MotoAmerica’s season debut occurred this weekend at Circuit of the Americas just outside of Austin.
Rain caused many accidents in the Supersport final on Saturday, but when the 12-lap race was complete, Yamalube/ Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha’s JD Beach took the top honors. Unlike the Superbike/Supersport field, only one Supersport race was held in Austin.
This was the Kentuckian’s first-ever win in the premier 600cc class, and his first win of any kind in five years. Beach topped teammate Garrett Gerloff and M4 Suzuki/SportbikeTrackGear.com’s David Anthony.
Among the top men who crashed out of the race were race leaders Josh Herrin (Wheels in Motion/Motosport.com/Meen Yamaha) and Latus Motors Racing Triumph’s Bobby Fong. Both Herrin and Fong were able to remount, finishing seventh and ninth, respectively, MotoAmerica reports.
“It’s great to get this first win, but I definitely want to dedicate this win to the Westby family,” Beach said. “Coming into this weekend I wanted to win for myself, but I also wanted to win for the Westby family too. I know what it’s like to lose somebody real close like that. This race is for them.
“When I came out of turn 20 and looked back and there was nobody there, it was amazing. I’ve been working hard for five years and it’s been a long time since I’ve won a race. I’m living in Kentucky with a great family. The Gillims have helped me out a lot and doing winters there… I’m riding my bicycle and it’s 20 degrees outside. I’m putting in the miles, putting in the work… to finally get that first win again is amazing.”
For more, visit Austin MotoAmerica Superbike Results.
2015 Austin MotoAmerica Supersport Results:
1. JD Beach (Yamaha)
2. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha)
3. David Anthony (Suzuki)
4. Ben Young (Yamaha)
5. Kaleb De Kreyel (Yamaha)
6. Joe Roberts (Yamaha)
7. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
8. Kyle Wyman (Yamaha)
9. Bobby Fong (Triumph)
10. Ramdan Rosli (Yamaha)