Beaubier Podiums & Hayes Finishes Fourth In Superbike Race 2 At Utah; Beach & Gerloff Remain 1-2 In Supersport Championship
June 26, 2017
Tooele, UT –It was an up-and-down day for Yamaha’s “Fast Four” road racers on Sunday at Utah Motorsports Park, and that statement should be taken literally. On the “up” side, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing teammates Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes finished third and fourth, respectively, aboard their Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycles in the afternoon’s MotoAmerica Superbike race. Cameron kept his #1 R1 upright in the 17-lap contest and finished solidly on the podium after falling down a couple of times earlier in the weekend, including in Saturday’s Superbike race.
On the “down” side, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teammates Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach tangled (yes, literally) on the final lap of Sunday’s MotoAmerica Supersport race. Both riders went down in unison, and their Yamaha YZF-R6 machines got stuck together, which delayed both riders’ ability to rejoin the race and prevented either of them from winning the race. They both did manage to finish, albeit in 17th position for Garrett and 19th for JD.
On the “up” side, JD retained his one-point lead over Garrett in the Championship, with Valentin Debise winning the race and taking over third place in the standings, 47 points adrift of Garrett and 48 points behind JD.
After the Superbike race, Cameron said, “It’s great to get a podium after how horrible the past two days have gone. It’s frustrating. I started out feeling like it was going to be a good weekend. The R1 is good around here, and I like this track a lot. I had a lot of problems this weekend, so hats off to my team for working so hard to rebuild my bike more than once over the past couple of days. It feels good to get back on the podium again, and give that to my team. Laguna Seca is next, and I’m looking forward to racing there. My family and friends will be there, and I really like the track a lot. It’s been a good track for me.”
Josh commented, “I felt like we improved my R1 a lot from yesterday. The first half of today’s race went better than yesterday, but my body let me down a little bit. This is the first race weekend of the season that I haven’t been on the ground, and those get-offs have taken their toll. I just wasn’t able to maintain my pace. Once Cameron caught up to me, as much as I would have liked to fight for the position with him, I was a wounded duck out there. I let him through and managed my race. So, it was an unfortunate fourth place for me. I can do better that, and my team deserves better. So, I’m going to go home and work on some solutions for (Mazda Raceway) Laguna Seca.”
Following the Supersport Race, Garrett said, “After yesterday’s race, we worked on some things to make my R6 a little bit better, and I really had a good bike for the race. I saw “plus-zero” on my pitboard, so I knew it was JD right behind me. On the last lap, I tried to do everything I could to ride perfectly. The first sector was really good. I felt really strong, and then, going into turn five, I had a little moment where I almost crashed. I was able to save it, but I lost some time. I had to defend the inside, and I thought I had it covered, but JD, at the last second, put it up underneath me, snagged my handlebar, and we both ended up going down. We picked the bikes up and got going again. No points today, which is unfortunate, but all in all, it was a racing incident. We’ll both be back, stronger at Laguna. I lived to fight another day, and fight, I will.”
JD said, “In the last lap, when Garrett tucked the front in turn five, I was able to get a little bit of a drive on him going into turn six. It looked like he went just a little bit wide, and I tried to get up underneath him. I went for it, and there just wasn’t enough room. Today are the races you would like to forget. I’m sorry to Garrett, his crew, and the whole team for costing them a win. I want to move past this and go to Laguna.”
|2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings||6/25/17|
|1||Toni Elias – Suzuki||210|
|2||Roger Hayden – Suzuki||180|
|3||Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha||162|
|4||Josh Hayes – Yamaha||111|
|2017 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings||6/25/17|
|1||JD Beach – Yamaha||172|
|2||Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha||171|
|3||Valentin Debise – Suzuki||124|
Yamaha’s Factory Superbike and Factory-Supported Supersport Teams will be back in action on July 7-8 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California for the Championship of the Monterey Peninsula.
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