SSB Yamaha Custom Showdown Claims the Podium at RedBull US Grand Prix, Mazda Raceway

Cypress CA. July 29, 2011-- The SSB Yamaha Custom Showdown Presented by Silver Star Casting Co. and Yamalube was a clear winner throughout the RedBull US Grand Prix weekend at Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca July 22 - 24th.

The west coast round of the SSB Yamaha Custom Showdown brought some previous participants together with a fresh crop of very excited builders. Chris Jones of AIP Racing was delighted to be a first time competitor: "We attend many shows across the country and this was by far the best! Getting the chance to introduce AIP Racing to thousand of race fans was so valuable and the event was run flawlessly! A big thanks to Yamaha!"

Luke Burrett, co-founder of Silver Star Casting Co. felt this year's show was a stunning success: "Attendance was up and the builders were in full force! Silver Star was pleased to bring UFC great Melvin Guillard and Charis B, Silver Star co-founder and Playboys' Miss February, to sign autographs. Thanks to all the builders who brought their best to this event!"

In the amateur class Nick Gargano was elated to take top spot for Best Amateur Open Class with his 1985 RZ350. Ramsey Ackad couldn't stop smiling when he learned his beautifully crafted, race inspired 2009 custom won Best Amateur Built YZF-R6. Arynn Akins was equally ecstatic when he learned his 2008 YZF-R1 was voted Best Amateur Built R1, especially since he drove his R1 and family all the way from Arizona to compete in the show.

Mo Murrary, General Manager of Yamaha's Customer Support Group was equally impressed with the bikes in attendance: "This is a great event and Yamalube couldn't be happier to be involved. Both the amateur and professional builders have created works of art using Yamaha bike's as their canvas".

Krystos Efantis, owner of MSP Motorsports, swept the Pro Class with his slammed, incredibly trick 2008 YZF-R1. Tony Sesto of Sesto Custom Cycles placed second to Efantis with his Silver Star inspired 2010 YZF-R6. Both Efantis and Sesto are vying for the title of Championship Pro Builder of the Year and a brand new YZF-R1 at Indianapolis.

Ryan Conde of Metric Method was more than happy to take home the $250 check courtesy of Yamaha Motor Corporation for third place. Conde almost missed the show when his 2009 YZF-R6 fell off the lift while prepping the bike, but the dedicated team at Metric Method worked through the night fixing the scratches, and their tireless efforts paid off with a third place win.

David Sonsky, editor of Super Street Bike magazine was impressed with all the bikes in attendance: "The performance bikes came out to play at the this round and even outshined some of the wild and heavily customized builds. It's great for the fans because they get to see the best of both the show and go worlds!"

Final stop on the SSB Yamaha Custom Showdown presented by Silver Star and Yamalube tour is the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix Indianapolis, IN August 26-28th. For more details and information visit or email

Pro Class Winner Krystos Efantis of MSP Motorsports