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Yamaha Opens 2017 bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Registration

Yamaha Opens 2017 bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Registration

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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.”

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2017 Supersport Road Racing Team Announced

2017 Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Supersport Road Racing Team Announced

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Cypress, CA – November 18, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is proud to announce that its Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha road racing team will be competing aboard the refined, redesigned, and remarkable 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 in the Supersport class of the 2017 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. The announcement was made by Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

With two MotoAmerica Supersport Champions on its team, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha boasts one of the most successful and experienced middleweight motorcycle road racer lineups in the world, as 2016 Champ Garrett Gerloff and 2015 title-winner JD Beach are both back and excited to climb aboard their brand-new 2017 Yamaha R6 machines. Garrett’s R6 will carry the #1 as defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion and JD will run his signature #95 on his identically prepared R6.

“We’re proud to add Monster Energy as official title sponsors of our Supersport team, and to continue our long and highly successful relationships with Yamalube and Yamaha Extended Service,” commented Keith McCarty. “We’re especially proud to continue working with Chuck Graves and Graves Motorsports. For nearly 20 years, Chuck and his organization have been an integral part of our racing efforts. Together, Yamaha and Graves have won a lot of races and championships–in Supermoto, road racing, and UTV off-road racing–and we look forward to continued success in 2017 and beyond.”

Reigning MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett said, “I’m so excited to be a part of the Yamaha family again for 2017! And ‘family’ is no exaggeration. Yamaha has stood by my side since I became a professional, through the ups and downs, and they make me feel like I am a part of something bigger than myself. I am so happy that I feel like I was able to repay them for all of their hard work and sacrifice over the years by winning the 2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship.

“Now, I’m working even harder on becoming a smarter racer and more consistent rider so that I have the best chance at holding the number one plate in the air, again, at the end of 2017. One thing that should also make that goal a little easier is the brand-new R6, with new features that will help JD and I find more speed on the track. I am also very happy to have JD, one of my biggest competitors, as my teammate again. We push each other to be the best we can be every time we show up to the track. So, overall, 2017 is going to be a challenging year (like every year), but I feel confident in my team and myself, excited to have a new motorcycle to play with, and I’m ready to line up on the grid at COTA in April. See y’all at the track!”

2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD commented, “I’m really looking forward to the 2017 season and the new challenges that lay ahead. Not only do I get to run my beloved number 95 again, but also, I get to work extra-hard to put it at the front aboard the brand new R6! I’m really looking forward to racing the new R6 and to re-claim the title on a new machine with the number 95 on it. It would put the icing on the cake. I’m getting as old as my teammate Josh Hayes now, so, to have new challenges keeps me motivated after all these years racing.”

The 2017 MotoAmerica Supersport road racing season gets underway on April 20-23 at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX.

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

New Ducati SuperSport Unveiled at INTERMOT

New Ducati SuperSport unveiled at INTERMOT

  • Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali presents, in Cologne, the first of a series of new bikes from the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer
  • The SuperSport is a versatile sport bike: agile in town, comfortable on the motorway, smoothly effective on countryside bends and on the track
  • The SuperSport range also includes the SuperSport S version
  • The SuperSport will be available in Ducati Stores by March 2017
  • SuperSport MSRP is $12,995
  • SuperSport S MSRP is starting from $14,795
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Cologne (Germany), October 4, 2016 –  Ducati took advantage of the special press-only day at INTERMOT 2016 to unveil the first of a series of new bikes for 2017. At the Cologne motorcycle fair, Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali took to the stage to present the SuperSport, the company’s latest sport motorcycle

“I’m extremely proud to be able to reveal the latest Ducati 2017 bikes, starting with the SuperSport”, stated Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali at the bike’s unveiling. “After sharing a sneak peek with the Ducatista community at WDW 2016, we’re ready to present the bike to the thousands of enthusiasts who had eagerly awaited a sport bike capable of ensuring both fun and comfort, even in everyday riding situations. Expert riders will appreciate the true sports personality of the SuperSport, its excellent road performance and apparent penchant for journeying and everyday use. Riders approaching the Ducati sports world for the first time will discover versatility, easy handling and, above all, the very essence of sports riding as Ducati sees it.” Mr. Domenicali is looking forward to EICMA 2016: “Next month, during the Ducati World Première – held on November 7, and streamed live across the globe – we’ll reveal the other bikes being launched by Ducati this coming year, thus completing the range and, we can confidently say, meeting many of the needs and wants of the riders in our community, as well as those who, thanks to these latest machines, will soon be joining it”.

The Ducati SuperSport is designed for those who want a sport-inspired bike that still provides comfort and easy handling on everyday roads. A fun bike that’s versatile and accessible, with the style and soul of a real Ducati thoroughbred.

A lean and mean road machine with a decidedly approachable feel thanks to easy handling, the confidence-inspiring Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch ABS + Ducati Traction Control), the awesome price-quality ratio of the equipment and the long maintenance intervals.

Powering the SuperSport is a twin-cylinder 937 cm³ Testastretta 11° engine, delivering 113 hp and a full yet linear torque curve. Thanks to the three Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, and Urban), the SuperSport’s temperament can be adapted to maximize enjoyment whatever the riding conditions. Agile on city streets, comfortable on the motorway and superlative on twisting country roads, the SuperSport is super-versatile. Relaxed rider and passenger positions, good airflow deflection from the height-adjustable screen and the mileage provided by the 16-litre fuel tank also make the new Ducati SuperSport a cool companion on medium-distance rides.

The SuperSport range includes a SuperSport S version featuring fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, the Ducati Quick Shift up/down system and a rear seat cover: the latter are also available as accessories for the SuperSport.

The new SuperSport is displayed on the Ducati stand (Hall 8 Stand A42/50) together with other new 2017 bikes such as the Monster 821 EURO 4, now available in the new “Dust Grey,” and the Diavel EURO 4. Other all-new developments include the “Volcano Grey” color for the Multistrada 1200 S, on which technical upgrades have been introduced, and the 1299 Panigale, which now features a new EVO electronics package featuring Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC).

Ducati is at INTERMOT in Hall 8 on Stand A42/50 together with the Ducati Scrambler brand and its “Land of Joy.” The Ducati Scrambler stand features teasers for two new developments set to go on show at EICMA.

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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Yamaha R6 Riders Finish 1-2-3 In MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1

Yamaha R6 Riders Finish 1-2-3 In MotoAmerica Supersport Race 1 As JD Beach Gets The Win For Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha

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Millville, NJ – April 30, 2016 – Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha riders are four for four so far in the 2016 MotoAmerica season as defending Supersport Champion JD Beach broke teammate Garrett Gerloff’s winning streak with his first victory of the season, in Saturday’s Supersport Race at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

JD got a great start from the third position on the front row while Garrett, starting from second on the grid slotted right in behind JD as both riders got to turn one. JD was determined to keep his #1 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 at the front, despite Garrett making several attempts to put his #31 R6 in the lead. Meanwhile, Wheels In Motion/Meen Yamaha’s Joe Roberts was in third place, and also in hot pursuit of JD and Garrett.

As the race wound down, lapped riders became a factor, with JD slicing through the traffic at perfect moments, while Garrett and Joe were, at times, balked by the backmarkers.

JD crossed the finish line with a gap of over two seconds back to Garrett who, in turn, was a little over two seconds ahead of Joe. All three riders celebrated on the podium as Yamaha enjoyed an R6 sweep.

After his win, JD said, “My plan each race is to get the best start I can. You never know what’s going to happen in the first lap, so I’d rather be out front where it’s clear. My team’s been working hard, and I feel like I’ve been letting them down, so I’m glad to get this win. I’ve been training hard back home, too. Last year, the wins came so easy for me, and this year, it hasn’t been the same, so I’ve been wondering, ‘Can I still do this?’ Winning today feels great.”

Garrett commented, “I had a good race. JD’s got those starts down. I tried to put a wheel on him a bunch, and then we got into traffic and he was able to pull an even bigger gap. But, I’m ready for tomorrow, and I’ll be trying to get that winning streak going again.”

MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2 will go green from Road Atlanta tomorrow afternoon at 2:45 PM.

Watch Round 3 Of The MotoAmerica Championship On beIN SPORTS And beIN SPORTS CONNECT
beIN SPORTS:
– Sunday, May 1, 12:25 PM EST (LIVE): Superbike Race 1
– Sunday, May 1, 5:00 PM EST (DELAYED): Supersport Race 2 and Superbike Race 2

beIN SPORTS CONNECT (Live Streaming):
– Sunday, May 1, 12:25 PM EST (LIVE): Superbike Race 1, Supersport Race 2, and Superbike Race 2

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

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

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

Hayden Gillim Claims First AMA Pro SuperSport Title

Hayden Gillim claims first AMA Pro SuperSport title following epic battle with Dominguez

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2014) – Hayden Gillim emerged as AMA Pro SuperSport champion at the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park last weekend. Gillim, who had finished second in the points four straight years in his various AMA Pro attempts and three times in AMA Pro SuperSport, had his hands full with Dustin Dominguez, and the battle for the title in 2014 was a true showdown.

The racing was very close – typical of the AMA Pro SuperSport class. Gillim had a two-point lead coming into the event and left with the same margin after he and Dominguez split wins in the Garden State.

“The last three years I have finished short, and to finally to come out to battle for wins every weekend and battle with Dustin, Corey (Alexander) and Wyatt (Farris) and everybody is fantastic. I was finally able to get the No. 1 plate,” Gillim said.

The TOBC Racing pilot won on Saturday in a shortened wet race and set himself up for a scenario where he only needed to follow Dominguez and the Houston Superbikes entry on Sunday. Gillim gave it his best shot to shot at the win in the finale but his second was more than enough to take the crown.

On Saturday, Gillim got off to a solid start, trailing Mark Miller, Jr., on the Mar Del Racing machine. Dominguez was third early, but was cautious in the slightly damp conditions. The Oklahoman upped his pace and was the fastest man on the track as the contest approached the midpoint, but he needed to make up serious ground.

Gillim worked past Miller and pulled away. Dominguez made his way to second by lap eight. The conditions worsened throughout the race and as the leaders were working lap 10, the a red flag flew. Multiple riders, including several fighting inside the top ten, crashed as the rain picked up.

The race was called since the stoppage came after the halfway point. Gillim was the winner ahead of Dominguez and Miller.

“The first couple of laps felt really good,” said Gillim. “But (the rain) started getting thicker and thicker.”

On Sunday, polesitter Dominguez got away second behind Gillim and was able to run strong. Even though Gillim was much friskier than one might expect from a rider just needing to finish second, Dominguez was in a good position and put pressure on Gillim early.

Eventually Dominguez took the lead and seemed to have a little more than Gillim.

Unfortunately for Dominguez, no other rider could join the fray and Gillim stayed on two wheels. Dominguez won the 16-lapper but it was not enough and he ended up two points short in the title chase.

“This is probably the most depressing win I’ve ever had but it’s a win and that’s good. I was trying to push (Gillim) into making a mistake and he never did. He rode a great race. At the end I decided to pick it up a bit,” said Dominguez.

Gillim admitted the championship wasn’t the only thing on his mind.

“The strategy was to win. It always is,” said Gillim. “The first few laps, I was pushing as hard as I could. We were having a really good battle.”

Miller had a great weekend, earning third and fifth. The Maryland native has performed well in AMA Pro competition before, but led Race 1 extensively and was rewarded with his best weekend yet on the Mar Del Racing Yamaha.

“It was amazing to be on the podium with these guys, a dream come true,” said Miller.

Wyatt Farris also earned the podium the next day. Farris fought in the second group on Saturday on his way to fourth but upped his pace in the dry. Farris also finished a clear third in points in a season where he learned plenty.

Farris seemed to be involved in close battles all year, a great situation for the young Californian on the Celtic/HVMC Suzuki.

“It was kind of a crazy race, I didn’t spend too much time with the harder tire and by the time I came to grips with it, they had gotten away,” said Farris, who described his season as solid. “It’s good to finish the year on the box.”

The final championship picture emerged with the checkered flag on Sunday.

Reigning East champ Corey Alexander saw his season slip away late. A couple of tough rounds meant he was out of the title fight. The other Celtic/HVMC pilot won the first three races but was only 23rd and sixth in New Jersey. Alexander held off young ace Kaleb De Keyrel for fourth place by a single point.

De Keyrel and his De Keyrel Racing team rallied on Sunday to jump five spots to fourth place. The 17 year-old earned a podium in 2014 and made a big leap from his first year in class.

Jason Aguilar, another youngster, took sixth in the final points. The Tuned Industries pilot put together the solid season in his first year on the tour. Aguilar’s best moment was his third place at Road America.

Race Worx USA’s JC Camacho was solidly inside the top ten all year long and took seventh in points. The Texan earned seven top tens in 2014.

Three young riders filled the last spots in the point standings, with Cody Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson) leading Excel Racing’s Conner Blevins and TOBC Racing’s Curtis Murray home.

Riders impressing in New Jersey included Justin Jones. The Showtime Inc., pilot was fifth on Saturday. Escalante Racing’s Richie Escalante, from Mexico, took sixth and seventh. Florida’s Tim Hunt earned another eighth place.

Gillim was a fitting champion in another exciting year for the class. Having given it a great shot in previous campaigns, Gillim’s conquest serves as a testament to perseverance and hard racing.

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.

SuperSport Title Chase Tightens Up at BMP

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Gillim, Dominguez Tighten Up SuperSport Title Chase at Barber Motorsports Park

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 27, 2014) – For most of the AMA Pro SuperSport field, the Barber Motorsports Park rounds of the series were about catching points leader Corey Alexander. The New Yorker had won three out of four races to kick off the year. The one race in which he didn’t put his Celtic/HVMC Racing Suzuki on the top spot of the podium, he took second to TOBC Racing’s Hayden Gillim.

Even a shoulder injury requiring surgery didn’t slow Alexander down much. Last year’s East champion dominated the first two rounds of the series and looked to be a cut above the competition.

In Alabama, however, some of his rivals returned the favor. Gillim and Houston Superbikes’ Dustin Dominguez earned wins in Birmingham while Alexander struggled.

Gillim’s one-two weekend put him in a tie with Alexander leaving Alabama and Dominguez is third after reversing GIllim’s results. He is 12 points back with four races to go.

All of the weekend’s races can be viewed in their entirety on AMA Pro’s YouTube channel. Photos from Saturday’s on-track action can be seen here and pictures of Sunday’s race can be seen here.

Dominguez and Gillim have a solid history in the class, so followers of AMA Pro SuperSport had to figure these two would be able to turn the tables on Alexander at some point in 2014. After all, this duo was responsible for 11 class wins before the stop at Barber.

Gillim had a tough season opener at Daytona but had been gathering steam since then. In Race 2 in Wisconsin, he finally got a win but it took what he called a “miracle” to pass Alexander at the line for it.

The Kentuckian came into Barber motivated to perform in the heat and in the new two-day format. Gillim got a great start in Race 1 and moved away to take a quick lead. He worked clean laps while the group behind him struggled to break the 1:30 mark with their times.

Like he had done before at other races in Utah and New Orleans in previous years, Gillim was able to get away and run clean laps to earn a win.

“I got a great start from second on the grid and led into turn one,” said Gillim. “From there I put my head down and focused on staying consistent and making little to no mistakes. The first time around track I had already opened up a second gap over second place and it only got bigger. There isn’t much to say about Race 1, other than the fact that the bike and I were feeling it. I ended up taking a comfortable victory.”

Dominguez was riding out a string of tough luck in 2014. He had shown speed and had been eighth or better each time out, but the Texan always seemed to be facing something that kept him from victory. In Wisconsin, he had to charge up from last after a red flag to earn eighth.

Dominguez was ready as the weekend began and won pole for the race. Saturday’s contest saw him 5.987 seconds behind Gillim.

Dominguez wasn’t able to take advantage of his pole and got away third. It took him two laps to move past Alexander, and by that time, Gillim had a three second lead – one that turned out to be insurmountable after the abuse Dominguez’s tire took early on.

Kaleb De Keyrel caught Dominguez and passed him, but the more experienced pilot grabbed second back on the last lap with a snazzy move at the end of the back straight.

On Sunday, Dominguez, Gillim and De Keyrel jockeyed for position through the first part of the race. On lap four, they crossed the line three-wide. Dominguez looked the strongest, though, and by the time the trio hit lapped traffic, he had pulled away by a slight margin. He won the race by 1.178 seconds.

“I can’t thank the team and the sponsors enough for giving me a bike that could win,” said Dominguez. “It’s the first time I nailed the start all year and that’s what I needed. I do a lot of club racing and endurance racing so I knew I had to get around (the lapped riders) to get a little gap.”

Barber marked Kaleb De Keyrel’s arrival at the front. The 17-year-old De Keyrel Racing pilot had done well in his first calendar year on the tour, but at Barber he was able to race extensively with Alexander, Dominguez and Gillim. The valuable learning experience was as notable as the accolades that come from a double podium.

“I was thinking if I could get with the front group that broke away I could stay there,” said De Keyrel, confident after his performances. “This team is a real family effort. Two thirds is really good going into Laguna where I will race DSB.”

Alexander crashed in Charlotte’s Web on Saturday while duking it out with De Keyrel, but re-mounted and finished 13th. He took fourth on Sunday to remain tied atop the points. In the end, the twisty nature of Barber Motorsports Park was tougher on his injured shoulder than the expanses of Road America.

“This weekend definitely didn’t go as planned,” said Alexander. “We made the most out of some bad luck, and the Celtic/HVMC Suzuki team worked so hard to make the bike better, but I couldn’t get the job done. Unfortunately we lost our lead in the championship and it’s all tied up but I’m confident we can get back to the front and do what we have to do as a team to take home this championship.”

Miles Thornton bounced back strong in Alabama. The D&D Cycles Triumph pilot earned fourth and seventh in the race and is now back in the top ten in points.

Fourth place points man Wyatt Farris struggled to get up to pace during the trip to Alabama, but took solid finishes of seventh and 12th.

“For one reason or another, I struggled a great deal this weekend,” said the Californian. “The entire Celtic/HVMC Suzuki crew worked their butts off for me, and we were making steps in the right direction. I made a mistake in Sunday’s race that allowed five or six riders to get by me with just a handful of laps to go. I’m happy to get this weekend behind me, it’s time to turn our focus to Ohio and get back to where we belong at the front.”

TOBC Racing’s Curtis Murray had a good weekend. The North Carolinian earned the top five for the first time and backed it up with eighth.

Mexico’s Richie Escalante of Escalante Racing returned to action in Alabama. The weekend saw him earn sixth and ninth.

Tuned Industries’ Jason Aguilar couldn’t repeat his podium performance of Road America but he did earn two tenth place results.

Fighting through the heat and the 41-rider grid was a tough challenge, and earning a top ten result was a strong accomplishment. House of Paint Designs pilot J.C. Camacho, Erick Sanchez of EYK Racing, Yamaha-mounted Andre Ochs and Med Age’s Tim Hunt all managed to add top tens to their credit.

With no SuperSport action at Laguna Seca, the season has shaped up for an exciting championship run beginning at Mid-Ohio next month. Alexander will certainly be looking to stem the momentum Gillim has built. Dominguez has made it a three-man battle and will no doubt be looking to put together a string of win to top them both.

Next Race

The stars of AMA Pro Road Racing will share the spotlight with world-class company as the GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is up next. The joint AMA Pro-FIM event will take place on July 11-13 in Monterey, California.

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.

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 SuperSport Heads to Barber Motorsports Park

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AMA Pro SuperSport heads to Barber Motorsports Park for Round 3 of AMA Pro Road Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 19, 2014) – AMA Pro SuperSport resumes this weekend at the Triumph SuperBike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. The class for up-and-coming stars of tomorrow and fast local club aces has seen some exciting action so far in 2014 and this weekend’s doubleheader promises more of the same.

The Barber circuit offers a different set of challenges than the last round, held at Road America. For the whopping 50 pre-entered riders, the technical Barber Motorsports Park layout offers little time to rest or regroup from mistakes. The key at Barber is concentration. The Alabama tract’s 14 turns are packed in to 2.38 miles of scenic circuit, and the fastest AMA Pro SuperSport pilots know to attack the track in sections.

Fans can watch every qualifying session and race LIVE in high definition on FansChoice.tv.

Corey Alexander on the No. 5 Celtic/HVMC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 leads the series in points heading into the weekend. With three wins so far in 2014, Alexander has shown he’s the man to beat this year. But after winning both Daytona races and the first at Road America, Alexander lost out to Hayden Gillim on his No. 69 TOBC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 in a draft-to-the-line battle in Elkhart Lake.

Just reaching the starting grid was a big step for Alexander after injuring his shoulder in a training accident before the race. Fresh off surgery, Alexander was very quick in Wisconsin despite not even being sure he’d be fit enough to ride on Friday morning.

Relatively speaking, Alexander didn’t have a great couple of runs at Barber last year, taking sixth place twice. The New Yorker will be looking to recapture the dominance he showed in the first three races of the year. The reigning East champ has shown steady progression over his time in the class, and this weekend will be a good gauge of how far he has come.

Gillim is coming off his win in Wisconsin and the Kentuckian seems to be settling in with his new team. Gillim now looks poised to take the fight to his rival Alexander on a routine basis.

Known for his hot streaks, Gillim can be untouchable on his good days. Over his time in the class, he has worked hard to become more consistent and has grown as a racer. But if Gillim wants to battle Alexander for the championship up to the very last corner of the season like he did last year, he needs to finish in front of him with more frequency.

Gillim has some catching up to do as he trails Alexander, 115-86 in the point standings. A good result will go a long way in closing that gap.

Wyatt Farris, pilot of the No. 19 Celtic/HVMC Racing Suzuki GSX-R600, is third, trailing Gillim by just two points. Farris has made great strides since mid-2013 in the class and has become a regular on the podium. The Californian has been in the top five in every 2014 race, running second in both Daytona contests.

Farris’ aggressive style has earned him good results, but at Road American had at least one rival unhappy with his tactics after he came together with Dustin Dominguez on the No. 68 HSBK Racing Yamaha YZF-R6in the race.

Dominguez, a six-time class winner, would certainly like to return to the top of the podium in Alabama. The talented Oklahoman has shown speed in 2014, but luck hasn’t always been in his favor. Dominguez has second and third place finishes this year, but his best ride might have happened last time out.

After finding himself on the ground, Dominguez started last following a red flag in Sunday’s race. His run from the back of the pack to eighth in Wisconsin was certainly a spectacular ride.

The top rookie in AMA Pro SuperSport is next in the standings. Californian Jason Aguilar aboard the No. 96 Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 holds the slot, having risen through the pack in a short time. Aguilar is riding high after earning his first AMA Pro podium on Sunday at Road America. Aguilar made a late double draft move to earn third in Wisconsin, showing he has substantial racecraft to match his speed.

New Yorker Cody Wyman on the No. 3 Harv’s Harley-Davidson Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 has seen solid fortunes this year and has emerged as the leader in a tight group fighting for sixth in series points. Wyman leads Texan J.C. Camacho, rider of the No. 623 Camacho Racing Yamaha YZF-R6and young rider Kaleb De Keyrel on board the No. 51 De Keyrel Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 in the standings. Just three points separate each racer.

De Keyrel looked especially racy at the last event, earning fourth and fifth in the doubleheader.

Mexico’s Erick Sanchez on the No. 64 EYK Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R6 leads Armando Ferrer and his No. 78 DMS Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 for ninth in points.

Young rider Connor Blevins on the No. 33 Excel Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R is just outside the top ten but closing. He finished seventh both times out in Wisconsin and is poised to move up the standings.

Class veteran Miles Thornton, pilot of the No. 72 D&D Castrol Triumph Daytona 675 has experienced a tough 2014 so far. The former class podium finisher has seen three races below his usual standard after fighting in the second pack in the opener and taking sixth.

Another challenge for the AMA Pro SuperSport field is the new two-day event format. With two qualifying sessions on Saturday morning, the emphasis is on getting up to speed quickly. At 4:10 p.m. local time (5:10 p.m. ET, 2:10 p.m. PT), the competitors will begin their 15-lap race.

On Sunday, the lights turn green at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. PT) for the 15-lap finale.

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.

AMA Pro SuperSport recap: Road America

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AMA Pro SuperSport recap: Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 6, 2014) – AMA Pro SuperSport headed into Road America with Corey Alexander in the points lead after dominating at Daytona. The New York native and Celtic/HVMC Racing pilot had put on a show in Florida.

In the season’s first two races, Alexander, last year’s East champion, maintained his momentum from the previous season and served notice that anyone wanting to hoist an AMA Pro SuperSport victory trophy in 2014 would have to go through him.

Elkhart Lake, where Alexander won twice last year, looked like a great place to extend his push. However, a broken collarbone from a training accident and surgery to fix it left Corey with shoulder ills. Going into this weekend, Alexander said he was unsure how his fitness would progress.

Hayden Gillim of TOBC Racing proved to be his toughest opposition in Wisconsin. The duo split wins at the four-mile circuit. While Alexander maintained his points lead, Gillim jumped up to second in the standings.

It looks like the season will see Alexander and Gillim jockey for position in the championship. Celtic/HVMC Racing’s Wyatt Farris and HSBK Racing’s Dustin Dominguez sit just behind Gillim and will fight to make their mark as the year progresses.

Saturday’s race began with pole man Alexander lined up alongside Dominguez and Gillim. Gillim moved to the front but Alexander was able to dispatch him quickly and break away.

Alexander cruised to victory, crossing the line with a 4.236-second gap over second place. The win was his third in a row to begin the year.

“I knew the first three laps were going to tell the whole race. I wanted to put my head down and get a gap if I could,” said Alexander.

When asked about his shoulder, Alexander noted he was simply in the zone and it didn’t affect him on the bike.

“When you are riding, you have a lot of adrenaline going,” he said.

Dominguez worked his way through early issues to finish second. The Oklahoman had the measure of everyone except Alexander. By lap five of 10, he had passed Gillim. He couldn’t run down Alexander, but he kept the gap constant.

“I got a horrible start and the first lap, my clutch was slipping,” said Dominguez. “I had to pass a couple of guys but finally saw Hayden and worked my way around him. I tried to push again and I saw Corey. The gap was staying about the same.”

After leading on the start, Gillim made a valiant bid to hold on and earned a podium for his efforts.

“Corey came by pretty quick,” said Gillim. “I tried to stick with him but he’s got that bike going pretty quick. I ran my own race for a while and, slowly but surely, Dustin caught up.”

The battle for fourth was a hot one, with Farris and Kaleb De Keyrel of De Keyrel Racing jousting for the spot. It was a nice display of exuberant passes and aggressive moves. De Keyrel led the white flag lap, but gave up the slot in Turn 2. Farris took the position by just 0.426 seconds at the checkered flag.

Another dogfight for sixth saw Tuned Racing’s Jason Aguilar top Excel Racing’s Conner Blevins by 0.456 seconds.

House of Paint Designs pilot JC Camacho was eighth in another solid finish for the young Texan. Mexico’s Erick Sanchez on the EYK Racing entry and RoadRace Factory’s Hayden Schultz rounded out the top 10 in a contest that saw 40 riders make the grid.

On Sunday, a red flag on the first time around the course stopped the initial attempt at the 10-lapper. The second try was stopped again just a few laps in, after rain fell in the area of Turn 3 and made the track slick. Several riders fell and the red flag quickly flew.

AMA Pro shortened the affair to eight laps with five remaining on the restart. Gillim had his third great start in a row and moved out to a good lead with the Celtic/HVMC teammates behind him.

Gillim and Alexander, former Red Bull Rookies Cup teammates, traded the lead multiple times in the remaining laps. The final time around, Alexander nailed Turn 5 and grabbed the lead. He held it through the last turn and got the better drive heading down the home stretch. Gillim, however, timed his push perfectly and won by a wheel – just 0.015 seconds – thanks to the Road America draft.

“It means a lot,” said Gillim. “Before this weekend, I had only been in the top five once (at Road America). In this race, we were right there. I kept getting good starts. Corey caught me. The board said it was plus one. I heard him behind me and from then on it was all-out war.

“I honestly thought he had me beat, but I was able to pull it out at the line. He went super deep and had a good gap on me and I slipped coming out of the corner. I thought I was done, but somehow a miracle happened and I was able to get right up behind him. It was insane.”

Alexander gave it a great shot. Taking second in a tricky race while injured was a nice result.

“I was a little more cautious,” said Alexander of the wet portion of the race.

He explained that his goal is the championship, so earning maximum points while minimizing risk was the big theme for the weekend.

“I am still pretty hurt. I think it paid off,” said Alexander.

Aguilar earned his first podium in the class. In his Road America debut, the Californian looked like a seasoned pro in the drafting department.

“The restarts caught me out a little,” said Aguilar, the 14th qualifier. “I was in fifth and saw Kaleb (De Keyrel) and Wyatt (Farris) battling in front of me. I thought I would stick behind them and try to draft them to the line. I got sixth in Race 1 and third here, so I am really happy.”

De Keyrel was fourth by just 0.003 over Farris in a battle that will likely be repeated in 2014. De Keyrel turned the fastest lap overall in the race.

Blevins, an Oklahoma native, was seventh once again, showing solid consistency.

Dominguez was an amazing eighth after being scored in last at one point. He was just behind the leader during the second leg but came together with Farris at Canada Corner. The Oklahoman went flying off the track at high speed but remounted and returned to the action.

Undeterred, Dominguez climbed from 35th to 13th in one lap on the last restart.

Harv’s Harley-Davidson’s Cody Wyman crashed just before the red flag, but the New Yorker rebounded to gain ninth place on the day.

Andre Ochs rounded out the top ten.

With great form throughout 2014, Alexander has accomplished his goals so far and has a 29-point lead in the standings. But riders like Gillim and Dominguez have shown they can run at an impressive pace, too. With a little luck and some progress, maybe they can close the gap in Alabama later this month.

Next Race

Round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season, the Triumph SuperBike Classic, will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., June 21-22.

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.