2016 Road Atlanta MotoAmerica ResultsRoad Atlanta MotoAmerica proved to be one of upsets and revelations in the Superbike and Superstock classes. The 2016 MotoAmerica AM/FIM North American Road Racing Champion made its second stop of the season at the Georgia-based track and there was plenty of action to be had.
2016 Road Atlanta MotoAmerica Race 1 Recap
The dominance of Moto2 Champion Toni Elias during round one at Circuit of the Americas last weekend questioned the skilled riding of Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha riders Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier. During race one at Road Atlanta, both YZF-R1 pilots looked to have the first two positions secured, but the poor luck struck again as Hayes made contact with Beaubier, taking them both out on the exit of 10B. The four-time AMA SuperBike Champion Hayes and reigning MotoAmerica Champion Beaubier walked away from the incidents.Though Yoshimura Suzuki riders Roger Hayden and Elias looked strong in race one of Road Atlanta, they certainly were both relieved to see the Yamaha duo out of the contention. From that point on, Hayden and Elias battled it out. Hayden once again proved his worth, dicing it up and hanging on, but Elias’ signature deep braking put him in first place again.Hayden maintained the lead after the Yamaha duo crashed, only succumb to Elias in the final moments of the race. This marked three consecutive first-place finishes for the Spanish rider. As for Hayden, this was his third-consecutive second-place finish. Jake Gagne aboard the Broaster Chicken/Roadrace Factory Yamaha R1 took third place finish. Gagne took his gracious prize in stride because it was his first Superbike podium.Elias looked as if he was at a loss for words when questioned about his victory, despite his absolutely brilliant riding. “My plan was no this one,” Elias said. “I’d been surprised at the beginning. In turn one I had been struggling a lot all weekend. I wasn’t surprised when Roger passed me. Today in warm-up he was really fast. He could stay with us for the race and he showed me on the second lap. After that I made a mistake and I lose one second and a half, and in two laps I could catch the group again and that gave me a lot of motivation.“I could catch again, especially the last section but I suffer all day. I try to keep my calm. I try to keep calm and try to not come too tired, I have arm pump. Finally, I push and where I want to pass Roger every lap was yellow flags, yellow flags, yellow flags. I did my best and he was there all the time. We got lucky because the Yamaha guys crashed and I’m sorry because they had good rhythm.”HSBK Aprilia RSV4 RF pilot Claudio Corti – another transplant from Europe – earned fourth place and top results for the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class. The Aprilia was much stronger at Road Atlanta; the Speed deficit at COTA has been dramatically reduced, which is most likely the result of the Italian brand stepping in with some factory technical support.Wheels In Motion/Motosport.com/Meen Motosports’ Yamaha YZF-R1 rider Josh Herrin claimed fifth. Trailing the AMA SuperBike Champion closely in sixth was Latus Motors Racing’s Bobby Fong and in seventh, MotoEverything/DieselOps Racing’s Taylor Knapp. Herrin and Corti are the men to watch in Superstock; the two have been at each other’s throats since the opening race of the season, making for thrilling racing.Cycle World Suzuki’s Hayden Gillim, took home an eighth place finish in race one. Team Rabid Transit’s Sheridan Morais and Millennium Technologies/KWR’s Kyle Wyman formed the top ten.