Graves Motorsports looks back at the 2013 race season with the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha race team. Winning AMA Pro Racing titles in Superbike and Daytona Sportbike. Featuring riders Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff. Bikes in the video are Graves Spec Yamaha R1 Superbikes and Yamaha R6 Daytona Sportbikes. www.gravesport.com
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Herrin Wins SuperBike Championship & Hayes Wins Race At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Monterey, CA – September 29, 2013 – Since joining Yamaha in 2005, Josh Herrin has won race after race aboard his YZF-R6 and YZF-R1, and dreamed about bringing home a Championship for the triple-tuning-forks brand. On Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Herrin accomplished his goal. The 23-year-old rider from Dublin, Georgia, finished second in the final SuperBike race of the 2013 AMA Pro Racing season, which earned him more than enough points to win the title.
The winner of the race was Herrin’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate, three-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes. Hayes notched his 8th SuperBike victory of the season, taking the checkers more than 13 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, and he finished the season second in total Championship points.
Third place went to Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing/Yamaha rider Larry Pegram, who matched his season-opening result at Daytona International Speedway, to complete a Yamaha podium sweep.
When asked about his freshly minted Championship, Herrin said, “I think the best word to describe my season is ‘consistency.’ We were really consistent all year. At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t even thinking about the Championship. We were fortunate at Daytona, but I figured Josh would come back, and he did. But, at the same time, we were smart and rode really consistent, and it paid off in the end. Overall, it went great.”
“This has been a lifelong dream of mine,” Herrin continued, “And it’s finally come true. I can’t even explain the emotions right now. Coming around on that last lap, I just filled up with tears. I could barely see where I was going. I’ve never felt that kind of emotion before. It’s crazy, the emotions you feel when you achieve something that you’ve been hoping to do your whole life.”
After his Sunday win, Hayes said, “It was a great weekend. This is two good Laguna Seca’s this year for me. I’ve had a great season, and I’m proud of the things I’ve accomplished. My statistics are good. I was able to get eight pole positions. I think I’ve gotten all the poles except two in three years, which is a pretty amazing run. It’s fun to be fast. And I had a good run of races this year.”
About his teammate’s SuperBike Championship, the Triple Champ said, “I really think the story today is Josh winning his #1 plate. He did what he needed to do and, when the pressure was on, he stepped up.”
Faster By The Dozen As Daytona SportBike Champ Beaubier Notches His 12th DSB Victory Of The Season For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Monterey, CA – September 29, 2013 – Finishing his Championship season in winning fashion, Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier won his 12th AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race this year, with a victory in Sunday’s DSB race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It was also his 10th win in a row in 2013, completing a season of utter domination for the 20-year-old sensation, in a racing class known for its ultra-competitiveness.
Garrett Gerloff, rider of the #8 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, raced in tandem with his teammate Cameron for part of the race, until the 2013 DSB Champ started another one of his signature charges to the front. Garrett stayed in the lead group and almost caught the third-place finisher at the checkers, but he ultimately had to settle for fourth. Garrett completed his first full season of DSB competition on the Championship podium, with an excellent third place in the points.
After celebrating his win and “dominant dozen” in winner’s circle, Cameron said, “I had a pretty big crash in final qualifying yesterday, and I banged up my knee and ankle a little bit. So, I felt pretty stiff this morning in the warmup. In the race, I decided to take it a little bit easy in the beginning. My knee was hurting pretty good but, as the race went on, it loosened up some, and I was able to start putting down some fast laps. My team worked hard last night to get my bike ready for today’s race, so I have to thank them for today, and really, for the whole season. Olly (Hutchinson) and Skye (Girard) are so good at what they do, and I can’t thank them enough. 12 wins this season is awesome, and of course, winning the Championship is, too.”
Everything Comes Up Crazy 8s For Daytona SportBike Champ Beaubier As He Goes 8 For 8 In Poles For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Monterey, CA – September 28, 2013 – In a string that started with a Rolex wristwatch for winning the pole for the Daytona 200, 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Cameron Beaubier completed a perfect record of eight poles out of eight events this season, with pole number eight coming today in final qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron has started from the pole in every DSB race this season, and he’ll do the same tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff will also start on the front row tomorrow, after qualifying third today aboard his #8 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.
Unfortunately for Cameron, though, his final qualifying session of 2013 was not without incident. The northern Californian–who lives just a few hours north of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca– tucked the front of his #6 R6 on the brakes going into turn three on the lap right after his fastest lap of the session. He lowsided the bike and injured his right knee and ankle in the tipover. “It was weird,” said Cameron as his sat quietly and iced down his leg. “As soon as I touched the brakes going into Turn 3, I lost the front. I didn’t even have any time to react. Before I knew it, I was on the ground. I’m not sure how I banged my knee, but I did tumble a lot going through the gravel. I wish we had footage to look at because I don’t really know how I hurt my knee and ankle. I definitely took a pretty good tumble, though.” When asked about his prognosis and plan for tomorrow’s race, Cameron said, “I may meet up with Dr. Bryan (his orthopedist) tonight to have the injuries evaluated. But, right now, my plan is to race tomorrow. That’s what I’m counting on.”
Garrett said, “I’m bummed for Cameron that he had a tipover and got hurt. Hopefully, he’ll be good to go for tomorrow. As for me, I qualified second yesterday, and I actually went faster today, but Im starting third tomorrow. I’m disappointed, but I’m still on the outside of the front row, which isn’t a bad place to start. I’m hungry to get my first win of the season, so I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow morning.”
The final Daytona SportBike race of the 2013 season will go green early on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM PT from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Pure Pole Perfection For Hayes As Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Champ Qualifies First At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca & Notches Eighth-Consecutive Pole Of Season; Teammate Herrin 2nd On Grid
Monterey, CA – September 28, 2013 – In Saturday’s final qualifying session at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes completed a perfect season in qualifying as he notched his eighth and final pole position of 2013, based on his fast lap from Friday’s provisional qualifying. No other SuperBike rider has gone faster than Hayes in qualifying at every AMA Pro Racing event this season.
2013 Championship points leader and Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin improved on his provisional fifth position from yesterday. He recorded a string of fast laps towards the end of today’s final qualifying and put his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 in second position on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race.
When asked about his perfect season of poles, Hayes said, “It’s really cool to consistently be the fastest rider out there, and to earn the pole at every track really shows just how good my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team is. The ultimate goal every weekend is to win the races, but the first step in that process is getting pole. I think it’s something that every team tries for, and I’m proud that we got all eight poles this season.”
“I’m ready for tomorrow’s race,” Herrin said. “I had a much better session today, and I worked methodically on putting down some fast laps. I’m happy with P2 on the starting grid, and I can hardly wait till tomorrow. I really wish the race was today.”
Sunday morning’s SuperBike race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is set to go green at 10:40 AM PT
Number 6 for #6 As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha DSB Champ Beaubier Breaks Track Record For 2nd Time This Season At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey, CA – September 27, 2013 – For the sixth-consecutive time, 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Cameron Beaubier broke the track record. Remarkably, this is the second time this season that Cameron, aboard his #6 YZF-R6, set the provisional pole and broke the track record at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff also bettered his previous qualifying time from July and is second on the provisional grid.
It’s not often that a rider is able to break a lap record at a track where they already set a new record earlier in the season, but that’s the kind of year that Cameron is having. “The track felt a lot better this afternoon with more rubber on the surface,” Cameron said. “So I was able to run some fast laps. I’m glad I broke the track record again like I did when we were here for the MotoGP weekend in July. I want to keep doing my best and improving every time I”m on the bike.”
Garrett said, “I couldn’t get comfortable this morning with so many more riders on the track. But, in qualifying, everyone seemed to be spread out more, so I was feeling better and better with every lap I rode. I got into P2 (second place) on my last couple of laps, and I’m hoping to go faster in tomorrow’s session.”
Final qualifying for Daytona SportBike is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3:15 PM PT, and the race will go green early on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM PT.
Hayes Earns Provisional SuperBike Pole For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; Teammate Herrin Is Fifth
Monterey, CA – September 27, 2013 – In Friday’s provisional qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes was the fastest rider on the track, and he was also notably nearly a full second faster than any of the World Superbike riders in their first free practice session of the weekend.
Championship points leader and Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin qualified provisionally in fifth position. His session was cut short when he tucked the front of his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 in Laguna Seca’s turn 3 and slid off the track unhurt.
After the opening qualifying session, Hayes said, “It was a pretty typical qualifying session, I think. I’m trying to be steady and keep feeling fresh. I’m looking to keep building toward Sunday’s race. After racing (an R1 for the Yamaha Austria Racing Team) at LeMans (in the 24-hour endurance race) last weekend, it took me a few laps to get acclimated to my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 and the Dunlop tires again, but I’m happy to be back on my SuperBike.”
Commenting on his tipover, Herrin said, “I’m really mad at myself because that’s the first time I’ve fallen all year. There were about 10 minutes left to go in the session, and I hadn’t really started clicking off fast laps. I’m glad we’ve got another qualifying session tomorrow.”
Tomorrow afternoon’s final SuperBike qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will begin at 12:40 AM PT, and Sunday morning’s SuperBike race will go green at 10:40 AM PT.
Monterey, CA – September 29, 2013 – Now that the 2013 AMA Pro Racing season has reached its conclusion, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team is pleased to announce that 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Cameron Beaubier will join three-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes on the two-rider team. The announcement was made by Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
For the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike season, Josh Hayes will be aboard the #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, and Cameron will race the team’s other R1 SuperBike, with competition #2 on the fairing.
According to McCarty, “Josh Herrin has been with us since 2005, and he’s been a tremendous rider and great ambassador for the Yamaha brand and all our team sponsors. His long-term goals have always been to win a Championship here in the U.S., and then go and race in Europe. With his 2013 SuperBike Championship and an opportunity awaiting him to race in the Moto2 World Championship, his dreams are coming true. We’re thankful to Josh for all the terrific years he’s given us, and especially for winning the SuperBike Championship this season. We’re looking forward to seeing him race on the world stage beginning next year.”
When asked about his new SuperBike teammate, Josh Hayes said, “First of all, big congratulations to Josh (Herrin) for winning the Championship this year. He really stepped up big this season. I’m looking forward to seeing him race against those boys in Moto2. It’s great to have another American carrying the flag for us. Good luck to Josh. As for Cameron, he had an amazing year in Daytona SportBike, and he deserves to be up here racing the Yamaha R1 and representing Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha in SuperBike. He’s already proven to be a phenomenal rider. I’m thrilled to have him as my teammate for 2014, and I have to say that I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me next season!”
Cameron said, “Congratulations to Josh Herrin on his SuperBike Championship, and also on his opportunity to race in Moto2. It’s going to be cool to see him compete against the world’s best and represent the U.S. As for me, I’m very thankful that Keith (McCarty) has given me this opportunity to continue advancing my racing career with Yamaha. I love riding for Yamaha, and I’m looking forward to racing the R1 SuperBike. And, to have Josh Hayes as my teammate is icing on the cake. He’s helped me so much over the past couple of years, and I really respect him both as rider and a mentor.”
Stayed tuned for more information coming soon about Yamaha’s U.S. road racing plans for 2014, including an announcement of next year’s rider lineup for the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team.
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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Triple Champ Hayes Wins SuperBike Race 2 At New Jersey Motorsports Park, Moves Into Second Place Behind Teammate & Title Leader Herrin
Millville, NJ – September 15, 2013 – In Sunday’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes definitively showed was he is the three-time defending series Champion. With his title defense in definite peril, he led the 23-lap contest from start to finish to record his seventh victory of the season. With the title points for the win, and the two bonus points he earned for setting the pole and leading the most laps in today’s race, Hayes moved into second place in the Championship, with one race left to decide it all.
After his victory, Hayes said, “The race went pretty good. This morning in practice, I knew I was in good shape for the race. I was able to get a good start and run fast laps right from the beginning. I rode well yesterday, too, and I knew that I had good speed. Today, it was the same thing, and I’m happy that I won the race for my team. I’m proud of the way I rode all weekend.”
Current points leader Josh Herrin finished second in today’s race, and he is currently 22 points ahead of Hayes. Herrin’s solid P2 result was his 11th podium finish out of 13 races (which includes 4 race wins) this season.
Herrin said, “It’s been since 2008 that I’ve been trying to win a Championship for Yamaha. I’m not there yet, but I’m knocking on the door. I was really nervous today, but I put my head down and got a good result, which definitely helps towards the Championship.’
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action during the weekend of September 27 through 29 for the World Superbike Weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA. It will be the final event of the season for the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike series.
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2013 Daytona SportBike Champ Beaubier Says “Y.E.S.” To A Dominant Sunday Win For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha At New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ – September 15, 2013 – In his first race as 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion, Cameron Beaubier rode a blistering pace on his #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 to win Sunday’s DSB Race 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
By the time he took the checkered flag, Cameron–who was clearly the class of the field–had pulled a gap of more than seven and a half seconds over his notably fast teammate Garrett Gerloff in second place. Also, along the way, Cameron recorded the fastest lap of the race, which was actually faster than his record-breaking lap in Friday’s qualifying session. It was his 11th win out of 12 races, in a season in which the northern California phenom has racked up more victories in a single season than any DSB rider in AMA Pro Racing history.
“It was a relief wrapping up the championship yesterday,” Cameron said. “So, going into today, I felt good, and I was happy that I could just ride with no pressure. I was able to ride a little more aggressively knowing that I had secured the title.”
Garrett, aboard the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6 rode a very strong race at a track on which he’s had much success in his young career. For the likeable Texan, it was his eighth podium finish of the season.
Garrett said, “My first start wasn’t too good, but on the restart, I got a pretty good jump, and I was able to get up front and ride smooth laps. I couldn’t catch my teammate, so I decided to ride my own race and maintain my position till I saw the checkers.”
The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action during the weekend of September 27 through 29 for the World Superbike Weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA. It will be the final event of the season for the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike series.
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Josh Herrin Extends His SuperBike Championship Points Lead For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha With A Saturday Race 1 Win At New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ – September 14, 2013 – Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike rider and current Championship points leader Josh Herrin put in an amazing performance to win Saturday’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Josh’s hard-fought victory extended his lead to 19 points with just two SuperBike races left to go in the 2013 season.
After winning his fourth SuperBike race this year and earning his 10th podium finish out of 12 races thus far in 2013, Herrin said, “It was awesome! That battle with Martin (Cardenas, who finished in second place) was amazing. It was a lot of fun, and I really wanted to get the most laps led. Whenever Josh went by, I panicked for a second because I had a feeling that he had charged from behind and was going good. I thought I had to keep up with him because I needed this race win. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, and I’m really happy I was able to capitalize on Josh’s jump-start and get an even bigger cushion in the points.”
As Herrin alluded to, ironically, for the second time this season, three-time defending SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes was the first rider to be shown the waving checkered flag at the finish line, but he didn’t technically win the race. Due to a five-second penalty assessed by AMA Pro Racing for “anticipating the start” when the race went green, Hayes actually finished in fourth place on the scoring sheets.
It was a gut-wrenching result for Hayes, who is still in third place in the Championship, but he is now 28 points behind his teammate Herrin. Hayes and his team will regroup overnight, and they’re determined to come back strong in tomorrow’s SuperBike Race 2, which will go green on Sunday at 4:00 PM ET.
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Cameron Hammers ‘Em As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Clinches 2013 DSB Title With Race 1 Win At New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ – September 14, 2013 – Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier will remember this day for the rest of his life, as will his family, friends, and fans. In one fell swoop, the soft-spoken, yet lightning-fast, northern Californian won Saturday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1, clinched the 2013 Daytona SportBike Championship, and set a new record for most DSB wins in a single season.
Despite only needing to score a handful of points to wrap up the 2013 DSB title in today’s race, Cameron was determined to keep his winning streak alive, and he successfully extended it to 8 wins in a row and 10 out of 11 wins this season. Also, earlier in the day, Cameron earned his seventh pole position out of seven rounds for a perfect qualifying record this season.
“It’s an awesome day,” Cameron said. “I can’t thank my Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team enough for all they’ve done for me this season. Also, I’ve got to thank my Mom and Dad, and my girlfriend Kayla for all their love and support. It feels really good to get this Championship for Yamaha.”
In contrast to Cameron’s fortunes, Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff had a day that he’d just as soon forget. While racing in the lead group on lap three, Garrett lost the front of his #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6, and he suffered a mild tipover that put him out of the race.
About the incident, Garrett said, “I thought the left side of my tires had more heat in them than they did, and I was trying to catch up to Cameron and Jake in the lead. With the (cooler) track temps today and the cold tires, I ran out of side grip in Turn 3 and lowsided. It was a mistake, and I’ll learn from it and come back strong for tomorrow’s race. I want to say congratulations to my teammate Cameron. He’s had an amazing season, and my hat’s off to him.”
Daytona SportBike Race 2 from New Jersey Motorsports Park is scheduled for tomorrow at 3 PM ET.
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Hayes Throws Down At The Showdown As Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Champ Breaks Track Record In Friday Provisional Qualifying At New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ – September 13, 2013 – In the first on-track salvo at New Jersey Motorsports Park, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes made a strong statement by breaking the track record during today’s provisional qualifying. Meanwhile, current Championship points leader and Hayes’ Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin was the second-fastest rider on the track.
After the opening qualifying session, Hayes said, “It’s been a pretty good day for the most part. We’re heading in the right direction, and I’m having fun riding the motorcycle. I’m glad to be back on my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 after the break, and I really like riding on this track.”
Herrin said, “We tried a tire in the beginning, and it just wasn’t working for me. So, we changed that, and it made a huge difference. Towards the end of the session, I was finally able to put some fast laps together, but not quite enough to catch Josh (Hayes). Tomorrow morning, we’ll start out (final qualifying) with the setup I ended today’s session with, and we should be in good shape. I’m glad that I have another session to improve my laps.”
Tomorrow morning’s final SuperBike qualifying session will begin at 9:40 AM ET, and SuperBike Race 1 from Miller Motorsports Park will go green at 3 PM ET.
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Beaubier & Gerloff Both Obliterate Lap Record At New Jersey Motorsports Park; Beaubier Earns Provisional DSB Pole Aboard His #6 Yamaha Extended Service/ Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6
Millville, NJ – September 13, 2013 – The two-rider tandem of Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff were both well under the qualifying track record in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike at New Jersey Motorsports Park in today’s provisional qualifying session. The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammates were the fastest two riders on the track, and Cameron earned the provisional pole with a blistering lap time that was 1.5 second faster than the previous qualifying-lap record at the track
Following his record-breaking session, which is the fifth racetrack in a row on which he’s broken the track record, Cameron said, “This morning, we started off pretty rough, and I actually crashed towards the end of that session. But, my team did a great job getting the bike back together. We found a really good setup with the soft tire in qualifying, so I was able to put in a bunch of fast laps.”
Garrett said, “I felt really good for qualifying. I think I could have dropped my laptimes even more, but where you are on the track is always so important. I came up on some slower riders there at the end, and it slowed me a little bit. This track is really connected together, so you have to carry momentum all the way around. My bike should be faster in the morning with the cooler temps, so we’ll look to improve some in tomorrow’s final qualifying session.”
After final qualifying for Daytona SportBike tomorrow morning at 8:50 AM ET, DSB Race 1 will go green at 2 PM ET.
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Josh Herrin Takes Over The SuperBike Championship Lead From His Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Josh Hayes In A Tumultuous SuperBike Race 2 At Miller Motorsports Park
Tooele, UT – August 4, 2013 – Fortunes can change quickly in motorcycle road racing, and with the consistency that three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes is known for, sometimes that fact gets forgotten. But today, in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at Miller Motorsports Park, fortunes changed for the worse for both Hayes and his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin. Ironically, though, Herrin’s situation actually improved as a result.
Herrin fought through a less-than-ideal setup throughout the race, but he toughed it out and finished an admirable third, for his second podium finish of the weekend, and his 9th podium out of 11 races so far this season. And, based on his consistent results, the rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 is now leading the 2013 SuperBike Championship for the second time this season.
Hayes, meanwhile, suffered a worse fate. Things began well for the Mississippi Madman, as he got one of his best starts of the season, and it was obvious that his strategy was to quickly get out front and go to work stretching out his lead.
The plan was working perfectly until lap three when Hayes suffered an ultra-rare lowside in Tooele Turn on the 3.05-mile, 15-turn road course. After he and his #1 R1 slid into the gravel, Hayes quickly got to his feet and worked on getting his SuperBike re-fired and back into the action where he could salvage as many points as possible. He raced back up to 18th place, and he was able to collect three valuable points in the Championship.
Based on his uncharacteristic result, Hayes lost the points lead, and is now third in the Championship with two rounds and three SuperBike races left to decide this year’s title winner. But, the Champ is not out of contention yet. In fact, he still very much controls his own fate if he can extract maximum points out of the remaining three races this season.
In the post-race podium press conference, Herrin said, “I was struggling all race long to keep the bike off the ground. I don’t know what it was, but it seemed like it was something with the front tire. Around the middle of the race, it seemed to start feeling better, but by then, both tires were pretty worn. Yesterday was, by far, the best it could have possibly gone for us, which made today so tough to take. It wasn’t our day, but we came out of here with the points lead, so that’s a big plus.”
Hayes said, “I was trying hard, and I fell down. I wanted to put in fast laps right from the start, and try to pull a gap. I made a mistake and unfortunately had a lowside. It was a difficult weekend for us, but we’ll move on to the next round.” The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on the weekend of September 13 through 18 for Round 8 of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship, which is the New Jersey Lottery Devil’s Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ.
Twin-Cam Beaubier Ties Record With His Ninth DSB Win Of The Season And Second Of The Weekend For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Teammate Gerloff 2nd At Miller Motorsports Park
Tooele, UT- August 4, 2013 – Consistency is the secret to success in AMA Pro Road Racing, and the Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team has it as AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 2 was almost a carbon-copy of Saturday’s race from Miller Motorsports Park. Cameron Beaubier once again took the win, which was his ninth victory out of ten races this year, and he tied the record for most DSB wins in a single season.
Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff was, once again, a very close second in a race in which he took a couple of turns in the lead. Also as was the case yesterday, the top-five finishers in today’s race were all aboard Yamaha YZF-R6s in another dominant showing for the crossed-tuning-forks brand.
“It’s really been a dream season for me,” Cameron said after his record-tying win. “My crew of Olly (Hutchinson) and Skye (Girard) have really worked hard to give me a great bike all season long. It was a fun race today, just like it was yesterday. We had an awesome battle out there, and I really enjoyed it.”
Garrett said, “Getting a second at Laguna Seca gave me a lot of confidence coming into Miller, and I’m really happy with my results. I was able to run up front and lead the race both yesterday and today, so I’m hungry for a win.”
With just two rounds and three races left to go in the 2013 season, Cameron has a commanding 87-point lead in the Championship points standings and, on the strength of his strong finishes yesterday and today, Garrett is now in third place.
The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on the weekend of September 13 through 18 for Round 8 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship, which is the New Jersey Lottery Devil’s Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ.
It Was A “Thrilla In Milla” As Josh Herrin Steps Up With A Monster Win In SuperBike Race 1 At Miller Motorsports Park; Teammate Hayes Finishes Third For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Tooele, UT – August 3, 2013 – In what was arguably the best win of Josh Herrin’s entire racing career, the rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 was number One on the track today in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at Miller Motorsports Park. Herrin ran a masterful race and was on the pace from the start, earning a bonus point for leading the most laps in the race.
Also very much in the hunt for the win was three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion and current 2013 points leader Josh Hayes, who got the holeshot to start the race, but ultimately had to settle for third in an excitement-filled contest that had everyone on the edges of their seats, including the SuperBike combatants themselves at the front of the field.
After taking his third win of the season, Herrin said, “It feels really good to win. I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work with training, and it’s paying off for me. I feel like I made a really good tire choice today. It was the one that I was most comfortable with, and I’m glad that it worked out. Miller was where I got my first (AMA Pro Racing) podium (back in 2006), so it feels great to come back here next year and get the win.”
Hayes, who is now just two points ahead of Herrin in the 2013 SuperBike Championship points said, “It was a fun race, and I had a good bike. These boys ran good, and they just beat me today. I’ve got some ideas for tomorrow’s race, and my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team and I are looking forward to coming back out here for Race 2.”
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammates Beaubier & Gerloff Battle At The Front & Go One-Two In DSB Race 1 At Miller Motorsports Park
Tooele, UT – August 3, 2013 – Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha riders Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff are close teammates, but they’ve never been closer than they were on the Miller Motorsports Park race course today in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1. The two battled closely and cleanly all race long, and each rider took turns at the point.
Ultimately, it was Cameron who took the win, which was his eighth victory in nine races this season and his six win in a row. Garrett hung tight with Cameron, and the newly minted 18 year old–his birthday was this past Thursday–actually recorded the fastest lap of any rider on the track, in his final circulation around the 3.05-mile, 15-turn road course.
Garrett also led 10 out of the 16 laps in the race, which earned him a bonus point in the Championship. However, Cameron used his wily racecraft, took the lead late in the race, and rode a defensive line to take the checkered flag first aboard his #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.
The top-five finishers in today’s race were all aboard Yamaha R6s in a dominant showing for the crossed-tuning-forks brand.
“It was really cool racing with JD (Beach) and Garrett,” Cameron said. “We made some changes (to the bike) this morning, and we thought it would be good for the race, but I wasn’t doing the laptimes I’d hoped for. Still, it was a great race, and it’s obvious that the Yamaha is the bike to have in Daytona SportBike with the top five of us all riding R6s.”
Garrett said, “I feel great. I got an awesome start, and I was really glad to get in the lead. It was a fun race, and I can’t wait till the race tomorrow. Our Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6s are the best bikes out there, and hats off to my crew for giving me a great bike today.”
Hayes Lays Down The Gauntlet For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha In Friday’s First Qualifying Session At Miller Motorsports Park
Tooele, UT – August 2, 2013 – In the first day of action at Miller Motorsports Park, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes got off to his usual successful start by earning the provisional pole aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1. Hayes’ teammate and rider of the #2 R1, Josh Herrin, also had a good first-qualifying session, and the 2012 SuperBike Rookie of the Year is currently in third position on the provisional front row.
After the opening qualifying session, Hayes said, “It was hard work today. I’m trying very, very hard, and I’m hoping, after a good night’s sleep, I can put something together for tomorrow. The performance of the tires seems to be dropping off pretty quickly. The cooler temperatures should help us, though, and I would expect to go a little bit faster tomorrow, but we’ll see how it goes in the morning.”
Herrin said, “We did a few things with the bike this morning, and it really helped for qualifying. There are some new concrete patches on the track, and they’re a little tricky to negotiate, but my laptimes were way more consistent through the session than some of the other riders. We’re going to try a couple of other things in the morning and see how we do, but I feel comfortable, and I hope to go faster tomorrow.”
“Bam Bam” Beaubier Breaks Another Lap Record, This Time In Provisional Qualifying At Miller Motorsports Park Aboard His #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6
Tooele,UT – August 2, 2013 – The string of success continued today for current AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship points leader Cameron Beaubier as he broke the track record in provisional qualifying at Miller Motorsports Park aboard his #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6. His teammate Garrett Gerloff, who rides the #8 R6 and was fastest in the morning practice session, currently sits in second position on the provisional grid, with final qualifying to set the pole and final DSB grid scheduled for 8:50 AM MT tomorrow morning.
After his record-breaking session ended–at the fourth racetrack in a row on which he’s broken the track record–Cameron said, “We dialed in my Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6 this morning, and it felt really good during the qualifying session this afternoon. The track is starting to come in a little bit and, being here in the middle of the summer, I think, has helped me go a little bit faster than we have when we’ve come here in the spring. Everything’s going great so far, and I really like riding on this track.”
Garrett said, “This morning, I didn’t think the track was going to be good because there was a lot of dust on it. But, we went out and everything felt fine. I’ve done a lot of laps here at Miller–more than at any other track we visit–so I was comfortable from the start of practice, and I was glad to be P1 after this morning’s session. In Qualifying, everything felt fine, and I was on a fast lap. Going into Turn 5, I may have had the brakes on a little too hard when I hit a bump, and I had a really easy lowside. I picked up the bike, rode it back to the pits, and got on my ‘B’ bike. It felt a little different to me, and I needed to get used to it for a few laps. I started getting back up to speed, but I wasn’t able to put in a really fast lap before the session ended. So, I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning’s final qualifying because, for me, colder temperatures work better here at Miller.”
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Hayes & Herrin Deliver Another 1-2 Yamaha Punch At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Monterey, CA – July 21, 2013 – After going five for five in pole positions yesterday, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion and current 2013 points leader Josh Hayes won his sixth SuperBike race of the season, with his Sunday victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It was the culmination of another perfect weekend for the rider of #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, as he also led all 23 laps of the race from start to finish.
Hayes’ teammate and rider of the #2 R1, Josh Herrin, kept his own SuperBike title hopes very much alive by finishing second to make it the second 1-2 Yamaha finish of the day. And, speaking of “1-2,” with three SuperBike rounds and five races left to go in the season, Hayes and Herrin are still a close 1-2 in the Championship with the younger Josh just 11 points back of the Mississippi Madman.
Hayes said, “That wasn’t how I expected the race to play out, but I’m happy with it. It was a really smooth race for me, and we progressed well through the weekend to get this result today. My teammate got a really good start, and I was determined to come out of the first turn in the lead. It was good to get up front so quickly so I could focus on turning quick laps and just run my race. I’m looking forward to going to Miller Motorsports Park and focus on keeping this thing going. ”
Herrin said, “My plan was to stick behind Josh (Hayes) from lap one, and it sort of went to plan. I had a couple of pretty good bouts with Roger and Martin, and I was able get myself back into second. By then, Josh (Hayes) was gone. Right now, I’m only 11 points behind Josh (Hayes in the Championship points standings) going into Miller, and I enjoy going back there. It’s a good track for me, and I always do pretty well there.”
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action in less than two weeks for Round 6 of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship, which takes place on August 2-4 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Delivers A One-Two Punch As Beaubier Wins & Gerloff Is Second At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey, CA – July 21, 2013 – The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team couldn’t have asked for a better weekend on the worldwide stage at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron Beaubier continued his string of perfect race weekends aboard his #6 YZF-R6 as he earned the pole yesterday in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, and then the northern Californian won Sunday’s race in convincing fashion with a gap of nearly three full seconds over the rest of the field. He also earned the bonus point for leading the most laps in the red-flag-shortened race and now has a 56-point lead in the 2013 Championship.
After the initial start, Cameron slotted himself into the lead pack to survey the field–which is the rider’s trademark strategy–he got into the lead and started working on pulling a gap. Unfortunately, the race was red-flagged and had to be restarted for a 5-lap sprint to the finish. At that point, Cameron abandoned his strategy and got the holeshot on the restart where he immediately began to pull away from the pack.
“I pulled a pretty good gap, and then we had a red flag,” Cameron said. “So, on the restart, I knew that I needed to get to the front a lot more quickly. I got the holeshot, and just put my head down till I saw the checkers. Five laps go by quickly here at Laguna, and I was happy that I won.”
In hot pursuit of Cameron during the race was his teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Garrett Gerloff. Garrett, who hails from Spring, Texas, finished second to Cameron, and ran an excellent race of his own. This was Garrett’s first-ever race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and he scored his second top-two finish of the season, which includes his second-place finish in March at the Daytona 200.
Garrett said, “I’m finally back on the podium! We came into this weekend, and everything was going smoothly. I kept improving my laptimes more and more as the weekend went on, and I’m really happy to get my second podium this year.” Garrett is currently in 4th place in the 2013 Championship points standings.
The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action in less than two weeks for Round 6 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship, which takes place on August 2-4 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.
A Hayes Descends On Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca And Earns His Sixth SuperBike Pole In A Row For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Monterey, CA – July 20, 2013 – Three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes is a perfect five for five in pole positions this season and six for six going back to the final round of the 2012 SuperBike season. Riding his signature #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, Josh was the fastest SuperBike competitor in the morning’s provisional qualifying session at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and he bettered his time in the afternoon’s final qualifying event.
Hayes’ teammate and rider of the #2 R1, Josh Herrin set his fastest time of the day in provisional qualifying, and he will also start on the front row for tomorrow’s single SuperBike race of the weekend.
After earning his sixth-consecutive pole, Hayes said, “It was a pretty good session for me. My team and I worked a little bit on our setup and race pace, and I was able to go a little faster than I did this morning, so that was good. It’s always great to get that extra point for the pole, and I’ve got five of them, so that’s five bonus points. Those points are always important, and they’re especially important this season because we’re all still pretty close in points (in the SuperBike Championship standings).”
Herrin said, “The session got shortened, but it still went pretty well for us. I’m happy to be on the front row, and I’m also glad that I’m going faster in these qualifying sessions. I’ve been working hard on my fitness, and it’s obviously paying dividends for me.”
Tomorrow afternoon’s SuperBike race from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is set to go green at 3:45 PM PST.
Beaubier and Gerloff Qualify 1-2 In AMA Pro Go Pro Daytona SportBike
Cameron Beaubier–like his Yamaha teammate Josh Hayes–is also perfect on the season in DSB final qualifying, as the rider of the #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 also notched his sixth pole position of the season based on the record-breaking lap that he ran in yesterday’s provisional qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff made a huge jump from his fourth-place result in provisional qualifying. Garrett put his #8 Y.E.S./Monster into 2nd place in today’s final qualifying session, and he’ll start right next to Cameron on the front row for tomorrow morning’s single DSB race of the weekend.
Commenting on his pole-position-earning effort, Cameron said, “We made a couple of changes this morning to the rear shock. The fog was a little tricky, but we saw Garrett going faster, and we decided to put in a new rear tire. We didn’t improve on our time from yesterday, but I feel really good about our setup for the race.”
“The bike was really good for me today,” Garrett said. “Every time I go out on the track, I learn something more, and it showed today. I’m really glad that I was able to improve my position, and I’m looking forward to starting the race right next to Cameron on the front row.”
Tomorrow morning’s Daytona SportBike race from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will start at 11:15 AM PST.
Beaubier Notches Another Record-Breaking Performance For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha, This Time In Provisional Pole Qualifying At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey, CA – July 19, 2013 – At his home track, in front of his friends and family, and up on the world stage, Cameron Beaubier shone brightly in the limelight on the first day of AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron piloted his #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 around the picturesque 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course in Friday’s provisional pole qualifying session and laid down a record-breaking, fastest lap that was more than a full second quicker than the rest of the talented field of DSB riders.
After his chart-topping performance–which is becoming a regular occurrence for the 20-year-old northern Californian phenom–he said, “We made some changes after practice this morning, and I put in some solid laps in qualifying. (RoadRace Factory Yamaha rider) Jake (Gagne) ran really well, so I was happy to be able to put my Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha on the provisional pole. I wanted to make sure I put some really good laps in today because the mornings can be foggy here, and conditions in final qualifying session may not be as good as they were this afternoon.”
Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff put his #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha in 4th place provisionally, and he’s determined to improve on that lap time in final qualifying tomorrow morning.
“I’m hoping that we have a fog-free session and cool temperatures in the morning because I wasn’t happy with how things went for me in this first qualifying session,” commented Garrett. I’m on the second row of the grid right now, and I want to be a lot closer to Cameron rather than behind him at the start. I like this track a lot, and I need to show it with my results.”
Final qualifying for Daytona SportBike is tomorrow morning at 9:15 AM PST, and the single DSB race of the weekend is set to go green on Sunday morning at 11:15 AM PST.
For a video recap of last weekend’s historic performance at Mid-Ohio by Cameron and the Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team, go to http://youtu.be/aq_f1vtImHQ
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Hayes Earns Provisional SuperBike Pole At Road America; Three Yamaha R1s In Top Five
Elkhart Lake, WI May 31, 2013 – What do you do when you’re Josh Hayes, the three-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champ, and you’re at Road America, your favorite track on the schedule? You start the race weekend off strong by setting the fastest lap of the day and earn provisional pole, of course!
After the long hiatus that followed Daytona, Josh got back to the business of out-qualifying his fellow SuperBike contenders, and he did so on a breezy, but dry day at the 4.05-mile, 14-turn Road America course.
“It’s going OK so far,” Josh said when asked about his session. “I feel a little rusty, but I’m happy to be back riding my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1. It’s been a long time. I’m a small step ahead of the rest of the guys, so we’ll go from there. I’ve done race distance at a very good pace, and I feel really good about that. We’ve got another qualifying session to go tomorrow, so we’ll try to go even faster.”
Rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, Josh Herrin, made a big jump from the first practice session to qualifying, and he sits in 4th position heading into final qualifying on Saturday morning. Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram qualified in 5th to make it three Yamaha R1 SuperBikes in the top five of provisional qualifying.
Final qualifying is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:40 AM CST, and the SuperBike race will go green later in the day at 3:00 PM CST.
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Earns Provisional Pole In Road America DSB Qualifying; Four Yamaha R6s In Top Five
Elkhart Lake, WI May 31, 2013 – This season’s Daytona 200 Rolex and race winner Cameron Beaubier put his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 on the provisional pole today in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike qualifying at Road America. Including Cameron, four of the top five provisional-qualifying riders were Yamaha-mounted.
After the session, Cameron said, “I’m happy with my lap time, but I’m hoping I can improve on it tomorrow. It was sprinkling a little bit out there, but not enough to worry about too much. There are a couple of places on the track with heavy braking into the corners, and I think the wind was a factor because it affected my times on a couple of laps when I didn’t hit my markers the way I like. But, overall, I feel good about the session and about earning the provisional pole.”
Cameron’s Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff qualified his #8 R6 in seventh place and is provisionally on row 2 going into final qualifying.
That final qualifying session for Daytona SportBike is scheduled for tomorrow at 8:50 AM CST, and DSB Race 1 will go green later tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST.
It was Yamaha Domination As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Wins Road America DSB Race 1; Top Five All Yamaha R6s
Elkhart Lake, WI June 1, 2013 – Cameron Beaubier, rider of the #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 and winner of this season’s Daytona 200, won today’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Road America to make it his second victory in a row early in this 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season.
Cameron started from the pole and got a good jump when the light turned green. He was almost immediately in a battle for the lead, which he secured before the end of lap one. It was a position that Cameron would not relinquish for the entirety of the race, as he led all of the 13 laps in the contest, ultimately taking the checkered flag with a gap of nearly 2.7 seconds over the second-place finisher.
“I got a decent start, and I was trying to save my tires a little bit in the beginning,” Cameron said after the win. “But those guys behind me were racing hard, so I had to pick up the pace. I’m really happy with the win today, and I”m going to go back and try to win it again tomorrow.”
Cameron’s teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6 ran an exciting race, which was his first-ever at Road America. He got the best of his competitors at the checkers to take a well-earned 5th, making it an all-Yamaha R6 sweep for the top-five finishers
Daytona SportBike Race 2 from Road America is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST.
In SuperBike Race 1 From Road America, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Hayes Gets Back To The Business Of Winning
Elkhart Lake, WI June 1, 2013 – Even when you’re the three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion like Josh Hayes, every race win is special and, of course, the points that go along with each win are of vital importance to winning a fourth title. So, after winning Saturday’s SuperBike Race 1 at Road America, the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider was both thrilled and very relieved at the same time.
“I’m really glad to get back to winning races again, and I’m actually relieved,” Josh said after the 34th SuperBike victory of his remarkable career. “We won with a small gap, which is good. We’ll see if we can improve even more for tomorrow’s race, and up our pace a little bit.”
Josh got a good start, but he found himself in a bit of a battle with the now-SuperBike points leader Martin Cardenas. The pair briefly touched at one point in the race, and after that, Josh was able to take the lead and start building one of his patented gaps, which increased to just shy of four seconds by the time he took the checkered flag for the win.
Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, started from the front row and looked poised to finish at least in the top three until a minor off-track excursion shuffled him back in the order. He fought back, though, and managed to finish in sixth-place on the day.
Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram had a go at Roger Hayden in the closing laps, but Larry couldn’t make the pass, and he just missed his second podium finish in as many SuperBike races this season.
Road America DSB Race 2 Was Another All-Yamaha-R6 Top Five, With Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier In 2nd And Gerloff 5th
Elkhart Lake, WI June 2, 2013 – After earning the pole and winning yesterday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1 at Road America, Cameron Beaubier–rider of the #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6–looked to be the odds-on favorite to win today’s DSB Race 2. It was not be, though, as Cameron had an exciting, race-long battle with Jake Gagne–who was also Yamaha R6-mounted–and Jake won the race, while Cameron finished second.
The two Yamaha riders took turns at the front throughout the race, which made for a very exciting race for the fans in attendance at Road America, as well as those tuning into CBS Sports Network. Cooler temperatures seemed to affect tire grip, as both riders were battling for traction, in addition to their battle against each other. Yet, despite the adversity, Cameron had a fastest lap of 2:19.367, which was actually quicker than the lap record at Road America.
“I had a frustrating race. I almost highsided at one point, and I broke the windscreen on my R6,” Cameron said. “Then, later in the race, I almost ran into the back of Jake (Gagne). It was a little bit of a tough day for me, but I’m leading in the points, so I’m happy about that.”
Indeed, Cameron leaves Road America with the points lead in the Daytona SportBike Championship. He currently has a 15-point advantage over Jake Gagne.
Currently sitting in 3rd place in DSB season points is Garrett Gerloff, who is Cameron”s teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6. Garrett matched his fifth-place finish from yesterday with another fifth in today’s race, and it was another all-Yamaha top five just as it was in yesterday’s Race 1.
The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on June 21-23 for Round 3 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Josh Hayes Wins SuperBike Race 2 For A Record Fifth-Consecutive Victory At Road America
Elkhart Lake, WI June 2, 2013 – Three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes will be the first to tell you that he loves Road America, and he’s not just paying lip service to the historic racing venue. With today’s win in SuperBike Race 2, he set a new AMA Pro Road Racing record at Road America with five SuperBike wins in a row on the 4.05-mile, 14-turn natural road course.
“It was a great weekend, and I’m really happy with the results,” Josh said after celebrating with his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew in the winner’s circle. “Both races were tough, and I had to work hard for the two wins I got. But, I’m happy. We closed the points gap a good bit, and there’s a lot of racing left to go in the season.”
Much like yesterday, Josh found himself in a battle with current SuperBike points leader Martin Cardenas. But, once he got past Cardenas, he was able to stretch out a little bit of a gap, which closed up some in the closing laps of the race. Despite the challenge, Josh kept his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 out in front to take the checkered flag.
Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, had a much better day on Sunday than he did on Saturday, as his crew led by chief Rick Hobbs worked hard to make him more comfortable on the bike. The changes helped a lot, as Josh was able to get his third podium finish out of four races so far this season.
“It was a good race for me,” Josh Herrin said. “But, I really wanted to catch Martin. Towards the end of the race, he really dropped the hammer, though. We lowered the air pressure in my rear tire a little bit for today, and it seemed to make a difference, so I’m excited about how that might help me moving forward.”
Josh Herrin is currently in 2nd place in the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship. Fellow Yamaha R1 rider, Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram, is in 3rd place. Making the biggest leap up the standings is Josh Hayes, who currently sits in 4th place in points after just two rounds completed in the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season.
At Road America, Josh Hayes had another one of his signature perfect weekends, in which he earned the pole position, won both SuperBike races, and also led the most laps in both races. So, the defending champ collected all the available points that he could at Road America. And, if he keeps doing that in the upcoming rounds, he’ll find himself back in the championship lead once again. One thing that’s certain is that the unfolding drama in AMA Pro SuperBike is going to be exciting, so stay tuned.
2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship Points (top five after two rounds)
1. Martin Cardenas 105
2. Josh Herrin 92
3. Larry Pegram 75
4. Josh Hayes 71
5. Danny Eslick 66
The next race weekend for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will take place on June 21-23 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Riders Go One-Two In Final Qualifying For Daytona 200
Daytona, FL March 15, 2012 – The two young riders who make up the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Daytona SportBike Team were the class of the field in final qualifying for the 72nd running of the Daytona 200, as Cameron Beaubier earned the pole, and his teammate Garrett Gerloff will start right next to him in second position on the grid.
Cameron earned the coveted Rolex wristwatch for winning the pole, and the 20-year-old from Roseville, CA, continues to earn the utmost respect from his fellow riders for his talent, racecraft, and sportsmanship.
Commenting on his pole-qualifying effort, Cameron Beaubier said, “The track temp came up, and I got a good draft on the last straightaway to the finish. I felt pretty good, and thought I might get a faster lap at the end, but I’m obviously happy to win the pole. The Rolex watch is such a cool thing, and to join guys like Scott Russell and all the other legends who have won the pole and gotten the Rolex, it’s a great feeling.”
Garrett Gerloff, the 17-year-old phenom from Spring, TX, said, “Conditions were a lot better this afternoon, for sure. This was my first Daytona 200 qualifying, so I’m thrilled and I can’t wait for the race tomorrow.”
The Daytona 200 field is set, and the start of the 57-lap event is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 PM. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of the race.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Josh Herrin Scores His First Career SuperBike Victory With A Race 1 Win At Daytona
Daytona, FL March 15, 2012 – Last year’s National Guard AMA Pro SuperBike Rookie of the Year Josh Herrin stepped up big in the first race of his sophomore SuperBike season as he won Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway.
Early race leader Josh Hayes, who is Josh Herrin’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate and three-time and defending SuperBike Champion, suffered a rare mechanical issue with his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1, and he was unfortunately unable to finish the race. That left Josh Herrin, who was shadowing Josh Hayes at the front of the pack, to take up the charge for the team.
Josh Herrin kept his bike in the lead for the remainder of the race and took the well-earned checkered flag at the same track where he won the Daytona 200 in 2010.
After his breakthrough victory, Josh said, “It feels really good to win my first SuperBike race. I did all I could to keep my #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 in the lead, and it all worked out great. I can’t wait till tomorrow’s Race 2.”
Finishing third on the day, in his debut race aboard his Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing/ Yamaha R1, was veteran rider and Ohio native Larry Pegram. After earning the podium finish, Larry said, “My guys really stepped up for me and got my R1 ready. I got a good start and kept myself in third. I tried to push to close up the gap to second place, but I finally had to settle for third. It was a great start to the season for our team, and my new R1.”
SuperBike Race 2 from Daytona is set for Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 AM. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of the race.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Josh Herrin Finishes Second In Daytona SuperBike Race 2
Daytona, FL March 16, 2012 – Following up his first career AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike win in yesterday’s race, Josh Herrin finished second in Sunday’s SuperBike Race 2 at Daytona International Speedway.
Unfortunately for Josh Herrin’s teammate, three-time defending SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes, adversity struck the Mississippi Madman when his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1 expired at the beginning of Lap 12 with a mechanical issue.
Josh Herrin took up the charge for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team and battled with Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing/Yamaha R1 rider Larry Pegram for second place all the way to the finish line, with Josh finishing just ahead of Larry, who was third at the checkered flag.
After the race, Josh Herrin said, “I felt comfortable with the pace while I was sitting behind Josh, and it was unfortunate for him that he was unable to finish the race. I’m happy to get second today after my win yesterday and really happy to be leading in the Championship points.”
“Josh and I had a good battle to the finish line,” Larry said. “And I did all I could to draft past him at the line…but it wasn’t to be. Still, I’m happy to get two podium finishes on my Yamaha R1. It’s a great start to the season for our Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing/Yamaha team.
On the strength of his win and second-place finish, Josh Herrin leaves Daytona with the points lead in the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship.
Cameron Beaubier Wins Daytona 200 For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Daytona, FL March 16, 2012 – In dominating fashion, Cameron Beaubier won the 72nd running of the Daytona 200 aboard his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6. Meanwhile, Garrett Gerloff, who is Cameron’s teammate in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class, finished in a strong second place. The top-five finishers in the Daytona 200 were all Yamaha R6-mounted, and they lapped the rest of the field in a remarkable show of strength for the Yamaha brand.
During the race, Cameron, who earned the coveted Rolex Daytona Cosmograph wristwatch for winning the pole for the Daytona 200, continued his dominance of the 3.51-mile Daytona International Speedway road course. Cameron clicked off consistently fast lap after lap and took advantage of flawless pitstops by his Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha crew to keep his advantage throughout the 57-lap event.
After the win, Cameron said, “What a day. My crew gave me an awesome R6, and our pitstops were just fantastic. The guys gave me a couple of seconds every time in the pits, and I was able to run quick laps the whole day long. It went great.”
“It was just awesome being in the front group, Garrett said. “I’m proud that our team went 1-2 in the race. It was a long race, and I’m really happy with the result. The team gave me amazing pitstops.”
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Cypress, CA October 1, 2012 – At Round 11 of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series, two-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes became the three-time SuperBike Champ, despite facing a rare bit of adversity over the weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The changeable South Florida weather made for a bit of extra drama as Josh crashed unhurt, remounted his #1 R1 and rejoined the race in 20th, and then finished 12th in SuperBike Race One, which delayed his title win by one more day. On Sunday, it all came good for Josh and his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew as “Hurricane” Hayes won SuperBike Race Two and, in doing so, secured his third consecutive title.
Meanwhile, Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, also battled adversity at Homestead-Miami. He finished 19th in Saturday’s Race One after running off the track and suffering a tipover, but then, he bounced back to finish 4th in Sunday’s Race Two.
For an up-close look at the two Joshes in action from Homestead-Miami, check out this video:
Also, in the video, you’ll get to meet Tom Halverson, who is the Team Manager for Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha and has worked for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., for more than 25 years. Tom talks about what a privilege it is to work for Yamaha, as well as with such a great group of team members and team sponsors.
Look for more videos to come from both of the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams: Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha.
It’s Not The Heat, It’s The…Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams Who Stifle The Competition On Friday At Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead, FL September 21, 2012 – The first day was a good one for the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams as the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha and Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha riders got things started at the 12-turn, 2.21-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway in GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing competition.
In AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, Cameron Beaubier was in a class of his own in Friday’s first qualifying session as he earned the provisional pole position by more than a second over his closest competitor. That’s a remarkable feat, considering how tight and twisty the infield road course is at Homestead-Miami.
Commenting on his provisional-pole-winning day, Cameron said, “From the get-go, in practice, my R6 felt awesome. I just felt really good in both sessions. I was pretty sore for the first week after my New Jersey crash, but I’m good to go now, and I’m ready to race.”
In AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, two-time reigning series champion Josh Hayes led the late-morning practice session aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, which was a better gauge of how things might progress through the weekend. That’s because the afternoon’s provisional qualifying session was fraught with rain and wet track conditions that were not conducive to the fast lap times to which Josh is accustomed. Despite the less-than ideal conditions, Josh still qualified in third position, with final qualifying set for tomorrow morning.
“We only got five laps in the dry, and then it started raining,” Josh said. “We talked to the AMA, and we weren’t sure about riding in the wet, but I couldn’t really evaluate the situation without actually riding on the wet track. So, I went back out in the rain and did three or four laps. The track still had a lot of grip in the wet, but the concrete patches were sketchy, and there were a lot of puddles. The wet grass in the runoff areas is a big concern because you slide forever on wet grass, and the walls are right there. I told the AMA that we really can’t race safely in the rain, so I’m hoping tomorrow and Sunday are dry. We want to put on a good show for the fans, and I hope Mother Nature lets us.”
Josh’s teammate, Josh Herrin, who rides the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, cut short his qualifying effort and chose not to go out on the wet track. “I’m hoping the weather is a little better for tomorrow morning’s final qualifying, and we can focus on working ourselves a lot further up in the field.” Right now, Josh sits in ninth place on the grid.
In AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport, Garrett Gerloff spent most of the first day acclimating to a track that he’s never set a tire on before. Garrett was ninth-fastest in the early-afternoon first-practice session, and he followed that up by being tenth-fastest in provisional qualifying. The 17-year-old rider will be looking to move up as he gets more lap time on the new-for-him track in tomorrow morning’s final qualifying.
SuperSport Race 1 will go green at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Daytona SportBike Race 1 will start at 2:00 PM, and SuperBike Race 1 is scheduled for 3:15 PM. All times are Eastern.
If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action from Homestead-Miami Speedway on Speed TV. For the exact days and times of the telecasts, check your local listings, or go to www.SpeedTV.com for more information.
It’s Home, Sweet, Homestead For Cameron Beaubier As He Wins Saturday Daytona SportBike Race In Miami
Homestead, FL September 22, 2012 – Starting from the pole, Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha star Cameron Beaubier won Saturday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race One at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and he stretched out a comfortable lead by the time he took the checkered flag after 23 circulations of the technical 2.21-mile infield road course.
The victory was the sixth out of the past eight races for Cameron, who has been on the podium in 11 out of the 14 races he’s started this season.
After his decisive win, Cameron said, “At the beginning of the race, I felt really comfortable, so I put my head down and concentrated on pulling a gap. I went with the soft tire, and that helped in the beginning, but I really had to conserve towards the end. It all worked out, though, and I’m happy to get the win for my team, and for Yamaha.”
In Saturday’s AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport Race One, Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff finished 8th aboard his #96 YZF-R6, which was two spots closer to the front than his Friday provisional qualifying position in 10th. It was a tough race for Garrett, in his first time ever at the tight and twisty Homestead track, and he suffered from a lack of dry track time due to the morning’s qualifying session being wet.
SuperSport Race Two will go green on Sunday at 1:15 PM, and Daytona SportBike Race Two will start at 2:15 PM. All times are Eastern.
Homestead Is Not Where The Heart Is For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Homestead, FL September 22, 2012 – On the cusp of winning his third AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike championship, fate dealt Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes a cruel blow in Saturday’s Race One at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
On lap 3 of the 23-lap race, Josh suffered an ultra-rare lowside and crashed out. He was able to remount his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1 and rejoin the race, albeit in 20th place. From there, he worked on moving up as many positions as he could before the checkered flag, and he crossed the finish line in 12th. It was Josh’s first race loss since way back in April, and his remarkable streak of consecutive SuperBike wins ends at 10.
Despite the setback, Josh still holds a commanding 86-point lead in the championship standings, with tomorrow’s SuperBike Race Two yet to come tomorrow.
Meanwhile, it looked for a while like Josh’s teammate and rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, Josh Herrin, was in third position and ready to take up the mantle for the team…until adversity struck him, as well. He ran off the track, got in the mud, and fell down. He was able to pick his R1 back up, and he managed to finish the race, but it was unfortunately back in 19th place.
Both Joshes were understandably gutted after the win, but they’re tough competitors and will certainly be back in a big way in tomorrow’s SuperBike Race Two.
That second SuperBike race of the weekend is scheduled to go green on Sunday at 3:30 PM EST.
Surf’s Up For R6 Rainmaster Cameron Beaubier Who Podiums In The Wet And Wins “Big Kahuna” At Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead, FL September 23, 2012 – Sunday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race Two at Homestead-Miami Speedway was declared wet from the start due to thundershowers in the area. In those kinds of conditions, it takes a smooth rider to negotiate the questionable grip encountered while racing in the rain.
There’s arguably no one smoother in the AMA Pro Road Racing paddock than rapidly rising Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha star Cameron Beaubier, who put his #6 Yamaha YZF-R6 on the podium for the 12th time this season. That’s a total of 12 podiums in the 12 races that Cameron has finished in the DSB class this season.
On the strength of his dominant win in Saturday’s DSB Race One, followed by his super-smooth third-place finish in the rain on Sunday, Cameron won the surfboard as the Big Kahuna at the South Florida event. It was an appropriate trophy for the rider who hails from northern California.
After the race, Cameron said, “It took me a little bit to get going in the rain, and I was a little tense, but I just concentrated on riding smooth and not making any mistakes. When I raced 125s in Europe, I had some wet races, but those tracks have quite a bit more runoff than here. Still, the experience helped me, and I’m grateful for it. I’m proud to win the Big Kahuna trophy for my team, who gave me an R6 that’s always fast in any track condition.”
In Sunday’s AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport Race Two, Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff finished in 7th place aboard his #96 YZF-R6. His laptimes were consistent with the leaders, and he was moving towards the front, but the race was red-flagged by a rider incident.
During the race stoppage, dark clouds moved over the track, and there was lightning in the vicinity, so AMA Pro Racing called the race final after only 10 laps, which was just past the halfway point in the contest. Throughout the weekend, Garrett consistently lowered his laptimes the more he rode on the track, so he showed a lot of potential. Unfortunately, the dodgy weather conditions conspired against the 17-year-old rider at his first visit to Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action the weekend after next for the final round of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season. The event is the weekend of October 5th through 7th at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, LA. Don’t miss it!
Who’ll Stop The Reign? NO ONE, As Josh Hayes Wins His Third Consecutive SuperBike Championship
Homestead, FL September 23, 2012 – Dark skies, thunder, lightning, and rain couldn’t curtail the friendly Hurricane from winning the race and the title. Josh “Hurricane” Hayes won his third AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike championship, while also winning Sunday’s SuperBike Race Two at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
As it turned out, Josh actually won the championship before the race even started, since his closest competitor Blake Young decided to sit out the race due to the wet-but-drying track. That wasn’t going to deter Josh from trying to win the race for his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team and his army of fans across the country and around the world.
While some riders chose full rain tires, Josh decided to go out on the grooved intermediate Dunlops on both the front and rear, and it proved to be the right choice. After the start, Josh was able to click off faster laps than the riders ahead of him, and he caught up in short fashion, then put his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1 in its rightful place at the front. From there, Josh was able to pull a gap, which he stretched out to a lead of nearly five second by the time he took the checkered flag.
Reflecting on his 14th race win of the season and his third championship in a row, Josh said, “Today, there was a lot of talk about how to handle the wet conditions. I stuck to my plan of going out on the track so the fans could see the #1 R1 at speed. I pretty much rode around without a slip, and I started thinking that I could make it to the front on the setup we chose. I’m really glad it worked out. It’s great to get a win in the same race that I won the championship.”
Josh’s teammate and rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, Josh Herrin, battled back from his lower finishing position in yesterday’s race and, today, he finished in a solid, drama-free fourth place.
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action during the weekend of October 5th through 7th for the final round of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, LA. Don’t miss it!