JD Beach To Race Laguna Seca WorldSBK

Rennie Scaysbrook | July 9, 2019

JD Beach will compete in this weekend’s Laguna Seca round of the 2019 WorldSBK Championship on his Attack Performance/Estenson Racing Yamaha YZF-R1, alongside his regular duties in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.

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Beach will make his WorldSBK debut this weekend, making him the 70th American to race on the world stage for Superbike competition.

“I’m really pumped going into this weekend’s round at Laguna Seca”, Beach said. “It’s going to be a tough weekend racing both MotoAmerica Superbike and World Superbike, but I’m up for the challenge. Josh Herrin kind of paved the way for us to do it last year. I think I have some big shoes to fill because he was really quick. Both myself and the team are really excited about it, really looking forward to it.

“Laguna’s a track that I like a lot. I’ve had a lot of fun there. I’m really looking forward to riding a Superbike there again, the last time I did it was 2011. I think it’s going to be a great weekend. I feel like if we can be up front or be on the podium for MotoAmerica and run top-10 in World Superbike, that would be a great weekend for me and the team”.

This first foray into the WorldSBK paddock will make Beach the 70th US rider to start a race in the series. Six of them – Fred Merkel, Doug Polen, Scott Russell, John Kocinski, Colin Edwards and Ben Spies – have been crowned as WorldSBK champions, while a further four – Ben Bostrom, Doug Chandler, Nicky Hayden and Tom Kipp – also picked up race wins. The previous American to make his debut was Josh Herrin, at last season’s Geico US Round.

Beach, a two-time and current MotoAmerica Supersport Champion, currently sits fifth in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship on 111 points from leader Toni Elias on 201.

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Rennie Scaysbrook | Road Test Editor Rennie Scaysbrook is our Road Test Editor. A lifetime rider, the Aussie made the trek across the Pacific to live the dream in the U.S. of A. Likes puppies and wheelies.