Livingston, CA. (January 23, 2017)- After rains pelted SoCal for most of the week, the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team came into Anaheim expecting a mudder. Thanks to the crew, the track shaped up with good conditions throughout the day.
Bowers and Mellross took to the track looking to build on the momentum they've built early this season. The 51FIFTY YZ250F's clocked in 10th (Bowers) and 12th (Mellross), giving both riders solid gate picks for the night show.
The #52 and #64 would be pitted against each other in the first heat of the night. Good starts courtesy of their Twisted Development-tuned Yamaha power plant put both 51FIFTY riders up front early as they battled for 4th position in the first race of the night. The TV crews took note of the intense racing, granting each rider solid coverage for fans at home. The 51FIFTY racers would cross the line together with Bowers in 4th and Mellross in 5th.
Both 51FIFTY Yamaha machines lined up for the 250 Main looking to build on their early season momentum. The gates dropped and the 22 riders funneled into the tight first corner, cutting off Mellross' line as Bowers snuck past on the inside. With no where to go, Hayden's front wheel was knocked out from under him and other bikes slammed into him from the back. With the bike battered and the rider bruised, the #64 was forced to retire.
"Each week my heat races have been going really well, and I'm showing these guys that I can run up front," remarked Mellross after the race. "Unfortunately, in the main, we collided and I went down hard on my hand and my bike was pretty bent. The hand is damaged somewhat but Ill be at Phoenix next weekend."
As the race raged on, it was Bowers flying the flag for the 51FIFTY Yamaha Team. He used his veteran experience to click off consistent laps while battling inside the top 10. Bowers had battles early and late in the race, riding solid throughout to finish in 8th.
"I''m not where I want to be but at least have been building momentum each week," mentioned Bowers. "I worked more on sprints this week and it showed in qualifying and my heat. In the main, I was practically by myself for much of the race so I just tried to focus on consistent lap times. 8th is better but know I'll keep improving."
51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha is aided by support of our great sponsors including Yamaha, Allied Packaging, Carlos Vieira Racing, bLU cRU, Bolt Hardware, Costa Rica Unlimited, Cometic Gaskets, Company West, Cycra, Crank Works, DeCal Works, Dunlop, DT1, Evans Cooling, Fox, FMF, Galfer, Hinson Clutch Components, Hot Cams, IMS Products, Matrix, Mechanix Wear, ODI, Pivot Works, Powerlift, Push Marketing Agency, Race for Autism, RK Excel, SDI, Sunstar, Shift, TM Designworks, Twisted Development, Works Connection, Vertex Pistons, Vortex Ignitions, VP Fuels, and Xtrig.
Posted on 01/23/2017 at 10:22:00 AM
Livingston, CA. (January 17, 2017)- The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team rolled into San Diego on Military Appreciation weekend decked out with patriotic themed DeCal Works camo graphics and Shift Racing themed red and blue gear. Even mother nature smiled in honor with sunshine after a week of rain in California.
With practice cancelled the day prior, it was straight into two timed qualifiers. Mellross and Bowers set respectable times and felt solid throughout each session recording times of 11th and 12th fastest. It was back to the pits to relax and also participate with the fans in the 51FIFTY #LiveTheMadness Experience interactive zone before heading out for the night show.
The #64 of Mellross lined up for the first heat of the night with a solid gate pick from his qualifying time. He started up front and immediately began mixing it up with seasoned vets. The valiant Australian didn't back down from a challenge but an aggressive block pass from a Nut-ty* rider would leave him on the ground. Unfazed, Hayden remounted and easily qualified in 6th position.
Heat 2 would see the #52 of Bowers ride calm, cool, and collected for the 5 minutes plus one lap. Tyler used his smooth riding technique to figure out the developing track, and executed smart lines for a 5th place finish and direct transfer to the Main.
Both 51FIFTY Yamaha machines lined up for the 250 main event with their sights set on improved finishes from the season opener. When the gates dropped, the pack bottled up inside the first corner, leaving little room for movement. Hayden #64 got slammed off the track and was forced to find a safe place to re-enter in 19th place. Bowers on the other hand used his veteran experience to push towards the front.
Tyler Bowers would continue to battle for positions inside the top 10 eventually settling into a solid pace for most of the race. Hayden charged from the back making passes on multiple riders and near the end of the race, both 51FIFTY Yamaha riders found each other jockeying for positions! When the checkered flag waved, Mellross crossed the line in 9th, and Bowers in 11th.
"I definitely had more juice in the tank this weekend," remarked Bowers. "I rode well in the heats and showed what I had for a few laps in the main when I was battling with some of those guys. Just need to work on holding that intensity and there's no reason I can't run up front like that. Definitely a good weekend to build on along with a lot of positives we can take into this coming week."
"Mate, I feel good after that one," said Mellross after the race. "All day the bike was working great and I put together some solid laps in qualifying and was pushing myself in the heat. I didn't back down and ended up hitting the deck, but it's no big deal. A bit of a bummer being bumped off in the main, but I was happy with how I rode all the way until the end. I didn't give up and was able to put in a career-best 9th."
Look for the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha riders next weekend on Saturday night at Anaheim II as well as Friday during the Supercross Press Day (12-2pm).
Posted on 01/17/2017 at 12:00:00 AM
Livingston, CA. (January 9, 2017)- The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team kicked off the Supercross season with 250 stand out Tyler Bowers joining the team alongside returning 51FIFTY rider Hayden Mellross.
Rolling out of the holidays and into Supercross season, 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha was ready to go at ANA 1. The 51FIFTY fan activation zone, Virtual Reality 360 headsets, sponsor give-aways, rider Meet/Greet and an interactive photo studio set an electric vibe for the riders as they prepped for the first race of season. Both Bowers and Hayden put in strong qualifying times and would race together in the first Heat of the night.
The #52 (Bowers) and #64 (Mellross) 51FIFTY Yamaha YZ250F's lined up for the first gate drop of the 2017 season. Both riders would come around the first turn nearly side by side toward the front half of the pack. Mellross clicked off lap after lap in 5th position while Bowers would battle it out for 7th. Both riders easily advanced in the first Heat and headed back to the team transporter to prepare for the 250 Main.
As the gate dropped for the 250 main, the 51FIFTY riders entered the first turn neck and neck crossing the holeshot line inside the top 10. Hayden showed aggression and determination right away as he battled into 3rd after the first few corners.
While holding down 3rd, Hayden Mellross' #64 machine suffered an electrical malfunction, forcing him out of the race. The #52 YZ250F of Tyler Bowers stayed consistent as the race progressed, crossing the finish line just one spot outside the top 10 to finish 11th. The final results were not acceptable to either rider; however, while coming up short of race result goals, as a Team, everyone remains confident moving into San Diego next weekend.
"Consistency is key in my book," remarked Bowers. "I don't feel I rode anywhere near as fast as I've been riding leading up to Anaheim. No excuses, it just was not my night and know it'll be a different story in San Diego."
"It was great to finally be out there racing and see where my speed actually was against that stacked West SX field," said Mellross after the race. "I felt great all day and the bike was working amazing in qualifying and the heat race. I put the 51FIFTY Yamaha up front early; was pumped to be inside the Top 3 and felt I had the speed to stay with the lead pack. It was a freak issue with the bike when it just died. I was frustrated for few seconds but have already put it behind me. I rode solid, my speed was there, and I was up front. Wish San Diego Supercross was tomorrow night."
Look for the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha riders, on their special DeCal Works camo graphics as we celebrate Military Appreciation night, next week at the San Diego Supercross.
Posted on 01/09/2017 at 10:44:00 AM
Check out the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha team as they prepare for the 2017 Supercross season and watch team riders Tyler Bowers and Hayden Mellross break in their race bikes at a pre-season photo shoot. A huge thank you to all the quality team sponsors who help make this entire "Team" effort possible.
Posted on 01/04/2017 at 03:54:00 PM
The 51FIFTY Fitness Center opened its doors for a grand opening event today! The brand new facility is located at 436 Second Street in Downtown Livingston, CA and will offer classes in Boxing, Self-defense as well as personal training. More classes will be added as the demand increases.
The event began with a ribbon-cutting outside of the brand new facility by Carlos Vieira Foundation board members and 51FIFTY class instructors.
That was followed by a blessing of the facility.
The self defense and boxing instructors put on demonstrations of their classes. After that it was time to check out the state-of-the-art equipment and sign up for classes!
We want to thank everyone for coming out to our grand opening event and we hope to see you all in the new year!
Posted on 01/02/2017 at 04:13:00 PM
Do you know what it means to be 51FIFTY?
Being 51FIFTY is a conscious decision you make to rise above the obstacles in life that are keeping you from realizing your dream. It's a pledge to achieve greatness by constantly challenging yourself and pushing through your limits.
Fueled by passion, people who are 51FIFTY face their fears head on and are determined to prove any naysayers wrong. We don't make excuses and we don't quit. We are 51FIFTY!
Posted on 12/30/2016 at 12:00:00 AM
Livingston, CA. (December 19, 2016)-Tyler Bowers has become one of the most recognizable 250 riders with his aggressive riding style, history atop the podium including a 250 Supercross win, and multiple (4x) Arenacross Championships. 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Racing Team is proud to add the talented rider to the team in 2017.
"I'm excited to join 51FIFTY and the bLU cRU!" says Bowers. "I've been riding and testing with the team for several weeks now and the bike is really strong. Right out of the gate I noticed how great the bike handled and was impressed at how well the team works together. I see great potential in the team and expect, working with our staff, to elevate the team as whole and put myself in position up front where I know I belong."
"Tyler has an aggressive riding style, and is someone who will put up a fight for race wins," states Team Manager Craig Monty. "That's a great quality for a racer and an attribute that's important to the rest of the team. This is our 6th year in the Supercross series and we continue to grow with each season. We have Hayden Mellross back (#62) and we're fired up to have a rider of Tyler's caliber join the team."
Watch for Bowers, his new number (#52), and the Yamaha YZ250F whenever he's approaching a rider in a bowl turn, blitzing through the whoops and on the podium in 2017.
51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha is aided by support of our great sponsors including Yamaha, Allied Packaging, Carlos Vieira Racing, bLU cRU, Bolt Hardware, Costa Rica Unlimited, Cometic Gaskets, Company West, Cycra, Crank Works, DeCal Works, Dunlop, DT1, Evans Cooling, FMF, Galfer, Hinson Clutch Components, Hot Cams, IMS Products, Matrix, Mechanix Wear, ODI, Powerlift, Push Marketing Agency, RK Excel, SDI, Sunstar, Shift, TM Designworks, Twisted Development, Works Connection, Vertex Pistons, VP Fuels, and Xtrig.
Posted on 12/19/2016 at 12:00:00 AM
Just in time for Christmas, the 51FIFTY Store is open for business! The new store is located at 436 Second Street in Downtown Livingston, CA, and carries the latest in 51FIFTY Apparel and accessories. There is also a sample bar where you can try all flavors of 51FIFTY Energy Drink which are also available for purchase!
Posted on 12/17/2016 at 12:00:00 AM
Livingston, CA. (December 16, 2016) -The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Racing Team is pleased to announce the return of Hayden Mellross for the 2017 Supercross season. After a breakout rookie season, the team is excited to have Hayden back with a solid year of Supercross experience under his belt.
In addition to a great Supercross season stateside with several top finishes, Hayden came within a 45 seconds of winning the Australian 250 SX title this past winter. Hayden dominated the series needing only an 8th to clinch the title when he was beset by a mechanical issue while in 2nd place with a lap to go. He's back and hungry for revenge. Hayden trains with former Yamaha Factory racer Tim "Red Dog" Ferry and has honed his skills over the past year entering the '17 season more confident and prepared.
"I'm stoked to return to the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha team," says Hayden. "We had a solid rookie season together and it's nice to be back with all the familiar faces. I'm fired up for this year and ready to keep the pre-season momentum rolling into Anaheim."
"Having Hayden back on the team is huge for us", states Team Owner Carlos Vieira. "He's grown tremendously as a rider and we're excited to continue to push forward in the sport together. We've got a great team this year, and with added support from Yamaha and our other sponsors, we're set to have a break out year as team."
Cheer on Mellross and his #64 Braxton Edwards-tuned Yamaha YZ250F at the 51FIFTY Energy Drink semi truck and throughout the Supercross season starting at the opener in Anaheim, California on January 7, 2017.
51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha could not do it without the support of our great sponsors including Yamaha, Allied Packaging, Carlos Vieira Racing, bLU cRU, Costa Rica Unlimited, Company West, Cycra, Crank Works, DeCal Works, Dunlop, DT1, Evans Cooling, FMF, Galfer, Hinson Clutch Components, Hot Cams, IMS Products, Matrix, ODI, Push Marketing Agency, RK Excel, SDI, Sunstar, TM Designworks, Twisted Development, Works Connection, Vertex Pistons, VP Fuels, Xtrig.
Posted on 12/16/2016 at 12:00:00 AM