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Monsters Of Mid-Ohio: Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams Head To The Heartland For Buckeye SuperBike Weekend

NEWS July 11, 2012

Monsters Of Mid-Ohio: Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams Head To The Heartland For Buckeye SuperBike Weekend

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Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor:

Cypress, CA July 11, 2012 Following a successful test session at the brand-new NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, LA, a couple of weeks ago, the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams return to action this weekend with their annual visit to America’s Heartland for the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend at the 2.4-mile, 15-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.

Mid-Ohio is one of the best-attended events on the AMA Pro Racing calendar as thousands of Midwestern, East Coast, and Canadian fans flock to the track to watch America’s best and brightest road racers perform on the scenic and challenging road course located among the rolling hills about halfway between Cleveland and Columbus.


Two-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes has built up a significant head of steam, and he hopes to continue his winning ways this weekend at Mid-Ohio. Josh currently leads his third-consecutive SuperBike Championship by 37 points, and he will be looking to build on his points lead by competing hard for pole position, most laps led and, of course, race wins aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 at the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend.

The rider who has been Josh Hayes’ toughest challenger in the past few rounds is teammate Josh Herrin who rides the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1. In just his first SuperBike season, Josh has already developed a knack for getting the holeshot when the races go green, and he’s proven that he can run up front with his super-fast and highly experienced teammate, giving the fans a feeling of double vision as the two identically prepared and liveried R1s fly in formation around the circuit. It’s a sight to behold and a source of much consternation for the competition.


Cameron Beaubier had a breakthrough weekend at the previous round of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike series, with his career-first pole position and two race wins at Barber Motorsports Park. The 19-year-old rider is hoping to do the same aboard his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 at Mid-Ohio.

He’ll face stiff competition from right within his own team as veteran rider Tommy Hayden will pilot his signature #22 R6 around a track he knows extremely well. Tommy, who hails from

Owensboro, KY, will undoubtedly be cheered on by many family members and friends who make their annual pilgrimage north to visit nearby Mid-Ohio.

Garrett Gerloff, the third member of the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team, will also be in attendance at Mid-Ohio where he’ll be fresh off a recent testing session in advance of his return to racing following an injury this past March at Daytona. Garrett won’t be racing his #8 R6 quite yet, but he’ll be available to greet fans, sign posters, and provide his full support of the team.


There’ll be lots of excited fans in attendance, watching the races and enjoying the camping at Mid-Ohio, so you won’t want to miss out on the festivities. However, if, for some reason, you can’t make it to the track, be sure to check out all the racing action from Mid-Ohio on Speed TV. For the exact days and times of the telecasts, check your local listings, or go to for more information.


For news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha’s Facebook page. 


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