Graves Motorsports looks back at the 2013 race season with the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha race team. Winning AMA Pro Racing titles in Superbike and Daytona Sportbike. Featuring riders Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff. Bikes in the video are Graves Spec Yamaha R1 Superbikes and Yamaha R6 Daytona Sportbikes. www.gravesport.com
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Herrin Wins SuperBike Championship & Hayes Wins Race At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Monterey, CA – September 29, 2013 – Since joining Yamaha in 2005, Josh Herrin has won race after race aboard his YZF-R6 and YZF-R1, and dreamed about bringing home a Championship for the triple-tuning-forks brand. On Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Herrin accomplished his goal. The 23-year-old rider from Dublin, Georgia, finished second in the final SuperBike race of the 2013 AMA Pro Racing season, which earned him more than enough points to win the title.
The winner of the race was Herrin’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate, three-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes. Hayes notched his 8th SuperBike victory of the season, taking the checkers more than 13 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, and he finished the season second in total Championship points.
Third place went to Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing/Yamaha rider Larry Pegram, who matched his season-opening result at Daytona International Speedway, to complete a Yamaha podium sweep.
When asked about his freshly minted Championship, Herrin said, “I think the best word to describe my season is ‘consistency.’ We were really consistent all year. At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t even thinking about the Championship. We were fortunate at Daytona, but I figured Josh would come back, and he did. But, at the same time, we were smart and rode really consistent, and it paid off in the end. Overall, it went great.”
“This has been a lifelong dream of mine,” Herrin continued, “And it’s finally come true. I can’t even explain the emotions right now. Coming around on that last lap, I just filled up with tears. I could barely see where I was going. I’ve never felt that kind of emotion before. It’s crazy, the emotions you feel when you achieve something that you’ve been hoping to do your whole life.”
After his Sunday win, Hayes said, “It was a great weekend. This is two good Laguna Seca’s this year for me. I’ve had a great season, and I’m proud of the things I’ve accomplished. My statistics are good. I was able to get eight pole positions. I think I’ve gotten all the poles except two in three years, which is a pretty amazing run. It’s fun to be fast. And I had a good run of races this year.”
About his teammate’s SuperBike Championship, the Triple Champ said, “I really think the story today is Josh winning his #1 plate. He did what he needed to do and, when the pressure was on, he stepped up.”
Faster By The Dozen As Daytona SportBike Champ Beaubier Notches His 12th DSB Victory Of The Season For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Monterey, CA – September 29, 2013 – Finishing his Championship season in winning fashion, Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier won his 12th AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race this year, with a victory in Sunday’s DSB race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It was also his 10th win in a row in 2013, completing a season of utter domination for the 20-year-old sensation, in a racing class known for its ultra-competitiveness.
Garrett Gerloff, rider of the #8 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, raced in tandem with his teammate Cameron for part of the race, until the 2013 DSB Champ started another one of his signature charges to the front. Garrett stayed in the lead group and almost caught the third-place finisher at the checkers, but he ultimately had to settle for fourth. Garrett completed his first full season of DSB competition on the Championship podium, with an excellent third place in the points.
After celebrating his win and “dominant dozen” in winner’s circle, Cameron said, “I had a pretty big crash in final qualifying yesterday, and I banged up my knee and ankle a little bit. So, I felt pretty stiff this morning in the warmup. In the race, I decided to take it a little bit easy in the beginning. My knee was hurting pretty good but, as the race went on, it loosened up some, and I was able to start putting down some fast laps. My team worked hard last night to get my bike ready for today’s race, so I have to thank them for today, and really, for the whole season. Olly (Hutchinson) and Skye (Girard) are so good at what they do, and I can’t thank them enough. 12 wins this season is awesome, and of course, winning the Championship is, too.”
Everything Comes Up Crazy 8s For Daytona SportBike Champ Beaubier As He Goes 8 For 8 In Poles For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Monterey, CA – September 28, 2013 – In a string that started with a Rolex wristwatch for winning the pole for the Daytona 200, 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Cameron Beaubier completed a perfect record of eight poles out of eight events this season, with pole number eight coming today in final qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron has started from the pole in every DSB race this season, and he’ll do the same tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff will also start on the front row tomorrow, after qualifying third today aboard his #8 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.
Unfortunately for Cameron, though, his final qualifying session of 2013 was not without incident. The northern Californian–who lives just a few hours north of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca– tucked the front of his #6 R6 on the brakes going into turn three on the lap right after his fastest lap of the session. He lowsided the bike and injured his right knee and ankle in the tipover. “It was weird,” said Cameron as his sat quietly and iced down his leg. “As soon as I touched the brakes going into Turn 3, I lost the front. I didn’t even have any time to react. Before I knew it, I was on the ground. I’m not sure how I banged my knee, but I did tumble a lot going through the gravel. I wish we had footage to look at because I don’t really know how I hurt my knee and ankle. I definitely took a pretty good tumble, though.” When asked about his prognosis and plan for tomorrow’s race, Cameron said, “I may meet up with Dr. Bryan (his orthopedist) tonight to have the injuries evaluated. But, right now, my plan is to race tomorrow. That’s what I’m counting on.”
Garrett said, “I’m bummed for Cameron that he had a tipover and got hurt. Hopefully, he’ll be good to go for tomorrow. As for me, I qualified second yesterday, and I actually went faster today, but Im starting third tomorrow. I’m disappointed, but I’m still on the outside of the front row, which isn’t a bad place to start. I’m hungry to get my first win of the season, so I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow morning.”
The final Daytona SportBike race of the 2013 season will go green early on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM PT from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Pure Pole Perfection For Hayes As Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Champ Qualifies First At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca & Notches Eighth-Consecutive Pole Of Season; Teammate Herrin 2nd On Grid
Monterey, CA – September 28, 2013 – In Saturday’s final qualifying session at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes completed a perfect season in qualifying as he notched his eighth and final pole position of 2013, based on his fast lap from Friday’s provisional qualifying. No other SuperBike rider has gone faster than Hayes in qualifying at every AMA Pro Racing event this season.
2013 Championship points leader and Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin improved on his provisional fifth position from yesterday. He recorded a string of fast laps towards the end of today’s final qualifying and put his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 in second position on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race.
When asked about his perfect season of poles, Hayes said, “It’s really cool to consistently be the fastest rider out there, and to earn the pole at every track really shows just how good my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team is. The ultimate goal every weekend is to win the races, but the first step in that process is getting pole. I think it’s something that every team tries for, and I’m proud that we got all eight poles this season.”
“I’m ready for tomorrow’s race,” Herrin said. “I had a much better session today, and I worked methodically on putting down some fast laps. I’m happy with P2 on the starting grid, and I can hardly wait till tomorrow. I really wish the race was today.”
Sunday morning’s SuperBike race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is set to go green at 10:40 AM PT
Number 6 for #6 As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha DSB Champ Beaubier Breaks Track Record For 2nd Time This Season At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey, CA – September 27, 2013 – For the sixth-consecutive time, 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Cameron Beaubier broke the track record. Remarkably, this is the second time this season that Cameron, aboard his #6 YZF-R6, set the provisional pole and broke the track record at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff also bettered his previous qualifying time from July and is second on the provisional grid.
It’s not often that a rider is able to break a lap record at a track where they already set a new record earlier in the season, but that’s the kind of year that Cameron is having. “The track felt a lot better this afternoon with more rubber on the surface,” Cameron said. “So I was able to run some fast laps. I’m glad I broke the track record again like I did when we were here for the MotoGP weekend in July. I want to keep doing my best and improving every time I”m on the bike.”
Garrett said, “I couldn’t get comfortable this morning with so many more riders on the track. But, in qualifying, everyone seemed to be spread out more, so I was feeling better and better with every lap I rode. I got into P2 (second place) on my last couple of laps, and I’m hoping to go faster in tomorrow’s session.”
Final qualifying for Daytona SportBike is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3:15 PM PT, and the race will go green early on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM PT.
Hayes Earns Provisional SuperBike Pole For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; Teammate Herrin Is Fifth
Monterey, CA – September 27, 2013 – In Friday’s provisional qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes was the fastest rider on the track, and he was also notably nearly a full second faster than any of the World Superbike riders in their first free practice session of the weekend.
Championship points leader and Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin qualified provisionally in fifth position. His session was cut short when he tucked the front of his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 in Laguna Seca’s turn 3 and slid off the track unhurt.
After the opening qualifying session, Hayes said, “It was a pretty typical qualifying session, I think. I’m trying to be steady and keep feeling fresh. I’m looking to keep building toward Sunday’s race. After racing (an R1 for the Yamaha Austria Racing Team) at LeMans (in the 24-hour endurance race) last weekend, it took me a few laps to get acclimated to my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 and the Dunlop tires again, but I’m happy to be back on my SuperBike.”
Commenting on his tipover, Herrin said, “I’m really mad at myself because that’s the first time I’ve fallen all year. There were about 10 minutes left to go in the session, and I hadn’t really started clicking off fast laps. I’m glad we’ve got another qualifying session tomorrow.”
Tomorrow afternoon’s final SuperBike qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will begin at 12:40 AM PT, and Sunday morning’s SuperBike race will go green at 10:40 AM PT.
Monterey, CA – September 29, 2013 – Now that the 2013 AMA Pro Racing season has reached its conclusion, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team is pleased to announce that 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Cameron Beaubier will join three-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes on the two-rider team. The announcement was made by Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
For the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike season, Josh Hayes will be aboard the #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, and Cameron will race the team’s other R1 SuperBike, with competition #2 on the fairing.
According to McCarty, “Josh Herrin has been with us since 2005, and he’s been a tremendous rider and great ambassador for the Yamaha brand and all our team sponsors. His long-term goals have always been to win a Championship here in the U.S., and then go and race in Europe. With his 2013 SuperBike Championship and an opportunity awaiting him to race in the Moto2 World Championship, his dreams are coming true. We’re thankful to Josh for all the terrific years he’s given us, and especially for winning the SuperBike Championship this season. We’re looking forward to seeing him race on the world stage beginning next year.”
When asked about his new SuperBike teammate, Josh Hayes said, “First of all, big congratulations to Josh (Herrin) for winning the Championship this year. He really stepped up big this season. I’m looking forward to seeing him race against those boys in Moto2. It’s great to have another American carrying the flag for us. Good luck to Josh. As for Cameron, he had an amazing year in Daytona SportBike, and he deserves to be up here racing the Yamaha R1 and representing Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha in SuperBike. He’s already proven to be a phenomenal rider. I’m thrilled to have him as my teammate for 2014, and I have to say that I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me next season!”
Cameron said, “Congratulations to Josh Herrin on his SuperBike Championship, and also on his opportunity to race in Moto2. It’s going to be cool to see him compete against the world’s best and represent the U.S. As for me, I’m very thankful that Keith (McCarty) has given me this opportunity to continue advancing my racing career with Yamaha. I love riding for Yamaha, and I’m looking forward to racing the R1 SuperBike. And, to have Josh Hayes as my teammate is icing on the cake. He’s helped me so much over the past couple of years, and I really respect him both as rider and a mentor.”
Stayed tuned for more information coming soon about Yamaha’s U.S. road racing plans for 2014, including an announcement of next year’s rider lineup for the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team.
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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Triple Champ Hayes Wins SuperBike Race 2 At New Jersey Motorsports Park, Moves Into Second Place Behind Teammate & Title Leader Herrin
Millville, NJ – September 15, 2013 – In Sunday’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes definitively showed was he is the three-time defending series Champion. With his title defense in definite peril, he led the 23-lap contest from start to finish to record his seventh victory of the season. With the title points for the win, and the two bonus points he earned for setting the pole and leading the most laps in today’s race, Hayes moved into second place in the Championship, with one race left to decide it all.
After his victory, Hayes said, “The race went pretty good. This morning in practice, I knew I was in good shape for the race. I was able to get a good start and run fast laps right from the beginning. I rode well yesterday, too, and I knew that I had good speed. Today, it was the same thing, and I’m happy that I won the race for my team. I’m proud of the way I rode all weekend.”
Current points leader Josh Herrin finished second in today’s race, and he is currently 22 points ahead of Hayes. Herrin’s solid P2 result was his 11th podium finish out of 13 races (which includes 4 race wins) this season.
Herrin said, “It’s been since 2008 that I’ve been trying to win a Championship for Yamaha. I’m not there yet, but I’m knocking on the door. I was really nervous today, but I put my head down and got a good result, which definitely helps towards the Championship.’
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action during the weekend of September 27 through 29 for the World Superbike Weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA. It will be the final event of the season for the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike series.
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2013 Daytona SportBike Champ Beaubier Says “Y.E.S.” To A Dominant Sunday Win For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha At New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ – September 15, 2013 – In his first race as 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion, Cameron Beaubier rode a blistering pace on his #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 to win Sunday’s DSB Race 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
By the time he took the checkered flag, Cameron–who was clearly the class of the field–had pulled a gap of more than seven and a half seconds over his notably fast teammate Garrett Gerloff in second place. Also, along the way, Cameron recorded the fastest lap of the race, which was actually faster than his record-breaking lap in Friday’s qualifying session. It was his 11th win out of 12 races, in a season in which the northern California phenom has racked up more victories in a single season than any DSB rider in AMA Pro Racing history.
“It was a relief wrapping up the championship yesterday,” Cameron said. “So, going into today, I felt good, and I was happy that I could just ride with no pressure. I was able to ride a little more aggressively knowing that I had secured the title.”
Garrett, aboard the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6 rode a very strong race at a track on which he’s had much success in his young career. For the likeable Texan, it was his eighth podium finish of the season.
Garrett said, “My first start wasn’t too good, but on the restart, I got a pretty good jump, and I was able to get up front and ride smooth laps. I couldn’t catch my teammate, so I decided to ride my own race and maintain my position till I saw the checkers.”
The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action during the weekend of September 27 through 29 for the World Superbike Weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA. It will be the final event of the season for the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike series.
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Josh Herrin Extends His SuperBike Championship Points Lead For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha With A Saturday Race 1 Win At New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ – September 14, 2013 – Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike rider and current Championship points leader Josh Herrin put in an amazing performance to win Saturday’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Josh’s hard-fought victory extended his lead to 19 points with just two SuperBike races left to go in the 2013 season.
After winning his fourth SuperBike race this year and earning his 10th podium finish out of 12 races thus far in 2013, Herrin said, “It was awesome! That battle with Martin (Cardenas, who finished in second place) was amazing. It was a lot of fun, and I really wanted to get the most laps led. Whenever Josh went by, I panicked for a second because I had a feeling that he had charged from behind and was going good. I thought I had to keep up with him because I needed this race win. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, and I’m really happy I was able to capitalize on Josh’s jump-start and get an even bigger cushion in the points.”
As Herrin alluded to, ironically, for the second time this season, three-time defending SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes was the first rider to be shown the waving checkered flag at the finish line, but he didn’t technically win the race. Due to a five-second penalty assessed by AMA Pro Racing for “anticipating the start” when the race went green, Hayes actually finished in fourth place on the scoring sheets.
It was a gut-wrenching result for Hayes, who is still in third place in the Championship, but he is now 28 points behind his teammate Herrin. Hayes and his team will regroup overnight, and they’re determined to come back strong in tomorrow’s SuperBike Race 2, which will go green on Sunday at 4:00 PM ET.
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Cameron Hammers ‘Em As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Clinches 2013 DSB Title With Race 1 Win At New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ – September 14, 2013 – Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier will remember this day for the rest of his life, as will his family, friends, and fans. In one fell swoop, the soft-spoken, yet lightning-fast, northern Californian won Saturday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1, clinched the 2013 Daytona SportBike Championship, and set a new record for most DSB wins in a single season.
Despite only needing to score a handful of points to wrap up the 2013 DSB title in today’s race, Cameron was determined to keep his winning streak alive, and he successfully extended it to 8 wins in a row and 10 out of 11 wins this season. Also, earlier in the day, Cameron earned his seventh pole position out of seven rounds for a perfect qualifying record this season.
“It’s an awesome day,” Cameron said. “I can’t thank my Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team enough for all they’ve done for me this season. Also, I’ve got to thank my Mom and Dad, and my girlfriend Kayla for all their love and support. It feels really good to get this Championship for Yamaha.”
In contrast to Cameron’s fortunes, Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff had a day that he’d just as soon forget. While racing in the lead group on lap three, Garrett lost the front of his #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6, and he suffered a mild tipover that put him out of the race.
About the incident, Garrett said, “I thought the left side of my tires had more heat in them than they did, and I was trying to catch up to Cameron and Jake in the lead. With the (cooler) track temps today and the cold tires, I ran out of side grip in Turn 3 and lowsided. It was a mistake, and I’ll learn from it and come back strong for tomorrow’s race. I want to say congratulations to my teammate Cameron. He’s had an amazing season, and my hat’s off to him.”
Daytona SportBike Race 2 from New Jersey Motorsports Park is scheduled for tomorrow at 3 PM ET.
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Hayes Throws Down At The Showdown As Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Champ Breaks Track Record In Friday Provisional Qualifying At New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ – September 13, 2013 – In the first on-track salvo at New Jersey Motorsports Park, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes made a strong statement by breaking the track record during today’s provisional qualifying. Meanwhile, current Championship points leader and Hayes’ Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin was the second-fastest rider on the track.
After the opening qualifying session, Hayes said, “It’s been a pretty good day for the most part. We’re heading in the right direction, and I’m having fun riding the motorcycle. I’m glad to be back on my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 after the break, and I really like riding on this track.”
Herrin said, “We tried a tire in the beginning, and it just wasn’t working for me. So, we changed that, and it made a huge difference. Towards the end of the session, I was finally able to put some fast laps together, but not quite enough to catch Josh (Hayes). Tomorrow morning, we’ll start out (final qualifying) with the setup I ended today’s session with, and we should be in good shape. I’m glad that I have another session to improve my laps.”
Tomorrow morning’s final SuperBike qualifying session will begin at 9:40 AM ET, and SuperBike Race 1 from Miller Motorsports Park will go green at 3 PM ET.
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Beaubier & Gerloff Both Obliterate Lap Record At New Jersey Motorsports Park; Beaubier Earns Provisional DSB Pole Aboard His #6 Yamaha Extended Service/ Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6
Millville, NJ – September 13, 2013 – The two-rider tandem of Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff were both well under the qualifying track record in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike at New Jersey Motorsports Park in today’s provisional qualifying session. The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammates were the fastest two riders on the track, and Cameron earned the provisional pole with a blistering lap time that was 1.5 second faster than the previous qualifying-lap record at the track
Following his record-breaking session, which is the fifth racetrack in a row on which he’s broken the track record, Cameron said, “This morning, we started off pretty rough, and I actually crashed towards the end of that session. But, my team did a great job getting the bike back together. We found a really good setup with the soft tire in qualifying, so I was able to put in a bunch of fast laps.”
Garrett said, “I felt really good for qualifying. I think I could have dropped my laptimes even more, but where you are on the track is always so important. I came up on some slower riders there at the end, and it slowed me a little bit. This track is really connected together, so you have to carry momentum all the way around. My bike should be faster in the morning with the cooler temps, so we’ll look to improve some in tomorrow’s final qualifying session.”
After final qualifying for Daytona SportBike tomorrow morning at 8:50 AM ET, DSB Race 1 will go green at 2 PM ET.
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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammates Hayes and Herrin Dice For The Lead In SuperBike Race 2 At Barber Motorsports Park, And The Champ Prevails
Birmingham, AL June 23, 2013 – Following yesterday’s drama with the start of AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park, the excitement of Sunday’s Race 2 played out completely on the track as three-time defending SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes won his fourth consecutive race of the season. Josh has now moved into second place in the Championship points standings, passing his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin. On the strength of his perfect weekend at Barber–in which he earned points for the pole, both race wins, and for leading the most laps in both races, Josh Hayes is now just 10 points out of the lead.
Hayes, who rides the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, had a much better start to today’s race, and he was in the lead from lap one, with Herrin in hot pursuit. A slight bobble on lap six enabled Herrin to get past the Champ, and Herrin led the race for two laps before Hayes was able to pass Herrin again for the lead. Hayes didn’t relinquish the lead for the remainder of the race, despite a significant challenge from second-place finisher Roger Hayden.
“It was a really hard race,” Josh Hayes said. “I was riding as fast as I could, and I was hitting my marks. It’s a big testament to my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team that I was able to get the win. It was a fun race for me, with my teammate and then with Rog both challenging me like they did. We got all the points we could out of this weekend, and that’s important for the Championship. The time that I’ve spent with my R1, the training I’ve done, and my experienced crew all helped me a lot to make up so much ground, so quickly.”
Josh Herrin commented, “I got out in front, and it felt good to lead a couple of laps. I’m happy that we improved quite a bit throughout the weekend, and I was turning my fastest laps of the whole weekend during the race. I went pretty quick in this morning’s warmup, so I felt like we had found something to work with. I still need to get better at keeping my pace as the race winds down, though…but it’s good to be back on the podium again.”
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on July 12-14 for Round 4 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.
Cameron Beaubier Completes Another Perfect Weekend At Barber Motorsports Park With A Race 2 Win For His Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Team
Birmingham, AL June 23, 2013 – 2013 Daytona 200 winner and current AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship leader Cameron Beaubier won today’s DSB Race 2 to finish off his second perfect-points weekend in a row at Barber Motorsports Park. Just like last year, Cameron–who rides the #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6–earned the pole, won both races at Barber, and led the most laps in both races. It was Cameron’s fourth win out of five races so far this season and, with his maximum points haul from Barber, the northern Californian now leads the Championship by 28 points.
In Race 2, Cameron employed virtually the same strategy as he did in his Saturday Race 1 win, which was to conserve his tires in the earlier part of the race, and then pour on the prodigious power of his Yamaha in the latter part of the contest. The plan worked to perfection for Cameron, who crossed the finish line with a gap of over six seconds over second-place finisher Jake Gagne, who was also Yamaha R6-mounted.
“I had a really good race,” Cameron said after his win. “Today, I felt great and rode a lot more consistently than yesterday. My Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team gave me an awesome bike, and I’m really looking forward to the next race at Mid-Ohio.”
Garrett Gerloff, rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6, got what appeared to be a great start off the line, and he took the point going into turn one. Unfortunately, Garrett’s start was a little bit too good, though, as he and three other riders were assessed a five-second penalty for jumping the start. The penalty shuffled the young Texas talent back in the order, but he went to work and very nearly got third at the checkered flag, ultimately settling for fourth place, which matched his starting position. Garrett is currently in fourth place in the season points standings.
Garrett said “I didn’t really think I jumped (the start) that much, but I did get the holeshot, and I figured I was going to get the penalty. I tried to stretch out a lead because I knew that I would have to make up the deficit. I felt like I rode a much better race than yesterday, but the start definitely messed things up for me. But, we’ll re-group and look for better results in Ohio.”
The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on July 12-14 for Round 4 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike Champ Hayes Plays Beat The Clock To Win SuperBike Race 1 At Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, AL June 22, 2013 – After a confusing start to AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park–due to a number of riders who jumped the start when the race went green–three-time defending SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes faced a challenge from AMA Pro Racing Timing & Scoring as much as he was challenged by his competitors on the track. Despite the adversity, however, Josh won his fourth race in a row, and his fourth out of six races so far this season to move up to third place in the Championship points standings, and only 23 points out of the lead with lots of racing left to go in the season.
Josh, who rides the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, was one of the riders who left the start line just a bit early. He checked up on the first lap and slotted himself into fourth place on the track, but it apparently wasn’t enough of a concession to avoid being assessed a five-second penalty by Timing & Scoring. Realizing that he was racing against the clock as well as the other riders, Josh managed to put himself into the outright lead just before the halfway point, and he stayed there for the rest of the race, which gave him another valuable bonus point for leading the most laps in the contest.
“That was a really fast race,” Josh commented. “I made it kind of a challenge right from the start. I wasn’t really looking at my laptimes in the beginning, and I was just racing the guys around me. I figured there was going to be a penalty, and I had that in my mind. So, in the second part of the race, I knew what I had to do, which was to pull a gap that would make up the time (from the penalty).”
Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, got a good start from his front-row position on the grid, avoided the penalty, and stayed in the lead pack for the first part of the race. He faded a bit toward the end of the race, but still managed to hold onto his fourth-place position when he took the checkered flag. Josh is currently in second place in the Championship points standings, just 16 points out of the lead.
Beaubier Boldly Blitzes Barber With A Race 1 Win For The Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Team
Birmingham, AL June 22, 2013 – Cameron Beaubier, who earlier in the day, broke his own track record to earn the pole in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike competition, won today’s DSB Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park aboard his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6. It was Cameron’s third win out of four races so far this season.
Cameron didn’t get the best of starts when the light turned green, but he got to work quickly and moved himself to the front in very short fashion. As the race progressed, Cameron methodically built a comfortable lead, which stretched out to more than five seconds by the time he took the win.
“We had a really good setup today,” Cameron said after the win. “I just wanted to start out the weekend getting really comfortable on the bike. I conserved my tires a little bit in the beginning, and that helped me because I was able to pull a decent gap as the laps wound down.”
Garrett Gerloff, who is Cameron’s teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6, started from the front row and battled hard in a pack of three riders throughout the 21-lap event, but a slight mid-race bobble shuffled him back in that fast-riding trio, which caused him to have to settle for a sixth-place finish despite nearly snatching fifth position right at the checkered flag.
Garrett said “I got a pretty good start, and I was fifth in the first corner, and in the lead pack. I was able to make a pass and get into fourth. About midway through the race, I spun up coming down the hill and Dane (Westby) and J.D. (Beach) got past me. We stayed pretty tightly bunched up for the rest of the race, and I tried to make a move there at the end. I thought I had fifth, and it was a close finish, but I ended up sixth. We’ll re-group tonight, and I’ll try for a better result tomorrow.”
Daytona SportBike Race 2 from Barber Motorsports Park is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Hayes Earns Provisional Pole In Friday Qualifying At Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, AL June 21, 2013 – With points to make up in the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship, Josh Hayes–the three-time defending title holder and rider of the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1–got to work quickly at Barber Motorsports Park and put himself on the provisional pole in Friday’s first qualifying session. Meanwhile, his teammate and rider of the #2 R1 Josh Herrin improved his laptimes from the morning’s practice and is currently fifth on the grid. He’s looking forward to improving even more in tomorrow’s final qualifying.
After provisional qualifying, Josh Hayes said, “I started the session on a used tire, and I was working to make the bike a little bit easier to ride. I didn’t really feel like I went a whole lot faster than in practice, so it felt pretty effortless, which is a good thing. My Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew always gives me a good bike to start the weekend with, so we usually come off the truck already in good shape. We made some adjustments after practice, and those few clicks here and there really helped me in this first qualifying.”
Commenting on his provisional qualifying session, Josh Herrin said, “We rode our backup bike in this morning’s practice, and we tried running the same shock as last year for most of that session. We also ran a race simulation on the tire. And then, in the provisional qualifying, the first intent was to go out and get a good time in. On the last two laps, we put on a new tire to try to move up, but we got held up a little bit. Tomorrow morning, track temperatures will be cooler, so the laptimes should drop for everybody. Obviously, tomorrow will be all about doing fast laps and moving up on the starting grid.”
Final qualifying for SuperBike is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:40 AM CST, and Race 1 will go green later tomorrow at 3:00 PM CST.
MEET THE YAMAHA U.S. ROAD RACERS TONIGHT AT BIG #1 MOTORSPORTS
After Friday’s first day of on-track action at Barber Motorsports Park, head over to Big #1 Motorsports at 505 Cobb Street in Homewood, AL. Beginning at 6:30 PM, Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Cameron Beaubier, and Garrett Gerloff–along with Meen Motorsports Yamaha R6 riders Jake Lewis and Wyatt Farris–will be there to sign posters and memorabilia, greet fans, and share a few other surprises.
In previous years, the Yamaha riders have traditionally participated in the annual Friday Night Track Walk at Barber Motorsports Park, and they regret having to miss the event this year, but they had a prior commitment with Big #1 Motorsports, and they hope to see you tonight at Big #1.
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Captures Provisional Pole In Friday Qualifying At Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, AL June 21, 2013 – Returning to the track where he had a breakthrough perfect weekend last year–earning pole, winning both races, and leading the most laps in each of those races–Cameron Beaubier put his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 on the provisional pole today in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park, while his teammate Garrett Gerloff qualified fifth and is in the hunt to move up in tomorrow morning’s final qualifying session.
After provisional qualifying, Cameron said, “There’s something pretty special about this track. It really suits me, and every time I go out on it, I enjoy it more and more. I’m feeling really good about my Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6, and I have a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.”
“We’re still working on the bike a little bit,” Garrett said. “It’s not exactly where I want it yet. I went out on track early after the red flag, to try to get some clean laps, but my rear tire was pretty used up by then. I think tomorrow will be better for me, with cooler temperatures in the morning. I’m looking forward to it.”
All Aboard For Birmingham As The Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams Make Tracks To Barber Motorsports Park
Cypress, CA June 19, 2013 – Following a successful race weekend at Road America in Wisconsin, the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams will be back in action this weekend on the 2.38-mile, 14-turn road course at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.
Both the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike Team and the Yamaha Extended Service/ Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Daytona SportBike Team are anxious to build on the huge momentum that they took away from Road America.
MONSTER ENERGY/GRAVES/YAMAHA: HAYES & HERRIN
Three-time and defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes took the maximum points haul from Road America, with his pole position, double win, and most laps led in both races, to move into 4th place in the Championship. Josh, who was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, not far from Birmingham, will be striving for his second perfect-points weekend in a row this season, as he returns to one of the venues where he had a perfect-points weekend last year. The Mississippi Madman is the Boss of Barber (with all due respect to Mr. Barber himself), so he’ll be on the gas and poised to continue his rapid rise in the points to his familiar position at the top of the Championship once again. “We had a great weekend at Road America,” Josh said. “But we need to keep the momentum going at Barber. I want to capture every available point at every race from here on out. It’s as simple as that.”
But, Josh’s rapid rise will not come without a serious challenge from his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate and last year’s SuperBike Rookie of the Year, the equally first-named Josh Herrin, who is currently second in the SuperBike Championship aboard his #2 R1. Josh Herrin considers Barber one of his home tracks, since Birmingham is not far from Dublin, Georgia, where Josh lives. Josh won the first SuperBike race of the season at Daytona this part March, and he’ll be looking to get back in the win column at Barber. Last year at Barber, he ran well and got on the podium in both races, with a 2nd-place finish in Race 1 and a 3rd-place result in Race 2. “I like the layout of Barber a lot,” Josh said. “And, of all the tracks where we race, it’s the closest one to my home in Georgia. Barber is one of the highlights of the racing season for me, so I’m really looking forward to this weekend.”
YAMAHA EXTENDED SERVICE/MONSTER ENERGY/GRAVES/YAMAHA: BEAUBIER & GERLOFF
Just one year ago, the current AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship leader Cameron Beaubier had a career breakthrough weekend at Barber Motorsports Park where he captured the pole position, won both races, and led the most laps in both races to cement his place as a rider to watch in the DSB class. This year, Cameron is, once again, a rider to watch and the odds-on favorite to win the 2013 Daytona SportBike title. He’s already won the Daytona 200 this season, as well as one of the two DSB races at Road America. Cameron will be looking to repeat his magical performance from last year at Barber, by once again earning the pole, winning both races, and leading the most laps on the way to those wins. “Last year at Barber was a dream weekend for me,” Cameron commented. “I love the track down there, and I’m going to try my best to equal my performance from last year. It won’t be easy, but I’ve got another year of DSB experience under my belt, so I’m heading to Barber with a lot of confidence.”
He’ll have stiff competition from right within his own Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team, as the rider of the #8 Yamaha YZF-R6 Garrett Gerloff counts Barber Motorsports Park among his favorite tracks. The central Alabama venue is not all that far from Garrett”s home in Spring, TX. Garrett is currently 3rd in the 2013 DSB Championship, and he’ll be racing hard for his first career win in the highly competitive class. “Before we moved to Texas, my family and I used to live only about 15 minutes from Barber, in Trussville, Alabama.” Garrett said. “So, Barber Motorsports Park is a special place for me. I’m really looking forward to racing there again and, hopefully, I can give my teammate (Cameron) a good battle at the front.”
MEET THE YAMAHA U.S. ROAD RACERS AT BIG #1 MOTORSPORTS
After Friday’s first day of on-track action at Barber Motorsports Park, head over to Big #1 Motorsports at 505 Cobb Street in Homewood, AL. Beginning at 6:30 PM, Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Cameron Beaubier, and Garrett Gerloff–along with Meen Motorsports Yamaha R6 riders Jake Lewis and Wyatt Farris–will be there to sign posters and memorabilia, greet fans, and share a few other surprises. Don’t miss the fun.
BID A FOND FAREWELL TO A LONG-TIME YAMAHA TEAMMATE
Barber will be the final official race weekend for Pat Muras, Yamaha team transporter driver extraordinaire, expert Yamaha hospitality cook, and faithful Yamaha employee for the past 20 years. Stop by and wish Pat a fond farewell. He’s a dear friend, tireless worker, and an awesome guy, and he’ll be terribly missed at Yamaha and throughout the entire AMA Pro Racing paddock.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Hayes Earns Provisional SuperBike Pole At Road America; Three Yamaha R1s In Top Five
Elkhart Lake, WI May 31, 2013 – What do you do when you’re Josh Hayes, the three-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champ, and you’re at Road America, your favorite track on the schedule? You start the race weekend off strong by setting the fastest lap of the day and earn provisional pole, of course!
After the long hiatus that followed Daytona, Josh got back to the business of out-qualifying his fellow SuperBike contenders, and he did so on a breezy, but dry day at the 4.05-mile, 14-turn Road America course.
“It’s going OK so far,” Josh said when asked about his session. “I feel a little rusty, but I’m happy to be back riding my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1. It’s been a long time. I’m a small step ahead of the rest of the guys, so we’ll go from there. I’ve done race distance at a very good pace, and I feel really good about that. We’ve got another qualifying session to go tomorrow, so we’ll try to go even faster.”
Rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, Josh Herrin, made a big jump from the first practice session to qualifying, and he sits in 4th position heading into final qualifying on Saturday morning. Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram qualified in 5th to make it three Yamaha R1 SuperBikes in the top five of provisional qualifying.
Final qualifying is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:40 AM CST, and the SuperBike race will go green later in the day at 3:00 PM CST.
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Earns Provisional Pole In Road America DSB Qualifying; Four Yamaha R6s In Top Five
Elkhart Lake, WI May 31, 2013 – This season’s Daytona 200 Rolex and race winner Cameron Beaubier put his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 on the provisional pole today in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike qualifying at Road America. Including Cameron, four of the top five provisional-qualifying riders were Yamaha-mounted.
After the session, Cameron said, “I’m happy with my lap time, but I’m hoping I can improve on it tomorrow. It was sprinkling a little bit out there, but not enough to worry about too much. There are a couple of places on the track with heavy braking into the corners, and I think the wind was a factor because it affected my times on a couple of laps when I didn’t hit my markers the way I like. But, overall, I feel good about the session and about earning the provisional pole.”
Cameron’s Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff qualified his #8 R6 in seventh place and is provisionally on row 2 going into final qualifying.
That final qualifying session for Daytona SportBike is scheduled for tomorrow at 8:50 AM CST, and DSB Race 1 will go green later tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST.
It was Yamaha Domination As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Wins Road America DSB Race 1; Top Five All Yamaha R6s
Elkhart Lake, WI June 1, 2013 – Cameron Beaubier, rider of the #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 and winner of this season’s Daytona 200, won today’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Road America to make it his second victory in a row early in this 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season.
Cameron started from the pole and got a good jump when the light turned green. He was almost immediately in a battle for the lead, which he secured before the end of lap one. It was a position that Cameron would not relinquish for the entirety of the race, as he led all of the 13 laps in the contest, ultimately taking the checkered flag with a gap of nearly 2.7 seconds over the second-place finisher.
“I got a decent start, and I was trying to save my tires a little bit in the beginning,” Cameron said after the win. “But those guys behind me were racing hard, so I had to pick up the pace. I’m really happy with the win today, and I”m going to go back and try to win it again tomorrow.”
Cameron’s teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6 ran an exciting race, which was his first-ever at Road America. He got the best of his competitors at the checkers to take a well-earned 5th, making it an all-Yamaha R6 sweep for the top-five finishers
Daytona SportBike Race 2 from Road America is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST.
In SuperBike Race 1 From Road America, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Hayes Gets Back To The Business Of Winning
Elkhart Lake, WI June 1, 2013 – Even when you’re the three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion like Josh Hayes, every race win is special and, of course, the points that go along with each win are of vital importance to winning a fourth title. So, after winning Saturday’s SuperBike Race 1 at Road America, the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider was both thrilled and very relieved at the same time.
“I’m really glad to get back to winning races again, and I’m actually relieved,” Josh said after the 34th SuperBike victory of his remarkable career. “We won with a small gap, which is good. We’ll see if we can improve even more for tomorrow’s race, and up our pace a little bit.”
Josh got a good start, but he found himself in a bit of a battle with the now-SuperBike points leader Martin Cardenas. The pair briefly touched at one point in the race, and after that, Josh was able to take the lead and start building one of his patented gaps, which increased to just shy of four seconds by the time he took the checkered flag for the win.
Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, started from the front row and looked poised to finish at least in the top three until a minor off-track excursion shuffled him back in the order. He fought back, though, and managed to finish in sixth-place on the day.
Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram had a go at Roger Hayden in the closing laps, but Larry couldn’t make the pass, and he just missed his second podium finish in as many SuperBike races this season.
Road America DSB Race 2 Was Another All-Yamaha-R6 Top Five, With Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier In 2nd And Gerloff 5th
Elkhart Lake, WI June 2, 2013 – After earning the pole and winning yesterday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1 at Road America, Cameron Beaubier–rider of the #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6–looked to be the odds-on favorite to win today’s DSB Race 2. It was not be, though, as Cameron had an exciting, race-long battle with Jake Gagne–who was also Yamaha R6-mounted–and Jake won the race, while Cameron finished second.
The two Yamaha riders took turns at the front throughout the race, which made for a very exciting race for the fans in attendance at Road America, as well as those tuning into CBS Sports Network. Cooler temperatures seemed to affect tire grip, as both riders were battling for traction, in addition to their battle against each other. Yet, despite the adversity, Cameron had a fastest lap of 2:19.367, which was actually quicker than the lap record at Road America.
“I had a frustrating race. I almost highsided at one point, and I broke the windscreen on my R6,” Cameron said. “Then, later in the race, I almost ran into the back of Jake (Gagne). It was a little bit of a tough day for me, but I’m leading in the points, so I’m happy about that.”
Indeed, Cameron leaves Road America with the points lead in the Daytona SportBike Championship. He currently has a 15-point advantage over Jake Gagne.
Currently sitting in 3rd place in DSB season points is Garrett Gerloff, who is Cameron”s teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6. Garrett matched his fifth-place finish from yesterday with another fifth in today’s race, and it was another all-Yamaha top five just as it was in yesterday’s Race 1.
The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on June 21-23 for Round 3 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Josh Hayes Wins SuperBike Race 2 For A Record Fifth-Consecutive Victory At Road America
Elkhart Lake, WI June 2, 2013 – Three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes will be the first to tell you that he loves Road America, and he’s not just paying lip service to the historic racing venue. With today’s win in SuperBike Race 2, he set a new AMA Pro Road Racing record at Road America with five SuperBike wins in a row on the 4.05-mile, 14-turn natural road course.
“It was a great weekend, and I’m really happy with the results,” Josh said after celebrating with his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew in the winner’s circle. “Both races were tough, and I had to work hard for the two wins I got. But, I’m happy. We closed the points gap a good bit, and there’s a lot of racing left to go in the season.”
Much like yesterday, Josh found himself in a battle with current SuperBike points leader Martin Cardenas. But, once he got past Cardenas, he was able to stretch out a little bit of a gap, which closed up some in the closing laps of the race. Despite the challenge, Josh kept his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 out in front to take the checkered flag.
Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, had a much better day on Sunday than he did on Saturday, as his crew led by chief Rick Hobbs worked hard to make him more comfortable on the bike. The changes helped a lot, as Josh was able to get his third podium finish out of four races so far this season.
“It was a good race for me,” Josh Herrin said. “But, I really wanted to catch Martin. Towards the end of the race, he really dropped the hammer, though. We lowered the air pressure in my rear tire a little bit for today, and it seemed to make a difference, so I’m excited about how that might help me moving forward.”
Josh Herrin is currently in 2nd place in the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship. Fellow Yamaha R1 rider, Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram, is in 3rd place. Making the biggest leap up the standings is Josh Hayes, who currently sits in 4th place in points after just two rounds completed in the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season.
At Road America, Josh Hayes had another one of his signature perfect weekends, in which he earned the pole position, won both SuperBike races, and also led the most laps in both races. So, the defending champ collected all the available points that he could at Road America. And, if he keeps doing that in the upcoming rounds, he’ll find himself back in the championship lead once again. One thing that’s certain is that the unfolding drama in AMA Pro SuperBike is going to be exciting, so stay tuned.
2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship Points (top five after two rounds)
1. Martin Cardenas 105
2. Josh Herrin 92
3. Larry Pegram 75
4. Josh Hayes 71
5. Danny Eslick 66
The next race weekend for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will take place on June 21-23 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.
Kennesaw, Ga. May 1, 2013 : Subject: 2013 YZF-R1 / R6 YEC Kit Parts and Graves WORKS Parts Ordering Deadline #3 – This is to advise customers of the Yamaha YZF-R1 / R6 WORKS Parts and ordering information. Please refer to the information and product listing links mentioned below. The second ordering deadline has passed the current email covers products ordered by May 10, 2013 for mid August / 2013 delivery timelines.
YEC Kit Parts: Yamaha Racing parts developed for competing the YZF-R1 and YZF-R6. For the 2012-2013 R1 a complete new ECU set and wire harness are available to allow full benefit of the new model’s traction control function. The front wheel assembly is modified to allow the traction control rotor sensor to be installed and a new repair set is also added to the range.
Graves Parts: Graves WORKS Parts are designed based on the technical regulations of the AMA Pro Road Racing Championship series. Please check guidelines for the specific series you are entering before ordering Graves WORKS Parts.
Parts Listing Consists of:
1. Graves WORKS R6 Parts Listings
2. Graves WORKS R1 Parts Listings
3. Yamaha YEC R6 Kit Parts Listings
4. Yamaha YEC R1 Kit Parts Listings
Listed below are the three Ordering Round deadlines for the 2013 season.
1. November 27, 2012: Delivery early March 2013 (Deadline Passed)
2. January 10, 2013: Delivery late April 2013 (Deadline Passed)
3. May 10, 2013: Delivery mid-August 2013
All parts will be listed at www.gravesport.com/works.html
All orders received prior to the ordering deadlines will be accepted. However, we cannot guarantee additional orders after the ordering deadline has passed.
Items appearing on the approved AMA Pro Road Racing Eligible Equipment list will generally ship upon order confirmation during the AMA racing season: March – October.
In the event that the items appearing on the approved AMA Pro Road Racing Eligible Equipment list are ordered during the current AMA racing season (and not in stock at that time). Order confirmation will be given and those items will be delivered in no less than 10 and no more than 45 days.
If we are not able to accept some orders due to low availability or high production cost of the parts, we will immediately inform you by e-mail.
No cancellation of orders will be allowed once we have confirmed the orders.
Confirmation of your orders requires payment in full.
Customers and Yamaha dealers who have a current Graves Works account will receive a correspondence similar to this letter approximately 1 month prior to each deadline.
Customers and Yamaha Dealers who do not have a current Works account can sign up at www.gravesport.com
Orders for parts prior to the 2013 model year: Orders for YEC parts or Graves Works Parts prior to 2013 model year that are not listed on the WORKS website ordering page, must be requested by e-mail.
Website: Customers and Yamaha dealers can refer to the WORKS specific section of our website located at www.gravesport.com/Works.html . This page contains part numbers, descriptions and “2013 Kit Manuals” (in several languages). Use this listing as a guide for ordering and submitting parts order through our convenient submit form. This landing page will be your “go to” resource to review works parts listings. If at any time you cannot access the site’s secure areas(and you have an account), please call us direct to obtain access.
Important Notice: Graves Motorsports WORKS and YEC Racing Parts are not street legal and are sold for use exclusively on closed-circuits. For further information on specifications, availability and becoming a WORKS qualified customer refer to our WORKS Racing parts website at http://www.gravesport.com/Works.html .
Ordering: Submit your order using the form located at http://www.gravesport.com/works.php . You will be contacted within 2 business days confirming the order. Parts that are in stock will be put on one order, you will be called to confirm the purchase and that order will ship right away as it’s processed. The parts out of stock will be confirmed and paid for at that time with delivery during the time frames outlined.
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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 Yamaha’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.
Kennesaw, Ga. (June 2, 2012) Graves Motorsports is proud to host and present the 11th Annual Yamaha R1-Forum and R6-Forum Deals Gap Convention located in and around the world famous Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort. This historic gathering joins hundreds of participants from all over the world. Centered on one of the country’s best motorcycle riding destinations this event showcases a week of riding and fun (the one get together no one should miss)! All motorcycle riders and bikes are welcome we encourage Yamaha owners to take part in this unique experience.
Dates: June 4 -10, 2012 / Resort Location: Nantahala Village 9400 Hwy 19 W Bryson City, NC 28713
Convention Details and Sign up information can be found at www.r1-forum.com and www.r6-forum.com in the convention’s respective sections. All attendees must register online to be eligible for Yamaha Motor / Monster Energy sponsored prizes and gift bags (limited availability*).
Starting Monday June 4, 2012 participants will be able to pick up area information packages courtesy of the North Carolina tourism board. They will contain guides to what is happening locally. We encourage everyone to take part in white water rafting and other local activities when not riding!
Motorcycle.com PHOTO Stop: Friday June 8th - Saturday June 9th all Yamaha R1 and R6 photos from 129Slayer.com (look for Yamaha banners on the gap) will be courtesy of the Motorcycle.com network. Images will be provided after the convention.
Friday June 8, 2012 – 8:00pm Live Band at Thirteen Moons Nantahala Resort
Saturday June 9, 2012 – 7:00pm Location – Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort: Contest prize giveaway. Yamaha sponsored BBQ dinner (signed registered attendees only). Pit Bike racing, event party.
Nantahala Resort still has several Lodge Rooms and Mountain Suites Available last minute show up’s are ENCOURAGED! 800-438-1507
* Event gift bags will be handed out to confirmed registrants on Saturday June 9, 2012 at the final event party located at Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort. They will only be available at this time limited quantities.
This year’s grand prize giveaways will be held through a unique contest. To be eligible you must start a thread in the forums Convention > Contest section located here: http://www.r1-forum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=234
The rules are simple, no later than 12:00 noon (EST) on Saturday June 9, 2012 start a thread in the contest section (make sure you include your real name in the thread) and do the 12 things listed below. Contestants must be present during the Yamaha dinner to accept the prizes! Entrants will be judged on uniqueness and creativity (i.e.: IMPRESS US!).
Photograph or video a Graves Motorsports product in and around the convention
Photograph or video with a Yamaha motorcycle in and around the convention
Photograph or video with a Monster Energy product / apparel
Photograph or video at Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort in and around the convention
Photograph or video at Wheels Over Time Museum
Photograph or video with 129 Slayer Photography (get creative remember this is your picture not theirs)
Photograph or video from the Deals Gap overlook
Photograph or video supporting a North Carolina business
Photograph or video at Look Rock Tower on the Foot Hills Parkway (past overlook follow signs after lake)
Photograph or video of “Bass Shaw Grave” (On the dragon, if you don’t know ask somebody. Here’s a hint: Rebel’s Revenge pull off gets you to it)
Photograph or video of an Elevation sign on the Cherohala Skyway
Top 3 pictures misc. pictures in and around the convention
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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Hayes On Provisional SuperBike Pole At Infineon Raceway
Sonoma, CA May 4, 2012 – Two-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes qualified his crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1 on the provisional pole in the first SuperBike qualifying session at Infineon Raceway.
In his trademark, workmanlike manner, Josh got right down to business as the qualifying session began and immediately went to the top of the lap charts. While other riders pitted for adjustments, Josh continued to lay down lap after lap, imposing his considerable will on the rest of the field. He finished the qualifying session having run a total of 22 laps, which was more than any other rider on the track. His second-to-the-last lap was his fastest of the day as he clicked off a 1:36:032, which was nearly a full second faster than the second-place qualifier.
Commenting on his qualifying session, Josh said, “I ran a lot of laps, and we put on a fresh tire to finish out the session, which did the trick. I was doing 36′s pretty much the entire session, but that fresh tire almost put me in the 35′s. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. The R1 is really suited to this racetrack, and hopefully, I’ll be able to show even more of its awesome potential tomorrow.”
Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike teammate Josh Herrin qualified his R1 in 11th in his first-ever SuperBike qualifying session at Infineon Raceway. Josh is looking forward to moving up in tomorrow’s second SuperBike qualifying session.
That second qualifying session is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:50 AM PST, with SuperBike Race 1 going green later on day at 3:15 PM PST. SuperBike Race 2 is set for Sunday at 3:30 PM PST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of both races.
Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Rider Beaubier Returns & Qualifies Second In Daytona SportBike At Infineon Raceway; Teammate Hayden Sixth
Sonoma, CA May 4, 2012 – Well, that didn’t take long. Cameron Beaubier, who missed the Road Atlanta round of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship due to fracturing his kneecap in a non-racing incident, made a remarkable comeback at his home track, Infineon Raceway. After just one morning practice session in which he ran in the top five, Beaubier put his Yamaha YZF-R6 in second position and on the provisional front row in the first DSB qualifying session at Infineon Raceway.
Cameron said, “I’m really happy to get back to racing, especially here at my home track. My family’s with me, and I’m stoked to put my R6 on the front row today. I love being back on the bike and with my Yamaha team, and I can’t wait to get back out there for tomorrow’s final qualifying and the race.”
Cameron’s Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Daytona SportBike teammate Tommy Hayden, who is filling in for the injured Garrett Gerloff, qualified his #8 R6 in sixth place and is looking forward to moving up in tomorrow’s second DSB qualifying session.
Final qualifying for Daytona SportBike is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:20 AM PST, and DSB Race 1 will go green later on Saturday at 2:00 PM PST. DSB Race 2 is set for Sunday at 2:15 PM PST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of both races.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Hayes Wins SuperBike Pole At Infineon Raceway; Teammate Herrin To Start On Row Two
Sonoma, CA May 5, 2012 - Improving on his provisional-qualifying lap time from yesterday, two-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes won the pole in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike final qualifying at Infineon Raceway.
Josh went to work quickly on his #1 crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1 and remained solidly at the top of the charts throughout the entire final qualifying session. Without the blustery wind that occurred during provisional qualifying on Friday, Josh turned a 1:35:872 today, which was his fastest lap of the weekend and, obviously, the fastest lap of any SuperBike rider. Remarkably similar to the scenario that played out yesterday, Josh was, once again, nearly a full second faster than the second-place qualifier.
This was three pole positions in a row-in as many events-for Josh so far this season, which has netted him three valuable bonus points towards the successful defense of his SuperBike title.
Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike teammate Josh Herrin made good on his aim to move up in final qualifying, and he will start from the second row aboard his #2 R1 for Race 1 later today.
SuperBike Race 1 will go green later today at 3:15 PM PST, while SuperBike Race 2 is set for Sunday at 3:30 PM PST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of both races.
Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Rider Beaubier Qualifies On Front Row In Daytona SportBike At Infineon Raceway; Teammate Hayden On Second Row
Sonoma, CA May 5, 2012 - Cameron Beaubier, who hails from nearby Roseville, was the fastest rider on the track in today’s final qualifying session at Infineon Raceway. Cameron was the second-fastest qualifier on the weekend and will be on the front row aboard his #6 Yamaha YZF-R6 for today’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1 and Sunday’s Race 2.
Cameron’s Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Daytona SportBike teammate Tommy Hayden, who is filling in for the injured Garrett Gerloff, qualified his #8 R6 in sixth place and will be looking to get the holeshot from the second row of the grid to quickly move to the front.
Daytona SportBike Race 1 will go green later today at 2:00 PM PST. DSB Race 2 is set for Sunday at 2:15 PM PST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of both races.
Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Rider Beaubier On The Podium In Daytona SportBike Race 1 At Infineon Raceway; Teammate Hayden Finishes Fifth
Sonoma, CA May 5, 2012 – In his first race back from a knee injury, and in front of friends and family at his home track, Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Cameron Beaubier rode a solid race and finished on the podium in third-place at Infineon Raceway.
Cameron got the holeshot on his #6 Yamaha YZF-R6 in both legs of the red-flag-interrupted race and remained in the top three throughout the entirety of the contest.
“I felt really good off both starts,” Cameron said, “and I got in a rhythm. My knee started to tense up a little bit, and I fell off the pace some as the race wore on. My R6 was really fast today, and my crew did a great job. We’ll come back tomorrow to improve our position in Race 2.”
Cameron’s Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Daytona SportBike teammate Tommy Hayden also got a great start in the first leg of the race, but he was unable to duplicate his effort on the re-start. Tommy put his head down nonetheless and started moving closer to the front in the early laps of the race until he got up to sixth place. Unfortunately, he couldn’t move into the top five on the day, but he still earned valuable points, and he remains in third place in the DSB season standings.
Daytona SportBike Race 2 is set for tomorrow at 2:15 PM PST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of the race.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Hayes Dominates SuperBike Race 1 At Infineon Raceway; Teammate Herrin Finishes 4th
Sonoma, CA May 5, 2012 - Showing why he is the two-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion, Josh Hayes got the holeshot and raced his crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1 to a thoroughly dominant win in SuperBike Race 1 at Infineon Raceway.
Josh was never headed in the race and, as the laps wound down, he continued to extend his lead all the way to the checkered flag. Along with the points that he earned for the win, Josh also captured the vital bonus point for leading the most laps. The win was Josh’s 20th in the AMA Pro SuperBike class, and he is now leading the season championship by 13 points going into tomorrow’s Race 2.
“I got a good start,” Josh said, “and I tried to settle into a rhythm where I could keep laying down consistently fast laps and stretch out a comfortable lap. My team gave me a great bike today, which enabled me to do just that. This is a good track for me, with awesome fans, and I’m really looking to getting back out there for tomorrow’s race.”
Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike teammate Josh Herrin, who started from 8th position on the grid, moved into 4th place in the early laps and, with bulldog-like intensity, he tenaciously held onto his position till the end.
SuperBike Race 2 is set for Sunday at 3:30 PM PST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of the race.
Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Rider Beaubier To Sit Out Today’s DSB Race At Infineon Raceway
Sonoma, CA May 5, 2012 – After finishing in a remarkable third place in yesterday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1, Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier will not compete in today’s Race 2.
After yesterday’s race, the local rider from Roseville, CA, consulted with his team and, together, it was decided that it would be better in the long run to rest the knee he fractured only five weeks ago and come back strong at the next AMA Pro round, which is Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.
Commenting on the development, Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha, said, “Cameron’s got his entire career ahead of him, and we want to be careful with this. He felt a bit of fatigue during the latter part of the race yesterday, so the best plan of action at this point is for him to get some rest. He did a terrific job in the race, and we’re looking forward to his return to action at Miller.”
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Hayes Has Tipover, But Still Finishes 7th In SuperBike Race 2 At Infineon Raceway; Teammate Herrin Suffers Rare Mechanical
Sonoma, CA May 6, 2012 - Major drama unfolded for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team in Sunday’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at Infineon Raceway as two-time reigning champion Josh Hayes suffered a very uncharacteristic tipover on lap two of the race. Both he and his crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1 were none the worse for wear, however. Josh quickly got back on the bike and started clicking off fast laps, which got him all the way up to 7th place when the checkered flag waved.
Josh raced hard and captured as many valuable SuperBike Championship points as he could. He’s now second in the standings, and despite the drama, he’s just four points out of first.
Meanwhile, Josh Herrin took over as lead bike for the team and worked himself into second place. Unfortunately, on lap 17, Josh’s #2 R1 suddenly slowed with a very rare mechanical issue, and he had to retire from the race.
The next race for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28.
Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Rider Hayden Finishes Second In Daytona SportBike Race 2 At Infineon Raceway; Moves Up To Second In Championship
Sonoma, CA May 6, 2012 - With both of his Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teammates out of action due to injury, Tommy Hayden carried the flag for his team in Sunday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 2 at Infineon Raceway. Tommy rode another solid race on his #8 Yamaha YZF-R6 and finished second, improving on his fifth-place result in yesterday’s Race 1 and making it three podium finishes in five tries in DSB competition.
“I caught a break on a red flag and got off the line better on the re-start,” Tommy said. “My crew made some changes on my R6 overnight, and I was fast in the morning warm-up, so I knew I had a good setup for the race. I’m really happy that I was able to improve on my result from yesterday.”
Based on today’s results, Tommy has moved up another position in the ever-important DSB Championship standings, and he’s now in second place for the season title.
The Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team will travel to Tooele, UT, in three weeks for the next AMA Pro Racing round at Miller Motorsports Park on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28.