Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha's Cameron Beaubier had a perfect day in imperfect conditions at Road Atlanta, the Californian having it all his way in the Honda Superbike Challenge of Road Atlanta on a day when his main rivals in the championship faltered.
Beaubier topped his teammate Josh Hayes by 4.699 seconds in the first of two wet races on a day of horrible weather in Georgia. Then he and the rest of the racers had to endure a lengthy wait as the MotoAmerica and Road Atlanta crews were forced to wait out a storm before getting the flooded track race-ready again for what turned out to be a race time of close to 5 p.m.
In race two it was Beaubier again taking victory as he watched both of the men considered to be his fiercest competition for this year's title - Hayes and Yoshimura Suzuki's Roger Hayden (with his second race fall of the day) - crash out of the race. With those two out, it left Beaubier to move past fast starter Jake Lewis, on the second Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000, to take victory by 3.789 seconds. Lewis ended up second, pairing that with his first-race third, and giving the 19-year-old Kentuckian the first two podiums of his Superbike career in just his third and fourth Superbike races.
With Lewis finishing third behind the two factory Yamahas in race one, fourth went to Yamaha Blumaz's Bernat Martinez with the Spaniard bettering his fourth in race one by one spot to earn the first AMA Superbike podium of his career in race two.
The Superstock 1000 class was run with the Superbikes as is the norm and those races wins were split between Yamalube/Westby Racing's Joshua Day and RoadRace Factory's Jake Gagne, both armed with Yamaha YZF-R1s. Day won race one in his return to U.S. road racing and Gagne, who crashed in race one, bounced back for the win in the second race. Day's afternoon was a mirror image of Gagne's as he crashed out of race two after winning race one.
Tyler O'Hara ended up second in both races on the Tyler O'Hara Racing Yamaha R1 with Taylor Knapp riding the FourFour Motorsports R1 to third in both races. Canada's Marcel Irnie finished 10th in race one and ninth in race two out of 14 gridded riders on the only BMW S1000RR in the field.
The second Supersport race of the weekend featured the exact same podium as Saturday's race, but in a different order. Yamalube/Graves Yamaha's Garrett Gerloff dominated today's race to become the third different Supersport winner in the three-race old season. Gerloff beat Saturday's winner Josh Herrin by 8.630 seconds. Gerloff's teammate JD Beach finished third for the second straight day on his Yamaha R6.
There was a strong Canadian presence in Supersport with Ben Young, current Canadian Pro Sport Bike champ Kenny Riedmann and rising teenage star Mitch Card all in attendance. Canadian-born US rider Javelin Broderick was also in the field. Young fared best, finishing eighth in race one and seventh in race two, a strong follow-up to his fourth place finish a week earlier in the rain in Texas. In race one Riedmann finished 11th, Broderick 13th and Card 14th. In race two Broderick took 10th, Riedmann was 13th and Card had a DNS.
Wheels In Motion/Meen Motorsports' Joe Roberts won the Superstock 600 race for the second day in a row in Sunday afternoon's final event, topping Kyle Wyman Racing's Travis Wyman by 2.4 seconds. Wyatt Farris was third after finishing fourth in yesterday's race.
SUPERBIKE RACE 1 1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 2. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 3. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 4. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha) 5. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 6. Elena Myers (Suzuki)
SUPERBIKE RACE 2 1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 2. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 3. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha) 4. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 5. Stefano Mesa (Honda) 6. Elena Myers (Suzuki)
SUPERSTOCK 1000 RACE 1 1. Joshua Day (Yamaha) 2. Tyler O'Hara (Yamaha) 3. Taylor Knapp (Yamaha) 4. Mark Heckles (Yamaha) 5. Devon McDonough (Aprilia) 6. Brad Burns (Suzuki) 7. Shane Narbonne (Yamaha) 8. Dustin Dominguez (Aprilia) 9. Barrett Long (Ducati) 10. Marcel Irnie (Yamaha)
SUPERSTOCK 1000 RACE 2 1. Jake Gagne (Yamaha) 2. Tyler O'Hara (Yamaha) 3. Taylor Knapp (Yamaha) 4. Mark Heckles (Yamaha) 5. Dustin Dominguez (Aprilia) 6. Shane Narbonne (Yamaha) 7. Brad Burns (Suzuki) 8. Devon McDonough (Aprilia) 9. Marcel Irnie (BMW)
SUPERSPORT RACE 2 1. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha) 2. Josh Herrin (Yamaha) 3. JD Beach (Yamaha) 4. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha) 5. David Anthony (Suzuki) 6. Cameron Petersen (Yamaha) 7. Ben Young (Yamaha) 8. Kyle Wyman (Yamaha) 9. Hayden Gillim (MV Agusta) 10. Javelin Broderick (Kawasaki)
SUPERSTOCK 600 RACE 2 1. Joe Roberts (Yamaha) 2. Travis Wyman (Yamaha) 3. Wyatt Farris (Yamaha) 4. Richie Escalante (Yamaha) 5. Andy DiBrino (Yamaha) 6. Nick McFadden (Suzuki) 7. Ryan Jones (Honda) 8. Bryce Prince (Yamaha) 9. Michael Gilbert (Yamaha) 10. Gavin Elstad (Yamaha)
-- From MotoAmerica, with notes from Inside Motorcycles
Monday, 20 April 2015 11:42 Published in Reports, Results & Points
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - AUSTIN, TEXAS - APRIL 14, 2015 - This past weekend Ben Young made a splash at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in his MotoAmerica Supersport championship debut. The resident of Thornbury Ontario Canada piloted the RoadRace Factory prepared Yamaha YZFR6 to his first points of the 2015 season.
The 2015 MotoAmerica season debuted alongside the superstars of MotoGP at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas as three of the MotoAmerica championship classes served as the support races for the MotoGP weekend.
The start of the inaugural MotoAmerica Supersport race on Saturday was met with overcast skies, on and off sprinkles changing to drying conditions then concluding in a major downpour.
Young took to a dry track during the pre-race sighting lap however once the riders returned to take their spots on the grid the rain came once again.
Starting from 10th on the grid Young made consistent progress for the first 7 laps. David Anthony began to gap the RoadRace Factory pilot after Young made a few mistakes. He quickly regrouped and managed to pull the gap back to Anthony.
Ben Young: “As soon as I got on the back on Dave’s rear wheel the skies opened up with massive down pour.”
By the 9th lap Young had worked his way up to 7th place. With one lap remaining of the 12 lap feature the heavy rain had not only triggered off-track excursions for a few of the top runners but also near zero visibility for all of the Supersport riders.
Young would eventually make it past Anthony to grab 3rd however due to the extreme lack of visibility he had to dial it back to ensure he would finish the race with some solid points.
Young would cross the finish line in 4th earning 13 points for himself and the RoadRace Factory team in the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport championship
Ben Young: “I really wanted to see my RoadRace Factory Yamaha R6 on the podium. Sadly I had vision problems during the heavy down pour but, we brought it home! Massive thanks to the whole RoadRace Factory team and every person involved, you all rock!”
The season preview show, which sets the stage for the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series, is set to air on CBS Sports Network for the first time on Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. (Eastern) with a second airing that night at 11:30 p.m. (Eastern).
The opening round of the series from Texas will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern) with replays on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) and on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. (Eastern). Please check your local listings for more information.
Young will be back in action when the MotoAmerica series heads to Road Atlanta this coming weekend.
Young is proud to represent his personal sponsors; Scot-Build Developments Inc., Tim Hortons (Sudbury), AXO America and Bell Helmets.
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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 09:56 Published in Reports, Results & Points
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