Thursday, May 6, 2010

Get Up Close With AMA Road Racing's Graves Yamaha R1


One of Jason DiSalvo's Graves Motorsports Yamaha R1 AMA Superstock mounts gets some attention in the paddock at Road America in June of '06. Chuck Graves and company have handled the semi and full-on Yamaha factory teams efforts for some time now, with a very steep winning curve as a result of their years of dedication to the make and to the sport itself. 2006 had Jason DiSalvo running the #40, Eric Bostrom running the #32, and Jamie Hacking running the #2 machines for the team in AMA Superstock, AMA Formula Xtreme and the 600 Supersport classes. Hacking rewarded the team with 7 wins in Supersport and 6 in the Superstock, not to mention a championship in both classes. DiSalvo added several wins and 2-3rd place finishes in the points in Superstock and Formula Xtreme, while Bostrom added more wins and a 6th place in Superstock and a 2nd in Formula Xtreme. Can you say solid?!
By the time Yamaha gave Graves the go ahead to jump back to the premier Superbike class for the '08 season, the ground work had been very tidily laid on the R1 race model. Their second year back, and new team member Josh Hayes wins seven races and is runner up to 7-time champ Mat Mladin in the series points standings. Needless to say, the evolution of the R1 has been a piece of art along the way. This picture helps to illustrate the beauty of a full-on race-spec motorcycle.

How about a quick spin on Josh Hayes' Graves Motorsports Yamaha R1 AMA-spec Superbike? Well, I can help with that thanks to Steve Atlas and crew over at that took this '09 model for a spin some months back. I have to warn you though. It's just a short spin................
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