Cypress, CA September 5, 2012 – After a late-summer break in the action, the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams are heading eastbound to south-central New Jersey for Round 10 of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season. The popular event is this weekend at the 14-turn, 2.25-mile New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.
MONSTER ENERGY/GRAVES/YAMAHA/: HAYES & HERRIN
AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha lead rider Josh Hayes is returning to the track where he clinched his second consecutive title last year, and he’s looking to continue to build his considerable points lead towards his third SuperBike crown in a row.
Josh holds the track record at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and he’s won five of the past six SuperBike races at NJMP aboard his powerful, crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1. He’s won a total of 11 races so far this season, including eight wins in a row. Josh has also won the pole at every single track that the AMA Pro SuperBike riders have visited this year, which is a gaudy eight pole positions in a row. Is his going to ease off the throttle a little bit on his remarkable season? “Not on your life,” commented Josh. “I race to win and, in fact, with the points lead that I now have in the championship, I want to win just as badly as ever, if not even more so. I’m chasing destiny now, and building on my legacy in this sport that I love.”
Meanwhile, nipping at Josh’s heels more often than the champ would like is a rapidly rising SuperBike rookie who also goes by the name of “Josh.” Of course, it’s Josh Herrin, who is Josh Hayes’ teammate and rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1. Josh “Holeshot” Herrin has developed a knack for launching his R1 off the starting line and putting himself quickly into the lead or at least in contention for it.
Josh has been on the podium seven times in his past eight starts this season, and he is currently in third place in the SuperBike season points standings. The rookie SuperBike rider is highly experienced in AMA Pro Road Racing, however, and he currently owns the Daytona SportBike track record at New Jersey Motorsports Park, having won one of the two DSB races at NJMP last season and winning both races in 2009 aboard an R6. “I like the track at New Jersey,” Josh said. “The fans there are so awesome, and last year, I gave away my helmet to one of them in the podium crowd. We’ll see if I can have the same kind of celebration this weekend.”
YAMAHA EXTENDED SERVICE/GRAVES/YAMAHA: BEAUBIER, HAYDEN & GERLOFF
Cameron Beaubier’s stock is very much on the upswing. He’s won four of the past five AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike races aboard his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, and he’s coming off the biggest DSB victory of his career on the world stage at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron has been on the podium in 9 out of the 11 races he’s started and, like Josh Hayes, he’s got his eyes firmly fixed on the prize, which is, of course, race wins. “I want to win them all,” Cameron said. “I’m not being greedy, I’m just being realistic. People say I’m a nice guy, but this nice guy doesnâ€™t like to finish anywhere except at the front. I’m healthy, and I’ve got the best team and the best bike out there. Let’s get after it.”
Well, “Y.E.S.,” by all means, get after it, but you’ve got a crafty veteran in your midst, Cameron, and he’s riding the same R6 as you, but with a familiar number. Of course, that’s the signature #22 and fan favorite Tommy Hayden, who is Cameron’s Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha teammate.
Tommy is currently tied for third place with Cameron in the DSB season points standings, having been on the podium five times this season, but it’s a win that he wants. He’ll have his ever-loyal friends and family from back home in Owensboro with him in attendance at New Jersey, and he’ll being trying hard to do them all proud by notching that elusive win. Tommy has been in contention and in the lead group on many an occasion this year, and no one’s got more experience on the track than the eldest Hayden brother, so don’t count him out just yet.
The third member of the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team, Garrett Gerloff, will get a hero’s welcome at New Jersey Motorsports Park, as he returns to action fully fit from the leg injury he suffered in the first practice session for the Daytona 200 this past March. Garrett is returning to the track where he notched his first professional career road racing victory last fall, at New Jersey in the Saturday SuperSport race.
To begin his comeback, Garrett will, once again, compete in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport series aboard his #96 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.
MEET THE YAMAHA ROAD RACING TEAM RIDERS AT DEPTFORD YAMAHA
On Friday night, September 7 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 Hayes, Josh Herrin, Cameron Beaubier, Tommy Hayden, and Garrett Gerloff will all be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, and give away posters.
In addition, Josh Hayes will be giving away special commemorative Yamaha 2011 SuperBike Champion T-Shirts to fans who attend the event at Deptford Yamaha and correctly answer the Josh Hayes Trivia Question. To find out how to win, all you need to do is “like” Yamaha on Facebook or follow Josh on Twitter @hayes131.
TUNE INTO SPEED TV
Motorcycle road racing is the most exciting form of motorsports in the world, and there’s truly nothing like seeing it live and in person. But, if you canâ€™t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action from New Jersey Motorsports Park on Speed TV. For the exact days and times of the telecasts, be sure to check your local listings, or go to www.SpeedTV.com
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