DOUBLE VICTORY FOR BEACH AT ROAD ATLANTA
NEWS April 20, 2010
Teammates Beach and Beaubier were in top form once again with Beach stepping into the starring role at Atlanta after Beaubier had done so in Daytona with his season-opening victory.
Beach picked up a $3000 bonus check for claiming the doubleheader sweep, winning Friday's race to earn his first career AMA Pro Road Racing victory following a dramatic last-lap duel with Beaubier. J.D. then picked up his second win a day later, being awarded the victory in a twice-stopped, red-flag shortened final.
The former Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup stars opened both races alongside one another on the front row aboard their YZF R6 racebikes with Beaubier qualifying second at 1:30.861, just 0.136 seconds off pole, and Beach third at 1:31.139.
The two battled up front throughout Saturday's race with Beach ultimately getting the upper hand in a breathtaking braking contest entering the Turn 10 chicane on the final lap and then holding off his teammate to the checkered flag by 0.108 seconds.
On Sunday, Beaubier appeared set on getting his revenge, opening up a small gap over Beach prior to seeing it erased by a red flag. Cameron got away in third at the restart but the race was red flagged again just as he had resumed ownership of first place. When the results were reverted a lap, Beach was named the winner and Beaubier was pushed down to third.
Commenting on Saturday's landmark win, J.D. said, "I was just going for it. I knew it was going to come down to the last lap going down that back straightaway. It was a good race. It's good to finally get a win because last year the bike was working really good and we never got a win. Cameron and I have been racing together since '07 and he came into the team brand-new and won his first race out, and today I just went for it. I think of all the times racing with Cameron, that's probably the first time I out-broke him too, so it was a good win."
Beach, who is now second in the championship race with 84 points, admitted of Sunday's race, "It's too bad we had the red flags. Cameron was riding great -- you can't tell this is his first year on a 600. But I'll take it -- when you're down you want any advantage that you can get. It's too bad for Cameron because he was riding really good, but that's part of racing. I got lucky but you can't count on it. Next time I have to figure out how to catch him faster if he starts getting away."
After increasing his championship lead by upping his tally to 94 points with his second and third-place results, Beaubier said of his close Saturday runner-up finish, "J.D. was riding really good and I was just trying to look for places he was weak and I felt a little stronger. I was waiting for a good place to pass him. I was struggling a little bit going onto the straight. We were messing around a little bit on the last lap to see who would get on the brakes last into the chicane. Once he did that, his race was pretty much won. He outbroke me and I couldn't get enough drive to pass him back."
Rockwall Performance Yamaha will be back in action at the next round of the 2010 AMA Pro SuperSport East Division Championship, which takes place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI on June 4-6.