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Cameron Beaubier Wins 2nd Consecutive MotoAmerica Championship

Cameron Beaubier Wins 2nd Consecutive MotoAmerica Championship Aboard His Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory YZF-R1 Superbike

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Millville, NJ – September 11, 2016 – As if the final-round showdown between defending MotoAmerica Superbike title-holder Cameron Beaubier and his teammate, four-time AMA Superbike Champ, Josh Hayes weren’t exciting enough, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team unintentionally added even more drama to the season-finale Superbike race, which was held on Sunday afternoon at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Josh started from the pole, and immediately went to the front, while Cameron slotted into the lead group and took a calculated assessment of the situation, in which he didn’t have to win the race in order to clinch the title.

What he didn’t calculate was that his #1 R1 would suffer an ultra-rare mechanical issue that caused him to have to pull off the race course and watch the race finish without him. The situation meant that, if Josh could win, he would also take the title instead of Cameron.

As the laps wound down, Josh was running in third position and only a very short distance behind Roger Hayden and Toni Elias. Things got even more interesting as Hayden and Elias jockeyed for position, with Elias eventually taking the lead for good. As the three riders crossed the finish line, with Josh in third, Cameron breathed a sigh of relief followed by an overwhelming feeling of happiness in winning his second MotoAmerica Superbike Championship in a row.

It was an exciting conclusion to a very exciting season in which Cameron won eight races and Josh won two, but it all wasn’t decided until the final checkered flag at New Jersey.

“When I had to pull off the track, I didn’t know how many laps were left,” Cameron said. “So, my heart sunk because I knew Josh had a chance to win the race, which was what he had to do to win the Championship. The last few laps seemed to last forever, but in this case, I’m obviously thrilled that Toni won instead of Josh! It feels weird to say that, but that was the situation. To win my second MotoAmerica Superbike Championship in a row, and in front of my whole family who flew from California, was so cool. My crew worked so hard this year, and we overcame a lot of obstacles–including what happened today–but we hung in there all season long, kept plugging away, got eight race wins, and this Championship. I’m so thankful to be racing for Yamaha, and to have such a great group of guys to work with.”

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Final Standings 9/11/16

1, Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha, 311
2, Josh Hayes – Yamaha, 305
3, Toni Elias – Suzuki, 304
4, Roger Hayden – Suzuki,284
5, Josh Herrin – Yamaha, 163

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Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes Re-Sign With Factory Yamaha

Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes Re-Sign With Factory Yamaha bLU cRU Superbike Road Racing Team For 2017

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Millville, NJ – September 10, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is happy to announce that defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier, along with four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, have both been re-signed to race for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing Team in 2017. Both Cameron and Josh will be aboard Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbikes in the 2017 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship.

The announcement was made by Ib Sabur during a special presentation on Saturday morning of the final round of the 2016 MotoAmerica season at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Ib, who is otherwise known as “650ib” on his very popular YouTube Channel, and 30 other proud R1M owners took part in the special event. It was also the third MotoAmerica round this season at which R1M owners were special guests of Yamaha.

Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., said, “We were happy to include our R1M owners in this special team announcement. Cameron’s and Josh’s return to the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Superbike team for 2017 shows their commitment and belief in Yamaha. Both riders not only show their incredible skills on the track throughout each MotoAmerica race weekend, but they represent Yamaha in a way that is consistent with the values of our entire Yamaha family. These two riders alone are responsible for 79 of Yamaha’s 100 AMA Superbike wins! If that doesn’t say commitment, then I don’t know what does.”

Team manager Tom Halverson added, “It’s such a pleasure to have Cameron and Josh back again for next season. We have an awesome group of brilliant and dedicated crew members who love working with Cam and Josh, and they are equally excited to hear this great news.”

Defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champ Cameron said, “I’m pumped to continue my racing career with Yamaha! With their support, I’ve been able to accomplish a lot in only a few years. I’m also excited that Josh will be back again, too. I really enjoy racing against him. He’s helped me be a much better racer these past couple of years, and it’s great to have him as my teammate and closest rival. I have a ways to go to catch him in total Superbike wins, but hopefully tomorrow, I can lower the gap by two!”

Josh commented, “Wow, 2017 will be nine years for me at Factory Yamaha…how lucky am I? After four Superbike Championships and all 60 of my Superbike race wins coming on this Factory Yamaha, I’m very proud of my accomplishments and excited to continue with the team. I’m hoping I can add to both tallies in the coming year. That, of course, is difficult to do on a team that is, at least in part, dedicated to developing young riders. But that challenge has always brought out the best in me.”

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Yamaha’s bLU cRU Is Ready To Decide It All This Weekend

Yamaha’s bLU cRU Is Ready To Decide It All This Weekend At The Final Round Of The 2016 MotoAmerica Championship In New Jersey

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Cypress, CA – September 6, 2016 – This weekend, the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship wraps up its season with an encore visit to the popular New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, for the Yamaha Superbike Challenge of New Jersey. The MotoAmerica series visited NJMP in April and is making a rare second appearance at the facility’s fan-favorite, 12-turn, 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway.

At stake in New Jersey are the two premier MotoAmerica Championships–Superbike and Supersport–and Yamaha bLU cRU riders are the main protagonists in both race classes.

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

With eight race wins so far this season, you’d think that defending Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier would have wrapped up his second-consecutive Superbike title by now, especially with his closest rival and teammate Josh Hayes–himself a four-time AMA Superbike Champion with 60 career Superbike race victories–only notching two race wins thus far in 2016. But, with the same level of tenacity that he has hung onto his record-breaking racing career, Josh has stayed close to Cameron on track all season long, as well as in the points.

Cameron is clearly the odds-on favorite to prevail in this season’s Championship, but you can never count Josh out, especially at New Jersey Motorsports Park where the “Mississippi Madman” has amassed a gaudy total of 11 Superbike race wins aboard his Yamaha YZF-R1.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on my #1 R1 after having a nice summer break,” Cameron said. “I’ve been continuing to train hard back in California. I enjoy going to New Jersey, and the fans there really make us feel welcome. It’s a great atmosphere and a great place to wrap up the season. I’m ready to get back in race mode and do everything I can to clinch this title.”

Josh said, “New Jersey is always a fantastic event for me. I’ve managed to finish the season strong there–every year–for the past seven years, and I’m going there looking for the same results, which is two race wins on Sunday. The fans in New Jersey are always enthusiastic, and last off-season, when MotoAmerica asked me about the potential of going to NJMP twice this year, I felt very strongly that it’s a track with a fan base that can support two MotoAmerica events in one season. I’m looking forward to a big turnout there this weekend to wrap up our Championship.”

One thing’s for sure: it’ll be a breathtaking display of talent and racecraft as Cameron and Josh go head-to-head aboard their Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 Superbikes for the final time this year.

MotoAmerica Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) is Saturday, September 10, at 2:00 PM EST. Superbike Race 1 will go green on Sunday, September 11, at 12:30 PM EST, and Superbike Race 2 is set for later on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM EST.

Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach

Last year, Garrett Gerloff had a front-row seat and watched with what was obviously extreme discomfort as his teammate and closest rival JD Beach went on a race-winning tear from about the midway point in the 2015 season to capture the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship.

This year, the tables have turned somewhat as defending Champ JD has witnessed Garrett riding on a whole other level than last year, with a quiet confidence that has kept him in the lead for the majority of the season. JD has mounted another late-season surge, similar to what he did last year, and he has continually nibbled bits and pieces out of Garrett’s lead over the past few rounds. But, while both riders are tied in race wins with six victories apiece, Garrett still holds a 14-point lead over JD.

The Supersport Manufacturers Championship has already been awarded to Yamaha, and one of the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 pilots will definitely win the crown this weekend. But, will it be Garrett aboard his #31 R6 or will JD repeat as Supersport Champion aboard his #1 R6?

Garrett said, “I can’t wait to get this last round of the MotoAmerica Championship under way! I’ve had so much fun racing this year against some really tough competitors and at some amazing racetracks. It’s crazy to think that the 2016 season is almost over! I’m going to do the best I can at New Jersey and enjoy every second of it with my family, friends, and team right by my side. I can’t wait to spin some laps on my Yamaha R6 and at one of my favorite tracks! See y’all there!”

“I’m really excited for this last race weekend of the season,” JD commented. “It’s been a long year for me, with ups and downs, but it’s been a blast pulling through the downs with my great crew and team. I’ve been working hard during the break to go into the last round 100% ready. It’s going to be a hard weekend with the points gap to Garrett, but my crew and I are going to give it our all and have the best possible outcome.”

The Supersport Championship may be the undercard to Superbike in MotoAmerica, but it’s certainly no less exciting to watch. Are you ready for the winner-take-all weekend? You can bet that Garrett and JD are.

Provisional Qualifying for MotoAmerica Supersport is on Friday, September 9, at 1:50 PM EST, and Final Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday morning, September 10, at 9:20 PM EST. Supersport Race 1 will go green on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM EST, and Race 2 is on Sunday, September 11, at 2:45 PM EST.

Meet The Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers And Umbrella Girls

On Friday night, September 9, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, be sure to stop by Deptford Yamaha at 1300 Clements Bridge Road in nearby Deptford, New Jersey. Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD, along with Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, and give away posters.

The bLU cRU riders will also be available for autographs during two “Meet & Greet” sessions at the track, and the Monster Energy and Y.E.S. Umbrella Girls will be there, as well:

• Saturday, September 10, 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing and Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Team Transporters

• Sunday, September 11, 10:50 to 11:30 AM, Fan Walk, Pit Lane

Be There For A Special Yamaha Factory Superbike Team Announcement

On Saturday, September 10, at 12:30 PM, the Yamaha Factory Superbike Team will make a special announcement that you won’t want to miss. Join our team, members of the media, and MotoAmerica officials at the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team transporter in the NJMP paddock where you’ll be among the first to hear some exciting news about the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike season!

Watch Some Extreme Riding With Yamaha bLU cRU Stunt Rider Bill Dixon

Stunt rider Bill Dixon does some amazing tricks aboard his stable of Yamaha motorcycles, including his Bolt cruiser, his Super Ténéré, and, of course, his specially modified, stunt-optimized R6. Come to the Fan Zone at NJMP, and prepare to be amazed:

• Saturday, September 10, 11:00 to 11:30 AM, 12:30 to 1:00 PM, and 3:00 to 3:30 PM

• Sunday, September 11, 10:30 to11:00 AM and 2:30 to 3:00 PM

Check Out The Graves Motorsports Race-Prepped Yamaha YZF-R3

Graves Motorsports will have a pair of specially prepared, race-kitted R3 track bikes on display throughout the weekend in the Fan Zone at NJMP, so come and scope them out.

Get Yourself Some Yamaha Apparel

Deptford Yamaha will have a booth set up all weekend long in the Fan Zone at NJMP, and they’ll have Yamaha T-shirts, hats, umbrellas, and more available for purchase.

Watch The Final Round Of The 2016 MotoAmerica Championship LIVE On beIN SPORTS And beIN SPORTS CONNECT

– Saturday, September 10, 2:00 PM EST: Superbike Superpole 1 & 2, Supersport Race 1

– Sunday, September 11, 12:30 PM EST: Superbike Race 1, Supersport Race 2, Superbike Race 2

For information and airtimes for MotoAmerica races on BeIN SPORTS and BeIN SPORTS CONNECT, check out http://www.beinsports.com/us/motoamerica/ and http://beinsportsconnect.tv/

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Josh Hayes Flies With The U.S. Navy

The bLU cRU Meets The Blue Angels As Yamaha’s Josh Hayes Flies With The U.S. Navy

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Pensacola, FL – August 23, 2016 – Four-time AMA Superbike Champion and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory rider Josh Hayes fulfilled a lifelong dream on Monday when he strapped into the cockpit of the #7 U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet piloted by Lt. Tyler Davies and took to the skies over Pensacola and the Gulf of Mexico.

Josh enjoyed the thrill of a lifetime as Lt. Davies deftly flew his Blue Angels fighter jet through a series of aerobatic maneuvers, including barrel rolls, loops, inverted flying, high- and low-speed passes, and tight turns.

“Today was definitely one of those bucket-list experiences,” Josh said after he and Lt. Davies touched back down at Pensacola Naval Air Station following the flight. “I’ve always been a huge aviation buff, and when I was a kid, I used to dream of someday being a fighter pilot. In fact, that’s why I started riding and racing motorcycles, for that feeling you get from going fast and maneuvering the bike through the turns. To me, it’s the next best thing to flying. I’ve watched that Blue Angels video with the soundtrack of Van Halen’s “Dreams” about a thousand times. Well, today, that dream came true for me.”

A video crew from BeIN Sports was on-hand to document Josh’s Blue Angels experience, and the footage will be broadcast on a future episode of the network’s Tuesday night “Pit Lane” program, with the airdate to be announced. Some of the footage will also be shown during BeIN Sports’ broadcast of the final round of the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship from New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday, September 11.

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Racing Legend Josh Hayes Notches Career Superbike Win #60

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing Legend Hayes Notches Career Superbike Win #60, While Beaubier Finishes Second & Wins A Car

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Monterey, CA – July 10, 2016 – In Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Josh Hayes reached another milestone in his record-breaking AMA racing career when he won the 60th Superbike race of his career. It’s a tally that he’s accomplished exclusively aboard the Yamaha YZF-R1.

With the win, Josh–who is a four-time AMA Superbike Champion–also moved into a tie with Mat Mladin for second place in all-time AMA road racing victories. He is now just four race wins behind Miguel DuHamel for first on that hallowed list.

Superbike win number 60 was easily as exciting as any of Josh’s other 59 premier-class victories. After getting third in Sunday’s Superbike Race 1–a race that he very nearly won, as well–Josh applied his same steely determination to get himself up front and into the lead, which he held all the way to the checkers. This, despite a considerable challenge from the frontrunners, and especially his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate and defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier.

Cameron, who won Sunday’s Superbike Race 1 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, made a strong challenge to pass Josh coming out of the final turn on the final lap of Race 2, but his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1’s Dunlop rear tire protested the move, causing the bike to shake its head in disapproval in order to convince him to settle for second, which Cameron did…begrudgingly.

Cameron’s win and second-place finish clinched the three-event Honda Superbike Showdown, for which he was awarded a brand-new Honda automobile. After accepting the keys from presenter Nicky Hayden, Cameron said that he was going to give the shiny, new car to his mother Tanya.

After the race, Josh said, “This one had the result that I was looking for in the first race! I’m really proud to get this win for my team and for all the fans here today. That was an incredible race and so fun to be a part of. We’ve got a big, long break to think about things before the final round. It’s going to be a pretty exciting end to a very exciting season.”

Cameron commented, “I had a lot of fun this weekend. There was a lot of pressure coming into this race, and I wanted to come out of here with a strong points lead, which we were able to do. Big thanks to all the fans here who came out to root for us here at Laguna Seca. And, also, I want to thank all my friends and family from Roseville and the Sacramento area, who made the trip down here to root me on. They made this weekend very special for me.”

In the Superstock 1000 class, Wheels In Motion/Meen Yamaha’s Josh Herrin clinched the 2016 Championship aboard his #2 Yamaha R1. Josh won Sunday’s Superstock 1000 Race 1 and finished fourth in Superstock 1000 Race 2 to take the title with two races left in the season. Congratulations to Josh Herrin and his entire team.

Following MotoAmerica’s mid-summer break, the Yamaha bLU cRU teams will return to action for the final and deciding round of the Championship, which will take place on September 9-11 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ.

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings
1 – Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 298
2 – Josh Hayes – Yamaha – 269
3 – Toni Elias – 263
4 – Roger Hayden – 239
5 – Josh Herrin – Yamaha – 149

2016 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Standings
1 – Josh Herrin – Yamaha – 306
2 – Claudio Corti – 256
3 – Bobby Fong – 237
4 – Danny Eslick – Yamaha – 185
5 – Hayden Gillim – 171

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Yamaha bLU cRU Brawls Continue This Weekend at Laguna

The Yamaha bLU cRU Brawls Continue This Weekend, On The World Stage At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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Cypress, CA – July 6, 2016 – With two rounds to go in the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship, Yamaha bLU cRU road racers Cameron Beaubier, Josh Hayes, Garrett Gerloff, and JD Beach are all in close contention as the “Fast Four” continue their quests for the Championships this weekend on the world stage at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA.

Also, for fans who attend this weekend’s World Superbike event, the Yamaha Display Area in the Marketplace at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be bustling with exciting activities for everyone.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing: Beaubier & Hayes
Currently leading the 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike points standings is defending Champion Cameron Beaubier, who will be aboard his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike this weekend, trying to bolster his 25-point lead over Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate and four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, who will be aboard his #4 R1 Superbike.

MotoAmerica Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) begins at Laguna Seca on Saturday, July 9, at 3:40 PM PST. Superbike Race 1 will go green on Sunday, July 10, at 11:45 PM PST, and Superbike Race 2 is set for later on Sunday at 3:45 PM PST.

Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
Like their Superbike counterparts, Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammates, Garrett Gerloff and defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach are also engaged in an exciting Championship rivalry aboard their equally prepared Yamaha YZF-R6 machines. With seven race wins this season, Garrett is leading the 2016 Supersport Championship by 23 points over JD, who has notched six race victories of his own. Garrett will be aboard his #31 Yamaha R6, while JD carries the big target–the #1 plate–on his Yamaha R6.

MotoAmerica Supersport Qualifying 1 is this Saturday morning, July 9, at 9:45 AM PST, and the Supersport Race is scheduled for Sunday morning, July 10, at 9:30 AM PST.

Visit The Yamaha Display Area In The Marketplace And Take A Ride On A New Yamaha
The Yamaha Display Area in The Marketplace, which is located in the track infield between turns 5 and 6 at the Raceway, will be open Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10, from 8 AM to 5 PM, with motorcycle parking provided at the Display Area for all Yamaha riders. Yamaha Racing apparel and merchandise will be available for purchase. Also, see all the Yamaha models on display, including the new 2017 YZ’s, 2017 Bolt cruisers, and the public debut of the all-new 2017 FZ-10 and SCR950.

You’ll be able to take a demo ride aboard the all-new XSR900, or try out a new FJR1300, FJ-09, FZ-09, FZ-07, or YZF-R3. Demo rides will take place at the Yamaha Display Area in The Marketplace on Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; and on Sunday, July 10, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 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 bLU cRU Road Racers And Umbrella Girls

All your favorite Yamaha bLU cRU road racers will be available for autographs during two “Meet & Greet” sessions at their Team Transporters in MotoAmerica Infield Paddock. On hand will be Cameron and Josh from Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing; Garrett and JD from Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha; Jake Gagne from Broaster Chicken/RoadRace Factory/Yamaha; Josh Herrin and Joe Roberts from Wheels In Motion/Meen Yamaha; Richie Escalante and Dakota Mamola from HB Racing/Meen Yamaha; Mathew Scholtz from Yamalube/Westby Racing; Danny Eslick from TOBC racing; Bryce Prince and Jason Aguilar from Riders Discount/Tuned Racing/Yamaha. The Monster Energy and Y.E.S. Umbrella Girls will also be there:

• Saturday, July 9, 10:45 to 11:30 AM PST
• Sunday, July 10, 1:15 to 1:45 PM PST

Watch Round 8 Of The MotoAmerica Championship LIVE On beIN SPORTS And beIN SPORTS CONNECT As Part Of This Weekend’s World Superbike Coverage
– Saturday, July 9, 6:40 PM EST: Superbike Superpole 1 & 2
– Sunday, July 10, 12:30 PM EST: Supersport Race, Superbike Race 1 & 2

For information and airtimes for MotoAmerica races on BeIN SPORTS and BeIN SPORTS CONNECT, check out http://www.beinsports.com/us/motoamerica/ and http://beinsportsconnect.tv/

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Beaubier Increase His MotoAmerica Superbike Points Lead in Utah

Beaubier Follows Up His Utah Race 1 Win With A Runner-Up Result In Race 2 To Increase His MotoAmerica Superbike Points Lead; Hayes Finishes Fourth In Race 2

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Tooele, UT – June 25, 2016 – Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammates Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes finished second and fourth, respectively, in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 at Utah Motorsports Campus. The results extended Cameron’s points lead and successful defense of his Superbike Championship, while Josh still remains in second-place in the Championship with two rounds and four Superbike races remaining in the season.

As in Superbike Race 1, Josh blasted off from the second row of the grid at the start of Race 2 and got the holeshot. While racing hard to extend his lead at the front, the four-time AMA Superbike Champion ran off the track, but did not tip over. None the worse for wear, Josh rejoined the fray and methodically worked his way up through the field, running fast laps and making surgical passes, to finish a solid fourth.

Cameron started from the front row and was almost immediately in a battle with Toni Elias and Roger Hayden, which lasted throughout the entire 18-lap main event. Cameron went for the win on the final lap, but he was not quite able to take the lead before the checkered flag flew, and he settled for the second step on the podium.

After the race, Cameron said, “I was going full-on the whole time. I wanted to win that race just as badly as I wanted to win the first one. I was struggling quite a bit on the brakes today, in both races, but it’s something we’ll work on, and I know we’ll get it figured out. I have the points lead– which of course, is in the back of my mind–but I still want to keep winning races.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will be back in action in two weeks when the MotoAmerica Championship will be part of the FIM Superbike World Championship weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, on July 8-10.

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings 6/25/16

1 – Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 253
2 – Josh Hayes – Yamaha – 228
3 – Toni Elias – 227
4 – Roger Hayden – 226
5 – Josh Herrin – Yamaha – 128

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Beaubier’s Double Podium At Barber Maintains His MotoAmerica Superbike Points Lead

Beaubier’s Double Podium At Barber Maintains His MotoAmerica Superbike Points Lead; Hayes’ Two Fourth-Place Finishes Keep Him In Second Place

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Birmingham, AL – June 12, 2016 – Amidst extremely hot and humid weather conditions that tested the riders’ conditioning, defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier’s two third-place results on Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park moved him closer to winning his second-consecutive Superbike title. Meanwhile, his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Josh Hayes maintained second place in the points standings with two fourth-place results.

As in Superbike Race 1, which ran earlier on Sunday, Cameron started from the pole, but in Race 2, he got a better start off the line and slotted in behind Toni Elias while going into turn one. Josh moved quickly into fourth-place behind Roger Hayden, as the four main title contenders began their battle.

Hayden managed to get past Cameron, which moved him back to third place. The racing was close throughout the 23-lap contest, but Elias and Hayden ran a quick pace, and Cameron and Josh weren’t able to close the gap enough to make a pass for the lead before the checkered flag flew.

After his second podium result of the day, Cameron said, “I was struggling pretty bad driving off the corners, and I just couldn’t get close enough to the front. Normally, I’d be pretty bummed about two third-place finishes, but Toni and Rog really had the pace today. I’m looking forward to going to Utah, which is closer to my home.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will be back in action in two weeks when the MotoAmerica Championship will be at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT, on June 23-25.

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings

1 – Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 208
2 – Josh Hayes – Yamaha – 195
3 – Roger Hayden – 194
4 – Toni Elias- 189
5 – Claudio Corti – 108

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The Yamaha bLU cRU Is ’Bama Bound To Barber

The Yamaha bLU cRU Is ’Bama Bound To Barber

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Cypress, CA – June 9, 2016 – The Yamaha bLU cRU’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing and Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team transporters are rolling into Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, today for this weekend’s round six of the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Motorcycle Road Racing Championship. George Barber’s picturesque 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course is a favorite stop on the MotoAmerica schedule for Yamaha’s bLU cRU road racers and crew members.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Beaubier & Hayes

Fresh off his double win last weekend at Road America, defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier will be looking to keep his momentum going as he takes to the track at Barber Motorsports Park.

Cameron won Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 at Barber last year. And, with his two wins at Road America last weekend, the 23-year-old is now leading the 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship by seven points over his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Josh Hayes.

Speaking of Josh, the four-time AMA Superbike Champion absolutely thrives in the heat and stifling humidity of Barber Motorsports Park, a climate akin to where he grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi. Josh won Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 last year at Barber, and he doubled the year before. Last week at Road America, he earned his first Superpole of 2016 and led the field in both races, but ultimately had to settle for two third-place finishes. Josh’s results in Wisconsin did not sit well with him, and he comes to Alabama with the bit in his teeth and ready to put his #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1 on the top of the box in both of Sunday’s Superbike races at Barber.

Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) begins on Saturday at 2:00 PM CST. Superbike Race 1 will go green on Sunday at 12:30 PM CST, and Superbike Race 2 is later on Sunday at 4:00 PM CST.

Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
Garrett Gerloff earned the pole, won Supersport Race 1, and finished second in Supersport Race 2 last weekend at Road America. His stellar results extended his 2016 Championship lead to a gaudy 43 points just past the halfway point in the season.

Garrett considers Barber Motorsports Park to be one of his favorite tracks on the schedule, partly because the thoroughly likeable Texan used to live in nearby Trussville. He’s hoping that momentum and familiar surroundings will work in his favor as he takes to the Alabama track aboard his #31 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.

Driving down to the track in his race van from just a short distance up the road in Philpot, Kentucky, is defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach. “The Jiggy Dog” notched second- and third-place results last weekend at Road America for his sixth and seventh podiums of the 2016 season.

JD had a breakthrough weekend last year at Barber Motorsports Park, winning both Supersport races. He took a noticeably different line around Barber road course than did his competitors, and it paid off.

“I’ve watched a lot of old races from Barber,” JD commented. “And I learned a little something from watching Ben Spies go around the track. Last year, I took a tighter line because I’m a dirt tracker, and I like to take the shortest way around the track, if I can.”

Look for JD to continue taking that tight line around Barber this weekend as he looks to repeat the double-win success in Alabama that he enjoyed in 2015.

Supersport Qualifying is Saturday at 9:20 AM CST. Supersport Race 1 is scheduled for Saturday at 4:00 PM CST, and Supersport Race 2 will go green on Sunday at 2:45 PM CST.

Meet The Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers
Cameron, Josh, Garrett, and JD will be available for autographs at their Team Transporters in the Road America paddock on Saturday from 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM.

The Fan Walk, scheduled for 10:50 to 11:30 AM Sunday on pit lane at Barber Motorsports Park, is another great opportunity to meet Yamaha’s bLU cRU riders. They 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 Y.E.S. Umbrella Girls.

Watch Round 6 Of The MotoAmerica Championship LIVE On beIN SPORTS And beIN SPORTS CONNECT beIN SPORTS:
– Saturday, June 11, 3:00 PM EST: Superbike Superpole 1 & 2, Supersport Race 1
– Sunday, June 12, 1:00 PM EST: Superbike Race 1, Supersport Race 2, Superbike Race 2

beIN SPORTS CONNECT (beIN SPORTS 6):
– Saturday, June 11, 2:45 PM EST: Superbike Superpole 1 & 2, Supersport Race 1
– Sunday, June 12, 1:00 PM EST: Superbike Race 1, Supersport Race 2, Superbike Race 2

For information and airtimes for MotoAmerica races on BeIN SPORTS and BeIN SPORTS CONNECT, check out http://www.beinsports.com/us/motoamerica/ and http://beinsportsconnect.tv/

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Beaubier Extends Yamaha’s Wisconsin Winning Streak

Beaubier Extends Yamaha’s Wisconsin Winning Streak With A Victory In Superbike Race 1 At Road America; Teammate Hayes Finishes Third

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Elkhart Lake, WI – June 5, 2016 – Defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier won Sunday’s Superbike Race 1 at Road America aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1. To date, a Yamaha Superbike rider has tasted victory at Road America for seven consecutive years.

Cameron’s teammate Josh Hayes started from the pole and also got the holeshot going into turn one, with Cameron slotting into second. From there, the battle was on between the two teammates as Roger Hayden followed closely behind in third.

On lap 7, a rare mistake by Josh caused him to run wide in turn 12, which set the four-time AMA Superbike Champion back a few seconds. With his work cut out for him, Josh focused on running fast laps, and his hard work paid off as he caught up to Cameron and Roger. Meanwhile, Cameron rode smooth, consistently fast laps throughout the race and took the checkered flag with a gap of nearly half a second over Roger. Josh rounded out the podium solidly in third.

“I felt really good in the race and felt comfortable leading,” Cameron said. “I was able to outbrake Josh in some corners, so I was really happy about that. I threw two bikes down the road over the past couple of days, so I’m really glad to win today and get some redemption for my guys who have had to work extra-hard to rebuild two bikes this weekend.”

Josh commented, “When we were all together at the front, I thought I had spots where I was good and Cam had some spots where he was good, too. It felt great being up front, and I was having fun. But, I knew that Cam was right there behind me. Going into the chicane, I thought I could get him on the brakes

Beaubier Orders Up A Double Cheese With Two Superbike Victories In Wisconsin; Teammate Hayes Podiums Twice

Elkhart Lake, WI – June 5, 2016 – Defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier ordered a double-cheese victory from the Sunday menu at Road America, and his entire Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team feasted on the success.

Cameron’s victory in Superbike Race 2 was his second of the day, and his sixth on the season. Meanwhile, his teammate Josh Hayes (aka “Mr. Road America”) recorded his second podium result of the day and his eighth podium this year.

Josh started from the pole, but he had to settle for second going into turn one as fast-starting Toni Elias took the lead. Josh and Cameron slotted into second and third, respectively, and were immediately in a battle with Toni and his teammate Roger Hayden. Josh passed Toni in short order and took the lead, and then Cameron managed to also get past Toni.

Josh and Cameron began swapping the lead back and forth as Roger moved into third in front of Toni. On the final lap, with Cameron in the lead and Josh in second, Toni moved into second and tried to take the lead over Cameron. He ran wide in turn five, and Cameron maintained the lead, while Josh moved back into second. Cameron took the checkers, and Toni just barely nipped Josh at the line.

After his second victory of the day, Cameron said, “That was a tough race. You’ve got to ride on the edge if you’re going to beat these guys. I’ve never doubled here, but I always seem to have a good weekend at Road America. That was a fun race, and we were all in a battle. Coming to the last lap, I thought it was just Roger and Josh, but here comes Toni, and I was like ‘Where did you come from?’ So I was glad to cross the finish line first because all four of us were going for it.”

Josh commented, “I felt like I rode a really good race, and I rode as fast and consistent as I could. I wasn’t too surprised when Cam came past me, so I knew that I had to be as relentless as I could for the rest of the race. Toni was able to draft past me to the line, and it was close, so I wasn’t happy to get third today. But I’ll take it and move on to next week at Barber.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will be back in action again next weekend as the MotoAmerica Championship will be at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, on June 10-June 12.

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings

1 – Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 176
2 – Josh Hayes – Yamaha – 169
3 – Roger Hayden – 149
4 – Toni Elias – 144
5 – Claudio Corti – 100

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