The Stakes Are High For Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams At This Weekend's New Jersey Lottery Devil's Showdown
NEWS September 11, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor USA:
Cypress, CA - September 11, 2013 – For the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams, two GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Championships hang in the balance, and this weekend’s New Jersey Lottery Devil’s Showdown at the 14-turn, 2.25-mile New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, will be a pivotal event as the 2013 nears its conclusion.
MONSTER ENERGY/GRAVES/YAMAHA: HAYES & HERRIN
Rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 Josh Herrin has stepped up his fitness program this season, and the hard work has paid off handsomely for the Georgia rider. Herrin is currently leading the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship based on the strength of his 3 race wins and 9 podium finishes in 11 starts so far this season. He’s determined to stay atop the standings until the #1 plate is firmly in his grasp.
“I want to succeed as badly as I want to breathe,” Herrin commented. “I’m ready to showcase my ability, and I’m looking forward to defending my lead in the SuperBike Championship this weekend.”
Currently poised in third place in the standings, but very much in contention to win an unprecedented fourth-consecutive SuperBike Championship, is the rider of the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 Josh Hayes. The Mississippi Madman has had a memorable 2013 season, to say the least. He’s won six races, and he’s earned every pole position this year for a perfect qualifying record. Yet, he was challenged by adversity at the season-opening round at Daytona, as well as at the most recent round at Miller Motorsports Park. Hayes is currently just 16 points in back of his teammate at the top of the standings, so this weekend’s two SuperBike races are sure to offer edge-of-the-seat excitement.
“New Jersey Motorsports Park has been a really good racetrack for me,” Hayes said. “I’ve won seven out of the eight races that we’ve run there, so I’ve had great success in New Jersey. I have a lot of confidence going in, and my plan stays the same, which is to earn the pole, win both races, and lead the most laps. The Championship is obviously very important to me, but I'm not about to ride conservatively to make it happen. That’s not me.”
With both riders in the top three in the season points standings, the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike team and Yamaha are the odds-on favorites to win the 2013 SuperBike Team and SuperBike Manufacturer’s Championships, respectively.
YAMAHA EXTENDED SERVICE/MONSTER ENERGY/GRAVES/YAMAHA: BEAUBIER & GERLOFF
“Domination” is the best one-word description for the season that Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier has been having in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class. Cameron, who pilots the #6 Yamaha YZF-R6, has earned every pole position this season, won the Daytona 200, and notched 9 victories out of 10 races. He has a commanding 86-point lead in the Championship and can win his, and Yamaha’s, first Daytona SportBike title with a strong finish in Saturday’s DSB Race 1 this weekend.
“I have a chance to wrap up the Championship in the first race at New Jersey,” commented Cameron. “But I'm determined to stay focused and stay relaxed, even though this could be the biggest weekend of my racing career so far!”
Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff and his #8 R6 have run up front and also in the lead in the past few races, with the young and talented Texan finishing second more times than he likes. Garrett’s AMA Pro Racing debut occurred just two short years ago at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and he won his very first professional race. There is quite literally nothing he’d love more than to follow that up with his first-ever Daytona SportBike race this weekend, again at NJMP.
“New Jersey Motorsports Park has been a big track for me the past couple of years,” said Garrett. “It was where I had my first professional race, where I got my first AMA Pro win, and where I came back from my worst injury to date. It’s a technical track which suits my riding style, and I can't wait to get back there.”
As with the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike team, the Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Daytona SportBike team is in the lead for the 2013 DSB Team Championship, with Yamaha also leading the 2013 DSB Manufacturer’s Championship.
MEET THE YAMAHA ROAD RACING TEAM RIDERS AT DEPTFORD YAMAHA
On Thursday night, September 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, be sure to stop by Deptford Yamaha at 1300 Clements Bridge Road in nearby Deptford, New Jersey. Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Cameron Beaubier, and Garrett Gerloff will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, and give away posters. Also appearing will be RoadRace Factory riders J.D. Beach, Jake Gagne, Tomas Puerta, and Daytona Anderson, along with Meen Motorsports riders Jake Lewis and Wyatt Farris.
FOLLOW THE YAMAHA U.S. ROAD RACING TEAMS
CBS Sports Network will be broadcasting all weekend long from New Jersey Motorsports Park, so check your local listings and be sure to tune in or set your DVR so you can re-live all the exciting action that you saw in person while you were at the track.
For more news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha’s Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @YamahaMotorUSA.
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