Cameron Beaubier extended his magical season on Sunday at Mid-Ohio, winning his sixth of seven races in the 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike season. Beaubier had to work for this one, topping J.D. Beach by just 0.655. Beach’s RoadRace Factory/Red Bull teammate Jake Gagne finished third in the race shortened to 15 laps after a crash on the fan lap caused a lengthy clean up.
Beaubier had to move through the field and gain positions one at a time, having gotten off the line in fifth place. Although Beaubier was able to take the lead from Beach on lap six, Beach did not concede the win. Beach actually closed on Beaubier late by virtue of the race’s fastest lap on the white-flag lap.
“At the beginning, I was a little timid going into the left-hander,” said Beaubier. “I could hear J.D. on me the whole race, especially in the last turn. He was there the whole time, and it was tough.” Cameron added that he had tried to pull away, but couldn’t shake Beach.
Beach earned his best Daytona SportBike result in the contest and did a great job of holding Gagne at bay, too.
Gagne had a tough time with National Guard Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli, who ultimately finished fifth. As has been the case in other races this year, Rispoli was very strong in the opening laps but managed to earn his best Daytona SportBike finish yet even though Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha) edged him out of fourth place by 0.2).
In AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport, Hayden Gillim won an eventful contest to begin the day of racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Team 95’s Gillim emerged victorious in the red-flagged race despite opposition from the likes of RoadRace Factory’s Tomas Puerta and Harv’s H-D pilot Travis Wyman. Although Gillim had earned spectacular SuperSport victories in Utah and New Orleans in previous seasons, the Kentuckian had been shut out in the win column in 2013 until Sunday.
After a restart, Gillim was fourth but quickly dispatched Miles Thornton (CTR Racing) as Puerta passed Wyman for the lead. But Puerta had a machine issue just as he took the lead, and he pitted. Gillim and Wyman dueled at the front until the end, trading the lead until Gillim seized it with a bold move on the last lap.