Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike results from Laguna Seca listed below
Cameron Beaubier won a fantastic three-way fight for another GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, taking his fourth victory in the past five races in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class with a bold last-lap move over series points leader Martin Cardenas.
The Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha pilot battled for 20 laps with his teammate Tommy Hayden as well as Cardenas in a real thriller.
Beaubier showed Cardenas a wheel on several occasions, but the Colombian did not give the young challenger any opportunity to pass heading into the final lap. The young standout made a move to the outside of turn one, an unlikely passing area, then surprised Cardenas on the inside of turn two and made the move stick. Cardenas was able to hold off the charging Hayden but couldn’t counter Beaubier in the final turn or the run to the line.
Beaubier’s margin of victory was 0.092 over Cardenas and 0.425 over Hayden.
Cameron Beaubier (Graves Yamaha YZF-R6 SportBike) says: “Martin made a little mistake coming out of the last corner and I was able to pass him into two. I was riding a little impatient in the middle of the race, trying to get around Tommy and showing Martin a wheel here and there. I felt like I could get in there pretty good but to tell the truth I did not plan that move. I saw the opportunity.”
Jake Zemke took fourth place, just 2.555 seconds back as the Ducshop Ducati rider once again ran a strong race.
Jake Gagne of Roadrace Factory/Red Bull earned fifth. The young rider has recovered from arm pump surgery and had a trying race but was able to finish even after a collision with second place points man Dane Westby, who had highsided just in front of him.
Cardenas now leads Westby by 64 points in the GoPro Daytona SportBike point standings, 314-250, with Beaubier and Hayden tied for third 16 points back at 234 a piece.
2012 Laguna Seca AMA Daytona SportBike Results:
|1.||6||Cameron Beaubier||Yamaha Extended Service, Graves, Yamaha||Yamaha YZF-R6||20 Laps||WINNER||1:27.918||0|
|2.||36||Martin Cardenas||GEICO Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R600||0.092||0.092||1:28.039||0|
|3.||22||Tommy Hayden||Yamaha Extended Service, Graves, Yamaha||Yamaha YZF-R6||0.518||0.425||1:27.774||0|
|4.||98||Jake Zemke||Ducshop Racing||Ducati 848||3.074||2.555||1:28.205||0|
|5.||132||Jake Gagne||Road Race Factory/Red Bull||Yamaha YZF-R6||24.659||21.585||1:28.856||0|
|6.||57||Cory West||Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R600||33.139||8.479||1:29.659||0|
|7.||20||Benny Solis||Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries||Yamaha YZF-R6||33.759||0.620||1:29.571||0|
|8.||52||Joey Pascarella||Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R600||33.762||0.003||1:29.647||0|
|9.||95||JD Beach||Road Race Factory/Red Bull||Yamaha YZF-R6||34.032||0.269||1:29.475||0|
|10.||7||Fernando Amantini||Team Amantini||Kawasaki ZX-6R||36.563||2.530||1:29.591||0|
|11.||92||Tyler OHara||Meen Motorsports Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||40.912||4.349||1:29.211||0|
|12.||175||David Gaviria||Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries||Yamaha YZF-R6||44.713||3.801||1:29.630||0|
|13.||96||Aaron Gobert||Full Tuck Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||51.149||6.436||1:30.029||0|
|14.||61||Michael Beck||Team Beck Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||52.892||1.742||1:30.196||0|
|15.||86||Ben Young||BYR/Fogi Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||56.733||3.840||1:30.261||0|
|16.||75||Huntley Nash||LTD Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||56.912||0.179||1:30.389||0|
|17.||56||Tommy Aquino||Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries||Yamaha YZF-R6||56.970||0.057||1:29.684||0|
|18.||5||Dane Westby||M4 Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R600||1:02.753||5.783||1:29.931||0|
|19.||74||Josh Galster||Gearzy/Josh Galster Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||1:27.059||24.306||1:31.826||0|
|20.||26||Ted Rich||SBKTraining.com||Yamaha YZF-R6||19 Laps||1 Lap||1:33.354||0|
|21.||128||Chris Duran||Duran Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||3.949||3.949||1:33.245||0|
|22.||13||Melissa Paris||MPH Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||4.557||0.608||1:33.019||0|
|23.||50||Bobby Fong||Meen Motorsports Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||16 Laps||3 Laps||1:28.231||0|
|24.||122||Matthew Presting||Team AMS Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||11 Laps||5 Laps||1:34.062||0|
|25.||72||Bryce Prince||Rotobox/Nexx||Yamaha YZF-R6||1 Lap||10 Laps||2:09.153||0|
|26.||118||Nahun Alvarez||NA Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||DNS||DNS||-no times-||0|
|27.||121||Brian Pinkstaff||Zlock Racing||Kawasaki ZX-6R||DNS||DNS||-no times-||0|