This year, Yamaha goes for Daytona 200 victory number 22 with two riders who many consider to be the odds-on favorites to take the checkered flag. Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff will both be aboard identically prepared YZF-R6 Daytona SportBikes, determined to conquer the high banks, pitstops, 57 grueling laps, and high-speed drafting maneuvers that Daytona presents.
This year’s Daytona 200 is set to go green on Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 PM.
In AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, three-time champ Josh Hayes will begin defense of his triple-title aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1. He’ll be, once again, teamed with Josh Herrin, who was last year’s SuperBike Rookie of the Year and rides the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1.
Superbike Race 1 will take place on Friday, March 15 at 4:00 PM, and Race 2 is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 AM.
Two autograph sessions will take place on Friday afternoon, March 15, with Josh Hayes and Josh Herrin signing posters and memorabilia from 1:45 to 2:30, followed by Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff, who are scheduled to sign from 2:30 to 3:15. The autograph sessions will take place at the Yamaha display located at the Daytona Club Pad.
Additional Yamaha Events At Daytona
Along with all the racing events at Daytona, Yamaha will also have displays and demos of the 2013 Yamaha and Star motorcycles.
The Yamaha display will be open Saturday, March 9 through Saturday, March 16. Hours of operation are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day, and hats, T-shirts, and other Yamaha merchandise will be available for purchase.
To demo a 2013 Yamaha or Star motorcycle, be at the Yamaha display Saturday, March 9 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Sunday, March 10 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Friday, March 15 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM or Saturday, March 16 from 9:00 to 11:30 AM. You’ll need a valid motorcycle license (permits are not allowed), a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection to take your ride.
Yamaha is this year’s title sponsor of the AMA Yamaha Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast, which will take place on Friday, March 15 at 7:00 AM in the Daytona 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway. Scott Russell, who won the Daytona 200 five times--including two times aboard a Yamaha SuperBike--will be the featured guest.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the powersports market. The company's ever-expanding product offerings include motorcycles, ATVs and side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, boats, outdoor power equipment, race kart engines, accessories, apparel, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.
Headquartered in Cypress, CA, since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamaha-motor.com