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Jun 19, 2018

World Superbike/MotoAmerica: Superbike Racers To Ride Across The Golden Gate Bridge June 20

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Photo by David Swarts, copyright Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

Yamaha Previews Fan Activities Scheduled for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca This Weekend

Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers Head into MotoAmerica Round 5 With Championship Points Lead in the Superbike and Supersport Classes

Cypress, CA – June 19, 2018 – Yamaha bLU cRU road racers will join the stars of the FIM Superbike World Championship this weekend, June 22-24, in Monterey, California for Round 5 of 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

With the MotoAmerica Superbike and Supersport points leads in tow, the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing and Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teams look forward to getting underway on the popular 2.238-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca course, which features the famous “Corkscrew” left/right downhill combination turn.

Yamaha Motor U.S. has a host of fan activities planned throughout the weekend, including two opportunities to meet Yamaha bLU cRU MotoAmerica road racers before they go to battle at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The R World display area will showcase Yamaha’s newest models, and demo rides on Yamaha motorcycles will be available Friday through Sunday.

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike Team

Cameron Beaubier claimed the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship points lead on his R1 in a momentous 1-1 sweep during the last round at Road America, and the two-time champion couldn’t be happier to carry that momentum into his home state of California this weekend. His teammate, 2017 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff, continues to gain experience on his R1 as a Superbike rookie, and the Texas native sits just outside the top-five overall with three podium finishes in the class so far this season.

Cameron Beaubier - #6 YZF-R1

“I never would have thought going into Road America that we would be leaving with the points lead. I’m going to keep that in the back of my mind and try to keep this ball rolling. I'm excited to start the west coast swing in a good spot. My family and friends are coming out to support, so it definitely makes for one of my favorite weekends of the year.”

Garrett Gerloff - #31 YZF-R1

“Laguna is always a track that I look forward to racing. It's such a historic place and it's so cool to be able to measure up with the WSBK guys. I had a great weekend there last year and I'm looking forward to another great weekend. Bring on that Cali sun!”

2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings – 8 of 20 Series Races Completed


1 Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha 153

2 Toni Elias – Suzuki 151

3 Josh Herrin – Yamaha 115

4 Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha 105

5 Jake Lewis – Suzuki 77

6 Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha 74

7 Kyle Wyman – Yamaha 66

Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) takes place on Saturday at Noon PDT, Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. PDT, and Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. PDT.

Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Supersport Team

JD Beach maintains a sizeable 43-point lead in the Supersport Championship as he continues to fight for race victories aboard his R6. With four wins through the first six races, Beach looks to take his Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Supersport Team to the top of the podium.

JD Beach - #95 YZF-R6

“After the weekend in Road America, the crew and I had some work to do. But going into Laguna, I feel we are ready. Laguna is an amazing track and a lot of fun. It has so much history and I can't wait to start this west coast swing of the series.”

2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings - 6 of 18 Series Races Completed


1 JD Beach – Yamaha 140

2 Hayden Gillim – Yamaha 97

3 Cory West – Suzuki 79

4 Braeden Ortt – Yamaha 60

Supersport Qualifying takes place on Friday at 2:40 p.m. PDT and the only Supersport race of the weekend will take place on Sunday at 4:10 p.m. PDT.

Watch Your Favorite Superbike Racers Ride Across the Iconic Golden Gate Bridge

Join Cameron Beaubier, Garrett Gerloff and a host of top MotoAmerica Superbike and World Superbike racers this Wednesday, June 20, at Cioppino's Restaurant on 400 Jefferson Street after they complete a ride across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The riders will depart from Vista Point at 11:30 a.m. with California Highway Patrol escorts, cross the bridge and continue along Fisherman's Wharf to arrive at Cioppino's around Noon. Riders will be available to sign autographs and pose for photos. Those attending the event are encouraged to use the hashtag #SBKonGGB for social media posts.

Meet the Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers

All your favorite Yamaha U.S. bLU cRU road racers will be available for autographs at their Team Transporters on Saturday for the Dunlop Paddock Autograph Session from 12:45 to 1:20 p.m. and again on Sunday from Noon to 1 p.m.

See the New Yamaha YZF-R1, R6, R3 and More on Display Throughout the Weekend

Yamaha’s remarkable R-series Supersport Motorcycles will be showcased in Yamaha’s R World Display Area at Laguna Seca. The YZF-R1M, YZF-R1, YZF-R1S, YZF-R6, YZF-R3 and a replica of Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP YZR-M1 will be on display, along with motocross and off-road models including the YZ65, YZ450F, YZ250FX and YZ450FX.

Take a Ride on a Yamaha Motorcycle, Including the New Tracer 900 GT

To demo the New Tracer 900 GT, Star Venture, Star Eluder, XSR 700, XSR900, MT-07, MT-09, MT-10, Bolt, YZF-R6, and YZF-R3 go to the Laguna Seca’s Lakebed at Turn 5 on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Sunday, June 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Riders must be 21 years of age to ride the MT-10 and all bikes are subject to availability. Motorcycle endorsement is required, permits are not allowed.

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