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May 31, 2014

AMA Pro Superbike Race One Results From Road America (Updated)

Road America.

Subway Superbike Doubleheader/AMA Pro Road Race Series

Road America

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

May 31, 2014

Provisional AMA Pro Superbike Race One Results (all on Dunlops):

1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R1), 13 laps

2. Josh Hayes (Yam YZF-R1), -0.306 second

3. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R1000), -15.556 seconds

4. Roger Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000), -27.437

5. David Anthony (Suz GSX-R1000), -42.300

6. Chris Clark (Suz GSX-R1000), -43.401

7. Chris Fillmore (KTM RC8R), -59.042

8. Chris Ulrich (Hon CBR1000RR), -63.807

9. Cory West (EBR 1190RS), -68.855

10. Jason Farrell (Kaw ZX-10R), -69.671

11. Frankie Babuska (Suz GSX-R1000), -111.195

12. Trent Gibson (Kaw ZX-10R), -117.914

13. Francois Dumas (BMW S1000RR), -118.893

14. Bernat Martinez (Yam YZF-R1), -7 laps, DNF

15. Larry Pegram (EBR 1190RS), -10 laps, DNF, retired/mechanical (clutch)



More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Wins SuperBike Race 1 At Road America; Teammate Hayes Finishes A Close Second

Elkhart Lake, WI - May 31, 2014 – For three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes, his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier is quickly proving to be his toughest competitor and, in Saturday’s AMA Pro SuperBike race at Road America, class rookie Cameron got the best of his legendary teammate to take his second win on the season. Josh had won the past five SuperBike races in a row at Road America.

After the race, Cameron said, “Josh was riding awesome, and he made it really tough for me to get around him. After getting past him, I made a couple of mistakes, and he was able to re-take the lead. It took all I had to catch back up to him, and I was running out of laps to pass him. I was fortunate to get a good drive on that last lap and get the win.”

Josh commented, “It was a really fun race, and I had a great time riding. It started right off with a battle from the start. When Cameron came by at one point, I was a little wide, and I had to really concentrate to catch back up to him. When Cam made a little mistake, I had a chance to pass him, and I took it. I knew the race wasn’t over, however. He got back by me on the final lap, and that was the race.”

Sunday’s AMA Pro SuperBike race 2 will start at 3:00 PM CST, and with Cameron and Josh in the race, you won’t want to miss it!

Watch FansChoice.tv. For All The Racing Action This Weekend At Road America

If you can’t make it to Elkhart Lake, WI, this weekend for the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America, you can catch all the action live and online at http://www.FansChoice.tv

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, check out: www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racingor your favorite Yamaha social media channel.



More, from a press release issued by AMA Pro Racing:

The Big Cheese: Beaubier wins in Wisconsin over teammate Josh Hayes

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (May 31, 2014) - Monster Energy Graves Yamaha's Cameron Beaubier continued his stunning early season with another amazing performance on Saturday at the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America.

Reigning GoPro Daytona SportBike champ Beaubier has made an impossibly smooth transition to AMA Pro SuperBike. After claiming the points lead in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Beaubier extended that advantage Saturday at in Elkhart Lake. He powered to the first pole of his premier-class career in the morning, then followed that up by out-dueling his legendary teammate, Josh Hayes, to win an epic 13-lap contest in the afternoon.

"I can't think of a better day," Beaubier said. "That was probably the best race of my career right there."

After finally dropping a scrappy Martin Cardenas on the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000, the two works Yamaha men squared off in pursuit of the checkered flag. It was a much-anticipated showdown featuring one of the most decorated riders in series' history tangling with one of its most heralded prospects, both men armed with identical YZF-R1 equipment.

Beaubier threatened to run off into the distance once he finally made his way into first on lap six, stringing together a pair of blistering sub-2:13 laps. However, three-time champ Hayes refused to give in, clawing his way back from nearly a second back and reclaiming the lead on lap eight.

Beaubier ran wide shortly after being repassed, and the Mississippian boasted a healthy 1.604-second gap with just four laps remaining.

The rookie then managed what arguably hasn't been done to Hayes since his rookie season - he simply outpaced the veteran ace. Beaubier tracked Hayes back down and stormed by entering Turn 1 on the race's final lap. Once through, Beaubier registered a flawless lap to hold Hayes off at the checkered flag by 0.306 seconds.

"Josh was riding awesome - he was so strong on the brakes," Beaubier said. "That made it really hard to pass anywhere. I knew that once I got past Josh I had to go. I had to put my head down and see what happened. I saw '.5' on my board and I kept pushing. I made a couple mistakes and almost crashed in the first corner and Josh went by me. Then I over-broke myself going down into Turn 5 and I thought it was over.

"I put my head down and pushed as hard as I possibly could. I was making a couple mistakes just trying to catch back up but I was able to close the gap with about a lap-and-a-half to go. I got by him in the first corner. I knew he was super strong on the brakes so I just tried to block the inside a little bit and I made it to the finish."

Runner-up Hayes said, "It was a really fun race; I had a great time riding. It started off with quite the battle with Martin. ... When Cam came by, he put me pretty wide into Turn 1. It cost me a lot. It was a big gap. I just had to settle in and, fortunately, we already had a small gap on Martin by then. I started focusing on putting in some good laps and seeing where I could chip away at Cam. I had a couple spots that seemed like mine and he had a couple spots that seemed like his. I ran him down pretty slowly and then he had a big front-ender in Turn 1 that got me back in the show.

"I thought I was going to be okay there for a little a while but he closed the gap immediately. I said, 'all right, we're going to race this thing to the end.' When he came by I wasn't too surprised and I was pretty content to sit still. I had drafted him up the front straightaway once and I just tried to stay clean behind him. I made a couple small mistakes that put me a little further behind him than I wanted to be. I knew I had to do Canada Corner and the next two turns absolutely perfect if I wanted to make it work, and I messed up Canada Corner, ran a little wide and was really late getting on the throttle there. I was always pretty far behind so I went for it big coming onto the front, and ended up out of the seat trying to make something happen."

Cardenas stayed within a second of the top two through six of race's 13 laps, but once he lost the tow he dropped well out of the chase. The Colombian ultimately came home in third but finished more than 15 seconds off the winner's pace.

"The race was pretty good - especially the first part," Carndeas said. "The last half I lost contact with these guys - they were faster than me. I did the best I could but I didn't have anything for them in the second half of the race. I just tried to stay upright and bring it home in third. Hopefully tomorrow we can be a little bit stronger."

Cardenas' Yoshimura Suzuki teammate, Roger Hayden, finished a lonely fourth, having double-digit-second padding in both directions at the stripe.

ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing's David Anthony scored his third fifth-place result in as many races this season, fending off third Yoshimura entry Chris Clark for the position.

KTM/HMC Racing's Chris Fillmore salvaged seventh after running into mechanical issues during the lead-up to the race, while GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Honda's Chris Ulrich, Team AMSOIL Hero's Cory West, and Farrell Performance's Jason Farrell completed the race's top ten.

Beaubier now boasts an early 13-point advantage over Hayden with Hayes in third, 26 points behind the rookie title contender.

Hayes and the rest of the field will now look to find an answer for the formidable newcomer ahead of Sunday's 13-lap race.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

Jake Gagne's victory in Saturday's AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Road America was a conquest the Californian had to win twice.

Gagne had a big lead, dominating on his RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha throughout the early and middle stages of the 12-lap event. After the race was stopped due to a red flag with nine laps complete, Gagne had to come back and whip the field again in a three-lap shoot-out.

Gagne, winner of last year's race one at Elkhart Lake, was quickest throughout the 12 laps but the red flag erased the gap he'd earned. On the restart, Jake Lewis (Motosport.com Meen Yamaha) jumped out to the holeshot, but Gagne moved back to the front by turn five. Gagne was able to handle other challenges and won by 1.318. The win is his second AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike victory.

"The first part of the race we were just clicking off laps," said pole-winner Gagne. "We were a little bummed when we heard it was going to be a three-lap dash after the red flag. I knew the guys would be back up there on me. Jake and Garrett both made some moves. Going into the last lap, I tried to get a clean, strong lap. All of the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull crew and Penske worked really hard."

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammates were next, with Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach earning podium spots for their efforts. Gerloff regrouped from a morning qualifying crash that necessitated his team rebuild him a bike for the race.

Lewis took fourth place, having benefitted from the restart to push for the win.

Veteran Jason DiSalvo put the Castrol/Triumph/Sportbike Track Time Triumph Daytona 675 in fifth, ahead of former Road America AMA Pro SuperBike race winner Blake Young on the GN Gonzales Racing Yamaha.

Class rookie Tomas Puerta earned seventh on the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha, topping Kyle Wyman (KWR Yamaha), Benny Solis (Team 35) and Bryce Prince (Tuned Racing.)

Yamalube/Westby Racing's Dane Westby was a contender for more than 11 laps. Westby held second on the final time around before he had a mechanical with half a lap to go.

DAYTONA 200 winner Danny Eslick highsided out early on the Riders Discount Racing Triumph Daytona 675. Afterward, the Oklahoman was vowing to have a more competitive Sunday. M4 Motorcycle Road Racing's Joe Roberts also crashed in the 12-lap race.

AMA Pro SuperSport

Celtic/HVMC Racing's Corey Alexander kept a pair of streaks alive with a dominant win in Saturday's 10-lap AMA Pro SuperSport contest at Road America.

Despite having surgery to repair a broken collarbone just two weeks ago, Alexander powered from pole to claim the victory aboard his Suzuki GSX-R600 with more than four seconds to spare.

The reigning SuperSport East champ is now three-for-three in 2014. Today's one-sided win also marked Alexander's third straight at the high-speed Wisconsin circuit.

"I know the first lap at these long tracks is pretty key," Alexander said. "I wanted to try to stay up front and not get passed under braking. The first three laps were going to tell the whole race so I wanted to put my head down and try to get a gap if I could.

"It's hard to tell what two or three seconds are when you're looking at your pitboard - you don't know how far that really is. So I just kept pushing and tried to ride as hard as I could."

Houston Superbike's Dustin Dominguez escaped from a scrap with TOBC Racing's Hayden Gillim to take a clear runner-up result. Gillim held on to claim the final spot on an all-Suzuki podium.

Alexander's Celtic/HVMC teammate, Wyatt Farris, edged a very racy Kaleb De Keyrel on the De Keyrel Racing Yamaha on final lap as the two rounded out the top five.

Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series

Josh Chisum Racing Bartels Harley-Davidson's Tyler O'Hara threw down a quick lap of 2:35.709 late to steal the overnight pole for Sunday's Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series race at Road America.

He is joined on the provisional front row by Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson teammates Steve Rapp and Benny Carlson, who went 1-2 in the team's home race at Road America one year ago.

How to Watch

FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site also provides coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series.

About AMA Pro Road Racing

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 series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about 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.  




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

Overcoming adversity, GEICO Honda riders Ulrich, Zemke rally for top-10 finishes

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (May 31) -- After getting his first podium finish during the last Superbike Shootout, GEICO Motorcycle Honda rider Chris Ulrich was ready to repeat at the second AMA Pro Road Racing Series event of the season. However, mechanical issues mired him back in the pack, but Ulrich overcame to finish eighth in the first race of the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader.

"Well Saturday didn't start the best but we rallied back," Ulrich said. "We discovered a small problem with the electronics this morning on the bike we've been riding. I really like that bike because it has some different components on the chassis and it was the bike we ran our best time on. Unfortunately, it developed a small misfire, and we diagnosed it and thought we had it fixed. I went out on the parade lap and another problem surfaced, so we had to come in and start on a spare bike instead.

"P8 was OK for today, but I think we can improve for tomorrow. We're going to go back and see what's going on with the bike. I have no doubt that my guys are going to fix it, and if it can't be we will throw those parts on another bike and race tomorrow. All things considered, with the circumstances right before the race, the team did a really good job to rally back from that adversity to grab a top 10."

Unfortunately, GEICO Motorcycle Honda Sportbike rider Jake Zemke's day was filled with adversity as well. After a first-lap bobble dropped him to 12th, he fought his way back up to his initial starting position of ninth, but a late-race red flag restart caused issues and Zemke managed to bring the GEICO Honda home 10th.

"We got a halfway-decent start," Zemke said. "I just had bikes going around me left and right down the straightaway. Getting down into Turn 5, I just ran out of racetrack. I could have made the corner with no problem, but riders from the inside drifted up and I had to put it out on the curbing. That issue put us back a ways at the start."

Zemke was able to benefit off others' slipups in Saturday's race, but he also knows that they will need more performance-wise to improve in round two Sunday.

"We're definitely down a bit on motor, so I couldn't get by anybody. The only way I was moving up positions is when other people were making mistakes. Even the restart after the red flag, we got out there and couldn't make any forward progress with any of the other riders in the group."

"The boys have been exhausting themselves trying to find some more power for the bike, and right now we're kind of up against it. We'll put our heads together and see if we can't find the horsepower fairy for Sunday."

Racing action continues with practice sessions starting at 9:40 a.m. PT, followed by the final 12-lap GoPro Daytona Sportbike race at 2 p.m. and the final 13-lap Pro Superbike race at 3 p.m.