Jack Roach On Getting Hayes-ed

There’s hazing and then there’s Hayes-ing. Fortunately, for Jack Roach he’s only been Hayes-ed. Well, and Fong-ed and Dunham-ed. Hey, it happens when you’re the new kid training at the Hayes compound in Southern California and Roach is most definitely the new kid. “Oh, definitely,” Roach said when asked if he’s been property introduced to Hayes-ing. “I’ve got two big…

Rahal Rolls On Two Wheels In Indy

A lot of people thought it had something to do with Coca-Cola. They speculated that the partially revealed red-and-white “swoosh” was IndyCar driver Graham Rahal’s tease that Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing acquired a new team sponsor in beverage giant Coca-Cola. Others took it to mean that Rahal was planning to do the Memorial Day Double and race in both the…

Off Track Podcast: Keith McCarty

Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is retiring from his position after 44 years. He joined Carruthers and Bice on this episode of Off Track to talk about his incredible career in which he worked with legendary racers from Bob “Hurricane” Hannah to Josh “Hurricane” Hayes. We also asked him about his love of road…

The McCarty Era: Four Decades Of Leadership

On December 31, 2020, it will be the end of an era at Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. On that day, Keith McCarty is retiring as Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha, just three days shy of his 44th anniversary with the tuning-forks company. It all started on January 3, 1977. That was McCarty’s first day at Yamaha as mechanic for…

Landers Wins Four Of Five In 600 Supersport Debut

Two-time MotoAmerica Liqui Moly Junior Cup Champion and 2020 MotoAmerica Twins Cup Champion Rocco Landers made his 600cc Supersport debut this past weekend at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Desert Center, California, and it was a good one. Landers made his debut on Melissa Paris’ Yamaha YZF-R6, a motorcycle formerly raced by her husband, four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes. The…

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…

Hayes Fills In For Westby Racing At Preseason Test

The following is from Westby Racing… Despite the challenging weather conditions and the unfortunate fractured right clavicle that Mathew Scholtz suffered this past Sunday in a training crash aboard a motocross bike, the Westby Racing team made solid progress at the two-day MotoAmerica Dunlop Official Preseason Test held at Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday and Wednesday. The first order of…

Elias Takes Race One At UMC

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias lost a boatload of points when he crashed out of race two at Road America two weeks ago, but he almost made all of those back up today with a thrilling victory in race one of the Championship of Utah at the Utah Motorsports Campus. In a race that featured as many as eight riders in…

Supersport Rising: The Middleweight Class Is Alive And Well

It seems that the demise of middleweight motorcycle road racing has definitely been greatly exaggerated. As we head into round four of the 2019 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North America Road Racing Championship, the entry list for the Supersport class is 32 riders strong and chock-full of talent. Along with current championship leader PJ Jacobsen, current second-place challenger Richie Escalante, 2018 championship…

Josh Hayes To Race Supersport At VIR

He’s back… four-time AMA Superbike Champion and former Yamaha factory rider Josh Hayes will compete in the two Supersport races this weekend at VIRginia International Raceway, the legendary racer riding the MP13 Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 that he raced in the Daytona 200. “After a successful Daytona 200, we got to thinking about the all-time AMA wins record, and it’s well…

Team America: MotoAmerica Riders Carry The Flag To Phillip Island

While we motorcyclists and motorcycle road racing fans in the Northern Hemisphere muddle through the winter months, occupying our time in the garage or bench racing with our two-wheel-obsessed cohorts, it’s midsummer on the continent of Australia, and smack-dab in the middle of the road racing season. The 26th International Island Classic takes place this weekend at Australia’s Phillip Island…

Yamaha U.S. Announces Two Americans Selected For Yamaha VR46 Master Camp

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS), has announced that two U.S. road racers will be attending this year’s Yamaha VR46 Master Camp that will take place in Tavullia, Italy, in July. 16-year-old Jackson Blackmon and 15-year-old Cory Ventura, both Graves/Yamaha-supported YZF-R3 riders in the 2018 MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship, will make the trip to receive specialized training from Movistar Yamaha MotoGP…