Cameron Beaubier Looks to Make Immediate Impact in National Guard SuperBike in 2014
NEWS November 19, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 19, 2013) – Reigning AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike champion and Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier recently announced that he’ll be giving Josh Hayes and the rest of the lethal AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike lineup a run for their money in 2014.
Beaubier’s announcement to graduate to the elite class shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the sport. The Roseville, Ca. product’s track record in 2013 was nearly flawless as he claimed victory in every race but one, and he has only improved in each of his four seasons since making his GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing debut in Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport in 2010.
The scariest part about Beaubier’s tremendous success in 2013 is the fact that he won 12 races and the coveted GoPro Daytona SportBike championship by a landslide on a bum knee. Less than two weeks ago, Beaubier went under the knife to repair a problem in his knee that had been bothering him for nearly two years after being involved in a crash at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2012.
“I can’t say my knee has been holding me back at all but it’s definitely nice to have the surgery behind be and have everything put back together,” said Beaubier. “It was sensitive all year and when I crashed at Laguna I kind of tweaked it a little bit. It will be nice to work out in the offseason and train extensively without having to worry about it swelling up on me.”
Beaubier has already began testing on a Yamaha R1 and his workout regimen this offseason will consist of cycling, working with a personal trainer to improve upper body and core strength, and becoming familiar with the differences in riding a 1000cc motorcycle versus the 600cc he’s become accustomed to in GoPro Daytona SportBike.
“I was able to test the new Yamaha R1 at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in California about three weeks ago before my surgery and it went really well,” said Beaubier. “I had a ton of fun on it and it was cool getting to know all of my new guys. The 1000 is a different animal and it’s definitely going to take some getting used to. It’s a machine that requires you to be in great shape to be able to control it and that’s precisely what I plan on doing. I’m going to take it slow in the beginning; I should be riding a stationary bike by the end of this week until I get healthy but I definitely plan on doing a lot more testing on the R1 this offseason.”
To say that Beaubier will have his hands full in 2014 would be an understatement. He’s entering a field mixed with seasoned veterans and young riders that will be gunning for the podium every weekend. Beaubier will ride alongside Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammate Josh Hayes, a three-time National Guard SuperBike champion who will surely have a chip on his shoulder in 2014 after having the belt ripped from his waist side last season by former teammate Josh Herrin. Which brings us to the shoes Beaubier will be expected to fill – Herrin’s late season heroics in 2013 catapulted him to the top spot and his first ever National Guard SuperBike championship. Herrin decided to hit and run as he plans on taking his talents to the MotoGP level for the 2014 season and leaves Beaubier to fill the void.
Thus far, Beaubier has answered the bell on every occasion his name has been called. He has proven time and time again that no competition is too much for him and his raw ability is scary good. However, it will be interesting to see how the young up-and-coming star will fare in the uncharted waters of the National Guard SuperBike class in 2014 against the likes of Hayes, Martin Cardenas, Roger Hayden, Danny Eslick and company.
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