Team Mojo Yamaha - 2020 Phillip Island Classic, International Challenge

Mojo Yamaha is a motorcycle racing team focused on classic Yamaha’s. The team runs monster Formula One racers based on the Yamaha FJ1100 engine pushed out to nearly 1300cc and the legendary 2-stroke, the Yamaha TZ750. All bikes are housed in frames produced by the renown builder Denis Curtis at CMR Racing.

NEWS! Josh Hayes and Mojo Yamaha wins Race 4 of the International Challenge the Phillip Island Classic in 2019. In a roller coaster weekend Josh Hayes dominated the fourth race of the Challenge this year. With two riders out through crashes Mojo Yamaha remaining team mates took 3 of the top 6 positions, with Josh 3rd, Larry Pegram 5th and Michael Gilbert 6th read more...

For the remainder of 2019 the team is planning to attend several races in the US in conjunction with the classic racing group, AHRMA. And planning and preparation is already underway for Phillip Island in 2020.

Mojo Yamaha has attracted an impressive rider base, Josh Hayes, Jason Pridmore, Larry Pegram, Jake Zemke, Michael Gilbert, Steve Rapp and Barrett Long. The team line up for 2020 will be announced soon.

The Bikes

The team will be riding monster Formula One racers from the early 80’s with excess of 170 horsepower.  They are without modern electronic aids like traction control. The team will run Yamaha FJ1100 based engines in an F1 chassis pushed out to 1300cc, and the legendary 2-stroke, the Yamaha TZ750. All bikes are housed in frames produced by the renowned builder Denis Curtis at CMR Racing.

The team will be riding monster Formula One racers from the early 80’s with excess of 170 horsepower without modern electronic aids like traction control. The team will run Yamaha FJ1100 based engines in an F1 chassis pushed out to 1300cc, and the legendary 2-stroke, the Yamaha TZ750. All bikes are housed in frames produced by the renown builder Denis Curtis at CMR Racing.
 
As we look back at this era of motorcycle racing it may not have been “classic”, but it certainly created a lasting impression. These were the times of massive horse power without improvements in handling and brakes. Fast and challenging bikes to ride, and impressive to watch. Watching these bikes at speed and the extremes of control (mostly) exerted by the riders, is the signature of the period.
 

The Event

The Phillip Island Classic is one of the most prestigious motorcycle events in the world commanding crowds that are similar in size to the Classic TT at the IOM and Spa. The premier race of this event is the International Challenge which is the focus of Mojo Yamaha. For the last five years Australia and the UK have dominated this event, however, the USA presence has been growing.

Promotion and Sponsorship

To support local promotion, professional broadcast materials have been produced.  These can be found on Youtube and are also aired on national TV.  These materials provide many opportunities to promote our sponsors through interviews, bike decals/signage and signage in view of the onboard Go-Pro.

The caliber of the competition is significant, previous riders have inlcluded Jeremy McWilliams, John McGuiness, Cam Donald, Troy Corser, Steve Martin, Jed Mecher, to name but a few. And this is not a parade, the fastest laps at Phillip Island are in the 1:36's, which would have placed you on the grid for world superbike just a few years ago.

Mojo Yamaha is planning to build on its success in 2019 and is looking for sponsorship for the event in 2020..

Mojo Yamaha Team USA

Team USA 2018

A few action shots from the 2019 challenge.