MotoAmerica: Garrett Gerloff Tops Field In Superbike QP2 At Barber Motorsports Park (Updated)

MotoAmerica: Garrett Gerloff Tops Field In Superbike QP2 At Barber Motorsports Park (Updated)

© 2019, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. by David Swarts

MotoAmerica Championship Of Alabama

MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series

Barber Motorsports Park

Birmingham, Alabama

September 20, 2019

EBC Brakes Superbike Qualifying Practice Two Results (all on Dunlop tires):

  1. Garrett Gerloff (Yam YZF-R1), 1:23.915
  2. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R1), 1:24.211
  3. Josh Herrin (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:24.562
  4. Mathew Scholtz (Yam YZF-R1), 1:25.118
  5. Kyle Wyman (Duc Panigale V4 R), 1:25.168
  6. Toni Elias (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:25.316, crash
  7. Cameron Petersen (Yam YZF-R1), 1:25.644
  8. Jake Lewis (Suz GSX-R1000R), 1:25.735
  9. Jake Gagne (BMW S1000RR), 1:26.087
  10. JD Beach (Yam YZF-R1), 1:26.255
  11. David Anthony (Kaw ZX-10RR), 1:27.626
  12. Travis Wyman (BMW S1000RR), 1:28.256
  13. Max Flinders (Yam YZF-R1), 1:29.854
  14. Brad Burns (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:31.816

More, from a press release issued by MotoAmerica:

MotoAmerica Riders Fast On New Pavement at Barber Motorsports Park

Day One Of The Series Finale And The Track Will Only Get Faster

BIRMINGHAM, AL (September 20, 2019) – The newly resurfaced Barber Motorsports Park was the main talking point on the opening day of the Championship of Alabama as riders took to the billiard-table smooth surface for the first time on a sunny and warm Friday. The fastest of the fast on the day was Garrett Gerloff, the Monster Yamaha/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing-mounted Superbike rider lapping at 1:23.915 in Friday’s second session.

Garrett Gerloff ended Friday as the fastest of the Superbike men at Barber Motorsports Park on day one of the season finale in Alabama. File photo by Brian J. Nelson. 

Gerloff’s best lap knocked his teammate Cameron Beaubier from the top spot, the Californian having led the opening session in the morning. At the end of the day, Gerloff was .296 of a second faster than Beaubier and under the best non-Superpole lap from a season ago of 1:23.6, which was set by Beaubier.

“This whole day the bike has felt pretty good,” Gerloff said. “We started off with a good base like the last few rounds and we’ve just been making small changes and working with the new compounds that we have here and the new track surface. That was the biggest thing, getting used to the track and how it felt. We made what I feel was a really good improvement for this session and the track feels great. It feels great to be in Alabama and I’m ready for tomorrow.”

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Josh Herrin ended the day third with Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz fourth and KATO Fastening/Ducati Richmond/KWR’s Kyle Wyman rounding out the top five.

Not everyone was enamored with the new surface, some complaining of a lack of reference points on the brand-new tarmac. Beaubier wasn’t one of those. He liked the surface and his results showed it: first in the morning session, second in the afternoon.

“At first, I was like kinda caught off guard because I didn’t know how much grip I had,” Beaubier said after leading the first session. “It’s so smooth… it’s like butter and I really didn’t know how much grip I had. The more laps I did, the more confidence I got and it’s actually pretty nice and I think it will just get better and better with more rubber laid down. It’s pretty amazing going around the track without crossing any seams or anything like that. I think they did a really good job. 

As for using bumps and seams on the track as reference points that are no longer there, Beaubier said that wasn’t an issue either. 

“It’s not a problem for me,” he said. “It seemed like a new track at first because it’s so much darker than it was before. It’s even a bit taller and the curbs… you have more clearance from the bike, and you can lean the bike further on the curb than before. We will see how it is when it gets a little hotter and it gets greasy.”

There were several crashers on the day, including Yoshimura Suzuki’s championship points leader Toni Elias, the Spaniard losing the front at high speed and tumbling to a stop uninjured in the second session.

Superpole will decide the grid for tomorrow’s first of two EBC Brakes Superbike races at 11:45 a.m. with the race set to go green at 3 p.m.

For full results from all of Friday’s sessions, click HERE
 

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About MotoAmerica
MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.
  • : 09-20-2019 04:48:35
  • : David Swarts

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