Yamaha Previews Daytona; Will Debut New Star Motorcycle During Daytona Bike Week
Cypress, CA March 6, 2013 - Daytona Bike Week is always a big event for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. Over the years, Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona 200 have become synonymous with the brand. With last year's win, Yamaha now has 21 Daytona 200 victories to its credit--including an unprecedented, unbeaten string of 13 Daytona 200 victories in a row.
Along with the exciting racing in which Yamaha and its riders will compete, the brand also has a number of other activities planned for Daytona Bike Week.
A New Star On The Horizon
Leading off the festivities will be the world debut of a brand-new Star motorcycle, which will be unveiled this Saturday, March 9 at 12:00 Noon at the Yamaha display located at the Daytona Club Pad near the front entrance of the Speedway.
The new bike is an exciting evolution of the Star brand, and is sure to thrill a special niche of riders who appreciate unique style with modern performance.
If you can't make it to Daytona we will be live webcasting the unveiling at www.starmotorcycles.com/countdown/home.aspx at 12:00 Noon EST on Saturday, March 9.
JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha rider Justin Brayton and the N-Fab/Ti-Lube/Yamaha team of Bobby Kiniry, Chris Blose and Phil Nicolleti will be looking to put their Yamaha YZ450Fs in the 450SX winner's circle, while Star Valli Yamaha rider Jeremy Martin and Eleven 10 Mods riders PJ Larsen and Brady Kiesel will be aboard their Yamaha YZ250Fs in 250SX East competition. The Daytona Supercross is this Saturday night, March 9.
This year, Yamaha goes for Daytona 200 victory number 22 with two riders who many consider to be the odds-on favorites to take the checkered flag. Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha's Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff will both be aboard identically prepared YZF-R6 Daytona SportBikes, determined to conquer the high banks, pitstops, 57 grueling laps, and high-speed drafting maneuvers that Daytona presents.
This year's Daytona 200 is set to go green on Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 PM.
In AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, three-time champ Josh Hayes will begin defense of his triple-title aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1. He'll be, once again, teamed with Josh Herrin, who was last year's SuperBike Rookie of the Year and rides the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1.
Superbike Race 1 will take place on Friday, March 15 at 4:00 PM, and Race 2 is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 AM.
Two autograph sessions will take place on Friday afternoon, March 15, with Josh Hayes and Josh Herrin signing posters and memorabilia from 1:45 to 2:30, followed by Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff, who are scheduled to sign from 2:30 to 3:15. The autograph sessions will take place at the Yamaha display located at the Daytona Club Pad.
Additional Yamaha Events At Daytona
Along with all the racing events at Daytona, Yamaha will also have displays and demos of the 2013 Yamaha and Star motorcycles.
The Yamaha display will be open Saturday, March 9 through Saturday, March 16. Hours of operation are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day, and hats, T-shirts, and other Yamaha merchandise will be available for purchase.
To demo a 2013 Yamaha or Star motorcycle, be at the Yamaha display Saturday, March 9 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Sunday, March 10 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Friday, March 15 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM or Saturday, March 16 from 9:00 to 11:30 AM. 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.
Yamaha is this year's title sponsor of the AMA Yamaha Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast, which will take place on Friday, March 15 at 7:00 AM in the Daytona 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway. Scott Russell, who won the Daytona 200 five times--including two times aboard a Yamaha SuperBike--will be the featured guest.