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Jul 12, 2013

Beaubier Takes Provisional AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Pole Position With New Lap Record At Mid-Ohio

GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike: Cameron Beaubier (6). Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Buckeye SuperBike Weekend/GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Lexington, Ohio
July 12, 2013
Provisional Qualifying Session One Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R6), 1:28.503 (new lap record)
2. Garrett Gerloff (Yam YZF-R6), 1:29.882
3. JD Beach (Yam YZF-R6), 1:29.898
4. Jake Lewis (Yam YZF-R6), 1:30.121
5. Jason DiSalvo (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:30.238
6. Jake Gagne (Yam YZF-R6), 1:30.252
7. James Rispoli (Suz GSX-R600), 1:30.305
8. Bobby Fong (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:30.969
9. Dane Westby (Hon CBR600RR), 1:31.088
10. Benny Solis (Hon CBR600RR), 1:31.324
11. Joey Pascarella (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:31.593
12. Eric Stump (Yam YZF-R6), 1:31.750
13. Fernando Amantini (Yam YZF-R6), 1:32.002
14. Kenny Riedmann (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:32.534
15. Elena Myers (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:32.795
16. Ben Young (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.019
17. Melissa Paris (Hon CBR600RR), 1:33.781
18. Scott Ryan (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.866
19. Ron Mears (Hon CBR600RR), 1:35.957
20. Daniel Ortega (Yam YZF-R6), 1:36.111
21. Robert McLendon III (Tri Daytona 675), 1:36.880
22. Walt Sipp (Bue 1125R), 1:37.271

More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Beaubier Sets New Track Record & Earns Provisional Pole At Mid-Ohio; Teammate Gerloff Second

Lexington, OH - July 12, 2013 – Cameron Beaubier enjoys racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and his laptimes are the proof of that fact. The Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider and current AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship leader turned the fastest lap in DSB history at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course today, to earn the provisional pole. Meanwhile, Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff laid down a blistering lap of his own on his final trip around the 2.4-mile, 15-turn natural road course, and he put his #8 Y.E.S/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 in second position on the provisional starting grid.

After his record-breaking performance, Cameron said, “The track came in for this session, and it really felt good out there. With each lap, my Dunlops just kept getting better and better. Plus, I’m carrying a lot of confidence from our weekend at Barber, so I’m really happy to get the provisional pole and break the record here at Mid-Ohio. I expect the track to be even better for tomorrow morning’s final qualifying session, so hopefully, we can break the track record that we set today!”

Garrett said, “I was struggling a little bit earlier in the session. We put in a new tire right near the end, and I tried to slow things down on my last lap, just to make sure I hit my marks and focused on everything. I was actually surprised that I ended up in P2 because I didn’t think it was a fast lap. We’ll take it, though, and try to improve in tomorrow’s final qualifying.”

That final qualifying session for Daytona SportBike is tomorrow morning at 8:50 AM EST, and DSB Race 1 will go green later tomorrow at 1:00 PM EST.

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 Team:

GEICO Motorcycle's Westby ninth after first SportBike qualifier at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 12) - Friday's first qualifying session at the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire left rider Dane Westby and the GEICO Motorcycle Honda team with a lot to think about overnight.

Westby qualified a provisional ninth in the GoPro Daytona SportBike field, but the team knows there's a lot more in the bike and they'll get back to work overnight to prepare for Q2 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, this weekend's stop in the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series.

"We made some changes based on the way the track was this morning," Westby said. "The track came in a lot better than we expected, and it just didn't work out for us."

Westby's best lap was in 1 minute, 31.088 seconds, which while it was an improvement from practice - where Westby was No. 2 on the board - it wasn't the kind of dramatic leap the team was expecting from the bike.

"We made a radical change from our teammates for qualifying," Westby said. "It looks like we'll be going back to their direction tomorrow morning."

Westby and the GEICO Motorcycle team are still working out all the kinks on their Honda, which at times like this requires patience.

"It's hard to be patient when you want to run up front," Westby said. "It's hard when you are not turning the laps you know are possible on this bike, especially after doing so well in the first practice."

The team knows there's a bright side because there is time to make adjustments before Q2 on Saturday morning and Race 1 in the afternoon.

"There's something big that went wrong today," Westby said. "It's actually a little easier to wrap your head around that. We've got more time tonight to look at all of our notes and compare data, so I think I'll have a good package for them tomorrow morning.

"I placed first and second here last year, so I know how to get around this track quickly. I want to start on the front row for tomorrow's race, and with the changes we're going to make I think we'll have a good chance to do that."

Saturday's second qualifying session gets under way at 8:50 a.m. EDT from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The weekend's first GoPro Daytona SportBike race rolls off at 1 p.m. on Saturday and the second race at 1 p.m. on Sunday. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the races starting at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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