MotoAmerica Superbike’s Cameron Beaubier News
As many up and coming racers, Cameron Beaubier wants to break into the top level of international motorcycle racing. America needs this to happen considering we only have two pilots competing at top levels – Nicky Hayden in MotoGP and PJ Jacobsen in FIM World Supersport.
Cameron Beaubier is actually a perfect fit to join a series like Moto2, MotoGP or World Superbike. The 22-year-old Californian already has international experience, racing for KTM in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup (2007), the Spanish CEV 125GP (2008), and the former 125 World Championship (2009).
Following the 2009 125 GP series, Beaubier returned to America and signed with Yamaha – a manufacturer he has stayed with ever since. He competed in AMA SuperSport (2010), AMA Daytona SportBike (2011-2013), AMA SuperBike (2014) and currently is competing with the Monster Energy/Team Graves Yamaha team in MotoAmerica, where he is the points leader.
To make his goal of international competition once again a reality, Cameron Beaubier has asked for some help from an American well-known in the world of motorcycle racing – Ben Spies. The 2009 World Superbike Champion and MotoGP race winner has agreed to create a specialized training program for Beaubier.
This shows Beaubier’s focus on the thing absolutely necessary to compete at an international level – discipline. This is even more true considering the 2013 AMA Daytona SportBike Champion has already won five races so far in MotoAmerica (his teammate – four-time AMA SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes – has won the other five).
“Earlier this season, I realized I needed help—some structure and a little bit of guidance—to reach my full potential,” Beaubier said. “I felt like I had been working hard but I now know that I was relying on my natural speed and the minimal training that I had been doing.
“Ben was our last American world champion, and I believe he has a lot to offer. Ben has a ton of experience traveling in Europe, and it’s no secret that’s where I want to be in the future. He knows all of those racetracks and can teach me a lot on both the riding and training sides. I can’t think of a better person to provide that kind of advice.”
Spies’ performance in America road racing was beyond impressive, the Texan nicknamed “Elbowz” earning 28 AMA Superbike wins, and three-consecutive AMA SBK titles before joining World Superbike, where he won 13 of 28 races en route to the 2009 title.
In 2010, Spies moved to MotoGP, where he spent three years with Yamaha in MotoGP, and another year with Ducati before retiring due to permanent shoulder injuries. Throughout his MotoGP career, he finished on the podium six times, including one win.
Follow his short MotoGP career, Spies dedicated his time to developing his amateur cycling team, Elbowz Racing. And now, he will train Cameron Beaubier, a rider he respects.
“I’ve always followed Cam. In my opinion, he’s one of the brightest young US racers. I was a bit younger than Cam when I started taking my training really seriously. Before that, I, too, relied on my age and natural talent. My training wasn’t really structured, and I didn’t know what or when to eat,” Spies says.
“I have Cam’s training planned out for the weeks that he is not racing. When he is at the track, I schedule what and when he needs to eat and drink to be prepared for the challenge of competing in two 45-minute Superbike races in a single afternoon.”
Beaubier’s publicists says that as part of the agreement, Spies will attend the eighth round of the MotoAmerica series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, August 7-9, which is running in conjunction with round 10 of the MotoGP World Championship. Next year, Spies has agreed to attend at least two races. Beaubier will also travel to Texas, where Spies lives, for further assessments.