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Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is pleased to announce a new marketing partnership with WERA Motorcycle Roadracing. As part of the agreement, Yamaha YZF-R3 Expert & Novice road racers will have the opportunity to compete in a WERA Premier Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Cup Race, exclusively for Yamaha YZF-R3 riders, at the prestigious WERA Grand National Finals--which will be held on October 20-23 at Barber Motorsports Park--and battle for championship prizes.
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R3 Cup Grand National Finals Expert-Class Prizes:
* 1st place/R3 Cup Champion - Yamaha R3
* 2nd place - Yamaha EF3000iS Generator
* 3rd place - Yamaha 3028B Pressure Washer
R3 Cup Grand National Finals Novice-Class Prizes:
* 1st place - TrackSkinz Leathers/Arai Helmet
* 2nd place - Yamaha EF2000iS Generator
* 3rd place - Yamaha bLU cRU Canopy
To be eligible for a Grand National Final grid position, riders must qualify by competing in any two (2) WERA E-Superstock races. Grid position at the GNF will be determined by accumulated points achieved from all 2016 WERA “E-Superstock” races.
Additionally, in support of the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Cup, Yamaha is offering contingency support to Expert Class racers at the following ten (10) rounds:

* 5/22 Buttonwillow Raceway Park, CA
* 5/29 Roebling Road Raceway, GA
* 6/5 Grattan Raceway Park, MI
* 6/19 Road Atlanta, GA
* 7/3 Barber Motorsports Park, AL
* 7/24 Auto Club Speedway, CA
* 8/21 Talladega Gran Prix Raceway, AL
* 8/28 Grattan Raceway Park, MI
* 9/11 Road Atlanta, GA
* 10/9 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NV

"WERA Motorcycle Roadracing has always been where young talent can develop, and WERA has produced many U.S. and World Champions in its more than 43-year history, so teaming up with Yamaha on the bLU cRU R3 Cup is a perfect partnership! The new Yamaha R3 is one of the best machines on which to learn how to roadrace, and we look forward to seeing our young riders compete on this machine in the E-Superstock Class in 2016," said Evelyne Clarke, WERA CEO. "The year-end Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Cup Final at the WERA GNF at Barber Motorsports Park on October 22 will see some very happy riders receiving some awesome awards for finishing in the top three!"

Steve Liberatore, Yamaha’s South East Regional Business Manager, added. “Yamaha has a rich history of road racing going back to an era when a club racer could buy Yamaha GP-based, race bikes--like the legendary TD’s & TZ’s--right from their local Yamaha Dealer. Yamaha continues this “Spirit of Racing” in today’s format of street-based racing with our dominant R1, R6, and now, R3 Supersport models. Today, a club racer can still buy a race-winning Yamaha motorcycle right off their Yamaha Dealer’s showroom floor and test their mettle in one of WERA’s many competitive classes. We are thrilled to partner with WERA in the creation of the Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Cup. The R3 Cup adds yet another road racing class for our Yamaha bLU cRU racers to compete in and win!”

For more information on Yamaha road racing programs, visit yamahamotorsports.com. For information on WERA Roadracing, visit wera.com.
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