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Event Winner Bike
Palatka GNCC Off Road Barry Hawk YZ250
Daytona Alligator Enduro Jason Raines YZ250
AMA Superstock Aaron Goebert R1
AMA Daytona Dirt Track JR Schnabel YZ505
AMA Daytona Supercross Chad Reed YZ250
AMA Supersport Jason DiSalvo R6

Virtually every class that Yamaha entered, Yamaha won! (Yamaha did not enter the Daytona 200, and the support team Yamaha of Troy took 3rd in the 125cc class Supercross.)

Here’s how it went down:

Palatka GNCC The second round of the GNCC Series came down to a two man shootout between Yamaha’s Barry Hawk and former champ Fred Andrews (Suz). Hawk made a pass in the final mile of the grueling race and finished 4 seconds ahead of Andrews!

Alligator Enduro Jason Raines jumped to an early lead and held it throughout the entire race. His best competition came from teammate and mentor – Randy Hawkins. Hawkins held his ground and finished second behind his protégé.

AMA Superstock The AMA made significant rule changes to all classes this year – and the Superstock class is now reserved for stock 1000cc bikes. Therefore, Yamaha entered this class with their all new YZFR1. The exciting race came down to the last lap with Yamaha having 4 of the top 6 positions and the new Kawasaki ZX10 having the other 2. In a last corner draft pass, Aaron Goebert came out of 4th place to take a 1/100th of a second victory over teammate Jamie Hacking!

AMA Dirt Track 24 year old Schnabel came off the gate in 3rd place aboard his Memphis Shades/Parts Unlimited Yamaha Single Cylinder 505cc (based on the YZ450F motor). He decided to risk a high line in the loamy dirt and got a tremendous drive. From there, he took the high line every lap and ended with a commanding victory over Bryan Smith (Hon).

AMA Supercross Round 10 After winning his Heat Race, Chad Reed took the holeshot in the main event and piloted his YZ250 to a 30 second lead over Honda’s Kevin Windham. On the 3rd to last lap, Reed took a spill and landed hard on his side. He recovered, and limped his way to a 10 second victory. Fortunately, Reed checked out okay at the doctor’s office and should be 100% for St. Louis.

AMA Supersport Much like the Superstock Class, the Supersport class is for stock 600cc bikes. Since Yamaha sells stock bikes, they have invested their racing efforts into what their dealers can sell. 19 year old Jason DiSalvo broke the track record in qualifying and took pole position. (This is an incredible feat since this is only Jason’s second year racing pro with a factory team.) The entire race was a nerve racking swap of lead between the Yamaha’s of Jason DiSalvo and Aaron Goebert, and the Kawasaki’s of Tommy Hayden and Roger Lee Hayden. On the very last lap, Tommy led the group into the final chicane, followed by brother Roger Lee. Jason DiSalvo, in an extremely bold move, broke the draft, slipped by both Kawasaki’s – drifted high to block Tommy, and swooped down low to brush Roger Lee. In an incredible .033 second lead, DiSalvo crossed the finish line to claim his first AMA Superstock victory!

Congratulations to all the Team Yamaha riders, mechanics and support personnel!
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