MONTEREY, Calif. – The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team has announced that 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Cameron Beaubier will join three-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes on the two-rider team beginning in 2014.
Beaubier replaces 2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike champion Josh Herrin, who has announced he will be leaving the team to race for an as yet unnamed team in Moto2.
The announcement was made by Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
For the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike season, Josh Hayes will be aboard the No. 4 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, and Beaubier will race the team’s other R1 SuperBike, with competition No. 2 on the fairing.
“Josh Herrin has been with us since 2005, and he’s been a tremendous rider and great ambassador for the Yamaha brand and all our team sponsors. His long-term goals have always been to win a championship here in the U.S., and then go and race in Europe,” McCarty said. “With his 2013 SuperBike Championship and an opportunity awaiting him to race in the Moto2 World Championship, his dreams are coming true. We’re thankful to Josh for all the terrific years he’s given us, and especially for winning the SuperBike Championship this season. We’re looking forward to seeing him race on the world stage beginning next year.”
“First of all, big congratulations to Josh (Herrin) for winning the Championship this year. He really stepped up big this season. I’m looking forward to seeing him race against those boys in Moto2. It’s great to have another American carrying the flag for us. Good luck to Josh,” said Hayes. “As for Cameron, he had an amazing year in Daytona SportBike, and he deserves to be up here racing the Yamaha R1 and representing Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha in SuperBike. He’s already proven to be a phenomenal rider. I’m thrilled to have him as my teammate for 2014, and I have to say that I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me next season.”
“Congratulations to Josh Herrin on his SuperBike Championship, and also on his opportunity to race in Moto2. It’s going to be cool to see him compete against the world’s best and represent the U.S. As for me, I’m very thankful that Keith (McCarty) has given me this opportunity to continue advancing my racing career with Yamaha,” Beaubier said. “I love riding for Yamaha, and I’m looking forward to racing the R1 SuperBike. And, to have Josh Hayes as my teammate is icing on the cake. He’s helped me so much over the past couple of years, and I really respect him both as rider and a mentor.”