Tech Talk: The Relevance Of Rearsets

For the final two rounds of the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike season, Josh Herrin was a fill-in rider for Cameron Beaubier, who had injured his shoulder at the previous round at Pittsburgh. Herrin’s first weekend on the factory Yamaha YZF-R1 at New Jersey Motorsports Park did not go as well as he’d hoped. He was uncomfortable on the bike, he didn’t…

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Ryan “Max” Johnson Has Sights Set On Twins Cup Championship

The following is from LocoMotion Racing… For 2020, Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association’s 2019 Ultra Lightweight Champion Ryan “Max” Johnson will put his skills to the test in the MotoAmerica Series aboard a proven Yamaha MT-07.  After winning multiple championships in CMRA, RMJ has decided to take his LocoMotion Racing team to the national series. During his 2019 season, he teamed…

Attack Performance Official Team Partner Of Westby Racing

The following is from Westby Racing… Westby Racing is proud to announce that Attack Performance has come on board as an official team partner for the 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike season. The announcement was made by Tryg Westby, owner of Westby Racing, and Richard Stanboli, owner of Attack Performance. Based in Huntington Beach, California, Attack Performance designs, develops, manufactures, and markets…

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…

Beaubier And Co. Honored At Yamaha Wall Of Champions Ceremony

The following is from Yamaha… Yamaha Motor Corp., USA continued its storied tradition of recognizing Yamaha bLU cRU racers who won motorsports championships during a special Wall of Champions ceremony held in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday, December 18. With more than 150 Yamaha employees in attendance, the company honored eight inductees who won professional championships in the 2019 racing season while competing with a Yamaha motorcycle, ATV,…

Westby Racing To Continue With Yamaha Partnership

The following is from Westby Racing… Westby Racing is proud to announce that, for 2020, the road racing team—which competes in the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Championship—will continue their long-standing partnership with Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS). Officially formed in 2014 when Dane Westby was the team’s rider aboard a Yamaha YZF-R6, Westby Racing’s partnership with YMUS resulted in three…

Chris Parrish To Compete In 2020 MotoAmerica Twins Cup Championship Aboard An AP MotoArts/Barnes Bros./JenSpeed Yamaha

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…

Hayden Schultz Returns To MotoAmerica Series, Will Race In 2020 Twins Cup Championship

Former KTM RC 390 Cup and Supersport competitor Hayden Schultz is returning to the MotoAmerica paddock in 2020. Schultz will compete in the MotoAmerica Twins Cup championship aboard a Yamaha MT-07 prepared by Gene Burcham. After racing solely in flat track in 2019, Schultz decided to re-focus his efforts exclusively on the MotoAmerica Series for 2020. He’s had prior success…

Off Track Podcast With Mathew Scholtz

Mathew Scholtz has been a busy man. How’s this sound? An engagement to his longtime girlfriend Kiara, a trip to his homeland of South Africa, and back to his U.S. home base of Woodstock, Georgia, for some pre-season testing with his Westby Racing team in preparation for the 2020 MotoAmerica Superbike Series. Scholtz, who finished sixth in the 2019 MotoAmerica…

Two-Wheel Tuesday Spotlight: #69 RiCKdiculous Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 Supersport

Bristling with components sourced from Graves Motorsports, the #69 RiCKdiculous Racing R6 is the product of Chuck Graves’ and company’s more than two decades of research and development work on Yamaha middleweight machines. Aboard the R6, and with recently retired crew chief Robert Ward by his side, Hayden Gillim notched five race wins and nine podium finishes in MotoAmerica Supersport…

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…

The Friday 5: Five Questions With Supersport Rider Bryce Prince

Bryce Prince won the 2016 MotoAmerica Superstock 600 Championship aboard a Riders Discount Tuned Racing Yamaha. In 2017, he moved up to Superstock 1000 and raced a Yamaha for Hudson Motorcycles/Helmet Sounds.com before returning to middleweight machinery in 2018 where he competed in the Supersport class aboard a RiderzLaw Racing/KWR Yamaha. This past season, Prince returned to Tuned Racing, reuniting…

Two-Wheel Tuesday Spotlight: #120 Team AP MotoArts Yamaha MT-07 Twins Cup

Cooper McDonald’s podium finish in the MotoAmerica Twins Cup race at Utah Motorsports Campus was one of the most genuine and joyous displays of pure motorcycle road racing-induced emotion ever seen. At the time, McDonald’s #120 Team AP MotoArts Yamaha MT-07 sported a distinctive, albeit plain-primered, livery but, by the end of the year, his Andy Palmer-prepared bike displayed vibrant…

Dallas Daniels To Race In WorldSSP300 At Qatar

Dallas Daniels, who finished third in the 2019 Liqui Moly Junior Cup Championship despite a slightly abbreviated season, will be back aboard a road racer when he competes as a wild card entry in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship at the final round of the season, October 24-26, at the Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar. According to Daniels,…

The Friday 5: Five Questions With Twins Cup Rider Chris Parrish

MotoAmerica’s first Twins Cup Champion Chris Parrish did everything he could to defend his 2018 title, but the Hermitage, Tennessee-based rider came up a little short, finishing fourth in the final standings. Traditionally a Suzuki SV650 rider, and a guru when it comes to extracting maximum performance from the S-brand’s middleweight V-twin, Parrish even switched to a Yamaha MT-07 for…

The 1994 Superbike Championship: The One That Got Away

When Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier crossed the finish line at Barber Motorsports Park on the final day of the 2019 MotoAmerica EBC Brakes Superbike season, it increased Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS)’s all-time Superbike Championship tally to a nice, round 10 titles. For long-time YMUS Racing employees Tom Halverson and Rick Hobbs, Superbike Championship number 10 had to…

Two-Wheel Tuesday Spotlight: #211 Heflin Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Stock 1000

Resplendent in bright yellow livery, the Heflin Racing Stock 1000 Yamaha R1 is awash in a bold “SUPERBIKE UNLIMITED” logo, which isn’t just a rolling billboard for Freddy Carswell’s Arden, North Carolina-based company. Carswell is Heflin’s crew chief, and Superbike Unlimited (SBU) handles the team’s data acquisition, suspension installation and tuning, fork and shock balancing, and more. Rider: Corey Heflin…

MotoAmerica Honors Its Champions At Gala

MotoAmerica honored its five 2019 MotoAmerica Champions and those who pushed them the hardest on Monday night, September 23, at a gala event in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, a day after the battles had been won and lost at Barber Motorsports Park. The list of champions from 2019 is impressive: Twins Cup Champion Alex Dumas, Stock 1000 Champion Andrew Lee, Liqui…