Yamaha Announces 2017 bLU cRU Contingency Program

Road racing contingency registration is now open for 2017 with new enhancements.

Cameron Beaubier, Superbike, Champion, MotoAmerica, Yamaha, Graves

Be like Beaubier: Yamaha R1 Superbike riders will get a chance to receive a share of $300,000 throughout the full MotoAmerica season, along with an additional $192,500 available to Yamaha bLU cRU riders competing in the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000, Supersport, and Superstock 600 classes, collectively.

Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Yamaha has announced that its bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program will be returning for the 2017 season with several new enhancements, including an expanded Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge as part of the WERA motorcycle road racing series.

“For 2017, the Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program has increased by $50,000 over last year,” commented Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “Yamaha is deeply committed to supporting road racers who compete aboard our highly successful YZF-R1, YZF-R6, and YZF-R3 motorcycles. The Yamaha bLU cRU continues to grow every year, and we’re pleased to be able to provide those racers with contingency support. The legendary R6 has been redesigned for 2017, and we are especially looking forward to seeing bLU cRU racers compete aboard that new machine with support from Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

“We’re also very excited about this year’s Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge. The Challenge was a big success last year, and for 2017, we’ve expanded the Challenge to include 26 regional WERA races, encompassing 13 racetracks in 9 states.”

For 2017, Yamaha R1 Superbike riders competing in the MotoAmerica Series are eligible for contingency support when they cross the finish line in the top five of the class. The MotoAmerica Superbike payout structure is $5,000/$4,000/$3,000/$2,000/$1,000 for R1 Superbike riders, which amounts to $300,000 available to R1 Superbike riders for the full MotoAmerica season, along with an additional $192,500 available to Yamaha bLU cRU riders competing in the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000, Supersport, and Superstock 600 classes, collectively.

Yamaha will also provide contingency support for bLU cRU riders who compete in the 76th running of the Daytona 200, which will take place in March. The top three Daytona 200 finishers, if aboard qualifying Yamaha motorcycles, are eligible for a total of $17,500 in bLU cRU contingency support, including the winner of the Daytona 200, who can earn $10,000 in bLU cRU support if aboard a Yamaha.

In addition, another $259,000 will be available to Yamaha bLU cRU riders at a variety of national and regional sprint road races across the country.

“Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency registration numbers were up 71 percent in 2016,” said Mike Guerra, Racing Department Manager for Yamaha. “Registrations have grown every year since the establishment of our bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program, and we expect a record number of Yamaha bLU cRU riders to sign up for the program this year, too, particularly with the expansion of the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge.”

All bLU cRU contingency earnings will, once again, be paid directly to the riders’ reloadable bLU cRU VISA debit cards, and each bLU cRU rider will receive a $45 credit on www.bLUcRUswag.com, where they can purchase bLU cRU apparel and merchandise, as well as a 10 percent rebate on “Graves Motorsports” and “GYT-R” parts and accessories.

For complete details on how to register for the bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program, along with specific information on which racing series, events, and classes are included, and additional information on the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Challenge, visit the Road Racing Contingency page on the Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. website.