2017 Laguna Seca MotoAmerica Saturday Results

Press Release | July 8, 2017

Elias Pads Championship Lead on Saturday with Win in Monterey

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Elias leads early in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike race. Hayes (4) would not see the finish after losing the front end of his Yamaha mid-race.

From MotoAmerica

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias won his seventh Motul Superbike race of the season today on a blazing hot afternoon at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the first of the two races that make up the Honda Superbike Championship of the Monterey Peninsula.

Elias was in a fight for the majority of the race with his teammate Roger Hayden, the Kentuckian coming up half a second short at the finish after the Spaniard was badly balked by a lapped rider on the penultimate lap. Elias’ seventh victory of the season gives him a 35-point lead over Hayden going into tomorrow’s Race 2 of what is Round 6 of the 2017 MotoAmerica Series.

“I’m so happy (to avoid an incident with a lapper on lap 22),” Elias said. “I was trying to open a gap (on second) and I could do it two or three times, but always I found some slow guys (lappers) in the middle who blocked me and blocked Roger (Hayden). Then I lost that little gap, especially the last two laps, it was worse for me, but at the end everything was good. I continue doing my pace the last lap and still open a little gap.

“My team was really good because the ride (on the bike) was so nice. I felt more or less comfortable. The race was hard, but my momentum (lap times) was always the same. I’m so happy, my dream was to win here in Laguna Seca and at the end I really came through and it was perfect.”

Hayden was helped by the lapped rider with two laps to go, but he needed just a bit more pace to beat his teammate.

“That lapper did me a favor there those last couple laps and let me close back up on Toni (Elias),” Hayden said. “I tried to push the last lap, but he was just a little bit stronger than I was today. Hopefully, we can make a couple changes and be a little faster tomorrow. He (Elias) was a little better than me in a couple places and he kind of opened the gap back up. That lapper just needed to hold him up a little bit more. He almost did me a favor, but it was a good race. Tomorrow I think will be a better fight, (especially) if Cameron (Beaubier) is there at the beginning. He’s also really tough here. It could be three guys (battling for the win).”

Third place today went to Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier, the two-time defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion having a tough time in Turn 1 on the opening lap that pushed him back to sixth place at the end of the lap. From there he fought through to third, but, despite having the fastest lap of the race, couldn’t make serious inroads into the Yoshimura Suzuki pair’s lead. He ended up 7.0 seconds behind and is now 57 points behind Elias in the title chase.

“There right at the beginning my nose got cut off a little bit in the first corner,” Beaubier said. “It put me back to eighth or so, and I just fought my way (forward) and put my head down. I fought as hard as I could. My teammate (Josh Hayes) is hard to pass, he’s really good around here (at Laguna Seca). We had a little scrap going that kind of set us back about a half second or so. I just kept my head down, chipping away, but these guys (Elias and Hayden) were on rails today. I’ve got a great bike and a great team. We’re going to put our heads together and see what we can come up with for tomorrow, and see if we can fight for a win. We’re right over halfway (into the season) and we’re going to fight ‘til the end.”

Fourth place went to Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz, the South African coming out on top of the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class in the process. Scholtz was also hampered in Turn 1 on the opening lap, but had clear sailing to victory after that.

“In the first corner quite a few things happened there,” Scholtz said. “Beaubier touched (Josh) Herrin and I was on the outside of them and kind of got a terrible first lap from there. I was putting my head down and set some pretty decent times [that allowed me] to work my way through. I managed to actually open up a pretty decent lead over the Superstock guys, and I was really happy with that. I just have to thank the Yamalube Westby guys. They worked really hard for me and gave me a perfect bike. That really showed now, I did 23 laps at roughly the same pace. I was really happy. I could have picked things up [my pace] there at the end if I needed to. Overall, I’m really happy. I’m looking forward to the second race to see what we can do.”

Behind him there was a battle to the line between MotoAmerica first-timer Anthony West on the Fly Street/Motul Oils/ADR Motorsports Kawasaki, M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis and Quicksilver Latus Motors Kawasaki’s Bobby Fong. Aussie West got the nod by .432 of a second over Lewis in the battle for fifth with Fong a shadow seventh. Those three were second, third and fourth in the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 results.

TOBC Racing’s Danny Eslick rode mostly alone to eighth place with Scheibe Racing/Hayes Brakes BMW-mounted Jason DiSalvo and Helmet Sounds.com/Western Services/Meen Motorsports’ Bryce Prince rounding out the top 10.

Four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes crashed out of fourth place near the end of the race; Helmet Sounds.com/Western Services/Meen Motorsports’ Josh Herrin pitted after running with the leaders early on and rejoined to finish 11th; Kyle Wyman was a non-finisher after running fifth early on when his Motovation USA/Lucas Oils/KWR Yamaha suffered a mechanical failure.

KTM RC Cup: Ventura Gets His Second 

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Cory Ventura (164) took the KTM RC Cup win at his home race

The only other MotoAmerica race to take place today was the sole KTM RC Cup race of the weekend. The victory went to Cory Ventura in his home round, the Californian watching early as two of his rivals – Jackson Blackmon and Benjamin Smith – crashed out on the opening lap. He was then embroiled in a battle with Francesc Perez, but the Spaniard also crashed out on the ninth lap. The Toni Elias protégé remounted to finish 10th.
Second placed ended up going to JP43 Junior Team’s Alex Dumas, the French Canadian beating Quarterley Racing/On Track Development’s Draik Beauchamp by .373 of a second. Team MotoTriad’s Gray Pham was just behind those two in fourth place.
The win was Ventura’s second of the season and he moved to fourth in the title chase, 46 points behind Smith who stayed in the lead despite his first-lap crash. Smith has 147 points to Blackmon’s 118 with Beauchamp third on 115 points, five clear of Ventura.
“It was a great race,” Ventura said. “I got a great start; I’ve been working on those a lot. I just kept my eyes forward and kept my momentum going from earlier today. Just had a good race, had some fun, and that’s all the matters. This is front of my home crowd and is technically my home race. This is the track I do have the most time on and I had a lot of fun.”

Motul Superbike 

  1. Toni Elias, Barcelona, Spain, Suzuki
  2. Roger Hayden, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki
  3. Cameron Beaubier, Roseville, Calif., Yamaha
  4. Mathew Scholtz, Durban, South Africa, Yamaha
  5. Anthony West, Melbourne, Australia, Kawasaki
  6. Jake Lewis, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki
  7. Bobby Fong, Stockton, Calif., Kawasaki
  8. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha
  9. Jason DiSalvo, Stafford, N.Y., BMW
  10. Bryce Prince, Bakersfield, Calif., Yamaha

Motul Superbike Championship Standings 

  1. Toni Elias, Barcelona, Spain, Suzuki – 235
  2. Roger Hayden, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 200
  3. Cameron Beaubier, Roseville, Calif., Yamaha – 178
  4. Josh Hayes, Gulfport, Miss., Yamaha – 111
  5. Mathew Scholtz, Durban, South Africa, Yamaha – 102
  6. Bobby Fong, Stockton, Calif., Kawasaki – 97
  7. Jake Lewis, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 93
  8. Josh Herrin, Dublin, Ga., Yamaha – 84
  9. Jake Lewis, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 89
  10. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha – 75

Bazzaz Superstock 1000 

  1. Mathew Scholtz, Dublin, South Africa, Yamaha
  2. Anthony West, Melbourne, Australia, Kawasaki
  3. Jake Lewis, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki
  4. Bobby Fong, Stockton, Calif., Kawasaki
  5. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha
  6. Bryce Prince, Bakersfield, Calif., Yamaha
  7. Tyler O’Hara, Petaluma, Calif., Yamaha
  8. Max Flinders, Preston, England, Yamaha
  9. Hayden Gillim, Philpot, Ky., Suzuki
  10. Sam Verderico, Parauna Goias, Brazil, Yamaha

Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Championship Standings 

  1. Mathew Scholtz, Durban, South Africa, Yamaha – 216
  2. Jake Lewis, Owensboro, Ky., Suzuki – 190
  3. Bobby Fong, Stockton, Calif., Kawasaki – 178
  4. Danny Eslick, Tulsa, Okla., Yamaha – 152
  5. Hayden Gillim, Philpot, Ky., Suzuki – 127
  6. Bryce Prince, Bakersfield, Calif., – 116
  7. Max Flinders, Preston, England, Yamaha – 92
  8. David Anthony, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki – 47
  9. Anthony Kosinski, Crumstown, Ind., Yamaha – 37
  10. Tyler O’Hara, Petaluma, Calif., Yamaha – 26

KTM RC Cup 

  1. Cory Ventura, Union City, Calif., KTM
  2. Alex Dumas, Quebec, Canada, KTM
  3. Draik Beauchamp, Knoxville, Tenn., KTM
  4. Gray Pham, San Diego, Calif., KTM
  5. Gabe Hernandez, Huntington Park, Calif., KTM
  6. Toby Khamsouk, Banning, Calif., KTM
  7. Sergio Rodriguez II, Oxnard, Calif., KTM
  8. Trevor Standish, Roswell, Ga., KTM
  9. Nate Minster, Oak Grove, Minn., KTM
  10. Frances Perez, Barcelona, Spain, KTM

KTM RC Cup Championship Standings 

  1. Benjamin Smith, Glenmoore, Pa., KTM – 147
  2. Jackson Blackmon, Rock Hill, S.C., KTM – 118
  3. Draik Beauchamp, Knoxville, Tenn., KTM – 115
  4. Cory Ventura, Union City, Calif., KTM – 110
  5. Alex Dumas, Quebec, Canada, KTM – 101
  6. Toby Khamsouk, Banning, Calif., KTM – 89
  7. Trevor Standish, Roswell, Ga., KTM – 77
  8. Gavin Anthony, Hilliard, Ohio, KTM – 74
  9. Sergio Rodriguez II, Oxnard, Calif., KTM – 63
  10. Jake Leahey, Hammonton, N.J., KTM – 54

 

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