Big Momentum: Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams On A Roll To BigM Weekend At Miller Motorsports Park
NEWS May 24, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Release Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor Corporation:
CYPRESS, Calif. (May 24, 2012) – The Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams are traveling to the Salt Lake City area for the BigM Weekend at the 3.05-mile, 15-turn Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.
MONSTER ENERGY/GRAVES/YAMAHA: HAYES & HERRIN
Two-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes already has three wins so far this season aboard his crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1, along with earning all three pole positions in as many events. He is currently just four points shy of the SuperBike Championship lead. Last year at Miller, Josh won the pole and led 14 of the 16 laps in an exciting three-way battle for the race win, but he ultimately finished second. Look for Josh to improve on that result and notch an important win in this year’s SuperBike race.
Josh's Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin won last year’s Daytona SportBike race at Miller, and he is currently in fourth place in his rookie SuperBike season aboard the #2 R1. Josh has already led a few races so far this season, so look for him up front at Miller and also contending for the win.
YAMAHA EXTENDED SERVICE/GRAVES/YAMAHA: HAYDEN, BEAUBIER & GERLOFF
In AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike competition, the Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team of Tommy Hayden, Cameron Beaubier, and Garrett Gerloff will all be at Miller Motorsports Park. Tommy and Cameron will both be riding, while Garrett—who is still recuperating from the fractured femur he suffered at Daytona—will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, and assist his team.
Tommy is currently second in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike championship points standings, and he knows the Miller circuit well. The veteran rider has been steadily moving up in the DSB rankings, and he’ll be looking to notch his first win of the season about the #8 Yamaha YZF-R6.
Cameron, who rides the #6 R6, made a remarkable comeback at Infineon Raceway, after fracturing his kneecap in a non-racing incident just five weeks prior to that event. His third-place finish in DSB Race 1 was a serious gut-check for the talented, 19-year-old rider. He gave it his all in the race, and left nothing in reserve. As a result, and out of respect for his fellow riders, Cameron and his team decided to sit out Infineon’s DSB Race 2. They’ve regrouped for Miller, however, so look for Cameron to be fully fit and contending for the win.
FOLLOW THE YAMAHA U.S. ROAD RACING TEAMS ON FACEBOOK
Miller Motorsports Park is an especially exciting event for the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams as AMA Pro Racing shares the stage with the F.I.M. World Superbike series, which will also be at Miller this weekend. For news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha’s Facebook page.
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