JD Beach To Race Laguna Seca WorldSBK
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.
“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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