When Yamaha announced its new R1 literbike last fall, company reps told us about the tractability assets of its new, MotoGP-derived crossplane crankshaft for the four-cylinder engine. It’s unique in that cylinders fire 90-degrees apart, allegedly enabling better grip during acceleration. A byproduct of this design is an exhaust note that is distinctive in this […]
Meet The 2012 Bell Roadrace Team
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With the first round of AMA Pro Road Racing at Daytona now in the books, it’s clear to see this season is going to be exciting in all classes. Entries were healthy in all classes at Daytona, with the prediction that this trend will continue throughout the season. Of course, with more riders comes the need for more protection. Head protection in this case. For 2012, Bell is stepping up to the challenge and sponsoring five riders.Bell’s first sponsored rider, Josh Herrin, is stepping up to the National Guard Superbike class this year after proving he was worthy in Daytona Sportbike. He’ll be teamed up with none other than two-time defending Superbike champion, Josh Hayes, on the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1. Wearing a Bell Star helmet, of course.
The next four Bell-sponsored riders are teammates on the RoadRace Factory team. JD Beach and Jake Gagne will be contesting the entire Daytona Sportbike season aboard Yamaha YZF-R6 machinery, while Hayden Gillim and Tomas Puerta will be contesting the Supersport championship, also on R6s.