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

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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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

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit http://www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing

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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 2015 Miller Motorsports Utah Round

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Scroll down for various press releases and images form the Moto America Miller Round 2015

 

 

 

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Hey! Hey! Hayes Doubles At Miller Motorsports Park To Take Superbike Championship Lead; Beaubier Finishes 2nd, Also Now 2nd In Standings

 

Tooele, UT – June 28, 2015 – Fortunes flipped between the two Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike teammates at high-energy, high-altitude Miller Motorsports Park as four-time and defending AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes won both of Sunday’s Superbike races to rise from second in the standings to a four-point lead in the Championship over teammate and double second-place finisher Cameron Beaubier.

The progression of Superbike Race 2 was decidedly different from how things played out in Superbike Race 1. Instead of multiple passes between the two Yamaha YZF-R1-mounted teammates, Josh, who started from the pole had to work his way into the lead over Roger Hayden, and Cameron got shuffled back into fourth at the beginning on the 18-lap feature event.

With Josh in the lead and building a gap, Cameron worked his way into second as the laps wound down, but the checkered flag flew before he could catch all the way up to Josh. It was a valiant effort from the 22-year-old Californian, and his efforts resulted in the second 1-2 finish of the day for the team and the 11th podium result of the 2015 season for Cameron.

“It’s been an incredible weekend,” Josh said. “My team is such an inspiration to me when I see how hard they work all the time to give me the best bike out there. I’m really happy to be right in the thick of this Championship, especially after I dug myself a little bit of a hole earlier in the season. I’m looking forward to (Mazda Raceway) Laguna (Seca).”

Cameron said, “Honestly, I rode my heart out today. It took all I could to run the laptimes I did. I’ll get with my guys and see what we can do to close this gap to Josh. Congratulations to him, he was ripping here all weekend.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will return to action on the weekend of July 17-19, when the MotoAmerica series shares the world stage at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during World Superbike weekend
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JD “The Jiggy Double” Beach Wins Supersport Race 2 At Miller Motorsports Park; Teammate Gerloff Finishes Third
Tooele, UT – June 28, 2015 – Not far from the shores of The Great Salt Lake, it was another day at the beach for aptly named Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha rider JD Beach as he won MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 at Miller Motorsports Park in convincing fashion for his second victory of the weekend and second double-win outing in a row.

Starting from the pole, JD got a great start, which pretty much decided the 16-lap race as the Kentucky-based rider pulled a gap that grew larger and larger with each circulation of the 3.048-mile, 15-turn Miller road course. It was his seventh victory of the 2015 season and fifth in row with three rounds and six races left to go.

JD’s blistering, fast pace was also motivated by his good friend, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike rider Cameron Beaubier who still holds the lap record for 600cc machines at Miller, which he set in 2013 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6 during his AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike Championship season. Cameron teasingly reminded JD of the lap record earlier in the day.

“Yeah, Cameron was giving me a hard time earlier today about his lap record,” JD said with a big grin. “So, one of our goals was to try and beat his lap record. I came close but didn’t quite get it. Hopefully, we can come back next year and get that record. I’m happy with the win and I’m really excited to get to (Mazda Raceway) Laguna Seca for the next round.”

JD’s Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff also got off the line well and took second position early on, but like every other rider in the race, he wasn’t quite able to match his teammate’s absolutely blistering pace. Garrett battled with Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha rider Josh Herrin throughout most of the race, and then with Bobby Fong, and the Texan ultimately took the checkers in third place.

Garrett said, “We’ve been struggling with the setup and chasing some things. My guys, Olly (Hutchinson) and Kei (Maeda), are working hard to make me comfortable on the bike, but JD and Bobby (Fong) are really upping the pace a lot. We’ll keep working at it and, hopefully, we can get a win or two when we get to Laguna Seca.”

With his double-win weekend, JD is now leading the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship by 44 points over Josh Herrin. Garrett is currently third in the points standings and just 10 points out of second place.

The Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team will return to action on the weekend of July 17-19, when the MotoAmerica series shares the world stage at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during World Superbike weekend.

 

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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike Champ Hayes Adds To His Legacy With Superbike Race 1 Victory At Miller Motorsports Park
Tooele, UT – June 28, 2015 – A big part of MotoAmerica’s mission is to help identify and develop the next generation of U.S. road racers who will take on the world’s best riders in MotoGP and World Superbike. And, while that is already happening, 40-year-old Josh Hayes continues to remind everyone that he is not done yet…far from it, in fact.

In Superbike Race 1 at Miller Motorsports Park, Josh–who earned pole position in Saturday’s Superpole Qualifying event–and his precocious Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike teammate Cameron Beaubier–who is leading the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship–raced virtually in tandem throughout the 18-lap event, with each rider taking multiple turns at the front of the pack. And, in the end, it all came down to the final lap. Josh made a deft pass on Cameron, and it proved to be the deciding maneuver as Josh took the checkers to notch his sixth Superbike win of the season and break the tie in 2015 victory totals that he had with Cameron.

“It was a great race,” Josh commented. “We’ve had good speed here all weekend, and I really love this track. For Cam and I, it was really a lot like a chess match. I kind of think it was easier to lose the race than it was to win. I was able to get past Cameron on that final lap, and that did the trick.”

Cameron said, “I got a decent jump at the start, but Josh got a better one, and then it was close between us the whole race. I passed him a few times and he passed me back. It was a fun race, but Josh kind of outrode me on the last lap. I couldn’t find a way to get past him after he got by me.”

With Josh’s victory, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammates are still first and second in the Superbike points standings, with Josh now just one point behind Cameron for the Championship.
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The Dog Stays Jiggy In Utah As JD Beach Wins Supersport Race 1 At Miller Motorsports Park; Seven Out Of Top Ten Are Yamaha R6 Machines
Tooele, UT – June 27, 2015 – It is now safe to say that Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha rider JD “The Jiggy Dog” Beach is on a roll. At Miller Motorsports Park, the popular Kentuckian won his sixth race of the season–and fourth MotoAmerica Supersport race in a row going back to his double win at Barber Motorsports Park two weekends ago, preceded by his Race 2 win at Road America prior to that. JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff finished second, and Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha’s Josh Herrin finished third for an all-Yamaha-YZF-R6 podium.

JD started from the pole after qualifying as the fastest rider in the morning, got the holeshot, and never looked back. Garrett also got a great start, but it was immediately apparent that, unless JD made a mistake, he was headed for the checkers with his #95 R6’s bit in its teeth. JD rode flawlessly around the 3.048-mile, 15-turn Miller road course and never put a wheel wrong for the entire 16-lap event.

“It was a really good race for me,” JD said. “I really felt good the whole race, and I’m happy that I rode smooth and fast. My training has been a big help for me this year, especially in this heat, and my team, including my crew chief Mike Canfield, has been awesome.”

Garrett said, “I was behind JD, and I did my fastest lap of the weekend behind him. I started making a couple of little mistakes, and JD wasn’t making any. I’m glad to get on the podium, and I know I’ve got the pace to get up there and battle for the win. We’ve got some stuff to work on for tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to it. I really love this track.”

With Saturday’s win, JD is now leading the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship by 19 points over Josh Herrin. Garrett is currently third in the championship.

 

Moto America Round #2 RoadAtlanta Press Releases and Images

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
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Various Press Releases involving the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha Superbike and YamaLube / Y.E.S. / Graves / Yamaha Superstock Teams from MotoAmerica Round 2 at Road Atlanta

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Beaubier Doubles At Road Atlanta, Wins Third Consecutive MotoAmerica Superbike Race Aboard His New Yamaha YZF-R1

Braselton, GA – April 19, 2015 – The first time Cameron Beaubier sat on the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1, he knew that the bike suited him well because it reminded him a lot of the Yamaha YZF-R6 on which he dominantly won the 2012 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship…except for one big difference: the R1′s 1000cc crossplane crankshaft engine.
On Sunday at Road Atlanta, Cameron used the prodigious power of his #6 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 Superbike to notch his second MotoAmerica win of the day and third victory in a row. With the track wet, but starting to dry out, Cameron passed early race leader Jake Lewis and rode smoothly all the way to the checkers.
Cameron’s teammate Josh Hayes, who is the four-time and defending AMA Superbike Champion, didn’t fare nearly as well after his second-place finish in Superbike Race 1. The rider of the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 suffered a rare tipover on the opening lap. He was thankfully unhurt but unable to continue due to a mechanical issue with his bike.
“It was great to get my first double in the Superbike class,” Cameron said. “And it was really good for my confidence to get two wins here in the wet. I felt good on the new R1 all weekend long–in practice, qualifying, Superpole, and in both races. I’m really happy, especially for my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew, that I was able to win both races today.”
Josh commented, “I had a pretty decent race going in the first one today. I got a lap in the lead. I was riding around pretty comfortable, and I think Cam had a little more confidence in the wet than me. In Race 2, I got off the line pretty good, and I don’t really know what happened. It was a very slow crash. It’s typical in the wet because you don’t have much room for error. I was OK, but the bike hit the curb, and I wasn’t able to continue.
“I’m really glad that we were able to get both races in, and MotoAmerica did a good job working around the weather to help us give the fans a good show.”
With four races and two MotoAmerica rounds completed, Cameron currently leads the Superbike Championship with 95 points. Josh is 30 points back of Cameron, and in second place in the points standings.
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha riders and crew will be back in action for round three of the MotoAmerica series, which will take place at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, VA, on May 15 through 17.
Watch Round 2 Of The MotoAmerica Championship on CBS Sports

MotoAmerica Round 2 from Road Atlanta will air on Sunday, April 26, at 5:00 PM with a replay on Sunday, April 27 at 2:00 AM EST.
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Gerloff Breaks Through To Win MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 At Road Atlanta As Yamaha R6 Riders Once Again Go 1-2-3
Braselton, GA – April 19, 2015 – The same three Yamaha YZF-R6 riders who swept the podium in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 at Road Atlanta repeated the feat in Sunday’s Race 2, but the order of finish changed as an overjoyed Garrett Gerloff got the win aboard his #31 Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6. Saturday’s race winner, Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha’s Josh Herrin finished second and Garrett’s teammate JD Beach finished third.

Garrett started from the pole in the rain-shortened race, but RoadRace Factory/Yamaha rider Tomas Puerta got the holeshot. Undaunted, Garrett went about his business of running fast laps, soon passed Puerta to take over the lead, and he stayed there unchallenged all the way to the checkers.

Garrett was glad to get the win and said, “I didn’t know what to do on the cool-down lap because it’s been a while since I’ve won a race! I’m really happy to finally get my first win in this class. This is going to be an exciting championship all year long, and I can’t wait till the next race at ViR (Virginia International Raceway.”

After finishing third, JD commented, “The track was wet and slick, but it wasn’t too bad for me. I’m glad we had that little delay because it helped us quite a bit. Congratulations to my teammate Garrett. He rode a great race.”

With three races completed in the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, Garrett currently leads the championship, and JD is second in the points standings.

After two MotoAmerica rounds in as many weeks, the Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha riders and crew will take a short break. They’ll be back in action for round three of the MotoAmerica series, which will take place at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, VA, on May 15 through 17.
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Beaubier & New Yamaha R1 Win MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 At Road Atlanta, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Hayes Finishes Second
Braselton, GA – April 19, 2015 – The wet track conditions that challenged Cameron Beaubier in 2013 are clearly a non-factor in the new MotoAmerica Superbike era, and aboard his brand-new #6 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1. The Californian rode a perfect race at Road Atlanta to take his second victory in a row, in Sunday’s Race 1. Four-time and defending AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, who also happens to be Cameron’s highly experienced teammate, piloted his #1 R1 to a solid and safe second-place result. It was the third 1-2 finish for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team out of three MotoAmerica Superbike races run so far this season.

With Superbike Race 2 scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 3:20, and with track conditions expected to be wet, Cameron and Josh will dry off, and get ready to race again.
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Yamaha R6 Riders Go 1-2-3 In MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 At Road Atlanta As Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Teammates Gerloff & Beach Finish 2nd & 3rd

 

Braselton, GA – April 18, 2015 – The Yamaha YZF-R6 continues to be the dominant Supersport motorcycle in AMA-sanctioned road racing, and in this new MotoAmerica era, the R6 is two for two in race victories. In Supersport Race 1 at Road Atlanta, Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen/Yamaha rider Josh Herrin won the race, with Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach finishing second and third, making it a podium sweep for the Yamaha R6.

Garrett started from the pole, and he and JD were immediately at the front of the pack, along with Josh, who took the lead in the closely packed group. Garrett was able to get past Josh a couple of times during the race, but Josh moved back into the lead each time. The final lap was a battle, but Josh would not be deterred from taking the checkers and getting his first win of the season. JD held third throughout the race, and his result keeps him in the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship points lead.

After his win, Josh said, “I’m really happy to get this victory. I was a little tense today because I know this track well, and I was probably putting too much pressure on myself. But I settled down once the race started, and everything felt good. That’s the first race I’ve been able to win from the front since New Jersey in 2009. Racing in Moto2 last year–while it wasn’t a great year over there for me–it did teach me a few things, and I think it helped me today to get this first win.”

Garrett commented, “I battled hard with Josh today, and JD was keeping me honest and pushing me forward. We have a really strong bike, and it’s really good in a lot of the areas on the track. I put everything into getting past Josh on that final lap, but it just wasn’t enough. I expect to be racing with these same guys tomorrow, so it’s going to be a great race. Rain or shine, we’ll be going for the win.”

When asked about retaining his Championship points lead, JD said, “Right now, I’m focused on winning races, and I’m not really worried about the points. My Yamaha R6 was working awesome today. When we were doing ’31s’ in qualifying, I was really comfortable. The race pace was a little bit quicker–in the ’29s’–and it caught me out a little bit on the setup. I know the team will give me a great bike for tomorrow, so I’ll try to get that second win, for sure.”

 

Preview of the 2015 Graves R1 Full Exhaust Available SOON!

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Our production 2015 R1 full exhaust system mounted on one of the Yamaha Factory : Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha R1 Superbikes

 

Various Weekend Press Releases from this Weekend’s Final AMA Pro Racing Round at New Jersey Motorsports Park 2014

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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Newly Crowned AMA Pro SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes Ends The 2014 Season With His 48th Career SuperBike Victory

 

 

Millville, NJ – September 14, 2014 – A day after celebrating his fourth AMA Pro SuperBike Championship in the past five years, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Josh Hayes was determined to show why he is the dominant SuperBike rider in the U.S.

 

And he did just that. The man who had won 47 SuperBike races in just the past six years–and all of them aboard the Yamaha YZF-R1–added a 48th victory to his total, in Sunday’s Race 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

 

Josh got off to a great start in the race and was in the lead with Roger Hayden, Martin Cardenas, and Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier close behind. On lap three of the contest, Josh had a bobble, which moved him back to third, and Cameron took the lead.

 

“The Mississippi Madman” fought back from his mistake and caught back up to Cameron. Then, on lap 10 of the 23-lap race, Cameron lost the front of his #2 R1 while leading Josh, and the tipover put Cameron out of the race.

 

“The race was definitely not as smooth as it looked, and with Cameron leading, I felt like I was losing ground,” commented Josh. “But I relaxed and just ran my race. I was running some pretty good lap times, and things were starting to come around. I’m gutted for Cam because I wasn’t sure that I could catch him, and I really wanted a Yamaha one-two. I’m glad to win this last race of the season, though, especially after winning the Championship yesterday. It’s been an awesome season, and I’m so lucky to be racing for Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha. Five straight Championships for Yamaha and the R1 is just amazing.”

 

For the season, Cameron won three SuperBike races and earned three pole positions, and he finished third in the points standings in his first year in SuperBike and on the Yamaha R1.

 

 

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The Fourth Was With Him As Yamaha’s Josh Hayes Quadruples The AMA Pro SuperBike Championship

 

 

Millville, NJ – September 14, 2014 – The rain and tricky racing surface at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Saturday did nothing to deter Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes and his #4 Yamaha YZF-R1 from winning a fourth AMA Pro SuperBike Championship in the past five years.

 

Watch as Josh talks about bringing Yamaha its fifth-consecutive SuperBike title aboard the R1: http://youtu.be/eglOyKBWwBU

 

 

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SuperBike Championship Four For #4, As Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha”s Josh Hayes Wins The 2014 Season Championship

 

 

Millville, NJ – September 13, 2014 – At the beginning of the season, when Josh Hayes traded in the #1 on his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 SuperBike for his trademark #4, it was also an omen. And, in Saturday’s AMA Pro SuperBike Race 1 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, that omen became reality when the #4 on Josh”s bike became a tally of the number of SuperBike Championships that the “Mississippi Madman” has won in his amazing career. For Yamaha, it marked the fifth consecutive AMA Pro SuperBike Championship.

 

What made Josh’s Championship even more special is that he also earned the pole for the race–his fifth of the season–and he followed that up by crossing the finish line first in one of the best SuperBike races of his career. Ultimately, he wasn’t credited with the win because AMA Pro Racing deemed that one of Josh’s multiple passes on Roger Hayden was made under a waving yellow flag. As a result of AMA Pro’s decision, a 20-second time penalty was assessed on Josh, which only moved him back one spot in the official final results and still netted him the Championship with one round still remaining.

 

“I wanted to win the race, and I gave it everything I had,” Josh commented. “I didn’t want to come here and have anyone feel that I was riding around for the Championship. In fact, I wasn’t even really thinking about the Championship too much. I was confident out there despite the (rainy) conditions. I knew that I just had to ride my race and I’d be OK. I had fun today.”

 

Josh’s teammate Cameron Beaubier–riding the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1–finished 5th in the race, which was an excellent result considering that he had a tipover early on in the wet and very treacherous track conditions.

 

With a better weather forecast for Sunday, both Cameron and Josh are looking forward to racing hard for the win in SuperBike Race 2, which will go green on Sunday at 4:00 PM ET.

 

 

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The Yamaha “Fast Four” Are Revved Up For The Devil’s Showdown This Weekend At New Jersey Motorsports Park

 

 

Millville, NJ – September 13, 2014 – The final round of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing Championship is here, and Yamaha will be racing for three potential Championships this weekend.

 

To find out what Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD have been up to since Mid-Ohio and also discover why this round is called the “The Devil’s Showdown,” check out this video: http://youtu.be/WgJv9DCYvnw

 

 

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Hayes And Beaubier Face Off In This Weekend’s New Jersey Devil’s Showdown

 

 

Cypress, CA – September 10, 2014 – The master and the rookie go head-to-head for the last time this season in AMA Pro SuperBike as Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammates Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier will be the main protagonists for this weekend’s Devil’s Showdown, which takes place at the 14-turn, 2.25-mile New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.

 

In addition to SuperBike, Yamaha has an excellent chance to win every AMA Pro Road Racing Championship in which its riders compete, and it’ll all be decided this weekend at NJMP.

 

RoadRace Factory/Yamaha rider Jake Gagne leads MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha’s Jake Lewis by just seven points at the top of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike points standings, and one of the two Jakes–both Yamaha YZF-R6-mounted–will emerge from the Devil’s Showdown as the 2014 DSB Champion.

 

In AMA Pro SuperSport, HSBK Racing/Yamaha R6 rider Dustin Dominguez is just two points out of the Championship lead, and he’ll be riding hard to win the SuperSport title for Yamaha.

 

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier

With a 40-point lead over Cameron in the 2014 SuperBike Championship, Josh is clearly the odds-on favorite to clinch his fourth AMA Pro SuperBike crown in the past five years, which will be the fifth consecutive SuperBike title for the mighty Yamaha YZF-R1.

 

Josh will be the first to tell you he doesn’t believe in “championship preservation,” however, and he’ll be going all out to notch his 7th and 8th SuperBike wins this season, as well as the 48th and 49th SuperBike victories of his stellar career.

 

The “Mississippi Madman” will also be the first to tell you that getting the double win at New Jersey won’t be easy. Not with SuperBike Rookie of the Year-in-waiting Cameron racing a Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 SuperBike that’s identically prepared to Josh’s own R1.

 

Speaking of the R1, Yamaha’s all-powerful SuperBike has won the past five races in a row at New Jersey, and this year, the bike has won all nine SuperBike races so far this season, with Cameron notching three victories aboard the #2 R1 to Josh’s six wins aboard the #4 R1.

 

Cameron is currently leading the standings for the Cortech Performance Edge Award. The Award–along with $2,000–goes to the AMA Pro SuperBike rider who records the fastest lap in the most races during the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season. Josh is second to Cameron by just one lap, so that’s extra motivation for the teammates to run fast laps in New Jersey…not that either determined Yamaha rider needs any extra motivation!

 

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Beach & Gerloff

For JD Beach and Garrett Gerloff, both riders are coming into the Devil’s Showdown with burning desires to finish off their AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike seasons with a pair of wins, and the teammates have been training hard since Mid-Ohio.

 

JD is currently fourth in the DSB points standings, but he’s leading the way in the 2014 Sunoco “Go the Distance” Award and is poised to win $5,000 for racing the most miles this season.

 

Garrett has a special place in his heart for New Jersey Motorsports Park, since his AMA Pro Racing career began in New Jersey, and the Texan also won his first professional race that very same weekend back in 2011. He’ll be looking to get his first career DSB race win, and he’s hoping that his past success at NJMP will give him an edge.

 

Meet The Yamaha “Fast Four” And More At Deptford Yamaha

On Friday night, September 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, be sure to stop by Deptford Yamaha at 1300 Clements Bridge Road in nearby Deptford, New Jersey. Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, and give away posters. Also appearing will be MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha’s DSB Championship contender Jake Lewis, along with Yamalube Westby Racing’s Dane Westby.

 

Watch The Show Before The Showdown

To rev your heart and get you ready for the Devil’s Showdown this weekend, take a look of Yamaha’s preview video: http://youtu.be/kVIzBaWQuog

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
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Josh Hayes Shows How The West Is Won With A Stunning Race Win At Miller Motorsports Park And A Pro Superbike Championship In The Superbike Shootout
Tooele, UT – May 25, 2014 – Three-time U.S. Superbike Champion Josh Hayes today added another Superbike Championship to his impressive racing resume with a win in today’s final Pro Superbike race of the 2014 GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha. The Arai Pacific Nationals event was held on Miller Motorsports Park’s 10-turn, 2.183-mile West Course.

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

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

Next weekend, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action as the AMA Pro Road Racing season resumes with the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Tune In To MAVTV For The Pro Sportbike and Pro Superbike Races

Today’s Pro Sportbike race was taped for airing later on MAVTV. Log on to www.MAVTV.com for the exact time and channel, and don’t miss it!
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Tandem In Tooele As Garrett Gerloff Wins Pro Sportbike Championship With A Race Win At Miller Motorsports Park; Teammate JD Beach Finishes Second In Race, Third In Championship
Tooele, UT – May 25, 2014 – They say you never forget your first professional championship, and for Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff, his first Pro Sportbike title came at the young age of 18. Garrett won today’s 20-lap race at Miller Motorsports Park in dominant fashion, stretching out a lead of more than 11 seconds by the time he took the checkered flag to wrap up the Pro Sportbike Championship in the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike

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

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

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Sportbike

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

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

Meet Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD This Weekend

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

Get Yourself Race Ready With Yamaha’s Latest Video

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

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

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

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

Photos: Brian Nelson

Weekend race results and from Sonoma California’s Superbike Shootbike

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

Superbike Showdown Sonoma California 2014

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After two rounds of the Superbike Shootout, Garrett is tied for the championship lead. The final round of the Shootout, to decide it all in Pro Sportbike, will be May 24 and 25 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.
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Weekend race results and from Fontana California’s Superbike Shootbike

Monday, April 28th, 2014
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superbike showdown fontana 2014

 

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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammates Beaubier and Hayes Both Notch Podium Finishes In Pro Superbike Race At Yamaha SoCal Nationals

 

Fontana, CA – April 27, 2014 - Round One of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha was an absolute barnburner as the dynamic duo of Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes fought hard for the win in today’s Yamaha SoCal Nationals Pro Superbike Race at Auto Club Speedway. At the checkers, Cameron took second place while Josh finished third.

 

Josh led for the majority of the race, but he was balked in the closing laps by a couple of slower riders who not only forced the three-time Superbike Champion off his preferred racing line, but he and his #4 Yamaha YZF-R1 ended up literally off the track. The incident unfortunately pushed Josh back to fifth.

 

Meanwhile, Cameron was also in the lead pack and took up the cause for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team, where he led the 20-lap race for part of lap 17 and all of lap 18. Cameron battled with his old Sportbike nemesis Martin Cardenas for the win, and Martin ultimately got the victory.

 

Josh got back up to fourth place and, right before the finish line, he managed to pass Roger Hayden for third.

 

After the race, Cameron said, “Martin and I had a great battle just like we used to in Sportbike. He was doing a good job blocking the inside line, so I tried to go on the outside and square him up. It was a fun race, and I wished I’d won, but I’m happy to get second today.”

 

“Overall, I feel pretty good about my day,” Josh commented. “I had about five guys come right up the back of me with only about three laps to go in the race, and I went off the track. I fought back and, on the last lap, got a really good drive coming onto the front straight. I passed Rog right at the stripe, so I’m really glad to get on the podium for my team.”

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Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Garrett Gerloff Finishes Second In Pro Sportbike Race At Yamaha SoCal Nationals; Teammate JD Beach Fifth

 

Fontana, CA – April 27, 2014 - In Round One of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha, Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach both finished in the top five of today’s Yamaha SoCal Nationals Pro Sportbike Race at Auto Club Speedway. Garrett finished in second place after a spirited charge to the front, and JD netted a solid fifth-place result, while he continues to acclimate to his new team.

 

Garrett got a good start from the second row of the grid, but a missed shift caused his #8 Yamaha YZF-R6 Pro Sportbike to overrev, and it momentarily shut off as a safety precaution. He quickly got the bike running again and proceeded on his way, albeit a fair distance back in the field. Despite the adversity, Garrett went to work and started moving towards the lead. As the laps wound down, he made his way all the up to second place. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough laps left in race for Garrett to get close enough to challenge for the lead.

 

After the race, Garrett said, “I got a good launch and kind of missed a shift into second gear. The bike revved and stopped running, so that put me in a difficult situation. I didn’t give up, though, and I decided to just work on putting down fast lap after fast lap. I was happy that I was able to get back up to second place and get on the podium, but not so happy that I had a bad start.

If I could have been a bit little closer to the front, I might have been able to fight for the win. I’m glad that we have a race next weekend at Sonoma (Round Two of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha at Sonoma Raceway) because I’m so hungry for a win!”

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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Pro Superbike Riders Beaubier and Hayes Qualify On Front Row For Yamaha SoCal Nationals

Fontana, CA – April 26, 2014 - Round One of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha kicked off Saturday with the Yamaha SoCal Nationals at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, and the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha duo of Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes qualified their Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbikes on the front row for tomorrow’s Pro Superbike race.

 

After his Pro Superbike qualifying session, Cameron, who is slotted into second-place on the starting grid said, “Earlier this morning started a little rough but, the last time I raced here, I was on a little 125cc bike, and this R1 is a bit more of a handful. After a full session of practice, I felt better during qualifying and just tried to get in a bunch of good laps. Obviously the more laps I get in here, the better off I’ll be. The track is challenging on the Superbike, but I’m going to work hard to get a win here.”

 

Three-time Superbike Champion Josh Hayes will start right next to Cameron in third-place on the starting grid for Sunday’s 20-lap Pro Superbike race. “It feels good to be back riding a motorcycle and working to keep the fires burning,” Josh said after Saturday’s qualifying. “I feel pretty good about my laps. I figured out where I want to be as far as setup for tomorrow’s race. We’ll try some things in the morning practice session and make sure we’re ready to go for tomorrow.”

 

Sunday’s Pro Superbike race will go green at approximately 3:30 PM PST.

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Pro Sportbike Riders Have Mixed Results In Qualifying

 

Qualifying for Sunday’s Pro Sportbike race took place on Saturday just prior to Pro Superbike qualifying, and Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 rider Garrett Gerloff will start from row two for Sunday’s race, while Garrett’s teammate JD Beach will start from row four. Saturday was the very first time that Garrett had ever ridden on the 21-turn, 2.36-mile Auto Club Speedway road, and the last time JD raced at Auto Club Speedway was on a 125cc bike in 2007. Both riders will be looking to improve their laptimes in Sunday morning’s warmup, get a good start in the afternoon’s race, and move to the front.

 

Sunday’s Pro Sportbike race will start at approximately 1:30 PM PST.

 

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Auto Club Speedway Abuzz With Yamaha Activities This Weekend At The Yamaha SoCal Nationals

 

Cypress, CA – April 25, 2014 - For the Yamaha SoCal Nationals at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, which is the first round of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha, the tuning-forks brand has lots of fun activities lined up for fans to participate in tomorrow and Sunday at the southern California racetrack.

 

Q&A Session With Yamaha Riders And Crew Chiefs On Saturday

On Saturday, April 26 from 1:30 to 2:15 PM PST in the Media/Rider Center located in the infield paddock at Auto Club Speedway, Yamaha’s “Fast Four,” Josh Hayes, Cameron Beaubier, Garrett Gerloff, and JD Beach, will participate in a Q&A Session that fans and track day participants can attend absolutely free of charge.

 

Yamaha’s Pro Superbike duo and pair of Pro Sportbike riders will have already completed their morning practice sessions on the 21-turn, 2.36-mile road course at Auto Club Speedway, so the Fast Four will be ready to share insights about their fast lines around the racetrack and answer any other questions you might have.

 

Also on hand to answer questions at the Q&A Session will be Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike Crew Chief Jim Roach and Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Sportbike Crew Chief Oliver Hutchinson, so don’t miss this fun and informative event.

 

Two Yamaha Autograph Sessions On Sunday

Twice on Sunday, April 27–from 10:30 to 11:00 AM PST at the teams’ garages in the infield paddock and from 12:15 to 12:45 PM PST at the Yamaha Product Display Area–Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD will be on hand to sign posters and autograph other memorabilia. The Monster Energy and Yamaha Extended Service Umbrella Girls will also be in attendance, so be sure to have your camera ready to snap some photos with the riders and the Umbrella Girls.

 

Yamaha To Honor Military Personnel In Attendance On Sunday

American service men and women who attend the Yamaha SoCal Nationals at Auto Club Speedway are invited to visit Yamaha’s team hospitality area on Sunday, April 27.

 

Special Giveaways And Other Surprises On Both Saturday And Sunday

Brush up on your Yamaha road racing facts and trivia because we’ll be giving away all kinds of Yamaha merchandise throughout the race weekend. You never know who might ask you a question that could result in some sweet Yamaha swag for you to take home.

 

Get Yourself In The Yamaha Road Racing Spirit

Yamaha “Revs Your Heart” like nobody else and, to get things started for this weekend, enjoy our latest video:

 

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