Road Racing - Monster Energy / Yamalube / Yamaha Extended Service / Graves / Yamaha Team
There’s a new sheriff in town. In fact, there are two. Not only did tall Texan Garrett Gerloff win the shootout last year with his teammate and defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach to notch his first-career MotoAmerica Supersport title, but for 2017, Garrett will be aboard the refined, redesigned, and remarkable Yamaha YZF-R6 with the Number One plate signifying that he is the defending Champ. JD is also back with the team for 2017, and he’ll be racing hard aboard his brand-new Number 95 R6 to take back the Championship that he reluctantly surrendered in 2016. And they’ll be backed by their highly experienced and hugely successful Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team, operated out of the Graves Motorsports race shop in Van Nuys, California, in partnership with Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
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 Supersport 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.
Yamaha Extended Service
In 2011, Yamaha Extended Service (Y.E.S.) came on board as a title sponsor of Yamaha’s 600cc racing team. Y.E.S. is an extended warranty program developed and administered by Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., specifically for Yamaha products. The team’s long-term relationship with Y.E.S. is a testament to the effectiveness that the sponsorship provides in increasing awareness of the many benefits that Y.E.S. provides to Yamaha customers.
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 - Garrett Gerloff #1
Last year, 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 2016 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 poles.
Garrett won the three-event GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Pro Sportbike Championship in 2014 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, finishing fifth on the 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, and it was an eventful one…for precisely the wrong reason. In the very first practice session for 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 SuperSport instead of DSB to get himself back into racing shape. Everything came good 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 qualified on pole for every 600 Superstock race, tallied 9 wins in 14 races, and was only off the podium twice, finishing the season with 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. Having an eye for talent, Chuck Graves wasted no time in signing Garrett to campaign the entire 2012 DSB series on a Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6.
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.
Garrett was raised on a motorcycle. From the time he was four years old, he was racing around all of the motocross tracks in south Texas. He got his first road racing motorcycle in 2007 and never looked back.
|Date of Birth:||August 1, 1995|
|Year Turned Pro:||2011|
|Favorite Track:||Road Atlanta|
|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 - JD Beach #95
JD had the big Number One plate emblazoned on his Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 in 2016, telling the world that he was the defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champ. And, he lived up to his advance billing all season long, winning eight races on the season, which were the most victories of anyone competing in the class. The 2016 Championship came down to the final race of the season at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and JD narrowly missed out on back-to back titles, finishing the season as runner-up to his teammate Garrett by a scant four points.
One of the big stories of MotoAmerica’s inaugural season was the resurgence of JD Beach. In his second year with Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha, JD got his first career Supersport win at The Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX, which was the very first round on the 2015 MotoAmerica schedule. From there, he went on to win 7 more races--including back-to-back double wins at Barber Motorsports Park and Miller Motorsports Park, reached the podium a total of 13 times on the season, and earned 3 poles on his way to winning the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship.
JD joined the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team in 2014 and notched four AMA Pro Daytona SportBike podium finishes on his way to finishing fourth in the Championship.
In 2013, JD’s second year with RoadRace Factory/Yamaha, he finished fourth in the 2013 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike final points standings with 11 top fives and 7 podiums on the year.
JD competed in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike in 2012, aboard a RoadRace Factory/Yamaha R6, where he earned 17 top-10 finishes in 19 races and finished 6th in the standings. He finished 8th in the AMA Pro Flat Track Expert Singles points standings, with his best race result being a 4th in Peoria, Illinois. He also raced in five AMA Pro Flat Track Expert Twins events, earning one pole position and two top-5 finishes.
In 2011, he finished fourth in the Daytona 200 before moving up to AMA Pro SuperBike, where he earned six top-10 finishes in 12 races. He also raced in AMA Pro Flat Track where, out of seven starts in the Grand National class, JD notched four top-10s and one top-5 result.
2010 was a big year for JD, as he moved from Snoqualmie, Washington to Philpot, Kentucky. The move to the Bluegrass State paid off because he won the AMA Pro SuperSport East Division Championship.
2009 was JD’s first year as a professional road racer. He competed in AMA Pro SuperSport where he got on the podium three times, had a best finish of second, and finished second in the East Division Championship. That same year, he also finished fourth in the AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship, earning three race wins and five podiums.
In 2008, JD won the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Championship in only his second year as a road racer, becoming the first American ever to win the title.
2007 was JD’s first year of road racing when he was selected to compete in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Championship. As a rookie road racer, he finished 16th in points, with a best finish of 8th.
Born in Snoqualmie, Washington, JD followed in his father’s steel-shoed footsteps and started flat track racing when he was just three years old.
|Date of Birth:||October 12, 1991|
|Home Town:||Philpot, KY|
|Year Turned Pro:||2009|
|Favorite Track:||Miller Motorsports Park|
|2016||#2 MotoAmerica Supersport; 8 race wins, 13 podiums, 4 poles|
|2015||#1 MotoAmerica Supersport; 8 wins, 13 podiums, 3 poles|
|2014||#3 Superbike Shootout Pro Sportbike; 1 podium, 3 top-five finishes
#4 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike; 4 podiums, 6 top-five finishes
|2013||#4 Daytona SportBike|
|2012||#6 Daytona SportBike|
|2011||4th in the Daytona 200|
|2010||AMA Pro SuperSport East Division Champ|