SONOMA, CA (August 12, 2018) - Cameron Beaubier showed today that he really is unbeatable at Sonoma Raceway, the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing rider sweeping to his second Motul Superbike win of the Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma and running his win streak in Northern California's wine country to four in a row.
Since MotoAmerica brought AMA Superbike racing back to Sonoma Raceway last year, Beaubier is unbeaten, going a perfect four-for-four with another runaway victory on a sunny Sunday Sonoma day. Beaubier's two wins here combined with his two wins at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca last month also make him undefeated in California (at the two tracks he calls his home tracks) for the 2018 season.
Today's win was the seventh of the year for Beaubier and the 31st of his AMA Superbike career. The Roseville, California, resident won yesterday's race by 7.2 seconds after breaking the track record en route to pole position during Superpole. Today he won by 6.5 seconds after leading by 1.1 seconds after one lap, 4.3 seconds after three laps and 6.4 seconds after five laps. The lead would continue to grow to over 10 seconds before the two-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion slowed his pace.
"It really was a perfect weekend," Beaubier said. "We were able to lead every session and win both races. It feels really good. I knew this morning going into today both these guys would make a step. I know Toni (Elias) and his team always work really hard to make a step Sunday, so we were kind of scratching our heads to figure out what we can do better. But we really didn't change much. I just put my head down at the beginning of the race because I knew that Toni made an improvement this morning, and I knew Josh (Herrin) was really good yesterday at the start of the race. So I knew I needed just to get out front and put my head down and just try to run with it, and we were able to do it. Hats off to my crew. They've been working so hard. We've had a really good string lately. I just want to keep the momentum going into the last three rounds. I'm really just enjoying my bike and enjoying racing right now. I feel like last year when I kept crashing and trying to come up with something and trying to race Toni and Roger (Hayden), it was tough because I found myself on the ground at least once a weekend. I'm just happy with the position we're in right now, and I just want to keep going."
Yoshimura Suzuki's Toni Elias and Attack Performance/Herrin Compound's Josh Herrin again fought to see who was second best to Beaubier and today that was Elias, the Spaniard turning the tables on Herrin after the Georgian beat him for the spot on Saturday. Herrin fought to the end, running off in the chicane with just a few laps to go.
"Today was a little bit better than yesterday," Elias said. "I think the pace was much faster. We did a great job. I gave all I had. Of course, it's not what we want, but we improved from yesterday. This is the most important thing. The championship right now… we have to forget it. These guys are so strong. Today and yesterday all we could do was fight for the second or third position. The only thing we can do is go home, try to prepare new things and come back and just try to create a different situation. Right now, it's really tough. Thanks to my team because they are making an incredible effort. That's it. Congratulations to Cameron (Beaubier) and his team. We had two great battles yesterday and today with Josh (Herrin). Today, I was in a different strategy. I felt uncomfortable more so than yesterday. I was trying to open a gap. When I did it, I found the lappers and we fight. Luckily, he was still a little bit behind, but it was a great battle until the last corner."
Herrin had fought hard to the end, running off in the chicane with just a few laps to go.
"Not much of a battle," Herrin said of his battle with Elias. "He passed me and I tried to pass him a couple times into the chicane and I couldn't do it. He's super good on the brakes when he wants to be, and then when you're following him it seems like I'd get sucked in. I don't know if it's because I'm looking too far ahead or what it is, but he's good on the brakes whenever he needs to be. I couldn't get by him. He pulled a little bit of a gap, I don't know how big, a half second maybe gap. Then we got the lapper coming down the back stretch and it allowed me to suck back into him. I was pretty close to him that next lap and just was going to go for it because I didn't know if I was going to be able to hold onto him for the rest of the race, so I wanted to at least try and scrap with him the last couple laps and then I just ran off."
Garrett Gerloff again finished fourth on the second factory Yamaha, the Texan in the mix for second early on but eventually finishing some four seconds behind the Elias/Herrin battle. He in turn was 2.7 seconds ahead of Yamalube/Westby Racing's Mathew Scholtz, the South African barely beating M4 ECSTAR Suzuki's Jake Lewis for fifth place.
Yoshimura Suzuki's Roger Hayden finished a lonely seventh, well behind his Kentucky neighbor Lewis but well ahead of Scheibe Racing BMW's Danny Eslick, the Oklahoman barely beating Lucas Oils/KWR's Kyle Wyman. Just .230 of a second separated Eslick and Wyman in the battle for eighth.
For the second successive day, Jayson Uribe put the Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda in the top 10 with his 10th-place finish.
With seven of 10 rounds complete in the 2018 MotoAmerica Motul Superbike Championship,
Beaubier leads Elias by 63 points, 298-235. Herrin is third with 187 points, 24 ahead of Scholtz. Gerloff rounds out the top five with 157 points, six behind Scholtz.