J.D. Beach put on a display of speed and skill in a totally dominant win at the 2.4 mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the first of two AMA Pro SuperSport races here at the Honda Super Cycle Weekend Presented by Dunlop Tire.
After a flawless start, Beach took his fourth SuperSport win of the season by the largest margin of victory seen this year, 20.126 seconds.
Finishing second was Beach’s Rockwall Performance Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier who battled back from fourth place in the early stages of the race.
Once he worked his way up to second, he settled in to a steady pace because he knew Beach was gone.
Beaubier showed his speed by steadily running down the surprising Dustin Dominguez and stayed in touch with Beach in the East Division SuperSport Young Gun championship.
Dominguez rejoined AMA Pro SuperSport for the first time in 2010. Dominguez had posted a SuperSport win last year at Auto Club Speedway and until this weekend had been riding his Kawasaki in his home state of Oklahoma and Texas in some club road races.
Behind the front three there was racing galore. Front row starters Joey Pascarella on his DNA Energy Drink Yamaha and Huntley Nash riding a LTD Racing Yamaha were in the middle of numerous battles all day long with Pascarella suffering a slow start but foughting back gamely and adding to his West Division leading points total with a seventh place finish.
Nash ran second at the start but was run down by Dominguez and then Nash engaged in a number of battles, first with his LTD Racing Yamaha teammate Tomas Puerta, then with James Rispoli on his ANT-Racing.com Suzuki, as well as Beaubier.
Puerta took fourth and continues his incredible run of top five finishes. Rispoli had a great day too, mixing it up with the front runners again.
Infineon winner Elena Myers on her Lucas Oil Roadracingworld.com Suzuki had another solid day as she battled with Travis Wyman (Yamaha), Rispoli and then with Pascarella.
Myers took a fighting eighth place after starting tenth. She trails only Pascarella in the West Division Young Gun points race.
Travis Wyman finished ninth as he and his brother both competed in the SuperSport race today. Travis is also riding with his other brother Kyle in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series race this weekend at Mid-Ohio.
Tenth was Eric Stump, another rider who is racing in the Vance & Hines XR1200 Series as well. Stump was once again riding his Yamaha to good effect.
Tomorrow will see the second AMA SuperSport race of the Honda Super Cycle Weekend Presented by Dunlop Tire here at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Please visit midohio.com for ticket information.
After today’s three exciting races, you won’t want to miss round two of the three premier AMA Pro Road Racing classes.