Garrett Gerloff Pilots His Yamaha YZF-R6 To 2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship

Millville, NJ - September 11, 2016Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.)/Graves/Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff’s final MotoAmerica Supersport race of 2016 was a microcosm of his entire season: smooth, steady, and successful. Garrett rode perfectly on Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park to bring his #31 Yamaha YZF-R6 in second and clinch his first MotoAmerica professional road racing title by four points over his teammate JD Beach.

 JD, who carried the #1 plate on his R6 in 2016 as a result of the Supersport Championship that he captured last year, dominated Sunday’s race from start to finish and recorded his eighth victory of the season.

 After celebrating on the podium with his entire Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team, Garrett said, “Oh, man, it feels so great to win this Championship. When I was 12, I saw myself with the #1 plate, and I dreamed about it all the time. Now that it finally became reality, I’ve got so many thoughts floating around in my head. I love riding bikes so much, but it definitely wasn’t easy and, to win this over a great Champion like JD makes it even more special. I’ve got to thank Dennis McNeal, Keith McCarty, and Yamaha; Chuck Graves and everyone at Graves Motorsports; my crew; MotoAmerica; the whole team; and all the great fans who cheer for us.” 

 JD commented, Losing the Championship by just four points is a tough pill to swallow, but Garrett rode great this year. As I always say, I’m here to win races, and after getting off to a little bit of a slow start this year, to win seven races in a row is an accomplishment that I’m very proud of. And, since I didn’t win it, I’m glad that my teammate did. It was a fun season, for sure, and I really enjoy racing in Supersport, and also for Yamaha. I lose the number 1 plate on my R6, but I get to go back to running the 95, which is a very special number to me.

2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Final Standings

9/11/16

Pos.

Rider

Points

1

Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha

326

2

JD Beach – Yamaha

322

3

Valentin Debise – Suzuki

246

4

Cameron Petersen – Suzuki

189

5

Benny Solis – Honda

147