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Monday, July 14th, 2014
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See below for various Press, Videos and Pictures from the Monster Energy / Graves / Yamahana and Yamaha Extended Services / Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha Race Teams at Laguna Seca 2014

 


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The Sunday-Morning Fog Lifted At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, And Then, A Blue Hayes Overcame The Field In AMA Pro SuperBike
Cypress, CA – July 13, 2014 – Morning fog is a dominant feature at Mazda Raceway Laguna…and so was a Blue Hayes on Sunday afternoon as three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes dominated the field to win his fourth SuperBike race in a row aboard his #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1.

The first to admit that Josh was the man of the meet was his teammate, AMA SuperBike rookie, who also ran a strong race to finish second and put a tandem of R1 SuperBikes in the winner’s circle.

“What a beautiful day!” Josh said after celebrating his victory and adding more points onto what is now a 40-point lead over Cameron, who moved up to second place in the Championship standings. “It’s never as easy as it looks, and I could feel Cam behind me. I felt like a rabbit being chased a little bit, but I just concentrated on hitting my marks and running clean laps. I’m happy to get the win, especially in front of Cam because we all know how fast he is. I’ve got to thank my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team for everything. I love those guys, and they always give me the best bike out there.”

“Overall, I think I rode OK,” Cameron commented. “I got off to a pretty rough start, and I got behind Rog (Hayden) and Martin (Cardenas). I was able to get by them and get into second on lap five, and then, I went after Josh, but he had a pretty good gap going by then. It was a good race for me, though, and I’ve got my confidence back going into Mid-Ohio next weekend. I can’t wait.”

As Cameron alluded to, the next round of the AMA Pro SuperBike season will take place this coming weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.
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JD Beach Finishes Second At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Garrett Gerloff Is Sixth
Cypress, CA – July 13, 2014 – Sunday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca saw a total of seven Yamaha YZF-R6 riders finish in the top ten. MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha rider Jake Lewis notched his first win of the season in a hard-fought race with Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider JD Beach.

JD’s teammate Garrett Gerloff was also in a close battle of his own with Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Dane Westby as the two R6 pilots swapped positions a couple of times during the 20-lap race. In the end, Dane took over fifth position on the track, and Garrett Gerloff–coming off a still-healing wrist injury at Barber Motorsports Park just a couple of weeks ago–finished a respectable sixth.

“My Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6 was fantastic today.” JD said. “The crew has been working really hard, and I’m so glad we’re going to Mid-Ohio next week because I’m close to winning, and I just want to get back on my R6 and make that happen as soon as possible!”

As JD said, the next round of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike season will take place this coming weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.

 

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Corkscrew-Conquering Cameron Beaubier Earns AMA Pro SuperBike Pole At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Just Ahead Of Teammate Josh Hayes

Cypress, CA – July 12, 2014 – For the Yamaha U.S. road racers, day two of the FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round, was all about qualifying for tomorrow’s races, and the “Fast Four” did their jobs well.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier
The season-long, razor-close competition between three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes and his SuperBike rookie teammate Cameron Beaubier continued in both of Saturday’s SuperBike qualifying sessions, and Cameron ultimately bested Josh, albeit by a narrow margin, to earn the pole. Cameron’s 1:24.019 lap time eclipsed Josh’s fast lap from last year to set the fastest lap ever on a Yamaha R1 in AMA Pro SuperBike competition at Mazda Raceway.

Josh will also start on the front row for tomorrow’s SuperBike race, right alongside Cameron, with their #2 and #4 Yamaha YZF-R1 SuperBikes providing double vision for the fans in attendance.

“I’m really comfortable here at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,” Cameron said. “It’s a home track for me, so a lot of my family and friends are in attendance. This is my first weekend here on the SuperBike, and my crew is doing awesome work to get me comfortable on it. I’m feeling great for the race tomorrow.”

Sunday’s SuperBike race is scheduled for 4:20 PM PST.

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
JD Beach looked like a man on a mission when he arrived at the track this morning, and it showed in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike qualifying as the rider of the #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 topped the charts for a good part of the session before settling in for a third-position start on the front row for tomorrow’s race. Meanwhile, his teammate Garrett Gerloff will start from the third row, with hopes of getting a good start in tomorrow’s race.

“We made a couple of changes to my R6,” JD commented. “It made a difference, and I was able to run up front. We’ve got a fast bunch of riders in this class, especially among those on R6′s, so I’m happy to be on the front row. I’ll put my flat-track experience to the test tomorrow and try to get the holeshot, as well as the win. I’m looking forward to it.”

Sunday’s DSB race will start at 1:25 PM PST.

Visit The Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace And Demo A 2015 FZ-07
The Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace, which is located in the track infield between turns 5 and 6 at the Raceway, will be open from 8 AM to 5 PM. You’ll be able to take a demo ride aboard the all-new 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 sportbike. Demo rides will take place from 9 AM to 1 PM. You’ll need a valid motorcycle license (permits are not allowed), a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection to take your ride.

Meet The Yamaha U.S. Road Racers
All your favorite Yamaha U.S. riders will be available for autographs during Sunday’s autograph session from 12:00 to 12:45 PM at the Team Transporters in the infield paddock. Yamaha riders signing posters include Josh and Cameron from Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Garrett and JD from Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Jake Gagne and Tomas Puerta from RoadRace Factory/Yamaha; Jake Lewis, Tucker Lancaster, Andre Ochs, Erick Sanchez, and Bernat Martinez from MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha; along with Dane Westby from Yamalube/Westby Racing.

Let Josh and Cameron Coach You Through The Corkscrew
Wondering what it’s like to ride a racebike through Mazda Raceway’s famed Corkscrew? Then check out this video: http://youtu.be/7rzVfa9zKKo

 

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It Was “Fast-Four Friday” At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca As The Yamaha U.S. Road Racers Start World Superbike Weekend On A High Note
Cypress, CA – July 11, 2014 – The “Fast Four” riders who make up Yamaha’s U.S. Road Racing Teams competing in AMA Pro SuperBike and AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike started their annual visit to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on a high note with practice and qualifying sessions that netted excellent results.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier
Right from the start of first practice in the morning, three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes was the fastest rider on the track. As expected, he continued his dominance in first qualifying…until his teammate, SuperBike rookie Cameron Beaubier, nipped him with a slightly faster lap time, putting the Northern Californian on provisional pole at one of his favorite tracks.

“Morning practice went pretty well for me, and then, I got off to a little bit of a slow start in qualifying,” Cameron said. “It’s my first time on this track on a SuperBike, so I guess a bit of a learning curve is to be expected. I got going pretty well there towards the end, and I’m happy to get provisional pole today. We’ve got another qualifying session tomorrow, so I’ll be working hard to stay up front.”

Saturday’s two-part final qualifying, which includes a second session to set the grid among the 12 fastest riders, will commence at 2:15 PM PST. Sunday’s SuperBike race is scheduled for 4:20 PM PST.

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
Rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, Garrett Gerloff, looked fully fit after his incident at Barber Motorsports Park late last month, in which he fractured his wrist. The quick-healing Texan was equally quick on track and qualified provisionally in third place on the grid. His teammate, Kentuckian JD Beach, is currently slotted into sixth place aboard his #6 R6, but both he and Garrett are separated by only .243 second, and they’re each just a few thousands of a second off provisional pole. Garrett and JD will be looking to improve on their lap times in Saturday’s final qualifying session, which is scheduled for 10:40 AM PST.

Sunday’s DSB race will go green at 1:25 PM PST.

Visit The Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace And Demo A 2015 FZ-07
The Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace, which is located in the track infield between turns 5 and 6 at the Raceway, will be open Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13, from 8 AM to 5 PM.

You’ll be able to take a demo ride aboard the all-new 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 sportbike. Demo rides will take place at the Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace on Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, from 9 AM to 4 PM, and on Sunday, July 13, from 9 AM to 1 PM. You’ll need a valid motorcycle license (permits are not allowed), a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection to take your ride.

Meet The Yamaha U.S. Road Racers
All your favorite Yamaha U.S. riders will be available for autographs during two Saturday “Meet & Greet” sessions, including Josh and Cameron from Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Garrett and JD from Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Jake Gagne and Tomas Puerta from RoadRace Factory/Yamaha; Jake Lewis, Tucker Lancaster, Andre Ochs, Erick Sanchez, and Bernat Martinez from MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha; along with Dane Westby from Yamalube/Westby Racing. The Monster Energy and Y.E.S. Umbrella Girls will also be there:

• Saturday, July 12, 12:45 – 1:15 PM, Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace
• Sunday, July 13, 12:00 – 12:45 PM, Team Transporters (infield paddock)

See Garrett Gerloff’s “Misty Morning Hop”
First practice was a misty one for Garrett Gerloff at Mazda Raceway Laguna. Check out what he had to say: http://youtu.be/W2qCOTVo2cA
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It’s A Brave, New World For Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams As They Visit Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca This Weekend
Cypress, CA – July 9, 2014 – Yamaha’s “Fast Four” will make their annual visit to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend where they’ll shine brightly under the global spotlight of the FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier

Leading the 2014 AMA Pro Racing SuperBike Championship points standings is three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes, who will be looking to add to his points lead by notching another win aboard his #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1.

The “Mississippi Madman” will be the first to tell you that it won’t be easy, however, as he will face stiff competition from right within his own team. Rider of the #2 R1 SuperBike, Cameron Beaubier, is having a remarkable rookie SuperBike season, and he’ll be going all out to get the win in front of a throng of family and friends from nearby Roseville who will be in attendance and enthusiastically cheering him on.

The battles between Josh and Cameron have been great drama all season long, and this weekend should prove to be no different. Sunday’s SuperBike race is scheduled for 4:20 PM PST.

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
Garrett Gerloff, rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, is coming off a visit to Barber Motorsports Park that he’d just as soon forget. The 18-year-old Texan is back to full fitness after his Alabama experience, however, and he’s ready to take to Laguna Seca’s famed Corkscrew with renewed vigor and go for the Daytona SportBike win.

Also ready for action on the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca natural road course is JD Beach, the newest member of the Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team. JD is currently in 4th place in the 2014 Daytona SportBike Championship points standings and just 20 points out of the Championship lead.

Look for JD and Garrett up front and going for the win as they do battle not only against each other, but also against a highly competitive DSB field dominated by Yamaha R6 riders. Sunday’s DSB race will go green at 1:25 PM PST.

Visit The Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace And Demo A 2015 FZ-07
The Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace, which is located in the track infield between turns 5 and 6 at the Raceway, will be open Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13, from 8 AM to 5 PM.

You’ll be able to take a demo ride aboard the all-new 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 sportbike. Demo rides will take place at the Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace on Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, from 9 AM to 4 PM, and on Sunday, July 13, from 9 AM to 1 PM. You’ll need a valid motorcycle license (permits are not allowed), a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection to take your ride.

Meet The Yamaha U.S. Road Racers
All your favorite Yamaha U.S. riders will be available for autographs during two “Meet & Greet” sessions, including Josh and Cameron from Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Garrett and JD from Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha; Jake Gagne and Tomas Puerta from RoadRace Factory/Yamaha; Jake Lewis, Tucker Lancaster, Andre Ochs, Erick Sanchez, and Bernat Martinez from MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha; along with Dane Westby from Yamalube/Westby Racing. The Monster Energy and Y.E.S. Umbrella Girls will also be there:

• Saturday, July 12, 12:45 – 1:15 PM, Yamaha Display Area At The Marketplace
• Sunday, July 13, 12:00 – 12:45 PM, Team Transporters (infield paddock)

Get Wound Up For The Corkscrew With Yamaha’s Latest Video
Yamaha has put together a video featuring the Monster Energy and Y.E.S. Umbrella Girls, along with highlights from last year’s visit to Laguna Seca, so check it out: http://youtu.be/aAp5UYdVM-o

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

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
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Various Press Releases, Videos and Images from the June 2014 Barber Motorsports AMA Pro Race Weekend. Teams Monster Energy Graves Yamaha / Yamaha Extended Services Graves Yamaha

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Photos Brian J. Nelson

 

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

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
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Photos Brian J. Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
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Miller Superbike Shoutout Final Round Graves Yamaha

 

 

Video Links from the race weekend

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

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

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

Next weekend, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action as the AMA Pro Road Racing season resumes with the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
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Tandem In Tooele As Garrett Gerloff Wins Pro Sportbike Championship With A Race Win At Miller Motorsports Park; Teammate JD Beach Finishes Second In Race, Third In Championship
Tooele, UT – May 25, 2014 – They say you never forget your first professional championship, and for Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff, his first Pro Sportbike title came at the young age of 18. Garrett won today’s 20-lap race at Miller Motorsports Park in dominant fashion, stretching out a lead of more than 11 seconds by the time he took the checkered flag to wrap up the Pro Sportbike Championship in the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike

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

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

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Sportbike

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

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

Meet Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD This Weekend

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

Get Yourself Race Ready With Yamaha’s Latest Video

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

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

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

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

Photos: Brian Nelson

Weekend race results and from Sonoma California’s Superbike Shootbike

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

Superbike Showdown Sonoma California 2014

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 28th, 2014
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superbike showdown fontana 2014

 

Scroll down for the weekend’s race results and  from Fontana California’s Superbike Shootbike with Monster Energy Graves Yamaha / Yamaha Extended Services Monster Energy Graves Yamaha :

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Two Yamaha Autograph Sessions On Sunday

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

 

Yamaha To Honor Military Personnel In Attendance On Sunday

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

 

Special Giveaways And Other Surprises On Both Saturday And Sunday

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

 

Get Yourself In The Yamaha Road Racing Spirit

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

 

http://youtu.be/dI8Au7j-l04

Photos Brian J Nelson

 

AMA Pro Racing Round 1 – Daytona Beach Press Release Recap

Monday, March 31st, 2014
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See below for a recap of the complete weekend for the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha and Yamaha Extended Services Graves Yamaha Teams. Images from Brian J. Nelson at the bottom :

 
Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams Recap Doing The Double At Daytona
Cypress, CA – March 21, 2014 – As a possible preview of what’s to come in 2015 when AMA Pro SuperBikes return to the iconic Daytona 200, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Team notched a double win at “The World Center of Racing.”

For three-time SuperBike champ Josh Hayes, his Race 1 victory was both the 42nd of his career and his 42nd aboard the dominant Yamaha YZF-R1 SuperBike.

For last year’s Daytona 200 winner and 2014 SuperBike rookie Cameron Beaubier, Race 2 was the first of what is sure to be many more SuperBike victories in the 21-year-old phenom’s rapidly ascending career.

In the 73rd running of the Daytona 200–the last 200 for the Daytona SportBike class–Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach had high hopes for the high banks, but ultimate success eluded the likable pair. Both riders had tipovers during the 57-lap event, and Garrett managed to fight his way back to a remarkable fifth position at the checkers, while JD’s fate was sealed when he had to withdraw from the race after displaying possible concussion symptoms. Both riders are already back to full health and ready to continue their racing seasons in the weeks and months to come.

To relive the excitement of Daytona and see the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing teams in action, please check out the video. In it, you’ll see interviews with Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD, along with all the sights and sounds (and umbrella girls!!) from Daytona.

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Garrett Gerloff Finishes Fifth In Daytona 200 For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Daytona Beach, FL – March 15, 2014 – Yamaha has had a lot of success and good fortune in the Daytona 200, with 22 victories to its credit but, unfortunately, the 73rd running of America’s iconic motorcycle race did not go quite as the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team hoped.

However, RoadRace Factory/Yamaha rider Jake Gagne and MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha rider Jake Lewis did take up the cause for the Yamaha brand and finished the Daytona 200 in second and third place, respectively.

Meanwhile, Garrett Gerloff, who finished second to his former teammate Cameron Beaubier, winner of last year’s Daytona 200, suffered a tipover shortly after his first pitstop of the 57-lap race. The mishap forced Garrett to return to the pits for an unscheduled stop in order for his crew to make repairs to his #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6. Despite the setback, Garrett still managed to work his way back up to fifth place by the end of the race.

“I wish I hadn’t made a mistake,” Garrett said. “My crew worked so hard to give me a fast bike, and I low-sided it on the lap right after my first pitstop. I had some trouble getting it pulled out of the airfence, but it fired up pretty quickly and looked mostly OK. Still, I decided to re-pit to make sure everything was OK. The worst damage was to the fairing. I lost the windscreen, which made things pretty tough out on the banking.” When asked about his remarkable run back up to fifth position, he said, rather succinctly, “Lemonade out of lemons, I guess. I’d much rather have won the race and not crashed.”

Garrett’s new teammate for 2014, JD Beach, was running a smooth and steady race until he also had a tipover, which damaged his #6 R6. The repairs to JD’s Yamaha were a little more extensive than those required for Garrett’s bike. While in the pits, JD was also evaluated for a concussion and, as a precautionary measure, the team took him to Halifax Medical Center for further tests, just to be safe. No further information was immediately available.
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Daytona Double For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Team As Cameron Beaubier Wins SuperBike Race 2
Daytona Beach, FL – March 15, 2014 – Following up his third-place finish in yesterday’s AMA Pro SuperBike Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway, Cameron Beaubier notched the first win of his SuperBike career in only his second SuperBike race.

Unfortunately for Cameron’s teammate, three-time class champ Josh Hayes–who won Friday’s SuperBike Race–finished today’s race in 21st position after his #4 Yamaha YZF-R1 had a mechanical issue.

Today’s race was another close one, and Cameron took full advantage of the famous Daytona draft, as well as the crossplane-crankshaft power of his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 to pull out the exciting victory.

After the win, Cameron said, “It means everything to win this first SuperBike race of my career. It was a little bit smoother race for me today, and I stayed up front and didn’t make any big mistakes. I’m really happy that my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew gave me a bike that enabled me to pull ahead when I crossed the finish line.”

On the strength of his win today and podium finish yesterday, Cameron leaves Daytona with the points lead in the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike Championship.

 

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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Josh Hayes Wins SuperBike Race 1 At Daytona; Teammate Beaubier Finishes Third
Daytona Beach, FL – March 14, 2014 – The first AMA Pro SuperBike race of the season, today at Daytona International Speedway, was an exciting contest as three-time class champ Josh Hayes won by just .025 seconds aboard his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 to start his 2014 campaign off on a high note.

Josh got the holeshot at the start of the race and immediately pulled a sizeable gap on the first lap. Eventually, SuperBike rookie Cameron worked his way up to Josh, as did veteran rider Roger Hayden. Cameron was able to get into the lead for a brief moment a couple of times during the race, but he overshot turn one. He caught back up to Josh and Roger, but after overshooting turn one a second time, there weren’t enough laps left in the race for him to make another charge to the front, so he had to settle for third place. With only a few laps remaining, Josh and Roger battled closely till the checkers with Josh taking full advantage of his R1’s prodigious power to ultimately prevail.

After his victory, Josh talked about his jackrabbit start and the race that followed: “If I can get up to speed quickly, that’s how I like to start each race. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that you’ve gotta be on it from green to the finish. On the last lap, I knew Rog was there, so I kept the bike low on the track and held my line. It was a close finish, and I’m glad to get the win.”

Commenting on the first SuperBike race of his career, Cameron said, “I’m happy to be on the podium, but I wish it was a couple of steps higher. I made a couple of big mistakes while I was trying to pass Josh, but I learned a lot. I’m probably still riding like I’m on my R6, and this R1 SuperBike is a whole different animal. I love racing it, and I can’t wait to come back tomorrow.”

SuperBike Race 2 from Daytona is set for Saturday morning, March 15 at 11:00 AM EST. You can watch live online at FansChoice.tv.

 

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Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Garrett Gerloff Earns Front-Row Start For Daytona 200; Teammate JD Beach Starts Seventh
Daytona Beach, FL – March 14, 2014 – Provisional polesitter for the 73rd running of the Daytona 200, Garrett Gerloff, will start on the front row for tomorrow’s race. The rider of the #8 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 will start in second position for the 57-lap event.

Joining Garrett for the Daytona 200 is teammate JD Beach, who was seventh-fastest on the day and will be looking to get a good start from the third row of the grid in Sunday’s race.

Commenting on his qualifying effort, Garrett said, “Man, I wanted that (Rolex) watch! I felt pretty good, and I don’t think that’s the fastest I can go around here. It’s a long race with a couple of pitstops along the way. My team has a lot of experience with the quick-change equipment that we use here at Daytona, so we’re definitely in good shape for the 200. We’ll be ready.”

The Daytona 200 is set to begin tomorrow, Saturday, March 15, at 1:00 PM EST. You can watch the entire race live online at FansChoice.tv.
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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike Rookie Beaubier On Provisional Pole In AMA Pro SuperBike At Daytona
Beach, FL – March 13, 2014 – Cameron Beaubier wasted no time getting up to speed on his brand-new #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 SuperBike. The 2013 Daytona 200 winner battled it out with his teammate Josh Hayes, who is back aboard the #4 R1 SuperBike for the 2014 season. Cameron ultimately earned the provisional pole in AMA Pro SuperBike this afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.

Commenting on the first qualifying session of his rookie SuperBike season, Cameron said, “In the beginning, I just tried to go out and get a constant pace going. Then, I came in and put a new (rear) tire on, which made a big difference. I felt really good in the whole session, and I was able to bang out a lot of fast laps. I’m happy to be up front, and Josh, Roger (Hayden), and I are really close at the top. I think I’ve still got a little bit more in me for tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens.”

Three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes proved that he’s still the man to beat as he gave Cameron all he could handle throughout the 45-minute qualifying session. The two Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 pilots swapped fastest lap times back and forth several times before the checkered flag flew.

The second SuperBike qualifying session is scheduled for Friday morning, March 14, at 10:35 AM EST, and SuperBike Race 1 will go green later on Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM. SuperBike Race 2 is set for Saturday morning, March 15 at 11:00 AM EST. Watch both SuperBike races live online at FansChoice.tv
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha

In today’s two practice sessions for the Daytona 200, Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff was second-fastest in the morning and fastest in the late afternoon. Meanwhile, Garrett’s teammate JD Beach overcame difficulties in the morning practice session to finish out the day in ninth place on the lap charts.

Three qualifying sessions will take place Friday, March 14, for the Daytona 200, and the race will go green on Saturday, March 15, at 1:00 PM EST. Watch the Daytona 200 live online at FansChoice.tv

 

Video: Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Showcases the 2013 Racing Season

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
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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

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0boQ5b1_bbU

AMA Pro Racing Laguna Seca Round 2 Press and News 2014

Monday, September 30th, 2013
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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.”

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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.”
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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Mid Ohio AMA Pro Racing Round – Recap

Monday, July 15th, 2013

 

Mid Ohio 2013 AMA Pro Racing Race Recap

Mid Ohio 2013 AMA Pro Racing Race Recap

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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammates Herrin and Hayes Battle Against Each Other AND The Clock In Mid-Ohio SuperBike Race 2, And Herrin Wins

Lexington, OH – July 14, 2013 – A jumped start by three-time defending SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes at the beginning of AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course today played a huge part in the outcome of the race. Hayes received a five-second penalty for the infraction, which meant that his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin was the winner of the 21-lap contest.

Hayes took the checkered flag first, but he wasn’t quite five seconds ahead of his teammate Herrin, which meant that Herrin, who rides the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, won the race by a margin of just over one-tenth of a second. It was Herrin’s second win of his sophomore SuperBike season.

Neither of the two Yamaha R1 teammates was sure, at first, who won the race, but AMA Pro Racing Timing and Scoring did, even though the appearance on track did not bear that out.

“I actually didn’t know I won till (CBS Sports Network Pit Reporter) Danielle Teal interviewed me and told me,” Herrin said. “It was kind of a crazy race, and I was so freaked out that I could hardly talk! Josh (Hayes) is an awesome Champion, and I’ve learned a lot from him. I’ve still got work to do to and, to get this win the way we did is definitely unusual, but we’ll take it. I guess I really won’t believe till I see the (Yamaha) win ad this week.”

Despite finishing second, Hayes still added valuable points to the Championship lead that he re-gained with yesterday’s SuperBike Race 1 win at Mid-Ohio. The defending triple-Champ now has a four-point lead in the title chase over his teammate Herrin, who moved into second-place as a result of his race victory today.

“I’m proud of the way I rode the race,” Hayes said. “I was pushing absolutely as hard as I could, but Josh (Herrin) rode a great race, and he really stepped up this weekend. As for the start, I really didn’t think I jumped it, and if I did, I thought I had it stopped like Martin (Cardenas) did at Barber, but I guess that wasn’t the case. I’m happy to leave Ohio with the points lead, and I gained a few extra points today.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team now travels across the country to Monterey, CA, where they will be back in action this coming weekend for Round 5 of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship, which takes place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
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Perfection For Cameron As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Completes His 2nd Perfect Weekend In A Row With A Race 2 Win At Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH – July 14, 2013 – Current AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship leader and 2013 Daytona 200 winner Cameron Beaubier won today’s DSB Race 2 and recorded his second perfect-points weekend in a row this season. Cameron–who rides the #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6–earned the pole at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, won both of this weekend’s races, and led the most laps in both races. Today’s win was Cameron’s sixth victory out of seven races so far this season, and the northern Californian now leads the DSB Championship by 45 points.

In Race 2, Cameron got off to a start that was almost a carbon copy of yesterday’s Race 1 start. He got a good jump off the line but was shuffled back a little bit going into the first turn. Not to be deterred, Cameron quickly went to work, made some deft passes on his competitors, and within five laps, put his R6 into the lead where he would stay throughout the remainder of the race.

“I was a little timid in the first couple of laps,” Cameron said after the win, “but my Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team gave me a great bike, and I was able to go to work reeling in the leaders in those first couple of laps. I made a few passes, got to the front, and just concentrated on running clean, fast laps. I’m looking forward to heading back to California and racing at Laguna Seca, which is close to home for me.”

Garrett Gerloff, who is Cameron’s teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6, raced in the lead pack, and also in tandem with Cameron during the first few laps. The Texas rider was among a group of five riders who made a getaway and separated themselves from the rest of the field. Garrett crossed the finish line in fifth place for his sixth top-five finish out of seven races so far. Garrett is solidly in fourth place in the season points standings.

Garrett said, “I’m happy to be racing in the lead pack, but I’d like to be even closer to the front. My team and I are working hard to make that happen. I’m hungry for a podium finish like I got at Daytona, and we’ve got another race in less than a week, so I’m excited about that. Hats off to my teammate Cameron on another win.”

The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will travel west to Monterey, CA, for next weekend”s Round 5 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship, which takes place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
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Hayes Wins Among The Maize As The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike Champ Notches Race 1 Victory At Mid-Ohio; Teammate Herrin Second

Lexington, OH – July 12, 2013 – There was nothing corny about today’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for three-time defending SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes and his teammate Josh Herrin. Both riders had their race faces on and diced for the lead in the early going of the 21-lap contest. Ultimately, the elder Josh (Hayes) was able to prevail over his same-first-named teammate and stretch out a comfortable lead by the time he took his fifth win in a row on the season.

Today’s win put Hayes back into his familiar spot at the top of the Championship points standings. He currently leads by one point over second-place Martin Cardenas.

After leading in the early going of the race, Josh Herrin went from battling Josh Hayes to getting into an exciting bit of see-saw action with Cardenas. Herrin ultimately got the best of Cardenas and raced to a second-place finish, which was the Georgia rider’s fifth trip to the podium so far this season. He’s now in third place in the Championship standings and just 10 points out of the lead, with a lot of racing left to go.

After the win, Josh Hayes offered up a bit of impromptu commentary of the excellent performance of his teammate. Hayes said, “Josh (Herrin) was aggressive on the start, which was good. His hard work and training is definitely paying off. As for me, it was a long race and I feel good that I got the win. I like close racing, and it was good to have my teammate up there to push me. I focused on being as consistent as possible, which helped me get the win.”

Commenting on his return to the top of the SuperBike Championship standings, Hayes said, “I’m really quite surprised that I was able to get back into the points lead so quickly. These boys are riding hard, and they’re tough competitors, but I’ve got a great team and the best bike out there, so that obviously helped me make up the gap this soon after Daytona.”

Josh Herrin said, “It was a really good feeling to lead the race here at Mid-Ohio, and I know that I still need to work on running clean, consistent laps from the first lap to the final one. My fitness is something that I’m really focusing on, and I do think it helped me today because it was hot out there. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race.”
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Buckeye Bull’s-eye For Beaubier As Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Wins DSB Race 1 At Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH – July 13, 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 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course aboard his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6. It was Cameron’s fifth win out of six races so far this season.

Cameron actually went faster in the race than he did on his record-setting lap in Saturday morning’s final qualifying session, which is a notable feat considering how much warmer the track conditions were on the 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course. He got a good jump at the start but was shuffled back a little bit going into the first turn, and the race was on. Cameron battled back into the lead and slowly, but surely, stretched out a comfortable lead to the finish line.

“I really want to thank my Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team for giving me a super-fast R6 today, Cameron said. “It was great to dice for the lead a little bit there at the beginning of the race, but I’m glad that I was able to get to the front, and put in some clean, fast laps to get the win.”

Also starting the race from the front row was Garrett Gerloff, who is Cameron’s teammate and rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6. Garrett also found himself in a pretty good dogfight on the first lap, and it became a theme for the Texas rider, as he raced in a pack of really fast riders throughout the contest. He finished in a hard-fought fifth place and is clearly looking for better results in tomorrow’s DSB Race 2.

Garrett said, “I got a pretty good start, and I was actually in front of Cameron after the first turn. We were all bunched up at the beginning of the race, and there was quite a bit of passing among the frontrunners. Things opened up a little as the race went on, but by that time, I was looking at a fifth-place finish. I’m not happy with that position, by any means, so we’ll re-group tonight and focus on a better result tomorrow.”
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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Hayes Earns Provisional Pole At Mid-Ohio; Teammate Herrin Second

Lexington, OH – July 12, 2013 -Continuing his rapid climb to the top of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship standings, Josh Hayes–the three-time defending title holder and rider of the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1–was the fastest rider on the track in Friday’s first qualifying session at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, which netted the Mississippi Madman the provisional pole. Meanwhile, his teammate and rider of the #2 R1, Josh Herrin also ran fast laps on the 2.4-mile, 15-turn natural road course and put himself right next to Hayes on the provisional starting grid.

After earning the provisional pole, Josh Hayes said, “It’s been a decent day for us. The DSB guys were breaking track records, and we’re a little bit off that (in the SuperBike class), but it’s going well. I was out there trying to get in as many laps as possible and keep putting that Dunlop rubber down. Everything felt good out there. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s final Q session and, of course, the race.”

Josh Herrin said, “I was really excited that I was in first for a while, and I did that time on a used front and new rear. We put on a new front, but it didn’t seem to help me go any faster. I’m hoping to improve my laptimes tomorrow morning, but it seems like this track needs heat in it, to go fast. If it’s cooler in the morning, that may not help. I felt really good out there today. I think the training that I’m doing with Greg Direnzo is helping me. It’s giving me a lot of confidence to go faster earlier in the weekend.”

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Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Sets New Track Record & Earns Provisional Pole At Mid-Ohio; Teammate Gerloff Second

Lexington, OH – July 12, 2013 -Cameron Beaubier enjoys racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and his laptimes are the proof of that fact. The Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider and current AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship leader turned the fastest lap in DSB history at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course today, to earn the provisional pole. Meanwhile, Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff laid down a blistering lap of his own on his final trip around the 2.4-mile, 15-turn natural road course, and he put his #8 Y.E.S/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 in second position on the provisional starting grid.

After his record-breaking performance, Cameron said, “The track came in for this session, and it really felt good out there. With each lap, my Dunlops just kept getting better and better. Plus, I’m carrying a lot of confidence from our weekend at Barber, so I’m really happy to get the provisional pole and break the record here at Mid-Ohio. I expect the track to be even better for tomorrow morning’s final qualifying session, so hopefully, we can break the track record that we set today!”

Garrett said, “I was struggling a little bit earlier in the session. We put in a new tire right near the end, and I tried to slow things down on my last lap, just to make sure I hit my marks and focused on everything. I was actually surprised that I ended up in P2 because I didn’t think it was a fast lap. We’ll take it, though, and try to improve in tomorrow’s final qualifying.”