Superprestigio Dirt Track In Spain: JD Beach Goes Undefeated In Barcelona (Updated)

Superprestigio Dirt Track In Spain: JD Beach Goes Undefeated In Barcelona (Updated)

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Superprestigio Invitational Dit Track Event

Palau Sant Jordi

Barcelona, Spain

December 16, 2017

Official Results:

Superfinal (Superprestigio and Open Class Combined):

1. JD Beach, USA, 16 laps, Total Race Time 3:18.435, Best Lap Time 12.010 seconds

2. Briar Bauman, USA, -0.965 second, 11.932

3. Ferran Cardus, Spain, -1.687 seconds, 12.030

4. Toni Elias, Spain, -3.328, 12.110

5. Fabio Di Giannantonio, Italy, -10.154, 12.384

6. Albert Arenas, Spain, -11.208, 12.506

7. Guillermo Cano, Spain, -11.781, 12.295

8. Remy Gardner, Australia, -1 lap, 12.335

Open Class Final One Results:

1. JD Beach, USA, 8 laps, Total Race Time 1:40.950, Best Lap Time 12.015 seconds

2. Ferran Cardus, Spain, -0.725 second, 12.059

3. Briar Bauman, USA, -1.801 seconds, 11.988

4. Thomas Chareyre, France, -2.540, 12.247

5. Oliver Brindley, UK, -2.967, 12.136

6. Guillermo Cano, Spain, -3.888, 12.469

7. Franc Serra, Spain, -4.531, 12.472

8. Adrian Garin, Spain, -5.650, 12.188

Open Class Final Two Results:

1. JD Beach, USA, 8 laps, Total Race Time 1:40.456, Best Lap Time 12.000 seconds

2. Briar Bauman, USA, -0.431 second, 11.993

3. Ferran Cardus, Spain, -2.163 seconds, 12.117

4. Adrian Garin, Spain, -2.645, 12.197

5. Thomas Chareyre, France, -3.142, 12.162

6. Franc Serra, Spain, -4.041, 12.252

7. Guillermo Cano, Spain, -9.995, 12.338

8. Oliver Brindley, UK, -1 lap, 12.132

Open Class Final Three Results:

1. JD Beach, USA, 14 laps, Total Race Time 2:54.189, Best Lap Time 11.996 seconds

2. Briar Bauman, USA, -1.486 seconds, 12.109

3. Ferran Cardus, Spain, -3.577, 12.263

4. Guillermo Cano, Spain, -4.062, 12.270

5. Franc Serra, Spain, -5.088, 12.284

6. Adrian Garin, Spain, -5.664, 12.207

7. Thomas Chareyre, France, -6.348, 12.130

8. Oliver Brindley, UK, -9 laps, DNF, retired, 12.361

Open Class Final Event Standings (after 3 of 3 races):

1. JD Beach, USA, 36 points (10, 10, 16)

2. Briar Bauman, USA, 28 (6, 8, 14)

3. Ferran Cardus, Spain, 26 (8, 6, 12)

4. Guillermo Cano, Spain, 15 (3, 2, 10)

5. Thomas Chareyre, France, 13 (5, 4, 4)

6. Franc Serra, Spain, 13 (2, 3, 8)

7. Adrian Garin, Spain, 12 (1, 5, 6)

8. Oliver Brindley, UK, 5 (4, 1, 0)

Superprestigio Class Final One Results:

1. Toni Elias, Spain, 8 laps, Total Race Time 1:41.979, Best Lap Time 12.202 seconds

2. Fabio Di Giannantonio, Italy, -2.136 seconds, 12.449

3. Arenas Albert, Spain, -3.159, 12.528

4. Xavi Vierge, Spain, -3.532, 12.182

5. Remy Gardner, Australia, -8.379, 12.369

6. Xavier Simeon, Belgium, -8.977, 12.377

7. Johann Zarco, France, -9.228, 12.355

8. Carmelo Morales, Spain, -2 laps, 12.220

Superprestigio Class Final Two Results:

1. Arenas Albert, Spain, 8 laps, Total Race Time 1:42.962, Best Lap Time 12.244 seconds

2. Johann Zarco, France, -0.298 second, 12.250

3. Fabio Di Giannantonio, Italy, -0.899, 12.116

4. Toni Elias, Spain, -1.072 seconds, 12.215

5. Xavi Vierge, Spain, -1.632, 12.276

6. Xavier Simeon, Belgium, -2.545, 12.457

7. Remy Gardner, Australia, -10.531, 12.275

8. Carmelo Morales, Spain, DNS

Superprestigio Class Final Three Results:

1. Remy Gardner, Australia, 14 laps, Total Race Time 2:56.996, Best Lap Time 12.246 seconds

2. Toni Elias, Spain. -0.161 second, 12.082

3. Xavi Vierge, Spain, -0.601, 12.200

4. Fabio Di Giannantonio, Italy, -4.276 seconds, 12.337

5. Albert Arenas, Spain, -10.511, 12.392

6. Xavier Simeon, Belgium, -1 lap, 12.365

7. Johann Zarco, France, -2 laps, 12.242

8. Caremlo Morales, Spain, DNS

Superprestigio Class Final Event Point Standings (after 3 of 3 races):

1. Toni Elias, Spain, 29 points (10, 5, 14)

2. Albert Arenasm Spain, 24 (6, 10, 8)

3. Fabio Di Giannantonio, Italy, 24 (8, 6, 10)

4. Remy Gardner, Australia, 22 (4, 2, 16)

5. Xavi Vierge, Spain, 21 (5, 4, 12)

6. Johann Zarco, France, 14 (2, 8, 4)

7. Xavier Simeon, Belgium, 12 (3, 3, 6)

8. Carmelo Morales, Spain, 1, (1, 0, 0)

More, from a press release issued by American Flat Track:

J.D. Beach and Briar Bauman Put On Masterclass Performance to go One-Two at Superprestigio 2017

Beach, Bauman and Ferran Cardus make it an American Flat Track sweep at the Palau Sant Jordi

BARCELONA, Spain (Dec. 16, 2017) – It was another night of action-packed Superprestigio racing on the short track at the Palau Sant Jordi, and when it was all said and done, it was American J.D. Beach standing atop the victory podium. Standing alongside were fellow American Flat Track racers Briar Bauman and Ferran Cardus, finishing second and third, respectively, rounding out what was a riveting and dominant performance by the trio.

It was a tough beginning to the day for Beach, as the No. 95 Ausio/Grau Racing Yamaha YZ450F rider had wheel and shock problems, requiring him to run a different set-up to what he’d ridden during his previous days in Spain. So it was all hands on deck from his team, fellow Americans and new friends in Spain. Beach not only rebounded from his rough beginning but absolutely shined in the finals, grabbing the Open Final win and then going on to take in dramatic fashion exactly what he flew to Barcelona for – the Superprestigio Final win for America.

“It was a crazy day for sure!” said Beach post-race. “After practice, we found that my front wheel was broken, so we started changing things… Everyone, and especially Briar’s team, have been such a help. Coming in, I didn’t expect this. I struggled yesterday, and qualifying wasn’t so good. But it worked out. Everyone helped. I’m at a loss for words, really. Gotta thank Brad Baker! He couldn’t make it this year, and I was the first guy he called. I was honored to take his spot. I’m pumped that Briar and I went 1-2. He wanted a different order, I’m sure, but it worked out. Hopefully we can go on to Paris next year and fight again!”

Beach’s fellow American had to rebound to make it a Team USA One-Two. The No. 14 Zanotti Kawasaki KX450F rider came together with Cardus at the start, but fought his way back to pass the Spanish Flat Track National Champion in the end and take second. It wasn’t exactly the result Bauman was hoping for, but he was happy to bring home a top result for the U.S. and enjoyed his first time overseas for his debut Superprestigio race.

“It was a little wild in that main event,” said Bauman afterwards. “I had a pretty good start, but got shuffled back to fifth or sixth early. It was very tight, and I had to make some aggressive moves; I think I got into just about everyone on the track at some point. Unfortunately, that’s how we grow up riding in America; you gotta muscle your way around sometimes. J.D. had my number for the Open finals. In the Super Final, my tire came in, and I was able to get second.”

As for Cardus, he was happy to put his No. 77 Team Grau Suzuki RM-Z450 on the podium and to continue his flat track racing education against two very tough short track riders from American Flat Track’s premier class.

“I’m quite happy, and I have enjoyed learning from all these great U.S. riders, from Brad (Baker), and JD, and Briar,” Cardus said. “I’m hoping to improve even more to do even better in the future, here in Spain and in the U.S. also. I’m working to come to the U.S. in 2018 and hopefully take part in all of the AFT championship events. Thanks again to Brad Baker and my Suzuki Team Grau for all the support.”

On the outside looking in was former Moto 2 World Champion/reigning MotoAmerica Superbike Toni Elias. The No. 24 Yoshimura Suzuki rider took top honors in the Superprestigio Class and got off to a great start, but fell victim to some good ol’ fashioned American-style short track racing, ultimately getting shuffled back to fourth. Completing the top five was Italian Fabio Di Giannantonio, a solid effort for the Moto3 rider on the No. 21 Zaeta.

Next up for the stars of American Flat Track is the Bigger, Faster and Better DAYTONA TT on March 15, 2018, at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets start at just $29, and are on sale now via Daytona International Speedway’s website at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Events/2018/… or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

About American Flat Track:

American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

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