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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/

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

Also, check out “YamahaMotorUSA” on your favorite social media site.

Roger Hayden Scores a Pair of Superbike Podiums at VIR

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Roger Hayden Scores a Pair of Superbike Podiums at VIR
Hayden Jumps from 7th to 4th in MotoAmerica Superbike Standings aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000

ALTON, VA (May 17, 2015) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Roger Hayden worked hard to claw his way back into the championship picture this weekend in the MotoAmerica Superbike doubleheader in front of a big crowd at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Hayden scored a strong pair of podium finishes. Meanwhile Superbike rookie Jake Lewis had a learning weekend at VIR scoring fifth in Race 1 before rebounding to improve to fourth in the second leg.

Under hot and humid conditions in Southern Virginia, Hayden raced his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a pair of podium finishes, including runner-up in Race 2, to jump all the way from seventh to fourth in the series standings. Lewis remains third in the series after three of nine MotoAmerica events.

Hayden kicked off the weekend qualifying on the front row with a time of 1:25.411. Lewis said he never got a clean lap during the short Superpole session and qualified seventh at 1:26.557.

“I would have liked to have been a little bit quicker,” Hayden admitted. “But personally I’m just struggling a little bit this weekend putting the whole track together. In one section I would be good and then kind of mess up the next one. So hopefully I can get it together tomorrow for 25 laps. The bike feels good; I’ve just got to be a little bit better. I look forward to racing.”

In a red-flag shortened Race 1 Hayden battled the leaders early before finishing third. In Race 2 he came back and ran with leader Josh Hayes in the first couple of laps, and then held off Cameron Beaubier in the end to take second. It marked Hayden’s best finish of the young season.

“I really want to thank my whole team,” Hayden said after the successful VIR weekend. “I really felt bad after Atlanta they had to go to North Carolina for three days and build me two bikes for this weekend. So I’m really appreciative to the whole Yoshimura crew. It was a tough race (referring to Race 2). Cameron was pushing me hard so I never really had the time to take a breather. Around lap 18 I picked up the pace to see if I could get a little bigger gap. It was a good race. I was glad to have a solid 25 laps and maybe at Road America we can be a little stronger.”

Lewis also felt more positive after a better run in Race 2.

“In the second race we made a few changes to the front end and had really good grip,” Lewis said of his nimble Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. “It felt good and I was able to get up there with the front guys and see what I need to work on for the future. There’s definitely some work to do, but I’m happy with the way the day went and I’m looking forward to Road America in a couple of weeks.”

The VIR races will be nationally televised on May 24th on CBS Sports Network at 4:00 pm Eastern.

The Yoshimura Suzuki squad returns to action on May 29-31 at the scenic Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Check out www.motortrendondemand.com/live/ to watch the races live on May 31.

VIR AMA Superbike Race 1 Results:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha)
3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki)
4. Danny Eslick (Honda)
5. Jake Lewis (Suzuki)
6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)
7. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha)
8. Stefano Mesa (Honda)
9. Elena Myers (Suzuki)
10. Mathew Orange (BMW)

VIR AMA Superbike Race 2 Results:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Roger Hayden (Suzuki)
3. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha)
4. Jake Lewis (Suzuki)
5. Danny Eslick (Honda)
6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)
7. Stefano Mesa (Honda)
8. Elena Myers (Suzuki)
9. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha)

2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship Points:
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha), 131
2. Josh Hayes (Yamaha), 115
3. Jake Lewis (Suzuki), 84
4. Roger Hayden (Suzuki), 68
5. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha), 67
6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki), 54
7. Elena Myers (Suzuki), 53
8. Stefano Mesa (Honda), 28
9. Danny Eslick (Honda, 24
10. Mathew Orange (BMW), 15

Team Yoshimura Suzuki is grateful for the support of their sponsors: Yoshimura R&D, Suzuki Motor of America, Motorex, Parts Unlimited, Dunlop, Shorai, Sunstar, K&N Performance Filters, NGK Spark Plugs, RK Racing Chain, Genmark Automation, Pilot, Chicken Hawk Racing and Zeta.

About Yoshimura R&D of America: Yoshimura is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com.

About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. SMAI’s supplier, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles and Outboard Motors. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has 147 distributors in 201 countries. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com

Hayes Wins Again in Laguna AMA SuperBike Race

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Hayes at Laguna

May the fours be with you: Hayes wins again in Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca AMA Pro SuperBike

MONTEREY, Calif. (July 13, 2014) – Three-time AMA Pro SuperBike champion Josh Hayes took another major step toward updating that descriptor to ‘four-time’ on Sunday afternoon at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as he closed out the GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round with a convincing victory, his fourth in a row.

The Monster Energy Graves Yamaha ace, racing on the No. 4 Yamaha R1, moved past the holeshooting Martin Cardenas on the 23-lap race’s opening circulation. The contest was pretty much decided at that point, save for 18 more precision laps executed at breakaway speed. The race was red flagged and called official with 19 laps complete due to a crash by rider Marcel Irnie.

Hayes’ biggest challenge figured to come from rookie teammate Cameron Beaubier, who opened the race from the front of the grid after claiming his second pole position of the 2014 season on Saturday. However, the 21-year-old failed to capitalize on his prime starting position at launch and was shuffled back to fourth, corralled behind Cardenas and his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing teammate, Roger Hayden, while Hayes eked out a gap in front.

Beaubier found his way into third on lap 4 and then moved into second on the following circuit, but by then he already trailed Hayes by more than two seconds.

Beaubier demonstrated similar pace at that point but was unable to make significant progress whittling away at the gap, and the consistent 39-year-old eventually wore him down.

Hayes boasted a commanding multi-second advantage with just three laps remaining when the race was red flagged and ultimately called complete. The win is the 46th of Hayes’ remarkable career and his fourth in succession, both on the season and at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

As a result, Hayes now leads the title chase with more than a full race’s points allotment in hand and only four contests left in play. Two of those races will take place next weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and it’s not inconceivable that he could lock up the crown as early as Sunday.

“What a beautiful day,” said Hayes after claiming his fifth win of the season. “I can promise you it’s never as easy as it looks. The last few laps I was actually having a pretty hard time. I was just trying to stay focused which can be pretty hard to do when you’re riding by yourself. Cameron had a little carrot out there in front of him. I didn’t have much to look at. I was more running like a scared rabbit, looking at the pit board. It’s a little bit of a different game.”

Beaubier was credited with second while Hayden, who passed Cardenas while working lap 7, came in third. With his runner-up result, Beaubier now moves into second in the points as well, 40 back of Hayes (175-135), and one up on Hayden in third.

“I think I rode OK,” said Beaubier. “I got a pretty rough start and was behind Rog and Martin and was able to pass them. But by that time Josh already had a second or two. I put my head down and started clicking off the laps. Overall, I’m pretty happy to get out of here with second place, especially after the weekend I had at Barber, throwing a couple bikes down the road. It’s good to get some confidence back heading to Mid-Ohio.”

Hayden was hoping for a little more than third, but was happy with his day overall.

“I got a decent start but the first couple of laps I was having trouble getting by Martin,” said Hayden. “Then Cam got by me and he got Martin. Finally, I got by Martin and I was trying to catch Cam in the middle of the race. I was starting to make inroads but the last couple of laps I was starting to make a couple mistakes because I was pushing pretty hard. That was pretty much it. It was a pretty good ride for me – Barber didn’t go very good so I feel like this was a bit of a rebound.”

Once it settled in, the race took on a processional shape with more than a second’s worth of padding separating every rider in the top ten – most of those gaps near the ten-second range.

KTM/HMC Racing’s Chris Fillmore finished in fifth behind Cardenas, while ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing’s David Anthony suffered his first finish outside the top five all season long in sixth.

Team AMSOIL Hero EBR’s Cory West and Proto-Tech Spain Yamaha’s Bernat Martinez took seventh and eighth, respectively, while third Yoshimura pilot Chris Clark and Porter Racing Kawasaki’s Sebastiao Ferreira completed the top ten.

Hayes will now take his mammoth championship lead and all the momentum across the country into the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend in just a few days’ time.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

Jake Lewis won his first AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday. The 18 year-old started strong and won a difficult but decisive victory on his Motosport.com/Meen Yamaha entry in the 20-lap final.

“It’s just a huge weight off my shoulders,” said Lewis. “It’s been an up-and-down year. Last year, I was close to winning and this year I’ve been close to winning, so it’s just a huge weight off my shoulders to get the first win. Qualifying fifth – I was a little bit disappointed with that, but I knew it was going to be a heck of a race. I was sitting on the grid thinking, ‘I’m going to win this race,’ because last year I was so close to winning. I got off to a good start, went into the lead in Turn 2 and never looked back. That’s been my weakness throughout my career – looking back – so I just put my head down and stayed focused and clicked off lap after lap and got into a good rhythm and brought home the win.

Lewis beat second place finisher JD Beach on the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha machine, making it three runner-up finishes this year for Beach.

“Jake was riding great and he got his first win,” said Beach. “I was really wanting that win, but it was a really good race. Hopefully, next weekend we can put something together. I have one of the best bikes out there so all I need to do is get a little bit better of a start and do fast laps and hopefully we can get the win.”

The battle for third was a war between Danny Eslick and Jake Gagne, two previous race winners this season. Eslick and Riders Discount Racing Triumph beat Gagne and RoadRace Factory/Red Bull by defending passing attempt after passing attempt over the final three laps.

“Being up here on the podium is huge,” said Eslick. “Obviously, I had the big win at Daytona and that’s been the top of the year for me. But all I could think about were the races I’ve been losing since Daytona and not being on the podium. Yeah, Daytona was awesome but I want to be up here week-in and week-out with these guys. It’s just huge for the Riders Discount team and Attack Performance. … It’s just good to be up here on the podium.”

Gagne was third before losing ground when the leaders hit traffic. By the time he could regroup, Eslick had made his way past.

“We had a great battle but I couldn’t make a pass stick,” said Gagne.

Dane Westby and Yamalube/Westby Racing snatched back fifth from Beach’s teammate Garrett Gerloff. Westby regained the spot with two laps left to finish in front of the factory rider.

Polesitter Jason DiSalvo tagged onto Westby early, but lost further ground after Gerloff came by. DiSalvo finished the contest a shade over 21 seconds back, but ahead of Blake Young (GN Gonzalez Racing) and Jake Zemke (GEICO Motorcycle Racing). Benny Solis rounded out the top ten.

Kaleb De Keyrel was the top AMA Pro SuperSport regular in the race, taking 17th spot on his De Keyrel Racing entry.

Next Race

AMA Pro Road Racing will be back in action next weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend on July 19-20.

About AMA Pro Road Racing

AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

AMA SuperBike Contenders Gearing up for Laguna

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AMA Pro SuperBike contenders gearing up for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 9, 2014) – Road racing fans are in for a treat this weekend as the country’s top riders will share the stage with their World Championship counterparts at the GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round, a combined AMA Pro Road Racing/FIM Superbike World Championship event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike championship outlook has snapped into focus as the title fight begins its run down the homestretch. Despite losing his crown in 2013 and getting off to another rocky start early in 2014, three-time series champion Josh Hayes on the No. 4 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 has silenced any premature whispers that his era was coming to a close.

While his primary rivals all stumbled when confronted with three tricky races in succession, the 39-year-old’s unique combination of speed and experience allowed him to secure a commanding advantage with just five races remaining this season.

Hayes has just about every statistic going in his favor ahead of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca weekend. Now boasting a remarkable 45 career victories and 31 poles, the Mississippian comes to California boasting three straight victories on the season and three in a row at the fabled circuit.

In fact, as a result of the compacted schedule featuring just one AMA Pro SuperBike race, there is only one rider in the field with even a remote chance of stealing Hayes’ title lead this weekend. And no, it’s not perennial contender Roger Hayden on the No. 95 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000nor rookie phenom Cameron Beaubier and his No. 2 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1. The solitary racer within 30 points of Hayes at the moment is the ultimate championship dark horse, privateer David Anthony, pilot of theNo. 25 ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The Australian has been the revelation of 2014. Having reorganized his team to allow him the freedom to focus on his riding as opposed to the business aspects of running a top-flight independent effort, Anthony has been quick enough to keep the leading factory riders on their toes and has the consistency to make up ground whenever they falter.

Anthony earned the first AMA Pro SuperBike podium of his career with a runner-up result in the wet at Road America and then backed that up with another second-place ride in the extreme heat of Barber Motorsports Park. As a result, he’s currently second in the points, albeit 29 down on the resurgent Hayes.

While Anthony has garnered some well-deserved accolades as of late, he can’t ease up now because the aforementioned Hayden and Beaubier are just three and six points back, respectively.

Hayden didn’t get the big results he expected in Alabama and will be looking to make amends this weekend. The Yoshimura Suzuki ace has flashed exceptional speed in Monterey each of the last two seasons, even if the results haven’t exactly been there, and he could be in position to get his title push back on track this time around.

Beaubier, meanwhile, is looking to regain his confidence after a few difficult outings that have hindered his hopes for a championship run as a rookie. The Monster Energy Graves Yamaha rider has accomplished what no one since Mat Mladin has in demonstrating superior outright pace to teammate Hayes on multiple occasions. While his dazzling talent remains unquestioned, Beaubier has suffered from a handful of falls that have damaged both his title positioning and his psyche.

However, assuming he rediscovers his early season form, Beaubier could very well prove to be the one to beat this weekend. He scored the best result of his rookie AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike season in 2011 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with a runner-up result and followed that up with three straight victories at the venue. Back on his home turf, the 21-year-old Californian could prove difficult to overcome – even for his legendary teammate.

Chris Clark on the No. 6 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000 is only five points behind Beaubier and enjoying a breakthrough season of his own. Having finished no worse than sixth all year, Clark climbed on the podium for the first time in his AMA Pro Road Racing career in Birmingham with a third place result at Barber.

Clark actually leads his heralded teammate, Martin Cardenas on theNo. 36 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000 by 15 points. However, the Colombian is coming off his best result of 2014 with a runner-up finish last time out in the Alabama heat.

Chris Fillmore aboard the No. 11 KTM/HMC Racing KTM RC8R, meanwhile, is still seeking that elusive first AMA Pro SuperBike podium for both himself and KTM. His bike expired late in Saturday’s race in Alabama while solidly holding down a podium position. That heartbreak was reminiscent of the one endured last season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca when Fillmore powered onto the start/finish straight in third position only to run short of fuel before he arrived at the checkered flag.

Cory West, pilot of the No. 13 Team AMSOIL Hero EBR 1190RS, and Trent Gibson on this No. 17 Seven Sports Kawasaki ZX-10 round out the contenders ranked in the top ten who are readying to do battle in this weekend’s AMA Pro SuperBike contest. Both men enjoyed season-best results in last year’s finale at the circuit, with West taking fourth and Gibson coming home ninth.

The AMA Pro SuperBike stars will hit the track for the first time at 11:25 a.m. local time (2:25 p.m. ET) on Friday. The class’ 23-lap race is slated for a 4:20 p.m. (7:20 p.m.) start time on Sunday.

About AMA Pro Road Racing:

AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

MV Agusta Takes Over Superbike and Supersport Teams

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MV AGUSTA INVESTS IN RACING AND TAKES OVER THE SUPERBIKE AND SUPERSPORT TEAM

Varese, June 20TH, 2014 – Giovanni Castiglioni, Chairman and President of MV Agusta, and Alexander Yakhnich, Chairman of Yakhnich Motorsport, have signed an agreement which stipulates that MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. will take over all operations of the team currently competing in the World Supersport and Superbike Championships.

“We have reached some very important milestones with the F3 in the World Supersport Championship and we are continuing to invest in the development of the F4 Superbike with preparing for the new 2015 rules” commented Giovanni Castiglioni “We plan to significantly increase our commitment and investment in racing in order to achieve our very ambitious goals next season.”

Starting from the next round of the Championship, which will be held in Misano this coming weekend (June 20th – 22nd), MV Agusta will manage all sporting activities directly through its Reparto Corse.

MV Agusta’s increased commitment to racing is also underscored by the agreements they have reached with their riders. The Italian company has renewed the contracts with Claudio Corti and Jules Cluzel who will be back on the bikes from Varese in the 2015 season, whereas they have released Russian rider Vladimir Leonov from his current contract.

French rider Cluzel will be joined in Misano by the Wild Card rider, Massimo Roccoli, winner of the two most recent races in the Italian Motorcycle Championship riding an MV Agusta F3.

AMA Pro SuperBike Riders Gearing Up For BMP

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AMA Superbikes

AMA Pro SuperBike riders gearing up for Triumph SuperBike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 17, 2014) – The 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing SuperBike championship fight reaches its midpoint this weekend as the tour arrives at scenic Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., and prepares to do battle at the Triumph SuperBike Classic.

The 2014 title picture has already taken on a fascinating shape as three riders of contrasting pedigrees and experience are in a virtual deadlock atop the order.

Heading into the weekend, the all-time great, the rookie phenom and the perennial contender are all locked close enough together in the points that, should any of them win on Saturday, they’re guaranteed to be the title leader heading into Sunday’s rematch.

Last year’s stop in Alabama was all about the all-time great – three-time AMA Pro SuperBike king Josh Hayes on the No. 4 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 – and the perennial contender – Roger Hayden aboard the No. 95 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000.

The duo qualified 1-2 and then ran away from the field to square off in a pair of epic clashes for victory. Ultimately, both checkered flags went to then-defending champ Hayes, albeit only by margins of 0.245 and 0.221 seconds.

The 39-year-old Hayes rolls into Barber Motorsports Park as the man on the move, having picked up significant ground in the championship hunt following his 2-1 performance at Road America. What had been a significant early deficit behind the championship leader has been reduced to just four points, and the third-ranked Mississippian is poised to strike this weekend.

Kentucky’s Hayden is motivated as well. He not only survived one of his worst tracks in Wisconsin, he actually moved forward and now stands equal in points at the top of the order. Now the Yoshimura ace heads into one of his best circuits and hopes to set himself up for a run to a first-career AMA Pro SuperBike crown.

However, the addition of Cameron Beaubier, pilot of the No. 2 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1, to the premier-class equation this season means that history could be out the window. His presence has immediately and undeniably added a new dimension to the SuperBike title chase.

While Beaubier’s teammate, Hayes, boasts back-to-back weekend sweeps (pole and double victories) at Barber Motorsports Park, the same was true heading into Road America. Beaubier came out swinging there, topping the charts from the very first practice and displaying unmatched speed throughout the weekend.

The rookie has been so consistently fast on a SuperBike in fact, that it might be considered an upset if he doesn’t prove to have the pace to run with his title rivals again this weekend.

While equal with Hayden in points, Beaubier is technically in the championship lead on the strength of his two early-season victories. Last season, en route to his dominating AMA GoPro Daytona SportBike title, the Californian walked away with a pair of lopsided Barber wins.

There will be little time for games in Alabama. The field will immediately be thrown into conflict at Barber Motorsports Park, as the event represents the first of three two-day weekends this season. Qualifying 1, 2 and 3 will all take place in the morning and early afternoon on Saturday, setting the stage for the day’s 21-lap race, which is scheduled for a 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT) start. Sunday’s schedule will feature a morning warm-up, followed by another 3 p.m. (4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT) SuperBike showdown.

While the top of the order features two of the most decorated racing outfits in AMA Pro SuperBike history, the man in fourth is doing his best David vs. Goliath impression.

Yoshimura Suzuki and Monster Energy Graves Yamaha represent formidable Goliaths, but this David – David Anthony on the No. 25 ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 – is still very much in contention with an outstanding start to his 2014 campaign.

The privateer has reconfigured his race program this season, allowing him to focus more on his riding, and he’s reaping the benefits now. Anthony, an Australian, has finished in the top five in all four races this year, including a runner-up result at Road America last time out. That finish was the first podium of his AMA Pro SuperBike career.

Hayden’s Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing teammates, Chris Clark on the No. 6 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000 and Martin Cardenas aboard the No. 36 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000, figure to be in the mix this weekend as well.

Clark is enjoying his finest season yet in the premier class, having reeled in three fourth place results.

Meanwhile, Colombian Cardenas is working hard to make up for disappointing outings at Daytona International Speedway and Road America. However, those 12th and seventhplace runs have been offset a bit by a pair of podium finishes. He should be considered a genuine threat in Alabama, the scene of his first-career AMA Pro SuperBike victory, which he scored while still just a class rookie in 2011.

Chris Fillmore on the No. 11 KTM/HMC Racing KTM RC8R endured a frustrating weekend of electrical woes on the long straights at Road America, but tight and twisty Barber Motorsports Park could allow him and his striking orange KTM to shine.

The same is true of EBR pilots Cory West on the No. 13 Team AMSOIL Hero EBR 1190RS, and Larry Pegram on his No. 72 Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing EBR 1190RS. The EBR 1190RS has done well at the circuit in the past. In 2012, Geoff May qualified second provisionally and then took the American-made twin to a pair of fourth place results.

Californian Chris Ulrich on the No. 18 GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Honda CBR1000RR and Spaniard Bernat Martinez, riding the No. 76 Proto-Tech Spain Yamaha YZF-R1, round of the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike championship top ten with both men having secured race results in the top ten already this season.

How to Watch

FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series.

About AMA Pro Road Racing

AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

Nation’s Top Superbike and Sportbike Riders at MMP

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Nation’s Top Superbike and Sportbike Riders Competing at Miller Motorsports Park This Weekend

Pro classes added to Utah Sport Bike Association event

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (May 20, 2014) — America’s top professional Superbike and Sportbike riders will be competing at Miller Motorsports Park this weekend in the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout presented by Yamaha, which will be part of the Utah Sport Bike Association’s (UtahSBA) Vortex Masters of the Mountains series.

The GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout presented by Yamaha is a three-race series created by John Ulrich, longtime publisher of Roadracing World magazine and racing team owner, to provide race teams and their sponsors additional exposure in the western United States after AMA Pro Road Racing’s 2014 six-race schedule included only one event in the west. The first two events in the series were held in California, on April 26-27 at Auto Club Speedway and May 3-4 at Sonoma Raceway. This weekend’s event, dubbed the Arai Mountain Nationals, will be the final event in the series. All three Superbike Shootout events will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on MAV TV starting in June. The UtahSBA races will be televised live online at www.IgniteMedia.com.

“We are really looking forward to the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout this weekend,” said John Larson, General Manager of Miller Motorsports Park. “We know our fans will enjoy having the country’s best motorcycle road racers back in Utah, and we appreciate the hard work among John Ulrich, the teams and the Utah Sport Bike Association in bringing this event to Miller Motorsports Park.”

“We owe it to road racing fans to have national-level professional events here in the west,” Ulrich said. “Our series of three Pro Superbike races and three Pro Sportbike races held in conjunction with three existing regional events fits neatly into a five-week time frame and finishes with UtahSBA at Miller Motorsports Park. You couldn’t ask for a better racetrack and a better racing group to work with, and thanks to both for helping this effort to rebuild our sport in the United States.”

“Sharing a weekend with some of the best professional racers and teams in the world is a unique opportunity,” said Dana Wilson, Treasurer of the UtahSBA, “and our volunteers and racers couldn’t be more excited. Alongside the pros, we have club racers from all over the west and Canada battling for championships. We’ll see some great racing action, and it looks like we’ll have beautiful weather, too.”

The Utah Sport Bike Association will add two classes – the RaceFuelZ Pro Superbike class and the Dynojet Sportbike class – to their normal roster of classes for this weekend, which will be Round 2 of their 2014 championship. All the top professional teams have competed in the first two rounds with the top names in American motorcycle road racing – including three-time AMA Superbike champ Josh Hayes, 2013 AMA Sportbike champ Cameron Beaubier (now in the Superbike class), Garrett Gerloff, Jake Zemke, Martin Cardenas, Roger Hayden, Chris Clark, Chris Ulrich, J.D. Beach and young phenom Joe Roberts.

Also on the schedule for this weekend are Round 3 for the sports cars of the National Auto Sport Association’s Utah Region and Round 3 of the Utah Kart Championship. The Masters of the Mountains will be competing on MMP’s West Course on both Saturday and Sunday, while NASA Utah will be racing on the East Course. The UKC event will take place at the Miller Kart Track on Saturday only.

Of particular note for fans is the fact that, since this weekend was originally conceived as an amateur racing weekend, ticket prices will be only $6 for adults, with kids 12 and under admitted free of charge.

“I’ve been involved in professional motorcycle racing for decades,” said Ulrich, “and I can assure you that it has been many, many years since fans were able to see the country’s top motorcycle road racing teams for only $6 a day. This is an unbelievable deal, and I hope the fans will recognize that and take advantage of it.”

For more information about Miller Motorsports Park, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit the track’s website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com. For more information about the GEICO Superbike Shootout presented by Yamaha, visit their website at www.SuperbikeShootout.com. For more information on the Utah Sport Bike Association, visit their website at www.UtahSBA.com. For more information on the Utah Region of the National Auto Sport Association, visit their website at www.NASAUtah.com.

About Miller Performance

Miller Performance oversees three operational units: Miller Motorsports Park, a state-of-the-art motorsports facility for automobiles, motorcycles, karts and off-road vehicles located 35 minutes from Salt Lake City in Tooele, Utah; the Ford Racing School, the world’s only Ford-sponsored driving school that includes the Boss Track Attack, Raptor Assault and ST Octane Academy programs, plus a Teen Driving School and Highway Safety School; and Oneiro, a logistics company specializing in automotive driving programs. For more information, visit www.MillerPerformanceUSA.com.

Miller Performance is part of Miller Sports Properties, which includes the NBA Utah Jazz; MiLB Triple-A Salt Lake Bees; EnergySolutions Arena; KJZZ 14 Television; The Zone Sports Network (97.5 FM, 1280 AM, 960 AM); the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah men’s professional cycling race; and All-Star Catering

Dynojet Sponsoring Superbike Shootout

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Dynojet

Dynojet Research Sponsoring GEICO Motorcycle Superbike ShootoutPro Sportbike Class

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (April 22, 2014) — Dynojet Research has stepped up to the starting line and is hitting the pits with Pro Sportbike class sponsorship and its popular dyno performance truck on-site for race support of the new, three-event GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented by Yamaha.

Devised to fill an 11-week gap in professional road racing between mid-March and late May, the Superbike Shootout was inspired by the successful British Superbike Championship series. Both feature top professional stars and up-and-coming amateurs sharing the track in separate races at each venue.

The three-race series kicks off this coming weekend, April 26-27, with the Yamaha SoCal Nationals to be held in conjunction with Fastrack Riders and WERA at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, California. Two professional races–Dynojet Pro Sportbike and Pro Superbike–will run along with a full schedule of WERA semi-pro and amateur races.

Dynojet Research, Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of performance-enhancement products and tools. Will Fong, the company’s sales manager, says: “Dynojet is excited to be involved in this new series, providing support to both pro participants and club racers.”

After its inaugural race weekend, the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented by Yamaha moves north to Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California for the Pacific Nationals hosted by AFM on May 3-4, then concludes with the Mountain Nationals at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah hosted by UtahSBA on May 24-25.

For more information about the series, racers, tracks, vendors and sponsors, go to http://SuperbikeShootout.com.

KTM/HMC Team to Compete in Superbike Shootout Series

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KTM/HMC

KTM/HMC Superbike Racing Team to Compete in GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Series

Murrieta, CA – The KTM/HMC Factory Superbike Racing Team is excited to announce it will be competing in the 2014 GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Series rounds with rider Chris Fillmore.

Fillmore will race the KTM 1190 RC8 R in the three-round series that kicks off at Auto Club Speedway on April 26-27, 2014. Fillmore is eager to compete in the new series, stating, “I’m excited for the Superbike Shootout Series to start. It falls between a big gap in our normal AMA SuperBike schedule and takes place at tracks that we no longer get to race on as part of the AMA circuit.”

Fillmore had his first professional race at the Fontana track which brings back positive memories for the now seasoned racer. He mentioned, “I had my inaugural start to AMA Pro Road Racing in 2009 at Auto Club Speedway. I am also excited about racing in Sonoma for the second round as it is one of my favorite tracks and is well-suited for our 1190 RC8 R race bike. It has hard-braking and a flowing layout that I love. The event is also a Pro-Am event so I am looking forward to the camaraderie in the pits between the professional and amateur level riders.”

KTM Product Development Manager, John Hinz, added, “KTM is excited to be a part of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Series. The format will showcase a lot of road racing talent and we believe the most exciting racing will be in the Superbike class with the KTM/HMC Factory Superbike team fighting for the series championship. This is a great opportunity for our fans to come out and cheer for Fillmore while enjoying three weekends of racing on the west coast.”

For more information on the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Series, please visit www.roadracingworld.com.