At this past weekend’s second round of the 2014 GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented by Yamaha, it was indeed all about Yamaha. Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Superbike rookie Cameron Beaubier won the Air Pacific Nationals on Sunday afternoon at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA, and was followed home in second by teammate and three-time AMA Pro Superbike Champion Josh Hayes. The Superbike Shootout is a three-race, Western-states series that pairs the Pros with Semi-pro and Amateur events.
Beaubier came into the weekend flying high from last weekend’s podium finish in the inaugural race of the series at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Despite his rookie status, Beaubier stepped it up and captured pole position for the 20-lap race in California’s wine country. In the race itself, Beaubier got a good start but then got shuffled back to fifth. Undaunted, he worked his way up to – and eventually around – teammate Hayes to take the lead and the win.
“This track is very technical,” said Beaubier in the team release. “And I’m glad I’ve upped my training this year because it’s helped me handle the big R1. I was able to work myself back up to Josh, who was in the lead, and it wasn’t easy to get around him. It’s great to get this win on my home track and in front of my family and friends.”
While Beaubier was fighting his way through the field, Yamaha’s Hayes quickly staked a claim on the lead and showed every indication of keeping it. Unfortunately for him, his teammate had other ideas and the wily veteran wound up finishing second.
“I don’t feel like I can be unhappy with my race after the way the weekend started,” said Hayes via the Yamaha release. “I was riding smooth, putting together the best race I could. I made a little mistake, and it really cost me. I rode hard to try to catch back up to Cameron. He rode a great race. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten beaten like that, so congrats to my teammate. He’s riding really well.”
Rounding out the almost-all Yamaha podium was Yoshimura Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas, who won the Fontana event. One round remains in the 2014 GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented by Yamaha, at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, on May 24 – 25.Tags: Auto Club Speedway, California, Cameron Beaubier, GEICO, Josh Hayes, Martin Cardenas, Miller Motorsports Park, Monster Energy Graves Yamaha, Motorsports, Sonoma Raceway, Yoshimura Suzuki