Both Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing’s #cameronbeaubier and #garrettgerloff had a good showing with podium appearances at round two of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at the Circuit of the Americas.
Saturday’s race one was full of drama with gusty winds, and a down-to-the-wire finish. Beaubier got off to a decent start and was part of the three-rider battle at the front, while his teammate Gerloff had much more difficult early beginnings. A little glitch before the start caused him to not be able to join the grid in front of the pace car and, by rule that forced him to start from the back of the grid. The young Texan had a superb recovery, putting in some flying laps and was able to chase down the leaders by the halfway mark.
It then was a four-way battle for the lead with the Yamaha duo ultimately putting themselves in good position for a podium finish, sitting second and third in the final moments of the race. Beaubier had his sights set on another win, though, and he made one last move for the win in the final corner. Unfortunately, he came up just short, crossing the line .089 of second behind the winner. Gerloff was just behind in third, to put both Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory #racing YZF-R1s in the winner’s circle at COTA.
Today’s race two had far less drama, but still a solid effort from both riders on a track that was less favorable for the team. Once again Beaubier was fighting up front on the heels of his competitors in third position. Meanwhile Gerloff was locked in battle for fourth further back. The 23yr. old was able to get through on lap four, but the gap was too much to overcome this time around and ultimately had to settle for fourth.
After his rough start to the season at Road Atlanta, Gerloff’s efforts at COTA were rewarded with moving up in the championship standings to seventh. Beaubier, the reigning MotoAmerica Superbike Champion’s consistent podium appearances have him sitting comfortably in second in the title chase.
Up next on the schedule for the Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory #racing team is round three of MotoAmerica at VIR, May 4-5.
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