Beaubier Leads as Superbikes Return to Sonoma

For the first time in five years, superbike racing is back in Sonoma and Beaubier led the way with the fastest time in Motul Superbike

Gerloff On Top Of Supersport Class On Day One At
Sonoma Raceway

SONOMA, CA – August 11, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  On-track action got started today at Sonoma Raceway as the MotoAmerica Series brought AMA Superbike racing back to Northern California wine country for the first time since 2012. When all was said and done on a sunny Friday afternoon it was nearby Roseville resident Cameron Beaubier leading the way on the opening day of the Championship at Sonoma Raceway, the defending two-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion heading both sessions.

Beaubier lapped at a best of 1:36.585 to best Quicksilver Latus Motors Kawasaki’s Bobby Fong, the Californian slotting his Superstock 1000-spec ZX-10R into second in the lead-up to Saturday’s Superpole session that will set the grid for both Saturday and Sunday’s headline races. Motul Superbike Championship points leader Toni Elis ended up third fastest on Friday.

Championship leader Garrett Gerloff led the two Supersport practice sessions on his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha R6, the Texan besting M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Valentin Debise by 1.2 seconds. Team H35’s Benny Solice ended up third with Gerloff’s teammate JD Beach, who sits just four points behind Gerloff, closing out the day with the fourth fastest time.

The KTM RC Cup, meanwhile, held the first of its two qualifying sessions on Friday with Benjamin Smith heading the time sheets.

The full schedule for the weekend can be found HERE.

Video interviews with racers and more are available HERE.

Photos of the top Friday riders are available HERE.

Racer quotes are available HERE.

Complete practice, qualifying and racing results are available HERE.

The 2017 MotoAmerica Media Kit can be found HERE.

For complete 2017 MotoAmerica Media Resources please visit – bit.ly/MotoAmericaMedia2017

Gerloff set the pace in both Supersport practice sessions
Gerloff set the pace in both Supersport practice sessions | Photo: Brian J. Nelson

About MotoAmerica

MotoAmerica is the new North American road racing series created in 2014. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Source: MotoAmerica

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