Beaubier Nips Hayden For Daytona Glory


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The second AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike race of the weekend at Daytona Int’l Speedway came down to a four-way battle.

Graves Yamaha riders Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas were all in contention for the victory in the final laps. With six laps remaining Hayes, who won Friday’s SuperBike opener at Daytona, ran off the course in turn one due to mechanical issues on his No. 4 Yamaha.

On the final lap, Beaubier drafted past Hayden coming out of the chicane to win by .090 of a second.

“I knew it was going to be close if I let everyone onto the banking. It all just kind of worked out,” Beaubier said. “Roger had to stretch it out coming out of the chicane, which was good for me because he kind of pulled me back in the draft. Then I was able to get him across the line and I’m really happy.”

Beaubier, who won last year’s Daytona 200, led 11 of the 15 laps aboard his No. 2 Yamaha.

For the second straight day, Corey Alexander and Wyatt Farris led a 1-2 Celtic/Hvmc Racing finish in the 10-lap AMA SuperSport race.

“The past three years I’ve been on the podium and I hadn’t gotten a win,” Alexander said. “I kind of lucked out every time. I’m really happy to come here and pull off the double and just give them a good show.”

Hayden Gillim on a Suzuki finished third.