Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Ride Garrett Gerloff Fractures Leg In Practice For DAYTONA 200

NEWS March 15, 2012


Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Ride Garrett Gerloff Fractures Leg In Practice For DAYTONA 200

Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Release Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor:

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (March 15, 2012) – 16-year-old AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike competitor, Garrett Gerloff, who rides a Yamaha YZF-R6® for the Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team, suffered an unfortunate injury in the closing minutes of the first practice session for the 2012 Daytona 200.

Garrett momentarily lost traction and high-sided from his R6. The practice session was immediately red-flagged to a stop, and Garrett was quickly transported to nearby Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach where he was diagnosed with a fracture of his right femur.

According to Chuck Graves of Graves Motorsports, “Garrett was on the gas, in the top 10 on laptimes, and moving up when the incident occurred. Garrett was awake and alert throughout the ordeal, and he’s in good spirits despite what is an obvious setback. Our thoughts are with Garrett and his family, and we wish him a speedy recovery. We look forward to seeing him back aboard his Number 8 Yamaha R6 as soon as he is able.”

Belying his young age, Garrett is an experienced road racer, with many laps under his belt. In his AMA Pro Racing debut at New Jersey Motorsports Park last September, Garrett won his first-ever professional race in Saturday’s AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com race at NJMP.

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About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company's ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, race kart engines, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamaha-motor.com.


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