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Beaubier wins Superbike Race 2, makes it a sweep for Yamaha

Cameron Beaubier turned the tables on his Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha teammate Josh Hayes today at the Circuit of The Americas, the 22-year-old Californian beating Hayes by .445 of a second in a thrilling race two of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship of Texas, the opening round of the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Superbike Championship.

Hayes, who won Saturday's rain-sodden race one, pushed Beaubier for the full 12 laps with the battle coming down to the final corner. That's when Hayes tried to put his Yamaha YZF-R1 where there simply wasn't room. Beaubier held his line as Hayes tried to stuff it up the inside, the pair coming together with Beaubier sprinting off to the checkered flag for his fourth career AMA Superbike win. Hayes, meanwhile, gathered himself up to still finish a close second.

The pair now head to Road Atlanta with a win apiece and an identical tally of 45 points.

For the second day in a row, Yoshimura Roger Hayden finished third with the Suzuki rider much more competitive in the dry than he was in Saturday's wet race. The Kentuckian led some laps early, despite getting his GSX-R1000 completely sideways through the esses on the opening lap. Hayden eventually lost touch with the lead duo and fell into a battle with RoadRace Factory's Jake Gagne. Hayden prevailed for his second third-place finish in a row with Gagne holding on for fourth overall and a runaway victory in the Superstock 1000 class, which runs with the Superbikes but is scored separately.

Monday, 13 April 2015 09:29 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Josh Hayes wins first MotoAmerica Superbike race at COTA

Josh Hayes turned 40 last week, but apparently age hasn't slowed him down. Riding in a Texas rainstorm, the Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha rider showed he's still the master of the class as he sloshed his way to a calculated victory over teammate Cameron Beaubier at the Circuit of The Americas. Yoshimura Suzuki's Roger Hayden ended up third.

Rain moved into Austin area just prior to the start of the Supersport final and it hung around until after the two MotoAmerica debut races were completed. More of it is expected for Sunday's second race of the Superbike doubleheader, which will run at the end of a busy day of Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP racing as MotoAmerica is sharing the weekend with the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

Hayes took off from the start for the 12-lap final and opened up a gap almost four seconds early in the race. Pole sitter Beaubier chipped away at the lead and got it down to 2.5 seconds, but Hayes was able to maintain the gap and eventually stretched it back out to win by 5.279 seconds.

Josh Hayes won the MotoAmerica Superbike final at COTA on Saturday.

It was the 49th AMA Superbike win of Hayes' career and the four-time AMA Superbike Champion dedicated his victory to his friend Dane Westby, a MotoAmerica racer who lost his life a few weeks ago in a street accident.

"There are just so many things going on this weekend," Hayes said. "Just so much: new series, new machine. There is a lot of Yamaha brass here for a big weekend with MotoGP. A lot of things happening with so much of my family here, a lot like Rog (Hayden). I have a lot of friends here in Texas and I'm a bit overwhelmed. We've had some dodgy weather, we've had some good weather, we've had a little bit of everything. I feel like we've had a good sprinkle of everything. To have a successful race weekend and come out of here with a win, regardless of what happens tomorrow, it's fantastic. I'm very happy to be up here and get one in for Yamaha and the new R1. My team has done an amazing job. I was prepared, rain or shine. Mentally, I was in a really good state. I was ready to go either way very early in the weekend."

Fourth place in the Superbike race went to Bernat Martinez on a Yamaha YZF-R1 with Yoshimura Suzuki's Jake Lewis rounding out the top five in his Superbike debut.

The Superstock class ran together with the Superbikes and it was RoadRace Factory's Jake Gagne riding his Yamaha YZF-R1 to victory over the RSV4 of Aprilia HSBK Racing's Dustin Dominguez. Tyler O'Hara rode the Tyler O'Hara Racing Yamaha R1 to third place.

Monday, 13 April 2015 09:25 Published in Reports, Results & Points


First rides! Yamaha R1, R1M, R3, FJ-09

Yamaha has been on a roll of late with a wide variety of strong new models. The trend continues for 2015.

Monday, 16 March 2015 13:46 Published in Feature Stories


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Completes Second Sepang Test‏

Sepang, Malaysia- The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team has wrapped up the second official test of the 2015 season today at the Sepang International circuit in Malaysia. Riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi have spent the three days of riding working through a number of testing elements, an update to the gearbox and some intensive work on their YZR-M1 set ups.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:20 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Dual Sport Plus celebrates new era with grand opening

Dual Sport Plus owner Rob Long, General Manager Clint MacBride and their friendly staff welcomed hundreds of adventure enthusiasts to the new location at 581 West Street in Brantford, ON on November 8 for an open house to celebrate the next era of Dual Sport Plus. Former owners Les Clarke and Catharine St. Denis took a break from their No Agenda World Tour, flying up from Arizona to greet new and former customers. Industry stalwarts present included Larry Bastedo, Warren Milner, BMW’s Chris Duff, Honda’s Kim Moore and several others.

Saturday, 15 November 2014 14:14 Published in Feature Stories


Rossi takes 82nd premier class victory in incident packed race

The MotoGP race at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix saw Valentino Rossi take his second win of 2014, with Jorge Lorenzo and Bradley Smith also on the podium. Marc Marquez crashed out of an incident packed race whilst leading and Dani Pedrosa was forced to retire after being clipped by Andrea Iannone.

Monday, 20 October 2014 13:53 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Yamaha introduces new R3, WR250F and more at AIMExpo

Targeting a hole in its sport/supersport lineup, Yamaha yesterday introduced the brand new R3 at the AIMExpo in Orlando.

Noting internal stats that revealed a shift away from its large and middleweight supersport machines and a growing niche in the small displacement category, Yamaha unveiled the R3, expected in Canadian markets by spring 2015.

Friday, 17 October 2014 09:27 Published in Industry News


Nick King Crowned Canadian Yamaha Tech GP Champion

June 27, 2014- (Toronto) - After months of gruelling tests and interviews, Yamaha's top nine technicians from across Canada arrived at Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. headquarters in Toronto for the 2014 Technician Grand Prix.

Friday, 27 June 2014 16:33 Published in News


Six-seat Viking VI, updated YZ models highlight Yamaha's spring launch

(June 5, 2014) Yamaha Motor Canada is proud to announce the expansion of their side by side line with the addition of the all-new Viking VI. The Viking VI comes in 3 different specification packages to help CONQUER OUTDOORS; the base model, the electric power steering equipped version and the matte silver Viking VI EPS SE, which includes some stylish and practical accessories.

Thursday, 05 June 2014 15:46 Published in Industry News


Breaking news: Yamaha introduces all-new FZ-07

Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to introduce the newest member of the FZ family for 2015, the Yamaha FZ-07!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:58 Published in News


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