The following is from AP MotoArts…
Barnes Bros. Yamaha, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is proud to announce that they will be joining forces with AP MotoArts in fielding rider Chris Parrish for the 2020 MotoAmerica Twins Cup Championship. Parrish, who was the 2018 MotoAmerica Twins Cup Champion, will contest the entire 2020 season aboard an AP MotoArts-prepared Yamaha MT-07 with the sole goal of reclaiming his title.
In addition to Barnes Bros. Yamaha and AP MotoArts, the team will be supported by JenSpeed Motorsports, 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 Bros. 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 Bros. also specializes in building track day, club racing, and MotoAmerica-spec motorcycles. Additionally, Barnes Bros. create custom streetbikes, dirtbikes, ATV’s, and Side by Sides.
Barnes Bros. owners Blake and Liam Barnes can be found at most track days held at PittRace and Summit Point, and they take 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 Bros. was among the first dealerships in the country to build an FZ-07 for racing purposes, and they have built many since then. Both Blake and Liam own and road race FZ-07’s, and they are very passionate about the lightweight twins racing. Blake and Liam, along with their father, Brad, are very excited to be title sponsor of AP MotoArts and Chris Parrish for the 2020 Twins Cup MotoAmerica Season.
JenSpeed Motorsports, a division of JenSales Inc., is the premier source of technical manuals and repair/restoration parts for agricultural and industrial equipment. JenSpeed has been involved with, and run, regional motorcycle road racing, flat track, and off-road racing teams since 2002. In 2018, JenSpeed stepped up to support AP MotoArts on a national level. The riders supported by JenSpeed have enjoyed a professional level of assistance, including logistics, equipment, fabrication, and tuning. Call 800-443-0625 to find out more about JenSpeed Motorsports.
JenSpeed Motorsports’ Paul W. Jensen has nothing but high praise for 2018 MotoAmerica Twins Cup Champion Chris Parrish, and he said, “Getting to know Chris Parrish, and seeing him perform both on the track and off, was 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! A true, salt-of-the-earth person 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.”
Ghetto Customs was born during the early 90’s in a small garage just two miles from the Tennessee Titans’ football stadium. 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. But, after thousands of gallons of paint applied to thousands of cars, bikes, street rods, lowriders, bicycles, and even toilet seats, Parrish is now well-known in the region. According to Parrish, “The name ‘Ghetto Customs’ became a reality when a customer uttered the phrase, ‘I just got my bike customized in the ghetto.'”
Even after several endurance teams, big wheel teams, and the MotoAmerica 2018 Twins Cup Championship to his credit, Parrish is still the same overgrown kid spraying paint and building bodywork in whatever specifications anyone can think of.
Parrish, who will be twisting the throttle on the AP MotoArts/Barnes Bros./JenSpeed Yamaha, had this to say about his speedy new adventure: “I’m very happy to be working with Andy Palmer at AP MotoArts and the guys at Barnes Bros. in an effort to regain the MotoAmerica Twins Cup championship in 2020. Andy and I teamed up for the final two 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 rocketship look sexy! I believe this will be a strong combo to keep an eye on!”
The 2020 MotoAmerica Twins Cup season kicks off on April 17 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. Chris Parrish and the AP MotoArts/Barnes Bros./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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.