A brand-new Yamaha WR250 could be yours as 3J's Motorcycle Track Days hosts a benefit motorcycle track day at Sonoma Raceway for injured Bay Area racer Dave Stanton on Monday, Nov. 18.

The Yamaha WR250, one of the most advanced 250cc dual-purpose bikes on the market, will be raffled off during the motorcycle track day, which includes a full day of riding on the 12-turn road course, a catered lunch, T-shirt and evening reception. The winning ticket for the Yamaha will be selected during the evening reception. Tickets to win the Yamaha are $25 each or five tickets for $100 and can be purchased by contacting Jenah Smith at 707-933-3990 or jsmith@racesonoma.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the event. Raffle winners need not be present to win.

The benefit will also feature a huge raffle and silent auction of more than 100 items, including:

  • Z2 Track Day 10-pack gift certificates
  • Texas Tornado Boot Camp (four days with lodging)
  • Use of a Porsche Panamera for a weekend
  • Keigwins@The Track Season Pass
  • Luxury yacht charter in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Kindle HD Fire
  • Yamaha EF2000 generator
  • Yamaha MotoGP memorabilia signed by Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Tommy Hayden, Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff
  • MotoGP ticket packages
  • Pirelli, Dunlop and Bridgestone motorcycle tires
  • Motion Pro tools, racing parts and clothing
  • Arlen Ness leather racing suit
  • Airbus 320 Flight simulator session
  • Helmets, racing products, gift certificates and much more!

Tickets for the raffle are five for $10, 10 for $20, 35 for $50 or a "stretch" for $100.

The entire event is a benefit for Stanton, a Bay Area resident and long-time American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM) competitor, who suffered a crushed spine and internal injuries as the result of a racing crash on June 2.The accident left Stanton paralyzed from the chest down, and he faces ongoing challenges in recovery, including financial concerns.  The 3J's Track Day will work to raise as much money as possible for Stanton and his family.

For more information or to register for the Stanton track day, visit www.3jsmotorcycledays.com.  Registering is a two-step process, which includes $50 to register and a $200 donation to Stanton via PayPal.  Spectators are encouraged to attend. Spectator admission for the track day is $25, which includes lunch. Admission to the evening reception is $20 for spectators.


3J's Motorcycle Days is run by Jere Starks, vice president of facilities at Sonoma Raceway, Jenah Smith, operations logistics manager at Sonoma Raceway and longtime rider and Santa Rosa resident Jim Randolph. Together, the group hosts one or more motorcycle track day benefits each year, which have raised more than $275,000 for worthy causes since 2003.

"Dave has been active in the motorcycle and racing community for a long time," said Starks. "He's now a paraplegic after being an athlete, and the racing community and facility is stepping up during a time when he needs our help."

If you cannot attend the fund-raiser but would like to contribute, you can purchase raffle tickets by contacting Smith, make a donation online at www.stanton53support.com/blog/donate/ or a make a check payable to Dave Stanton and mail c/o Jenah Smith at Sonoma Raceway (Highways 37 and 121, Sonoma, CA. 95476). For more information or to register for the Dave Stanton Benefit Track Day, please visit www.3jsmotorcycledays.com.