Cameron Beaubier and Toni Elias take a Superbike win a-piece at Road America
Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach take the Supersport wins

Just .153 of a second separated the top three finishers in the first Motul Superbike race in the Dunlop Championship at Road America with Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier taking victory over Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias and Roger Hayden by just .005 of a second and .153 of a second, respectively, in the closest race of the 2017 season thus far.

Cameron Beaubier - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Race 1 winner Cameron Beaubier – Image by Brian J. Nelson

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias won a red-flag shortened Motul Superbike race 2 in the final day of the Dunlop Championship at Road America, the Spaniard topping his teammate Roger Hayden by .131 of a second when the race was stopped for a second time because of oil on the racing line in turn one.


Superbikes – Race 1

The race was close and so now is the championship as Beaubier is within five points of Elias after seven races with what was his second victory of the season and his first since race one at Road Atlanta. Hayden, who was in the battle for victory for the duration, is now 15 points behind Elias in third place in the title chase.

The race was full of drama and it began on the sighting lap when four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes spectacularly highsided his Yamaha R1, the bike catching fire and Hayes hobbling away, uninjured but badly beaten.

Cameron Beaubier, Toni Elias and Roger Hayden in Race 1 - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Cameron Beaubier, Toni Elias and Roger Hayden in Race 1 – Image by Brian J. Nelson

When the flag dropped, it was Hayden in the lead until Beaubier took a turn at the front on the seventh of 13 laps. Elias led for the first time on the 10th lap and he led from there until the final corner when Beaubier snuck up the inside. From there it was the high-speed run up the hill to the checkered flag and Beaubier got there first, albeit by just .005 of a second. Hayden was a shadow third.

For defending two-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Beaubier this win was number two on the season and the 21st Superbike win of his career.

Cameron Baubier

“That was such a fun race, just clean, hard, fun racing between all three of us (Toni Elias and Roger Hayden). It was awesome. Going into turn five I got my doors blown off by those guys and it really woke me up. It was a crazy race. It felt so good to stand on that top step of the podium again since it’s been quite a few races since I grabbed a win. Big thanks to my team, they’ve been working really hard, and the R1 works great here at Road America. I felt like I had some strengths and some weaknesses compared to these guys and the final corner I believe was one of my strengths, so when Toni bobbled and got close to the grass I knew that was my chance. I was able to stay close enough to Toni in the final section and got the job done.”

Elias saw his points lead get cut in half with his sixth podium finish of the season, but he was still relatively pleased with how the day went.

Toni Elias

“After the mistake and crash I had this morning it was nice to walk away with second today. I left the door open in the final corner and got on the gas to slow, allowing Cameron (Beaubier) to come up the inside of me. We lost by nearly nothing at the finish line, but we still lost at the end of the day. If you take the right side of the track like I did, it changes to much, which causes you to lose valuable time like I did.”

For Hayden the third-place finish came just 12 days after the death of his brother Nicky and a few hours after his lap of honor kicked off a 69-second moment of silence.

Roger Hayden

“I thought maybe I could go faster when I was in the lead, it seemed like I was kind of stuck in one speed and once these guys got by me I was able to pick it up. It was just hard because everyone was breaking so deep. I tried to get close enough to them on the last lap, thinking Cameron (Beaubier) was going to go up the inside of Toni (Elias) where he did, but I hit a little bit of a neutral. All in all, it was a good race, it’s nice to be back at the race track and that race was the most fun I have had in several weeks. It felt good to just be battling at the front and going for the win.”

Roger Hayden - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Roger Hayden – Image by Brian J. Nelson

Hayden said his therapy comes from being on the bike.

Roger Hayden

“The only therapeutic part of being back at the track is while I am on my bike and don’t have my phone. I know everyone means well, but during the signings and pit party with the fans everyone keeps telling me they are sorry for my loss. I just want to focus and not think about, but I wish Sunday night I could just thank everyone and talk to them for all of the support I have received. It’s just how it is. Nicky [Hayden] and my family are well liked and loved by a lot of people in the sport. I was worried coming into the weekend, not knowing how I would be, but I was able to block everything out on the track and put in a good run.”

Fourth place in today’s first of two Motul Superbike races went to Helmet Sounds/Western Services/Meen Motorsports’ Josh Herrin just .451 of a second clear of fifth-placed Jake Lewis, who was the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 winner on his M4 ECSTAR Suzuki.

With his second Bazzaz Superstock 1000 win of the season, Lewis topped Quicksilver Latus Motors Kawasaki’s Bobby Fong by a tick over half a second. Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz was right on Fong at the line, finishing seventh overall and third in the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class.

Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda’s Jake Gagne, TOBC Racing’s Danny Eslick and Helmet Sounds/Western Services/Meen Motorsports’ Bryce Prince rounded out the top 10.

Fong now leads the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 championship by 13 points over Lewis with Scholtz a further six points behind in third.

Jake Lewis

“That was my strongest race of the season for sure, just because this is the first race I’ve won straight up. I knew coming into the weekend that this is one of my favorite tracks and I went good here last year on the old bike. This bike is a lot better, so I was looking forward to the weekend. I qualified really well, which helped me a lot because I could breakaway with the fast guys. From the beginning, I just tried to stick with the Superbikes and it worked pretty well because (Josh) Herrin stayed with the front three there for a little while. Once I caught up, with him being on a Superbike, I couldn’t make the pass.”

Motul Superbike Race 1
  1. Cameron Beaubier, Roseville, Calif., Yamaha
  2. Toni Elias, Barcelona, Spain, Suzuki
  3. Roger Hayden, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki
  4. Josh Herrin, Dublin, Ga., Yamaha
  5. Jake Lewis, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki
  6. Bobby Fong, Stockton, Calif., Kawasaki
  7. Mathew Scholtz, Durban, South Africa, Yamaha
  8. Jake Gagne, San Diego, Calif., Honda
  9. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha
  10. Bryce Prince, Bakersfield, Calif., Yamaha
Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Race 1
  1. Jake Lewis, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki
  2. Bobby Fong, Stockton, Calif., Kawasaki
  3. Mathew Scholtz, Dublin, South Africa, Yamaha
  4. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha
  5. Bryce Prince, Bakersfield, Calif., Yamaha
  6. Hayden Gillim, Philapot, Ky., Suzuki
  7. David Anthony, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
  8. Max Flinders, Preston, England, Yamaha
  9. Sean Dwyer, Palm Gardens, Fl., Yamaha
  10. Stefan Dolipski, Ottenhoefen, Germany, BMW
Superbikes – Race 2

The race was stopped twice. The first time came on the opening lap when Bobby Fong, Jake Lewis and Mathew Scholtz crashed on the exit of turn five. Fortunately, the three escaped injury and Lewis and Scholtz were able to restart the race with Fong being forced to sit it out with a badly damaged motorcycle.

From the onset of the restart, the race at the front was hot and heavy with Elias and Hayden going at it at the front while Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier fought through from a bad start to join them.

Roger Hayden leads Race 2 - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Roger Hayden leads Race 2 – Image by Brian J. Nelson

The shortened eight-lap race looked set to be a thriller to the end, but ended up with an anticlimactic finish when Josh Herrin’s HelmetSounds/Western Services/Meen Motorsports Yamaha blew up on the entrance to turn one and left oil on the racing surface. That brought out the red flag and the premature end to the race.

Since Elias had led across the line the lap of the incident, he was awarded victory by .131 of a second over Hayden with Beaubier just .854 of a second adrift in third place.

Toni Elias

“On the paper, this race was short, 13-laps and shorter than most of our other races, but after the red flag only eight laps. I know Roger (Hayden) and Cameron (Beaubier) can be especially strong in the first 10 laps of the race. I passed Roger, but he passed me back, so it was difficult to try and open a gap on the guys behind me. I’m a little bit disappointed to end the race like this because I think that we could have put on a good show for the people who came out to watch us today. The team and I have been working well, consistent, and it is a good weekend for us continuing to manage the points lead. This race win today is for Nicky (Hayden) and the Hayden family.”

Beaubier’s teammate Josh Hayes was fourth, the four-time AMA Superbike Champion battling for the majority of the race with Herrin until the Georgian’s motorcycle failed him and ultimately caused the red flag.

Toni Elias leads - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Toni Elias leads – Image by Brian J. Nelson

Scholtz rebounded from his first-lap crash to finishing fifth in the Motul Superbike class and that gave him victory in the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class, his second of the season. The win combined with Fong’s non-finish also moved the South African into the lead in the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Championship by six points over Fong.

TOBC Racing’s Danny Eslick was sixth and second in Bazzaz Superstock 1000, the Oklahoman barely besting veteran Larry Pegram, who was having his first weekend on the Superbike-spec Scheibe Racing/Hayes Brake BMW.

Mathew Scholtz - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Mathew Scholtz – Image by Brian J. Nelson

Jake Gagne rode his Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda Superbike to eighth with Cycle World Suzuki’s Hayden Gillim and Helmet Sounds/Western Services/Meen Motorsports’ Bryce Prince rounding out the top 10. The latter two were third and fourth in the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class, respectively.

Hayden was relatively pleased with his second-place finish to Elias, though like the other two in the top three he was left wondering what could have been had the race run the full distance.

Roger Hayden

“It would have been nice if the race went the distance or was event one lap shorter to benefit me. The team made a lot of changes to my bike from yesterday and I felt quite a bit stronger today in some of the areas that were my weakness yesterday. I got a good start and just put my head down and tried to be fast right away, which was a little bit faster than yesterday. Toni (Elias) got by me and was running a good pace and we went back and forth a couple of times. I tried to race him as hard as I could and when there was a hole to pass I tried to make it happen. Sometimes the red flags help you and sometimes they can hurt you, it’s part of it and it was still a good race to finish second and leave here with good points. I love Utah, it’s a good track for me, while this track has been one of my worst and I’m happy to leave here with a podium.”

Hayden leads Elias and Hayes - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Hayden leads Elias and Hayes – Image by Brian J. Nelson

Beaubier was in the same boat, though he said he was having some front-end issues that he didn’t have in yesterday’s victory.

Cameron Beaubier

“I was pretty bummed out that our race got called after the red flag. Obviously our race only had like two laps left, but it was just kind of a bummer and I got some stuff to work on heading into Utah. I need to work on and improve my starts, there’s no reason to put myself in the middle of the pack like I have been doing and play catch up the rest of the race. I need to speed my race craft up at the beginning of the race, because anything can happen as you saw today. Overall, I’m happy to be back on the podium and I was able to get some decent points today. I feel good going into Utah, I really enjoy that track and my Yamaha R1 works great there.”

Superbike Race 2 Podium - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Superbike Race 2 Podium – Image by Brian J. Nelson
Motul Superbike Race 2
  1. Toni Elias, Barcelona, Spain, Suzuki
  2. Roger Hayden, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki
  3. Cameron Beaubier, Roseville, Calif., Yamaha
  4. Josh Hayes, Gulfport, Ms., Yamaha
  5. Mathew Scholtz, Durban, South Africa, Yamaha
  6. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha
  7. Larry Pegram, Columbus, Ohio, BMW
  8. Jake Gagne, San Diego, Calif., Honda
  9. Hayden Gillim, Philpot, Ky., Suzuki
  10. Bryce Prince, Bakersfield, Calif., Yamaha
Motul Superbike Championship Standings
  1. Toni Elias, Barcelona, Spain, Suzuki – 160
  2. Cameron Beaubier, Roseville, Calif., Yamaha – 146
  3. Roger Hayden, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 140
  4. Josh Hayes, Gulfport, Ms., Yamaha – 82
  5. Bobby Fong, Stockton, Calif., Kawasaki – 75
  6. Mathew Scholtz, Johannesburg, South Africa, Yamaha – 71
  7. Jake Lewis, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 67
  8. Josh Herrin, Dublin, Ga., Yamaha – 62
  9. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha – 57
  10. Jake Gagne, San Diego, Calif., Honda – 51
Superstock 1000 Race 2 Podium - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Superstock 1000 Race 2 Podium – Image by Brian J. Nelson
Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Race 2
  1. Mathew Scholtz, Dublin, South Africa, Yamaha
  2. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha
  3. Hayden Gillim, Philapot, Ky., Suzuki
  4. Bryce Prince, Bakersfield, Calif., Yamaha
  5. Jake Lewis, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki
  6. David Anthony, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki
  7. Max Flinders, Preston, England, Yamaha
  8. Sean Dwyer, Palm Gardens, Fla., Yamaha
  9. Martin Biernacki, Jaslo, Poland, BMW
  10. Stefan Dolipski, Ottenhoefen, Germany, BMW
Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Championship Standings
  1. Mathew Scholtz, Durban, South Africa, Yamaha – 146
  2. Bobby Fong, Stockton, Calif., Kawasaki – 140
  3. Jake Lewis, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 138
  4. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha – 119
  5. Hayden Gillim, Philapot, Ky., Suzuki – 94
  6. Bryce Prince, Bakersfield, Calif., – 80
  7. Max Flinders, Preston, England, Yamaha – 67
  8. Anthony Kosinski, Crumstown, Ind., Yamaha – 37
  9. David Anthony, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki – 28
  10. Frankie Babuska, Pelham, N.Y., Yamaha – 17

Supersport Race 1
Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach in the lead - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Garrett Gerloff and JD Beach in the lead – Image by Brian J. Nelson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves Motorsports’ Garrett Gerloff won his third Supersport race of the season, beating his teammate and championship rival JD Beach by 3.3 seconds in a race that was run on a wet but drying racetrack. The win puts Gerloff nine points clear of Beach in the championship points chase after six races.

Garrett Gerloff

“Tricky conditions today, the track dried out really fast, but the Dunlops worked well enough for me and JD [Beach] to break away from the field. I’m just happy to be on the box since you never know what can happen in these conditions, but today it played out in our favor. Like JD said, I knew Nicky (Hayden) a little bit, not as well as he did, but I just want to give his family my thoughts and prayers while they’re going through this difficult time.”

Garrett Gerloff - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Garrett Gerloff – Image by Brian J. Nelson

Team H35 Honda’s Benny Solis finished third for the third successive race, the Californian barely holding off the Superstock 600s of Connor Blevins and New Zealander Shane Richardson. Jody Barry was fourth overall on his Supersport-spec Kawasaki with Jason Ferrell and JC Camacho giving chase. Camacho would end up third in the Superstock 600 class.

JD Beach - Image by Brian J. Nelson
JD Beach – Image by Brian J. Nelson

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Valentin Debise, who sits fourth in the Superstock title chase, ended up 14th after making a bad tire choice and opting for slicks, front and rear.

It wasn’t a good day for Superstock 600 points leader Michael Gilbert or his rival in the series, Nick McFadden. McFadden suffered a broken collarbone in a crash on Saturday morning and Gilbert crashed out of the race on the first lap so neither scored championship points.

Gilbert now leads Jason Aguilar by just four points with McFadden nine points behind. Aguilar finished fourth in the Superstock 600 class today.

Connor Blevins

“It was a very difficult race, I wanted to be on a DOT in these conditions, but I think we made the right choice. Starting from the sixth row made it tough, but I was able to fight and make it work in the end. It was slippery and everything out there, but overall it turned out well. I made a lot of moves early and was able to get into the top five by the end of the first lap and slowly picked guys off.”

Race 1 Supersport podium - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Race 1 Supersport podium – Image by Brian J. Nelson
Supersport Race 1
  1. Garrett Gerloff, New Waverly, Tx., Yamaha
  2. JD Beach, Owensboro, Ky., Yamaha
  3. Benny Solis, North Hollywood, Calif., Honda
  4. Connor Blevins, Oklahoma City, Ok., Kawasaki
  5. Shane Richardson, Wellington, New Zealand, Kawasaki
  6. Jody Barry, Lake In The Hills, Il., Kawasaki
  7. Jason Farrell, Oshkosh, WI, Kawasaki
  8. JC Camacho, Deerpark, Tx., Suzuki
  9. Jason Aguilar, Placentia, Calif., Yamaha
  10. Brandon Paasch, Freehold, NJ, Suzuki
Superstock 600 Race 1
  1. Conner Blevins, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki
  2. Shane Richardson, Wellington, New Zealand, Kawasaki
  3. JC Camacho, Deer Park, Texas, Suzuki
  4. Jason Aguilar, Placentia, Calif., Yamaha
  5. Andrew Lee, Clovis, Calif., Yamaha
  6. Anthony Mazziotto III, Hammonton, N.J., Yamaha
  7. Ashton Yates, Milledgeville, Ga., Yamaha
  8. Carl Soltisz, Waterford, Mich., Yamaha
  9. Braeden Ortt, Calgary, Alberta, Yamaha
  10. Caroline Olsen, Norway, Yamaha
Supersport Race 2

JD Beach turned the tables on his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff on the second day of the Dunlop Championship at Road America, the Kentucky resident beating Gerloff after losing out to the Texan yesterday.

Supersport Race 2 - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Supersport Race 2 – Image by Brian J. Nelson

Gerloff still leads the championship point standings by four points over Beach, 151-147, with the series heading to the Utah Motorsports Campus, June 23-25.

JD Beach

“I want to win every race that I start, but this weekend with everything going on and wearing Nicky’s (Hayden) helmet I really wanted to go out and get a win. Garrett (Gerloff) and Valentin (Debise) were going to be really fast so I just tried to push from the start, but I’ve learned from racing dirt track and back home at the house that you don’t quit until the checkered flag. I was having some issues with the front end and it was a little scary for sure, but I knew where I was going to have the issues at and tried to make sure I had my knee down and was off the front brake in that spot. It’s been a fun season so far and we just need to keep doing what we’re doing.”

JD Beach - Image by Brian J. Nelson
JD Beach – Image by Brian J. Nelson

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Valentin Debise recovered from yesterday’s tire-choice debacle to finish third, the Frenchman some 17 seconds behind the battling Yamahas at the front but 28 seconds clear of the fight between Team H35’s Benny Solis and TSE Racing’s Brandon Paasch for fourth place. That tussle ended up going to Solis by less than a second.

Excel Machine Racing’s Connor Blevins finished fifth and with that took his second straight Superstock 600 victory. Blevins was just ahead of Kiwi Shane Richardson on the Palmetto Motorsports Team New Zealand Kawasaki. Anthony Mazziotto III, Daytona Anderson and Andrew Lee rounded out the top 10.

Connor Blevins

“We’ve made a lot of big changes here recently on the bike and it seems like I’ve always kind of struggled with the Kawasaki at Road America.It’s a good bike, but I’ve just struggled a little bit with it and we made some big changes coming into this weekend. I was a little skeptical coming into the weekend, but overall the bikes working really good. There are a few things I found that I believe can make the bike work even better and I’m just really stoked to win these two races this weekend.”

Conner Blevins - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Conner Blevins – Image by Brian J. Nelson
Supersport Race 2
  1. JD Beach, Owensboro, Ky., Yamaha
  2. Garrett Gerloff, New Waverly, Texas, Yamaha
  3. Valentin Debise, Albi, France, Suzuki
  4. Benny Solis, North Hollywood, Calif., Honda
  5. Brandon Paasch, Freehold, N.J., Suzuki
  6. Connor Blevins, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki
  7. Shane Richardson, Wellington, New Zealand, Kawasaki
  8. Anthony Mazziotto III, Hammonton, N.J., Yamaha
  9. Daytona Anderson, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha
  10. Andrew Lee, Clovis, Calif., Yamaha
Supersport Race 2 Podium - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Supersport Race 2 Podium – Image by Brian J. Nelson
Supersport Championship Standings
  1. Garrett Gerloff, New Waverly, Texas., Yamaha – 151
  2. JD Beach, Owensboro, Ky., Yamaha – 147
  3. Benny Solis, North Hollywood, Calif., Honda – 98
  4. Valentin Debise, Albi, France, Suzuki – 83
  5. Brandon Paasch, Freehold, N.J., Yamaha – 60
  6. Connor Blevins, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki – 49
  7. Jason Aguilar, Placentia, Calif., Yamaha – 44
  8. Michael Gilbert, Santa Ana, Calif., Yamaha – 43
  9. Nick McFadden, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 38
  10. Shane Richardson, Wellington, New Zealand, Kawasaki – 36
Superstock 600 Race 2 Podium - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Superstock 600 Race 2 Podium – Image by Brian J. Nelson
Superstock 600 Race 2
  1. Conner Blevins, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki
  2. Shane Richardson, Wellington, New Zealand, Kawasaki
  3. Anthony Mazziotto III, Hammonton, N.J., Yamaha
  4. Andrew Lee, Clovis, Calif., Yamaha
  5. Caroline Olsen, Norway, Yamaha
  6. Brandon Cleland, Forth Worth, Texas, Suzuki
  7. Braeden Ortt, Calgary, Alberta, Yamaha
  8. JC Camacho, Deer Park, Texas, Suzuki
  9. Carl Soltisz, Waterford, Mich., Yamaha
  10. Nolan Lamkin, Indianapolis, Ind., Yamaha
Superstock 600 Championship Standings
  1. Conner Blevins, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki -96
  2. Michael Gilbert, Santa Ana, Calif., Yamaha – 86
  3. Jason Aguilar, Placentia, Calif., Yamaha – 85
  4. Nick McFadden, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 77
  5. Shane Richardson, Wellington, New Zealand, Kawasaki – 71
  6. JC Camacho, Deer Park, Texas, Suzuki – 70
  7. Anthony Mazziotto III, Hammonton, N.J., KTM – 65
  8. Braeden Ortt, Calgary, Alberta, Yamaha – 53
  9. Andrew Lee, Clovis, Calif., Yamaha – 42
  10. Brandon Cleland, Forth Worth, Texas, Suzuki – 32

KTM RC Cup Race 1

The KTM RC Cup ended up as a runaway victory for points leader Benjamin Smith, though it didn’t look like it. Smith battled for nearly the duration with Jackson Blackmon, but his Quarterley Racing/On Track Development teammate had jumped the start and was later penalized for speeding in pit lane.

KTM RC Cup Race 1 - Image by Brian J. Nelson
KTM RC Cup Race 1 – Image by Brian J. Nelson

Blackmon was penalized and credited with ninth place. Alex Dumas also jumped the start and was penalized 20 seconds for failing to heed to the ride-through penalty. He ended up 14th.

Benjamin Smith

“I saw a couple laps into the race that Jackson [Blackmon] had a ride-through penalty, it took a little bit for me to see it, but on the pit board they put that I was nine seconds ahead, which is when I realized what his penalty was and I was technically ahead of him. Most of the race I just managed out front and tried to control the gap that Jackson (Blackmon) and I had. It was a lot of fun riding with him, we know each other really well and it was a really good time.”

Gavin Anthony ended up second on the Anthony Racing KTM, the 14-year-old earning his first career MotoAmerica podium. He barely beat Draik Beauchamp and his Quarterley Racing/On Track Development KTM. Jake Leahey and Sergio Rodriguez III rounded out the top five.

KTM RC Cup Race 1
  1. Benjamin Smith, Glenmoore, Pa., KTM
  2. Gavin Anthony, Hilliard, Ohio, KTM
  3. Draik Beauchamp, Knoxville, Tenn., KTM
  4. Jake Leahey, Hammonton, N.J., KTM
  5. Sergio Rodriguez II, Oxnard, Calif., KTM
  6. Toby Khamsouk, Banning, Calif., KTM
  7. Trevor Standish, Roswell, Ga., KTM
  8. Nate Minster, Oak Grove, Minn, KTM
  9. Jackson Blackmon, Rock Hill, S.C., KTM
  10. Ryan Wissel, Medina, Ohio, KTM

 

 

 

 

KTM RC Cup Race 2

On Saturday, Jackson Blackmon not only jumped the start but he also sped down pit lane above the 50-mph limit while coming in to serve his ride-through penalty. The result was a 20-second penalty that dropped him to ninth.

Blackmon leads the RC Cup field in Race 2 - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Blackmon leads the RC Cup field in Race 2 – Image by Brian J. Nelson

On Sunday, he made up for that, the 15-year-old racing his Quarterley Racing/On Track Development RC 390 to victory after a race-long duel with CSVMoto’s Cory Ventura and yesterday’s winner Benjamin Smith. At the finish, Blackmon had his second win of the season by just .296 of a second over Ventura with Smith just .316 of a second from victory.

Jackson Blackmon

“That was probably one of the most fun battles that I’ve ever had and I think it’s a really good experience for us as well on the KTM (RC 390) by helping prepare us for the bigger bikes and our race craft is getting better and better. We (Cory Ventura and Benjamin Smith) were able to pull away and I led a good amount of laps during today’s race. I couldn’t hear them coming up the hill and wasn’t sure if they were planning to set me up and roll me out, so I just kind of went for it in Canada Corner and everything seemed to work out. I’m just so pumped to get this win after everything that we had happen yesterday.”

Jackson Blackmon - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Jackson Blackmon – Image by Brian J. Nelson

Smith still leads the KTM RC Cup Championship over Draik Beauchamp, fourth today, 107-94. Blackmon jumps to third in the title chase, 30 points behind Smith after three rounds and six races.

KTM RC Cup Race 2 
  1. Jackson Blackmon, Rock Hill, S.C., KTM
  2. Benjamin Smith, Glenmoore, Pa., KTM
  3. Cory Ventura, Union City, Calif., KTM
  4. Draik Beauchamp, Knoxville, Tenn., KTM
  5. Alex Dumas, Quebec, Canada, KTM
  6. Gavin Anthony, Hilliard, Ohio, KTM
  7. Trevor Standish, Roswell, Ga., KTM
  8. Sergio Rodriguez II, Oxnard, Calif., KTM
  9. Toby Khamsouk, Banning, Calif., KTM
  10. Jake Leahey, Hammonton, N.J., KTM
KTM RC Cup Race 2 Podium - Image by Brian J. Nelson
KTM RC Cup Race 2 Podium – Image by Brian J. Nelson
KTM RC Cup Championship Standings
  1. Benjamin Smith, Glenmoore, Pa., KTM – 107
  2. Draik Beauchamp, Knoxville, Tenn., KTM – 94
  3. Jackson Blackmon, Rock Hill, S.C., KTM – 77
  4. Alex Dumas, Quebec, Canada, KTM – 73
  5. Toby Khamsouk, Banning, Calif., KTM – 60
  6. Gavin Anthony, Hilliard, Ohio, KTM – 53
  7. Trevor Standish, Roswell, Ga., KTM – 53
  8. Cory Ventura, Union City, Calif., KTM – 47
  9. Sergio Rodriguez II, Oxnard, Calif., KTM – 46
  10. Jake Leahey, Hammonton, N.J., KTM – 39
KTM RC Cup Race 2 - Image by Brian J. Nelson
KTM RC Cup Race 2 – Image by Brian J. Nelson