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Reigning Champ Beaubier, Gagne To Team Up for Yamaha in MotoAmerica in 2020

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“Silly season” is underway in MotoAmerica, with rider lineups starting to change in America’s top motorcycle road racing series in advance of the 2020 season that includes an event Aug. 21-23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Jake Gagne will join fellow American and reigning and four-time MotoAmerica Superbike champion Cameron Beaubier on a powerful team featuring a partnership between Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS) and Attack Performance.

YMUS is following a team structure model used by Yamaha Motor Europe (YME) in World Superbike with the announcement of its two-year agreement with Attack Performance, the Richard Stanboli-owned team that fielded Josh Herrin and JD Beach in 2018 and 2019, respectively, in one-rider teams in the MotoAmerica Series. Along with key sponsorship from Monster Energy, the team will receive the full support of both YMUS and YME.

2015 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 champion Gagne is replacing Garrett Gerloff, who is moving to the World Superbike Championship in 2020 with the GRT Yamaha team.

Beaubier, 26, has won 38 career AMA/MotoAmerica Superbike races, also capturing MotoAmerica Superbike championships in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. He will attempt to become the first rider since Josh Hayes in 2010-12 to win three straight American Superbike titles. Other notable riders to achieve that feat in the last two decades include former MotoGP star Ben Spies and AMA Superbike legend Mat Mladin.

“I’m looking toward 2020,” Beaubier said. “There will be some changes within our team, but we will always have the same goal. I’ve been working with my crew chief Rick Hobbs ever since I started racing in Superbike back in 2014, but he is retiring this year. We had an amazing run together, and we are on to a new chapter.

“I am really excited to be working with Attack Performance. The guys at Yamaha, with the addition of Richard Stanboli’s knowledge, I feel confident that they will build a weapon out of the 2020 R1.”

Gagne, 26, finished eighth in the 2019 MotoAmerica Superbike standings aboard a Scheibe Racing BMW. In addition to his 2015 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 title, Gagne was crowned AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Champion in 2014. Both titles came on Yamaha machines.

“I could not be more thrilled to go Yamaha Superbike racing,” Gagne said. “I want to extend a massive thank you to Keith (McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for YMUS), Tom (Halverson), Jim (Roach, Technical Division Manager for YMUS) and the entire Yamaha family for their belief and nonstop support. It's a dream come true to be aboard the championship-winning machine and surrounded by such a huge amount of experience and knowledge. I've been fortunate to have had my most successful racing years aboard a Yamaha, so I feel like I'm back at home.”

Motorcycle road racing will return to IMS after a five-year absence as the MotoAmerica Series will compete Aug. 21-23, 2020, at the Racing Capital of the World. MotoAmerica will bring all five of its classes to the Championship of Indy.

MotoAmerica last raced at the Brickyard as a support event of the MotoGP World Championship in August 2015, the last time motorcycles have competed on the IMS road course. Beaubier won both Superbike races.

The MotoAmerica event at IMS also will take place on the same weekend as the popular Motorcycles on Meridian festival Saturday evening, Aug. 22 in downtown Indianapolis. The annual event is hosted and planned by Downtown Indy, Inc.

Ticket information will be available soon at IMS.com for the MotoAmerica round in August 2020.

 
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