2013 Mid-Ohio AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race One
Cameron Beaubier won again on Saturday in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Beaubier and Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha have won five of six races in the 2013 season, once again topping Jake Gagne and RoadRace Factory Red Bull Yamaha. Gagne’s teammate JD Beach was third on the day.
Beaubier started poorly and had to charge forward from sixth, but by lap four he’d passed Gagne for the lead. Gagne shadowed him closely until three laps to go. Beaubier then set his quick lap of the race to earn a gap, then the win by 4.469 seconds.
Cameron Beaubier (Y.E.S. Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) says: says: “I got a pretty bad start… My jump wasn’t too bad but I wasn’t very aggressive going into the first corner. Then Dane (Westby) passed me in the corner going onto the back straight, and I got shuffled back to like fifth or sixth or something like that. I slowly started making my way through.
“Jake and I had a good battle right to the end. I pushed it hard the last couple laps. I made a few mistakes today — I pushed the front a couple times and almost highsided coming out of 1. But yeah, I really want to thank my team for giving me an awesome bike. We’ll go back and try to do it again tomorrow.”
Beaubier now has a 35-point lead.
Gagne once again took second place, having come back to lead another lap after Beaubier initially charged to the front. For Gagne, it was his fourth second place of the season.
JD Beach earned third again, but was much closer to the front than in some of his previous efforts that netted him a podium slot.
Jake Lewis (Meen Motorsports Racing) took fourth, ahead of Beaubier’s teammate Garrett Gerloff in a battle of young riders. Former race winner Dane Westby (GEICO Motorcycle Racing) was in the second pack early and was able to top seventh place James Rispoli (National Guard Celtic Racing). Rispoli led the opening of the race with a great start before settling in for another top-ten result.