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Jul 11, 2019

​World Superbike/MotoAmerica: JD Beach Has Successful Test Ahead Of Double-Duty Weekend At Laguna Seca

JD Beach (95). Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

American JD Beach says he had a successful two-day test on his Attack Performance/Estenson Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike this week ahead of him participating in both the FIM Superbike World Championship and the MotoAmerica Superbike races this coming weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Beach and his Richard Stanboli-led team stopped off at Buttonwillow Raceway Park on July 9-10 for a two-day test on the team’s way to Laguna Seca from its base in Huntington Beach, California, and the test was a complete success, according to Beach.

“I think it went really well, and I feel really good on the bike,” Beach told in the paddock Thursday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “I think it was really good that I got to ride both brands of tires and got to go back-to-back on them. It was nice to get that little bit of time before being here.

“We started with the World Superbike, which is the bike that I’ve been racing all year. We started with used Dunlops on it just to get up to speed and get a feel for those tires. Then we put on the Pirellis. We burned up a set just riding around so I could feel the bike.

“Then we changed the setup of the bike to the same setup the [Yamaha] World Superbike guys are running and tried that and I liked that a lot. Then we actually put the Dunlops back on and I tried that setup with those and I liked the way the bike felt.

“The setups of the two bikes are real close. It’s a lot closer than we thought it would be.”

The YZF-R1 Beach has been racing all season in MotoAmerica will be used as his World Superbike at Laguna Seca, and the Attack Yamaha Josh Herrin raced in 2018 will become Beach’s MotoAmerica racebike for the weekend.

According to Stanboli, the only differences between the chassis setups of the two machines is a different spring rate for the shock and a slightly different fork drop to compensate for the difference in front tire sizes. Dunlop’s front tire is a 120/70-R17 and Pirelli’s front tire is a slightly taller 125/70-R17.

But Beach said he felt little difference between the Pirellis and Dunlops.

“It wasn’t as much as I thought. I thought it was going to be completely different,” said Beach. “The [Pirelli] front feels different because the shape of the tire is different and I think it has a little more grip, but once the weekend gets going it’s going to be race mode. I’m not going to have too much time to think about it. I’m just going to have to get on the bike and go.

“I’m definitely glad that I got to ride on the tires before this weekend just because they do feel different, but it’s not as big of a difference as I thought it would be. At the end of the day they’re all black and round, and the tires are the least for my worries right now.”

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