Mar 18, 2011
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Kennesaw, Georgia March 18th, 2011 Graves Motorsports has added another young thoroughbred to their stable of champions. Fifteen-year-old Garret Gerloff of Vero Beach, FL has been welcomed into the Graves Yamaha fold.
The up-and-coming Gerloff already has an impressive resume. Some of his recent accomplishments include the 2010 Indy Moto GP Moriwaki Challenge Champion and the 2010 WERA 600 Superbike Expert National Champion.
In 2011 the young speed dynamo, astride his Graves prepped Yamaha R6, will contest the WERA National Challenge Series until August when he'll become old enough to compete in the AMA SuperSport class.
"I can't wait to get this season underway," said Gerloff. "I'm really excited for this awesome opportunity to ride under the Graves Motorsports banner this year. They have the race experience and knowledge I need to help me be successful this season. I'd like to thank Graves, Yamaha, and all my other sponsors for their support."
Team owner Chuck Graves is always on the lookout for raw talent and future stars. When Graves witnessed Gerloff's racing skills during the 2010 WERA National Challenge Series, he knew he was watching a star in the making.
"Garrett displayed tremendous potential at the age of 14, winning multiple races in the 600 Super Stock Class against riders with more experience," said Graves. "But it wasn't just his riding talent that caught my attention, it was also his ability to articulate his professional racing goals and his clearly defined plan of reaching those goals."
"Everyone at the Graves Motorsports/Yamaha Motor Corp. camp is excited about working with Garrett and the Gerloff family," added Graves. "Garrett's goals are in direct alignment with ours."
In addition to Graves and Yamaha, Gerloff will also enjoy support from energy drink giant, Monster Energy. "Motorcycle roadracing is a core sports marketing platform at Monster Energy and we are constantly seeking out the very best talent to represent our dedication and desire to win." said Alex Dunstan, Motorsports Manager at Monster Energy. "Garrett exemplifies the bright future of American roadracing with his already impressive resume, professionalism and limitless potential. We look forward to watching Garrett's ascent through the ranks to one day join his fellow Monster Energy teammates; Valentino Rossi, Ben Spies, Marco Simoncelli, Cal Crutchlow and Colin Edwards in MotoGP!"