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Apr 14, 2019

MotoAmerica Superbike: Race Two Results From Circuit Of The Americas (Updated)

The MotoAmerica EBC Brakes Superbike grid at Circuit of The Americas. Photo by David Swarts.

MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series

Circuit of The Americas

Austin, Texas

April 14, 2019

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

1. Josh Herrin (Suz GSX-R1000), 15 laps, Total Race Time 32:31.013, Best Lap Time 2:08.994

2. Toni Elias (Suz GSX-R1000), -0.958 second, 2:09.094

3. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R1), -1.651 seconds, 2:09.364

4. Garrett Gerloff (Yam YZF-R1), -3.270, 2:09.644

5. Jake Lewis (Suz GSX-R1000), -19.035, 2:10.001

6. Cameron Petersen (Yam YZF-R1), -38.725, 2:11.401

7. Kyle Wyman (Duc Panigale V4 R), -42.995, 2:12.095

8. David Anthony (Kaw ZX-10RR), -43.250, 2:11.941

9. Travis Wyman (BMW S1000RR), -70.168, 2:12.299

10. Max Flinders (Yam YZF-R1), -117.254, 2:16.393

11. Sam Verderico (Yam YZF-R1), -126.001, 2:17.525

12. Bradley Ward (Kaw ZX-10R), -133.121, 2:17.304

13. Mathew Scholtz (Yam YZF-R1), -1 lap, pitted, 2:09.956

14. Felipe MacLean (Suz GSX-R1000), -1 lap, 2:19.745

15. JD Beach (Yam YZF-R1), -2 laps, DNF, mechanical, 2:09.463

16. Jake Gagne (BMW S1000RR), DNS

Championship Point Standings (after 4 of 20 races):

1. Elias, 90 points

2. Beaubier, 77

3. Herrin, 49

4. Scholtz, 45

5. TIE, Beach/Lewis, 40

7. TIE, Gerloff/Anthony, 36

9. Petersen, 30

10. Kyle Wyman, 25

11. Flinders, 18

12. Verderico, 15

13. Geoff May, 14

14. Travis Wyman, 12

15. Samuel Trepanier, 9

16. Gagne, 8

17. TIE, MacLean/Ward, 4

(Above) Josh Herrin (2) leading Cameron Beaubier (1) and Toni Elias (24) during MotoAmerica EBC Brakes Superbike Race Two at Circuit of The Americas.

More, from a press release issued by MotoAmerica:

Herrin Nails Down Victory At COTA

Elias Second, Beaubier Third In Texas

AUSTIN, TX (April 14, 2019)– Yoshimura Suzuki won its second straight race at the Circuit of The Americas on Sunday, but it wasn’t the one ridden by yesterday’s winner Toni Elias. This time it was Josh Herrin on the top step of the podium after winning the seventh AMA Superbike race of his career in the MotoAmerica Championship of Texas.

Herrin battled for 13 of the 15 laps with his teammate Elias, with Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier always within striking distance. In the final two laps, Herrin was able to put his head down and he crossed the line .958 of a second ahead of Elias with Beaubier 1.6 seconds behind in third.

Fourth place went to Beaubier’s teammate Garrett Gerloff, the Texan coming on strong at the end of the race to finish 3.2 seconds behind Herrin. Gerloff, in turn, was well clear of fifth-placed Jake Lewis on the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki.

Omega Moto’s Cameron Petersen finished sixth, some three seconds ahead of KWR Ducati’s Kyle Wyman. FLY Racing/ADR Motorsports’ David Anthony, Weir Everywhere Racing BMW’s Travis Wyman and Thrashed Bike Racing’s Max Flinders rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz was 13th after getting the meatball flag that forced the South African to pit. JD Beach, meanwhile, crashed out of fifth place late in the race on the Attack Performance Estenson Racing Yamaha.

With two rounds (and four races) of the EBC Brakes Superbike Championship in the books, Elias has a 13-point lead over Beaubier, 90-77, with Herrin moving past Scholtz and into third with 49 points to Scholtz’ 45. Beach and Lewis are tied for fifth with 40 points each.

Josh Herrin

“Just mentally, I feel like I was a lot more prepared today. We spent a lot of time at the track last night. We ran a different tire today, but it was two totally different weather conditions today, so I don’t think that really had much to do with it for us. Just made the right choice, I guess. It’s just been, like Toni said, every day I think I get more comfortable on the bike. Each time I can race it and actually put in those hard laps I learn a lot. We have a lot of data to look at and I can learn what I’m doing wrong, what I’m improving on. Like I said on the podium, it’s been such a crazy off-season. I had super highs coming into it and then, once the season started, I was bumming pretty hard because I just wasn’t riding like myself. I think I was just getting so excited at the beginning of the races that I was kind of blowing it for myself, riding like a rookie a little bit. I just had to kind of reset my brain and just relax a little bit. Toni set an amazing pace. I was able to keep up with him. I had to keep telling myself, don’t pass at the end of the straight. My bike was a missile today. I had to roll off as soon as we got three-quarters of the way down the straightaway. Just felt super comfortable. I saw whatever happened to his bike or the mistake he made going into one of the corners with two laps to go. Just put my head down. At first I thought that he did it on purpose to get me to lead, but when I had a little gap when I looked on the front straight, I’m coming onto the last lap and I realized that it was something going on. So for sure, he would have been there. Like I also said out there, he’s been the best teammate. I have so much fun with him. We work good together. It’s been great. Hopefully that doesn’t change. Hopefully the team stays the way it is and we can fight all year and get a lot of 1-2’s like this. It feels so good to be able to get a win for Suzuki. Two wins this weekend. They won a MotoGP race, so it’s a big day for them. Thank you to everybody at Suzuki and Yoshimura for believing in me.”

Toni Elias

“I just was trying to do my race, my pace. There is still something I am missing, because it’s me. Riders we have to choose the tires, the things. Mistake a little bit before the race. I choose the same tire as yesterday, when yesterday I wasn’t happy. I choose it again because I was thinking today with more temperature was better but is the same tire. Last year in Barber I had some bad feeling, too. So, I think today it’s been a good advice to cancel the tire for the future. I’m not going to use it anymore, for sure. But anyway, I was there. I was doing my pace. The team is working so good. We don’t change anything on the bike, just the track condition was much better than yesterday. But I didn’t expect at the end to have this little issue with the shifter. After that, I lost everything, and I couldn’t fight. It’s okay. These things happen in race. A little bit pissed off because I could fight a little bit more. Maybe we could have a big battle with Josh. But anyway, I’m happy for him. 1-2 for Suzuki is so, so good. He deserves this more than anyone. So, very happy for him, for the team, too. After all, I’m happy to take this second place. Let’s continue like this. This is going to be long. Let’s see.”

Cameron Beaubier

I gave 110 percent that race just to hang onto those guys. They were riding so good. The pace was a second and a half faster than it was yesterday. I don't know where the hell they found that. I was just hanging on for dear life. All in all, I’m really happy that I was even able to keep pace with the Yosh boys this weekend. This is always a pretty tough track for us. It just gives me confidence going into the rest of the year. I wasn’t able to even fight with them today. I was just able to latch onto their rear wheel at times. Like I said, it gives me confidence going into the rest of the season. There are some places where we need to work on the R1. Mainly just getting off the corner and midrange, but once we get it up on top, the bike’s fast. We definitely have a weapon going into the rest of the season. A third, it’s a third. I always want to win every time I get on the bike, but it’s shaping up to be a really exciting season. The Superbike class is stacked this year. Josh rode his butt off today. I’m super happy for him. He put it to us the last two laps. I saw him creeping away from Toni and I was barely holding on to Toni. Hats off to both these guys. I’m excited for a really tough year and battling it up with these guys.”

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

Tough Luck for Attack Performance Estenson Racing Team in MotoAmerica Superbike Race Two in Texas

Attack Performance Estenson Racing’s JD Beach was looking to score another top-five finish, but unfortunately a technical issue cut his race short, at round two of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, Sunday, April 14, at the Circuit of The Americas.

Beach started the day off in morning warmup feeling great on the bike after some overnight changes to his Attack Performance Estenson Racing Yamaha YZF-R1, giving him extra confidence going into the second race of the weekend. He got off to a great start in third position and then found himself in the battle for fourth. Although passed, Beach didn’t lose sight of his competitor. So while it was unfortunate to suffer a technical issue in the final moments of the race, much progress has been made even though it’s still very early in the season.

JD Beach -- MotoAmerica Superbike #95:

“I’m bummed about the way we had to end the race, but the pace for us today was way better. It was fun racing with Garrett [Gerloff] again, just like we did for four years or whatever it was in Supersport. I think altogether, even though we didn’t finish the race we took some big steps forward. We’re getting closer to the front guys. I’m feeling really good on the bike, too. I think the team’s working great together. So, like I said, it’s a bummer for how we ended up because we had a good run going, but I think we’ve learned a lot and we’ll go on to Virginia.”

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