News 28 Aug 2017

Beaubier and Hayden split MotoAmerica wins at Pittsburgh

Suzuki's Elias stretches points lead to 79 at round eight.

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Defending champion Cameron Beaubier (Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing) and Roger Hayden (Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing) have each taken a race victory at Pittsburgh’s eighth round of the MotoAmerica Championship.

In race one it was Beaubier who took a strong 1.406s victory over championship leader Toni Elias (Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing), followed by a hard-charging Hayden in third.

Honda-mounted Jake Gagne (Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda) was good enough for fourth, as Bobby Fong (Quicksilver Latus Motors Kawasaki) rounded out the top five in fifth.

Australia’s Anthony West (Fly Street/Motul Oils/ADR Motorsports) was 10th despite being aboard a Superstock machine.

Race two was all about Hayden, who fended Elias and Josh Hayes (Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing) right to the flag, finishing a narrow 0.263s ahead of Elias. Hayes was a further 0.194s behind the be credited the final spot on the podium.

Matthew Sholtz (Yamalube/Westby Racing) moved into the top five for race two, claiming fourth ahead of Fong, who backed up his result from the first outing. West was unable to improve on his race one position to finish in 13th.

Elias continues to lead the championship by 79 points over teammate Hayden, with the next stop on the calendar scheduled for 8-10 September in New Jersey.