The fifth round of MotoAmerica Superbike was held on the brand-new track of The Ridge Motorsport Park, located near Shelton. The track might have been unknown, but ‘old habits die hard’ could be said for Cameron Beaubier. With the US top class turning more and more into ‘MotoBeaubier', the Monster Energy Attack Performance rider once again laid down the law, the champion reaching a total of nine wins this season. With the turning-point of the championship coming up, the fate of the Honos Superbike class seems to have already been written, with Beaubier demonstrating a massive difference from the competition.
Beaubier wins Race 1, Scholtz and Fong on the podium
On the debut of the premier category of MotoAmerica at The Ridge Motorsport Park, Cameron Beaubier dominated far and wide.
The race was first interrupted after a violent group crash, without consequences, during the first lap and then shortened to 13 laps. On the restart, his opponents could do nothing. Within a few laps, Beaubier had built up a gap of around eight seconds which allowed him to take the chequered flag with ease.
As shown on previous occasions, the Monster Energy Attack Performance rider made mincemeat of his closest rivals, also taking advantage of the problems of his teammate.
Jake Gagne, in fact, for his part, had to slow down in the final stages of the race due to excessive wear on the rear tyre, then finishing the race just off the podium in fourth position.
The battle for the remaining podium places in the first race was kept alive by Mathew Scholtz (Westby Racing) and Bobby Fong (M4 ECSTAR Suzuki). The two, capitalizing on Gagne's troubles, gave life to a great battle for second position.
The Yamaha man launched a first attack on the Suzuki rider at the entrance of turn 11 but ended up going wide. Fong took the position again, but Scholtz managed to better impose the line into Turn 13 to get the edge over him.
Fifth place went to an opaque Toni Elias with the second M4 ECSTAR Suzuki, more than twenty seconds behind the top and never able to fight for the podium, ahead of Josh Herrin (Scheibe Racing). Italian Lorenzo Zanetti finished his debut race in Honos Superbike with a positive seventh position with the Celtic HSBK Racing Ducati, recovering after an off-track excursion in the early stages.
RACE 1 RESULTS
Ninth win for Beaubier in Race 2, Gagne and Fong complete the podium
After dominating the first race, in the second Beaubier continued along his roadmap by scoring his ninth win of the season, sixth in a row and the 47th of his career in MotoAmerica.
At the end of the scheduled 17 laps, the reigning champion broke his previous record of victories in a single season (eight), entering into the record books for the US top class by right.
Albeit with a smaller advantage compared to Race 1, Beaubier made the difference by setting a series of fast laps at a pace that no one could get close to.
Second place for Jake Gagne confirmed the excellent state of form of the Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha team, despite the massive distance from his teammate.
Bobby Fong again finished in third position, after holding an excellent pace throughout the race, coming within a few tenths of Gagne.
Fourth position for Mathew Scholtz, preceding Josh Herrin and Toni Elias. For the Spaniard of the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki team the negative period is continuing, and he is still without a podium in 2020.
It was a race to forget also for Lorenzo Zanetti, who retired with two laps to go while he was fighting for fifth position due to some technical problems on his Panigale V4R.
The riders’ classification sees Cameron Beaubier leading with 225 points, 54 points ahead of Jake Gagne and 76 over Mathew Scholtz.
The protagonists of the MotoAmerica Honos Superbike championship will be back in action on the weekend of 11-12-13 September next on the New Jersey track.
RACE 2 RESULTS