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Toni Elias Takes Motul Superbike Race Two At Road America


Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias won a red-flag shortened Motul Superbike race today in the final day of the Dunlop Championship at Road America, the Spaniard topping his teammate Roger Hayden by .131 of a second when the race was stopped for a second time because of oil on the racing line in turn one.

The race was stopped twice. The first time came on the opening lap when Bobby Fong, Jake Lewis and Mathew Scholtz crashed on the exit of turn five. Fortunately, the three escaped injury and Lewis and Scholtz were able to restart the race with Fong being forced to sit it out with a badly damaged motorcycle.

From the onset of the restart, the race at the front was hot and heavy with Elias and Hayden going at it at the front while Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier fought through from a bad start to join them. The shortened eight-lap race looked set to be a thriller to the end, but ended up with an anticlimactic finish when Josh Herrin’s HelmetSounds/Western Services/Meen Motorsports Yamaha blew up on the entrance to turn one and left oil on the racing surface. That brought out the red flag and the premature end to the race.

Since Elias had led across the line the lap of the incident, he was awarded victory by .131 of a second over Hayden with Beaubier just .854 of a second adrift in third place.

“On the paper, this race was short, 13-laps and shorter than most of our other races, but after the red flag only eight laps,” Elias said. “I know Roger (Hayden) and Cameron (Beaubier) can be especially strong in the first 10 laps of the race. I passed Roger, but he passed me back, so it was difficult to try and open a gap on the guys behind me. I’m a little bit disappointed to end the race like this because I think that we could have put on a good show for the people who came out to watch us today. The team and I have been working well, consistent, and it is a good weekend for us continuing to manage the points lead. This race win today is for Nicky (Hayden) and the Hayden family.”

Beaubier’s teammate Josh Hayes was fourth, the four-time AMA Superbike Champion battling for the majority of the race with Herrin until the Georgian’s motorcycle failed him and ultimately caused the red flag.

Scholtz rebounded from his first-lap crash to finishing fifth in the Motul Superbike class and that gave him victory in the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class, his second of the season. The win combined with Fong’s non-finish also moved the South African into the lead in the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Championship by six points over Fong.

TOBC Racing’s Danny Eslick was sixth and second in Bazzaz Superstock 1000, the Oklahoman barely besting veteran Larry Pegram, who was having his first weekend on the Superbike-spec Scheibe Racing/Hayes Brake BMW.

Jake Gagne rode his Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda Superbike to eighth with Cycle World Suzuki’s Hayden Gillim and Helmet Sounds/Western Services/Meen Motorsports’ Bryce Prince rounding out the top 10. The latter two were third and fourth in the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class, respectively.

Hayden was relatively pleased with his second-place finish to Elias, though like the other two in the top three he was left wondering what could have been had the race run the full distance.

“It would have been nice if the race went the distance or was event one lap shorter to benefit me,” Hayden said. “The team made a lot of changes to my bike from yesterday and I felt quite a bit stronger today in some of the areas that were my weakness yesterday. I got a good start and just put my head down and tried to be fast right away, which was a little bit faster than yesterday. Toni (Elias) got by me and was running a good pace and we went back and forth a couple of times. I tried to race him as hard as I could and when there was a hole to pass I tried to make it happen. Sometimes the red flags help you and sometimes they can hurt you, it’s part of it and it was still a good race to finish second and leave here with good points. I love Utah, it’s a good track for me, while this track has been one of my worst and I’m happy to leave here with a podium.”

Beaubier was in the same boat, though he said he was having some front-end issues that he didn’t have in yesterday’s victory.

“I was pretty bummed out that our race got called after the red flag,” Beaubier said. “Obviously our race only had like two laps left, but it was just kind of a bummer and I got some stuff to work on heading into Utah. I need to work on and improve my starts, there’s no reason to put myself in the middle of the pack like I have been doing and play catch up the rest of the race. I need to speed my race craft up at the beginning of the race, because anything can happen as you saw today. Overall, I’m happy to be back on the podium and I was able to get some decent points today. I feel good going into Utah, I really enjoy that track and my Yamaha R1 works great there.”

JD Beach turned the tables on his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff on the second day of the Dunlop Championship at Road America, the Kentucky resident beating Gerloff after losing out to the Texan yesterday.

Gerloff still leads the championship point standings by four points over Beach, 151-147, with the series heading to the Utah Motorsports Campus, June 23-25.

“I want to win every race that I start, but this weekend with everything going on and wearing Nicky’s (Hayden) helmet I really wanted to go out and get a win,” Beach said. “Garrett (Gerloff) and Valentin (Debise) were going to be really fast so I just tried to push from the start, but I’ve learned from racing dirt track and back home at the house that you don’t quit until the checkered flag. I was having some issues with the front end and it was a little scary for sure, but I knew where I was going to have the issues at and tried to make sure I had my knee down and was off the front brake in that spot. It’s been a fun season so far and we just need to keep doing what we’re doing.”

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Valentin Debise recovered from yesterday’s tire-choice debacle to finish third, the Frenchman some 17 seconds behind the battling Yamahas at the front but 28 seconds clear of the fight between Team H35’s Benny Solis and TSE Racing’s Brandon Paasch for fourth place. That tussle ended up going to Solis by less than a second.

Excel Machine Racing’s Connor Blevins finished fifth and with that took his second straight Superstock 600 victory. Blevins was just ahead of Kiwi Shane Richardson on the Palmetto Motorsports Team New Zealand Kawasaki. Anthony Mazziotto III, Daytona Anderson and Andrew Lee rounded out the top 10.

“We’ve made a lot of big changes here recently on the bike and it seems like I’ve always kind of struggled with the Kawasaki at Road America,” Blevins said. “It’s a good bike, but I’ve just struggled a little bit with it and we made some big changes coming into this weekend. I was a little skeptical coming into the weekend, but overall the bikes working really good. There are a few things I found that I believe can make the bike work even better and I’m just really stoked to win these two races this weekend.”

On Saturday, Jackson Blackmon not only jumped the start but he also sped down pit lane above the 50-mph limit while coming in to serve his ride-through penalty. The result was a 20-second penalty that dropped him to ninth. On Sunday, he made up for that, the 15-year-old racing his Quarterley Racing/On Track Development RC 390 to victory after a race-long duel with CSVMoto’s Cory Ventura and yesterday’s winner Benjamin Smith. At the finish, Blackmon had his second win of the season by just .296 of a second over Ventura with Smith just .316 of a second from victory.

“That was probably one of the most fun battles that I’ve ever had and I think it’s a really good experience for us as well on the KTM (RC 390) by helping prepare us for the bigger bikes and our race craft is getting better and better,” Blackmon said. “We (Cory Ventura and Benjamin Smith) were able to pull away and I led a good amount of laps during today’s race. I couldn’t hear them coming up the hill and wasn’t sure if they were planning to set me up and roll me out, so I just kind of went for it in Canada Corner and everything seemed to work out. I’m just so pumped to get this win after everything that we had happen yesterday.”

Smith still leads the KTM RC Cup Championship over Draik Beauchamp, fourth today, 107-94. Blackmon jumps to third in the title chase, 30 points behind Smith after three rounds and six races.

RESULTS

Motul Superbike  

1. Toni Elias, Barcelona, Spain, Suzuki

2. Roger Hayden, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki

3. Cameron Beaubier, Roseville, Calif., Yamaha

4. Josh Hayes, Gulfport, Ms., Yamaha

5. Mathew Scholtz, Durban, South Africa, Yamaha

6. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha

7. Larry Pegram, Columbus, Ohio, BMW

8. Jake Gagne, San Diego, Calif., Honda

9. Hayden Gillim, Philpot, Ky., Suzuki

10. Bryce Prince, Bakersfield, Calif., Yamaha 

Motul Superbike Championship Standings

1. Toni Elias, Barcelona, Spain, Suzuki – 160

2. Cameron Beaubier, Roseville, Calif., Yamaha – 146

3. Roger Hayden, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 140

4. Josh Hayes, Gulfport, Ms., Yamaha – 82

5. Bobby Fong, Stockton, Calif., Kawasaki – 75

6. Mathew Scholtz, Johannesburg, South Africa, Yamaha – 71

7. Jake Lewis, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 67

8. Josh Herrin, Dublin, Ga., Yamaha – 62

9. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha – 57

10. Jake Gagne, San Diego, Calif., Honda – 51 

Bazzaz Superstock 1000

1. Mathew Scholtz, Dublin, South Africa, Yamaha

2. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha

3. Hayden Gillim, Philapot, Ky., Suzuki

4. Bryce Prince, Bakersfield, Calif., Yamaha

5. Jake Lewis, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki

6. David Anthony, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki

7. Max Flinders, Preston, England, Yamaha

8. Sean Dwyer, Palm Gardens, Fla., Yamaha

9. Martin Biernacki, Jaslo, Poland, BMW

10. Stefan Dolipski, Ottenhoefen, Germany, BMW

Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Championship Standings

1. Mathew Scholtz, Durban, South Africa, Yamaha – 146

2. Bobby Fong, Stockton, Calif., Kawasaki – 140

3. Jake Lewis, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 138

4. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha – 119

5. Hayden Gillim, Philapot, Ky., Suzuki – 94

6. Bryce Prince, Bakersfield, Calif., – 80

7. Max Flinders, Preston, England, Yamaha – 67

8. Anthony Kosinski, Crumstown, Ind., Yamaha – 37

9. David Anthony, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki – 28

10. Frankie Babuska, Pelham, N.Y., Yamaha – 17

 

Supersport

1. JD Beach, Owensboro, Ky., Yamaha

2. Garrett Gerloff, New Waverly, Texas, Yamaha

3. Valentin Debise, Albi, France, Suzuki

4. Benny Solis, North Hollywood, Calif., Honda

5. Brandon Paasch, Freehold, N.J., Suzuki

6. Connor Blevins, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki

7. Shane Richardson, Wellington, New Zealand, Kawasaki

8. Anthony Mazziotto III, Hammonton, N.J., Yamaha

9. Daytona Anderson, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha

10. Andrew Lee, Clovis, Calif., Yamaha

 

Supersport Championship Standings

1. Garrett Gerloff, New Waverly, Texas., Yamaha – 151

2. JD Beach, Owensboro, Ky., Yamaha – 147

3. Benny Solis, North Hollywood, Calif., Honda – 98

4. Valentin Debise, Albi, France, Suzuki – 83

5. Brandon Paasch, Freehold, N.J., Yamaha – 60

6. Connor Blevins, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki – 49

7. Jason Aguilar, Placentia, Calif., Yamaha – 44

8. Michael Gilbert, Santa Ana, Calif., Yamaha – 43

9. Nick McFadden, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 38

10. Shane Richardson, Wellington, New Zealand, Kawasaki – 36

 

Superstock 600  

1. Conner Blevins, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki

2. Shane Richardson, Wellington, New Zealand, Kawasaki

3. Anthony Mazziotto III, Hammonton, N.J., Yamaha

4. Andrew Lee, Clovis, Calif., Yamaha

5. Caroline Olsen, Norway, Yamaha

6. Brandon Cleland, Forth Worth, Texas, Suzuki

7. Braeden Ortt, Calgary, Alberta, Yamaha

8. JC Camacho, Deer Park, Texas, Suzuki

9. Carl Soltisz, Waterford, Mich., Yamaha

10. Nolan Lamkin, Indianapolis, Ind., Yamaha

 

Superstock 600 Championship Standings

1. Conner Blevins, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki -96

2. Michael Gilbert, Santa Ana, Calif., Yamaha – 86

3. Jason Aguilar, Placentia, Calif., Yamaha – 85

4. Nick McFadden, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 77

5. Shane Richardson, Wellington, New Zealand, Kawasaki – 71

6. JC Camacho, Deer Park, Texas, Suzuki – 70

7. Anthony Mazziotto III, Hammonton, N.J., KTM – 65

8. Braeden Ortt, Calgary, Alberta, Yamaha – 53

9. Andrew Lee, Clovis, Calif., Yamaha – 42

10. Brandon Cleland, Forth Worth, Texas, Suzuki – 32

 

KTM RC Cup  

1. Jackson Blackmon, Rock Hill, S.C., KTM

2. Benjamin Smith, Glenmoore, Pa., KTM

3. Cory Ventura, Union City, Calif., KTM

4. Draik Beauchamp, Knoxville, Tenn., KTM

5. Alex Dumas, Quebec, Canada, KTM

6. Gavin Anthony, Hilliard, Ohio, KTM

7. Trevor Standish, Roswell, Ga., KTM

8. Sergio Rodriguez II, Oxnard, Calif., KTM

9. Toby Khamsouk, Banning, Calif., KTM

10. Jake Leahey, Hammonton, N.J., KTM

 

KTM RC Cup Championship Standings

1. Benjamin Smith, Glenmoore, Pa., KTM – 107

2. Draik Beauchamp, Knoxville, Tenn., KTM – 94

3. Jackson Blackmon, Rock Hill, S.C., KTM – 77

4. Alex Dumas, Quebec, Canada, KTM – 73

5. Toby Khamsouk, Banning, Calif., KTM – 60

6. Gavin Anthony, Hilliard, Ohio, KTM – 53

7. Trevor Standish, Roswell, Ga., KTM – 53

8. Cory Ventura, Union City, Calif., KTM – 47

9. Sergio Rodriguez II, Oxnard, Calif., KTM – 46

10. Jake Leahey, Hammonton, N.J., KTM – 39


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