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Jun 23, 2013

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race Two Results From Barber Motorsports Park

Barber Motorsports Park. Photo by David Swarts, copyright Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.
Triumph SuperBike Classic/GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, Alabama
June 23, 2013
Provisional Race Two Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R6), 21 laps
2. Jake Gagne (Yam YZF-R6), -6.326 seconds
3. JD Beach (Yam YZF-R6), -12.675
4. Garrett Gerloff (Yam YZF-R6), -12.905*
5. Dane Westby (Hon CBR600RR), -14.480
6. James Rispoli (Suz GSX-R600), -18.903
7. Jake Lewis (Yam YZF-R6), -24.720
8. Jason DiSalvo (Tri Daytona 675R), -34.327
9. Benny Solis (Hon CBR600RR), -42.307
10. Joey Pascarella (Tri Daytona 675R), -42.971
11. Ricardo Escalante Urban (Yam YZF-R6), -58.363
12. Kenny Riedmann (Tri Daytona 675R), -63.729
13. Ben Young (Yam YZF-R6), -68.854*
14. Barrett Long (Duc 848EVO), -82.304*
15. Scott Ryan (Yam YZF-R6), -92.876
16. Fernando Amantini (Yam YZF-R6), -1 lap
17. Melissa Paris (Hon CBR600RR), -1 lap, 23.039 seconds
18. Robert McLendon III (Tri Daytona 675R), -1 lap, 23.308
19. Ron Mears (Hon CBR600RR), -1 lap, 24.735
20. Daniel Ortega (Yam YZF-R6), -1 lap, 25.237
21. Bobby Fong (Tri Daytona 675R), -10 laps, DNF*
22. Elena Myers (Tri Daytona 675R), DNS

*five-second penalty for start infraction

Provisional Championship Point Standings (after 5 of 14 races):

1. Beaubier, 152 points
2. Gagne, 124
3. Beach, 92
4. Gerloff, 90
5. Rispoli, 71
6. Lewis, 63
7. Westby, 62
8. DiSalvo, 59
9. Young, 51
10. Fong, 49
11. TIE, Solis/Long, 39
13. Myers, 35
14. Riedmann, 34
15. Pascarella, 33
16. Ryan, 31
17. Paris, 28
18. Amantini, 20
19. Steve Rapp, 15
20. Urban, 10

More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:

Cameron Beaubier Completes Another Perfect Weekend At Barber Motorsports Park With A Race 2 Win For His Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Team

Birmingham, AL June 23, 2013 – 2013 Daytona 200 winner and current AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship leader Cameron Beaubier won today’s DSB Race 2 to finish off his second perfect-points weekend in a row at Barber Motorsports Park. Just like last year, Cameron--who rides the #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6--earned the pole, won both races at Barber, and led the most laps in both races. It was Cameron’s fourth win out of five races so far this season and, with his maximum points haul from Barber, the northern Californian now leads the Championship by 28 points.

In Race 2, Cameron employed virtually the same strategy as he did in his Saturday Race 1 win, which was to conserve his tires in the earlier part of the race, and then pour on the prodigious power of his Yamaha in the latter part of the contest. The plan worked to perfection for Cameron, who crossed the finish line with a gap of over six seconds over second-place finisher Jake Gagne, who was also Yamaha R6-mounted.

“I had a really good race,” Cameron said after his win. “Today, I felt great and rode a lot more consistently than yesterday. My Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team gave me an awesome bike, and I’m really looking forward to the next race at Mid-Ohio.”

Garrett Gerloff, rider of the #8 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6, got what appeared to be a great start off the line, and he took the point going into turn one. Unfortunately, Garrett’s start was a little bit too good, though, as he and three other riders were assessed a five-second penalty for jumping the start. The penalty shuffled the young Texas talent back in the order, but he went to work and very nearly got third at the checkered flag, ultimately settling for fourth place, which matched his starting position. Garrett is currently in fourth place in the season points standings.

Garrett said “I didn’t really think I jumped (the start) that much, but I did get the holeshot, and I figured I was going to get the penalty. I tried to stretch out a lead because I knew that I would have to make up the deficit. I felt like I rode a much better race than yesterday, but the start definitely messed things up for me. But, we’ll re-group and look for better results in Ohio.”

The Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action on July 12-14 for Round 4 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.

For more news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha’s Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @YamahaMotorUSA.

More, from a press release issued by GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing:

GEICO's Westby finishes fifth, moves up in Daytona SportBike standings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 23) - GEICO Motorcycle Honda rider Dane Westby rallied from a slow start on Sunday to finish fifth in GoPro Daytona SportBike competition at the Triumph SuperBike Classic, part of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series.

An off start to Sunday's race left Westby as deep as eighth place in the field at Barber Motorsports Park. Westby knew he had work to do once the field shook its way out.

"We had the pace to run at the front," Westby said. "With the little mistake we made in the beginning, it really lit a fire under me. Every time someone in front of me made a mistake, I saw it and smelled blood in the water."

Westby was methodical in his pursuit of the front of the field. He just stayed smooth and consistent as other riders lost performance as the race went on.

"I just tried to make the best of the situation," Westby said. "I tried to pick off as many guys as I could. I thought I might even been able to get J.D. Beach in the last few laps after he ran into some traffic."

Westby would have liked to have had a few more laps because he was feeling strong at the end of the race.

"Two to three more laps and I would have been able to get into fourth at least," Westby said. "It seemed like the other guys in front of me were fading."

With his fourth-place effort on Saturday and the fifth on Sunday, Westby moved into seventh place in the GoPro Daytona SportBike standings, one point behind sixth-place Jake Lewis and nine points out of fifth despite missing the first race of the season.

Up next for Westby and the GEICO Motorcycle Honda team is the July 12-14 Buckeye SuperBike Weekend from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a spot where Westby collected a victory a year ago.

"I'm looking forward to Mid-Ohio," Westby said. "I feel like we've been progressing with this new bike and we're at a level where we can run with the top guys. I'm going to one of my favorite tracks, so there's a lot to look forward to for sure."
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