At Elkhart Lake, Cameron Beaubier took home his second win of the season, giving team Yamaha Monster a double win and taking command of the championship standings, passing Toni Elias who, until this past weekend, had widely dominated.
In a race marked by a red flag, when the hostilities resumed, the Californian dueled with the number 1 Spaniard, Josh Herrin and Roger Lee Hayden. After Toni made a decisive mistake that relegated him to fourth place, Cameron had to beat Herrin’s R1 and Hayden’s Suzuki in the finale. For Beaubier, this is win number 26 in the American championship. “My bike felt perfect from the first session on – the Yamaha rider stated – The last few laps I just put my head down and pushed as hard as I could. I was able to sneak up the inside of Josh when he went a little wide. I’m really, really happy that I was able to get it done for the Yamaha boys.” We can believe that he’s happy. Before this double, Beaubier had arrived in Wisconsin with zero wins and an unfavorable position in the championship. Now things have been flipped and he is the MotoAmerica championship leader.
Herrin finished second, as he had in Race 1, with Roger Lee Hayden taking home his first podium of the season. The rider who was conspicuously not on the podium – once again – was Toni Elias who, with this fourth place finish, loses his grip on the championship lead, which is now as wide open as ever.
Also very fast were Bobby Fong, fifth, Gerloff, Lewis, Eslick and Petersen. In the midst of R1 and GSX-R machines, BMW and Honda also cut a fine figure.
Championship standings: Beaubier 153, Elias 151, Herrin 115.
In Supersport, JD Beach got his revenge on Frenchman Valentine Debise, crossing the finish line with an advantage of just 3 hundredths. The R6 bested the GSX-R by a hair. Rounding out the podium was Hayden Gillim, proving to be one of the fastest contenders in the category.
Rider standings: Beach 140, Gillim 90, West 79.