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MotoAmerica Round 10 Championship of Alabama

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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 Round 10 Birmingham - "Barber Raceway"!


Gerloff Turns It Up To 11 With A Win At Barber In Supersport Race 2, While Beach Finishes Second; Hayes Podiums In Wet & Wild Superbike Race 2

Birmingham, AL - September 17, 2017 – After becoming a two-time MotoAmerica Supersport Champion on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park, Garrett Gerloff got right back to his winning ways on Sunday, notching his 11th victory of the 2017 season. But, as has been the case for much of the year, Garrett’s Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teammate was right in his wheel tracks and ready to pounce on any opportunity to make a pass for the lead.

And, so it went for the majority of the 19-lap race with Garrett and JD in tandem and running a spirited pace. As the laps wound down and backmarkers came into play, Garrett was able to make his way through the traffic more advantageously than JD, which allowed Garrett to pull a gap and take the checkers by a little more than four-and-a-half seconds over JD.

Garrett commented, “(JD and I) were both going fast. I felt like I had a really good bike underneath me, as I always do, and I was comfortable the whole race despite the heat and the fact that the track felt kind of greasy (due to the heat and humidity). I’m really happy to end the year with a win. I wish I could have done it yesterday, but I’m glad that I won today at one of my favorite tracks and near where I used to live.”

JD said, “It was a really good race, and everybody was riding really strong today. The gap to Garrett was close until the end when we got into some backmarkers, and he was able to make his way through the pack better than me. It’s been a great season, and I’ve enjoyed racing with Garrett all year. Thanks to MotoAmerica, the cornerworkers, and especially Yamaha and my team for a great season.”

A short while after the Supersport Race ended, and just after Sunday’s Superbike Race 2 went green, rain fell at Barber Motorsports Park, which caused a red flag to allow the teams to switch to rain tires, which led to another red flag when the rain came down even harder and created ponding on the race course. Following an almost two-hour delay, the race was restarted a second time under wet conditions. Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s four-time AMA Superbike Champion is a master in wet track conditions, and with gusto, he welcomed the opportunity to race. Sure enough, Hayes rocketed to the front early and led the race for several laps, ultimately finishing third for his eighth podium finish of the season.

“One of the things we always talk about is how lucky we are to have a track like Barber on our schedule,” said Hayes. “The conditions were tricky, but, I did feel that the track was race-able, and that turned out to be the case. When we were finally able to race, it turned out to be a really good show. Experience helped me in the beginning of the race because I’ve done a lot of laps on this track, and I know where the (slippery) seams are. So, I pulled a pretty good gap in the beginning of the race. After things settled down, the guys behind me were building confidence, and they were able to try some different lines, which worked to their advantage and helped them get closer. And then, when a couple of riders passed me, I focused on staying in the hunt. I’m glad to make the podium for Yamaha and my team.”

Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin, a fill-in rider for the injured Cameron Beaubier at the final two rounds of the season, elected not to line up for the restart, leaving Hayes as the lone Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing rider to close out the 2017 campaign.

MotoAmerica Supersport Final Standings

1. Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha – 387

2. JD Beach – Yamaha – 345

3. Valentin Debise – Suzuki – 268

5. Jason Aguilar – Yamaha – 147

MotoAmerica Superbike Final Standings

1. Toni Elias – Suzuki – 410

2. Roger Hayden – Suzuki – 322

3. Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 255

4. Josh Hayes – Yamaha – 223

5. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 216

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At Barber, Gerloff Wins Second Consecutive Supersport Championship, Beach Wins Supersport Race 1, and Herrin Finishes Second In Superbike Race 1

Birmingham, AL - September 16, 2017 – 2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff has successfully defended his title, with a back-to-back Championship won on the penultimate day of the 2017 Championship.

For Garrett, his third-place finish in Saturday’s Supersport Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park was not without drama. He earned the pole position in Saturday morning qualifying, but in the afternoon’s race, it was his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teammate JD Beach--himself the 2015 MotoAmerica Champion--who got the holeshot, with Garrett slotting in second.

Wanting to lead, Garrett attempted a pass on JD going into Charlotte’s Web (turn five), but he missed his brake-marker and failed to negotiate the turn, running off the track and through the gravel run-off, but keeping his #1 Yamaha YZF-R6 upright. He rejoined the race in 16th place and immediately went to work moving through the pack. Meanwhile, JD was in full command at the front, and he rode a flawless race all the way to the checkers.

Garrett ultimately raced his way all the way up to third place, which put both him and JD on the podium, with Kentuckian JD celebrating the victory and Texan Garrett--with the Lone Star Flag draped over his shoulders and replica six-guns holstered around his waist--clinching the season title.

After his race win, JD said, “It’s never easy to win a race against these guys. When I saw Garrett fly by me, I didn’t think there was any way that he was going to make that corner. But, I still thought he’d be coming up through the pack, so I just kept my focus on running fast laps. (My crewchief) Mike Canfield and (my mechanic) Woo (Dave Presler) solved a couple of issues that we’ve been having, and it really paid off today.”

“The nice thing about coming in here is that I didn’t have any pressure on me to win,” commented Garrett, “But I still wanted to, and I made a big mistake. I was glad that I didn’t go down, and it was fun making a run up through the pack, doing some decent laps, and making it up on the podium. And, to win my second Championship in a row, it couldn’t be any sweeter. I have to thank my guys Olly (Hutchinson, crewchief) and Keaton (Hendrickson, mechanic), and, of course, Yamaha for my super-fast R6.

The final Supersport race of the season will go green from Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday at 2:25 PM Central.

In Saturday’s Superbike Race 1, which had two red-flagged incidents, the first one unfortunately involved Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Josh Hayes, who had a tipover in turn two, and his #4 YZF-R1 Superbike was too damaged to make the restart.

Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin was then the lone Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory rider, and he raced in the lead pack, ultimately bringing his #2 R1 home in second for his second podium finish of the season. Herrin recorded the fastest lap of the race on lap two of the contest, and he also had a miraculous save on the second-to-the-last lap to keep his #2 R1 Superbike upright.

“I can’t thank the guys on my team enough for getting me comfortable on the bike,” said Herrin. “Bryce (Eikelberger, mechanic) and Mitch (Leonard, mechanic) have worked super-hard to get the bike ready for me this weekend. It was a crazy race. We were slipping and sliding around everywhere, but it was consistent throughout the race. On the second restart, Toni (Elias) got another great start, but I was able to get by him. I tucked the front twice, and thought I was going down, but somehow I saved it, and I’m very happy to finish second today.”

About his off-track excursion, Hayes said, “We made a pretty big change for the race, and it was very unfortunate that my crash occurred in an area of the racetrack where I had hoped the change in setup would help. I had a lot of grip, but the change kind of had the opposite effect (to what I was hoping). The riders in front of me had gained some time on me, and I was trying to correct that situation, but the setup change caught me out. I feel bad that I caused my team a lot of extra work tonight to get the bike ready for tomorrow. But, they’re the best, and we will be ready to line up and race for the win tomorrow.”

Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday at 3:15 PM Central.

MotoAmerica Supersport Standings

1. Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha – 362

2. JD Beach – Yamaha – 325

3. Valentin Debise – Suzuki – 252

MotoAmerica Superbike Standings

1. Toni Elias – Suzuki – 390

2. Roger Hayden – Suzuki – 322

3. Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 255

4. Josh Hayes – Yamaha – 207

5. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 191

6. Josh Herrin – Yamaha – 157

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit


The Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers Are Ready To Roll Tide At Barber Motorsports Park During This Weekend’s Championship of Alabama

Cypress, CA - September 13, 2017 – The final round of the 2017 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship is this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama, and the Yamaha bLU cRU teams are ready to race for wins and wrap up a MotoAmerica Championship on Barber’s 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course.

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing: Hayes, Herrin…And Beaubier!

Four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes considers Barber Motorsports Park to be one of his home tracks, since it’s located only a few hours’ drive from where the “Mississippi Madman” grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi. The southern charm and hospitality of the ‘Bama fans make him feel right at home.

Hayes commented, “Barber is a track that’s close to where I grew up, and it’s also where I won my first AMA professional road racing championship, so it’s a special place to me. My family and a lot of my friends will be there, too. It’s a fun track to race at, and with the museum, it’s a fantastic place to finish out the season.”

Josh Herrin also considers Barber Motorsports Park to be a home track for him, and the Dublin, Georgia, native has a lot of laps under his belt at the facility, which is also located a few hours’ drive from where he grew up.

“Barber has always been a good track for me,” said Herrin. “And, after racing last weekend in New Jersey and getting to know my #2 Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory RacingYZF-R1 Superbike, I’m going to change my mindset a little bit. My plan is to go to Barber and have some fun riding the bike. I want to get back to why I started racing Yamaha motorcycles to begin with, and that’s to have fun, go fast, and remember that I’ve got the best job in the world!”

Two-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier has had successful surgery to repair his injured shoulder, and he’ll be at Barber Motorsports Park all weekend long to support his team, cheer on Hayes and Herrin, and meet with fans.

“I'm really looking forward to being back at the track this weekend at Barber,” Cameron said. I’m bummed that I can't finish out the season, but it’ll be nice just to be there supporting my team, all the Yamaha riders, and also see all the fans who come to this event!”

Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) is on Saturday at 11:30 AM Central, Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 3:30 PM Central, and Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday at 3:30 PM Central.

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

For defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff and his teammate, 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach, their season-long battle for the 2017 title comes down to this final weekend in Alabama.

Based on Championship points still available, Garrett and JD are the only riders who can win the title and, currently, Garrett has a 46-point lead over JD coming into Barber.

Garrett said, “Barber is a really special place. Not only is it as picturesque and well-groomed as a golf course, but it was the first track I ever visited to watch any type of road race, it was the first track I ever got a podium at in the ‘mini’ class, and it’s the place I love to visit the most every year! I feel like I’ve achieved a lot of milestones in my racing career at Barber Motorsports Park, and to have the opportunity to fight for another Championship at Barber will be another memory that I can take with me from this racetrack.”

JD commented, “Wow, I can't believe the season is already coming to an end! It's been a lot of fun riding and developing the new R6. We found what we’ve been missing with setup during the NJMP weekend, so I'm really hoping what we learned will transfer over to Barber and we can finish the year out strong and give my crew the results they work so hard for.”

Supersport Qualifying at NJMP is Saturday at 9:20 AM Central, Supersport Race 1 is scheduled for Saturday at 2:25 PM Central, and Supersport Race 2 will go green on Sunday at 2:25 PM Central.

Meet Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Cameron, Garrett, And JD

Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Cameron, Garrett, and JD will be available for autographs at their Team Transporters during the Dunlop Paddock Autograph Session on Saturday from 12:45 to 1:45 PM, and then, again on Sunday during the Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session on pit lane from 12:40 to 1:30 PM. The riders will be handing out free, autographed posters and other team items, and you can also get your picture taken with them, as well as with the Monster Energy and Yamaha Extended Service Umbrella Girls.

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

Look for the Yamalube Umbrella Girls in the paddock, 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:

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