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American Honda Motor Corp. Returns to MotoAmerica

A New Weapon in the fight for MotoAmerica Superbike Supremacy


Torrance, CA – In the belly of the American Honda Motor Corporation (AHM), the stage is set for the biggest change in the team’s history.  Media and AHM employees are anticipating the formal announcement of perhaps the worst kept secret in the paddock.  The news that awaits clearly isn’t that the team will be using Honda Groms to maneuver through the pits, or that big beautiful red generators will be powering team equipment.  No. While those things are true, the big news that has gathered the crowd is the formal announcement and introduction of the 2017 Genuine Broaster Chicken / RoadRace Factory’s newest partner and supplier of race weaponry.  American Honda Motor Corp.

For the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Season, the team will be piloting the highly anticipated and completely redesigned Honda CBR1000RR.  AHM and the team have reached a multi-year deal that will see the team take on the lead role in the continued development of the latest generation of the CBR family.  In what is expected to be a steep learning curve, the coalition of Broaster Chicken, Honda, and RoadRace Factory are fully committed to providing the sport a much needed injection of diversity and enthusiasm.  To that end, all major principals were on hand for the event.

Last season saw the entrance of a new team sponsor, Genuine Broaster Chicken.  While the 2016 season was nothing short of a challenge that tested the determination of all involved, the good folks at Genuine Broaster Chicken stood by the team.  During the off-season, Jay Cipra (President and CEO – Broaster Company) negotiated a larger deal with team principal Danny Walker.  This new deal was a clear show of confidence in the team and its ability to run more than just a competitive effort.  Genuine Broaster Chicken has doubled down on their sponsorship of the team and has helped create a team structure that will allow more resources to be available to Jake Gagne and the 32 Crew.

For Honda’s part, they have committed to a multi-year technical deal.  To be clear, this is not a full factory effort by Honda.  This a technical support deal that will supply the team with bikes and technical guidance while helping to bring Honda back to American Superbike Racing.  AHM has fully committed to this new partnership, as evidenced by the location of the introduction, and are just as eager to showcase the new CBR for the American fans.  It has been a long time since AHM has provided this level of support in American road racing.  They felt that now was a great time to reenter the paddock due to the strength of MotoAmerica’s popularity and the organization of the Genuine Broaster Chicken team.

We are certainly very excited about this new partnership and we can’t wait to see you all at COTA for Round 1 of the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship!

Jake Gagne – #32 

“I’m really very excited to have American Honda Motor Corp, come on-board with us for the next few seasons. I can’t wait to get testing the new CBR1000RR.  I haven’t even thrown a leg over this beauty yet, so I’m pumped to get testing and learn this bike.  I’m also stoked that Genuine Broaster Chicken has come out with such an incredible show of support for myself and the team.  I feel fortunate to have this opportunity and I can’t wait for COTA to get here to show everyone what this new team can do.”

Jay CipraBroaster Company 

“I’m very excited to be a part of Danny Walker race team and the RoadRace Factory.  I’m looking forward to the ongoing partnership that we have renewed for this year. Last year was our first introduction to the RoadRace Factory although we have been involved in racing for about 5 years, we liked the style in which Danny Walker ran the team and it was a great experience for us and it’s something that we look forward to carrying on this year and potentially further.  I think that with the addition of Honda this season we’re looking at some very exciting things for the future of the Broaster Company and for Jake.

Mike SnyderSenior Manager of Marketing for Powersports American Honda  

“We are happy to be technical support sponsors for Danny Walker and the Genuine Broaster Chicken / Honda team.  We will be providing motorcycle support, technical support and parts from HRC (Honda Racing Corporation).  We feel that this new partnership can bring a new level of competition to the series.  MotoAmerica has been doing a great job of bringing back American Road Racing and we’re happy to be back in the premier class.”

Danny Walker –  Team Principal 

“The RoadRace Factory is obviously super excited with the relationship that we formed last year with the Genuine Broaster Chicken folks when we attempted to run the superbike class for the first time.  We learned quickly that it was really tough to run a bike and be competitive without some manufacturer support.  To be a part of American Honda getting back into American road racing is an awesome deal and I couldn’t be prouder of this.  We know we are starting at the bottom but we have a lot of torque and hopefully we’ll get there.  We have a multi year deal with American Honda Motor Corp so we have a little bit of time to work up to the highest levels.  But I know my guys and I know Jake and they are going to be working their rear’s off to make this bike a contender from round one.”

BMW Motorrad USA Announces BMW S 1000 RR Racer Support and Contingency Programs for 2017

BMW Motorrad USA Announces BMW S 1000 RR Racer Support and Contingency Programs for 2017


Woodcliff Lake, NJ – February 6, 2017… BMW Motorrad USA is offering current and prospective racers even greater incentives to compete on its bestselling BMW S 1000 RR superbike this year. Over $1 million in contingency money is offered for racers piloting a 2015, 2016 or 2017 model year S 1000 RR in several 2017 national and international race series.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – February 6, 2017… BMW Motorrad USA is offering current and prospective racers even greater incentives to compete on its bestselling BMW S 1000 RR superbike this year. Over $1 million in contingency money is offered for racers piloting a 2015, 2016 or 2017 model year S 1000 RR in several 2017 national and international race series.

“We are excited to roll out an enhanced contingency program that will cover more race series to reinforce our commitment to supporting privateer BMW motorcycle racers,” commented Sarah Schilke, National Marketing Manager, BMW Motorrad USA.

In addition to the improved contingency program, BMW is again offering the racer support purchase incentive on the S 1000 RR. Racers licensed in any of the BMW supported contingency program series can apply for the support program through their authorized BMW Motorrad dealer. The program is limited to 20 racers for 2017.

“BMW Motorrad is providing riders with all the tools they need to succeed on the racetrack – a class leading liter bike at a substantial savings, with the added incentive of HP Race Parts!” observed Professional Racer Nate Kern, who will serve as a BMW Motorrad Motorsports Advisor at MotoAmerica and regional series races this year. “New for 2017, certified BMW HP Race Engineer, Steve Weir, has been brought on board to further enhance our supported racers’ success.”

BMW Motorrad’s Contingency Program is managed online via XTRM Performance Network, which provides real time distribution and management of contingency money payouts, results tracking and social media marketing. Racers piloting a 2015, 2016 or 2017 S 1000 RR can enroll by logging into www.xtrm.com/contingency/bmw to cash in on their performance.

For racers who want to get on board an S 1000 RR this year, BMW Motorrad is offering a limited Racer Support Program offering substantial savings on a 2016 BMW S 1000 RR  with Race Package and HP Race Power Kit, as well as a monetary rider incentive. Racers holding current licenses for race series included in the contingency program and who have earned top finishes in those series are eligible to apply for the program at their local authorized BMW Motorrad USA dealer.

BMW Motorrad also offers MotoAmerica racers the opportunity to shine on an international level with the international BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. The Race Trophy provides a platform for racers piloting an S 1000 RR, HP4 or a sidecar with BMW engine, to compete at venues around the world. The BMW Motorrad Race Trophy 2017 is comprised of 20 championships that stage around 280 races in 25 countries on six continents. The overall winner is awarded 15,000 euro, the top 30 riders collect bonuses of 100,000 euro in total. All Winners of the several defined categories receive a trophy and additional bonus for their achievements. For more information about the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, visit: https://www.bmw-motorrad-motorsport.com.

The S 1000 RR supersport bike, featured in the 2015 film Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, was BMW’s best-selling model last year. This year, the S 1000 RR appears to be wooing riders all over again, with sales in January outpacing sales in January 2016 by 42%.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 341 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 152 BMW motorcycle retailers, 126 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Yamaha Opens 2017 bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Registration

Yamaha Opens 2017 bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Registration


Cypress, CA – February 1, 2017 –Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is proud to announce that its bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program returns for 2017 with several new enhancements, including an expanded Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge as part of the WERA motorcycle roadracing series.
“For 2017, the Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program has increased by $50,000 over last year,” commented Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “Yamaha is deeply committed to supporting road racers who compete aboard our highly successful YZF-R1, YZF-R6, and YZF-R3 motorcycles. The Yamaha bLU cRU continues to grow every year, and we’re pleased to be able to provide those racers with Contingency support. The legendary R6 has been redesigned for 2017, and we are especially looking forward to seeing bLU cRU racers compete aboard that new machine with support from Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.”

We’re also very excited about this year’s Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge. The Challenge was a big success last year, and for 2017, we’ve expanded the Challenge to include 26 regional WERA races, encompassing 13 racetracks in 9 states.”

For 2017, Yamaha R1 Superbike riders competing in the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Race Championship are eligible for Contingency support when they cross the finish line in the top five of the class. The MotoAmerica Superbike payout structure is $5,000/$4,000/$3,000/$2,000/$1,000 for R1 Superbike riders, which amounts to $300,000 available to R1 Superbike riders for the full MotoAmerica season, along with an additional $192,500 available to Yamaha bLU cRU riders competing in the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000, Supersport, and Superstock 600 classes, collectively.

Yamaha will also provide Contingency support for bLU cRU riders who compete in the 76th running of the Daytona 200, which will take place in March. The top-three Daytona 200 finishers, if aboard qualifying Yamahas, are eligible for a total of $17,500 in bLU cRU Contingency support, including the winner of the Daytona 200, who can earn $10,000 in bLU cRU support if aboard a Yamaha.

In addition, another $259,000 will be available to Yamaha bLU cRU riders at a variety of national and regional sprint road races across the country.

“Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency registration numbers were up 71% in 2016,” Mike Guerra, Racing Department Manager for Yamaha, said. “Registrations have grown every year since the establishment of our bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program, and we expect a record number of Yamaha bLU cRU riders to sign up for the program this year, too, particularly with the expansion of the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge.”

All bLU cRU contingency earnings will, once again, be paid directly to the riders’ reloadable bLU cRU VISA Debit Cards, and each bLU cRU rider will receive a $45 credit on http://www.bLUcRUswag.com, where they can purchase bLU cRU apparel and merchandise, as well as a 10% rebate on “Graves Motorsports” and “GYT-R” parts and accessories.

For complete details on how to register for the bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program, along with specific information on which racing series, events, and classes are included, and additional information on the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge, visit the Road Racing Contingency page on the Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., Website at https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sport/pages/yamaha-road-race-contingency-program

Yamaha Again Partners With WERA, Expands Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge For 2017
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is continuing its marketing partnership with WERA Motorcycle Roadracing for the 2017 road racing season. As part of the agreement, Yamaha R3 Expert and Novice road racers have the opportunity to compete in the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge Race–exclusively for Yamaha R3 riders– which will be held at the prestigious WERA Grand National Finals (GNF) on November 2-5, 2017, at Barber Motorsports Park.

At the GNF, the winner of the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge Race–in the Expert class–will be awarded a brand-new 2017 Yamaha R6. Other R3 Challenge Race podium-finishing riders–in both the Expert and Novice classes–will be awarded prizes that include TrackSkinz racing leathers and Yamaha Generators. Additional prizes and details will be announced soon.

To be eligible for a grid position at the GNF’s Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge Race, R3 racers must qualify by competing in any two WERA E-Superstock races during the 2017 road racing season. Grid positions for the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge Race at the GNF will be determined by points accumulated at any 2017 WERA “E-Superstock” races.
To further support the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge, Yamaha is offering bLU cRU Contingency Support to Expert-class R3 racers at 26 WERA events in 2017, and eligible models have been expanded to include 2015-and-newer R3 motorcycles purchased in the U.S.

“We’re honored to be able to grow our relationship with Yamaha for 2017 and host this great Challenge,” said Evelyne Clarke, CEO of WERA. “The Yamaha R3 is a great machine on which to start a motorcycle road racing career, and we urge new riders to check out the machine and come in on a motorcycle that is built for racing, carries contingency support, and qualifies for an awesome final at the WERA GNF this November. This is a great opportunity to learn and grow in this sport.”

Steve Liberatore, Yamaha’s South East Regional Business Manager, added, “We’re excited to once again partner with WERA and expand the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge for 2017. The Yamaha R3 has proven to be the perfect platform not only for young racers to enter the sport, but also for experienced racers to add another race class to their program and hone their skills. At the 2016 GNF, Jackson Blackmon of Rock Hill, SC, won the R3 Challenge race at the WERA GNF, and he took home the awesome Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R3 that was last year’s Grand Prize. This year, the competition should really heat up with the increased rounds of Contingency and the announcement that this year’s Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge race winner will receive a brand-new 2017 R6 as the Grand Prize.”

For more Yamaha racing news, photos, and videos, visit http://www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing

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KTM Releases 2017 RC CUP RACEBIKE Details

KTM Releases 2017 RC CUP RACEBIKE Details

2017 KTM
2017 KTM

KTM Motorsports is pleased to announce important details about the KTM RC CUP RACEBIKE that is now available for purchase for participants of the KTM RC Cup, held in conjunction with the 2017 MotoAmerica Racing Series.

The KTM RC Cup Series showcases riders between the ages of 14 and 22-years-old holding an AMA Superstock Limited license. All riders must race aboard KTM RC CUP bikes. These motorcycles are designed as racing competition bikes (not street-legal) and have been prepared by KTM with over 40 PowerParts and other enhancements to increase racing performance. Some of the features include:

·        Fully adjustable WP Racing Fork
·        Fully adjustable WP Racing Rear Shock with high/low speed compression and rebound damping, adjustable preload and adjustable shock length
·        Akrapovic Exhaust
·        Racing Windshield, Tail Fairing and Belly Pan
·        RC8 R-style Throttle Assembly
·        CNC-machined Racing Foldable Levers
·        CNC-machined Racing Rear Sets

To maintain competitive parity, the engine is sealed and may only be serviced by KTM’s trackside partner HMC Racing. Modified street-legal KTM RC 390 bikes will not qualify for participation in the MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup Series but will be allowed in regional racing. KTM’s partnership with HMC Racing will add a benefit to all riders during the racing weekend, as HMC will provide the following services to race participants:

·        KTM HMC semi-truck will be present at each event to provide a relaxing hospitality area for participants
·        The KTM HMC technicians will provide technical assistance and have parts available for purchase if needed as part of the trackside service program
·        KTM HMC technicians will provide a motorcycle safety check on motorcycles prior to the race and will help MotoAmerica regulate the validity of all race units to maintain motorcycle parity throughout the race series

New participants who purchase a KTM RC CUP RACEBIKE between now and March 31, 2017 and enter the MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup will receive the following benefits from program sponsors:

·        SYNCHRONY FINANCIAL will provide a KTM RC Cup 10×10 EZ-Up for new KTM RC Cup Racers to display in the MotoAmerica pits. KTM will ship EZ-Ups directly to participants who have a season-entry to the MotoAmerica Series. All other MotoAmerica participants will receive shipping confirmation on an individual basis.
·        MOTION PRO will offer each Official KTM RC Cup Racer the option to purchase MOTION PRO products at 50% off the retail price up to ::News_LongText::,000. Additionally, MOTION PRO will offer contingency to the top three finishers in each MotoAmerica race. A representative from MOTION PRO will contact participants after the motorcycle has been warranty registered.
·        MOTOREX will offer a sponsorship package including $500 in MOTOREX product and a discount on all MOTOREX product purchased throughout the racing season. A representative from MOTOREX will contact participants after the motorcycle has been warranty registered.
·        GiMOTO is offering KTM RC Cup Racers a semi-customizable, made to measure racing suit that is handmade and constructed in Italy at the discounted price. For more details, please see your local authorized KTM dealer.

The KTM RC CUP RACEBIKE is now available for purchase. To request an RC CUP RACEBIKE, a rider will need to visit a participating KTM dealership and provide a copy of their AMA Road Racing Superstock Limited license or license application. RC CUP bikes will be available on a first come, first serve basis with limited availability.

Fong and the Ninja ZX-10R End the Season on Top

Fong and the Ninja® ZX™-10R End the Season on Top
September 11th | New Jersey Motorsports Park | Millville, N.J.


Foothill Ranch, CA (September 13, 2016) – Bobby Fong and the Latus Motors Racing Kawasaki team arrived at New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend for the final round of the 2016 AMA/FIM MotoAmerica series looking to earn second place in the series championship aboard his Ninja® ZX™-10R.

The No. 50 Ninja ZX-10R qualified second on the grid, a position that allowed Fong to execute his game plan to get out front early and stay there until the finish. The first race got underway in brutally hot conditions, but Fong was able to save himself until the fight at the finish. As he took the white flag Fong sat third. He immediately made the pass for second and then grabbed the lead just before the checkered flag, giving Fong the Superstock win and fifth overall.

At the beginning of the second race Fong knew exactly what it was going to take to win, launching off the line and quickly cementing himself among the Superbikes, well ahead of the rest of the Superstock field. Fong held that position for the length of the race, comfortably taking the Superstock win and fourth overall. His double victory moved Fong into second place in the Superstock Championship.

“Bookending the season with another double win gives me a gigantic confidence boost,” said Fong. “I didn’t start the weekend where I wanted but I pushed through it and qualified second. The first race was a battle to the bitter end in sweltering heat, I can’t tell you how good it felt to make two passes on the last lap and take the win. In the second race I was done messing around, got up front with the Superbikes and stayed there for the whole race. Taking my second double win of the season is great and it put me second in the championship which is even better. I had a great year and can’t wait for 2017. Now I’m off to compete in this weekend’s race at EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany, where I will be filling in for a Kawasaki Superstock 1000 team. My goal for the weekend is to be the top Kawasaki Superstock rider on the track and continue to show the world what an awesome bike the Ninja is.”

Cameron Beaubier Wins 2nd Consecutive MotoAmerica Championship

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


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

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit http://www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing

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KTM RC Cup Returns to MotoAmerica Championship Series in 2017

KTM RC Cup Returns to MotoAmerica Championship Series in 2017

KTM RC Cup – September 11, 2016


MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM Motorsports, producers of the globally-recognized KTM RC Cup Series, is pleased to announce a contract extension with the MotoAmerica AMA Championship Series to include the youth-based RC 390 CUP spec class for the 2017 race season.

As a continuation of KTM’s initiative to strengthen youth road racing in the U.S., the KTM RC Cup will enter its third consecutive season with MotoAmerica in 2017. With nearly 40 unique participants in 2016, the KTM RC Cup has provided a platform for young talent to springboard through the ranks of MotoAmerica’s premier National series, while providing additional opportunities and exposure for racers to compete globally.

KTM Motorsports Marketing Manager, Christy LaCurelle, explains:“KTM is happy to continue its partnership with MotoAmerica. The RC Cup Series has been a great platform for youth riders to get their feet wet in the world of road racing and move on to bigger displacement classes after a season or two of competitive racing in the KTM spec class. We are pleased with the growth of the series over the last two seasons and look forward to welcoming new and returning racers to the series in 2017.”

Three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey adds: “We are pleased to have the KTM RC Cup back for next year. The class is working just the way we envisioned it and we’ve already seen some of the kids making the jump to the next level and having success. I love watching the progress of the kids both on and off the track.”

The KTM RC Cup showcases riders between the ages of 14 and 22-years-old holding an AMA Superstock Limited license. All riders must race aboard KTM RC 390 CUP bikes. These motorcycles are designed as racing competition bikes (not street-legal) and have been prepared by KTM with over 40 PowerParts and other enhancements to increase racing performance.

To maintain competitive parity, the engine is sealed and may only be serviced by KTM’s trackside partner HMC Racing. Modified street-legal KTM RC 390’s will not qualify for participation in the MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup Series but will be allowed in regional racing.
KTM RC390 CUP bikes are now available through your local KTM dealer. To view a list of KTM dealerships near you, please visit www.ktm.com/dealer.

The 2016 MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup Championship concludes this weekend, Sept. 9-11 in Millville, New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.ktmrccup.com.

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


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.”

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit http://www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing

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RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati To Run FDNY Tribute Livery

#RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati To Run FDNY Tribute Livery for 9/11 Race


#RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati approaches the season finale MotoAmerica races at New Jersey Motorsports Park this coming weekend from a perspective of respect, honor, and remembrance. This Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th tragedies. To pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our city on that day, team rider Corey Alexander and the #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati team are excited to showcase the Ducati Panigale R “Engine No. 23” with special edition F.D.N.Y. livery. This particular livery replicates in exact detail a typical F.D.N.Y. Fire apparatus with prominent yellow and white stripes.

The custom painted #23 Panigale R, as well as Corey’s custom race leathers, will be on display at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, 2016. Corey will be competing with the custom livery in the MotoAmerica SuperStock 1000 class. Additionally, #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati will have event shirts available for sale, with all profits being donated to the 9/11 Memorial Foundation.  “Every year our home race at New Jersey Motorsport Park falls near September 11th, and so this year when we realized the dates aligned and race day (Sunday) fell on the 11th, we felt it was absolutely necessary to do something to really honor the brave men and women of the F.D.N.Y.. Being a New Yorker my entire life, I can remember the exact day of the tragedy. At the time only being 7 years old, I didn’t understand the magnitude of the events unfolding. Though I did feel the magnitude of the events then, I continue to feel the impact it had on our city, our state, and our country. With the help of our team painter Lance, graphics company Signs Ink, and leather sponsor Spidi Sport I’m excited to bring our vision come to life. It’s a tremendous honor to showcase this special livery, and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do!” Says Corey.

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


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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