By: Yamaha Motor Corp.
Cypress, CA, August 30, 2011 – The “Big Blue” transporters are loaded and on their way, and the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams will soon be at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, for this weekend’s final round of the AMA Pro Racing season.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider and defending American SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes is just five points out of the lead going into the final two races of the season at NJMP. He’s looking to earn maximum points for the weekend, including the two race wins, and the critical bonus points for pole position and leading the most laps in each race.
Josh won both American SuperBike races at New Jersey Motorsports Park last season, and he also earned the two bonus points for leading the most laps in both races. In fact, Josh led every lap in Saturday’s race last year, except for the very first lap.
Josh, who will pilot his number-1-emblazoned, crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1® around the 2.25-mile NJMP “Thunderbolt” road course, said, “This SuperBike Championship is there for the taking just like it was last year around this time. The entire Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team has worked hard all year long to defend our title, and it all comes down to this…win and we’re in. That’s why I race, so I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Also in American Superbike, Yamaha Extended Service/Pat Clark Motorsports/Graves/Yamaha riderChris Clark and his team are looking to finish the year strong. Chris has been one of the most improved riders in the series this season, and he’s looking forward to excellent results in both races this weekend.
In Daytona SportBike competition, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6® rider Josh Herrin is also in second place in the Championship going into New Jersey. With a total of four race wins on the season--the most of any rider in DSB competition this year--Josh will be looking to add two more First-Place trophies to his rapidly growing collection. Winning the DSB title is also very much a possibility for the likeable rider from Dublin, Georgia. “We’ve been competitive all year long, and I’m aiming to do the double in New Jersey,” Josh said. “That’s all we can do…win and see where that puts us [in the Championship] at the end of this weekend.”
Josh will face stiff competition from right within his own extended team as Tommy Aquino, who also competes aboard an R6 in Daytona SportBike, is looking to move up the charts from his 4th-place-finish at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Tommy, who races for Yamaha Extended Service/Pat Clark Motorsports/Graves/Yamaha, has consistently notched top-five finishes all season long, and he’s hungry to get his first win in the class. He led Sunday’s race three different times for a total of seven laps at NJMP last season, so the Californian knows what it takes to be out front on the challenging 14-turn East-coast course.
MEET THE YAMAHA ROAD RACING TEAM RIDERS AT DEPTFORD YAMAHA
On Friday night, September 2 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, be sure to stop by Deptford Yamaha at 1300 Clements Bridge Road in nearby Deptford, New Jersey. Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Chris Clark, andTommy Aquino will all be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, give away posters, and more. It’ll be your last chance to see Yamaha’s best and brightest U.S. motorcycle road racers up-close this season.
TUNE INTO SPEED TV
There’s nothing like watching motorcycle road racing live and in person, but if you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action from New Jersey Motorsports Park on Speed TV. For the exact days and times of the telecasts, be sure to check your local listings, or go to www.SpeedTV.com for more information.
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