2015 Barber MotoAmerica Superbike Results
After five of nine rounds in 2015 MotoAmerica – North America’s new road-racing series spearheaded by three-time 500cc GP Champion Wayne Rainey – it appears nobody can stop the Monster Energy/Graves Motorsports Yamaha team.
The team’s riders – four-time AMA SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier – have collectively won all 10 MotoAmerica Superbike races season, including this weekend’s races at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.
Hayes and Beaubier split wins at Barber, showing the complete dominance of the 2015 YZF-R1. Hayes won race 1, and was joined on the podium by Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger lee Hayden and Hayden’s teammate, Jake Lewis. In race two, Beaubier would earn the win ahead of Hayes and Hayden.
As the series breaks for two weeks ahead of round six at Miller Motorsports Park, Beaubier has 201 points, and leads Hayes by six. Lewis remains in third, now with 145 points, and Hayden is in fourth with 137.
Following are the official race recaps courtesy of MotoAmerica.
2015 Barber MotoAmerica Superbike Results, Race One Recap:
In race one, Beaubier crashed out of the lead on the eighth lap, leaving Hayes and Hayden to fight for the win. Although he was close, Hayden couldn’t get past the four-time Superbike Champion on the final lap and he came up just 0.397 of a second short at the finish line.
Third place on the track went to the impressive Jake Gagne, the Roadrace Factory rider and his Superstock-class R1 only 2.3 seconds behind and well clear of the second-best Superstock class rider, Taylor Knapp, in the red-flag shortened race.
Lewis ended up fourth overall and third in the Superbike class on the second Yoshimura Suzuki. Turbo Turtle Racing Honda’s Danny Eslick beat Knapp and his TOBC Yamaha R1 for fifth overall, giving him fourth in the Superbike class.
“Roger (Hayden) was definitely good in a couple of sections and I thought I had a couple of sections where I was good,” Hayes said after winning race one – his 75th career AMA victory spanning all the classes. “I was struggling to decide how the race was going to play out, how long I was going to be sitting there. The opportunity came up and I jumped on it. Rog and I went side by side down the front straightaway and I was just in the right place for turn one. I think the second race will be a lot of the same. The person who makes the least mistakes will be in the best position.”
2015 Barber MotoAmerica Superbike Results, Race 2 Recap:
Beaubier was able to rebound from his race-one crash to best Hayes in race two, the 22-year-old besting his veteran teammate by 0.128 of a second. Hayden was third, almost nine seconds back after nipping at the two Yamahas’ heels for most of the 20-lap race.
Gagne was again at the head of the Superstock 1000 class, beating Lewis again for fourth overall. Lewis was fifth overall and fourth in the Superbike class with Aprilia HSBK Racing’s Sheridan Moriais ending up second in the Superstock 1000 class. Eslick again got the better of Knapp for seventh overall with Knapp earning third in Superstock 1000.
“I was pretty frustrated after the first race,” Beaubier said after his eighth career Superbike win and his fifth of the season. “It was no one’s fault but my own. I got in there a little hot and tried to stay on the track and go to the curb and I was using too much rear brake and it went to the lock and pitched me off. That was pretty frustrating. I cooled off a little bit and forgot about race one.
“I knew it would be tough. Both of these guys are riding awesome. I went out there and finally got a good start and put my head down. I didn’t think any of us were going to break away today. It was so slick out there it was almost like a rain race. I was just trying to be consistent. I felt more comfortable in the lead then riding around in second. I just felt more comfortable trying to control the race.”
In the Superstock Series, Gagne has 200 points – 44 points clear of Knapp. England’s Mark Heckles is now third in the series after his fourth- and fifth-place finishes. The Brit has 132 points.
2015 Barber MotoAmerica Superbike Results, Race 1: Josh Hayes (Yamaha); 2. Roger Hayden (Suzuki); 3. Jake Lewis (Suzuki); 4. Danny Eslick (Honda); 5. Chris Fillmore (KTM); 6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki); 7. Elena Myers (Suzuki); 8. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha); 9. Matthew Orange (BMW).
2015 Barber MotoAmerica Superbike Results, Race 2: 1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha); 2. Josh Hayes (Yamaha); 3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki); 4. Jake Lewis (Suzuki); 5. Danny Eslick (Honda); 6. Chris Fillmore (KTM); 7. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki); 8. Elena Myers (Suzuki); 9. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha) 10. Mathew Orange (BMW).
Superstock 1000, Race 1: 1. Jake Gagne (Yamaha); 2. Taylor Knapp (Yamaha); 3. Tyler O’Hara (Yamaha); 4. Mark Heckles (Yamaha); 5. Shane Narbonne (Yamaha); 6. Barrett Long (Ducati); 7. Max Flinders (Yamaha); 8. Jeremy Cook (BMW); 9. Steven Zoumaras (Kawasaki).
Superstock 1000 Race 2: 1. Jake Gagne (Yamaha); 2. Sheridan Morais (Aprilia); 3. Taylor Knapp (Yamaha); 4. Joshua Day (Yamaha); 5. Mark Heckles (Yamaha); 6. Barrett Long (Ducati); 7. Frankie Babuska (Suzuki); 8. Devon McDonough (Aprilia); 9. Max Flinders (Yamaha); 10. Stefan Dolipski (BMW).
Photos by Brian J. Nelson