MotoAmerica’s a hundred and fiftieth Superbike Race Set For BIR
When The Checkered Flag Falls On Sunday at Brainerd Worldwide Raceway, The a hundred and fiftieth MotoAmerica Superbike Race Will Be In The Books
IRVINE, CA (July 29, 2022) – Sunday’s MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike race at Brainerd Worldwide Raceway will mark a milestone for North America’s premier bike street racing championship as will probably be the a hundred and fiftieth Superbike race held within the MotoAmerica period, which dates to the first-ever MotoAmerica Superbike race on April 11, 2015, at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.
The winner that day? Fittingly, it was four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes who ushered within the new sequence with a victory over his Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier, the person who would carry the MotoAmerica torch as its champion for 5 out of the subsequent six years. Again then Superstock 1000 bikes ran with the Superbikes with separate outcomes. Thus, it was additionally becoming that the primary Superstock 1000 race gave us a glimpse into the longer term because it was gained by Jake Gagne, the present MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Champion.
There have been simply 11 Superbike entries on the grid at COTA in 2015, 15 lower than the 26 who had been led house to the end at COTA this 12 months by race winner Danilo Petrucci.
That first season of MotoAmerica racing additionally featured a number of moist races, together with the “rainey” one which opened the period in Texas with Hayes topping his Monster Power Graves Yamaha teammate Beaubier by 5.2 seconds and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden rounding out the rostrum.
The next day, Beaubier gained his first profession MotoAmerica Superbike race in a thriller over Hayes by lower than half a second.
“I’ve quite a lot of buddies right here in Texas and I’m a bit overwhelmed,” Hayes mentioned after profitable what was his forty ninth profession Superbike victory on day one. “We’ve had some dodgy climate, we’ve had some good climate, we’ve had slightly little bit of all the pieces. I really feel like we’ve had a great sprinkle of all the pieces. To have a profitable race weekend and are available out of right here with a win, no matter what occurs tomorrow, it’s improbable. I’m very joyful to be up right here and get one in for Yamaha and the brand new R1. My crew has accomplished an incredible job. I used to be ready, rain or shine. Mentally, I used to be in a extremely good state. I used to be able to go both method very early within the weekend.”
In race two, Beaubier (who certified on pole place) gained his first profession MotoAmerica Superbike race in a thriller over Hayes by lower than half a second.
“I noticed him coming into the final nook and I used to be like, ‘No, that is my frickin’ race,’ “ Beaubier mentioned. “It was fairly cool to get it accomplished right now. I appeared again to ensure he was up after which checked out my leg and there was some rubber there. However it’s quite a lot of enjoyable racing these guys. I really feel like we’ve got respect for one another, however on the similar time we will lean on one another fairly onerous. I’m trying ahead to this 12 months.”
There have been 9 rounds and 18 MotoAmerica Superbike races held within the first season of MotoAmerica, and Hayes would win 10 of them, together with each races within the season-ender at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Though Beaubier would win tw2o fewer races than Hayes, it was the younger Californian who claimed the primary MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.
In taking the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike crown, Beaubier turned the twentieth totally different rider to win an AMA Superbike Championship.
“It’s a dream come true for me to win the championship in my second 12 months on a Superbike and my first 12 months with this brand-new R1. Josh (Hayes) is an superior teammate and an important Champion. He’s helped me a lot.”
Beaubier would efficiently defend his MotoAmerica Superbike Championship in 2016, however there was a brand new challenger within the sequence – a diminutive Spaniard by the identify of Toni Elias – who would push Beaubier and the remaining to a brand new stage.
Beaubier once more gained eight of the 18 races in 2016, however Elias and his Yoshimura Suzuki gained six – together with his two debut races at COTA. Hayes would win a pair of races and Hayden would additionally win two.
The 2017 season was expanded to 10 rounds and 20 races for the primary time, and it could once more function Beaubier/Elias battles with Elias taking the crown with 10 race wins to Beaubier’s 5, although Beaubier’s season ended 4 rounds early after the Yamaha man suffered a shoulder harm at Pitt Race that required surgical procedure. Hayden, in the meantime, gained three extra races in 2017, the final three wins of his profession, and he ended up second to his teammate within the remaining level standings.
South African Mathew Scholtz gained his first MotoAmerica Superbike race in 2017 on his Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1, and he did so within the rain within the season finale at Barber Motorsport Park. Scholtz’s victory was additionally noteworthy in that it was the primary time a MotoAmerica Superbike race was gained by a rider on a Superstock 1000-spec bike.
The 2018 season was once more a Beaubier vs. Elias battle that went the way in which of Beaubier, regardless that Elias gained extra races (9 to eight). Beaubier’s season was extra constant, and he was topped MotoAmerica Superbike Champion for the third time.
Different winners on the 12 months had been Assault Efficiency Yamaha’s Josh Herrin (two wins) and Westby Racing’s Scholtz (one win at COTA, once more within the rain).
The 2018 season was additionally the primary with out Hayes on a Superbike, the four-time champ changed on the Monster Power/Yamalube/Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing crew by two-time MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff.
Elias once more gained probably the most races in 2019 (seven to Beaubier’s six) and once more he was overwhelmed to the championship by Beaubier, who gained the final three races whereas Elias faltered to take the title by simply 5 factors. Beaubier’s two victories within the season finale in Alabama had been the thirty seventh and thirty eighth of his profession, and the results of these wins was his fourth AMA Superbike title.
The 2019 season was additionally a breakout 12 months for Gerloff with the Texan profitable 4 races and turning heads within the course of. On the finish of the 12 months, Gerloff signed a deal that will see him transfer to the World Superbike Championship for the 2020 season.
Beaubier’s remaining season of MotoAmerica racing in 2020 put an exclamation mark on his stateside racing profession as he gained a record-setting 16 races whereas incomes his fifth MotoAmerica Superbike title. He additionally ended the 12 months with 54 profession Superbike wins, a mark that places him third on the all-time AMA Superbike win checklist. With a fifth title in his pocket, it was time to maneuver on and Beaubier jumped to the Moto2 World Championship in 2021.
M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Bobby Fong gained three races in 2020 with HSBK Racing Ducati’s Lorenzo Zanetti additionally profitable a race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Because it seems, Beaubier’s record-setting 16-win season in 2020 didn’t final lengthy as his teammate Jake Gagne took over the lead function within the Recent N Lean Assault Efficiency Yamaha crew and did so with a season to recollect. Gagne ended up profitable a document 17 races on the 12 months.
The opposite race winners in 2021 had been Scholtz with two victories and Cameron Petersen with one.
With 12 races full in 2022 heading into the 149th and a hundred and fiftieth MotoAmerica races, Gagne has seven wins and leads the championship by simply three factors over Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC’s Danilo Petrucci and his three victories.
Petersen and Scholtz are the opposite two riders with wins in 2022.
With MotoAmerica celebrating its a hundred and fiftieth Superbike race this weekend, the workers of MotoAmerica, its racers, groups and sponsors all bear in mind the 2 males who misplaced their lives on July 19, 2015, in an accident on the opening lap of the second Superbike race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca – Spaniards Bernat Martinez and Daniel Rivas. They don’t seem to be forgotten.
148 Superbike Races. 13 Winners
Cameron Beaubier 51
Toni Elias 32
Jake Gagne 24
Josh Hayes 13
Roger Hayden 5
Mathew Scholtz 5
Garrett Gerloff 4
Josh Herrin 4
Danilo Petrucci 3
Bobby Fong 3
Cameron Petersen 2
JD Seashore 1
Lorenzo Zanetti 1
Seven Championships. 3 Champions
Cameron Beaubier 5
Toni Elias 1
Jake Gagne 1
Producer Wins (148 Races)