SHELTON, Wash. – To say that Cameron Beaubier is on a roll would be a gross understatement.
The Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha won his ninth HONOS Superbike race of the season , his sixth in a row and the 47th of his career Sunday during the Komatsu MotoAmerica Superbikes At The Ridge.
In easily winning today’s 17-lap final, Beaubier eclipsed his season best of eight wins with his ninth of the season while extending his lead in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship to 54 points.
“Yeah, man. It was really good to be able to get nine wins in a season and be able to pass my record that was a few years ago,” Beaubier said. “That just feels really good for me. Everything’s going so good right now. Like I said yesterday, sometimes I feel like I need to get pinched. But at the same time, it’s weird to say but right now that I have the most experience in the Superbike class other than maybe Toni (Elias) or something like that. I’m just dialed in on my R1. I’ve been riding this thing for five or six years. I feel really, really good. Everyone’s working really, really hard at the Monster Attack Performance Yamaha team. It feels so good to put this up on the top of the podium multiple races throughout the year, and also having a great teammate in Jake (Gagne).
“Being able to go one-two today feels really good to just reward them for all their hard work. It’s just been fun so far this year. They’re slowly catching me. I’m just running for my life out there. Just hope to keep it going and really looking forward to going to New Jersey and seeing how this bike works around there. Hats off to everyone here at Ridge. They made the track a little safer with that chicane. They’re willing to change the track here and there to make it a little safer for when we come back in the future. I think it was a really fun track. So, hats off to them.”
Beaubier’s teammate Jake Gagne ended up second, a day after a front tire issue knocked him off the podium and into fourth place. Gagne’s 20 points stretches his advantage in the championship, and he sits in a solid second place, 22 points ahead of Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz, who finished fourth on Sunday.
Bobby Fong matched his result from Saturday with another third-place finish, the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki rider again racing with pain in his left wrist/hand from his crash at PittRace a few weeks ago. Fong closed on Gagne in the closing stages of the race, coming up .528 of a second behind the Yamaha rider.
Scholtz, meanwhile, was another 3.1 seconds behind Fong in fourth place.
Fifth place on track went to M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Toni Elias, but he was docked a position which in turn handed the spot to Scheibe Racing BMW’s Josh Herrin. Elias had passed Herrin on the final lap after a race-long battle between the two veterans.