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Sunday, September 9th, 2012
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Jersey? Sure! Josh Hayes Ties Record For Consecutive Poles In AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike

Millville, NJ September 8, 2012 – After setting provisional pole in yesterday’s first qualifying session, two-time defending SuperBike Champion and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes kept his #1 crossplane-crankshaft YZF-R1 at the top of the lap charts and earned his 11th consecutive pole position, which ties him for the AMA Pro Road Racing record in the SuperBike class.

The series has been to nine venues so far this season, including this weekend’s round at the 14-turn, 2.2-mile New Jersey Motorsports Park road course, and Josh has won the pole at every round this year. His record of 11 poles in a row extends back to the final two rounds last season

“I was kind of surprised to see the laptimes as fast as yesterday because of the rain last night, and there were a few damp patches on the track,” Josh commented. “I’ve had four years on my R1, and that’s a big benefit. We know what we have to do to win, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.” Josh has won a total of 11 races so far this season, including eight wins in a row.

 

Garrett Gerloff Puts The “G” In “Garden State” And Finishes Second At New Jersey In First Race Back From Daytona Injury

Millville, NJ September 8, 2012 – After six months of recuperation, rehabbing, training, waiting, waiting, and more waiting, Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff raced hard and finished in a remarkable second place in AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport Race One at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

His Daytona 200 first-practice injury this past March set Garrett back, but he showed steely determination and racecraft belying his 17 years of age in coming back so strong at NJMP, the site of his professional debut last year, in which he won Saturday’s SuperSport race.

Commenting on his first race back, Garrett said, “It feels so good to be on the podium here. It’s not a win but, for me to get second, I couldn’t be happier. Thanks goes to my entire Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team, my family, and everyone who has been encouraging me all these months. I’m looking forward to getting back out there for tomorrow’s race.”

 

Devil On A Blue Bike, As Cameron Beaubier Wins Saturday Daytona SportBike Race At New Jersey Motorsports Park

Millville, NJ September 8, 2012 – The American Red Cross Devil’s Showdown saw a devil on a blue bike blitz the field in AMA Pro Go Pro Daytona SportBike, as Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha phenom Cameron Beaubier worked himself to the front, and then into the lead, on the final lap, winning DSB Race One at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

The victory was the fifth out of the past six races for Cameron, who has been on the podium in 10 out of the 12 races he’s started this season.

After his victory, Cameron said, “After the restart, I got shuffled back a little bit, but I just kept working and got myself back up in the front group where I could try to get to the front. I usually like to make my move sooner than the last lap, but these guys race hard, and I had to wait till the end. It all worked out, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Cameron’s teammate and rider of the #22 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, Tommy Hayden, finished fifth in today’s DSB Race One, with Race Two set to go green on Sunday at 2:15 PM EST.

 

Big Hit Records For Josh Hayes As He Wins Saturday SuperBike Race At New Jersey Motorsports Park

Millville, NJ September 8, 2012 – On the track where he holds the overall lap record and had won five of the past six SuperBike races, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes made it six wins out of the past seven at New Jersey Motorsports Park where he led today’s American Red Cross Devil’s Showdown SuperBike Race One from start to finish.

The result of the race was never in doubt as Josh got the holeshot and immediately pulled a sizeable gap on the rest of the field. When he took the checkered flag after 23 blistering laps, he won the race by more than 22 seconds. It was truly a display of epic dominance by the “Mississippi Madman.”

Josh is also starting to dominate the record books. He’s re-writing history in several categories of the AMA Pro SuperBike series. His nine wins in a row is a new AMA Pro SuperBike single-season, consecutive-win record, and his 12 race wins so far this season moves Josh into a tie for most wins in a single season. Also, Josh takes over sole possession of third place for total career AMA SuperBike victories, with 29.

Following his win, Josh said, “The bike is an incredible machine. The R1 lets me put down fast lap after fast lap, and it never complains.” When asked about his 29 career SuperBike victories, Josh said, “And, all those wins are on a Yamaha. I’m pretty awe-struck by it myself, to tell you the truth. My team, my training program, and my R1… they’re all just the best, and I’m so happy to be where I am.”

Josh’s teammate and rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, Josh Herrin, finished sixth in today’s SuperBike Race One. He was still feeling the effects of his hard crash in Friday’s first practice session and hopes to regroup and come back stronger in tomorrow’s SuperBike Race Two.

That second SuperBike race of the weekend is scheduled to start on Sunday at 3:30 PM EST.

 

Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff Hammers New Jersey With A Two By Five

Millville, NJ September 9, 2012 – Following up on his second-place finish in Saturday’s AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport Race One at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff finished fifth aboard his #96 Yamaha YZF-R6 in Sunday’s SuperSport Race Two.

Garrett, who started in sixth position on the grid, was shuffled back in the early going, but he went to work moving towards the front as the laps wound down. He was in fifth place with three laps to go and about to move into fourth when the race was unfortunately red-flagged and made official on lap 16 of the 19 laps that were supposed to have run.

All in all, it was a very successful comeback for Garrett, who returned to racing six months after breaking his femur in a crash during the first practice session for the Daytona 200 this past March.

The Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action the weekend after next as they travel to South Florida for the Big Kahuna Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Round 11 of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series on September 21 through 23.
Tommy Hayden and Cameron Beaubier Have An Unfortunate Dance With The Devil In Daytona SportBike Race Two At New Jersey Motorsports Park

Millville, NJ September 9, 2012 – The American Red Cross Devil’s Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park was appropriately named, as Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teammates Tommy Hayden and Cameron Beaubier had an unfortunate showdown with the devil that didn’t end well for either rider.

On lap three of Sunday’s 19-lap AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race, Tommy was in second-place, with Cameron close behind in third. Unfortunately, water and dirt on the track in turn 7 caused both Y.E.S/Graves/Yamaha R6 riders to go down.

And, they went down hard. Tommy’s bike went completely sideways, tossing the veteran rider towards the sky, with his #22 R6 also cartwheeling in the air. Cameron, right behind Tommy, also hit the water and dirt, and he and his #8 R6 went tumbling, as well. In addition, two other riders were caught up in the melee.

Tommy was down for a while, as his brother, SuperBike rider Roger Hayden, quickly came to his aid. Cameron got up fairly quickly and went to check on his teammate. Once both Yamaha riders got to their feet, Tommy took a ride in the ambulance, while Cameron went back to the pit area to get ready for the restart.

While virtually every Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew member worked feverishly to get Cameron’s bike rebuilt and race ready, SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes spent time in the pit are with Cameron helping him regain his focus.

Unfortunately, time ran out before the team could get Cameron’s bike ready, and he was unable to restart in third place on the grid. His day was done.

Meanwhile, Tommy was transported to the hospital for further evaluation, and he was obviously unable to restart the race.

When asked about the situation, Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha, said, “It’s a terribly unfortunate situation that just shouldn’t have happened. We all knew that it rained hard last night, and that corner has been problematic in the past. Whether it’s a low spot or just susceptible to seepage, there’s been dampness in that turn in previous years. I’ve got two riders banged up, including one in the hospital, and that shouldn’t have happened. Cameron’s bike was so badly damaged that, try as hard as we could, we just couldn’t get it ready for the restart.”

With the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team back in action the weekend after next, Tommy’s condition will be closely monitored and more information will be forthcoming later this week. Round 11 of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series, the Big Kahuna Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be on September 21 through 23.
Lucky 13 For Josh Hayes As He Wins Sunday SuperBike Race At New Jersey Motorsports Park; Teammate Herrin Finishes Second

Millville, NJ September 9, 2012 – Two-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes set yet another SuperBike record at New Jersey Motorsports Park where, just like yesterday, he led today’s American Red Cross Devil’s Showdown SuperBike Race Two from start to finish.

Once again, Josh got the holeshot and immediately pulled a gap on the rest of the field. Today, his closest competitor was his teammate Josh Herrin, aboard the #2 Yamaha YZF-R1.

Josh Hayes has now won nine races in a row to extend the AMA Pro SuperBike single-season, consecutive-win record that he set yesterday, and his 13 victories so far this season are a brand-new AMA Pro SuperBike record for most wins in a single season. Josh’s 30 career wins bring him to within two victories of tying for second place in total career AMA SuperBike wins.

After lucky win number 13, Josh said, “I’m not superstitious. I’ll take every race win I get, no matter what number it is. Honestly, we don’t talk much about records on the team. We just want to keep winning as many as we can. If we break records and set new records, that’s great because it shows our success as a team. That’s what’s most important to me.”

After a slow start to the weekend, Josh Herrin acquitted himself well in SuperBike Race Two, as he finished in second place. It was the third one-two finish of the season for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha duo.

Commenting on his resurgence, Josh said, “This has been a tough weekend for me, so I’m happy to be able to bounce back and get second today. I owed my team that after all their hard work.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action the weekend after next as they travel to South Florida for the Big Kahuna Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Round 11 of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series on September 21 through 23.

 

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Doctor, Doctor, Give Me The News! Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams Return To Action At American Red Cross Devil’s Showdown In New Jersey

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
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AMA Pro Racing New Jersey Round Graves Motorsports Yamaha

Cypress, CA September 5, 2012 – After a late-summer break in the action, the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams are heading eastbound to south-central New Jersey for Round 10 of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season. The popular event is this weekend at the 14-turn, 2.25-mile New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.
MONSTER ENERGY/GRAVES/YAMAHA/: HAYES & HERRIN

AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha lead rider Josh Hayes is returning to the track where he clinched his second consecutive title last year, and he’s looking to continue to build his considerable points lead towards his third SuperBike crown in a row.

Josh holds the track record at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and he’s won five of the past six SuperBike races at NJMP aboard his powerful, crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1. He’s won a total of 11 races so far this season, including eight wins in a row. Josh has also won the pole at every single track that the AMA Pro SuperBike riders have visited this year, which is a gaudy eight pole positions in a row. Is his going to ease off the throttle a little bit on his remarkable season? “Not on your life,” commented Josh. “I race to win and, in fact, with the points lead that I now have in the championship, I want to win just as badly as ever, if not even more so. I’m chasing destiny now, and building on my legacy in this sport that I love.”

Meanwhile, nipping at Josh’s heels more often than the champ would like is a rapidly rising SuperBike rookie who also goes by the name of “Josh.” Of course, it’s Josh Herrin, who is Josh Hayes’ teammate and rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1. Josh “Holeshot” Herrin has developed a knack for launching his R1 off the starting line and putting himself quickly into the lead or at least in contention for it.

Josh has been on the podium seven times in his past eight starts this season, and he is currently in third place in the SuperBike season points standings. The rookie SuperBike rider is highly experienced in AMA Pro Road Racing, however, and he currently owns the Daytona SportBike track record at New Jersey Motorsports Park, having won one of the two DSB races at NJMP last season and winning both races in 2009 aboard an R6. “I like the track at New Jersey,” Josh said. “The fans there are so awesome, and last year, I gave away my helmet to one of them in the podium crowd. We’ll see if I can have the same kind of celebration this weekend.”
YAMAHA EXTENDED SERVICE/GRAVES/YAMAHA: BEAUBIER, HAYDEN & GERLOFF

Cameron Beaubier’s stock is very much on the upswing. He’s won four of the past five AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike races aboard his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, and he’s coming off the biggest DSB victory of his career on the world stage at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron has been on the podium in 9 out of the 11 races he’s started and, like Josh Hayes, he’s got his eyes firmly fixed on the prize, which is, of course, race wins. “I want to win them all,” Cameron said. “I’m not being greedy, I’m just being realistic. People say I’m a nice guy, but this nice guy doesn’t like to finish anywhere except at the front. I’m healthy, and I’ve got the best team and the best bike out there. Let’s get after it.”

Well, “Y.E.S.,” by all means, get after it, but you’ve got a crafty veteran in your midst, Cameron, and he’s riding the same R6 as you, but with a familiar number. Of course, that’s the signature #22 and fan favorite Tommy Hayden, who is Cameron’s Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammate.

Tommy is currently tied for third place with Cameron in the DSB season points standings, having been on the podium five times this season, but it’s a win that he wants. He’ll have his ever-loyal friends and family from back home in Owensboro with him in attendance at New Jersey, and he’ll being trying hard to do them all proud by notching that elusive win. Tommy has been in contention and in the lead group on many an occasion this year, and no one’s got more experience on the track than the eldest Hayden brother, so don’t count him out just yet.

The third member of the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team, Garrett Gerloff, will get a hero’s welcome at New Jersey Motorsports Park, as he returns to action fully fit from the leg injury he suffered in the first practice session for the Daytona 200 this past March. Garrett is returning to the track where he notched his first professional career road racing victory last fall, at New Jersey in the Saturday SuperSport race.

To begin his comeback, Garrett will, once again, compete in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport series aboard his #96 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.
MEET THE YAMAHA ROAD RACING TEAM RIDERS AT DEPTFORD YAMAHA

On Friday night, September 7 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, be sure to stop by Deptford Yamaha at 1300 Clements Bridge Road in nearby Deptford, New Jersey. Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Cameron Beaubier, Tommy Hayden, and Garrett Gerloff will all be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, and give away posters.

In addition, Josh Hayes will be giving away special commemorative Yamaha 2011 SuperBike Champion T-Shirts to fans who attend the event at Deptford Yamaha and correctly answer the Josh Hayes Trivia Question. To find out how to win, all you need to do is “like” Yamaha on Facebook or follow Josh on Twitter @hayes131.
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AMA Pro Racing Road Atlanta Results

Monday, April 23rd, 2012
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Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Rider Tommy Hayden Finishes Second In Daytona SportBike At Road Atlanta

 

Braselton, GA April 22, 2012 – After a third-place finish in Saturday’s AMA Pro Go Pro Daytona SportBike Race 1, Tommy Hayden moved up a notch on Sunday and finished second in Race 2 on his #8 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.

Just like in yesterday’s race, Tommy got another great start, which put him into second-place on the first lap.

“I’ve always been a pretty good starter,” said Tommy after the race. “It goes back to my flattrack days where, if you don”t get a good start, your race is lost. Good starts are obviously important in this class, too, so it”s something I focus on.”

As is a Tommy Hayden trademark, he rode smoothly in second place and maintained a gap of just 2/10s of a second throughout virtually the entire race, until he encountered a lapped rider on final go-around on the track and had to make the pass in a less-than-ideal spot. That slowed Tommy just enough that the win became out of reach.

“Over the past few years, I’ve been racing in SuperBike, so I’m still transitioning to the R6,” Tommy added. “It’s a fast bike, though, and really fun to ride. I”m happy with the progress we”re making, and I”m looking forward to Infineon.”

Tommy currently sits third in the championship points standings after two rounds and three races.

Tommy will, once again, be riding for the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team at the next race in just two weeks when AMA Pro Racing visits the wine country of Sonoma, CA, for the Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway on May 4-6.

 

 

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Hayes “Rode” Atlanta To A Dominant Win; Teammate Herrin Finishes Third

 

Braselton, GA April 22, 2012 – Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider and two-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes raced his crossplane-crankshaft YZF-R1 to a dominant win in Sunday’s SuperBike Race 2 at Road Atlanta. His teammate Josh Herrin also got on the podium with his #2 R1 for the second time in as many days, notching another well-earned third place.

Josh Hayes made up his mind to get to the front as quickly as possible and try to create a comfortable lead, which he did in short fashion. On Lap 6, Josh clicked off a lap of 1:24.922, which was nearly half a second faster than his pole-position-winning lap on Friday. He maintained a blistering pace throughout the race, pulled a sizeable gap on second-pace Blake Young, and continued to stretch out his lead to more than 5 seconds. As lapped riders came into play, the gap closed up just a bit in the closing laps of the race, but Josh spurred his R1 on and won by a dominant 5.214 seconds ahead of Young, who finished in second.

After accepting the stylish surfboard trophy for being the “Big Kahuna” at Road Atlanta, Josh commented, “I’m glad to put one together here today, and get the win. We changed a few things on the bike for today’s race, and we were able to put down some really good laps. It’s a lot easier on my ticker to get away a little bit and ride my own race. After yesterday, I didn’t expect it to go that way, but I’m happy that it did.”

Just as he did yesterday, Josh earned another valuable bonus point for leading the most laps in today”s race. With those two bonus points, the bonus points for his pole positions at Daytona and Road Atlanta, and his two race wins so far this season, Josh is, once again, leading the SuperBike season championship.

Josh Herrin, who lives in Dublin, GA, not far from Road Atlanta, ran in second place at the start of the race, narrowly missing out on his fourth holeshot in as many races. Josh got into third behind his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate and Young, and then he maintained his position all the way to the end of the 20-lap event. In just the second SuperBike round of his career, Josh had a memorable weekend in front of a throng of family and friends as he earned a pair of podium finishes and has clearly built momentum as AMA Pro Racing heads to the West Coast for the Infineon Raceway round.

Josh said, “It was a really good race, and I had fun. It was good keeping Josh and Blake in my sights at least for the first few laps. I’m happy to get on the podium twice here in front of my home crowd. The R1 is just an awesome bike to ride. I can’t wait to get to Infineon.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team”s next race is in just two weeks when AMA Pro Racing visits the wine country of Sonoma, CA, for the Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Riders Hayes & Herrin Both On SuperBike Podium At Road Atlanta; Hayden Also On Podium In Daytona SportBike

 

Braselton, GA April 21, 2012 – It was a day filled with podium finishes for the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike and AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike.

Reigning two-time SuperBike champion and Road Atlanta polesitter Josh Hayes finished second on his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 in the hotly contested SuperBike race one. His teammate Josh Herrin, who lives in nearby Dublin, GA, earned his first podium in only the third SuperBike race of his career. Josh got the holeshot twice and led from the start in both legs of the race, which was red-flagged when race winner Blake Young took a spill on lap 14 of the 20-lap event. Blake, Josh Hayes, and Josh Herrin all battled for the win, and Blake ultimately notched the victory.

Along with the bonus point that he earned for qualifying in pole position, Josh Hayes also earned an additional bonus point for leading the most laps (13 of the 20) in the race. Josh and Blake are now tied for the lead in the championship.

After the race, Josh Hayes said, “Big congrats to Blake on the win. It was a hero ride for him, and my hat’s off to him. My team gave me a good, competitive bike today, and we led the most laps…but unfortunately not the final lap. So, we’ll look at things tonight to see what we can do to move up a position in tomorrow’s race.”

Josh Herrin said, “When the red flag came out, it gave me a second chance, and I gave it everything I had. I wanted to get on the podium here at my home race in front of my fans. So, I’m happy, and I can’t wait for tomorrow.”

 

HAYDEN THIRD IN JUST HIS SECOND DSB RACE FOR YAMAHA EXTENDED SERVICE/GRAVES/YAMAHA TEAM

 

Tommy Hayden, who is substituting for the injured Garrett Gerloff, rode Garrett’s #8 YZF-R6 to a remarkable third-place finish in just the second AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race of the young season.

About the race, Tommy said, “I got a great start, which was something I was focused on. My plan was to get up there with the front group and see what we could do. We’re getting there session by session. The bike’s really fun to ride, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race.”

Tommy Hayden and his Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 will start Daytona SportBike Race 2 tomorrow at 2:15 PM EST, and SuperBike Race 2, featuring Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha riders Josh Hayes and Josh Herrin, will go green at 3:30 PM EST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecasts of both of tomorrow’s races.

 

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Riders Hayes & Herrin Both Qualify On SuperBike Front Row At Road Atlanta; Hayden Fifth On Daytona SportBike Grid

Braselton, GA April 21, 2012 – In final qualifying for AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike at Road Atlanta, Josh Hayes won the pole position on his crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1. His teammate Josh Herrin will also start on the front row for this afternoon’s SuperBike race. And, in Daytona SportBike final qualifying, Tommy Hayden was fifth-fastest and will start on the inside of the front row, just behind the pole winner.

Josh Hayes, who captured seven poles last season on the way to his second AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship in a row actually earned the pole position and important bonus point based on his fastest time in Friday’s first qualifying session.

Josh Herrin, who lives in nearby Dublin, GA, improved on his qualifying time from yesterday, and he will start from third position on the grid in his first-ever Road Atlanta SuperBike race later today.

Commenting on his final qualifying session, Josh Hayes said, “Conditions were a little bit different this morning than they were yesterday, so I was glad to get in my fastest lap on Friday. I went out and practiced a couple of starts, too, so I’m ready for the race.”

Josh Herrin said, “I was pretty excited about my fast lap and being able to improve on my quickest time from yesterday. I like the way my R1 sounds at this track. I have 50 friends and family coming here, so I’m really looking forward to the race.”

 

HAYDEN MOVES UP IN DSB

In AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, Tommy Hayden and his crew worked diligently to improve on their position from Friday’s qualifying, and it paid off. Tommy, who is substituting for the injured Garrett Gerloff (also on hand at Road Atlanta to meet fans and sign autographs, but not quite ready yet to climb back aboard his #8 YZF-R6), moved up the chart around the middle of the final qualifying session and put himself comfortably in fifth.

Daytona SportBike Race 1 will go green later today at 2:00 PM EST, and SuperBike Race 1 will follow DSB at 3:15 PM EST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of both of today’s races.

 

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2012 Graves Motorsports AMA Pro Racing Teams – Profile Release

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
Graves Motorsports 2012 AMA Pro Racing Teams

Graves Motorsports 2012 AMA Pro Racing Teams

 

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AMA Pro Racing -Rider Comments from Homestead, Miami Day 1 Testing

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
AMA Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Y.E.S. Homestead Testing

AMA Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Y.E.S. Homestead Testing

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha / Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha rider comments provided from a recent AMA Pro Racing press release yesterday from the Homestead, Miami testing.

Quotes from Day 1:

Josh Hayes (No. 1 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1) – “I rode here in 1999 and in 2001, when I rode for John Ulrich, but I think the track has changed a little bit because the banking is different than when I rode it last. I can honestly tell you I didn’t remember too much of it; when I thought of the last turn I thought of Loudon; when I thought of the turn onto the back straight I think I was really thinking of Phoenix; and turn one I think I was thinking of Texas World Speedway. You know, it was like trying to put all of the pieces together as to where I really was. It felt like it was totally new to me, I don’t remember much about it. Things are going okay, we made some progress. As we’re making progress, those guys are moving forward too. We have a little bit of catching up to do but at some point they’re going to stall and hopefully we’ll just keep going until we catch up to them. All in all, I can’t complain.”

Cameron Beaubier (No. 6 Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) – “We are just trying to get the suspension dialed in for when we come back for the race. My bike worked really well all day. The track is pretty cool, it flows really well and it was a lot of fun today. I really like the last section, the right-left, because you just throw the bike around and then drive it out, it’s pretty cool.”

Tommy Hayden (No. 8 Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) – “The day went pretty well, I was happy with it. It nice to get out there and just get a little more relaxed, start trying to get used to a 600 a little bit and get used to the team a little more. We addressed a few small things to get me a little more comfortable. We steadily chipped away at everything today, chipped away at the lap time a little bit. I’m definitely a little more competitive than I was at Daytona. I’m feeling pretty good, I had a fun day. This is a pretty cool track, I hadn’t really ridden here before. I enjoyed myself.”

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Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Replacement Rider Tommy Hayden Testing In Homestead, Slated To Race At Road Atlanta & Infineon

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
Tommy Hayden to Graves Yamaha it's Official

Tommy Hayden to Graves Yamaha it's Official

Cypress, CA March 20, 2012 – Tommy Hayden, who was called into last-minute duty for the Daytona 200 after Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team rider Garrett Gerloff was injured in the first practice session of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike season, is testing today and Wednesday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hayden finished a very impressive 7th in the Daytona 200, and he will continue to race the Number 8 Yamaha YZF-R6 at the next two DSB rounds, including Road Atlanta on April 22-22 Road Atlanta and Infineon Raceway on May 4-6.

Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha, said, “Garrett is on the mend and in good spirits after his unfortunate injury last Thursday. We’ll continue to monitor his progress, and we’re looking forward to his return to the team. He fractured his right femur, and that’s a serious injury. We all want to make sure the bone heals properly. Garrett just turned 16 last summer, so he’s obviously a very young rider. He’s also very talented, too. Garrett, his family, and all of us at Yamaha want to make sure he’s back to 100% before he climbs back aboard his R6. Meanwhile, we’ve got a very experienced and capable replacement rider in Tommy Hayden, who rode for us a few years ago, so we’re at Homestead today and tomorrow, and Tommy is getting more and more comfortable on the R6 with each lap he takes.”

Tommy and his Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier are both testing for the next two days and looking forward to the Big Kahuna Atlanta at Road Atlanta next month. Cameron finished 3rd in last Saturday’s Daytona 200.

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