2016 Laguna Seca MotoAmerica ResultsFor stateside motorcycle racing fans, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was the only place to be this past weekend. The venue in Monterey, Calif., hosted World Superbike and MotoAmerica, and brought in over 61,000 fans throughout the three-day event.
Read our Laguna Seca World Superbike Race Coverage: Laguna SBK Race 1; Laguna SBK Race 2
The penultimate round of MotoAmerica at Laguna Seca resulted in a tighter points battle in the Superbike and Supersport classes, and a title to Josh Herrin in the Superstock 1000 class.Herrin’s fourth in race one and eighth in race two allowed him to clinch the Bazaaz Superstock 1000 title – he now has a insurmountable 50-point lead heading into the season finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park September 9-11.In the Superbike class, the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1s piloted by Cameron Beaubier – the reigning MotoAmerica Champion – and four-time AMA SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes dominated.Beaubier earned the race-one win at the 2.238-mile circuit containing 11 corners. He finished a mere 0.300 of a second ahead of Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias (GSX-R1000), with Hayes claiming third. In race two, Hayes would earn the win 0.257 of a second ahead of Beaubier, and Elias would finish third.“At the beginning of the race, I was getting a little nervous,” Beaubier said after taking his eighth win of the season in race one on Sunday. “I was getting a gap put on me. I almost ran into Toni Elias on the fourth lap and I dropped behind Roger (Hayden) and had to catch up. I feel like at the beginning of the race their bikes were working better with the new tires and as the race went on mine seemed better than theirs. I’m really happy with the win and big thanks to my team.”Beaubier also won the series-within-a-series, the three round Honda Superbike Showdown. Over three rounds (six races – Barber, Utah, Laguna Seca), the California amassed 127 points, finishing 13 ahead of Elias. Due to his win, 2006 MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden presented him with a 2016 Honda Civic sedan.With his race-two win, Hayes earned his 60th Superbike career win.“Both races were very similar I thought and both races were a lot of fun,” Hayes said after winning race two. “This one had the end result that I was looking for in the first one so I’m really proud to win this race for my boys and to put on a show for all the fans who came out. It was an incredibly fun race.“It was nerve-wracking. Like I said on the podium, I got tired of holding my breath and closing my eyes so much waiting for the Spanish Stud Missile over there. Every time I made a mistake it was like, ‘Oh no, here it comes.’ I got a bit of a surprise when it was Cam (Beaubier) going into the last turn. I knew I was pretty tight and I was like ‘He doesn’t like being down there.’“He’s a little bit smaller than me and still has a little growing to do so I was a little worried because I know he gets a good run off that last turn. So it was just getting it turned and get it pointed straight and accelerating as smoothly and as best I could. He had a pretty big one next to me so I was like, ‘Hang on little buddy.’ Even when that happened, I was still nervous that Toni was coming. I thought he was somehow going to still dive-bomb me before the finish line.”As for Elias’ Yoshimura Suzuki teammate, Roger Lee Hayden basically took himself out of championship contention with a crash in race one and a fourth-place finish in race two. Hayden now trails Beaubier by 59 points with 50 championship points up for grabs in New Jersey’s two races.