The battle for the debut MotoAmerica Superbike Championship came down to the final round at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday.All season only two riders were victorious in America’s new road-racing series spearheaded by three-time MotoGP Champion Wayne Rainey – Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier.
Hayes (#1) and Beaubier (#6) entered MotoAmerica SBK at New Jersey Motorsports Park with eight race wins each, though Beaubier had the upper hand due to higher finishes all season when Hayes had lost.Hayes – a four-time AMA SuperBike Champion – did what was needed, sweeping the MotoAmerica Superbike finale for a total of 10 wins aboard his YZF-R1. But Beaubier’s second- and third-place finishes allowed him to clinch the title, becoming the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion. When combined with the former AMA SuperBike class, Beaubier is now the 20th different rider to earn the SBK title in America.“I was doing everything I could to not risk crashing in that race! I was definitely riding pretty timid. I got out there in the beginning of the race, and I made a couple of mistakes, so I decided to focus on not making any mistakes,” Beaubier says.“It’s a dream come true for me to win the Championship in my second year on a Superbike and my first year with this brand-new R1. Josh is an awesome teammate and a great Champion. He’s helped me so much.”Hayes also spoke about his performances at NJMP: “This was one of the hardest races I’ve ever had here, and I gave it all I had. Congratulations to Cam. My bad days were just a little worse than his bad days this season and, over the course of 9 rounds and 18 races, those are the things that cost you the Championship. Cam rode well all year long, and I’m proud of what he accomplished. If someone other than me is going to win the Championship, I’m glad it’s my teammate.”Earning third overall in MotoAmerica Superbike was the biggest threat to the Team Graves Yamaha duo all season – Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Lee Hayden. The brother of 2006 MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden finished on the podium 15 times, earning third overall with 281 points.
2015 New Jersey Motorsports Park MotoAmerica Superbike on TV
The ninth and final round of 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike will be broadcast at 5 p.m. EST Sunday, September 20, on CBS Sports Network.
2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Final Points
1. Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha, 372 2. Josh Hayes – Yamaha, 368 3. Roger Hayden – Suzuki, 281 4. Jake Lewis – Suzuki, 223 5. Elena Myers – Suzuki, 152
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.