LEEDS, AL, JUNE 23 - Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha's Cameron Beaubier earned his first Daytona Sportbike pole position with a new lap record in qualifying for this weekend's twin DSB races at a hot and sultry Barber Motorsports Park.
Beaubier was fourth in provisional qualifying, but the most consistent of the top four riders with a series of fast laps at the end the session. This morning, in slightly cooler but still very warm conditions, Beaubier again waited until the end of the 40-minute session to string together his best laps. With each of the last four laps of the 2.38-mile, 14-turn road course Beaubier dropped his time, with his final lap of 1:27.685 mins. setting a new qualifying record. The entire front row was under the previous lap record.
Beaubier's lap dropped Team Latus Motors Racing Castrol Triumph's Jason DiSalvo to second at a gap of .024 sec. Provisional pole-sitter Dane Westby (M4 Suzuki) qualified third overall on the strength of his Friday time. Tommy Hayden qualified fourth in the first race since it was announced that he'd finish the season on the Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha YZF-R6.
Championship leader Martin Cardenas (Geico Suzuki) was fifth fastest with a time of 1:28.504 mins., narrowly edging out Meen Motorsports Racing's Bobby Fong (Yam). The rest of row two is filled by Road Race Factory/Red Bull's Jake Gagne (Yam) and Benny Solis (Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries Yamaha).
Daytona Sportbike Qualifying:
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 1:27.685
2. Jason DiSalvo (Triumph) 1:27.709
3. Dane Westby (Suzuki) 1:28.113
4. Tommy Hayden (Yamaha) 1:28.193
5. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki) 1:28.504
6. Bobby Fong (Yamaha) 1:28.522
7. Jake Gagne (Yamaha) 1:28.988
8. Benny Solis (Yamaha) 1:29.029
9. Jake Zemke (Ducati) 1:29.164
10. Joey Pascarella (Suzuki) 1:29.352