DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier captured the pole and the coveted Rolex watch on Friday afternoon for Saturday’s 72nd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike race at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
Beaubier, riding the No. 6 Yamaha YZF-R6, toured the 3.51-mile road course in one minute, 49.612 seconds to secure the pole for America’s most historic motorcycle race.
“I felt like I got a pretty good lap in,” Beaubier said. “I got held up just a little bit going through the chicane. That was the only mistake I had. I felt pretty good through the infield and I got a good draft towards the finish.”
The 40-minute session was shortened by about eight minutes due to a red flag for oil on the track. While Beaubier was pleased with the qualifying lap, he felt he might have been able to go even faster if the session wasn’t cut short.