Monster Energy / Yamaha Factory Racing Team

The Companies We Keep

Racing is a proven vehicle for marketing brands, gaining exposure, and developing new products and services. At Yamaha Factory Racing, we are proud that the following partners have put their confidence in us, and have provided their ongoing support as sponsors of our Factory Supercross Motocross and Road Race Teams. Team partners who share our passion for racing are a vital component in today’s racing environment, we value these relationships.

Monster Energy
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. Adding another championship in 2018, together Monster Energy and Yamaha have won seven Superbike Championship titles.

In 2013 Monster Energy became involved with Yamaha’s 600 program and in the 1st season Cameron Beaubier won the Daytona 200 and the AMA Daytona SportBike Championship. When MotoAmerica introduced the Supersport class in 2015, Monster Energy and Yamaha continued their winning ways with consecutive MotoAmerica Supersport titles in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In 2016, the successful partnership between Monster Energy and Yamaha extended to Supercross and Motocross when Monster Energy also became the title sponsor of the Yamaha Factory Racing Supercross/Motocross team.

In 2018 Monster Energy advanced their support with Yamaha by adding the Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing Supercross/Motocross 250 team to the Monster Energy-Yamaha Motorsports family.

Team rider Aaron Plessinger appeased everyone by winning the AMA Supercross West Lites and the AMA 250 Motocross Championships This success along with Justin Barcia’s 450 class efforts earned Yamaha the “Manufacturer of the Year” in AMA Motocross. Both Aaron and Justin were also selected to represent the USA on the 2018 Motocross of Nations Team.

This winning partnership will introduce new liveries for our teams in 2019, while continuing to showcase the iconic Monster Energy ”M”. With a solid team and motivated partners like Monster Energy, 2019 has the potential to be remarkable!

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Yamalube formulates the only oil “built around” the unique demands, operating characteristics, and applications of the various motorsports engines that Yamaha produces. 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 Motor Finance Corp, USA
Yamaha Motor Finance Corporation, USA (YMFUS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS) and was established to support the financial needs of the YMUS Dealer base and loyal Yamaha customers. YMFUS provides consumer retail financing for its diverse line of motor products through captive and partner solutions, commercial leasing and wholesale financing based in Cypress, CA.

Rider Profile - Aaron Plessinger #7

“Signing with Yamaha for the 450 Class is amazing! I've been with Yamaha since 2008 and we have had an awesome relationship ever since. I feel like it's going to go really well for me next year, just being on a great team with good people around. I can't wait to start testing and get my bike dialed in!”

Date of Birth: 1/25/1996
Home Town: Hamilton, OH
Marital Status: Engaged to Kendall Taylor
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 155 lbs.
First Race: Hare Scrambles, Columbus, OH
Year Turned Pro: 2015
Favorite Track:
Glen Helen Raceway
Favorite Food:
Favorite Music:
Country, Rap
Training: Cycling, Mountain Biking, Gym
Gareth Swanepoel
Hobbies: Cycling, Mountain Biking

2018 AMA 250SX West Champion, (Winner at Houston SX, Glendale SX, Oakland SX, Seattle SX), AMA 250MX Champion, (Winner at Glen Helen, High Point, RedBud, Spring Creek, Washougal and Ironman Nationals), Represented Team USA at 2018 Motocross of Nations
2017 3rd Overall in AMA 250SX West, (Seattle 250SX Winner), 4th Overall in AMA 250MX
2016 2nd Overall in AMA 250SX East, (Indianapolis 250SX Winner), 5th Overall in AMA 250MX
2015 5th Overall in AMA 250SX West, 6th Overall in AMA 250MX
2014 Monster Energy Cup Amateur All-Stars Champion, World Mini Champion (250 Mod Pro & 450 Mod Pro), California Classic Champion (450 Pro Sport), Daytona Amateur SX Champion (250A Pro Sport & 450A Pro Sport), Pell City Spring Classic Champion (250A)

Rider Profile - Justin Barcia, #51

“It’s an honor and a pleasure working with everyone at Yamaha – I can’t ask for a better team! Yamaha has given me the opportunity to ride a really good motorcycle and I look forward to putting in some really good results.”

Date of Birth: March 25, 1992
Home Town: Madison, FL
Marital Status: Married to Amber Maloney
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs.
First Race: Walden Motocross Track (Wallkill, NY)
Year Turned Pro: 2009
Favorite Track:
Favorite Food:
Favorite Music:
Training: Cycling
Hobbies: Cycling

2018 10th in AMA 450SX Championship (season shortened due to injury), 4th in AMA 450MX Championship (Ironman MX Winner), Represented Team USA at 2018 Motocross of Nations
2017 17th in AMA 450SX Championship (season shortened due to injury), 13th in AMA 450MX Championship
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