015

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha and Yamalube /Y.E.S./ Graves / Yamaha Teams Barber 2015

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015


Various Weekend Press Releases from The MotoAmerica Barber 2015 Round for the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha and Yamalube /Y.E.S./ Graves / Yamaha Teams

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Beaubier Bounces Back To Win Superbike Race 2 At Barber Motorsports Park Over Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Hayes

 

Birmingham, AL – June 14, 2015 – At the halfway point of the 2015 MotoAmerica season, it’s fitting that Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike rider Cameron Beaubier has won exactly half of the Superbike races this season and his teammate, four-time and defending Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, has won the other half of the races.

 

After a tipover and DNF in Sunday’s Superbike Race 1, Cameron shrugged off the adversity, got the holeshot from pole position in Race 2 and went about the business of notching win number five on the season…but it wasn’t easy. Josh gave Cameron all he could handle, and the “Mississippi Madman” took the lead a couple of times over “California Cam” as the laps wound down. A determined and talented rider, Cameron wouldn’t be denied, and he ultimately took the checkered flag with Josh close behind.

 

“I was pretty frustrated after (my tipover in) the first race, but it was no one’s fault except my own,” Cameron said. “I got myself cooled off, put that first race behind me and focused on the second race. I got a good start. I knew Josh was good on the brakes, and I was expecting him to be right there. And he was, throughout the whole race. I think I touched him a little bit when I went back by him to take the lead for good. It was close racing, but I knew that I needed to make my move quickly to counter his pass.”

 

Josh commented, “It was slippery out there with all the heat, and Cam was strong in the right areas on the track. It just came down to who could put together the best laps there at the end. It’s great that Cam and I finished 1-2 in the second race, and that our Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike team won both races.”

 

Jake Gagne, riding the #32 RoadRace Factory/Yamaha R1, finished fourth overall and first in Superstock 1000. TOBC racing’s Taylor Knapp and Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Josh Day finished third and fourth, respectively, in Superstock 1000.

 

Watch Round 5 Of The MotoAmerica Championship On CBS Sports Network

MotoAmerica Round 5 from Road America will air on Sunday, June 21, at 3:00 PM EST with a replay later that day at 8:00 PM EST, and a second replay on Wednesday, June 24, at 10:00 PM EST.

 

For the complete MotoAmerica TV broadcast schedule on CBS Sports Network, visit http://www.motoamerica.com/motoamerica-tv-schedule.

 

New Addition To The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Family

In other Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha news, long-time team member Vittorio Bolognesi had to cut his race weekend short in order to fly back home to California to be with his wife Laurie, who was expecting a baby. Last night, Vitto and Laurie welcomed their third son, who they named Leonardo Vittorio Bolognesi. Congratulations to our beloved teammate and his beautiful family!

 

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2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Points 6/14/15
Pos. Rider Points
1 Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha 201
2 Josh Hayes – Yamaha 195
3 Jake Lewis 145
4 Roger Hayden 137
5 Bernat Martinez – Yamaha 100

 

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That Beach Boy Does The Double As JD Wins MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 At Barber Motorsports Park; Seven Yamahas In The Top Ten

 

Birmingham, AL – June 14, 2015 – For the second day in a row, Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves rider JD Beach surfed the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course at Barber Motorsports Park aboard his #95 Yamaha YZF-R6 to win MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2. Also for the second day in a row, JD diced with Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha R6 rider Josh Herrin, who finished a close second in Sunday’s race. JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff finished fourth to match the fourth-place result that he got in Saturday’s Supersport Race 1.

 

“I’m extremely excited!” JD said. “All these guys are riding so hard, and I think we’ve all turned it up a notch this season. I worked really hard this winter, and so did my entire Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves team. To finally have all that work pay off is awesome.”

 

Watch Round 5 Of The MotoAmerica Championship on CBS Sports Network

MotoAmerica Round 5 from Road America will air on Sunday, June 21, at 3:00 PM EST with a replay later that day at 8:00 PM EST, and a second replay on Wednesday, June 24, at 10:00 PM EST.

 

For the complete MotoAmerica TV broadcast schedule on CBS Sports Network, visit http://www.motoamerica.com/motoamerica-tv-schedule.

 

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit http://www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing. Also, check out “YamahaMotorUSA” on your favorite social media site.

 

2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Points 6/14/15
Pos. Rider Points
1 JD Beach – Yamaha 190
2 Josh Herrin – Yamaha 180
3 Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha 150
4 David Anthony 97
5 Tomas Puerta – Yamaha 97

 

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Barber Shaved Beaubier’s Points Lead As Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Hayes Wins Superbike Race 1 At Barber Motorsports Park

 

Birmingham, AL – June 14, 2015 – After earning the pole in Saturday’s Superpole Qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier got the holeshot in Sunday’s Superbike Race 1 and started to build a sizable lead. While working lap 8, the tide turned dramatically, however, as Cameron had a tipover going into the “Museum Turn” on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Alabama road course.

 

The incident prevented Cameron’s teammate Josh Hayes, who was in second place, from taking the lead because he was maneuvering to avoid Cameron and his sliding Yamaha YZF-R1. Still in second, the four-time and defending Superbike Champion went to work and soon took over the lead to win his fourth race of the 2015 season and his 75th AMA professional road racing victory.

 

“After avoiding Cam and his bike when he went down, I settled back into a rhythm,” Josh said. “I was struggling to decide just how the race was going to play out. An opportunity came up, and I was able to jump on it, make my move to the front, and get the win.”

 

With Cameron’s DNF and Josh’s victory, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammates are still first and second in the Superbike points standings, but Josh made up a lot of ground and is now just one point behind Cameron at the halfway point of the 2015 MotoAmerica season.

 

Jake Gagne, riding the #32 RoadRace Factory/Yamaha R1, finished third overall and first in Superstock 1000. TOBC racing’s Taylor Knapp was second in Superstock 1000 and Tyler O’Hara was third to complete the all-Yamaha-R1 Superstock 1000 podium.

 

MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 starts at 4:00 PM CST. Go to www.MotoAmerica.com, click on “Streaming” under the “LIVE” header in the top-left corner of the page, and then click on “WATCH SUPERBIKE” to see the race live online.
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Barber Goes To Beach As JD Wins MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 At Barber Motorsports Park; Four Yamaha R6 Machines Finish In The Top Five
Birmingham, AL – June 13, 2015 – Once again, the Yamaha YZF-R6 is the hot bike to have in MotoAmerica–and not just because of air temperatures hovering in the 90s at Barber Motorsports Park. Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves rider JD Beach won his fourth race of the season to best second-place finisher Josh Herrin, who rides for Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha. JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff finished fourth and RoadRace Factory/Yamaha rider Tomas Puerta rounded out the top five.

 

Throughout the race, JD took a noticeably different line around the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course than did Josh, and it paid off for the Kentuckian as he and Josh swapped the lead several times throughout the race. JD always seemed to get the better of Josh in the final turn on the track, and with a couple of laps to go in the race, JD got under Josh and held on to the lead all the way to the checkers. Both riders ran their fastest laps of the race on the final lap, but JD had pulled enough of a gap to prevent Josh from catching him.

 

“I’ve watched a lot of old races from here,” JD commented. “I learned a little something for this weekend from watching Ben Spies’ go around this track. I also took a tighter line because I’m a dirt tracker, and I like to take the shortest way around the track, if I can. It worked for me today. There are still a couple of things that I want to work on for tomorrow, but my #95 Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves R6 ran awesome today!”

 

The situation remains tight at the top of the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, with JD now leading Josh by four points.

 

MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 will go green from Barber Motosports Park tomorrow afternoon at 2:40 PM CST. Go to www.MotoAmerica.com, click on “Streaming” under the “LIVE” header in the top-left corner of the page, and then click on “WATCH SUPERSPORT” to watch the race live online.
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Cypress, CA – June 10, 2015 – This weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Motorcycle Road Racing Championship will reach the halfway point in its inaugural season. And, for the Yamaha bLU cRU riders, each one of them has a mission to accomplish on George Barber’s challenging and picturesque 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course.

 

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Beaubier & Hayes

Cameron Beaubier, who has matched his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate’s four Superbike wins this season with four victories of his own, has been Mr. Consistent so far in 2015, finishing on the podium in all eight Superbike races to date. He’ll need to keep up his momentum, while also exorcising the red-hot demons that conspired against him at Barber in 2014. Now aboard his all-new #6 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike for 2015, Cameron is ready to exact his revenge on a Barber road course that handed him a DNF in Superbike Race 1 followed by a respectable, albeit slightly disappointing, third-place result in Race 2 last year. Thus far, Cameron has proven that he is “one with his R1.”

 

Last year’s visit to Barber was a turning point for Superbike Champ Josh Hayes. In the triple-digit heat and stifling humidity, Josh showed why he is the “Mississippi Madman” when he flourished in the climate of his upbringing to win both races in dominant fashion, propelling him on to his fourth AMA Superbike Championship. Josh showed that the fitness and conditioning he works so hard to maintain was a key to his southern success at Barber last year. He’ll need to muster the same strength and results this weekend, in order to fight his way back from second in the points standings and 26 points behind his Championship-leading Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier. Look for the #1 and #6 Yamaha R1 Superbikes at the front of the pack throughout the weekend.

 

MotoAmerica Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) begins at Barber on Saturday, June 13, at 2:10 PM CST. Superbike Race 1 will go green on Sunday, June 14, at 12:30 PM CST, and Superbike Race 2 is set for later on Sunday at 4:00 PM CST.

 

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

At Road America two weekends ago, JD Beach and his teammate Garrett Gerloff were part of a Yamaha YZF-R6 three-bike wedge that crossed the finish line almost simultaneously in Sunday’s Supersport Race 2. JD’s #95 Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 captured the narrow, yet infinitely satisfying victory, while Garrett was nipped at the line and had to settle for third.

 

It was JD’s third win of the season, and he comes into Barber tied for the 2015 Supersport Championship with fellow R6 rider Josh Herrin. The Kentuckian will be looking to Barber to notch Supersport wins four and five in order to separate himself at the top of the points standings.

 

Just 16 points out of the Supersport Championship lead, Garrett Gerloff is hoping for a much better weekend at Barber–one of his favorite racetracks–than he had in 2014. In Race 1 at Barber last year, Garrett had a tipover that resulted in a hairline fracture of his left wrist, preventing him from competing in Race 2. This year, although he’s still recovering from an injury to his left pinky that he sustained at VIR, Garrett–who once lived in nearby Trussville, AL–considers Barber Motorsports Park to be his home track. He showed at Road America two weekends ago that his fractured finger is a non-factor, so look for the #31 Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 up front all weekend long.

 

MotoAmerica Supersport Qualifying 1 is on Friday, June 12, at 1:50 PM CST. Final Supersport Qualifying is Saturday, June 13, at 9:50 AM CST, and Supersport Race 1 will go green later on Saturday at 1:00 PM CST. Supersport Race 2 is scheduled to start on Sunday, May 31, at 2:40 PM CST.

 

Meet The Yamaha bLU cRU

The Dunlop Fan Walk, scheduled for 11:00 AM CST Sunday on pit lane at Barber Motorsports Park, is a great opportunity to meet Josh, Cameron, JD, Garrett, and the other Yamaha bLU cRU riders. They’ll be handing out free, autographed posters and other team items, and you can also get your picture taken with them, as well as the Monster Energy and Yamalube Umbrella Girls.

 

Watch Round 5 Of The MotoAmerica Championship on CBS Sports

MotoAmerica Round 5 from Barber Motorsports Park will air on Sunday, June 21, at 3:00 PM EST. For the complete MotoAmerica TV broadcast schedule on CBS Sports Network, visit http://www.motoamerica.com/motoamerica-tv-schedule

Moto America Round #3 VIR Press Releases and Images

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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