Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams Take A Little Off The Top With A Visit To Barber This Weekend
NEWS June 19, 2014
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor USA:
Cypress, CA - June 19, 2014 – After a hair-raising weekend of excitement at Road America, the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams are back in action this weekend in Birmingham, AL, as they make their annual Barber visit, which is sure to offer more close racing and close shaves for Yamaha’s “Fast Four.”
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier
Three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes comes into Barber Motorsports Park just a scant four points--practically a hair’s breadth--out of the 2014 SuperBike Championship lead, and to say that the “Mississippi Madman” has the 2.38-mile, 14-turn Alabama road course dialed in is an understatement. Josh has been on the pole for the past two years at Barber, and he’s won all four races.
And, what about rookie SuperBike rider and current points leader Cameron Beaubier, you ask? Well, as matter of fact, “Hammerin’ Cameron” has also been on the pole for the past two years at Barber, and he, too, has won all four races, albeit in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class.
So, now that Josh and Cameron are both aboard equally prepared Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 SuperBikes, the ’Bama Brawl is on like Donkey Kong. Look for both Josh and Cameron to be up front at Barber Motorsports Park as they battle it out for SuperBike--and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team--supremacy. It’s going to be a showdown that you won’t want to miss.
Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
Ask young Texan phenom Garrett Gerloff, rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 about Barber Motorsports Park, and he’ll tell you that he likes the track a lot because it feels like home to him. That makes sense because 18-year-old Garrett and his family used to live in nearby Trussville.
Barber also feels like home to Garrett’s teammate JD Beach because it’s the closest track to where he lives in Philpot, KY. It’s so close, in fact, that JD likes to load up his van and drive to Barber the way the part-time flat tracker also travels to every dirt track event he can fit into his busy schedule.
Last year at Barber, JD and Garrett finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in DSB race 1. In DSB race 2, JD got on the podium in third place, while Garrett finished fourth. Both riders will undoubtedly be up front again this year as they each go for the wins on Saturday and Sunday.
Meet Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD At Walmart And Also At Big #1 Motorsports
This Thursday and Friday, Yamaha’s “Fast Four” will be visiting three Birmingham-area Walmart Supercenters, so come on out to meet the riders and get free autographed posters at any of the following locations. In addition, the riders will be making at appearance at Big #1 Motorsports, and the Monster Ambassador Team will also be at Big #1 to hand out free Monster Energy product samples. Here’s the schedule:
• Thursday, June 19, 4:00 to 4:45 PM
Walmart, 5919 Trussville Crossings Parkway, Birmingham, AL
• Thursday, June 19, 6:30-7:30 PM
Big #1 Motorsports, 505 Cobb Street, Birmingham, AL
• Friday, June 20, 12:00-12:45 PM
Walmart, 8551 Whitfield Avenue, Leeds, AL
• Friday, June 20, 6:00-6:45PM
Walmart, 2780 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover, AL
Get Primed For Barber With Yamaha’s Latest Video
Yamaha has put together a video featuring the Monster Energy Umbrella Girls, along with highlights from last year’s visit to Barber, so check it out:
Watch FansChoice.tv. For All The Racing Action This Weekend At Road America
We hope to see you at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend but, if you can’t make it to the track, you can catch all the action live and online at http://www.FansChoice.tv.
For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, check out: www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing or your favorite Yamaha social media channel.
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