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Cameron Beaubier (6) and Garrett Gerloff (8) scored a 1-2 for the Graves Yamaha team. Cameron Beaubier (6) and Garrett Gerloff (8) scored a 1-2 for the Graves Yamaha team. Photo courtesy AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

Beaubier dominates '200'; Young eighth

Written by  on Monday, 18 March 2013 08:08

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Cameron Beaubier won the 72nd DAYTONA 200 on Saturday as the 20-year-old dominated on board his Y.E.S Graves Yamaha YZF-R6 in the famous 200-mile race. Beaubier earned pole and led much of the race by a wide margin, putting his stamp on a GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing event that many racing legends have claimed for themselves over the years.

Beaubier was the fastest man in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike over the three days, and managed to run a clean 57-lap race with two trouble-free pit stops. He lapped up to fifth place and won by 22.254 seconds in a race with no red flags. He led all but seven laps, taking the lead for the last time on lap 21 and never looking back.

"I'm pretty tired right now, but I'm just trying to soak everything in," said Beaubier. "I rode as hard as I could the first stint and then be super-consistent. I had one little mess-up -- I ran wide in turn one -- and then after that I just calmed down and kept clicking off laps.

“My Yamaha Extended Service Monster Energy Graves Yamaha ran awesome. They gave me two awesome pit stops, and I just rode as hard as I could. I can't thank them enough."

His teammate Garrett Gerloff led early in the race before finishing second, ahead of Bobby Fong of the RMR/Triple Crown team. Gerloff was able to make his way clear of Fong, but was unable to run down Beaubier.

Gerloff had a tough crash at Daytona last year and left with a broken leg, but the Texan leaves this year having earned second place.

"(The race was) longer than I thought it would be, but it was awesome," said Gerloff. "It was awesome to be in the front group at the beginning and then Cameron started pulling away and we started pulling him back. Every once in a while we'd pass him and then he made a run for it and kind of got away. I tried to catch up but I just couldn't do it.

“Big thanks to my team for awesome pit stops and all the testing we do. That's why we're 1-2 on the podium. I think this is going to be an awesome year and I just want to keep it rolling."

Fong had a solid race but wanted more. As one of the contenders in the GoPro Daytona SportBike class, Fong has shown he can be as aggressive as any rider in the series. On Saturday, he lost Beaubier's draft.

"I made a mistake in the beginning of the race -- the bike was hitting false neutrals, and I let Cameron get away. So I had to ride pretty much by myself the whole time. It was a long race but the training I did this off-season paid off. My bike worked great the whole time -- I was just out there circulating, trying to maintain my position. It's the best finish I've ever had at Daytona so thanks to everyone for helping me out."

RoadRace Factory teammates Jake Gagne and J.D. Beach finished fourth and fifth in the race. The young teammates outlasted a pack of challengers that included Jake Zemke, who retired from the race after leading five laps and battling in the top 10.

Steve Rapp, filling in for Dane Westby on the GEICO Honda, earned sixth place with a strong ride. Rapp rode well as a substitute rider, hopping on the bike for the first time Friday morning.

Young rider James Rispoli on the National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki had a strong race before losing a bit of steam at the end and taking seventh ahead of Canadian Ben Young (Ben Young Racing).

Two women finished inside the top 10, with Elena Myers (Sturgess Cycle Triumph) getting the nod over Melissa Paris (MPH Racing.) Paris looked to have the position locked up but a pit stop infraction meant she had to serve a ride-through penalty that reversed their order.

Race Results

Race Time: 1:47:07.746
Margin of Victory: 22.254
Best Race Lap: Jake Gagne (1:50.087)

Pos

No.

Rider(s)

Team

Bike

Interval

Gap

Best Lap

Points

1

6

Cameron Beaubier

Yamaha Extended Service, Graves, Yamaha

Yamaha YZF-R6

57 Laps

WINNER

1:50.529

32

2

8

Garrett Gerloff

Yamaha Extended Service, Graves, Yamaha

Yamaha YZF-R6

22.254

22.254

1:50.692

25

3

50

Bobby Fong

Triple Crown/RMR

Yamaha YZF-R6

38.143

15.888

1:51.002

21

4

32

Jake Gagne

RoadRace Factory

Yamaha YZF-R6

1:08.755

30.612

1:50.087

18

5

95

JD Beach

RoadRace Factory

Yamaha YZF-R6

1:17.608

8.853

1:50.924

16

6

5

Steve Rapp

GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing

Honda CBR600RR

56 Laps

1 Lap

1:52.182

15

7

43

James Rispoli

National Guard/Celtic Racing

Suzuki GSX-R600

1.068

1.068

1:50.796

14

8

86

Ben Young

Ben Young Racing

Yamaha YZF-R6

1:20.880

1:19.812

1:53.063

13

9

21

Elena Myers

Sturgess Cycle Triumph

Triumph Daytona 675

55 Laps

1 Lap

1:53.362

12

10

13

Melissa Paris

MPH Racing

Honda CBR600RR

16.312

16.312

1:53.995

11

11

29

Barrett Long

Longevity Racing

Ducati 848

45.398

29.086

1:54.285

10

12

24

Scott Ryan

Stiles Racing

Yamaha YZF-R6

1:22.346

36.947

1:55.480

9

13

333

Tristan Palmer

Huggys Speedshop

Kawasaki ZX-6R

54 Laps

1 Lap

1:55.650

8

14

84

Anthony Fania

KSW Racing

Yamaha YZF-R6

4.365

4.365

1:55.080

7

15

7

Fernando Amantini

Team Amantini

Yamaha YZF-R6

22.744

18.379

1:52.871

6

16

41

Luke Mossey

GB Racing

Yamaha YZF-R6

24.450

1.705

1:53.633

5

17

166

Brian Kcraget

TOBC Racing

Suzuki GSX-R600

48.916

24.466

1:56.199

4

18

25

Barry Burrell

ADR Motorsports 2

Yamaha YZF-R6

52.261

3.344

1:56.492

3

19

888

Luke Stapleford

Profile Racing

Kawasaki ZX-6R

53.702

1.441

1:54.691

2

20

966

Daniel Ortega

DanOrtegaRacing.com

Yamaha YZF-R6

52 Laps

2 Laps

1:57.242

1

21

64

Shane Narbonne

Six-FourMotorsports.com

Suzuki GSX-R600

51 Laps

1 Lap

1:54.859

0

22

37

John Ashmead

OPR-LEVEL 10 RACING

Kawasaki ZX-6R

1:11.172

1:11.172

2:02.645

0

23

52

Joey Pascarella

Riders Discount Racing Triumph

Triumph Daytona 675

47 Laps

4 Laps

1:52.905

0

24

75

Huntley Nash

LTD Racing

Yamaha YZF-R6

44 Laps

3 Laps

1:51.807

0

25

82

Daniel Guevara

Guevara Racing

Suzuki GSX-R600

33 Laps

11 Laps

1:56.989

0

26

98

Jake Zemke

Desmo Veloce

Ducati 848

31 Laps

2 Laps

1:50.970

0

27

85

Jake Lewis

Meen Motorsports Racing

Yamaha YZF-R6

16 Laps

15 Laps

1:52.413

0

28

40

Jason DiSalvo

Latus Motors Racing

Triumph Daytona 675

9 Laps

7 Laps

1:52.588

0

29

3

Benny Solis

M4 Broaster Chicken Racing

Honda CBR600RR

4:42.805

4:42.805

1:52.037

0

30

42

Kenny Riedmann

Sturgess Cycle Triumph

Triumph Daytona 675

5 Laps

4 Laps

1:54.864

0

31

74

Bostjan Skubic

Inotherm Racing Team

Yamaha YZF-R6

2 Laps

3 Laps

1:53.873

0

--From AMA Pro Racing

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