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Yamaha Infineon/Sears/Sonoma National Results & Points
by staff
Monday, May 05, 2014

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Arai Pacific Nationals hosted by AFM

GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented by Yamaha

Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California

May 4, 2014

Dynojet Pro Sportbike Race Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Garrett Gerloff (Yam YZF-R6), 20 laps, 33:18.834

2. Bobby Fong (Tri Daytona 675R), -1.803 seconds

3. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R6), -24.962

4. JD Beach (Yam YZF-R6), -32.393

5. Chad Lewin (Yam YZF-R6), -69.804

6. Michael Gilbert (Yam YZF-R6), -80.806

7. Thomas Montano (Tri Daytona 675R), -1 lap

8. Stephen Rue (Hon CBR600RR), -1 lap

9. Jason Catching (Suz GSX-R60), -1 lap

10. Darren James (Yam YZF-R6), -1 lap

11. Roi Holster (Yam YZF-R6), -1 lap

12. Jason Aguilar (Yam YZF-R6), -2 laps, DNF, crash

13. Jake Zemke (Hon CBR600RR), -8 laps, DNF, crash

14. Joe Roberts (Hon CBR600RR), -8 laps, DNF, crash

15. Benny Solis, Jr. (Yam YZF-R6), -8 laps, DNF, crash

16. Michael Barnes (MV Agusta F3 675), -9 laps, DNF

17. David Christensen (Yam YZF-R6), -12 laps, DNF

18. Mario Alvarez II (Yam YZF-R6), -16 laps, DNF, crash

19. Erick Yahir Sanchez (Yam YZF-R6), -16 laps, DNF, crash

20. Charles "CJ" Weaver (Yam YZF-R6), DNS


Championship Point Standings (After 2 of 3 events):

1. TIE, Fong/Gerloff, 45 points

3. Beach, 24

4. Lewin, 21

5. TIE, Solis/Prince/Gilbert, 16

8. Zemke, 13

9. TIE, Roberts/Montano, 9

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Arai Pacific Nationals hosted by AFM

GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented by Yamaha

Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California

May 4, 2014

RaceFuelZ Pro Superbike Provisional Race Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R1), 20 laps

2. Josh Hayes (Yam YZF-R1), -9.803 seconds

3. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R1000), -20.536

4. David Anthony (Suz GSX-R1000), -27.213

5. Roger Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000), -56.388

6. Chris Fillmore (KTM RC8R), -59.087, crash

7. Cory West (EBR 1190RS), -63.400

8. Chris Clark (Suz GSX-R1000), -66.671

9. Tyler O'Hara (Yam YZF-R1), -71.756

10. Chris Ulrich (Hon CBR1000RR), -75.714

11. Mathew Orange (BMW S1000RR), -78.153

12. Sebastiao Ferreira (Kaw ZX-10R), -1 lap

13. Daytona Anderson (Suz GSX-R1000), -1 lap

14. Marcel Irnie (BMW S1000RR), -1 lap

15. Jeffrey Tigert (Duc 1199 Panigale S), -1 lap

16. Steve Metz (Duc 1199 Panigale S), -1 lap

17. Ricky Orlando (Kaw ZX-10R), -1 lap

18. Joy Higa (Suz GSX-R1000), -13 laps, DNF, retired

19. Lenny Hale (Suz GSX-R1000), -19 laps, DNF

20. Johnny Rock Page (Suz GSX-R1000), -20 laps, DNF, retired


Championship Point Standings (After 2 of 3 events):

1. Beaubier, 45 points

2. Cardenas, 41

3. Hayes, 36

4. TIE, Hayden/Anthony, 24

6. Fillmore, 20

7. Clark, 17

8. Ulrich, 14

9. Orange, 11

10. Anderson, 10


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There's No Place Like Sonoma As Local Rider Cameron Beaubier Wins Pacific Nationals Pro Superbike Race; Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Hayes Finishes Second

Sonoma, CA - May 4, 2014 - Everything came up smelling like roses for Roseville, CA, resident Cameron Beaubier as he started from the pole and won Round Two of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented By Yamaha at his home track, Sonoma Raceway. Cameron's teammate and three-time Superbike Champion Josh Hayes came in second in Sunday's Pro Superbike race to make it a 1-2 finish for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team.

Cameron, who was last year's AMA Pro Racing Daytona Sportbike Champion, is having a phenomenal rookie season on his #2 Yamaha YZF-R1. Already a winner at Daytona in March in the AMA Pro SuperBike series, the northern Californian has now added a victory to his resume in the Superbike Shootout, as well.

When the race went green, Cameron got off to a good start, but he got balked on the inside in turn one, which shuffled him back to fifth. Undaunted, he went to work and began to make rapid and smooth move progress back to the front. He managed to pass Josh who was, as always, his toughest competitor on track, and then he managed to stretch out a fairly comfortable lead.

Following his win, Cameron commented, "I started on the pole, which is on the inside here at Sonoma Raceway, so I kind of got pinched off in the first turn, which shuffled me back to fifth. This track is very technical, and I'm glad I've upped my training this year because it's helped me handle the big R1. I was able to work myself back up to Josh, who was in the lead, and it wasn't easy to get around him. It's great to get this win on my home track and in front of my family and friends."

After Cameron got balked at the start, Josh was able to work himself into the lead where he stayed for a number of laps until he made a little mistake with Cameron right behind him. That brief lapse enabled Cameron to take the lead where he stayed all the way to the checkers.

"I don't feel like I can be unhappy with my race after the way the weekend started," Josh said. I was riding smooth, putting together the best race I could. I made a little mistake, and it really cost me. I rode hard to try to catch back up to Cameron. He rode a great race. It's been a long time since I've gotten beaten like that, so congrats to my teammate. He's riding really well."

After two rounds of the Superbike Shootout, Cameron is leading the championship and Josh is currently third. The final round of the Shootout will be May 24 and 25 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.

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ROBERTS STRONG BEFORE SONOMA PILE-UP

Team Hammer had the pace to finish on the podium at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, but luck simply wasn't on the team's side at Round 2 of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout.

M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com Racing's Joe Roberts opened today's 20-lap Dynojet Pro Sportbike final from the front row, having qualified fourth fastest aboard his Honda CBR600RR. The 16-year-old backed up his qualifying performance by running in that same position over the race's opening half, deeply embroiled in a five-rider brawl for the lead.

As the contest entered its second half, Roberts ratcheted up the pressure and actively looked for a way around GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing's Jake Zemke, who had controlled third to that point in the race.

The two Honda-mounted riders waged an intense battle for the spot over the next two laps. Unfortunately, Zemke highsided in Turn 3a on lap 13 while attempting to maintain his podium position. Roberts took evasive action to avoid hitting his teammate and crashed in the process. A third rider was collected in the fray as well, but all escaped relatively unscathed.

"I'm just a little bruised," said Roberts. "I was running a good race and I thought I had a better pace than some of the guys in front of me and I was looking for someone to make a mistake and then take advantage. Coming out of Turn 3A, Jake Zemke got on the gas too hard and had a high-side. I checked up and lost the front trying to avoid him and another rider ran into me. It's a big bummer because it is the closest we've been to the front yet. To crash isn't great but we're getting closer and battling for the lead and so there's some positive, too."

Roberts and Team Hammer will get their next shot later this month as the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout completes its inaugural season at the world-class Miller Motorsports Park facility on May 24-25 with the Arai Mountain Nationals.
About Team Hammer: In 2014, Team Hammer, Inc. is competing in its 34th consecutive racing season, and is marking its eighth year of offering technical and logistical support through its Contract Services Department. Riders on Team Hammer-prepared racebikes have earned 59 AMA Pro National race wins; 135 AMA Pro National podium finishes; 5 AMA Pro Championships; 133 Overall National Endurance race wins; 13 National Endurance Championships and assorted other race wins and titles.

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Podium finish slips away from
GEICO Motorcycle pro Zemke
SONOMA, Calif. (May 5) -- GEICO Motorcycle rider Jake Zemke was staring at a podium finish in the Arai Pacific Nationals, the second round of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout, when the unthinkable happened Sunday at Sonoma Raceway.

Zemke's Honda slipped out from under him, and while trying to regain control Zemke was clipped from behind. Three riders, including Joe Roberts and Benny Solis Jr., tumbled off the track and out of the SportBike race.

"It was unfortunate for the GEICO Motorcycle team," Zemke said. "We were definitely looking at the podium this weekend. I guess we'll just have to roll on to Utah and Miller Motorsports Park, take that momentum, and go forward."

SuperBike teammate Chris Ulrich is looking forward to the race at Miller as well after making significant progress in Sonoma. Ulrich had a wild race, starting eighth before getting pinched in Turn 1 on the start and slipping back to 12th.

Ulrich, however, had one of the fastest bikes in the race, gaining two spots on the second lap and one more on Lap 4 and was eighth five laps into the 20-lap event. He was closing on seventh place with seven laps remaining when a tire issue slowed his progress.

"We were marching forward," Ulrich said. "I got to eighth and was closing on seventh and sixth, and then one lap in Turn 4, all of a sudden the back comes around on decel, and I was like, 'Uh, oh.' "

The rear tire got progressively worse on the right side, so all Ulrich could do was ride out a 10th-place finish.

"Overall, I was happy with my performance in the race," Ulrich said. "We moved up, we made progress, we went faster. We got the bike finally working a lot better for me this morning and bested my qualifying time by about a second. That's always pleasant to do in the race.

"With the SuperBike class, when you unload with no data it's always tough. We'll move on to Miller and we have data from Miller, so that's a positive."

Zemke made a solid start to his SportBike race, challenging for the lead on the opening lap before settling into second. He remained third past the halfway point while battling with Roberts and Solis.

"We had made some changes to the bike and kind of took a little bit of a gamble going into the race," Zemke said. "We're always trying to make things better, but we actually took a half-step backwards with the bike setup. It was a very small change, just a little tweak to try and make things better, and it probably made it a little bit worse. But we were still able to run competitive times."

Heading uphill into the right-hand Turn 3A, Zemke's bike started to slide.

"The rear end of the bike just broke around, broke traction really fast," Zemke said. "It was a bit unexpected and I was in the process of saving that, and at the same time I believe Joe and Benny had both lost the front end of their bikes. I'm not sure if there might have been something on the track or if they might've been reacting to what they were seeing happening in front of them.

"I thought I just about had mine saved, and then all of a sudden the rear end of my bike just shot out from underneath me and threw me over the high side. I think one of the bikes behind me must've gotten into my bike. It sent me for a bit of a flip, and one of the bikes ended up hitting me in the helmet and I ended up down in the wall. It was an interesting ride."

Zemke's bike was banged up and so was he but otherwise he was fine.

"Yeah, a little beat up, a little bit sore, but all in all we'll live to do it again at the next one. It'll be all right. We'll definitely be looking for that podium at Miller."

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