MONTEREY, CA – July 8, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Cameron Beaubier came away with the fastest Motul Superbike lap of Day 1 as the Honda Superbike Championship of the Monterey Peninsula got rolling today under sunny skies and warm temperatures. The Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha factory rider lapped the 2.23-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 1:24.919 and was the only rider to crack the 1:25 barrier.
Beaubier’s teammate Josh Hayes and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias ended the day with the exact same lap time – a 1:25.016 – on the exact same lap, their 16th, to finish second and third.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden ended the day fourth, just .222 of a second behind Beaubier and .4 of a second faster than the fastest of the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class, M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis.
In the Supersport class, Garrett Gerloff led both sessions over his Monster/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha teammate JD Beach. M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Valentin Debise was third, just over a second slower than Gerloff.
Cory Ventura rode his CSV Moto KTM RC 390 to the fastest time in KTM RC Cup Qualifying 1, the Californian half a second faster than Quarterley Racing/On Track Development’s Benjamin Smith. Smith’s teammate Jackson Blackmon was third fastest on day one.
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Photos of the top Friday riders are available HERE.
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Complete practice, qualifying and racing results are available HERE.
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Gerloff topped the leaderboard in Supersport practice | Photo: Brian J. Nelson
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