LEXINGTON, OHIO, JULY 17 - Rockwall Performance Yamaha's J.D. Beach made a mockery of the SuperSport race at Mid-Ohio by jetting away from the pole position to win by a class record margin of victory of 20.126 secs.From the very start Beach put the race out of touch with a series of blistering laps. Lapping nearly a second faster than he'd qualified, Beach added more than a second a lap to his lead, which was 1.441 secs. at the end of the first of 17 laps.Lap after lap Beach continued to keep the heat on, turning in his fastest lap on the fifth and lowering it again to 1:29.735 mins. on the seventh. He'd taken the pole with a time of 1:30.652.By the midpoint of the race Beach had nearly 11 seconds and continued to cruise. The win was his fourth in the past five races and gave him a commanding championship lead. After seven races he has 175 points to 142 for his teammate, Cameron Beaubier.Beaubier fought his way into second on the sixth lap and held on to the finish. He was also able to stretch his advantage, but not so easily. At the finish he had 6.046 secs. on Dustin Dominguez (Kaw).Dominguez, in turn, left behind the fight for fourth, which was decided a few laps from the end. It was then that Tomas Puerta separated himself from what was once a six-rider pack to solidify his position. the Yamaha rider finished with 2.21 secs. on James Rispoli (Suz), who narrowly held off Huntley Nash (LTD Racing Yamaha) and Joey Pascarella, the former Ducati rider now back on a Yamaha R6. Pascarella held the previous class margin of victory with the 13.209 secs. gap he amassed en route to the race two win at Auto Club Speedway.

Results:

1. J.D. Beach (Yamaha)

2. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha)

3. Dustin Dominguez (Kawasaki)

4. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha)

5. James Rispoli (Suzuki)

6. Huntley Nash (Yamaha)

7. Joey Pascarella (Yamaha)

8. Elena Myers (Suzuki)

9. Travis Wyman (Yamaha)

10. Eric Stump (Yamaha)

 

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Henny Ray Abrams | Contributing Editor

Abrams is the longest-serving contributor at Cycle News. Over the course of his 35-some years of writing and shooting photos, he’s covered events from MotoGP to the Motocross World Championship - and everything in between.

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