MotoAmerica: Chris Parrish Racing Yamaha In 2020 Twins Cup Championship

MotoAmerica: Chris Parrish Racing Yamaha In 2020 Twins Cup Championship

© 2019, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By AP MotoArts:

Barnes Brothers Yamaha to sponsor Chris Parrish in MotoAmerica Twins Cup for 2020


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Barnes Brothers Yamaha is proud to announce that they will be joining forces with AP MotoArts in fielding Chris Parrish for the 2020 MotoAmerica Twins Cup season.  As the 2018 MotoAmerica Twins Cup Champion, Parrish will contest the entire 2020 season aboard an AP MotoArts-prepared Yamaha MT07ST with the sole goal of reclaiming his title.

In addition to Barnes Brothers Yamaha and AP MotoArts, this effort will be supported by JenSpeed, Orient Express, Yoshimura R&D, K-Tech, GB Racing, V02 Leathers, Wingman’s Garage, Shoei Helmets, TCX Boots, Rekluse Motorsports, Downtown Auto Care, and Rebel Gears.

Barnes Brothers Motorcycles is a leading dealer of Yamaha, KTM, Polaris, Kawasaki and Suzuki Motorcycles, Side by Sides, ATV’s, Dirt Bikes, and Scooters.  They are a full service dealer offering sales, service, parts, and accessories from all your favorite brands including (but by no means limited to) Arai, Graves, K-Tech, Öhlins, Attack Performance, and Akrapovič.  Barnes Brothers also specializes in building track day, club racing, and Moto-America-spec motorcycles. Additionally, Barnes Brothers create custom streetbikes, dirtbikes, ATV’s, and side-by-sides.


The owners of Barnes Brothers Motorcycles, Blake and Liam Barnes, can be found at most track days at Pitt Race and Summit Point, and find great pride in supporting the track day and racing community.  Back in 2016, Liam reached out to Andy Palmer. After some talks and an in-person meeting, Barnes Brothers were some of the first in the country to build an FZ-07R for racing purposes, and have since built many. Both Blake and Liam own and race FZ-07R’s, and are very passionate about the Lightweight Twins Class.  Blake and Liam, along with their father, Brad, are very excited for the opportunity to become title sponsor for AP Moto Arts and Chris Parrish for the 2020 Twins Cup Moto America Season!


JenSpeed Motorsports is a division of JenSales Inc., the premier source of technical manuals and repair/restoration parts for agricultural and industrial equipment. JenSpeed has been involved with and run regional motorcycle roadracing, flattrack, and offroad racing teams since 2002. In 2018, JenSpeed leveled-up to support AP MotoArts on a national level. The riders supported by JenSpeed have enjoyed a professional level of support including logistics, equipment, fabrication, and tuning. Call 800-443-0625 to find out more!


JenSpeed’s Paul W. Jensen has nothing but high-praise for 2018 MotoAmerica Twins Cup Champion, Chris Parrish; “Getting to know Chris Parrish and see him perform on the track and off has been one of the highlights of 2019!  He is a classic old school journeyman racer along the lines of Gary Nixon, Gene Romero and David Aldana. He can ride most any bike, and it is very clear he just wants to race! True salt of the earth with a DIY streak a mile long, he is a man of talent and an all-around Southern Gentleman. How else could he get such a classy lady as Beth to go on the road with him!? JenSpeed is proud to support such a great warrior of our favorite sport”.


During the early 90’s in a small garage just 2 miles from the Tennessee Titans football stadium, Ghetto Customs was born. A young Chris Parrish loved to paint in a not-so-nice part of the city of Nashville. “Who’s that Parrish guy” was often asked. Thousands of gallons of paint, cars, bikes, street rods, lowriders, bicycles, and even toilet seats, later. Along with several endurance teams, big wheel teams, and the MotoAmerica 2018 Twins Cup Championship Team, Parrish is the same overgrown kid spraying paint and building bodywork to whatever fashion anyone can think of.


The man who will be twisting the Yamaha’s grip, Chris Parrish, had this to say about his Ghetto Customs roots and his speedy new adventure; “I’m very happy to work with Andy Palmer at AP MotoArts and the guys at Barnes Brothers in an effort to regain the MotoAmerica Twins Cup championship in 2020.  Andy and I teamed up for the final 2 rounds in 2019 which resulted in a win during the final round at Barber Motorsports Park. The data we gathered in such a short period of time will give us a better idea where to start when we begin testing in February. Andy knows how to build a rocketship and I know how to make the rocket look sexy!  I believe this will be a strong combo to keep an eye on!  Ghetto Customs became an idea as a customer said the phrase ‘I just got my bike customized in the ghetto”’.

The 2020 MotoAmerica Twins Cup season kicks-off April 17th at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.  Chris Parrish and the AP MotoArts/Barnes Brothers/JenSpeed crew plan to hit the ground running and hope to see you there!

Attention racers!  This just in…an opportunity exists to expand this program into a multiple rider effort.  Do you believe you have the pace and racecraft to be competitive in the 2020 MotoAmerica Twins Cup championship?  Does racing well-prepared, competitive machinery seem like a good day at the office?  If so, contact Andy Palmer at [email protected] for more information.

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