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Oct 30, 2012

Highlights From Monster Energy Graves Yamaha's Weekend At NOLA Motorsports Park (Video)

It's Halloween, So How About Some Voodoo Video From The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Team? Cypress, CA October 30, 2012 It always seems to be party time down on the bayou, so what better place for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team to wrap up its historic SuperBike season than with local hero Josh Hayes strutting his stuff in front of friends and family at NOLA Motorsports Park? With teammate Josh Herrin out of action due to a training injury, it was solely up to the Mississippi Madman to bring it with authority. And, bring it, Josh did. To the tune of earning both the provisional and overall pole positions, leading every lap in both races, winning both races, and winning the coveted surfboard trophy for being The Big Kahuna of the event. It was the perfect weekend for Josh, who seemingly knew everyone in attendance by name. And, despite the obvious commitments and responsibilities, he was not the least bit distracted from his primary job: to win aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1. Josh clinched the 2012 SuperBike championship--his third such title in a row--at the previous GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing round in Homestead-Miami Speedway, so the Gulfport, Mississippi, native was literally riding for pride at NOLA. And, with his father Kurt, his mother Marsha, a throng of aunts and uncles, his manager Gina, his neighbors, the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick-maker apparently all making the short 90-minute trip down from Gulfport to New Orleans, Josh did not disappoint anyone in attendance. For a festive look back at the final weekend of the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team's season, highlighted by Josh Hayes' epic performance, check out the video: You'll meet Keith McCarty, who is the Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha and has been with the company for more than 35 years. Keith talks about the U.S. Road Racing Teams' important relationship with Monster Energy. You'll also meet Jeff Myers, who has been with Yamaha for over 15 years and is one of the masterful technicians responsible for the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1. Jeff talks about Yamalube and how the racing team relies on Yamalube products to not only win races, but also three SuperBike championships in a row. For more news, results, and other team info, visit Yamaha's Facebook page.