The following is from Yamaha…
The 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship advances to Round 8 this weekend, Aug. 24-26, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Yamaha bLU cRU road racers are ready for action. In only its second year on the MotoAmerica schedule, Pittsburgh International Race Complex’s 2.238-mile 19-turn road course has already become a favorite stop among riders who are set to provide plenty of excitement for attending fans.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike Team
After winning seven of the last eight Superbike races, Cameron Beaubier and the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Team R1 have proven to be a powerful force this season. Only three rounds (six races) remain in the series as Beaubier vies to extend his 63-point lead in the championship with another flawless performance this weekend in Pittsburgh.
Garrett Gerloff heads into this weekend’s race with a positive outlook on the track and the experience he has gained during his inaugural year aboard a Superbike. With a 1-1 Supersport sweep at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in 2017, Gerloff favors the style of the circuit and looks to build upon his performance with the R1.
Cameron Beaubier – #6 YZF-R1
“Pittsburgh is a great track and I’m looking forward to getting back on it with my R1. We are in a good position and hope to keep it going. MotoAmerica’s first-ever event last season at this track was a success with a good turnout, so I’m guessing it will be even better this year.”
Garrett Gerloff – #31 YZF-R1
“I’m feeling confident for Pittsburgh. It’s a track that I really got along with last year and that I feel really suits my style of riding. I love the elevation and smoothness of the track, along with the grip that it provides. We learned a lot from Sonoma and we will put all of it to work this weekend. I want to say a big thank you to my whole team for all of the hard work that they have been doing and that we aren’t giving up easy! I’m ready for a great weekend on my R1!”
2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings – 14 of 20 Series Races Completed
Pos. Rider Points
1 Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha 298
2 Tony Elias – Suzuki 235
3 Josh Herrin – Yamaha 187
4 Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha 163
5 Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha 157
7 Kyle Wyman – Yamaha 116
Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) is on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. EDT, Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Supersport Team
With three rounds remaining, Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha’s JD Beach holds a 100-point lead in the Supersport Championship. Although he has a comfortable points cushion, Beach continues to fine-tune his race craft and push himself to the limits with the goal of placing his R6 on the top of the podium in Pittsburgh.
JD Beach – #95 YZF-R6
“Man, it’s crazy that we’re coming into the final stretch of the season. It should be a ton of fun and I’m looking forward to finishing it strong on my Yamaha R6. Pittsburgh is a fairly new track for us, with last year being our first time there. The track and I didn’t really get along too well last year, but with the gains we’ve made with the R6 and with my riding, I can’t wait for Friday practice. We are going to go into the weekend with an open mind and fight like we do every weekend. With the way the track layout is, I’m predicting some close, hard, fun racing. We had a great crowd last year and I look forward to seeing all the fans.”
2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings – 11 of 17 Series Races Completed
Pos. Rider Points
1 JD Beach – Yamaha 265
2 Hayden Gillim – Yamaha 165
3 Valentin Debise – Suzuki 125
Supersport Qualifying at Pittsburgh International Race Complex is Saturday at 10:50 a.m. EDT, Supersport Race 1 is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m., and Supersport Race 2 will go green on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Meet the Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers
Thursday night from 6-9 p.m., stop by Yamaha of Warren at 4867 Mahoning Ave. in Warren, Ohio. Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and give away posters.
Other Yamaha bLU cRU road racers who will be at Yamaha of Warren include:
- Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha’s JD Beach
- Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz
All your favorite Yamaha bLU cRU road racers will be available for autographs at their Team Transporters during the Dunlop Paddock Autograph Session on Saturday from Noon to 12:45 p.m., and again on Sunday during the Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session on pit lane from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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The following is from Attack Performance/Herrin Compound…
Central Ohio motorcycle road racer Gavin Anthony is ready to put on a great performance in front of friends, family and sponsors at the MotoAmerica Championship of Pittsburgh, Aug. 24-26.
The event is the closest of the nine rounds on the 2018 MotoAmerica Junior Cup schedule to the Hillard, Ohio, rider’s home region. The up-and-coming rider is hoping his experience racing on the Wampum, Pa., facility’s undulating and fast, 2.78-mile, 19-turn road course will give him the edge he needs to capture his first professional motorcycle road racing victory.
Anthony is entering his second year competing as a professional racer. The Attack Performance / Herrin Compound Yamaha rider has four podium finishes to his credit and is hoping to use his experience at his home track to take his first professional racing victory this weekend. Anthony is currently in sixth place in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup standings.
“It has been an up-and-down season, but I am keeping my head high heading into my home race,” Anthony said. “I have lots of friends and family coming to the track from Columbus for this event, and Pittsburgh International Race Complex is one of my favorite tracks. I have a ridden a lot of laps there and am hoping my experience and the upgrades we are receiving this weekend on our Yamaha YZF-R3 will help me score my first professional racing win this weekend.”
Anthony extends a special thanks to his hometown sponsors who have supported him this season, including 614 Paintworx, 28 Motorsports, Chris Wallace, Rippin PC and Ryan Kerr Racing.
The MotoAmerica Junior Cup is scheduled to race Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT. The races are to be streamed live on MotoAmerica’s YouTube channel. Tickets are still available for the event, and can be purchased online at www.theticketfairy.com/event/2018-motoamerica-series-championship-of-pittsburgh/.
The following is from Weir Everywhere Racing…
It is to be a welcome return to familiar surroundings for Weir Everywhere Racing BMW rider Travis Wyman.
The Las Vegas, Nev. resident and instructor at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch is hoping to make the most of the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Class’ return to east coast tracks for the last three rounds of the 2018 season. Wyman is one of two riders who have a realistic chance to winning the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Class title, and he has his sights set on returning to the top step of the podium at the MotoAmerica Championship of Pittsburgh. The event is to take place at Pittsburgh International Race Complex near Wampum, Pa., Aug. 24-26.
“We are going to do everything we can to keep the championship battle close,” Wyman said. “I have some experience racing at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, and the BMW S 1000 RR has a history of performing well at the track. The team continues to grow stronger with every round, and I am confident we will have our bike dialed in and ready to contend for the win Sunday afternoon.”
MotoAmerica added Pittsburgh International Race Complex to its calendar for the first time in 2017. The fast yet technical, 2.78-mile, 19-turn track features a mix of high-speed and low-speed corners, as well as lots of elevation changes.
“I am excited to get back to the east coast where Travis gained a lot of his early racing experience,” Crew Chief Steve Weir said. “We have a really solid package in our BMW S 1000 RR, and the bike had a good showing in the Superbike Class in 2017. Anything can still happen in the chase for the Stock 1000 Class championship. As a team, we are going to work hard to get the bike dialed in quickly and give Travis the opportunity to perform at his best on Sunday.”
The MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Class race is scheduled to take place at 4:30 p.m. EDT / 1:30 p.m. PDT Sunday. The race will be live-streamed via Facebook Live on MotoAmerica’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/motoamerica). The previous race (Aug. 12 at Sonoma Raceway) has amassed 23,000 views. Live timing is available on MotoAmerica’s website at www.motoamerica.com.
The following is from KWR…
The KWR team of Kyle Wyman and Bryce Prince are headed to Pittsburgh International Race Complex this coming weekend for the eighth round of the MotoAmerica Championship. Wyman will ride his #33 KWR Yamaha Superbike while Prince will debut his #74 RiderzLaw/KWR Yamaha YZF-R6 in Supersport.
Wyman heads into Pittsburgh 7th in series standings, and is looking forward to his home race, only a 4-hour drive from his home town of Rochester, New York. A podium fight on home soil would be a treat for the KWR team as the series finishes with a trio of east coast rounds.
“Pittsburgh is such a great track, with a great crowd and it’s right down the road from home,” Wyman said. “Last year we had a really good results here at the official test, but not so great results during the race weekend. This year were looking to turn things around here on the east coast and put in a solid result for my KWR team. The weather looks good and the ticket sales are unbelievable. I can’t wait to grid up in front of my family, friends and fans.”
Bryce Prince heads into Pittsburgh with a new title sponsor, RiderzLaw. The California-based motorcycle injury lawyers stepped up at just the right time to give Prince his opportunity to close out the season on a strong note.
“I want to thank the guys at RiderzLaw for stepping up to support my efforts for the balance fo the season,” Prince said. “The KWR team has given me a great platform to showcase my potential this year, and with our strong recent results I’m looking forward to what we can do in Pittsburgh. I have never ridden a 600 at this track so I’m looking forward to what my KWR R6 is capable of.”
The following is from Yamalube/Westby Racing…