MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at Utah Motorsports Campus

The weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus always proves interesting with the challenges of high elevation but Garrett Gerloff was able to stand on the podium in both races, while his Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Cameron Beaubier took the runner-up spot in race two after finishing off the podium in fourth in race one.

After qualifying on pole, Beaubier took advantage and rocketed out to the lead in race one. He was setting pace for most of the race but fell to second just after halfway. When he wasn’t expecting it, the reigning Superbike champ moved back to third and then lost another position when he wasn’t able to hold his teammate at bay. Gerloff, who struggled with a technical issue, had found himself as far back as sixth around the midway point of the race before taking advantage of competitors’ mistakes and pushing his Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1 to a podium finish in third by the end of the 23-lap race.

The team put in the work overnight and race two saw Beaubier claim the lead and build a comfortable gap on the competition. Gerloff also looked good and was in a solid podium position when a red flag was called for a downed rider. On the restart, the Californian didn’t get the same jump as the first green flag and was shuffled back to second whilst his teammate maintained third. Beaubier did everything he possibly could to make a pass stick and retake the lead he held for much of the race before the restart, but ultimately had to settle for second and take some championship points. Gerloff joined him on the podium in third. Although the red flag was unfortunate, positive ground was made for the team on the weekend and they look to build on that forward progress.

Up next on the schedule for the Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing team is a joint round with the World Superbike Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, July 12-14.

Tom Halverson

Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager

“This was a difficult weekend racing a two-day schedule on a track layout that we’ve never been on. On Saturday, Cameron had some problems but managed a fourth. Garrett put in another really strong ride to finish in third. On Sunday, Cam turned things around and had over a two-second lead before a red flag. After the red flag it was a great fight, but unfortunately Cameron missed the win by just 0.3 seconds with Garrett a really close just 0.5 seconds back. It was disappointing for us not to get the win today, but we were in the fight with both riders. We’re looking forward to Laguna and will fight again for the win.”

Cameron Beaubier

Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing

“Saturday’s race we were pretty confident going into after leading both practice sessions, but as soon as the lights went out, I had no rear grip compared to practice. I rode as hard as I could, but fourth was the best we could do. Sunday morning’s practice went really well and we confirmed it was the tire. I put my head down early in the race and opened up a healthy gap. My R1 was feeling so good. Then the race got red flagged and we restarted with 10 laps to go. It was a battle to the finish and unfortunately we came up short in second. No wins this weekend, but we are gonna keep trucking. My team is great, and I’m happy with my riding. I’m really looking forward to my home race at Laguna.”

Garrett Gerloff

Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing

“It was a good weekend. We had a pretty decent qualifying and two solid races. I had a little technical issue in race one, which kind of cost me in the middle of the race and I dropped back to fifth place, but I was able to work my way back to third. Today I was running in third place, I felt good. Toni and I were doing the same pace, but we were all separated with a pretty good gap to Cam. After the restart everything got a lot tighter and I was able to be there for the last 10 laps of the race. I gave it my all, rode the best that I could, I was just maybe just missing a half a percent. I was able to throw in some shots in the earlier parts, but on the last lap, I was there but had no advantage to be able to try and make a pass. I just kind of had a front row seat to watch those guys duking it out in the last couple of corners.

“I’m glad to have two podiums, my sixth one in a row. I just want to get higher up on that podium. We’re making progress and we’re doing good work, so I’m excited to go to Laguna and keep moving forward.”

2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Utah Race One Results

1. Toni Elias

2. Mathew Scholtz

3. Garrett Gerloff

4. Cameron Beaubier

5. Jake Lewis

6. Josh Herrin

7. Jake Gagne

8. Jayson Uribe

9. David Anthony

10. Mathew Orange

2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Utah Race Two Results

1. Toni Elias

2. Cameron Beaubier

3. Garrett Gerloff

4. Josh Herrin

5. JD Beach

6. Jake Lewis

7. Jake Gagne

8. Jayson Uribe

9. Mathew Orange

10. Max Flinders

2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings

1. Toni Elias 201

2. Cameron Beaubier 175

3. Garrett Gerloff 136

4. Josh Herrin 119

5. JD Beach 111

6. Mathew Scholtz 100

7. Jake Lewis 97

8. David Anthony 66

9. Cameron Petersen 65

10. Kyle Wyman 55

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