Tech Tuesday: Slippery When Fast

During morning Superbike practice, while approaching turn one at New Hampshire International Speedway, Tom Kipp pulled in the clutch lever on his Yamaha YZF750R with his left hand, tapped the gearshift lever in staccato rhythm with his left foot to backshift four gears, and released the clutch lever while also squeezing the front brake with his right hand and feathering…

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Off Track Podcast: Richard Stanboli

Richard Stanboli’s Attack Performance team took over the official Yamaha Superbike team for the 2020 MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike Championship and they hit the ground running with Cameron Beaubier riding the team’s Yamaha YZF-R1 to his fifth MotoAmerica Superbike title while his teammate Jake Gagne ended the series in second. Those familiar with Stanboli and his previous teams weren’t totally surprised,…

Two-Wheel Tuesday Spotlight: #1 And #32 Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbikes

It takes a discerning eye to notice the differences between the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 and the 2020 model, but the 2020 Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike was a quantum leap forward in performance, which Cameron Beaubier and Jake Gagne exploited to the fullest. With team owner Richard Stanboli and his crew working in concert with both Yamaha U.S.…

What The Teams Said: Indy Saturday Edition

The following is from Westby Racing… After a very solid Friday of practice and qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz was injured in a crash during Saturday’s Superbike race one, while Mathew’s teammate Cody Wyman nearly had a podium finish in Junior Cup race one to conclude what was a tumultuous day for the team. Mathew was…

MotoAmerica At Indy: Where Are They Now?

What a difference half a decade makes…or does it? With just one week to go before the start of MotoAmerica Superbikes at The Brickyard, it’s interesting to take note of what’s different, or not so different, in 2020 compared with 2015. In 2015, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier earned the pole position in Superbike on a sunny Friday afternoon at The…

Beaubier In The Clear After Superbike Sweep Of NJMP

Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier leaves New Jersey Motorsports Park and heads to Barber Motorsports Park this week with a massive 84-point lead in the 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship after, ahem, what was another walk-in-the-park victory for the four-time series champion. While it’s too early to hand him the number-one plate with three rounds and eight races remaining the…

Jake Gagne: Beaubier Is Definitely Trying

Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha’s Jake Gagne was asked on Sunday at the Ridge Motorsports Park to explain just how difficult it is right now to be racing against the best Cameron Beaubier we’ve ever seen. “Yeah, it’s tough,” commented Gagne. “Like you said, Cam’s (Beaubier) the guy to beat. When you watch the races I know a lot of…

UPDATED Team Releases: Day One From The Ridge

The following is from Yamaha… Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha Racing’s Cameron Beaubier scored a flawless victory, leading from start to finish in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike race one at The Ridge Motorsports Park. Teammate Jake Gagne managed a solid fourth-place finish in challenging conditions on the 2.5-mile track in Shelton, Washington. Gagne began the weekend in strong form, breaking Beaubier’s…

Team Releases From Road Atlanta: Part II

The following is from KWR Ducati… Kyle Wyman (OneCure/KWR Ducati Team) salvaged 10 vital championship points in race two after a tough weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for the third round of the 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. In a weekend that saw heavy rains play havoc with the race program on Friday and a crash in Superpole on Saturday,…

HONOS Superbike: The Level Playing Field

Before the 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike season began, a lot of people—including riders, team personnel, MotoAmerica staff members, and informed fans—felt that the “playing field” had the potential to be its most level in a very long time. With Yamaha and Suzuki re-structuring their factory teams into factory-supported teams with new companies and personnel taking the helm in the form of…

Gagne’s Way: A Conversation With Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha Superbike Rider Jake Gagne

Jake, we saw that you did another test on the Yamaha Superbike. The first thing I thought was, “Wow, Jake tested and the four-time Superbike Champion (Gagne’s teammate Cameron Beaubier) didn’t.” It looked like you were testing alone. Was that the situation? Yeah, we kind of put it together at the last minute with (Attack Performance owner) Richard (Stanboli). I’m…

Off Track Podcast: Jake Gagne Talks About His New Yamaha Deal

Laid-back California surfer Jake Gagne has been in the news of late. Why? Well, that’s because he will join four-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier on the new Monster Energy/Attack Performance Yamaha team for the 2020 MotoAmerica season, thus giving Gagne the opportunity of a lifetime. The 2015 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Champion is “pumped” with his new deal and champing…

Yamaha Partners With Attack Performance For 2020 MotoAmerica Series

MotoAmerica is pleased to announce that four-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier will return to the series in 2020 to defend his title, the 26-year-old Californian set to spearhead a two-rider team that’s a partnership between Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS) and Attack Performance. Beaubier will be joined on the team by 2015 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Champion Jake Gagne. YMUS…

Saturday From VIR: What The Teams Said

The following is from Team M4 ECSTAR Suzuki… Team M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis backed up his first top-five MotoAmerica Superbike result of the 2019 season — scored last time out at the Circuit of the Americas — with another top-five on Saturday at Virginia International Raceway. Lewis continued his determined push to the front of the field as he…