The Superstock 1000 victory again went to Day, the R-1 mounted Floridian ending up fifth overall after barely holding off Fillmore, who was again a fighting sixth overall and fifth in Superbike. Then came Morais, who this time got the better of Knapp. Superstock 1000 Championship points leader Jake Gagne was credited with seventh in the Superstock class after crashing, remounting and riding the rest of the race without brakes. Gagne was a non-finisher in race one when his R1 suffered an electrical problem.
Gagne still leads the championship after a difficult day for the Roadrace Factory Rider, 209-192, over Knapp.
“Things went a lot better for us this weekend,” Day said. “I wish we could have found our problem with the front a lot sooner so we could have been up there at the other races, but it is what it is and that’s how racing goes sometimes. But now we have it all sorted pretty well and we should be good for us for the rest of the year.”
The norm in Supersport racing is a dog fight to the finish. Turns out that Yamalube/Y.E.S/Graves Motorsports Yamaha’s JD Beach wasn’t in the mood for the norm on Sunday at Miller Motorsports Park. Beach put his head down from the start and pulled away at a clip of a second a lap virtually at will, slowing to celebrate across the finish line with a margin of victory of 9.9 seconds over Latus Motors Racing Triumph’s Bobby Fong and Beach’s teammate Garrett Gerloff. It was a dominating performance and Beach’s fifth in a row and seventh of the season.
Fourth place went to South African Cameron Petersen, the Roadracing Factory rider having his best weekend thus far in what is his rookie season of racing in the U.S. Petersen was a spot better than he was on Saturday, reversing the finishing order with M4 Suzuki/SportbikeTrackGear.com’s David Anthony, who had bested him for fourth a day earlier.
“Going into the race I was feeling good,” Beach said. “We had a really good race yesterday and I was just hoping I could repeat it. I knew Garrett (Gerloff) and (Bobby) Fong and (Josh) Herrin were going to be going a lot faster today and the first few laps would be really important. My team just gave me an awesome bike today and this weekend and now it’s time to start doing our homework and getting ready for Laguna Seca.”
Beach now leads Gerloff and Herrin, who dropped out of Sunday’s race with a mechanical problem, by 44 points, 240-196, with Gerloff and Herrin tied for second.
Sunday’s Bazzaz Superstock 600 race was won by Wheels in Motion/Motosport.com/Meen Motorsports’ Joe Roberts, the Californian earning his eighth win of the season. Unlike the day before, Roberts had his hands full with his series rival Richie Escalante, the Tizuyuca, Mexico, resident finishing just .225 of a second behind Roberts. Third place went to Tuned Racing’s Bryce Prince, the Californian riding mostly alone after ditching the pack he was racing with early on.
Roberts now leads Escalante by 237 points, 220-183. Travis Wyman, eighth today, is third with 151 points.
“I tried to be consistent in the low 29s,” Roberts said. “We were a bit off the qualifying pace, but it’s so hot out and the tires weren’t really hooking up as they were in the qualifying so low 29s I thought was a good pace. I just held out and brought it home for the victory.”
Braeden Ortt won his first KTM RC 390 Cup race of the season in Sunday’s race two, the 15-year-old Canadian coming out the best of a massive pack fighting for victory. At the flag, Ortt was just .346 of a second ahead of 14-year-old Brandon Paasch, the rider from New Jersey making his debut in the MotoAmerica KTM RC390 Cup a successful one. Paasch, who normally competes in the Moriwaki Cup in the British Superbike Series, was just a fraction of a second ahead of Anthony Mazziotto III. Hayden Schultz and series points leader Gage McAllister were also in the battle for victory with those two finishing fourth and fifth ,respectively.
McAllister now has 127 points to Ortt’s 80 points with Ortt moving past Hayden Schultz for second in the title Chase. Schultz, fourth today, is three points behind Ortt.
“I managed to line it up perfectly and try to break the draft and it worked out really well for me,” Ortt said.