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Livingston, CA. (February 13, 2017)- The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team had two YZ250F's back on the track as Hayden Mellross returned from injury to join Noah McConahy (filling in for Tyler Bowers) for the last round of the 250 West Coast SX before the long break, at the incredible AT&T Stadium in Arlington Supercross.

Tyler Bowers, sidelined with a broken femur continues to support the team attending Dealer and Pit autograph signings and, importantly, coaching the other 51FIFTY racers. "I'd rather be racing but being sidelined is helping me in a way where I can watch lines develop and study other riders," explains Bowers. "I watch practice and qualifiers and feel by communicating improvement points to the guys it reinforces that information and am becoming more knowledgeable myself."

With "Coach Bowers" on their side, Mellross and McConahy took to the track for their qualifying sessions. The 51FIFTY boys clocked in 9th and 12th respectively on the Texas terrain.

McConahy on the #59 Yamaha lined up for Heat #1, and rocketed out of the gate with the leaders. He battled for position with previous race winners, maintaining 3rd for most of the race eventually crossing the finish line in 4th place, giving him a coveted gate pick for the main event. In only his 2nd race on the Yamaha, the 4th in the Heat was a career best.

Heat #2 saw the Australian, Mellross back in action after a few weeks off due to a hand injury. On the track he looked as if he hadn't taken any time off the bike passing through the pack after a lackluster start. The #64 diced through the field locking down a transfer position in 8th position.

When the gates dropped for the 250 main event, both 51FIFTY Yamaha riders raced toward the first turn. While Mellross made it through clean, McConahy got pinched and crashed after clipping a tuff block with his front wheel. Hayden would charge his way through the pack and settle into a solid 9th place position for the majority of the race, while teammate Noah was forced to work his way up from dead last. McConahy would leave it all out on the track even laying it down in the last turn in a last stitch effort for a top 10 finish. The 51FIFTY Yamaha racers crossed the line with Mellross in 9th, and McConahy in 11th.

"It's great to be back at the races and pick up where I left off," commented Mellross after the race. "I've been off the bike for a few weeks but felt strong most of the night. The track was challenging but our bike was on point and felt overall it was a decent result. I was a bit fatigued toward the end of the race, from not being able to train, but overall it was a solid ride and another Top 10."

"My confidence continues to grow and the whole team has really helped me get comfortable these last two weeks," mentioned McConahy. "I made it difficult on myself in the Main, hit the deck a few times, was in 20th at one point, but just focused on passing the rider in front of me. I put down some of my fastest times of the night and then did try one last aggressive pass on Chiz to try and get inside the Top 10."

The West Coast Supercross season will take a break as the season moves to the East Coast region. Follow the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team on social media to stay in touch with the latest news and team photos.

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.

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Livingston, CA. (February 6, 2017)- Noah McConahy flew the flag this weekend for the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team as both Tyler Bowers and Hayden Mellross were sidelined with injury.

Mother Nature played her part as light showers sprinkled the already damp track. A soft, technical layout made for tough conditions in the opening qualifying sessions and the situation wasn't any easier for Noah with only two (2) prior rides on the YZ250F. Tyler Bowers was on hand during the day and was a positive voice for Noah, along with Team Manager Craig Monty, studying film and track lines.

The #59 Yamaha lined up for heat #1, kicking off the action for the night. Dunlop Tires gave Noah some much needed traction off the line and into the first turn. He ran a consistent 5th place in much of the heat race, battling riders and ruts throughout the entirety of the track. McConahy crossed the line in 6th place and secured his direct spot/transfer into the main.

With Noah's momentum building throughout the day, the newest member of the 51FIFTY team was ready to shine in the night show. A good jump out of the gate set him up for some quick passes until a massive pile up formed in the second turn. McConahy looked for a way out but was stuck in the chaos as riders crashed around him. Eventually, he worked his way out of the pack and began his ascent through the field. A tall order, from back in 19th, but he picked off riders in quick succession. Noah improved his speed and positions as the track deteriorated and when the checkered flag flew, McConahy crossed the line for his career best finish in 9th place.

"Everything with the bike and the team has been spot on," mentioned Noah after the race. "I've been improving every time I'm on the bike and the team has helped every step of the way. I struggled in the qualifiers but we stayed optimistic and focused on the Main. From far back in the pack, it was one of those races when I just concentrated on the next rider in front of me and did whatever I could to move forward. I'm ecstatic to land a career best in my first ride with 51FIFTY and I only expect to improve from here."

The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team will have two riders next weekend in Dallas as Hayden Mellross will return to action alongside the #59 of Noah McConahy.

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Livingston, CA. (February, 2 2017)- With team riders Hayden Mellross and Tyler Bowers out with injury, 51FIFTY Energy Drink is proud to announce the addition of Noah McConahy (#59) heading into the Oakland Supercross.

With a short week, and coming off a completely different bike, Noah adapted quickly to the YZ250F with only a few days testing with the team. The likable 23 year old racer from Spokane, WA has been on the teams radar for a while and jumped at the chance to join 51FIFTY.

"This is the opportunity I've been working towards," explain Noah. "I'm extremely appreciative and feel with the team, and the race bike I rode this past week, my goal of a Top 10 is within reach. I'm getting a plane tonight, the first time I've flown to a race, and just can't wait to line up in Oakland."

"Noah's finished 13th the last two weeks in a row so he clearly has the speed. He's someone we've watched for a while and knowing his personality and work ethic, we are confident he'll represent our brand and team sponsors as a professional on and off the track," explains Team Manager, Craig Monty. "He's new to the YZ but was putting in fast laps already. Working with Dave Dye as a mechanic, someone he's known for years, should help the transition and be strong combination moving forward."

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Livingston, CA. (January 30, 2017)- It was a rough Saturday for the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha team at the Phoenix Supercross. Already down a rider with Hayden Mellross sitting out from a first turn crash at Anaheim 2, Tyler Bowers looked to lead the charge and put in a solid finish for the team.

In the first practice, Tyler was on pace with lead pack and, as he's done each round, progressed further up the board with solid lap times. Heading into the first Qualifier, Tyler jumped out front with the series leaders and was on a charge. In the difficult rhythm section, Tyler cased a triple and was thrown off the front of his bike. Tyler remounted, kick-started his YZ250F, and entered the track for another lap before pulling into the mechanics area.

"It hurt when I landed but the adrenaline was going so I tried to do a few more laps," explained Tyler Bowers. "Each time I would land off the jumps I could just feel something wasn't right."

Tyler would suffer a fracture to the right femur but is optimistic he'll return and be ready when the West Coast series resumes after the break for the Seattle SX.

51FIFTY Energy Drink motto is "Never Give Up"; expect the team to be in Oakland with one, possibly two, riders to fill the boots of Mellross and Bowers.

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Livingston, CA. (January 26, 2017)- 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha's Hayden Mellross suffered a hand injury early in the Main last weekend in Anaheim.

After a strong heat where teammates Tyler Bowers and Hayden Mellross finished 4th and 5th, Hayden was looking for another solid 250 Main. Unfortunately, coming into the first turn, Hayden was involved in pile up and went down. Mellross realized his bike and his body were too battered to continue the race.

The week prior in San Diego, the young Australian turned in his career best ride in 9th (coming from 18th) and was looking forward to carrying that momentum as the season progressed.

Due to the sustained injuries in Anaheim, Mellross will not compete this weekend in Phoenix. The entire 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team looks forward to having him back at the races as soon as possible.

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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