By now, a lot of us have probably circled April 10, 2015 on our calendars. For those who still don’t know, that’s the day the inaugural MotoAmerica Road Racing Series takes place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. From the looks of things, teams competing in the new series are already knee-deep in preparations, including the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha team and its star rider, four-time AMA Superbike World Champion Josh Hayes.
While Hayes gets all the attention, understandably so, his teammate, Cameron Beaubier, is no slouch on the racing seat either. Beaubier doesn’t have the credentials of Hayes, but he still has a long list of accolades to call his own, including his 2013 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike title, to go with three AMA Pro SuperBike wins, seven podiums, and two poles in his rookie season last year.
As the team gears up for the start of the 2015 season, Yamaha took the all-too predictable road of introducing a documentary about the team’s preparations leading up to the season-opening race in Austin, Texas this April. This episode is particularly intriguing because it’s the first time Beaubier gets to ride the Yamaha YZF-R1.
Give the video a nice, long look and listen to what Beaubier has to say about his new ride after taking it for a private testing session at the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. If his thoughts on the bike are any indication of Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s status leading up to the season, the team should be poised to repeat the success it had in recent years.