Monster Energy / Knich / Yamaha Factory Racing Team
The Companies We Keep
Motorsports is a proven vehicle for marketing brands, gaining exposure, and developing new products and services. At Yamaha, we are proud that the following partners have put their faith in us, and have provided their ongoing support as sponsors of our Factory Supercross Team. They share our passion for racing, and we consider them to not only be our business partners, but also, our friends.
Yamaha’s partnership with Monster Energy goes all the way back to 2007, when the two joined forces with Graves Motorsports to compete in the AMA Supermoto series, winning three championships and an X Games Gold in a two-year span.
After a brief hiatus, the partnership renewed in 2011 when Monster Energy became the title sponsor of the Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike team. Together, Monster Energy and Yamaha have won six AMA Superbike Championships in a row, in addition to three AMA Daytona SportBike/Supersport Championships, which includes the past two consecutive MotoAmerica Supersport titles.
In 2016, the successful partnership between Monster Energy and Yamaha extended to Supercross when Monster Energy also became the title sponsor of the Yamaha Factory Racing Supercross team, as well as the Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike team.
In 2017, Monster Energy is the title sponsor of both the Yamaha Factory Racing Supercross and Superbike teams, as well as the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Supersport team.
Monster Energy is way more than an energy drink. Led by its athletes, musicians, employees, distributors, and fans, Monster Energy is…A LIFESTYLE IN A CAN!
Knich is a new action-sports apparel and equipment brand geared towards today’s active consumers who demand quality and performance in their daily lives. Knich provides high-end products for high-adrenaline people.
Brad McCorkle, Managing Partner of Knich said, “There is something special about the relationship that has developed between Yamaha and Knich. Coincidentally, every board member within Knich has grown up with some type of Yamaha product. From PW50s to guitars, Yamaha helped mold the childhoods of our managing partners. Yamaha is a company and a brand that doesn’t just manufacture champions, they create memorable experiences for everyone. For Knich to be a part of a team that has that type of reputation is an opportunity that we couldn’t pass up. We cannot wait to build a history and create memories in partnership with such an iconic brand.”
Yamalube formulates the only oil “built around” the unique demands, operating characteristics, and applications of the various motorsports engines that Yamaha produces. And, whether it’s Yamalube four-stroke or two-stroke oil, all of the races and Championships that Yamaha’s U.S. factory teams have won in motocross, supercross, off-road racing, and road racing over the years have been accomplished with Yamalube in the engines.
Yamalube also makes lubricants, quality care products, maintenance products, fork oils, fuel additives, and adhesives.
Yamaha Financial Services
Yamaha Financial Services (YFS) was created by Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS), to provide financing solutions to Yamaha powersports consumers. YFS operates throughout the YMUS nationwide network of dealers, actively financing Yamaha products and supporting Yamaha customers throughout the country.
Rider Profile - Cooper Webb, #2
“It’s great to be back for my second year with the Yamaha Factory Racing team. Last year was a good learning experience for me, and I’m looking for big things in 2018! I also want to welcome Davi to our team.”
|Date of Birth:||November 10, 1995|
|Home Town:||Newport, NC|
|First Race:||Hangtown MX|
|Year Turned Pro:||2013|
|Training:||Cycling, Gym, Trainer: Gareth Swanepoel|
|Hobbies:||Surfing, Golf, Cycling, BMX, MTB,
Fishing, Shooting Guns, Basketball,
|2017||13th in AMA 450SX Championship, 7th in AMA 450MX Championship|
|2016||AMA 250SX West Champion, AMA 250MX National Champion, Represented Team USA at 2016 Motocross of Nations, Winner in MX2 at Charlotte MXGP|
|2015||AMA 250SX West Champion, Represented Team USA at 2015 Motocross of Nations, Winner in SX1 at Genoa (Italy) Supercross, 2nd in SX1 at Bercy/Lille (France) Supercross, Winner in SX1 at AUS-X Open in Sydney (Australia), 2nd in MX450 at Sugo (Japanese Motocross Nationals)|
|2014||3rd in AMA 250MX National Championship, Winner in MX450 at Sugo (Japanese Motocross Nationals)|
Rider Profile - Davi Millsaps, #18
“I’m super-excited to be racing for the Yamaha Factory team, to be teammates with Cooper, and to be aboard the brand-new 2018 YZ450F. Also, how cool is it that I’m running my signature #18 on the ’18 Yamaha in 2018? It was meant to be!”
|Date of Birth:||February 15, 1988|
|Home Town:||Lake Havasu, AZ|
|Marital Status:||Married to Brittney|
|First Race:||Bithlo, FL|
|Year Turned Pro:||2004|
|2017||5th in AMA 450SX Championship|
|2016||Canadian 450MX National Champion|
|2014||Monster Energy Cup Winner|
|2013||2nd in AMA 450SX Championship|
|2012||2nd in AMA 450SX Championship|
Rider Profile - Justin Barcia, #51
“This is a great opportunity for me. I’m really happy to be back with Yamaha again, and especially to be racing for the Yamaha Factory team. I’m proud to have my number 51 on the brand-new 2018 YZ450F!”
|Date of Birth:||March 25, 1992|
|Home Town:||Madison, FL|
|Marital Status:||Engaged to Amber Maloney|
|First Race:||Walden Motocross Track (Wallkill, NY)|
|Year Turned Pro:||2009|
|2016||4th in AMA 450MX Championship|
|2015||3rd in 450MX Championship, Represented Team USA at 2015 Motocross of Nations|
|2014||5th in AMA 450SX Championship|
|2013||4th in AMA 450SX Championship, 3rd in AMA 450MX Championship, Winner in SX1 at Genoa (Italy) Supercross, Winner in SX1 at Bercy (France) Supercross|
|2012||AMA 250SX East Champion|
|2011||AMA 250SX East Champion|
|2010||AMA 250SX East Runner-Up, 5th in AMA 250MX Championship, Winner in SX1 at Bercy (France) Supercross|
|2009||5th in AMA 250MX Championship, MX Sports Pro Racing 250 Class Rookie of the Year|