Round 5 of the 2017 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Race Championship took place over the weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus. The world class facility nestled just outside of Tooele, UT was again the site of top tier Superbike racing in the United States.
Early on Saturday during Motul Superbike/Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Superpole qualifying, Roger Hayden set a new track record with a 148.9 second lap aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki. Teammate Tony Elias would finish in the second spot, with Yamaha rider Josh Hayes taking the 3rd position.
The two Yoshimura Suzuki riders dominated the Superbike races with Elias taking the top spot on the podium both days. While he had work to do after making a mistake early in race one on Saturday, the Spaniard powered his way to victory circle in a more conventional way on Sunday.
The Supersport class saw similar dominance by Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves Motorsports Yamaha riders JD Beach, and Garrett Gerloff. Beach entered the weekend hoping to continue his hot streak having won 4 straight prior races.
The 25 year old from Snoqualmie, WA took the lead early on Saturday, while teammate Gerloff had to battle M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Valentin Debise before managing a second place finish.
The unfortunate twist for Beach and Gerloff came on the final lap of race #2. After having their way with the rest of the field, the only question was which one of the two teammates would finish on top of the podium. They diced it up fairly, but aggressively, and heading into turn 6, beach made a move to get inside of Gerloff. The two bikes touched, sending them both into the gravel. That mishap allowed Debise to go on and secure the win.
Afterwards, JD offered this, “In the last lap, when Garrett tucked the front in turn five, I was able to get a little bit of a drive on him going into turn six. It looked like he went just a little bit wide, and I tried to get up underneath him. I went for it, and there just wasn’t enough room. Today are the races you would like to forget. I’m sorry to Garrett, his crew, and the whole team for costing them a win. I want to move past this and go to Laguna.”
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