Cameron Beaubier Enjoying Early Success in First AMA Pro SuperBike Season
NEWS April 11, 2014
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Written by Andrew Swain:
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2014) – After leaving Round 1 of AMA Pro Road Racing at Daytona with a SuperBike victory and the points lead, it’s no revelation to anyone familiar with the sport that Cameron Beaubier has seen early success in just his first season competing in the premier class.
Beaubier owned the GoPro Daytona SportBike class in 2013, earning every win on the tour but one on his way to solidifying the championship before the season’s final event. At the 2014 season opening rounds at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. last month, the Roseville, Calif. native proved he can not only run with AMA Pro Racing’s fastest riders, but he showed that he’s got what it takes to potentially take the championship in his debut season as well.
“I had intentions of being up front going into Daytona but I didn’t know I would do as well as I did,” said Beaubier. “When I finished third in the first race, I made quite a bit of mistakes and was riding a little bit out of my comfort zone. On the second day, I had a lot more confidence with a race already under my belt and it felt awesome to get that first win out of the way. I felt very comfortable riding with these guys and I believe that all of their combined experience is only going to make me a better rider as well.”
When Beaubier inked the two-year deal with Monster Energy Graves Yamaha this offseason, he knew he had big shoes to fill, as he would be replacing the 2013 SuperBike Champion Josh Herrin (who left for Europe to compete in the MotoGP in 2014) and would be riding alongside the three-time king in Josh Hayes.
“Josh (Hayes) is the most experienced guy in the class,” said Beaubier. “I’m very privileged to be teammates with him and I think I will learn a lot from him.”
As if his third and first place finishes at Daytona didn’t answer the questions looming as to how Beaubier would handle the Yamaha R1 – “Riding the R1 this year does everything a little bit better for me. The bike is amazingly fast and it felt awesome riding it at Daytona. My team got me comfortable instantly on that thing. I only got three preseason tests and I knew right away that I was going to love competing on the R1. I love being a part of the Yamaha family and I look forward to every chance I get to go to the track with them."
Beaubier has every reason to love the Yamaha family, as the highly sought-after race team and manufacturing giant has been a juggernaut on the AMA Pro Racing scene for years now. There's no denying that the superior talent that Beaubier possesses coincided with the power of his newly acquired Yamaha R1 is a recipe for championship caliber seasons, but only time will tell if he’ll be able to live up to the hype once again in 2014.
Beaubier will face off against the stiff AMA Pro SuperBike competition again on May 30-June 1, 2014 for Round 2 of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
How to Watch
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series.
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