2016 New Jersey MotoAmerica PreviewAfter two long months of summer break, the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Race Series will conclude with the final round September 9-11 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., otherwise known as the Yamaha Superbike Challenge of New Jersey.Two races remain for the Superbike class, with 50 points up for grabs. The defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier has been training hard for the coming weekend. He leads with 298 points, 29 points ahead of YZF-R1 teammate Josh Hayes and 35 ahead of Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias.
[Visit the Ultimate Motorcycling MotoAmerica Page]The Superbike title is on the line and Beaubier will certainly be working to maintain it. With Elias and Hayes both within striking distance, it’s anyone’s guess who will be the victor. A betting man might settle on Beaubier, who has been consistent throughout the 2016 MotoAmerica season, but with veterans Hayes, a four-time AMA SuperBike Champion, and Moto2 Champion Elias in the mix, we’re not so sure it’ll be cakewalk for the defending champ.When it comes to scoring points, every place is important. Last season, it was class specific point distribution, but now, all of that has gone out of the window. Instead, if a rider finishes sixth place, he or she will earn sixth place points, regardless of the class they’re in. That means that if Beaubier slips up – he could easily say goodbye to his point lead. It may be hard, though, considering he dominated the early summer NJMP MotoAmerica Superbike races.“At the end of the day, I’m going to New Jersey to try and wrap up the title,” Beaubier said. “I’m going to put myself in a position in the first race and see if I can win the race or finish on the podium and make my life easier for the second race. Basically, I just want to be smart through the whole weekend. I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday I just need to be focused. I want this second championship more than anything and we have worked hard for it, especially after the rough start to the season. We’ve been able to fight our way back to the top. I think the two ride days (at Buttonwillow in California) really benefitted us so we’re not showing up after not riding for two months.”Riders Discount/Tuned Racing’s Bryce Prince and Meen Motorsports’ Josh Herrin have already secured their title position; picking up the Superstock 600 and Bazzaz Superstock 1000 titles, respectively.