It’s been two months since the opening round of AMA Pro Superbike at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL, but the 2014 series has resumed with a bang. The Monster Energy Graves Yamaha team made the most of round two at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, this past weekend, taking both premier class wins in the double-header weekend.
In Saturday’s 13-lap race, Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier started from pole position and promptly engaged teammate Josh Hayes in what would be a stunning race-long battle. The fight was all the more interesting, considering that Beaubier is a Superbike rookie, whereas teammate Hayes is a three-time Superbike champion. In the end, Beaubier claimed Saturday’s win, with Hayes taking second and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas finishing third.
“Josh was riding awesome,” said Beaubier. “And he made it really tough for me to get around him. After getting past him, I made a couple of mistakes, and he was able to re-take the lead. It took all I had to catch back up to him, and I was running out of laps to pass him. I was fortunate to get a good drive on that last lap and get the win.”
Sunday, meanwhile, dawned overcast and the forecast did not improve as the day progressed. Veteran Hayes capitalized on the on-and-off rainy conditions during the Superbike race, which resulted in a brief rain delay and a wet restart. The rain was spotty until the last few laps but then the sky opened up. Hayes tiptoed home in the lead and captured his sixth out of the past seven wins at the Wisconsin track. Also on Sunday’s Superbike podium were Suzuki’s David Anthony in second and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden in third.
“Despite the conditions and circumstances of the race, I’m happy to get this win for my team,” said Hayes. “With all that rain, those last two laps were the toughest I’ve ever had here at Road America.”
Although Beaubier crashed out of the race prior to the rain delay, he was able to rejoin the fray at the wet restart and finished 13th. Currently, Beaubier and Hayden are tied for the lead in the championship standings and Hayes sits in third.Tags: Cameron Beaubier, David Anthony, Daytona International Speedway, Josh Hayes, Martin Cardenas, Monster Energy Graves Yamaha, Motorsports, Road America, Roger Hayden, Yoshimura Suzuki