Cameron Beaubier is more than ever on the path toward his third MotoAmerica title which, with the Sonoma Race 1 win, is now even closer.
The team Yamaha Monster Californian battled for a few laps with Georgian Josh Herrin before besting him in the final laps, setting a blinding pace. His perfect knowledge of the track and solid feeling astride the factory R1 make Cameron a rider who can write important pages of history in American motorcycle racing, as long as he is not lured away by some interesting proposal from the Old Country: various Grand Prix World Motorcycle Racing and Superbike teams would love to have him astride their prototypes or factory derivatives - nevertheless - Cameron would only leave home for a good contract and a competitive bike.
This is Beaubier's sixth win of the season and his thirtieth career win: “I feel like we picked up where we left off here last year- the number 6 rider revealed - The winter test here facilitated the work. It just gave us the confidence going into this race. Halfway through the race I kind of lost focus, blew the chicane, went through the dirt, but then I went on to win. I just hope to finish the weekend strong tomorrow and move on.” As they say, tomorrow is another day, and in the meantime Beaubier can enjoy his lead in the American championship.
Josh Herrin - former Moto2 rider - gave it a shot, but then pulled in the oars. His second place is still very important, because it places him definitively among Cameron's main antagonists and, although the runner-up title appears to be far off, mathematically, he still has a chance.
Toni Elias had a bit of an agitated experience. A fair weather fan harshly criticized the Spaniard on one of his official social media profiles and Elias responded in irritation: “I don't deserve a factory bike? Me, who won the Moto2 championship, various races in 250, I have podiums and performance in MotoGP?! Go to hell!”. Toni is sensitive, polite and also hot-blooded: his third place at Sonoma with Suzuki keeps him in the running for the title, honoring the number 1 that he flaunts on the front of his GSX-R.
Garrett Gerloff finished fourth and Jake Lewis fifth ahead of Roger Lee Hayden: a Yamaha and two Suzukis which, in this case, were not at all protagonists.
BMW finished seventh thanks to Danny Eslick, Honda tenth with Jason Uribe and Kawasaki in the points with Bruno Silva. Cameron Petersen and Mathew Scholtz never saw the checkered flag, but they'll have the chance to make up for those zeros tomorrow.