"Creating the Monster Energy Graves Motorsports Yamaha team connects our brand with one of the most respected racing programs and two of the best riders in the country," said Alex Dunstan, Motorsports Manager for Monster Energy. "Having the American Superbike #1 plate represent the #1 energy drink in the U.S.is a natural fit for our company and we look forward to kicking off the season at Daytona!"
Yamaha will also be fielding three more teams this year. The Yamaha Extended Service/ Pat Clark Sports/Graves Yamaha Team, HT Moto Racing, and Team LTD Racing.
The Yamaha Extended Service / Pat Clark Sports / Graves Yamaha Team, will feature Chris Clark and Tommy Aquino. Clark will be riding Yamaha's championship winning bike, the YZF-R1 in the AMA Superbike series, and Aquino will be riding a Graves Motosports prepared YZF-R6 in the Daytona Sportbike division.
"Yamaha Extended Service is very proud to be part of this racing effort," said Mo Murray of Yamaha's customer support group."And we cannot think of a better way to show our support than with the excitement that road racing brings to thousands of our customers."
Yamaha is also welcoming back Mellisa Paris, who made history as the first woman to qualify for an FIM World Supersport Championship round. Paris will be riding in the Daytona Sportbike series with the HT Moto Racing team.
Team LTD Racing will also be joining the Yamaha family this year. Huntley Nash will be riding for LTD in the Daytona Sportbike division, and Thomas Puerta and David Gaviria will be riding in the Supersport class.