About The Mojo Yamaha Riders
Mojo Yamaha is a motorcycle racing team focused on classic Yamaha’s. We are fielding seven riders for the 2020 International Challenge event at Phillip Island Classic in Australia in January 2020. This event pits a US team of top riders against teams from Australia and ROW (Rest of the World). Amongst others, the US team will include Josh Hayes, Larry Pegram, Jordan Szoke, Michael Gilbert, Taylor Knapp, Melissa Paris and Dave Crussell.
The Mojo Yamaha riders run 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.
The build and testing of the bikes is in progress, see more on the Build/Prep page.
Mojo Yamaha Riders
Josh Hayes, native of Gulfport Mississippi, born in 1974, was somewhat of a late bloomer, with his love of motorcycle racing not starting until he was in his teens. Most of the newer generation of riders start when they are young/children, Hayes was much older when he learned to love the sport.
His road racing career began in earnest at age 19, when he won his first three WERA titles in 1994 aboard a self-tuned Honda CBR600F2. He turned pro in 1996 when he won the WERA National Endurance Series Heavyweight Superstock Championship with Airport Racing. Hayes won the 1999 750 SuperSport race at Daytona and finished third for the season in the Formula Extreme class, all on Suzuki GSX-R motorcycles.
In 2006, following Hurricane Katrina, Josh met his wife, Melissa Paris, when they were both involved in a special event for Hurricane Katrina in California. Melissa also happens to be a motorcycle racer who currently competes in MotoAmerica with the MP13 Racing team, in the Stock 1000 class.
Hayes went on to earn four AMA Superbike Championships (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014) and he scored his 61-career Superbike wins, ranking him second on the all-time wins list. He was also a fan favorite and a guy who goes above and beyond to do everything he could to promote road racing in America.
In 2017, Yamaha named Josh Hayes to be the Yamaha Racing Ambassador and Coach starting in 2018. “This is not a retirement announcement,” said Hayes in a Yamaha release. “I feel like ‘retirement’ is a choice you make. I never intended to stop racing, but with Yamaha’s vision and goals, it became time to move in a new direction with the young talent that’s been dominating the MotoAmerica Supersport class. I’m thankful to Yamaha, Keith (McCarty the team manager), and the team for giving me the opportunity to accomplish what I was able to in Superbike, and I’m proud that they want me to continue with them, beyond just racing their motorcycles. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with the younger riders moving up.”
With his 61 Superbike wins, Hayes ranks second only to Mat Mladin on the all-time list. Hayes has 13 MotoAmerica Superbike wins, including 10 in the debut season of MotoAmerica, a mark that was matched this year by 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Toni Elias. Hayes also has 83 career wins across all classes, which places him second on the all-time list – just three short of Miguel Duhamel’s 86 victories.