Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin June 5, 2011 – In a near-perfect display of motorsports dominance, the Yamaha road racing teams had a weekend to remember at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
In Daytona SportBike competition, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Herrin did the double, winning both the Saturday and Sunday race in dramatic fashion, which followed up his win at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, to make it three Daytona SportBike wins in a row for Herrin and his Number 8 Yamaha YZF-R6®.
Herrin showed his immense talent and racecraft in his win at Miller, and those same qualities were on display at the historic 4.048-mile Road America. He kept himself consistently in the lead pack throughout both races, waiting for the right moments to safely and dramatically make his move to the front. The long front straight across start-finish gave Herrin the room to show the top-speed prowess of his R6, while the bike’s razor-sharp handling worked to his advantage. With the two wins, Herrin has now taken over the season points lead in Daytona SportBike.
Not to be outdone by his teammate’s weekend success, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes, who is the defending champion in American SuperBike, is leading the points chase in SuperBike again this year, and he had another sterling performance at Road America aboard his crossplane-crankshaft YZF-R1®. Capturing his fourth pole position in as many events, Hayes has made it a clean sweep of pole-position bonus points thus far this season. A rider who clearly knows that consistency at the front is critical to winning a championship, Hayes battled hard in Saturday’s race and finished a hard-fought second. Then, he came back on Sunday and ran a perfect race, leading all but one lap and pulling a gap of nearly three-and-a-half seconds over the rest of the field at one point in the race.
Special credit for Sunday’s win goes to Hayes’ entire Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew, which includes former Wisconsinites Jim Roach and Steve Rounds. Said Roach, “It’s always awesome to get a win, but for Steve and I, Josh’s win here in Wisconsin is that much more special.”
The Yamaha Extended Service/Pat Clark Motorsports/Graves/Yamaha team also had an excellent weekend in Elkhart Lake, with American SuperBike rider Chris Clark scoring two top-ten finishes on his YZF-R1. And, in Daytona SportBike competition, R6 rider Tommy Aquino battled with the lead pack in both Saturday’s and Sunday’s race, where he finished fifth and fourth, respectively.
In AMA Pro Racing’s SuperSport class, Team LTD Racing Yamaha R6 rider and current championship points leader David Gaviria led from start to finish in Saturday’s race. Sunday’s SuperSport race was won by another Yamaha R6 rider, Travis Wyman, who scored his first AMA Pro Racing victory in his very first SuperSport race. Gaviria’s LTD Racing teammate Tomas Puerta finished third.
The Yamaha road racing teams are poised to build on their Road America success. According to Keith McCarty, Manager for Yamaha's Racing Division, “We’re really looking forward to the next event in two weeks at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. We’ve got an exciting group of riders on our teams, and they really put on a great show for the fans.”