Cameron Beaubier won again on Saturday in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Beaubier and Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha have won five of six races in the 2013 season, once again topping Jake Gagne and RoadRace Factory Red Bull Yamaha. Gagne’s teammate J.D. Beach was third on the day.
Beaubier started poorly and had to charge forward from sixth, but by lap four he’d passed Gagne for the lead. Gagne shadowed him closely until three laps to go. Beaubier then set his quick lap of the race to earn a gap, then the win by 4.469 seconds.
“I got a pretty bad start… My jump wasn’t too bad but I wasn’t very aggressive going into the first corner,” said Beaubier. “Then Dane (Westby) passed me in the corner going onto the back straight, and I got shuffled back to like fifth or sixth or something like that. I slowly started making my way through. Jake and I had a good battle right to the end. I pushed it hard the last couple laps. I made a few mistakes today — I pushed the front a couple times and almost highsided coming out of one. But yeah, I really want to thank my team for giving me an awesome bike. We’ll go back and try to do it again tomorrow.”
Gagne once again took second place, having come back to lead another lap after Beaubier initially charged to the front. For Gagne, it was his fourth second place of the season.
Beach earned third again, but was much closer to the front than in some of his previous efforts that netted him a podium slot.
Jake Lewis (Meen Motorsports Racing) took fourth, ahead of Beaubier’s teammate Garrett Gerloff in a battle of young riders.
Tomas Puerta took a convincing win in AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport on Saturday. The RoadRace Factory pilot and West division leader didn’t have to worry about points but still came away with a solid victory, separating himself from a six-rider pack as the laps wound down.
Puerta got a good start and won by 3.213 seconds over Team 95’s Hayden Gillim and CTR Racing’s Miles Thornton. Puerta had his hands full with Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson), but the Colombian was able to run a consistent pace throughout.
“It was a tough race,” said Puerta. “17 hard laps. Every time I looked at my board, the message was ‘+0.’ They made me work hard. The last four or five laps, I was really going. I wasn’t worried about crashing, I was trying to bring the race home, and they made me work really hard.”
Gillim and Thornton diced for position behind Tomas, with Thornton losing out for second but still pleased after earning his best AMA Pro finish yet.
Wyman took a fine result but faded from the podium at the end. TOBC Racing’s Nick McFadden took another top five in his second AMA Pro event.
Despite missing parts of the previous two race weekends, Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson’s Steve Rapp has still ultimately turned in dominating race performances. If his rivals were worried what the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing veteran might be capable of with an entire weekend to prepare, it looks as if they were right to be nervous.
Rapp powered to provisional pole aboard his XR1200 today, stopping the clocks at 1:35.595, nearly eight tenths quicker than his nearest rival, Harv’s Harley-Davidson’s Travis Wyman. Point leader and defending champion Michael Barnes (Spyke’s Harley-Davidson) was third on the day.