It was a damp and dismal day at the Nel Jersey Motosport Park, but not for Cameron Beaubier, winner for the eighth time this year and American superbike champion for the third time.
Dominating an extremely wet race that was shortened to just 18 laps, the Californian led during every stage, leaving the rest behind with his team Monster Energy Yamaha R1, the same organization that had just celebrated JD Beach’s Supersport title on Saturday. Champagne showers on the East Coast for the strongest team in MotoAmerica.
Beaubier is becoming a true prophet in his own land: now with 32 career wins, Cameron has tied Canadian Miguel Duhamel and, where championship titles are concerned, the rider from Roseville joins the ranks of legendary names like Reg Pridmore, Fred Merkel and Doug Chandler, beating out the director of the show, Wayne Rainey, two-time winner of the AMA championship.
Wearing the celebratory number 1 T-shirt over his leathers and holding his gold-colored helmet, Beaubier expressed his happiness: “Honestly, I just didn’t really have the best feeling in the wet - he said - after I crashed going into yesterday’s race. But today, after the first couple laps, after the warm-up lap and the first couple laps in the race, the feeling kind of came back and I was able to tick off some laps. I was like ‘well, what do I got to lose?’. I just put my head down and kept going. I’ve never wrapped up a championship with a win before. It’s an amazing feeling.”
His closest rival in the battle for the title was Toni Elias, finishing third in this race behind teammate Roger Lee Hayden. The two Suzuki riders once again suffered the wrath of the Yamaha’s speed and Toni will take the number 1 sticker off the top fairing of his GSX-R at the end of the season: “This is not the first time I lose a championship - the Spaniard downplayed the defeat - When that happens, you learn a lot.” The lesson is: next year, the man to beat will once again be Beaubier.
The races were full of crashes, with only ten riders lasting race distance: Gerloff, Lewis, and Anthony limited the damage, whereas Wyman, Eslick, Flinders and Verderico were lapped.
With the satisfaction and serenity of one who has already won the championship, JD Beach bested everyone in the Supersport race. His Yamaha R6 finished a full 8 seconds ahead of Hayden Gillim’s and no less than 35 ahead of Italian-American Anthony Mazziotto, third across the line. The smaller and less powerful 600 cc bikes reached the checkered flag with only a few DNFs.
As we already mentioned, this gives team Monster Energy Yamaha a double victory with Beaubier and Beach between Superbike and Supersport. In the USA, the manufacturer from Iwata is pushing hard with investments and development and the final show of strength for the men in blue and fluorescent green will take place on the hills of Alabama.