Beaubier Podiums In MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; Gerloff Sets New Track Record In Supersport Qualifying
July 10, 2017
Monterey, CA –Racing in front of his friends and family, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier, who hails from nearby Roseville, CA, finished on the podium in third place in MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Cameron got off to a good start in the race–as did his teammate Josh Hayes–but the two-time and defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion was pushed wide by another rider in turn one, which shuffled him back where he had to play catch-up for most of the race. Cameron eventually caught up to Josh, who was in third place, and the two riders battled back-and-forth for a couple of laps until Cameron finally made his way around his four-time Superbike Champion teammate.
Unfortunately, not long afterwards, Josh lost traction in the front of his Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike, and he slid, unhurt, off the track and out of the race. Cameron maintained his position in third all the way to the checkered flag for a podium finish.
After the race, Cameron said, “At the beginning, my nose got cut off in the first corner. I ran wide and had to put my head down to catch up to the leaders. My teammate is hard to pass. We had a scrap going, and it set us back. Once I got by Josh, I was able to get a little closer to Roger (Hayden) and (race winner) Toni (Elias). But, those guys were on rails today. We’re going to go put our heads together and see what we can come up with for tomorrow’s race.
“I ran a little bit wide going into Turn 5, but not by much,” commented Josh. “I was on the ground almost before I knew it. It was a weird crash, and I feel more embarrassed about it than anything else. But, we’ve got another race tomorrow. I’ll be ready to try to redeem myself and give something back to my guys after causing them extra work today.”
Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday at 3:15 PM PST.
In Saturday’s MotoAmerica Supersport final qualifying, Monster Energy/Yamalube/ Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff set a new track record aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6 and will start from the pole in tomorrow’s Supersport race. Garrett’s teammate JD Beach will start next to him on the front row of the grid after qualifying second. The Supersport Race will go green on Sunday at 11:10 AM PST.
|2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings||7/8/17|
|1||Toni Elias – Suzuki||235|
|2||Roger Hayden – Suzuki||200|
|3||Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha||178|
|4||Josh Hayes – Yamaha||111|
|5||Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha||102|
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