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Aug 29, 2016

Witchkraft Racing's Knapp Wins WERA Races At Grattan, Prepares For MotoAmerica Races At NJMP

The Witchkraft Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 and team members (from left) Matt Kraft, Taylor Knapp, Aaron Bagwell, Doug Cornett, Joe Kraft and Eddie Kraft. Photo by Marion Cornett, courtesy of Witchkraft Racing.


August 29, 2016 – Shelby Twp., MI – Witchkraft Racing continued with rider Taylor Knapp this past weekend, notching two wins and their third consecutive win in WERA National competition by securing both the WERA 1000 Superstock and Formula 1 races, held at Grattan Raceway. After setting a new overall lap record at Pittsburgh International Raceway the event prior, Taylor came up just short of resetting the Grattan Raceway lap record as well – missing it by less than half a second – yet still getting two victories against a highly talented field in the process. The team will again regroup at the upcoming MotoAmerica finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park, held on September 9-11, with their Honda East Yamaha dealership-backed Yamaha R1. 

"We’re making a sizeable jump getting back into the Pro paddock," said Eddie Kraft. "We’ve been working together with Taylor over the past several weeks, looking to build the comfort and chemistry within the team, along with the bike, to put together a well-sorted effort at NJMP. Taylor has shown he’s a top-level talent in the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 class, finishing runner-up in the 2015 Championship and having impressive results this season as well. We have great backing from our partners to go ahead and see what we can accomplish, and we all couldn’t be more excited.”

“I’m quite excited for the New Jersey round,” exclaimed Taylor. “I’ve felt completely comfortable and fast since the first time I threw a leg over the Witchkraft Yamaha R1. We’ve already won races and broke records so I can’t wait to show what we can do in MotoAmerica. I really can’t thank the crew enough. They’ve got a great team and an awesome motorcycle.”

About Honda East Yamaha: As a family owned and operated Ohio motorcycle dealer, Honda East's philosophy is to treat each customer like a family member, every visit. Our award-winning sales staff will strive to meet and exceed your expectations, whether you are purchasing a new vehicle, calling with a question, picking up a part, or just looking in our shop. Located in Northwest Ohio, Honda East is the #1 ranked dealership in both Ohio and Michigan; offering a full line of sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, ATVs, scooters, watercraft and snowmobiles not only by Honda, but Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Aprilia, Indian, Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo, Can-Am, Kymco, Bombardier, Polaris and Artic Cat. Honda East prides themselves on the best out the door deal, period. No games, no hassles.

About MotoEverything: MotoEverything is an all-new, online store dedicated to selling all things powersports. With an undying love for Sportbikes, Cruisers, Touring Bikes, Dirt Bikes, ATV's, UTV,'s, PWC’s, and more, MotoEverything created a store where customers can obtain all of the essential items to improve their rides. MotoEverything hopes customers find their website polished and professional. They are not a large corporation with hundreds of employees. Chances are, if you call them more than once, you will talk with some of the same representatives, or even an owner. The MotoEverything owners always try to answer a few calls each day to make sure that their customers are happy, and talking with customers provides powerful insights.

Witchkraft Racing would like to thank Honda East Yamaha Toledo, MotoEverything, Pirelli Tires, Yoshimura, GoPro, Hoffer Performance, Motul, RS Taichi, Arai Helmets, Chicken Hawk Racing, NGK, Evol Technology, Ballistic Performance Components, Motion Pro, Millennium Technologies, Spiegler, Yamaha Motor Corp. USA, N2 Track Days, K-Tech, Performance Cycleworx, Pit Bull, Sharkskinz, Hammer Nutrition, Fast Frank Racing, Vesrah, PopShadow Decals, Spider Grips, Troy Lee Designs and M.C. Designs.

For more information on Honda East Yamaha, visit For information on the race team, please visit

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