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May 29, 2014

Even More Previews Of This Coming Weekend's AMA Pro Superbike Event At Road America (Updated)

Josh Hayes (1) in action at Road America in 2013.

Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams Back In Action This Weekend With AMA Pro Racing At Road America

Cypress, CA - May 29, 2014 – Fresh off their triumphant weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, where they swept the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha with rider, team, and manufacturer championships in both the Pro Sportbike and Pro Superbike classes (all told, a total of six championships were won), the Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams bring their huge momentum into Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for this weekend’s Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America.

Historically, Yamaha has had a lot of success on Road America’s 4.05-mile, 14-turn natural road course, and several team members (and their spouses) were born and raised in America’s Dairyland state. So, to say the team is excited about this weekend and round two of the AMA Pro Road Racing season is an understatement.

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Hayes & Beaubier

Most people know Josh Hayes by the nickname, the “Mississippi Madman,” but with the success Josh has had at Road America, maybe he should be nicknamed the “Wisconsin Winner.” Fact is, the three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion and newly crowned Superbike Shootout Champion has won a total of six AMA Pro SuperBike races at Road America. Those victories include a Race 1 win in 2010, a Race 2 victory in 2011, and in 2012 and 2013, Josh did the double for two years in a row, winning both SuperBike races each year. He also holds the track record in SuperBike, with a blistering lap time of 2:11.333 set in 2012.

This year at Road America, Josh will not just be riding his formidable #4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 SuperBike, but he’ll also be surfing atop the prodigious crest of a three-year, five-race Road America winning streak.

His teammate Cameron Beaubier has also had a lot of success at Road America, and he’s acclimated quickly to his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 SuperBike in this, his rookie season. Last year’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion earned the pole at Road America in 2013 and came away with a victory and a second-place finish in Wisconsin. Cameron is fresh off a second-place result in the Superbike Shootout where he notched a dominant win in the Arai Pacific Nationals at northern California’s Sonoma Raceway.

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach

Garrett Gerloff, rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, had a phenomenal Superbike Shootout where he won at Sonoma Raceway and Miller Motorsports Park to take the overall championship in the Pro Sportbike class. Garrett will be looking to continue his success as the Daytona SportBike Championship gets back underway this weekend at Road America.

Garrett’s teammate JD Beach also made great use of the Superbike Shootout. New to the Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team, JD has had continually improving results this season, which culminated with a second-place finish this past weekend at the Arai Mountain Nationals at Miller Motorsports Park. The excellent result put JD on the podium in the Superbike Shootout’s Pro Sportbike Championship final standings. He’ll be looking to continue improving when he gets back in the saddle of his #6 Yamaha R6 at Road America this weekend.

Meet Josh, Cameron, Garrett, and JD At Don And Roy’s Motorsports

Come to Don and Roy’s Motorsports at 17740 West Bluemound Road, in Brookfield, WI, this Thursday. Beginning at 6:30 PM, the four Yamaha riders will be on hand to sign posters and memorabilia, greet fans, and share a few other surprises. Don’t miss it!

Get Yourself Ready For Road America With Yamaha’s Latest Video

Yamaha has put together a video featuring highlights from the final Superbike Shootout round at Miller Motorsports Park, as well as last year’s visit to Road America, so check it out:

If You Missed Any Of Last Week’s Action At Miller Motorsports Park, Yamaha Has You Covered

To watch all the Yamaha team videos from last weekend’s Arai Mountain Nationals at Miller Motorsports Park, go to: http://bit.ly/1nsjtYI

Watch FansChoice.tv. For All The Racing Action This Weekend At Road America

If you can’t make it to Elkhart Lake, WI, this weekend for the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America, you can catch all the action live and online at http://www.FansChoice.tv

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, check out: www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing or your favorite Yamaha social media channel.




More, from a press release issued by DDR Kawasaki:

DDR Kawasaki Looks to Turn Things Around at Road America

The DDR Kawasaki team went into the final round of the Geico Superbike Shootout riding a wave of confidence. The previous team outings saw rider Danielle Diaz make big improvements in speed and confidence on the ZX-6R, so expectations were set high leading up to the Pro Sportbike race at Miller Motorsports Park.

The weekend proved to be a great test in patience and endurance for the DDR Kawasaki team. A transmission issue early on Friday forced Danielle to run off line in turn 1 causing her to tuck the front, crashing the DDR Kawasaki ZX-6R. While damage to the bike wasn't too bad, the main focus of the team was on figuring out the transmission issue that caused the incident.

Things went from bad to worse on Saturday as 2nd gear was completely lost only a few laps into Danielle's qualifying session. This time the team wanted to be sure the problem was fixed, so the entire transmission was replaced.

As if the team's luck wasn't bad enough on Friday and Saturday, Sunday would prove to be a disaster. Pushing hard in the morning warm up to make up for lost time and in an effort to find her speed, Danielle found herself going into turn 2 a little too deep losing the front and tumbling though the gravel trap. This time the ZX-6R was beat up pretty bad and the team worked hard to get it ready for the Pro Sportbike race.

The repairs were completed in time and Danielle took her spot on the grid, ready to do battle. After a few laps it was clear Danielle wasn't feeling at her best and decided to pull in. She admitted that she was feeling the effects of the morning crash, finding it difficult to stay focused and decided it would be safer for everyone on track if she just called it a day.

While everyone on the team is a little down about the weekend's results at Miller, DDR Kawasaki is looking forward to this weekend's AMA Pro Supersport round at Road America as an opportunity to regroup, turn things around and show the true potential of Danielle Diaz and the Kawasaki ZX-6R.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters for all their help. We couldn't have made it through a tough weekend like this without them!

Kawasaki Genuine Accessories, Top 1 Oil, Two Brothers Racing, Artago Securities, Motoric-USA, Lightech, CM Motorsports, Track Xperience, Bridgestone, Mike Canfield, Rich Oliver's Mystery School, La Fiesta Restaurant, GPR Stabilizers, Saddleman, Castech, Clawson Motorsports, Touch Up Direct Paint, Shoei Helmets, Moto-D, VnM Sports Wear, K&N Filters, Motion Pro, Zero Gravity, Tech Spec, Impact Safe T Armor, Ballistik, Bazzaz, Galfer, Driven, Hotbodies Racing, Cyco Cycle.

A special thanks to Robert Ward and JJ Matter for all their help at Miller!

You can follow the team at www.facebook.com/daniellediazracing





More, from a press release issued by VET Motorsports:

5/29/14 Upper Arlington, Ohio

VETMotorsports heads into this weekend with a full docket of regional events. After a break from the first round of AMA Pro Road Racing at Daytona International Speedway, the non-clinical outreach program returns to the paddock for round two at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. The American Legion post in Bradner, OH will be having a Poker Run this Saturday with part of the proceeds going to VETMotorsports. Finally, the non-profit will also be placing veterans behind the wheel on Sunday in Obetz, OH with the Ohio Valley Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).

VETMotorsports kicks off the weekend on Friday by embedded post 9-11 wounded combat veterans into two AMA Pro Road Racing Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Teams and one SuperSport entry. The veterans served in the Army National Guard and the United States Marine Corps and hail from Albany, Neosho and Johnson Creek, WI. The veterans and their guests will be embedded with the Harley-Davidson teams of James Gang / Hoban Brothers Racing and Chilipepper Racing. Mullins Cycle Works SuperSport entry will also have an injured combat veteran assisting in the paddock.

On Saturday members of the VETMotorsports board will participate in the Bradner Legion Riders 2nd Annual Poker Run Fundraiser. The event begins at 9:30 am with a bike blessing and concludes at 4:30 pm. VETMotorsports' is funded by donations and portions of the funds raised during the ride will to towards their non-clinical outreach programing . On Sunday injured combat veterans get behind the wheel for autocross racing in Obetz, Ohio. This will be VETMotorsports' third and final central-Ohio event, have placed veterans into their non-clinical outreach at the The Ohio State University Campus the previous two weekends.

“One of our board members noted that this weekend is one of our busiest to date. And they were right! But this would not be happening without the support of our all-volunteer board, the racers, our supporters, the SCCA, American Legion, AMA Pro Racing.... the list is pretty big. You can't do all this without a teamwork. VETMotorsports will take the opportunities to engage the injured veteran community and provide a needed outreach programming. The daily suicide rate for returning veterans is still at 22 veterans a day. There's quite a bit of work to be done,” stated VETMotorsports Executive Director and Founder Peter Cline.

To learn about or donate to VETMotorsports please visit them on the web atwww.vetmotorsports.org or follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports, Twitter @VETMotorsports or Pinterest http://facebook.com/VETMotorsports,

Interested in attending? Please contact Executive Director Peter Cline at 614-563-8634 or at VETMotorsports@gmail.com




More, from a press release issued by Meen Motorsports:

Elkhart Lake, WI (May 29, 2014) – Meen Motorsports heads to Road America ready for the next round of the AMA Pro Racing 2014 series.

Second in points, Meen Motorsports’ Daytona Sportbike rider Jake Lewis seeks to land on top of the box, repeating his impressive weekend at Road America in 2013. Lewis made his Daytona Sportbike podium debut last year, capturing a nail-biting third place finish. A more experienced Lewis now looks forward to contest a win at the legendary track.

“I am really excited about this weekend at Road America. It is one of my favorite tracks and I’ve had great success there in the past. I am confidant I will do well and I hope I can bring home a couple of wins for my MotoSport.com Meen Yamaha team,” comments Lewis.

Lewis’s Daytona Sportbike teammate, Meen Motorsports’ Tucker Lancaster, has been training hard after an unfortunate mechanical that occurred during the 2014 AMA season Daytona Sportbike opener in Florida. Poised to showcase his talent,Lancaster also searches to leave his mark at Road America this coming weekend.

“I cannot wait for my racing comeback in Road America given my bad luck at Daytona. I really just want to get out there and ride again,” states Lancaster.

Meen Motorsport’s Supersport rider Andre Ochs heads to Road America high on confidence after two positive weekends of testing and is looking to improve his season points’ position.

“I have been putting a lot of laps on my MotoSport.com Meen Yamaha and am excited for the second round of the season. I learned a lot in Daytona and have been working on improving each time I get out on my Yamaha R6,” says Ochs.

Meen Motorsports would like to thank their following sponsors, MotoSport.com, Yamaha Racing, Graves Motorsports, Roclun International, Yamalube, Yamaha Generators, MOTO-D, Core Moto, Bursig, Dynojet, Shorai, Cortech, Shoei, Next Moto Champion, Designstar3.com, Motopia, Pacific Track Time, Vortex, D.I.D, Sharkskinz, Zerogravity, Concept 5, Drippinwet and G Squared Studio.

Meen Motorsports is a professional motorcycle racing team established in 2012 aka GP Bike Parts Racing (2011). If Interested in being a partner/sponsor of Meen Motorsports please contact ameen@meenmotorsports.com. For more about the team please visit, www.meenmotorsports.com. Become a Facebook Fan, search Meen Motorsports. Follow the team on Twitter @meenmotorsports, as well as on Instagram @meenmoto.



More, from a press release issued by Celtic/Hudson Valley Motorcycles Suzuki:

AMA Pro SuperSport Points Leaders Alexander + Farris Fueled For Round Two At Road America

Celtic/Hudson Valley Motorcycles Suzuki is pleased to return to racing after an extended break following great success at Daytona earlier this year. 2013 AMA Pro SuperSport East champion Corey Alexander and teammate Wyatt Farris dominated the season opener at Daytona, with Alexander securing pole position and winning both SuperSport races, and Farris finishing a strong second in both races. Both Alexander and Farris have enjoyed success at the famed Road America circuit, with Alexander hoping to repeat his double wins from 2013 again this weekend.

Corey Alexander will ride his #5 Celtic/HVMC Suzuki GSX-R 600 this weekend after suffering a broken collarbone in training, which was repaired by Dr. Ting only two weeks ago. Corey explained that "it's been a long break between Daytona and Road America. Even though I will be trying to make the best out of the recent injury to my collarbone I still have high hopes and expectations for this weekend. I feel good after working with Dr. Ting in California the last few weeks leading up to Road America. I already know I can count on my Celtic/Hudson Valley Motorcycles Suzuki team to give me a great bike so it's really up to me and my pain levels. I'm anxious to get on the bike and see how it feels to ride. Thanks to everyone who made this quick recovery possible, particularly my Uncle Richie, Doctor Ting as well as his associates, and Elissa for taking very good care of me! Hope to make the best out of this weekend. Thanks to all of the team and my personal sponsors for sticking behind me!" Corey's personal sponsors include: Spidi Leathers, XPD Boots, Arai Helmets, Boxed Water Is Better, Defy All Odds Apparel, Oakley, Crossfit OSA, and Lapizta Watches. Alexander leads the SuperSport standings with 60 points after the two victories at Daytona. Please follow Corey Alexander on twitter and Instagram via @corey5alexander , keep track of him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/corey5alexander , and check out his webpage - www.corey23.com - as well.

Wyatt Farris is eager to return to the saddle of his #19 Celtic/HVMC Suzuki GSX-R 600, and has been training on and off the track to prepare for this second round of the 2014 AMA Pro SuperSport season. Wyatt was enthusiastic when he said "I'm very excited to get back to racing this coming weekend at Road America after such a long break! Between Daytona and now our Celtic/HVMC Suzuki team has been working hard and we hope to have another solid weekend. I was very comfortable on the bike at Daytona, and we made some improvements in a test at New Jersey a few weeks ago that gave me even more confidence. It's really great to be able to see the progress we have made as a team in such a short period of time. A huge thanks to all of our team sponsors along with my personal sponsors that make this happen!" Wyatt's personal sponsors include: Jon Block Group, Cortech, Shoei, Defy All Odds Apparel, Above Category, and CT Racing. Farris sits comfortably in second position in the AMA Pro SuperSport standings with 50 points, 14 points ahead of his nearest challenger. You can keep up with Wyatt Farris via Instagram or Twitter @wyattfarris19 or join him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wyattfarrisracing .

Sponsors for the Celtic/Hudson Valley Motorcycles Suzuki team include: HVMC Racing, Suzuki, MJRS Freeman, Orient Express, Jon Block Group, Yoshimura R&D, Bazzaz, Gemini, K-Tech Suspension, Pitbull, Maxima Racing Oils, Galfer, Chicken Hawk, Motion Pro, Armour Bodies, Saddlemen, Star School, DesignStar3, Zero Gravity, Signs Ink, GB Racing, DID, and Vortex.

CELTIC RACING

Celtic Racing was established in 2001 by Barry Gilsenan, and over the past 13 seasons has established itself as a premier privateer racing team. Celtic Racing has seen consecutive championship seasons in AMA Pro Racing SuperSport from 2012 to 2013. Development of riding talent began with two-stroke 125cc, and 250cc machines competing in professional and regional championship events. More recent Celtic Racing efforts have focused on AMA Pro Road Racing in the Daytona SportBike and SuperSport classes with Ducati, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha four stroke motorcycles. Gilsenan's talent for coaching racers of all ages and abilities has brought Celtic Racing worldwide attention and recognition, with many former Celtic Racing riders now competing on World Championship levels. For more information regarding Celtic/HVMC Suzuki please join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/celticracing and follow @celticracing on twitter and Instagram - we appreciate all your support!

HUDSON VALLEY MOTORCYCLES

Hudson Valley Motorcycles has been serving New York's Hudson Valley and Westchester County as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and greater New England with Ducati, Kawasaki, and Suzuki Motorcycle/ATV Sales, Parts, and Service since 1966. Established by Richard Alexander Sr, the dealership is a family run business with employees who have been part of the family for decades in some cases. With deep and long standing customer relationships around the region, Hudson Valley Motorcycles is known for outstanding customer service, in-depth product expertise, and the foremost service department for machines of all brands. Please visit www.hvmotorcycles.com, join them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HVMotorcycles or follow them via @hvmotorcycles .

ORIENT EXPRESS

Established in 1973, Orient Express is celebrating its 41st year as a high performance motorcycle parts distributor and race shop. Orient Express offers engine and motorcycle building services, precision machine work, suspension servicing, and dyno tuning services. Orient Express has an extensive history of racing, including support of both professional and amateur race series and individuals. For more information regarding Orient Express, or to find out what Orient Express can do for your racing success, please call 800.645.6521 or 631.231.9552 (NY/International), visit http://www.orientexpress.com or join them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OrientExpressRacing .



More, from a press release issued by Nick Hansen's publicist:

Local Rider, Nick Hansen, Racing for Family and Friends at this Weekend’s AMA Pro Road Racing Subway Superbike Doubleheader at Road America

CEDARBURG, WI (May 29, 2014) – Coming off his first AMA Pro Road Racing career podium, local rider Nick Hansen is geared up to race in front of family and friends at this weekend’s Subway Superbike Doubleheader at Road America in nearby Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Hansen is still reeling from his success in the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series race earlier this year at Daytona International Speedway where he qualified in the No. 7 spot on his #97 Aerostar Global-Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson XR1200. After an exciting duel with some of the series top riders, Hansen finished the race in the No. 3 spot to take his best finish in AMA Pro Road Racing to date.

During the downtime between Daytona and Road America, Hansen has been juggling his full-time college courses at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where he’s majoring in Marketing, as well as working part time at a local Holiday Inn Express, and fitting in as much track time and training as possible.

“I can’t wait to get to Road America and hopefully continue to run up front. It’s my home track, I’m comfortable there and I want to put on a good show for my team, friends and family that have all been working hard to support my efforts,” said Hansen. “I’m third in points going into the second round of the season, I’m in a good place and can’t wait to get back on the bike!”

Hansen will get plenty of track time this weekend at Road America by competing in the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series event on the #97 Aerostar Global-Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson XR1200 as well as riding the #97 H&S Distributors-Suburban Speed Buell 1125R in the double-header AMA Pro SuperSport races.

During this weekend’s family affair, Nick will also be supporting his older brother, Cristopher Hansen, in his efforts during the AMA Supermoto event on Saturday at Road America. The Hansen brothers owe much of their motorcycle racing careers to their family. Their grandparents, Wayne and Joan Houpt own and operate Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson in Thiensville, WI and give tremendous support to their racing efforts. And on this weekend especially, they are both excited to be representing their home state of Wisconsin and making their family proud.

For more information on this weekend’s schedule of events for the AMA Pro Road Racing Subway Superbike Doubleheader at Road America, please visit: http://www.roadamerica.com/.

If you can’t make it to the track, check out all of the AMA Pro Racing action live on http://www.fanschoice.tv/.

To follow Nick Hansen’s season visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nick-Hansen-97/155640121286747



More, from a press release issued by Triumph Motorcycles America:

TRIUMPH AIMS FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL AMA PRO ROAD RACING ROUND AT ROAD AMERICA THIS WEEKEND

ATLANTA – Danny Eslick, the reigning Daytona 200 winner at AMA Pro Road Racing’s last round, and Bobby Fong, fresh off his second place finish in the Dynojet Sportbike Championship of the GEICO Motorcycle Sportbike Shootout, are set to compete for another victory on their Daytona 675Rs in Elkhart Lake, Wis. this weekend.

“Road America’s a long, fast track where you have to have great handling, great aerodynamics, and incredible power,” said Danny Eslick. “The Riders Discount Racing team has been working really hard since Daytona to find some more horsepower and better handling. Hopefully it’s going to pay off this weekend with a good result.”

Eslick, of Broken Arrow, Okla., and the #69 Riders Discount Racing Team lead the AMA Pro Road Racing Daytona Sportbike class heading into the series’ second round at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., May 31-June 1.

Eslick started the season becoming the first Triumph rider to win the Daytona 200 since Gary Nixon in 1967. Also, his #69 Riders Discount Racing Team became Triumph’s first to ever win at the famed event from the pole position. It was the first pole position at Daytona for Triumph since Paul Smart accomplished the feat in 1971.

Four of the Daytona 200’s top ten finishers also rode a Triumph Daytona 675R. Bobby Fong on the #50 Latus Motors Racing/Castrol/Triumph finished fourth. England’s Luke Stapleford and his team flew in to compete on the #68 Profile Racing Triumph Daytona and finished seventh, and former Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp finished 10th with his #15 D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph.

The fastest race lap of the Daytona 200 was turned in by Jason DiSalvo piloting his #40 Sportbike Track Time/Castrol/Triumph; however, his day was ended trying to avoid the debris from another rider’s incident in front of him.

“After what happened at Daytona, I'm even more motivated to get out there and put up some good results this weekend. The Apex/Sportbike Track Time crew has been working double time in between testing sessions these past few months to speed the development of our 675Rs,” said DiSalvo. “I have a good feeling that all of our hard work will pay off here at Road America."

Bobby Fong, of Stockton, Calif., and the Latus Motors Racing/Castrol/Triumph Team won the opening round of the three-race GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout’s DynoJet Pro Sportbike class from the pole at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Fong finished second at the Shootout’s next round at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and capped it off with a third place finish at the Miller Motorsports Park, in Tooele, Utah.

“We’ve got lot of momentum coming in to this race and learned a lot over the last two weekends bonding with the team,” said Fong. “I do well at this track, and we are more motivated than ever because we had a difficult weekend at Miller, but the Triumph does better at Road America than it does at Miller, so we are excited and ready to get to it!”

Other Triumph riders to keep an eye on at Road America are Elena Myers piloting the #21 Apex Mfg./Castrol/Triumph, Steve Rapp aboard the #15 D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph and Canadian Superbike standout Kenny Riedmann on the #42 Riedmann Management/Castrol/Triumph Team.

Catch all the racing action live this weekend online at www.FansChoice.TV.

About Triumph

Triumph Motorcycles is the British motorcycle marque that produces a wide range of sport, cruiser, adventure and touring motorcycles. From the storied Bonneville to the class-leading Speed Triple and Daytona 675R, Triumph offers a blend of design, character and performance that result in truly distinctive motorcycles. First established in 1902 and now located in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, Triumph has always set the pace for category-winning machines. The company is solely owned by Bloor Holdings Ltd., and its North American operations are based in Atlanta. To see the full range of Triumph motorcycles visit www.TriumphMotorcycles.com.