Beach Wraps up Second Place in AMA Pro SuperSport East

NEWS September 9, 2009

Beach Wraps up Second Place in AMA Pro SuperSport East

MILLVILLE, N.J. (September 9, 2009) - Yamaha had a weekend of ups and downs at New Jersey Motorsports Park, with J.D. Beach earning another podium finish and securing second in the AMA Pro SuperSport East championship while his teammates Lloyd Worrell and Marcos Reichert suffered injuries at New Jersey and missed races.

Beach joined Yamaha at Mid-Ohio and finished on the podium three times, with an additional fourth place finish in the other race. He was ranked second in the final SuperSport East standings due to his hot streak to finish the year.

"I didn't really know I got second in the championship until just now, but I think that's great considering how my season started. I have to thank for giving me the opportunity," said Beach. "We ran at the front and had some good races together and I think we are all pleased at the results."

J.D. earned third at the New Jersey race to notch his third straight podium result. "It was a real good race. Ricky Parker and Josh Day had a strong pace and I was trying to catch them. I gained some laps and lost others but I couldn't get the job done for the win this time. In the last few laps, I saw I had a huge gap on fourth place so I slowed down a little bit. It was a great way to end the season and there was no need to risk it."

Marcos Reichert was on the pace all weekend and looking to produce his best results of the year after a strong qualifying performance, but a race one crash put him out for the weekend with leg and foot injuries. "We were doing really well in practice and we qualified 15th on Friday and we moved up to 13th when some other riders had technical issues," said the Guatemalan racer. "We were doing good lap times, around 1:24.5 and feeling really confident for the races. It's a fun track. In the first corner, first lap, Westby and I touched and I went down. I didn't feel so bad, feeling upset more than hurt. Then I woke up with a lot of swelling and I had to go to the hospital. Thankfully, nothing was broken and it's just soft tissue damage. We were doing well this weekend and we were just a second off the top guys. Even though we didn't get to show it in the races, I feel good about how we've progressed. At every round we did better and we thought this one was going to be a great weekend for us. I want to thank all the team for supporting me all year and giving me a great bike all year. I'm ready to come back next season and do a good job."

A Thursday crash kept Lloyd Worrell from racing at New Jersey. Lloyd suffered arm and foot injures and that meant the young racer could not capitalize on his recent momentum as he continued to progress in his first season on a 600cc machine.

Lloyd was lapping in Thursday practice when he tangled with another rider in turn one and Worrell crashed. "It threw me into his rear wheel and it drug me into turn one. I guess I was kinda lucky because I could have really gotten hurt in that one. It was one of those deals that happens but I would have liked to finished out the season with a good race. I made it up to eighth in points for championship and learned a lot. I'm coming back next season in SuperSport and my plan is to go for the championship."

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