The dominate riders throughout the opening three races of the MotoAmerica Superbike series were Monster Energy/Graves Motorsport Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier and four-time AMA SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes.Each 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 pilot won three races each, but Beaubier led Hayes by 16 points as MotoAmerica – North America’s new road-racing series spearheaded by three-time 500cc GP Champion Wayne Rainey – headed north to Wisconsin’s Road America.
And once again, these factory Yamaha riders dominated, each splitting wins. Hayes suffered a crash in the first race, but was able to remount and finish sixth. This allowed Beaubier, who finished second in race two, to leave Elkhart Lake’s Road America with a 26-point lead over his teammate.2015 Road American MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 Report:Beaubier fought hard with Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Lee Hayden throughout the opening 14-lap race. Hayden, who turned 32 on Saturday, was able to match Beaubier’s pace, but not take the lead. Hayden would have to settle for second behind Beaubier, finishing 0.136 of a second behind. As for Beaubier, this was his fourth victory of 2015 MotoAmerica.Third went to Hayden’s teammate, the rookie Jake Lewis on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000.“I knew going into today that the race was going to be pretty interesting because we hadn’t really had much dry track time this weekend,” Beaubier said after race one. “I knew it would be a tough race, an interesting race. Josh (Hayes) was super good on the brakes, but he was making little mistakes here and there. It’s a bummer that he went down, but it was all good and I think he came back to sixth or seventh. Roger (Hayden) and Jake (Lewis) were riding awesome and it was tough.”The pole winner Hayes crashed at turn 14, but was able to remount and finish sixth behind HMC Racing KTM’s Chris Fillmore in fifth and Turbo Turtle Racing Honda’s Danny Eslick in fourth.2015 Road America MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 Report:Things changed for Hayes in race two as the Kentuckian took advantage of Beaubier’s issues with electronics on the opening laps. Though he had some issues, Beaubier still earned second, crossing the finish line 4.586 seconds behind Hayes, who earned the 52nd victory of his Superbike career.Earning third was Lewis, who finished 9.416 seconds behind Hayes.“It’s always good to bounce back,” Hayes said after race two. “I rode as hard as I could. I hated to see that Cameron (Beaubier) was running me down because I didn’t think I had any more pace in me. I figured I would just figure it out at the end of the race if he got there. I was just trying to plug away and have a clean race and my bike worked so well. It was a joy to ride. I’ve had a lot of fun riding the motorcycle this weekend – rain or shine. It was a fun weekend and a big thanks to everyone and all the fans who came out.”Hayden earned fourth, ahead of Eslick.2015 Road America MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Report:RoadRace Factory Yamaha rider Jake Gagne swept both races. South African Sheriden Morais made his MotoAmerica debut a good one with second and third-place finish in the two Superstock 1000 races on the Aprilia HSBK Racing RSV1000.GN Gonzales Racing’s Shane Narbonne had his best finish of the season in the first Superstock 1000 race with a third-place finish and Taylor Knapp bounced back from a mechanical problem in race one to finish second in the class on his TOBC Racing Yamaha in race two.After eight rounds, Gagne leads Knapp in the title chase by 30 points, 150-120. Gagne’s two wins today were his fifth and sixth of the eight-race (four rounds) old series.2015 Road America MotoAmerica TV Schedule:CBS Sports Network will broadcast Road America MotoAmerica at 2 p.m. EST Sunday, June 7. The round will be replayed at 5 p.m. Sunday, and 2 a.m. Monday.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!