AMA SuperSport: Race Two Report
SONOMA, CA (May 16, 2010) – Since his exciting first AMA Pro SuperSport win by 0.001 of a second at the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway, Cameron Beaubier has endured a series of unfortunate events that prevented him from winning again.
In each case, what seemed like a sure win would be dashed by untimely red flags due to incidents not of his own making.
Today at Infineon Raceway, Beaubier again had a red flag displayed while he was leading the race. It was almost a repeat of yesterday’s red flag, but this time Cameron made an excellent restart and pulled away to a dominant win, his second in AMA Pro competition.
It was even more impressive due to the fact that Beaubier wasn’t riding his usual Rockwall Yamaha, but his own motorcycle with support from Mazda Technologies and Intel and crewed by friends and family. Beaubier reflected on his day, "It feels awesome, I had a little bad luck the last few races, but got a strong start on the restart and just took off. I felt really comfortable and the bike was working great all weekend."
Today’s race again saw some tremendous action and yesterday’s historic winner Elena Myers was featured again along with the other Young Gun riders in the 18-lap race around the 2.32-mile natural road course. A number of riders led the race and it was Myers, among others, who took a turn at the front, but this time she also had Joey Pascarella riding his repaired DNA Energy Drink CNR Motorsports Ducati, Huntley Nash on his LTD Racing Yamaha, Austin DeHaven with his Yamaha, local Top Gun entry Tyler O’Hara on his GP Bike Parts Racing Yamaha and another Top Gun entry, Scott Gilbert on his Team Graves Yamaha all wanting a piece of the action up front.
Beaubier eventually worked his way to the front but in a repeat of yesterday, Pascarella had another unfortunate accident. As he came out of turn eleven on lap nine, his bike twitched and he fell off in front of a group of riders. Pascarella jumped up and a couple of riders just missed his stricken motorcycle. The race was red flagged to move his machine. After an inspection, Pascarella’s Ducati was quickly repaired and he was ready to go on the restart, although now at the back of the pack.
On the restart, Beaubier made a perfect getaway and pulled out a commanding lead over Nash and Myers. The group behind, which was comprised of O’Hara, Gilbert and DeHaven, ran nose-to-tail and as, the race wound down, they began to catch Myers.
With three to go, you could see the group closing in on Myers and as the group once again headed into the turn nine complex, everything got shuffled around. When the dust cleared, Myers was down to fifth and even more heartbreak occurred when Gilbert fell in turn four on the last lap. After starting at the back, Pascarella gamely worked his way back up to eighth at the finish to take some valuable points.
Beaubier crossed the line to take a well deserved victory, his second of the season, but as he was racing out of his division, he didn’t gain any points towards the AMA Pro SuperSport East championship. Nash continued his excellent run of results this year and continues to gain valuable track time and experience.
Local favorite Tyler O’Hara took a popular third place, his second of the weekend to the cheers of his friends and family in victory lane. DeHaven finished fourth, Myers took fifth, and Travis Ohge was sixth on his Yamaha followed by Matthew Sadowski on his Suzuki. Eighth was Pascarella, Robert Tinagero took ninth on his Kawasaki and another Top Gun rider, Michael Corbino finished tenth on his Yamaha.
The AMA Pro Racing SuperSport class now returns to the Midwest for the next round of SuperSport East competition at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America race, June 4-6.