Beaubier Maintains MotoAmerica Superbike Lead with Double Podium at Barber Motorsports Park

Yamaha race report: Cameron Beaubier finishes third in both races, Josh Hayes fourth in both races

Amidst extremely hot and humid weather conditions that tested the riders’ conditioning, defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier’s two third-place results on Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park moved him closer to winning his second-consecutive Superbike title. Meanwhile, his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Josh Hayes maintained second place in the points standings with two fourth-place results.

As in Superbike Race 1, which ran earlier on Sunday, Cameron started from the pole, but in Race 2, he got a better start off the line and slotted in behind Toni Elias while going into turn one. Josh moved quickly into fourth-place behind Roger Hayden, as the four main title contenders began their battle.

Beaubier, Hayes, Hayden, Elias, MotoAmerica Superbike race
Race 2 had the four main title contenders, Beaubier, Hayes, Hayden, and Elias, battling it out to get top points.Photo Courtesy of Yamaha

Hayden managed to get past Cameron, which moved him back to third place. The racing was close throughout the 23-lap contest, but Elias and Hayden ran a quick pace, and Cameron and Josh weren’t able to close the gap enough to make a pass for the lead before the checkered flag flew.

After his second podium result of the day, Cameron said, “I was struggling pretty bad driving off the corners, and I just couldn’t get close enough to the front. Normally, I’d be pretty bummed about two third-place finishes, but Toni and Rog really had the pace today. I’m looking forward to going to Utah, which is closer to my home.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will be back in action in two weeks when the MotoAmerica Championship will be at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT, on June 23-25.

2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings
Pos./Rider: Points:
1. Cameron Beaubier 208
2. Josh Hayes 195
3. Roger Hayden 194
4. Toni Elias 189
5. Claudio Corti 108