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.
To connect with Ben Young visit:http://www.fogi.us/" target="_blank">http://www.fogi.us, on Twitter: @bcyoung86, and on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacingTo learn more about the RoadRace Factory team visit:http://www.roadracefactory.com/" target="_blank">http://www.roadracefactory.com, on twitter: @RoadRaceFactory and on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/RoadRaceFactory" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/RoadRaceFactory
Corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available with Ben Young, a team member of RoadRace Factory, one of the most visible and marketable teams in the MotoAmerica paddock. Contact: Scott at: benyoungracing @ hotmail.com or Mike at: motorsports @ infinetdesigns.com for more information
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 09:56 Published in Reports, Results & Points
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla - Stevie Bonsey was flawless from start to finish on Thursday night during the AMA Pro Flat Track season-opener at DAYTONA Flat Track.
Thursday, 12 March 2015 09:54 Published in Reports, Results & Points
"AMA Pro Racing is deeply saddened by the loss of longtime motorsports journalist and public relations consultant Penny Nicolai. Over a prolific career that spanned decades, Nicolai covered nearly every facet of motorsports. She spent the last several years working as a communications consultant in the AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track paddocks. Her contributions to the sport will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this difficult time."
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 13:39 Published in Industry News
The Canadian flat track scene has produced some great racers over the years, and that can most likely be attributed to some fantastic bar banging battles that occur every weekend during the summer. Despite the great racing offered here however, there has always been the appeal for our riders to head stateside to try their luck. Whether it is for a race or two or for a whole season and whether your goal is to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Chris Carr or to obtain the status of grizzled veteran John Parker (who seems to be the unofficial mayor of the TT in Medina, NY), Canadians still want to head south to race.
Monday, 21 April 2014 14:10 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 15, 2014) - Danny Eslick's return to the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class couldn't have been more spectacular. The native of Broken Arrow, OK, and a two-time series champ won pole and then outlasted the competition to take the 73rd Daytona 200. Eslick, aboard a Riders Discount Racing Triumph, won Triumph's first Daytona 200 since 1967 by 10.975 seconds.
Sunday, 16 March 2014 23:42 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Ruthless Racing Inc. is pleased to announce its rider lineup for the 2014 season. Ruthless Racing Inc. has joined forces with Trev Deeley Motorcycles of Vancouver, British Columbia, and together will field two riders in the 2014 AMA Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship series.
Friday, 14 March 2014 11:28 Published in Reports, Results & Points
MONTEREY, Calif., (March 13, 2014) - As AMA Pro Road Racing kicks off its season this week at the celebrated DAYTONA 200, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is pleased to announce that the Series has been added to the schedule of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round, July 11-13.
Friday, 14 March 2014 09:34 Published in Reports, Results & Points
All Canadian Triumph Retailers, Friends of Triumph & Daytona 200 enthusiasts: IT ALL STARTS TODAY!
The AMA Pro Road Racing schedule begins this Saturday with the Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway. There are seven Triumph riders in this year’s race that include Apex Manufacturing/Castrol/Triumph riders Jason DiSalvo (the 2011 race winner) and Elena Myers, the first female to win a professional motorsports event of any kind at Daytona International Speedway.
Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:11 Published in Reports, Results & Points