Yamaha: Like Red Beans & Rice
by chase winstead
Monday, October 08, 2012

These just in from Yamaha:

Like Red Beans And Rice, Winning And Josh Hayes Go Together Perfectly In Sunday SuperBike Race In New Orleans

New Orleans, LA October 7, 2012 - Wrapping up his historic season, Gulfport, Mississippi's Josh Hayes put the final touches on his third straight AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship by winning Sunday's race at NOLA Motorsports Park. It was the 16th win of the season for Josh and the 33rd SuperBike of his career, which moves him into sole possession of second place on the all-time AMA Pro Road Racing SuperBike wins list.

Like most of Josh's wins this season, he got a great start, moved to the front, and clicked off fast lap after fast lap, which resulted in a gap of more than nine seconds over the rest of the field when he took the checkered flag.

After celebrating on the top step of the podium at NOLA, Josh said, "It was the perfect way to end an incredible year. I think we're all basically show-offs at heart, and to have a lot of my family and friends here made it all the more special for me. What a year it's been for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team. My guys are the best."

As part of the Vortex Racing PINK Campaign, in support of breast cancer research, Josh ran a special, pink-anodized Vortex sprocket on his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 throughout the weekend. "I was proud to have that sprocket on my R1," Josh commented. "My manager Gina Nadeau has been battling breast cancer for a long time, and it felt good to do something to raise awareness of that terrible disease."


Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Champ Josh Hayes Does That Voodoo That He Do & Wins SuperBike Race One At NOLA Motorsports Park

New Orleans, LA October 6, 2012 - In his first race after winning his third AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes continued his winning ways by scoring another decisive race victory, this time in Saturday's Race One at NOLA Motorsports.

Josh, who was riding in front of a large group of family and friends from his hometown in nearby Gulfport, Mississippi, put pride and power on display as he dominated the 18-lap event aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 and took the checkered flag with a lead of more than 10 seconds over the rest of the field. The victory was Josh's 14th of the season, with one more race to go tomorrow on the 16-turn, 2.75-mile New Orleans road course.

After the win, Josh said, "The first lap, everything went kind of clean, and I hit my marks well, and then I started to get a little gap. I had so many people come out this weekend, and I really wanted to do well for them and all the fans here at NOLA. The Dunlop tires held up well for me on this new surface, and tire wear was really a non-issue, at least for me. Hats off to my crew for giving me a great bike. Fourteen wins so far this season is really a testament to their talents."


Cagey Cameron Goes Cajun As Beaubier Wins Saturday Daytona SportBike Race In New Orleans

New Orleans, LA October 6, 2012 - Cameron Beaubier, the rapidly rising star of the Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team, won Saturday's AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race One at NOLA Motorsports Park. For Cameron and his #6 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, the victory was their seventh out of the past nine races.

In the press conference following his well-earned victory, Cameron said, "I didn't get the greatest of starts, and I had to work hard to get myself to the front. My Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team gave me an awesome bike. I'm trying to win as many races as I can before the season ends, and I'm really looking forward to getting back on my R6 for tomorrow's race."

Cameron's teammate Tommy Hayden, in his first race back from suffering injuries in a crash at New Jersey Motorsports Park, was understandably still feeling the effects of the incident that occurred just a month ago. He put in a heroic effort and finished a respectable 10th.

In Saturday's AMA Pro SuperSport Race One, Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff had a great race going and had worked himself into 2nd on his #96 R6. Unfortunately, due to an as-yet-unidentifiable mechanical or electrical issue with his bike, he ultimately finished in 15th place. The team has been working to diagnose the problem, and they are determined to resolve the issue and ensure that Garrett's R6 is ready for Sunday's SuperSport Race Two.


Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Team Debuts Miami Sound (and Video) Machine

Cypress, CA October 4, 2012 - Round 11 of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series saw 19-year-old Yamaha Extended Service/Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier pilot his #6 Yamaha YZF-R6 to yet another win in the hotly contested AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class.

Despite the changeable weather that brought rain, wind, thunder, and lightning to Homestead-Miami Speedway--along with track conditions that ranged from dry, to wet, to varying degrees of wet and dry--Cameron accepted the challenge with his usual calm demeanor and riding skills belying his young age. He earned the pole and won Saturday's Race One--his sixth race win out of the past nine starts--and then, he finished third in Sunday's Race Two to make it a perfect 12 for 12 in podium appearances in the DSB races that he has finished this season. And, to top it all off, on the strength of his 1-3 finishes, Cameron was named the Big Kahuna of the event and was awarded the coveted surfboard trophy, which is an appropriate prize for a guy who hails from northern California.

Seventeen-year-old Garrett Gerloff was also in action at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and he raced his #96 Yamaha YZF-R6 to solid eighth- and seventh-place finishes in the AMA Pro SuperSport class, at a track on which he'd never even seen in person, let alone, ridden.

For highlights of the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha riders in South Florida--including an interview with Cameron--check out this video:

You'll also meet Rick Williams, Team Manager of Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha, who talks about how the team relies so heavily on Yamaha Generators, both in the paddock and right out on the starting grid.

Look for more videos to come from both of the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams: Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha.



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