Road Racing - Monster Energy / Yamaha Extended Service / Graves / Yamaha Team
During the 2017 MotoAmerica season, the Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team proved that the all new Yamaha R6 was a winner. Teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach were just remarkable, taking 8 of the 10 pole positions and winning 16 of the 18 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship rounds! The racing duo topped the charts in the overall championship as well, with defending 2016 Supersport Champion, Gerloff, once again showing his talents to make it two in a row, and 2015 Supersport Champion, Beach, finishing in the runner up position.
Both riders finished on the podium in every round except one. At the Utah round, Garrett and JD tangled while racing for the lead. Both riders found themselves on the ground and off the track, and neither were able to cross the finish line.
JD will be the sole rider on the team in 2018, as Garrett follows the footsteps of past Graves Supersport riders Josh Herrin and Cameron Beaubier in transitioning to the Superbike class. There are no worries for JD, though, since he knows he can always rely on Josh Hayes for advice as he chases the 2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship.
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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 Supersport team. They share our passion for racing, and we consider them to not only be our business partners, but our friends as well.
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.
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Yamaha Extended Service
Only Yamaha can offer the combination of superior engineering, style, and performance you can enjoy with a Yamaha motorcycle. And only Yamaha can provide you the industry’s best extended service plan with Yamaha Extended Service. Yamaha Extended Service, Y.E.S., is an extended service plan designed to protect your investment and your peace of mind. Yamaha Extended Service extends your factory coverage with affordable 12, 24, 36 and 48-month plans. Plus, Y.E.S. coverage is administrated entirely by Yamaha and is designed to be as easy to use as the original warranty. Y.E.S. is available for Yamaha motorcycles, scooters, ATV’s, side-by-sides, snowmobiles, watercraft, boats, outboard motors and power products.
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 - JD Beach #95
2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion, JD Beach, is making a run at the 2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship as a Monster Energy/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Supersport team rider aboard the proven YZF-R6.
JD loves to ride motorcycles, and Dirt Track racing is where it all started for him. This past March, JD was able to return to the dirt at Daytona International Speedway. Riding a G&G Racing/Rickdiculous/Team95/Yamaha MT-07, JD brought home a 2nd place finish in the opening round of the 2018 American Flat Track Series. JD will ride a few select flat track events this year, however his focus will be on taking his Monster Energy/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 to another championship in 2018
After a hard-fought battle with Garrett Gerloff throughout the 2017 season, JD managed 16 podium finishes that included 5 race wins to bring home 2nd place in the Supersport Championship.
JD had the big Number One plate emblazoned on his Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 in 2016 as the defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champ. Riding like a true champion, he won eight races that season, 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 throughout 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|
|First Race:||1995, Oakwood, WA, Flat Track|
|Year Turned Pro:||2009|
|Favorite Track:||Miller Motorsports Park|
|Favorite Music:||A little bit of everything|
|Training:||Cycling, Running, Motorcycle Riding, Gym|
|Hobbies:||Flat Track, Cycling, Working on Bikes, Cooking|
|2017||#2 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship; 5 race wins, 16 podiums,|
|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|