Canadian racers Ben Young and Marcel Irnie both had strong showings at the inaugural MotoAmerica race, held in conjunction with the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas this past weekend in Austin, TX.
Young, riding the RoadRace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6 in the Supersport class, took home an impressive fourth place finish in the rain during Saturday's race. Young had earlier qualified 10th but made it count in the wet stuff on race day.
"Well I finished up a soaking wet fourth, was on third and sadly had vision problems with a heavy downpour, but we brought it home!" Young said on Facebook just after the race. "Massive thanks to the whole RoadRace Factory team and every person involved, you all rock!" Young will take his fourth place overall standing in Supersport to Road Atlanta this weekend for the second race on the MotoAmerica schedule.
Irnie, meanwhile, finished eighth in the second of two Superstock 1000 feaures after crashing out in Race 1 on his Irnie Racing/Team MobiBuff/World's Best Motorcycles BMW S1000RR.
"We survived race two, finishing 8th in Superstock 1000," Irnie posted on his Facebook page post-race. "With practice cancelled in the early morning we were unable to test Franz (the pet name of Irnie's S1000RR) following yesterday's rain crash. On the warmup laps I discovered we had a serious problem with power. The bike was down 15 hp I estimate, which hampered my corner exits and holding position on the long straights. I had to be a demon on the brakes to reclaim my running position almost every back straightaway. Hopefully we can find the problem before next weeks race in Atlanta, Georgia."
The power issue was later traced to a programming issue with the bike's ECU, putting it in what Irnie referred to as "limp mode" for the entirety of the race.
Both Young and Irnie will be back in action when the MotoAmerica series heads to Road Atlanta this coming weekend.
-- By Inside Motorcycles
Monday, 13 April 2015 15:06 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Cameron Beaubier turned the tables on his Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha teammate Josh Hayes today at the Circuit of The Americas, the 22-year-old Californian beating Hayes by .445 of a second in a thrilling race two of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship of Texas, the opening round of the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Superbike Championship.
Hayes, who won Saturday's rain-sodden race one, pushed Beaubier for the full 12 laps with the battle coming down to the final corner. That's when Hayes tried to put his Yamaha YZF-R1 where there simply wasn't room. Beaubier held his line as Hayes tried to stuff it up the inside, the pair coming together with Beaubier sprinting off to the checkered flag for his fourth career AMA Superbike win. Hayes, meanwhile, gathered himself up to still finish a close second.
The pair now head to Road Atlanta with a win apiece and an identical tally of 45 points.
For the second day in a row, Yoshimura Roger Hayden finished third with the Suzuki rider much more competitive in the dry than he was in Saturday's wet race. The Kentuckian led some laps early, despite getting his GSX-R1000 completely sideways through the esses on the opening lap. Hayden eventually lost touch with the lead duo and fell into a battle with RoadRace Factory's Jake Gagne. Hayden prevailed for his second third-place finish in a row with Gagne holding on for fourth overall and a runaway victory in the Superstock 1000 class, which runs with the Superbikes but is scored separately.
Monday, 13 April 2015 09:29 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Josh Hayes turned 40 last week, but apparently age hasn't slowed him down. Riding in a Texas rainstorm, the Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha rider showed he's still the master of the class as he sloshed his way to a calculated victory over teammate Cameron Beaubier at the Circuit of The Americas. Yoshimura Suzuki's Roger Hayden ended up third.
Rain moved into Austin area just prior to the start of the Supersport final and it hung around until after the two MotoAmerica debut races were completed. More of it is expected for Sunday's second race of the Superbike doubleheader, which will run at the end of a busy day of Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP racing as MotoAmerica is sharing the weekend with the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.
Hayes took off from the start for the 12-lap final and opened up a gap almost four seconds early in the race. Pole sitter Beaubier chipped away at the lead and got it down to 2.5 seconds, but Hayes was able to maintain the gap and eventually stretched it back out to win by 5.279 seconds.
Josh Hayes won the MotoAmerica Superbike final at COTA on Saturday.
It was the 49th AMA Superbike win of Hayes' career and the four-time AMA Superbike Champion dedicated his victory to his friend Dane Westby, a MotoAmerica racer who lost his life a few weeks ago in a street accident.
"There are just so many things going on this weekend," Hayes said. "Just so much: new series, new machine. There is a lot of Yamaha brass here for a big weekend with MotoGP. A lot of things happening with so much of my family here, a lot like Rog (Hayden). I have a lot of friends here in Texas and I'm a bit overwhelmed. We've had some dodgy weather, we've had some good weather, we've had a little bit of everything. I feel like we've had a good sprinkle of everything. To have a successful race weekend and come out of here with a win, regardless of what happens tomorrow, it's fantastic. I'm very happy to be up here and get one in for Yamaha and the new R1. My team has done an amazing job. I was prepared, rain or shine. Mentally, I was in a really good state. I was ready to go either way very early in the weekend."
Fourth place in the Superbike race went to Bernat Martinez on a Yamaha YZF-R1 with Yoshimura Suzuki's Jake Lewis rounding out the top five in his Superbike debut.
The Superstock class ran together with the Superbikes and it was RoadRace Factory's Jake Gagne riding his Yamaha YZF-R1 to victory over the RSV4 of Aprilia HSBK Racing's Dustin Dominguez. Tyler O'Hara rode the Tyler O'Hara Racing Yamaha R1 to third place.
Monday, 13 April 2015 09:25 Published in Reports, Results & Points
AUSTIN, TEXAS - APRIL 9, 2015 - This weekend Scottish-born Canadian resident Ben Young will return to race in the United States in the new MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing series with his new team RoadRace Factory. This will be Young’s first race at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.
Thursday, 09 April 2015 18:51 Published in News