2015 CoTA Superbike/Superstock 1000 Race 2

MotorcycleUSA Staff | April 12, 2015
After yesterday’s slog-fest, the track today was dry and the racing action heated up in MotoAmerica’s second Superbike race of the season at Circuit of the Americas. The Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s were strong again today as teammates Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes dueled at the front of the pack. Wiley veteran Hayes went for broke on the final turn trying to steal victory from Beaubier up the inside, but the rising star held his line to take the checkers by 0.445 seconds. Hayes kept his composure after the failed attempt to grab the runner-up spot on the podium.

“I saw him coming in to the last corner and I was like, ‘No, this is my frickin race.’ It was pretty cool to get it done today. I looked back to make sure he was up and then looked at my leg and there was some rubber there. But it’s a lot of fun racing these guys. I feel like we have respect for each other, but at the same time we can lean on each other pretty hard. I’m looking forward to this year,” said Beaubier in the MotoAmerica press release.

There was a spirited battle going on behind the Yamaha duo as well between Yoshimura Suzuki rider Roger Hayden and RoadRace Factory’s Jake Gagne. Gagne has established himself as the preeminent rider so far in the Superstock 1000 class and looked like he might beat Hayden to the line with a late pass. Hayden would return the favor though to claim the final spot on the podium, finishing 7.3 seconds back of the leaders. The Suzuki rider actually had the GSX-R1000 out in front early in the race before sacrificing spots after issues with his front tire. Gagne would cross the line fourth overall but first among the Superstock 1000 riders to claim his second win of the weekend.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s rookie rider Jake Lewis grabbed the holeshot at the beginning of the race with Hayden slotting into second. The Monster Energy Graves Yamahas were in hot pursuit though. Hayes was able to muscle into the lead, but Hayden and Beaubier weren’t letting him run away today. It was close racing at the front, Hayden regaining the lead for a short stint. Hayes and Beaubier would eventually get past to run their own race. Lewis rode well though and finished the race in fourth place. KTM rider Chris Fillmore was able to put yesterday’s DNF due to a technical issue behind him and rode his RC8 to a respectable fifth-place finish.

For the second day in a row, Aprilia HSBK Racing’s Dustin Dominguez joined Gagne on the Superstock 1000 podium with a second-place finish, albeit 36.7-seconds behind the winner. Taylor Knapp grabbed the final podium spot on his privateer FourFour Motorsports Yamaha. Geoff May improved on yesterday’s seventh-place finish with a fourth-place effort today, while Aprilia HSBK Racing’s Devon McDonough crossed the line in fifth for the second consecutive race.

The MotoAmerica FIM/AMA North American Road Racing Championship heads to Road Atlanta next with the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammates tied atop the leader board with 45 points each.

MotoAmerica COTA Superbike Race 2 Results –

1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha)
2. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 
4. Jake Lewis (Suzuki)
5. Chris Fillmore (KTM) 
6. Elena Myers (Suzuki) 
7. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha) 
8. Aaron Hersh (Suzuki)
9. Ricky Orlando (Kawasaki)
10. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)

MotoAmerica COTA Superstock 1000 Race 2 Results –

1. Jake Gagne (Yamaha)
2. Dustin Dominguez (Aprilia)
3. Taylor Knapp (Yamaha)
4. Geoff May (Yamaha)
5. Devon McDonough (Aprilia)
6. Tyler O’Hara (Yamaha)
7. Mark Heckles (Yamaha)
8. Marcel Irnie (BMW)
9. Barrett Long (Ducati)
10. Jeff Wrobel (Suzuki)