Indianapolis, IN – August 8, 2015 – Coming into the weekend with a solid chance to win the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, JD Beach didn’t really want to talk about the title. He’s a racer, through and through, and winning races aboard his #95 Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 is always his focus.
On Saturday, the race victory went to his teammate Garrett Gerloff, but JD’s third-place result was more than enough to clinch the inaugural MotoAmerica Supersport title with one round and two races remaining in the series.
Wheels In Motion/MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha rider Josh Herrin was in the lead early in the contest until the race was red-flagged and restarted with just six laps remaining. JD, who got the holeshot in the initial start of the race, also got the holeshot once again in the restart, and it looked like the stage was set for a battle to the end between JD and his closest points rival Josh. Unfortunately, Josh high-sided, which put him on the ground and out of contention. He did manage to rejoin the race a couple of laps down and finished in an unlucky 13th place.
Meanwhile, at the front of the pack, Garrett was stalking the leaders and waiting for a perfect place to make his move. He found it coming down Indy’s legendary front straightaway, as he made a perfect draft-pass aboard his #31 Yamaha YZF-R6 and put himself in front to stay. Garrett’s second win of the season moves him up to second in the Championship points standings.
After the race, Garrett said, “I’m so happy to get this win here at Indy, in front of all these fans and on the world stage. Congratulations to my teammate JD on winning the Championship. This is a great day for all of us at Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha. For us to get the race win and the Championship, well, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
Commenting on his Championship, JD said, “Ever since I was a little kid, going dirt track riding with my Dad back home, I’ve wanted this. It’s been a great year, and I’m so proud to win this Championship for my family and my entire Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team.”
The Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team will take a late-summer break and return to action on the weekend of September 11-13 at New Jersey Motorsports Park for the ninth, and concluding, round of the inaugural MotoAmerica season.