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MotoAmerica Round 1 Press Releases

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Misc Press Releases from Monster Energy / Yamaha Factory Race team and Monster Energy / Yamalube / Yamaha Extended Services / Graves / Yamaha at the MotoAmerica 2017 2017 Round 1 COTA!


Beaubier Finishes Second In Sunday’s Superbike Race At COTA, While Teammate Hayes Is Fourth

Austin, TX - April 23, 2017 –For the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike Team, the start of the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike season didn’t go as well as they hoped, but the results of Saturday’s races were monumentally better than Saturday’s results.

After both of the team’s riders--two-time and defending Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier and four-time Superbike Champion Josh Hayes--suffered tipovers in Saturday’s Race 1 and had to scramble to salvage as many points as possible after they re-entered the race, on Sunday, Cameron finished a solid second to race winner Toni Elias, and Josh was fourth.

While the team was not overjoyed with Sunday’s results, either, they were definitely happy with the change of fortunes and substantial collection of points this early in the season.

Both Cameron and Josh got good starts off the line, with Cameron slotting his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike into third and Josh circulating in fifth. As the laps wound down, Josh passed Bobby Fong for fourth place, a few seconds behind Cameron.

The gap between the two teammates began to grow as Cameron got into a rhythm and recorded the fastest lap of the race on his way up to, and eventually past, Roger Hayden in second place.

“At the beginning of the race, I thought I was going to have to settle for third because Toni and Roger were going really well,” Cameron said. “But I chilled out, and gave it some time to string together a bunch of fast laps, which helped bring me closer to the front. I worked hard to get around Roger, and I’m happy with second place today, especially after yesterday’s (race) result. I’m leaving COTA with a decent amount of points--much better than last year (at this point in the season).”

The Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing team will now travel to Road Atlanta for Round Two of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, which is next weekend.

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Beach Unbeatable On New R6 In MotoAmerica Supersport Race At COTA, While Teammate Gerloff Also Podiums; Beaubier & Hayes Both Suffer Tipovers In Superbike Race

Austin, TX - April 22, 2017 –Saturday at The Circuit of The Americas produced a full range of emotions for Yamaha’s Factory-Supported Supersport and Factory Superbike teams, from the ecstasy of Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha rider JD Beach’s runaway victory and teammate Garrett Gerloff’s hard-fought podium result, to the agony of both Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing teammates Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes suffering off-track excursions that led to uncharacteristic results for the multi-Championship-winning tandem.

In the afternoon’s Supersport race, JD got the jump on his polesitting teammate Garrett, not just once, but twice since the race was red-flagged, had to be shortened to an eight-lap sprint due to scheduling conflicts, and was re-started.

JD, who won the Supersport Championship in 2015, gave his 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 a memorable MotoAmerica debut as he clicked off consistently fast laps from start to finish and took the checkered flag with a gap of nearly five seconds back to second-place finisher Valentin Debise.

After his win, JD said, “The off-season this year was a bit harder than usual for me because I broke my leg, and that’s the first major injury that I’ve ever had, so I had to come back from that. Being at home and training hard was good for me. So, the season has started, and it’s great to be back and close to 100% healthy. I came here to race, and I’m glad to get this win. It’s a long season, but I’m happy with where we’ve started.”

All race long, Garrett was in a battle with Debise that he wished he could have avoided because, while the two fierce competitors gave the fans a show with multiple passing back and forth, that only served to stretch out JD’s lead even more. In the end, Debise made the final pass, which moved Garrett back to third place, and that is ultimately where he finished the race.

“First of all, the two starts that I had definitely didn’t help me out. I felt good today, and I thought I rode well. My 2017 R6 is fast, but Valentin and I should have worked together to get the two of us closer to JD. Instead, we just kept passing each other, which enabled JD to get away. It’s just the start of the season, though, so I feel good about where we are right now, and I’m looking forward to next weekend at Road Atlanta.”

In Saturday’s Superbike Race 1, what everyone anticipated would be a Yamaha vs. Suzuki battle royale didn’t materialize after four-time Superbike Champion Josh was caught up by Kyle Wyman’s crashed motorcycle, which sent him off the track. He was able to get his #4 Yamaha YZF-R1 re-fired and re-joined the race.

Shortly after Josh’s misfortune, two-time and defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron lost the front-end on his #1 R1 and slid into the gravel. Like Josh, Cameron was able to pick up his bike and get back in the race.

By the time the checkers flew, Cameron had raced his way back up to an 8th-place result, while Josh finished 14th.

Both Superbike riders will have a chance to redeem themselves in Sunday’s Superbike Race 2 from COTA, which is scheduled to start at 3:45 PM CST. The race will be broadcast live on beIN Sports.

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At COTA, Gerloff Puts Brand-New YZF-R6 On MotoAmerica Supersport Pole In Dramatic Fashion, While Beaubier Qualifies Just Off Pole In Superbike

Austin, TX - April 21, 2017 –Defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion and Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff sure knows how to make a dramatic debut for the brand-new 2017 Yamaha R6 in MotoAmerica Supersport competition. The Texan put his #1-adorned machine on the pole at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, TX, and will start from the point in tomorrow’s race scheduled to go green at 4:15 PM CST. The race will be broadcast live on beIN Sports.

With the clock winding down in Friday’s afternoon’s final qualifying, Garrett, who was second-fastest up to that point, was trying to find a clear section of track and, unfortunately he got together with a slower rider who had suddenly moved into his racing line at just the wrong moment. But bikes and riders went down, thankfully unhurt, and Garrett was able to quickly get back under way and just in time to cross the start-finish for one more lap before the checkers flew.

And that one lap was all it took, as Garrett ran the fastest lap of anyone on the track to snatch the pole position at the last possible moment, and with his bike and leathers freshly scuffed from his off-track excursion. It was a dramatic zero-to-hero moment for the talented 21-year-old and his absolutely jubilant team.

“I went into the turn down low and on the inside in order to get past a few slower riders and try to get a clear section of track,” Garrett said. “Unfortunately, one of the slower riders, who was on the outside of the turn, decided to also come down low, and into my path. Our bikes collided, which put us both in the gravel. I knew there wasn’t much time left in qualifying, so I quickly got the bike back on two wheels, fired it up, and took off with just enough time to get in one more lap. All I kept thinking about was how hard my team works, so I was going to work as hard as I could to get pole. I was so happy to see my #1 in P1 (on the leaderboard pylon) after I crossed start-finish with the checkered flag waving. And, to come back into the pits and see all my guys cheering was just the best feeling.”

Garrett’s teammate JD Beach also qualified well, and he will start on the front row of the grid in tomorrow’s race by virtue of being third-fastest on Friday.

In MotoAmerica Superbike qualifying, two-time and defending Champ Cameron Beaubier narrowly missed out on pole position by a little over 1/10 of a second. Cameron’s Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Josh Hayes qualified fifth.

Superbike Race 1 will go green at COTA on Saturday at 5 PM CST, and Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday, at 3:45 PM CST. Both races will be broadcast live on beIN Sports.

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Yamaha Previews bLU cRU Road Racing And Fan Activities Scheduled For The Circuit of The Americas This Weekend

Cypress, CA - April 19, 2017 –Beginning tomorrow through Sunday, the Yamaha bLU cRU road racing teams will be on the world stage as they join the stars of MotoGP in Austin, TX. Round 1 of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship gets under way Thursday morning at the 3.426-mile, 20-turn Circuit of The Americas (COTA).

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing: Beaubier & Hayes

Two-time and defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier has a stylish, new red, white, and blue #1 adorning his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1 Superbike this season, and the northern California native is raring to add a third-consecutive Superbike title to his world-class racing resume.

“The first Championship was tough, the second one was even tougher, and I expect the quest for this third-consecutive MotoAmerica Superbike title to be the toughest one yet,” Cameron commented. “But, I am more than up to the challenge. We got in a few tests on my #1 R1 this off-season, and I am definitely ready to go!”

Meanwhile, his teammate Josh “Mississippi Madman” Hayes, who is a four-time AMA Superbike Champion, is as motivated as ever to take Cameron to task in hot pursuit of a fifth Superbike title.

“My crew and I have had a very positive off-season adapting to the new rules structure, and I’m feeling more racy and comfortable than I’ve felt in quite some time,” Josh said. “I’m looking forward to an arduous and competitive season, starting this weekend, and I’m ready to show the level of riding that I am capable of. Game on!”

Superbike Race 1 will go green at COTA on Saturday, April 22, at 5 PM CST, and Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday, April 23, at 3:45 PM CST.

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach

What better way for a Texas-born, raised, and residing road racer to begin the defense of his MotoAmerica Supersport Championship than on a world-class racetrack right in Texas? The only way to improve on that dream scenario is if that Champion--Garrett Gerloff--is aboard a brand-new-for-2017 motorcycle. Garrett will be debuting the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6, with the big #1 on it, this weekend at COTA. Incidentally, Garrett was the fastest Supersport rider at the recent MotoAmerica Official Test held last month at COTA.

“I love everything about COTA,” said Garrett. “The challenge that the track presents, the electric atmosphere with MotoGP there, and the awesome Texas fans! We had a great test there a couple weeks ago, and the 2017 R6 is a dream, I really feel like I mesh with this bike. It gives me a lot of confidence every time I swing a leg over it. This season is definitely going to be a challenge but I’m more prepared than ever, and I can’t wait to start my Championship title ‘offense’ close to home!”

A few states up the road from Texas is the great state of Kentucky and the town of Philpot, home to a certain rider who goes by the nickname “Jiggy Dog,” which is a playful reference to the trademark initials of JD Beach. JD had the #1 on his R6 all through the 2016 MotoAmerica Supersport season. And, as much as he loves to run the #95 on his bike, as he will this MotoAmerica Supersport season, he wants that number one back, in a big way.

“We came so close last year, and it went all the way to the final race of the season to decide it all,” JD said. “But, this isn’t horseshoes, and we were just not close enough. There isn’t anything in life that you want more than something that’s been taken away from you. And I want that #1 back! The only way it could be closer than on my teammate’s R6 is if it were back on MY R6, and that’s my motivation this season. It can’t get any clearer than that!”

The first Supersport Race of the 2017 MotoAmerica season is scheduled for this Saturday, April 22, at 4:15 PM CST.

Meet The Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers

All your favorite Yamaha U.S. bLU cRU road racers will be available for autographs at their Team Transporters in the MotoAmerica Paddock on Saturday morning, April 22, from 10:40 to 11:40 AM. Cameron and Josh from Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing, Garrett and JD from Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha, and the other bLU cRU riders will all be on hand, along with the Monster Energy and Y.E.S. Umbrella Girls.

See The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6, FZ-09, Sport Boats, WaveRunners, Golf Cars, And More

Two of Yamaha’s newest motorcycles will be showcased in the Yamaha Display at COTA. The refined, redesigned and remarkable YZF-R6 and the updated FZ-09 will be featured, along with the YZF-R3, FZ-07 ABS, WR250F, and YZ450F. Plus, Yamaha Sport Boats, WaveRunners, and Golf Cars will also be available for viewing.

The Yamaha Display will be open in the Fan Zone at COTA on Friday, April 21, from 8:30 AM to 5 PM; Saturday, April 22, from 8 AM to 6 PM; and Sunday, April 23, from 8 AM to 5 PM. Hats, T-shirts, and other Yamaha apparel--including Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales merchandise--will be available for purchase.

Take A Ride On A 2017 Yamaha Motorcycle

To demo a 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6, Bolt R-Spec, SCR950, XSR900, FZ-07 ABS, FZ-09, FJ-09, FZ-10, YZF-R1S, Super Ténéré ES, FJR1300, or V Star 1300 Deluxe, go to the Fan Zone at COTA on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 from 9 AM to 4 PM, or Sunday, April 22 from 9 AM to 1 PM. You must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid motorcycle license (permits are not allowed), a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection. To ride the FZ-10 or YZF-R1S, you also must be at least 25 years of age.

Learn “Champion’s Habits” From The Yamaha Champions Riding School

Keith Culver and his YCRS staff will be conducting special seminars throughout the race weekend in the Yamaha Display Area. Their presentation, titled “Champion’s Habits,” can help every level of rider improve their skills both on the track and the street (check the schedules posted in the Yamaha Display Area for presentation times).

Enter For A Chance To Win A Customized “Urban Ops” Yamaha YZF-R1S

In a random drawing from all entries received in the “Yamaha R1S Urban Ops Sweepstakes,” Yamaha will select one winner who will receive a one-of-a-kind 2017 Yamaha YZF-R1S that has been tricked out with a complete assortment of Genuine Yamaha Accessories, select aftermarket upgrades, special graphics, and custom lighting. See the bike in person this weekend at the Yamaha Display in the Fan Zone at COTA.

No purchase is necessary to enter or win. For official Sweepstakes rules, and to enter online, please visit:

Enter To Win A 2017 Yamaha YZ250F Or YZF-R3 In Yamalube 50th Anniversary Graphics!

Look for the Yamalube Umbrella Girls at the Yamaha Display, and ask them to enter your name in the Yamalube 50th Anniversary Sweepstakes.

  • FIRST PRIZE: 2017 Yamaha YZ250F decked out in Yamalube 50th Anniversary vintage graphics and GYTR accessories
  • SECOND PRIZE: 2017 Yamaha YZF-R3 in Yamalube 50th Anniversary vintage livery and equipped with GYTR accessories
  • WEEKLY PRIZE: One Free Case of Yamalube
  • On Monday following the race weekend, one lucky winner’s name will be drawn for the Free Case of Yamalube, and all names collected on the race weekends will be automatically entered in the drawing for the 2017 Yamalube 50th Anniversary YZ250F or YZF-R3. A First Prize Winner and Second Prize Winner will be selected in a random drawing on October 2, 2017 from among all eligible and qualified entries.

    No purchase is necessary to enter win. For official Sweepstakes rules, please visit:

    Get A Free Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha T-Shirt Or Hat

    Complete a brief survey at the Yamaha Financial Services canopy in the Yamaha Display Area, and you’ll receive a Free Team T-Shirt or Hat (while supplies last) from Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha, compliments of Yamaha Financial Services and Yamaha Extended Service.

    Other attractions in the Yamaha Display Area include Free Yamaha Commemorative Visors, which will be given away on Friday, April 20 at 12:30 PM; Saturday, April 21 at 12 PM and 4 PM; and on Sunday, April 22 at 10:30 AM. Also, there’ll be a Music DJ playing tunes and Free Airbrushed Temporary Tattoos throughout the weekend.

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