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
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 Championshipâ€¦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.
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 wasnâ€™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.
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.
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.”