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Aug 8, 2019

MotoAmerica: Previews Of This Coming Weekend's Event At Sonoma Raceway

Cameron Beaubier (1). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy of MotoAmerica.

Can Beaubier Be Stopped At Sonoma Raceway?

Defending EBC Brakes Superbike Champ Undefeated At Home

COSTA MESA, CA – If Cameron Beaubier is going to make a real run at defending his MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, he needs to do what he’s done the past two seasons at Sonoma Raceway. He needs to sweep both of the EBC Brakes Superbike races in the Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma.

At least he knows he’s done it before.

Beaubier comes into his home race in Northern California wine country with a 38-point deficit to championship leader Toni Elias, the Yoshimura Suzuki-mounted Spaniard having a dream season thus far with six wins in the first six rounds (12 races). To claw his way back into contention, Sonoma borders on being a must-win for Beaubier and his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing team.

What Beaubier needs is for history to repeat itself. After all, ever since MotoAmerica brought AMA Superbike racing back to Sonoma in 2017, Beaubier is unbeaten. And those wins have come easy. In 2017, Beaubier topped Elias by 6.1 seconds in race one. In race two he beat his rival by 7.2 seconds. Last year, Beaubier did it again, besting Josh Herrin by 7.2 seconds in race one and Elias by 6.5 seconds in race two.

But the list of those standing in his way is plentiful. And at the top of that list is championship points leader Elias. In addition to his six wins, Elias has stood on the podium in every race with the exception of race two at Road America when he crashed out of the battle for the lead on the final lap. He’s been a model of consistency. Fast consistency, with six wins, four second-place finishes and one third-place finish. That’s 11 podiums in 12 races. And that’s how you get a 39-point lead.

Beaubier has won twice on the season and finished on the podium 10 times with one race crash DNF and a fourth-place finish in race one at the Utah Motorsports Campus.

Beaubier’s teammate Garrett Gerloff heads to Northern California with the hot hand as he’s fresh off his first EBC Brakes Superbike win at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca a month ago. Gerloff got that debut win in race two after finishing second to Elias in race one. The Texan is third in the series point standings, 26 points behind Beaubier and 65 in arrears of Elias, with nine podiums on the season. Gerloff finished fourth in both Superbike races last year at Sonoma Raceway.

Then comes JD Beach, Gerloff’s foe from their Supersport days. Beach is fourth in the series standings heading to Sonoma, 46 points behind Gerloff and just three points ahead of Yoshimura Suzuki’s Josh Herrin. Beach and Herrin have both won this year with Beach riding the Attack Performance Estenson Racing Yamaha R1 to victory at VIR and Herrin earning two wins – one at Circuit of The Americas and the other at Road America.

The top five in the series standings are the five riders who have won races in 2019.

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis is fifth in the series standings, the Kentuckian having scored points in every round thus far. Lewis’ best finish so far is fifth – and he has five of those.

Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz is hoping to revitalize his season in the second half as he enters Sonoma seventh in the series standings with two podiums – both of which were second-place finishes. Scholtz trails Lewis by six points and his well clear of countryman Cameron Petersen, the South African seventh on the Omega Moto Yamaha YZF-R1.

FLY Racing/ADR Motorsports’ David Anthony and Scheibe BMW’s Jake Gagne round out the top 10 in the EBC Brakes Superbike Series after the summer break. Kyle Wyman, meanwhile, is 11thon the Ducati Richmond/KWR Panigale V4R and will attempt to race at Sonoma with the surgically repaired left wrist he broke in the last round at Laguna Seca.

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Bobby Fong heads to Sonoma Raceway with a two-win race streak and the lead in the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship. The Stockton, California, rider holds an 18-point lead over Rickdiculous Racing’s Hayden Gillim with those two having dominated the season thus far with four wins apiece. Gillim crashed out of the race at Laguna Seca, allowing Fong to take the win and the championship points lead.

Celtic HSBK Racing’s PJ Jacobsen and 2 Wheel Legal – Hudson Motorcycles’ Richie Escalante are the best of the rest with those two tied for third in the series. With 123 points each, the pair are 37 points behind Fong. Jacobsen joins Fong and Gillim as race winners in 2019.

Rookie Sean Dylan Kelly is fifth on the second M4 ECSTAR Suzuki, just eight points behind the pair in front of him.

No one in the MotoAmerica Series has won more races in 2019 than Rocco Landers, the Oregonian and his Njnja400R.com/Norton Motorsports/Dr. Farr-backed Kawasaki Ninja 400 having scored seven wins in the season thus far. That gives him a 26-point lead over Quarterley Racing/On Track Development’s Dallas Daniels in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup Series, the Kentuckian battling Landers in almost every round but coming up short with the exception of his lone win in Utah.

El Salvador’s Kevin Olmedo is the only other rider keeping the lead pair honest, the Altus Motosports rider is third in the point standings but 87 points behind Landers.

Franklin Armory/Graves Kawasaki’s Andrew Lee comes to Sonoma with a two-race win streak and an 11-point lead in the Stock 1000 Championship. The defending class champion has three wins total to lead Mesa37’s Stefano Mesa, the North Carolinian having won a single race and landing on the podium in every race so far. Norris Racing’s Michael Gilbert has also won a race and he sits third in the championship, 46 points behind Lee.

Racing veteran Michael Barnes heads the Twins Cup Championship heading to round seven of that class, the Floridian having won twice to start the year on the Quarterley Racing Ducati Monster 797. Barnes leads AP MotoArts’ Draik Beauchamp, whose lone victory came at Road America, by 18 points. Roadracing World Young Guns’ Alex Dumas is third, 24 points behind Barnes. Dumas, the non-defending Liqui Moly Junior Cup Champion, also has a victory in the class.

Sonoma Raceway Fast Facts…

The first-ever AMA Superbike race held at Sonoma Raceway (nee Sears Point and Infineon Raceway) was won by Paul Ritter on a Ducati in 1977. Ritter came back a year later to win again before someone different won for the first time in 1979. That rider was Freddie Spencer, who would go on to win three World Championships.

The all-time winningest Superbike racer at Sonoma Raceway is Australian Mat Mladin. Mladin won nine races at Sonoma, with all of those victories coming on Suzuki GSX-Rs. Josh Hayes and Miguel Duhamel are tied for second on the all-time Superbike win list at Sonoma with five wins each and Cameron Beaubier and Ben Spies are tied for fourth with four wins apiece.

MotoAmerica President and three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey won his only Superbike race in Sonoma in 1983. Rainey also won Formula 1 (500cc GP bikes) and 250cc GP races at the Northern California facility.

As mentioned previously, Beaubier has won all four MotoAmerica Superbike races held at Sonoma Raceway, including a clean sweep of last year’s two races. Beaubier beat Josh Herrin in race one and Toni Elias in race two with those two riders now teammates on the Yoshimura Suzukis.

In addition to winning both races, Beaubier also earned pole position for last year’s EBC Brakes Superbike races with his 1:34.071 besting Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz by .414 of a second.

Beaubier also had the fastest laps in both races, the Yamaha man lapping at 1:35.067 in race one and 1:35.197 in race two.

With his six wins this season, Toni Elias is moving rapidly up the list of all-time AMA Superbike winners, the Spaniard now fifth with 31 victories and just a single win behind fourth-placed Miguel Duhamel. Cameron Beaubier leads all active MotoAmerica Superbike racers with 34 wins and that puts him third all-time behind Mat Mladin and Josh Hayes, who is how racing in the Supersport class. As for the other active MotoAmerica racers, Josh Herrin has eight career wins; Mathew Scholtz has two; and JD Beach and Garrett Gerloff have one each.

JD Beach topped Valentin Debise in both Supersport races at Sonoma last year en route to winning his second Supersport title. Beach is now in the EBC Brakes Superbike class. Ashton Yates and Cory Ventura split wins last year in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup class; Andrew Lee won the lone Stock 1000 race; and Jeffrey Tigert took the win in the Twins Cup race.

Five riders have won EBC Brakes Superbike races this year: Toni Elias, Cameron Beaubier, Josh Herrin, JD Beach and Garrett Gerloff.



More, from a press release issued by Weir Everywhere Racing:

Weir Everywhere Racing BMW targeting podium finish or better at 2019 MotoAmerica Championship of Sonoma

Rider Travis Wyman ready to return to Stock 1000 competition after four-week break

LAS VEGAS -- The Weir Everywhere Racing BMW team capped off a challenging weekend at the 2018 MotoAmerica Championship of Sonoma with a podium finish and is aiming for similar success or better at the 2019 edition of the event.

The Las Vegas-based team is hoping rider Travis Wyman can build on the success he had at Sonoma Raceway last year and pilot its BMW S 1000 RR to similar positive result when the series returns to action Aug. 10-11 after a four-week break.

The team entered the 2018 event unsure of what to expect given Wyman’s lack of recent experience competing at Sonoma Raceway. After the Stock 1000 Class race started, Wyman maintained his composure despite getting a mediocre start and came out on top of a four-way battle for the last step on the podium.

“Last year’s Stock 1000 race at Sonoma was high point of the team’s 2018 season,” Wyman said. “There was a big experience gap between us and some of our competition, but came together as a team and worked very effectively toward a positive result. I’m hoping to build on what we learned racing at Sonoma last year to get the team as many championship points as possible.”

The Stock 1000 Class takes to Sonoma’s Raceway’s 2.52-mile road course for its only practice session of the weekend at 1:10-1:30 p.m. Pacific on Saturday and has two qualifying sessions on Sunday at 9-9:30 a.m. and 11:20-11:50 p.m. Pacific. The class’ only race of the weekend gets underway at 4 p.m. Pacific.

For those attending the Championship of Sonoma, don’t forget to stop by the Weir Everywhere Racing BMW rig in the paddock or the team’s location on the fan walk to try out the same Backmate self-care products that have improved Wyman’s fitness and shortened his injury recovery time.

This weekend’s Stock 1000 race will be broadcast live exclusively on the MotoAmerica Live+ streaming platform. MotoAmerica is offering Live+ subscriptions for the remainder of the 2019 season for $39.99. To purchase a Live+ subscription, visit www.motoamericaliveplus.com.



More, from a press release issued by Westby Racing:

Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz Is “Pumped” For Success At Sonoma Raceway

Tulsa, OK – August 8, 2019 – Round seven of the 2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship is this Saturday at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, as Mathew Scholtz and the Westby Racing team will compete in the two-day Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma.

For Mathew, the trip to California’s wine country has yielded up-and down-results. Sonoma Raceway’s 2.52-mile, 12-turn, undulating road course is known for its hard braking zones, which have led to arm-pump problems for the South African rider. The condition occurs in Mathew’s right forearm after repeated, aggressive application of the front brakes on his #11 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike.

Last year, Mathew qualified second in Superpole to earn a front-row start, but in Saturday’s Superbike race one, he suffered a tipover. Mathew returned to form on Sunday, was third fastest in morning warmup, and finished fifth in Superbike race two.

For 2019, Mathew’s Yamaha is now equipped with a full suite of world-class Magneti-Marelli Superbike electronics, and crew chief Ed Sullivan and data engineer Herschel Auxier have been working diligently to dial in the right amount of engine-braking to help mitigate Mathew’s arm-pump. In addition, team technicians Dustin Meador and Frank Shockley have installed a left-thumb-operated rear brake mechanism on the bike to further alleviate the issue.

So far this season, the combination of electronics, mechanical ingenuity, and Mathew’s training regimen have eliminated the arm-pump issue, and the team has circled the Sonoma round as the track where the setup will help Mathew the most.

“It’s always great to go to Sonoma Raceway, but this year, I’m especially looking forward to it,” Mathew said. “Just knowing that we’ve overcome my arm-pump problems gives me a huge boost in confidence heading into the weekend. It’s another two-day event for us, so we know we’ll have to work quickly to dial the bike in. But, I’ve got the best team in the paddock, so I can’t wait to get started.”

Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 3 PM Pacific Time, and Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday also at 3 PM Pacific Time. Both races will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 (FS2) and streamed on MotoAmerica Live+.

Meet Mathew, Get An Autographed Poster, And More

The Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session, on Sunday from 12 to 12:45 PM on pit lane at Sonoma Raceway, is a great opportunity to meet Mathew. He’ll be handing out free, autographed posters and other team items, and you can also get your picture taken with him, as well as with Lacy Contreras, the Westby Racing brand ambassador.

Check Out The Westby Racing Sponsor Showcase

Evol Technology, Renthal, RK Excel America, and Yoshimura R&D of America will be the featured team sponsors on display in the Westby Racing paddock area, so be sure to stop by, say hello, and find out more about some of the companies that support the team.

For more updates about Westby Racing, including news, photos, and videos, visit https://www.WestbyRacing.com

Also, follow “Westby Racing” on your favorite social media sites.



More, from a press release issued by Attack Performance/Estenson Racing:

JD Beach Switches Gears to Superbike Racing After a Busy Week of Flat Track

Fresh off his thrilling American Flat Track victory at the Buffalo Chip TT in Sturgis, South Dakota, JD Beach is looking to keep that winning momentum rolling over to the pavement this weekend at round seven of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at Sonoma Raceway, August 10-11.

It wouldn’t be the first time Beach has scored a win in both premier classes on back-to-back weekends. Earlier this Spring, the dirt track/road racer made history when he followed up his maiden AFT Twins win at the Super TT with his first MotoAmerica Superbike win at VIRginia International Raceway.

Last season, he pulled off the double at the 2.52-mile track nestled in Northern California’s wine country on the way to scoring his second MotoAmerica Supersport title. Beach is eager to get rolling this weekend aboard the Attack Performance Estenson Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 and battle for another top result during the frantic pace of the two-day schedule.

JD Beach -- MotoAmerica Superbike #95:

“I’m really looking forward to Sonoma. It’s a track that I did really well at last year. I feel we have a good setting with the bike. Also, I think I’m going to be prepared for the weekend because I’ve already been racing this week. I’m ready for the weekend and looking forward to getting back on the pavement.”

The MotoAmerica Superbike races at Sonoma Raceway will be aired on FS2 Saturday, August 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET and Sunday, August 11 at 11:00 p.m. ET. You can also stream all the action live on MotoAmerica Live+ starting at 12:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m. ET. To subscribe to the live streaming click here: https://www.motoamericaliveplus.com/

For more information about the event, click here: https://motoamerica.com/sonoma/

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