There’s no doubting the masters of the Superbike class in 2015 MotoAmerica – the Monster Energy / Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 duo of Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier.Heading into the penultimate MotoAmerica round that was combined with MotoGP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Hayes and Beaubier were the only winners so far, Hayes earning eight wins and Beaubier six. Both riders were tied ahead of the Indy round of MotoAmerica, North America’s new road-racing series spearheaded by three-time 500cc GP Champion Wayne Rainey.
But things would brighten for Beaubier as he doubled at Indy MotoAmerica Superbike 2015, the 22-year-old California edging out Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Lee Hayden in both races. Finishing third in both events at the famed Brickyard was four-time AMA SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes.Due to his wins, Beaubier now has 336 points, and holds an 18-point lead over Hayes as the series moves to the final round at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) September 11-13. But it still can be anyone’s title.Doing the numbers, if Hayes wins both races at NJMP and Beaubier finishes second in each, the title will go to Beaubier by eight points. If Beaubier finishes third in both races – and if Hayes wins – it will be a tie. But Hayes would earn the title due to having 10 race wins to Beaubier’s eight.“I’m definitely really pleased,” Beaubier said after his eighth win of the season. “Eighteen points is a decent gap, but I know how good this guy (Hayes) is at New Jersey so it’s going to be a pretty stressful-type weekend. I’m hoping for dry weather there and just do the best I can. This weekend was awesome.“This race was pretty tough the last few laps when it was raining. I think all of us were riding a little timid and it seemed like whoever was in front was just going a little bit slower because they didn’t know how much grip there was. It was easier to ride around in second than to lead in those conditions. I knew the last couple of laps, it was raining pretty good, and I had a feeling they were going to throw the red flag so I was doing everything I could just to stay in front just in case it would go back a lap or whatever – if it didn’t go to the checkered.”
Monster Energy/Graves Motorsports Yamaha’s Beaubier claimed his seventh MotoAmerica Superbike race win Saturday at IMS following a race-long battle with Kentucky’s Roger Lee Hayden aboard the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000.Beaubier would take the win by a mere 0.040 of a second. Earning third was Hayes, who beat Hayden’s teammate Jake Lewis to the final podium position by a mere 0.087 of a second.With his victory, Beaubier enters the history books as the first-ever winner of a Superbike race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Fifth place went to a lonely Roadrace Factory’s Jake Gagne, which was also his 10th Superstock 1000 race win of the season. Gagne’s win brings his lead to 29 points ahead of TOBC Racing’s Taylor Knapp, who finished third in the Superstock 1000 class and seventh overall, one spot behind Westby Racing’s Joshua Day.HSBK Aprilia’s Sheridan Morais was eighth with Atom Racing’s Steve Rapp and GN Gonzales Racing’s Shane Narbone rounding out the top 10 overall. All three were in the Superstock 1000 class where they finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
Beaubier once again edged out Hayden in race two of MotoAmerica Superbike at Indy, this time by 0.015 of a second at a race that was eventually red flagged due to rain. Due to the red flag, the running order was reversed to the prior lap for results. Hayes once again earned third, 0.297 of a second back.Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Jake Lewis, the 18-year-old Kentuckian besting Roadrace Factory’s Jake Gagne by some four seconds. Gagne, however, was the best of the Superstock 1000s and earned his 10th victory of the season.Day earned sixth overall and second in the Superstock 1000, the Westby Racing rider finishing well clear of Morais to earn his sixth podium finish of the season.Tyler O’Hara rode his Chisum/Motul Racing Yamaha to eighth overall and fourth in Superstock 1000 with TOBC Racing’s Taylor Knapp and GEICO Suzuki’s Ulrich rounding out the top 10. Ulrich was fifth in the Superbike class.With eight rounds and 16 races in the books, Beaubier leads Hayes by the aforementioned 18 points, 336-318. Hayden, who has three seconds in the last three races, is third with 245 points – 22 points clear of his teammate Lewis. Elena Myers is now fifth in the Superbike standings with 133 points.Gagne’s double win at Indy gives him a 43-point cushion over Knapp, 294-251, and with 50 points up for grabs in New Jersey he’s almost guaranteed his first MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 title. Brit Mark Heckles is a comfortable third in the series with 208 points.Indy MotoAmerica Superbike Results 2o15, Race 1: 1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha); 2. Roger Hayden (Suzuki); 3. Josh Hayes (Yamaha); 4. Jake Lewis (Suzuki); 5. Elena Myers (Suzuki); 6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki).Indy MotoAmerica Superbike Results 2015, Race 2: 1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha); 2. Roger Hayden (Suzuki); 3. Josh Hayes (Yamaha); 4. Jake Lewis (Suzuki); 5. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki); 6. Elena Myers (Suzuki).
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!