News 2 May 2016

Beaubier does the MotoAmerica double at wet NJMP

ASBK regular Elliott claims points in challenging conditions.

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Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier had a perfect day in imperfect weather at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion winning both races on a rainy day to vault himself back into championship contention.

Beaubier, who started the day seventh in the championship, scored a perfect 50 points in trying conditions as rainstorms invaded south New Jersey and wreaked havoc on a hectic Sunday at NJMP.

When the day concluded at dusk, Beaubier had gone from seventh to second in the series standings, just four points behind his teammate Josh Hayes. Hayes, the four-time series champion, finished second in both races but wasn’t able to match the pace thrown down by his young teammate.

For Beaubier the two victories were the 13th and 14th of his Superbike career with those two wins moving him into a tie for 10th on the all-time AMA Superbike win list with former World Champions Eddie Lawson and Scott Russell.

Hayes moved into the championship points lead with his two second-place finishes today, the 41-year-old veteran making the most of Roger Hayden’s second-race crash to take the top spot. Hayes has 92 points to Beaubier’s 88 with Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden dropping to third with 83 points. Hayden had finished ninth in race one after struggling with the treacherous conditions.

Hayden’s teammate Toni Elias also struggled, the Spaniard finishing out of the points in race one and then finishing 12th in race two. Elias is now fourth in the championship with 79 points – 13 points behind Hayes.

If Beaubier had a great day, then so too did Claudio Corti, the Italian and his HSBK Aprilia finishing third overall in both Superbike races and first in the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class. The two Superstock wins vaulted him into the championship points lead with 111 points, nine clear of Wheels In Motion/Meen Motorsports’ Josh Herrin.

Australian debutant Brayden Elliott made the most of his one-off appearance with ADR Motorsports on board a Yamaha, claiming 13th in race one and 14th in the second (seventh Superbike on both occasions). Countryman David Anthony went DNF-11 on his Kawasaki.