MotoAmerica: Beaubier On Top In Superbike Race 1 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Beaubier lands first after fight and Hayes finishes third

Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca featured a world-class fight between four riders, including Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing teammates Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes, and in the end, it was defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron who notched the dramatic win, which was his eighth victory of the 2016 season. Meanwhile, four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh, who led the race for several laps, finished third for his 11th podium result in 2016.

Cameron Beaubier, MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Beaubier managed to fend off the other racers with a dramatic win for first.Photo Courtesy of Yamaha

After his win, Cameron, who hails from nearby Roseville, said. “At the beginning of the race, I was getting a little nervous because I thought they were getting away from me a little bit. I had to work to catch back up to them, and as the race went on, I felt more comfortable, and I think I managed my tires pretty well, so I would have something in the end. I was able to pick up the pace at the end. I’m really happy to get this win at my home track.”

Josh Hayes, MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, MotoAmerica
Hayes placed third which was #11 of his podium results.Photo Courtesy of Yamaha

Josh commented, “It was a fun race to be a part of, and I was glad to lead it. I knew it was going to come down to a battle at the end. My pace was pretty good throughout the race, so I’m really happy with that. We’ll see what we can do to get the win in in this second race later today.”