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Jun 18, 2013

AMA Pro Racing Previews This Coming Weekend's Daytona SportBike Races At Barber Motorsports Park

GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Cameron Beaubier (6) and Jake Gagne (32) dueled at Road America. Photo by Brian J. Nelson/AMA Pro Racing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 18, 2013) - The AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike series is back in action this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, for the Triumph SuperBike Classic presented by America's First Federal Credit Union.

The top US series for middleweight machinery is coming off an exciting race at Road America in Wisconsin, a round that saw Cameron Beaubier (No. 6 Yamaha Extended Services Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) and Jake Gagne (No 32. RoadRace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6) split the victories after more of the exciting racing the class has become known for over the years.

The challenge of Barber Motorsports Park is much different than the wide-open, 4-mile circuit that hosted the last race. Barber is a tight, technical track that places an emphasis on getting each corner right. There aren't many places to rest, either, so fitness always plays a part in the races held in the warm Alabama sun.

Beaubier's season has been very successful thus far. The young Californian has his sights set on winning the coveted GoPro Daytona SportBike crown for Yamaha. After leading off with two victories and a second-place finish to start the season, Beaubier currently sits atop the point standings heading into Barber.

Gagne lies second in the points after three races and is the only man to top Beaubier this year, taking Race 2 at Road America for his second AMA Pro win of his career. The California product built a lot of momentum dating back to the second half of 2012 and has continued it to the early part of 2013.

Garrett Gerloff (No. 8 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) has also seen his fortunes rise in 2013. The Texan is coming back from an injury that effectively robbed him of his 2012 season and so far he has finished in the top five each time out in 2013 and is ranked third in the points. Gerloff has taken a steady approach to getting up to speed thus far, but insiders expect him to turn up the jets at some point and begin legitimately competing for wins.

JD Beach (No. 95 RoadRace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6) is also looking for a GoPro Daytona SportBike victory. The Kentucky resident is just two points behind Gerloff in the standings and had two exciting battles with Jake Lewis for podium positions in Wisconsin. Beach has accumulated experience despite his young age and has become a solid competitor in the GoPro Daytona SportBike class.

Class rookie James Rispoli (No. 43 National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R600) made his mark at Road America, taking a run towards the front and showing the aggressiveness that won him two Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport titles. The New Yorker might be a class newcomer, but he currently sits in fifth in the point standings and has topped many highly-regarded series competitors along the way so far this season.

Fellow class rookie Jake Lewis (No. 85 Meen Motorsport Racing Yamaha R6) already has a podium finish to his credit after having earned it in a hard-fought battle with Beach at Road America. Lewis has shown strong speed and potential and it's only a matter of time before the youngster puts himself in position to claim his first GoPro Daytona SportBike win.

Perennial class contender Bobby Fong (No. 50 D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph 675R) changed teams after Daytona but the aggressive racer is always looking to add to his AMA Pro win total. Fong earned fifth and sixth in last year's Barber Motorsports Park races.

Elena Myers (No. 21 Castrol Triumph Apex Manufacturing Triumph Daytona 675) has been very consistent in 2013, earning top ten results each time out as she continues to learn the ropes in GoPro Daytona SportBike after a few seasons in Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport.

Two veterans looking to reverse their fortunes in 2013 are Dane Westby (No. 5 GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Honda CBR600RR) and Jason DiSalvo (No. 40 Latus Motors Racing Triumph Daytona 675R). Westby was injured at Daytona and missed the race. He came back for Wisconsin and earned eighth and sixth, but the Oklahoman expects to be on the podium more often than not. DiSalvo has been one of the fastest men in the class for several years but so far his best finish in 2013 is an eighth place effort in Wisconsin.

This weekend's GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing action will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular. This weekend's coverage includes LIVE broadcasts of both AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike races, and will begin Saturday, June 22 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT with the weekend Preview Show. Live coverage of AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 will air on Saturday, June 22 at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT with Race 2 slotted in for Sunday, June 23 at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT. Fans can find CBS Sports Network on their TV by using the channel finder at www.cbssportsnetwork.com/channel-finder

In addition to the live broadcasts on CBS Sports Network, AMA Pro Live will be live streaming multiple channels of behind-the-scenes video of the weekend's activities alongside Live Timing & Scoring. AMA Pro Live puts fans in the director's chair, allowing them to choose from a variety of viewpoints including track cameras, paddock cameras and a press conference channel. Streaming will begin with coverage of the weekend's practice and qualifying sessions on Friday, June 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT at www.amaprolive.com

All weekend long, stay connected with GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing on social media at twitter.com/AMAProSBK and www.facebook.com/AMAProRoadRacing

About GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing:

GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The 2012 schedule consists of 12 rounds of competition on the country's finest road courses. The Series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series. Learn more about GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com