The bLU cRU road racers are rolling into the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ this weekend for the Championship of New Jersey.
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The Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers Motor Into Millville For This Weekend’s Championship of New Jersey
Cypress, CA – September 6, 2017 – Round 9 of the 2017 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship is this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, and the Yamaha bLU cRU teams are looking forward to racing again at NJMP’s 12-turn, 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing: Hayes & Herrin
NJMP is always a favorite stop for four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, and not just because the “Mississippi Madman” has won a total of 11 Superbike races aboard his Yamaha YZF-R1 at New Jersey. He also loves the passion and enthusiasm of the fans who attend the South Jersey event.
“I’ve won a few races at New Jersey, and I really like the track,” Hayes said. “It also looks like the weather is going to be ideal for racing. Things have started to head in the right direction for my team and me at the past two rounds, and I’m excited to ride my R1 again this weekend and continue to make it even better. The fans at NJMP are really awesome. They’re knowledgeable about motorcycle road racing and our series, and I feed off their energy.”
Josh Herrin also loves racing at NJMP, and he’s especially stoked to visit the track this weekend, since he’ll be racing for the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing team as a replacement rider for the injured Cameron Beaubier.
Herrin commented, “It’s been a whirlwind since I got the call from Keith (McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.) the other day to substitute for Cameron Beaubier on the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Team. I have to give a big thanks to Alpinestars, Bell Helmets, and my helmet painter Brett King Designs for stepping up big and getting my safety equipment ready and looking good for this weekend. Also, thanks to Wienerschnitzel for sticking by me as one of my personal sponsors, too. I’m super-excited to race at New Jersey. The atmosphere there is so cool, and all the fans there are awesome, from the adults down to all the kids who race mini-GP bikes there.”
Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) is on Saturday at 11:30 AM Eastern, Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 3:30 PM Eastern, and Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday at 3:30 PM Eastern.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha: Gerloff & Beach
Defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff and his teammate, 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach will continue their season-long battle for the 2017 Supersport crown. Garrett currently has a 32-point lead over JD coming into New Jersey, but he knows that he needs to keep himself focused on the task at hand, which is to turn fast laps at one of his favorite racetracks.
“I can remember my first visit to New Jersey Motorsports Park like it was yesterday,” said Garrett. It was amazing to win my first professional road race at this awesome track. Now, six years later, I’m excited to return again to a track that holds such great memories for me. I’m ready to hit the switchbacks and blast through the wide-open, fourth-gear last corner! Let’s go!”
JD also is keenly aware of what he needs to do, and that’s to get the wins over his red-hot teammate. The Kentuckian and his team have been working hard to find an edge for New Jersey.
“NJMP should be an interesting weekend for us,” JD said. “We’ve had two tough weekends coming to grips with the setup on our new R6. But, at Pittsburgh, we took a step forward, which definitely helped us in Race 2. And then, after Race 2, my crew and I got some things sorted for NJMP. So, it should be fun to swing my leg over my Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha R6 on Friday morning, and give it a go.”
Supersport Qualifying at NJMP is Saturday at 9:20 AM Eastern, Supersport Race 1 is scheduled for Saturday at 2:25 PM Eastern, and Supersport Race 2 will go green on Sunday at 2:25 PM Eastern.
Meet Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Garrett, And JD
Friday night, from 7 to 8 PM, be sure to stop by Deptford Yamaha at 1300 Clements Bridge Road in nearby Deptford, New Jersey. Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Garrett Gerloff, and JD Beach will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, and give away posters.
Josh Hayes, Josh Herrin, Garrett, and JD will also be available for autographs at their Team Transporters during the Dunlop Paddock Autograph Session on Saturday from 12:45 to 1:45 PM, and then, again on Sunday during the Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session on pit lane from 12:40 to 1:30 PM. The riders will be handing out free, autographed posters and other team items, and you can also get your picture taken with them, as well as with the Monster Energy and Yamaha Extended Service Umbrella Girls.
Enter To Win A 2017 Yamaha YZ250F Or YZF-R3 In Yamalube 50th Anniversary Graphics!
Look for the Yamalube Umbrella Girls in the paddock, and ask them to enter your name in the Yamalube 50th Anniversary Sweepstakes.
On Monday following the race weekend, one lucky winner’s name will be drawn for the Free Case of Yamalube, and all names collected on the race weekends will be automatically entered in the drawing for the 2017 Yamalube 50th Anniversary YZ250F or YZF-R3. A First Prize Winner and Second Prize Winner will be selected in a random drawing on October 2, 2017 from among all eligible and qualified entries.
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