Arai Mountain Nationals Sportbike Results 2014

May 26, 2014
Byron Wilson
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Yamaha Extended Services’ Garrett Gerloff notched his first professional championship after winning the DynoJet Pro Sportbike race at the Arai Mountain Nationals. Gerloff’s teammate, JD Beach, finished in second-place, earning his best race result in the series, followed by Latus Motors Triumph’s Bobby Fong in third.

Gerloff dominated the 2014 GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout in his class, winning the previous round at Sonoma and finishing second behind Fong in the opener at Fontana. Off the start at Miller, the 18 year-old faced pressure from Beach as the two battled for the front, but Gerloff prevailed early and pushed hard to open a gap on the field. By the end, Gerloff finished almost 11 seconds ahead of his teammate.

“I thought I got a good jump at the start, but JD got by me on the first lap,” said Gerloff. “I really wanted this championship, and I worked hard to build a lead so that I didn’t have to fight so hard towards the end of the race. I’m excited to win my first pro national championship for my team. They’ve worked tirelessly to give me the best bike out there.”

Beach, who finishes the series in third overall behind Fong, was similarly pleased with his performance at Miller.

“Race starts have always been a strong point for me because of my dirt track background where the starts are critical,” said Beach. “I knew that Garrett was going to be fast, so I knew I needed to get a good start and try to stay up front. Garrett got past me, and I just tried to stay with him as best I could. To finish second is a great feeling, and I have to thank my team so much for all their hard work.”

Fong came into the final round at Miller tied with Gerloff for the championship, each rider having scored a win and second-place result previously. The Triumph rider was faced with a set-back early on, however, when his machine was clipped by another rider, forcing him to stand the bike up and lose valuable time. Following that Fong experienced some mechanical issues which kept him from challenging for the win.

GEICO Motorcycle’s Jake Zemke achieved his best finish of the Superbike Shootout in fourth, and is looking forward to employing the bike improvements he and his team found during the three-race series once AMA Pro Racing starts back up at Road America.

“To have the bike perform like it did is very encouraging,” said Zemke. “We definitely feel as though we’ve closed the gap on the guys that have been ahead of us, and that’s a real testament to the crew and this team. It’s satisfying as a rider to reward the crew guys with a strong race because they do the same amount of work, if not more, when we don’t do so well as when we do, so this is for them.”

Yamaha rider Chad Lewin finished in fifth followed by Tuned Racing’s Bryce Prince in sixth. Ryan Matter took seventh ahead of Michael Gilbert in eighth and Jason Aguilar in ninth. Mark Harper rounded out the top-10.

DynoJet Pro Sportbike Arai Mountain Nationals Results 2014
1. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha)
2. JD Beach (Yamaha)
3. Bobby Fong (Triumph)
4. Jake Zemke (Honda)
5. Chad Lewin (Yamaha)
6. Bryce Prince (Yamaha)
7. Ryan Matter (Yamaha)
8. Michael Gilbert (Yamaha)
9. Jason Aguilar (Yamaha)
10. Mark Harper (Triumph)
11. Shannon Moham (Yamaha)
12. Brian Childree (Honda)
13. Joshua Picard (Yamaha)
14. Patricia Fernandez (Yamaha)
15. Joe Roberts (Honda)
16. Danielle Diaz (Kawasaki)
17. Benny Solis (Yamaha)
18. Chad Swain (Yamaha)
19. Kyle Wyman (Yamaha)

GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Championship Points 2014
1. Garrett Gerloff, 70
2. Bobby Fong, 61
3. JD Beach, 44
4. Chad Lewin, 32
5. Bryce Prince, 26
6. Jake Zemke, 26
7. Michael Gilbert, 24
8. Benny Solis, 16
9. Jason Aguilar, 15
10. Joe Roberts/Tom Montano, 9


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