Road Racing - Monster Energy / Yamalube / Yamaha Factory Racing Team
Perhaps you’ve heard of the “seven-year itch”? Well, when it comes to road racing, the Yamaha Factory Superbike team has been successfully scratching that itch for race wins and Championships for the past seven years in a row. Through two iterations of the all-conquering Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike, and at the hands of three highly talented riders backed by the best and brightest crew of technicians, component specialists, and support staff, the Yamaha Factory Superbike team has dominated professional motorcycle road racing in the U.S. Cameron Beaubier is the two-time and defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion and proudly carries the big Number One plate on his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing R1 Superbike for the second year in a row. And his teammate Josh Hayes, a four-time AMA Superbike Champion with all four of his titles won aboard the Yamaha R1 Superbike, continues to give Cameron all he can handle on the racetrack in this, his eighth consecutive year with the Yamaha Factory Superbike 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 Superbike 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 began in 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. In 2011, Monster Energy became title sponsor of the Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike team. Together, Monster Energy and Yamaha have won six AMA Superbike Championships in a row, including two consecutive MotoAmerica Superbike titles. In addition, the Monster Energy/Yamaha partnership has won three AMA Daytona SportBike/Supersport Championships, including two consecutive MotoAmerica Supersport titles.
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, 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 road racing, motocross, supercross, and off-road racing over the years have been accomplished with Yamalube in the engines.
Graves Motorsports has been an integral partner in Yamaha’s racing success since 1998 when the very first YZF-R1 was introduced. Chuck Graves, racer turned business owner of Graves Motorsports, loves to compete and has worked very closely with Yamaha in the ongoing development of aftermarket components used by the race team. This proven, Championship-winning combination of Yamaha motorcycles and Graves componentry is also available to all Yamaha R1 and R6 owners.
Rider Profile - Cameron Beaubier #1
There’s an old saying that “uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” Well, with 8 wins, 13 podiums, and 4 pole positions in 2016, there was nothing discernably “uneasy” about Cameron Beaubier last year as he successfully defended his MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. Cameron went about the business of winning races and another Championship with a quiet confidence that belied fact that he is still a very young man.
There was no “sophomore slump” for Cameron in 2015 during his second year with the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike team despite competing in a brand-new series--MotoAmerica--and racing a brand-new motorcycle--the all-new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike. Cameron took to the new R1 like a fish to water, and he won 8 races and earned three poles. It was his consistency that made all the difference. Cameron finished on the podium in 17 out of 18 races during the inaugural MotoAmerica Superbike season, and he won the 2015 Superbike title by four points over his teammate and AMA Superbike legend Josh Hayes.
New to the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike team in 2014, Cameron adapted quickly to his #2 R1 and notched 3 race wins, 7 podium finishes, and two pole positions to finish third in the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike Championship.
In 2013, Cameron had an absolutely dominant season aboard his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6. He won 12 of the 13 races--including the Daytona 200--and he finished second in the only race he didn’t win. Cameron had a season sweep in qualifying, earning all eight DSB pole positions, and he also won the coveted Rolex Daytona Cosmograph wristwatch for earning the pole for the Daytona 200. In addition, he broke the lap record at six racetracks in a row--including twice in one season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
In 2012, despite a season of literal ups and downs that led to three injury-involving incidents--two away from the track and one in competition--Cameron won seven DSB races. He also earned his first career DSB pole, his first career DSB win, and his first-ever double win all in the same race weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.
In 2011, Cameron moved up to the Daytona SportBike class on his Yamaha R6 where he earned six top-five finishes in 13 starts and finished the season sixth overall in the Championship standings. His impressive results caught the eyes of Yamaha Racing chiefs and, soon after the season ended, he was recruited to join the Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team.
In 2010, Cameron won two races in SuperSport, one being his very first race on a 600 at Daytona, and the other at Infineon. In 2009, he rode for Red Bull KTM in the 125cc Grand Prix World Championship. In 2008, he was a member of the Red Bull MotoGP Academy, and he also competed in the Spanish GP125 Championship.
|Date of Birth:||December 6, 1992|
|Home Town:||Roseville, CA|
|Year Turned Pro:||2009|
|Favorite Track:||Phillip Island|
|2016||#1 MotoAmerica Superbike; 8 race wins, 13 podiums, 4 poles|
|2015||#1 MotoAmerica Superbike; 8 race wins, 17 podiums, 3 poles|
|2014||#2 Superbike Shootout; 1 race win, 2 podiums, 1 pole
#3 AMA Pro Superbike; 3 race wins, 7 podiums, 2 poles
|2013||#1 Daytona SportBike, won 12 of 13 races, broke 6 track lap records, Daytona 200: Qualified 1st (Rolex watch winner) Daytona 200 (1st)|
|2012||7 DSB wins; 3rd in Championship|
|2011||5 DSB podiums|
|2010||2 SuperSport wins|
|2009||125 GP top 15|
|2008||#2 in Spanish GP125 Championship|
|2007||Red Bull Rookies Cup - 1 win, 3 podiums|
Rider Profile - Josh Hayes #4
Once again in 2016, “Mr. Four-Time” Josh Hayes came oh-so-close to getting “one for the thumb” with his fifth AMA Superbike Championship. Josh finished the season just six points behind his teammate Cameron Beaubier, and it came down to the final race of the season at New Jersey Motorsports Park to decide it all.
In 2015, aboard his brand-new #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, Josh notched 10 Superbike wins during MotoAmerica’s inaugural season. He also reached the podium in 16 out of 18 races and earned 5 pole positions. With gaudy stats like that, you’d think that “The Mississippi Madman” would’ve won his fifth AMA Superbike title for Yamaha, but his teammate Cameron Beaubier nipped him by just 4 points for the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike title.
Josh showed in 2014 that the #4 on his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 SuperBike was an omen. On the strength of his 7 race wins and 3 second-place finishes out of 11 races this season, Josh captured his fourth AMA Pro SuperBike Championship in the past five years. He also won the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Championship in 2014.
Finishing a close second in the 2013 AMA Pro SuperBike points standings to his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate and 2013 SuperBike Champ Josh Herrin. Hayes won eight races and earned two additional podiums. The Mississippi Madman also had a season sweep in qualifying, earning all eight SuperBike pole positions, and he set a new lap record at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
In 2012, Josh won his third consecutive SuperBike Championship, and he did it in record-setting fashion, rewriting AMA Pro Road Racing history in several categories. Josh set a new record for most SuperBike wins in a single season with 16, and he also set a new record for most consecutive SuperBike wins in a single season with 10. In addition, Josh tied the record for most SuperBike poles in a single season with 10, and he had seven perfect weekends. In seven rounds during the 2012 season, Josh qualified his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 SuperBike in the pole position, won both SuperBike races, and also led the most laps in both races.
Josh won his second consecutive SuperBike Championship in 2011, as well as his second SuperBike title in a row for Yamaha. He captured seven poles, three wins, and nine podium finishes in defending his championship. He only finished off the podium twice over the course of the entire season, and he won the Championship on the final lap of the final race.
The 2010 season saw Josh fulfill his lifelong goal of becoming AMA Pro SuperBike Champion. In the process, he also won Yamaha’s first SuperBike title in 19 years, scoring seven race victories and earning multiple bonus points for pole positions and laps led on the season.
In 2009, Josh joined the Yamaha family for the first time and won seven races en route to second place in the AMA Pro SuperBike Championship.
Josh won back-to-back Formula Extreme Championships in 2007 and 2006, and in 2003, he won the AMA 750 SuperStock Championship. He made his AMA Pro Racing debut in 1999 where he won the 750 SuperSport race at Daytona and finished third in the Formula Extreme class for the season.
Starting his road racing career at 19, Josh made a quick ascension up through the ranks where he won his first three WERA titles in 1994 and numerous others in the following four years.
|Date of Birth:||April 4, 1975|
|Home Town:||Gulfport, MS|
|Year Turned Pro:||1999|
|Marital Status:||Married to Melissa Paris-Hayes|
|Favorite Track:||Road America, Miller|
|2106||#2 MotoAmerica Superbike; 2 race wins, 12 podiums, 2 poles|
|2015||#2 MotoAmerica Superbike; 10 race wins, 16 podiums, 5 poles|
|2014||#1 SuperBike; 7 wins, 10 podiums, 3 poles #1 Superbike Shootout; 1 race win, 3 podiums, 1 pole|
|2013||#2 SuperBike; 8 SB wins, 10 podiums & 8 SB poles|
|2012||#1 SuperBike; set AMA records for 10 consecutive SB wins & 16 SB wins in a season; ties AMA record with 10 SB poles|
|2008||#2 Formula Xtreme|
|2007||#1 Formula Xtreme|