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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing Legend Hayes Notches Career Superbike Win #60, While Beaubier Finishes Second & Wins A Car
Monterey, CA – July 10, 2016 – In Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Josh Hayes reached another milestone in his record-breaking AMA racing career when he won the 60th Superbike race of his career. It’s a tally that he’s accomplished exclusively aboard the Yamaha YZF-R1.
With the win, Josh – - who is a four-time AMA Superbike Champion–also moved into a tie with Mat Mladin for second place in all-time AMA road racing victories. He is now just four race wins behind Miguel DuHamel for first on that hallowed list.
Superbike win number 60 was easily as exciting as any of Josh’s other 59 premier-class victories. After getting third in Sunday’s Superbike Race 1–a race that he very nearly won, as well–Josh applied his same steely determination to get himself up front and into the lead, which he held all the way to the checkers. This, despite a considerable challenge from the frontrunners, and especially his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate and defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier.
Cameron, who won Sunday’s Superbike Race 1 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, made a strong challenge to pass Josh coming out of the final turn on the final lap of Race 2, but his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1′s Dunlop rear tire protested the move, causing the bike to shake its head in disapproval in order to convince him to settle for second, which Cameron did….begrudgingly.
Cameron’s win and second-place finish clinched the three-event Honda Superbike Showdown, for which he was awarded a brand-new Honda automobile. After accepting the keys from presenter Nicky Hayden, Cameron said that he was going to give the shiny, new car to his mother Tanya.
After the race, Josh said, “This one had the result that I was looking for in the first race! I’m really proud to get this win for my team and for all the fans here today. That was an incredible race and so fun to be a part of. We’ve got a big, long break to think about things before the final round. It’s going to be a pretty exciting end to a very exciting season.”
Cameron commented, “I had a lot of fun this weekend. There was a lot of pressure coming into this race, and I wanted to come out of here with a strong points lead, which we were able to do. Big thanks to all the fans here who came out to root for us here at Laguna Seca. And, also, I want to thank all my friends and family from Roseville and the Sacramento area, who made the trip down here to root me on. They made this weekend very special for me.”
In the Superstock 1000 class, Wheels In Motion/Meen Yamaha’s Josh Herrin clinched the 2016 Championship aboard his #2 Yamaha R1. Josh won Sunday’s Superstock 1000 Race 1 and finished fourth in Superstock 1000 Race 2 to take the title with two races left in the season. Congratulations to Josh Herrin and his entire team.
Following MotoAmerica’s mid-summer break, the Yamaha bLU cRU teams will return to action for the final and deciding round of the Championship, which will take place on September 9-11 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ.
2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings 7/10/16
Pos. Rider Points
1 Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha 298
2 Josh Hayes – Yamaha 269
3 Toni Elias 263
4 Roger Hayden 239
5 Josh Herrin – Yamaha 149
Beaubier Comes Out On Top After A Fight To The Finish In Superbike Race 1 At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; Teammate Hayes Is Third
Monterey, CA – July 10, 2016 – Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca featured a world-class fight between four riders, including Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammates Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes, and in the end, it was defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron who notched the dramatic win, which was his eighth victory of the 2016 season. Meanwhile, four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh, who led the race for several laps, finished third for his 11th podium result in 2016.
After his win, Cameron, who hails from nearby Roseville, said. “At the beginning of the race, I was getting a little nervous because I thought they were getting away from me a little bit. I had to work to catch back up to them, and as the race went on, I felt more comfortable, and I think I managed my tires pretty well, so I would have something in the end. I was able to pick up the pace at the end. I’m really happy to get this win at my home track.”
Josh commented, “It was a fun race to be a part of, and I was glad to lead it. I knew it was going to come down to a battle at the end. My pace was pretty good throughout the race, so I’m really happy with that. We’ll see what we can do to get the win in in this second race later today.”
—————————– Beach Is Out Of Reach As He Clears Off To Win MotoAmerica Supersport Race At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Teammate Gerloff Finishes Third
Monterey, CA – July 10, 2016 – Under sun-drenched morning skies at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha rider JD Beach started perfectly from the pole in Sunday’s MotoAmerica Supersport Race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and immediately began to press his advantage, which has become a patented race tactic for the defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion, who is currently enjoying a five-race winning streak.
JD, who currently sits in second place in the 2016 Championship behind teammate Garrett Gerloff, continues to chip away at Garrett’s points lead with each successive victory. Following Sunday’s MotoAmerica Supersport race, JD is now just 14 points behind Garrett, who finished third in the race for his 13th podium result of the season.
Garrett started from the front row right next to JD, and he also got a good jump. However, while JD was making his getaway, Garrett found himself in a skirmish with French rider Valentin Debise, and it was a battle that continued throughout virtually the entire 21 laps of the race.
“I still have a lot of work to do to try to overtake Garrett, and I’ve got to win both of the next two races, which is not going to be easy because Garrett is riding great,” JD said. “I got off to a really good start today, and I was able to get away. The start is something that I’ve been working hard to perfect, and I’m making good progress.”
Garrett said, “It was a good race. Valentin and I had a great battle, and he was riding really well. I tried hard to get past him, but I just couldn’t make it stick.”
After MotoAmerica’s mid-summer break, JD, Garrett, and their Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team will return to action for the final and deciding round of the Championship, which will take place on September 9-11 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ.
2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings 7/10/16
Pos. Rider Points
1 Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha 286
2 JD Beach – Yamaha 272
3 Valentin Debise 214
4 Cameron Petersen 178
5 Joe Roberts – Yamaha 129
—————————– The Yamaha bLU cRU Brawls Continue This Weekend, On The World Stage At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Cypress, CA – July 6, 2016 – With two rounds to go in the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship, Yamaha bLU cRU road racers Cameron Beaubier, Josh Hayes, Garrett Gerloff, and JD Beach are all in close contention as the “Fast Four” continue their quests for the Championships this weekend on the world stage at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA.
Also, for fans who attend this weekend’s World Superbike event, the Yamaha Display Area in the Marketplace at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be bustling with exciting activities for everyone.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing: Beaubier & Hayes
Currently leading the 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike points standings is defending Champion Cameron Beaubier, who will be aboard his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike this weekend, trying to bolster his 25-point lead over Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate and four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, who will be aboard his #4 R1 Superbike.
MotoAmerica Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) begins at Laguna Seca on Saturday, July 9, at 3:40 PM PST. Superbike Race 1 will go green on Sunday, July 10, at 11:45 PM PST, and Superbike Race 2 is set for later on Sunday at 3:45 PM PST.
Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
Like their Superbike counterparts, Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammates, Garrett Gerloff and defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach are also engaged in an exciting Championship rivalry aboard their equally prepared Yamaha YZF-R6 machines. With seven race wins this season, Garrett is leading the 2016 Supersport Championship by 23 points over JD, who has notched six race victories of his own. Garrett will be aboard his #31 Yamaha R6, while JD carries the big target–the #1 plate–on his Yamaha R6.
MotoAmerica Supersport Qualifying 1 is this Saturday morning, July 9, at 9:45 AM PST, and the Supersport Race is scheduled for Sunday morning, July 10, at 9:30 AM PST.
Visit The Yamaha Display Area In The Marketplace And Take A Ride On A New Yamaha
The Yamaha Display Area in The Marketplace, which is located in the track infield between turns 5 and 6 at the Raceway, will be open Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10, from 8 AM to 5 PM, with motorcycle parking provided at the Display Area for all Yamaha riders. Yamaha Racing apparel and merchandise will be available for purchase. Also, see all the Yamaha models on display, including the new 2017 YZ’s, 2017 Bolt cruisers, and the public debut of the all-new 2017 FZ-10 and SCR950.
You’ll be able to take a demo ride aboard the all-new XSR900, or try out a new FJR1300, FJ-09, FZ-09, FZ-07, or YZF-R3. Demo rides will take place at the Yamaha Display Area in The Marketplace on Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; and on Sunday, July 10, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You’ll need a valid motorcycle license (permits are not allowed), a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection to take your ride.
Meet The Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers And Umbrella Girls
All your favorite Yamaha bLU cRU road racers will be available for autographs during two “Meet & Greet” sessions at their Team Transporters in MotoAmerica Infield Paddock. On hand will be Cameron and Josh from Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing; Garrett and JD from Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha; Jake Gagne from Broaster Chicken/RoadRace Factory/Yamaha; Josh Herrin and Joe Roberts from Wheels In Motion/Meen Yamaha; Richie Escalante and Dakota Mamola from HB Racing/Meen Yamaha; Mathew Scholtz from Yamalube/Westby Racing; Danny Eslick from TOBC racing; Bryce Prince and Jason Aguilar from Riders Discount/Tuned Racing/Yamaha. The Monster Energy and Y.E.S. Umbrella Girls will also be there:
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.”
Cypress, CA September 20, 2012 – Round 10 of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series was a big one for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Two-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes “batted a thousand” once again on his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1 SuperBike as he earned his 9th pole position in a row, his 12th and 13th race wins on the season, and his 9th and 10th consecutive SuperBike victories this year, not to mention leading every lap from start to finish in both New Jersey races.
Meanwhile, Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 R1, battled back from the adversity of a practice-session crash early in the weekend to finish fifth in Saturday’s Race One and a strong second in Sunday’s Race Two.
For an up-close look at the two Joshes in action from NJMP, check out this video:
Also, in the video, you’ll get to meet Jim Roach, who is Josh Hayes’ crewchief. Jim talks about the Dunlop tires that have played a major part in Yamahaâ€™s racing success all the way back to the days of Kenny Roberts and his Dunlop-shod Yamaha YZR500 GP machines.
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.
Most of today’s high performance, four cylinder Sport Bikes have two injectors per cylinder. The Power Commander V connects to 4 of those 8 injectors. In virtually all cases the PCV’s +250% / -100% fuel adjustability allows more than enough adjustment for all but the most radically altered engines. However, we recognize that there are people building heavily modified engines (extreme big bore, turbo, etc) that may require the adjustment of all 8 injectors.
Enter the Power Commander V Secondary Fuel Module. The S.F.M. connects to the upper injector rail using OEM connectors. From there, it is only a single cable connection to the PCV. Once connected, you will be able to adjust both upper and lower injectors by as much as +250/-100%
If the gear position input is connected on your PCV you will have the ability to adjust all of the injectors on a “per gear” basis (a complete map for every gear) as well as the ability to map each injector separately. That gives you up to 48 complete maps!
There will also be a “basic” mode that allows you to have a single fuel table that simply puts the requested fuel change in both upper and lower injector modules at the same time. For those of you that have modified engines that require more fuel than 4 injectors can provide, but do not need the complexity of mapping each cylinder and each gear separately, this setting is for you.
In addition to the increased fuel adjustability the SFM provides, it also allows for the use of the Dynojet Quick Shifter sensor on 8 injector bikes. On earlier Power Commanders an Ignition Module or Stand Alone Ignition Quick Shifter was necessary to use the DQS on bikes with 8 injectors. Now, you can have both added fuel control and shifter functionality at a very low price.
Cypress California, July 21, 2010 – The stars of the MotoGP World Championship made their way to California this week. They’re headed for Laguna Seca, of course, but on Tuesday you could not have been blamed for thinking the race would be held in Burbank.
The suburb north of LA is normally home to a lot of television and film production and star sightings are commonplace, but on Tuesday it was teeming with motorcycle racers… Fiat Yamaha’s championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha riders Ben Spies and Colin Edwards; Yamaha legends Kenny Roberts Sr., Eddie Lawson, and Wayne Rainey – even AMA Superbike championship leader Josh Hayes and Ben Bostrom were all spotted in the nondescript warehouse district near Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport – not a typical transfer point on the way to Laguna Seca.
But avid motorcyclists know that Burbank is also the location of Jay Leno’s famous ‘Big Dog Garage.’ Leno, host of the Tonight Show, is a member of the AMA Hall of Fame. His garage (actually a 70,000 sq. ft. complex with several full time employees) houses over 200 motorcycles and cars – ranging from pioneer motorcycles like his 1918 Pope to an 800-horsepower ‘Ecojet’ car tuned to run on recycled cooking oil. It’s definitely a garage and not just a collection, since virtually every vehicle is licensed and insured; Jay rides and drives all of them.
The latest addition to Jay’s fleet is fast and exotic, even by his standards – an ex-Eric Bostrom AMA Superbike.
“Last Fall, Jay auctioned off a custom Star V-Max to benefit Bailey’s Cafe, a charity that we both support,” said Bob Starr. “We were thrilled with the results of that auction; it benefitted a very worthy cause. But we realized that when he sold his V-Max, it left him without a Yamaha in the garage.”
“We wanted to make sure that Jay had a unique bike, that reflects his uniquely effective role as an ambassador for our sport,” Starr continued. “This R1 Superbike is not something that can be purchased at any price. It is virtually as-ridden by Eric. We put it into storage at the end of the 2008 season. We just asked Chuck Graves of Graves Motorsports to go through it and make sure it was ready to ride again.” The bike was a surprise gift for Leno, who thought he’d only agreed to host a dinner for Yamaha’s MotoGP riders.
It was hard to tell who was more star-struck. Jay and his garage staff met a ‘who’s who’ of Yamaha racing history. But even legends like Eddie Lawson do a double-take when they see the scope of Jay’s garage and workshop. “There are so many vehicles in here,” said Lawson, “that are just works of art.”
Since all his bikes get ridden, it will be up to garage manager Bernard Juchli to find a place to hang a license plate on this factory superbike. When we asked Bernard how he’d manage to register it, he smiled and replied, “I can’t reveal that.”
The job of going through the ultra-trick R1 fell to Team Yamaha’s Chuck Graves. Graves made a few concessions to making the bike ‘streetable’; swapping the Magneti Marelli ECU for a YEC unit, and the race dash for one with a speedometer. But the engine internals, fork, swingarm and more are pure factory unobtanium. “This bike was built before we homologated parts,” said Graves, “so really, a lot of these components just aren’t for sale, at any price.”
In all, over 100 of Yamaha’s ‘friends and family,’ and representatives from Dorna and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, attended the event, which included a great meal prepared by none other than Yamaha-USA’s own racing boss Keith McCarty. Tim Collins of Alpinestars presented Jay with a custom set of leathers to match the bike, and Troy Lee added a fantastic custom-painted Arai helmet, which included signatures and elements from the designs used by the legends and MotoGP riders at the dinner.
When he posed for photos with Lorenzo, Spies, and Edwards he quipped, “Yeah, this is great – I love being the slowest guy in the room.”
After dinner, as the event wound down, the riders prepared to travel up the coast to Laguna Seca and Jay – who works