Beaubier Takes AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

NEWS July 29, 2012

Beaubier Takes AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Cameron Beaubier won a fantastic three-way fight for another GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, taking his fourth victory in the past five races in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class with a bold last-lap move over series points leader Martin Cardenas. The Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha pilot battled for 20 laps with his teammate Tommy Hayden as well as Cardenas in a real thriller.

Beaubier showed Cardenas a wheel on several occasions, but the Colombian did not give the young challenger any opportunity to pass heading into the final lap. The young standout made a move to the outside of turn one, an unlikely passing area, then surprised Cardenas on the inside of turn two and made the move stick. Cardenas was able to hold off the charging Hayden but couldn’t counter Beaubier in the final turn or the run to the line.

Beaubier’s margin of victory was 0.092 over Cardenas and 0.425 over Hayden.

“Martin made a little mistake coming out of the last corner and I was able to pass him into two,” said Beaubier. “I was riding a little impatient in the middle of the race, trying to get around Tommy and showing Martin a wheel here and there. I felt like I could get in there pretty good but to tell the truth I did not plan that move. I saw the opportunity.”

Jake Zemke took fourth place, just 2.555 seconds back as the Ducshop Ducati rider once again ran a strong race.

Jake Gagne of Roadrace Factory/Red Bull earned fifth. The young rider has recovered from arm pump surgery and had a trying race but was able to finish even after a collision with second place points man Dane Westby, who had highsided just in front of him.

Cardenas now leads Westby by 64 points in the GoPro Daytona SportBike point standings, 314-250, with Beaubier and Hayden tied for third 16 points back at 234 a piece.

Next GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Event

The AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series will take its turn sharing the spotlight with the MotoGP World Championship superstars in three weeks time for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 17-19. The full tour will resume on September 7-9 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

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