AMA SuperSport Sonoma Day One Recap
AMA SuperSport Report
The amazing competition in AMA Pro SuperSport continued but with a new twist.
East Division Young Gun points leader Cameron Beaubier took the provisional pole position with a sensational lap of 1:40.355, which was just short of a full second faster than West Coast Division Young Gun point leader Joey Pascarella, but Pascarellawasn’t on his usual LTD Yamaha.
After his scintillating start to the season with three wins, Pascarella was pleased to announce that he had moved to a new program with the DNA Energy Drink Ducati team of CNR Motorsports.
Making the change with the full blessing of the LTD group, Pascarella acclimated himself to his new Ducati motorcycle quickly and posted the second fastest time in practice and qualifying.
Beaubier, who usually rides for the Rockwell Yamaha team in his Divisional races back East, is riding his own bike this weekend supported by his father and Shawn Herrera and his Mazda Technologies Intel team, which makes his speed even more impressive.
Beaubier is coming off the Road Atlanta weekend where he could have won at least one race but for an untimely red flag that thwarted his charge to the front.
Taking third and fourth places were LTD Yamaha teammates Jake Gagne and Huntley Nash, both of whom have also showed excellent form this season, Nash taking a number of top three finishes and Gagne splitting his time between riding in the States and his main program in Europe.
Top Gun entry and Auto Club Speedway star Scott Gilbert rejoined the series and took fifth place. Austin DeHaven took a useful sixth place on his DeHaven Racing Yamaha and local favorite Elena Myers took seventh on her Lucas Oil/RoadracingWorld.com/Richie Morris Racing Suzuki.
Final qualifying for the SuperSport division will be bright and early tomorrow morning and then the first of the two weekend races will take the green flag at 1:30 PM local Pacific Daylight Time.
SPEED TV will be broadcasting same-weekend flag-to-flag coverage of both AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike and AMA Pro Daytona SportBike and highlights of the AMA Pro SuperSport races from Infineon Raceway, check your local listings for broadcast times.