SONOMA, Calif. – Cameron Beaubier showed Sunday that he really is unbeatable at Sonoma Raceway as the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing rider swept to his second Motul Superbike win of the Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma.
Since MotoAmerica brought AMA Superbike racing back to Sonoma Raceway last year, Beaubier is unbeaten, going a perfect four-for-four with another runaway victory on a sunny Sunday Sonoma day. Beaubier’s two wins here combined with his two wins at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca last month also make him undefeated in California (at the two tracks he calls his home tracks) for the season.
Sunday’s win was the seventh of the year for Beaubier and the 31st of his AMA Superbike career. The Roseville, Calif., resident won Saturday’s race by 7.2 seconds after breaking the track record en route to pole position during Superpole. Sunday he won by 6.5 seconds after leading by 1.1 seconds after one lap, 4.3 seconds after three laps and 6.4 seconds after five laps. The lead would continue to grow to more than 10 seconds before the two-time MotoAmerica Superbike champion slowed his pace.
“It really was a perfect weekend,” Beaubier said. “We were able to lead every session and win both races. It feels really good. I knew this morning going into today both these guys would make a step. I know Toni (Elias) and his team always work really hard to make a step Sunday, so we were kind of scratching our heads to figure out what we can do better. But we really didn’t change much. I just put my head down at the beginning of the race because I knew that Toni made an improvement this morning, and I knew Josh (Herrin) was really good yesterday at the start of the race. So I knew I needed just to get out front and put my head down and just try to run with it, and we were able to do it.
“Hats off to my crew. They’ve been working so hard. We’ve had a really good string lately. I just want to keep the momentum going into the last three rounds. I’m really just enjoying my bike and enjoying racing right now. I feel like last year when I kept crashing and trying to come up with something and trying to race Toni and Roger (Hayden), it was tough because I found myself on the ground at least once a weekend. I’m just happy with the position we’re in right now, and I just want to keep going.”
Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias and Attack Performance/Herrin Compound’s Josh Herrin again fought to see who was second best to Beaubier and Sunday that was Elias, the Spaniard turning the tables on Herrin after the Georgian beat him for the spot on Saturday. Herrin fought to the end, running off in the chicane with just a few laps to go and was forced to settle for third.
Garrett Gerloff again finished fourth on the second factory Yamaha, the Texan in the mix for second early on but eventually finishing some four seconds behind the Elias/Herrin battle. He in turn was 2.7 seconds ahead of Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz, the South African barely beating M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis for fifth place.
In Sunday’s Supersport race, Monster Energy/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha rider J.D. Beach used his flat-track-perfected starting skills to get a perfect jump off the line and immediately into the lead, which he never relinquished for 19 laps all the way to the checkered flag. It was the ninth race win of the year for Beach, and the most victories in a single season for the Kentuckian, who now holds a triple-digit lead in the championship with a 100-point advantage.
M4 ECSTAR Suzuki rider Valentin Debise finished second on Sunday, just as he did on Saturday, and Rickdiculous Racing/Yamaha’s Hayden Gillim also repeated his result from Saturday with another third-place finish on Sunday.
Local rider Cory Ventura, who races for MP13 Racing/Yamaha, showcased the skills he worked on at the recent Yamaha VR46 Master Camp that he attended, as he won Sunday’s Liqui Moly Junior Cup race for his first victory of the season and the first win of the year for the Yamaha YZF-R3.
Local-rider race wins was a common theme of the Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma as Andrew Lee joined Cameron Beaubier and Cory Ventura in notching victories at their home track. Lee’s win came in the weekend-concluding Stock 1000 race aboard his RiderzLaw Racing Kawasaki.