Road Racing - Monster Energy / Yamalube / Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2018 looks to be a promising year for the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing team. After seven consecutive years of domination in the prestigious Superbike class, 2017 certainly did not go as planned. Defending 2015 and 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion, Cameron Beaubier, and his teammate, four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, struggled during the first part of the season with a new electronics package. Then, just as Cameron started to get his mojo back, a dislocated shoulder in Superbike Race 2 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex put him out for the rest of the season, and out of contention for his third-consecutive Championship.
Cameron is now fully healed and has shown that he has the speed and strength that allowed him to win his two back-to-back MotoAmerica Superbike Championships. The Northern Californian will have a new teammate for 2018, as Josh Hayes has taken on a new role in his racing career. After more than 300 professional racing starts, four AMA Superbike championships, including 61 Superbike wins (all on the Yamaha YZF-R1), Josh will be Yamaha’s Factory Racing Ambassador and Yamaha bLU cRU Rider Coach. The “Mississippi Madman” will also serve as a test rider for the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike team.
Commenting on his new role, Josh said, “I never intended to stop racing, but with Yamaha’s vision and goals, it became time to move in a new direction with the young talent that’s been dominating the MotoAmerica Supersport class. I am sure I will miss lining up for the start at Road Atlanta.”
After another successful season in the MotoAmerica Supersport class, two-time Supersport Champ Garrett Gerloff has moved up to the Factory Superbike team alongside Cameron. “I accomplished a lot of things on my list of goals. I have wanted to ride a Superbike for such a long time, and now, I’m getting the opportunity. I have some big shoes to fill. Taking Josh’s spot isn’t something I take lightly…it is an honor,” Garrett commented. “I’ve been able to ride the R1 Superbike a few times already, and all I can say is that it is an animal! It’s so fast, but also smooth and agile. I couldn’t ask for a better machine with which to attack the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.”
“Preseason testing has been phenomenal,” Cameron added. “Our team is really working well together. Just as Josh always wanted to battle for the win, I expect no different from Garrett. As a team, we’ve worked on several key elements which will make us more competitive. 2018 is gearing up to be a special year!”
The Companies We Keep
Motorsports is a proven vehicle for marketing brands, gaining exposure, and developing new products and services. Our responsibilities to our partners is a highly regarded priority just as is winning races. Motorsports exposure through TV, publications, and the ever-expanding realm of Social Media, allow us to showcase our valuable partners throughout the year as well as around the world. 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 three consecutive MotoAmerica Supersport titles.
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!
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. Yamalube is proven on race circuits and is available right in your local Yamaha dealerships.
Yamaha Motor Financial Service
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.
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, R6, and R3 owners. Graves Motorsports will also play an integral role in the new MotoAmerica Junior Cup class through the Graves Yamaha YZF-R3 Support Program.
Rider Profile - Cameron Beaubier #6
Cameron Beaubier is ready for battle again in 2018 aboard his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing R1. After winning the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship in 2015 and 2016, he was chasing the 2017 championship when an incident at round number eight in Pittsburgh left him with both a dislocated shoulder and an abrupt end to his season. Thanks to his 12 podium finishes that included 5 race wins, the two-time champion secured enough points to capture third place overall in the 2017 championship.
Preseason testing has proven that his season-ending shoulder injury is now 100% healed, and he and the team are ready to get back to business on the track.
Demonstrating the ability to win is nothing new for Cameron. He went about the business of securing his second MotoAmerica Superbike Championship in 2016 with 8 wins, 13 podiums, and 4 pole positions.
2015 was Cameron’s second year with the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Superbike team, competing in a brand-new series (MotoAmerica) on a brand-new Superbike (the all-new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1). Cameron gelled immediately with the new R1, 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 Beaubier 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 Daytona SportBike (DSB) 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 incidents involving injury (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 management 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|
|Favorite Music:||Country, Rap, Rock|
|Training:||Cycling, Running, Cross-fit|
|Hobbies:||Golf, Motocross, Flat Track, Soccer|
|2017||#3 MotoAmerica Superbike; 5 race wins, 12 podiums, 2 poles|
|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 - Garrett Gerloff #31
Even though Garrett Gerloff is new to the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Team for 2018, he is set to be a formidable competitor as a rookie in the MotoAmerica Superbike class on his Yamaha YZF-R1. Testing prior to the start of the series this year allowed Garrett to get acclimated to his new team and R1 Superbike, and his lap times have shown that he is capable of standing on top of the podium.
Garrett fought hard to defend his MotoAmerica Supersport Championship in 2017, earning the title again by riding his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 to 8 pole position starts and 17 podium finishes that included 11 race wins.
In 2016, Garrett earned 3 pole positions, notched 6 race wins, and stood on the podium in all but one of the 16 races on his way to winning the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship. His quiet confidence and consistency helped him take the title and realize his lifelong dream.
In 2015, Garrett won his first career MotoAmerica Supersport race, at Road Atlanta aboard his #31 Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6. At the following round, Virginia International Raceway, he suffered a fractured finger on his left hand during qualifying. Tough as nails, Garrett battled through the pain, and didn’t miss a single race all season long. He won his second Supersport race of the season on the world stage during MotoGP weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All told, Garrett reached the podium 10 times in 2015 and earned two pole-positions on his way to 2nd in the overall Supersport championship standings.
In 2014, Garrett won the three-event GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Pro Sportbike Championship with two race victories and one second-place finish aboard his #8 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6. In addition, he had six top-five finishes in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike (DSB), finishing fifth overall for the 2014 season.
Competing in his first full season of Daytona SportBike competition, Garrett finished third in the 2013 Championship points standings, with 11 top-five finishes that included 5 second-place results.
2012 was Garrett’s rookie season in DSB, having been signed to the Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team by Chuck Graves. Unfortunately, the year proved to be very challenging for Garrett. In the very first practice session of the very first race of the season, the Daytona 200, Garrett highsided his Yamaha R6 and suffered a fractured femur. He returned to action for the final three rounds of the 2012 season, but he competed in the SuperSport class instead of DSB to get himself back into racing shape.
Everything worked out well for Garrett in the season’s final round at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, where he won Sunday’s race.
In 2011, Garrett raced in the WERA National Challenge Series, where he won the 600 Superstock Expert Championship. He then made his AMA Pro Racing debut at New Jersey Motorsports Park where he learned the track quickly and won his first-ever professional race.
The 2010 season was Garrett’s first year on a 600, and he won the 600 Superbike Expert WERA National Championship. He also won the Youth Rider of the Year Award presented by the AMA Road Race Grand Championships and the AMA RRGC 600 Supersport Expert Championship.
In 2009, Garrett earned a double win at Jennings GP, which was his first victory in USGPRU competition. He was on the podium at every race weekend and, by the end of the year, he wrapped up three USGPRU National Championships and two WERA National Championships.
|Date of Birth:||August 1, 1995|
|Year Turned Pro:||2011|
|Favorite Track:||Road Atlanta|
|Training:||Cycling, Weight Training, Motocross|
|2017||#1 MotoAmerica Supersport, 11 race wins, 17 podiums, 8 poles|
|2016||#1 MotoAmerica Supersport, 6 race wins, 15 podiums, 3 poles|
|2015||#3 MotoAmerica Supersport; 2 race wins, 10 podiums, 2 poles|
|2014||#1 Superbike Shootout Pro Sportbike; 2 race wins, 3 podiums, 2 poles
#5 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike; 3 podiums, 6 top-five finishes
|2013||#3 Daytona SportBike
Daytona 200: Qualified 2nd Daytona 200 (2nd)
|2012||Won final SuperSport race of season (NOLA)|
|2011||WERA 600 SS National Champ|
|2010||WERA 600 SS National Champ|
|2009||USGPRU Moriwaki 250 National Champ|
|2008||8th in USGPRU 125cc Championship|
|2007||First year in Road Racing|
Rider Profile - Josh Hayes #4
A legend in American road racing, Josh Hayes returns for 2018 in an important new role: Yamaha Factory Racing Ambassador and bLU cRU Rider Coach. The “Mississippi Madman” will continue as a vital member of the Yamaha Factory Racing team, applying his knowledge and experience as a mentor, consultant, and rider coach, as well as continuing to promote the Yamaha brand and Yamaha Factory Racing in the MotoAmerica paddock and beyond. In addition, Josh will serve as a test rider for the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike team.
2017 marked at milestone achievement for Josh. During the Pittsburgh round, he celebrated his 300th professional road racing career start on his way to a podium finish that weekend. Josh rode hard throughout the series. After 8 podium finishes that included a race win, his consistency and expertise ultimately earned him 4th overall in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.
In 2016, the four-time AMA Superbike Champion came oh-so-close to winning his fifth 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.
Riding his brand-new #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, Josh notched 10 Superbike wins during MotoAmerica’s inaugural season in 2015. He reached the podium in 16 out of 18 races, earned 5 pole positions, and finished within just 4 points of the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike title-winner, his teammate Cameron Beaubier.
In 2014, Josh Hayes showed that the #1 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 five years of competition. He also won the GEICO® Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Championship in 2014.
Josh finished 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|
|Marital Status:||Married to Melissa Paris-Hayes|
|First Race:||1994 WERA|
|Year Turned Pro:||1999|
|Favorite Track:||Road America, Miller|
|Favorite Food:||Pasta, Pizza|
|Training:||Cycling, Motocross, Tennis|
|Hobbies:||Cycling, Motocross, Tennis|
|2017||#4 MotoAmerica SuperbikeChampionship; 1 race win, 8 podiums, 1 pole|
|2016||#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|