2019 Pittsburgh MotoAmerica Results (Updated)

Cycle News Staff | August 25, 2019

2019 Pittsburgh MotoAmerica Results

Sunday

WAMPUM, PA (August 25, 2019) – Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias thought he had two chances of winning the second EBC Brakes Superbike race in the Championship of Pittsburgh – slim and none. But Elias is Elias and by the time the dust had settled around him, he was at the front of the field and en route to his seventh win of the 2019 MotoAmerica Series.

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Toni Elias (24), Cameron Beaubier (1), Josh Herrin (2) and Jake Lewis (85) battled for most of the EBC Brakes Superbike race on Sunday at PittRace with Elias ending up with a close victory over Beaubier .|Photo by Brian J. Nelson

And, more importantly, a 35-point lead in the championship after two days of racing on a track that he considers one of the more difficult for him and his Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Elias ended up beating his rival Cameron Beaubier by just .340 of a second after 18 laps of the 2.7-mile Pittsburgh International Race Complex, handing Beaubier his second straight second place finish on the weekend. On Saturday, Beaubier lost out to his teammate Garrett Gerloff by just .326 of a second, thus losing both races by a combined (and devilish) margin of .666 of a second.

If the margins of victory were difficult for Beaubier so too was the fact that he came to Pittsburgh 34 points behind Elias and he leaves Steel City 35 points behind.

For Gerloff the second race had a much worse outcome, the Texan suffering a mechanical failure while leading on the second lap. The non-finish puts a massive dent in Gerloff’s chances of earning a first EBC Brakes Superbike title as he now trails Elias by 56 points with two rounds and four races left on the calendar.

Third place today went to Elias’ Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Josh Herrin, the Georgian rebounding from his first-lap crash on Saturday and his seventh-place finish after remounting from his crash with Jake Lewis.

Elias didn’t hold back in admitting that he was very fortunate to come out of PittRace with a victory.

“It’s been the worst race of the year, talking about rhythm, talking about being comfortable, talking about being relaxed and not breathing,” Elias said. “It was so difficult. I didn’t find the rear grip and the right traction since lap one, and everybody passed me. All the riders I fight with, they passed me. So (Garrett) Gerloff left, (Jake) Lewis left, Cameron (Beaubier) left, every rider was leaving. Then everyone start to (make) mistake. The one who did a mistake was the reason I could pass him. I couldn’t get Cameron. Started to fight a little bit with him, but honestly when I passed him, he had some mistake. Then I had a mistake in the first corner. For the last five laps, I was behind him. I was following him, but today was good enough to win. I think if I was leading the race on the last lap with him, he could pass me easily anytime he wanted. So, I’ve been lucky. Today I’ve been super lucky. With the team we are doing all we can. We pass two difficult (tracks) for us – Sonoma and this one. But we win, so that’s great. I didn’t expect this. The changes I did, we did for today, I choose them but looks like with the cold temperature everything works well so I was super confident, but it didn’t work for me. It was a disaster. So, I’m not going to use that again. I will change totally for the next races. It’s too early (in the championship). We keep the same advantage, so let’s continue like this.”

Beaubier had given it his all in the final two laps after his mistake in the chicane that sent him off track while it looked like he had the race in hand.

“At the start of the race I got shuffled back a little bit,” Beaubier said. “Made a couple moves, and then I saw Garrett (Gerloff) ran wide. It was kind of a jumble there at the beginning. Jake Lewis was pretty impressive the first few laps and dipped into the low 41s. I was able to kind of come back to him a little bit. I got in the lead and I felt pretty comfortable kind of doing my thing. First of all, it was a bummer that Garrett went out with whatever happened because he definitely had the pace on all of us this weekend. He was riding really impressive this weekend, setting the pace in every session. Yesterday he was really, really strong in the race. So, I knew today it was going to be tough going in. I saw myself in the lead. I saw Toni (Elias) ran a little wide in turn one. I just put my head down from there. I kept seeing plus 2 on my board, plus 3, and plus 0. Then I just kept digging, kept digging. I went into the little chicane and I think I just knifed the brakes pretty hard and the rear end, I don’t know if it slipped or what, but I was in just way too deep. I didn’t want to cut the track because I knew I would have had to give a position. But I made it worse. I jumped a curb, went through the grass, ended up going a second back or whatever I was. I was just so mad. Just put my head down and rode as hard as I possibly could to try to do something. But it was too late. It’s just been frustrating because my bike has been incredible here and Sonoma. I made that stupid mistake Saturday at Sonoma. Today I made that mistake. I just feel like I have a really good bike under me, but I’m just not clicking as a rider. That’s frustrating when you have before. Just one of those times. We’re just going to keep fighting. We’ve got two rounds left. I really enjoyed the last two tracks, New Jersey and Barber. Just going to keep digging. Congrats to these guys and see everyone in Jersey.”

Herrin was happy to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointment.

“Me and Toni found the food and water today,” Herrin said. “It was a good race. Yesterday was a bummer but for some reason I wasn’t mad. I’m sure the team was disappointed, but after the bad luck at Sonoma, whenever I went in and moved over and hit Jake (Lewis) at Sonoma. Whenever I came sliding through the grass on top of his bike I was kind of laughing. When we got up, he was sitting there kind of bummed out and I’m like, ‘Get up! Let’s go! I don’t want to do this race by myself.’ His bike was all bent out of shape. I’m for sure happy to be up here. Of course, I want to be battling more at the front. I made a big mistake that cost me a little bit of time. I was a lot slower than these guys through the chicane. It was very hard to make up each lap. I couldn’t ever make up everything I lost, but I could make up a little bit in the first half. But then it would all happen again the second half every lap. So, it was very hard. The last few laps I just had nothing left on the right side of my tire. Just overcooked it a little bit, I think. But for being the soft (tire)… I think me and Lewis were the only ones on the soft tire. I raced it yesterday. The main reason that I got up and finished that race yesterday is because I knew I needed to see how the soft would work for today. It worked. Like I said, just couldn’t stick with them in the chicane.”

Garrett Gerloff (31) got the jump on the field, but was forced out of the lead by a mechanical problem on just the second lap.|Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Fourth place on Sunday went to M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis, the Kentuckian making up for yesterday’s crash that took him and Herrin out on the first lap. Lewis was less than a second behind Herrin at the finish after leading several laps early in the race.

Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz was fifth, matching his performance from Saturday, some 10 seconds adrift of Lewis and three ahead of Attack Performance Estenson Racing’s JD Beach, another who matched his result from the day before.

Scheibe Racing BMW’s Jake Gagne was seventh on Sunday after finishing a season-best fourth on Sunday. He was on Beach’s tail at the end of the 18 lapper.

Eighth place went to Broaster Chicken/KWR Ducati’s Kyle Wyman, the New Yorker bouncing back from a crash in Saturday’s race. FLY Racing/ADR Motorsports David Anthony and Omega Moto’s Cameron Petersen rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Supersport: Kelly Does It Again

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammates Sean Dylan Kelly (40) and Bobby Fong (50) were separated by just .005 of a second at the finish line with Kelly taking the Supersport win.|Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Sunday’s Supersport race two was arguably the event of the day with championship leader Bobby Fong coming back from a big crash in Saturday’s race one and very nearly winning the race aboard his M4 ECSTAR Suzuki. Fong’s teammate Sean Dylan Kelly just barely nipped him at the line to get the double win on the weekend. Third place went to Celtic HSBK Racing Yamaha rider PJ Jacobsen, who finished second on Saturday.

Even though he beat the ailing Fong at the checkers, Kelly was sympathetic to his teammate and said, “I can’t believe how much pain he was dealing with. I saw him yesterday after his crash, and I saw this morning how much pain he was in. Just huge respect, dude, 100%. I’m glad that we were able to get the 1-2 for the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki team. Of course, I’m super pumped for myself and for my family and for everyone around me who helped me get this double-win weekend. It’s still kind of hard to take it in. Obviously, I think tonight I’ll be able to take it in a little bit. I just hope to keep it going like this and get to New Jersey feeling confident and strong and keep on with this pace.”

Liqui Moly Junior Cup: Landers Bounces Back

Rocco Landers won his 10th Liqui Moly Junior Cup race of the season on Sunday at PittRace.|Photo by Brian J. Nelson

In Sunday’s Liqui Moly Junior Cup race, Ninja400R.com/Norton Motorsports/Dr. Farr Kawasaki rider Rocco Landers won his 10th race out of 13 thus far in the season, and he did so with another one of his patented performances where he took off from the pole position and started immediately building a gap. Saturday’s race one winner Kevin Olmedo finished second aboard his Altus Motorsports Kawasaki, and MonkeyMoto/AGVSport/Blud Lubricants Kawasaki rider Jackson Blackmon got his second podium finish of the year in third.

“It feels great to be able to bounce back to the podium,” Landers said. “Super, super, super stoked for these guys, too. I know they ran super hard. I was trying to get as much of a gap as I could the first couple laps, just see if I could manage that. I did decent times. Can’t thank everyone enough. It’s just super, super, super great for the team. We’ll see what we can do in New Jersey.”

Stock 1000: Lee, Again

Andrew Lee (1) scored his fifth win of the season and fourth in a row in Stock 1000 with Ashton Yates (22) second and Corey Alexander (23) third.|Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Stock 1000 championship leader Andrew Lee stretched out his advantage on Sunday with his fifth race win of the season and his fourth victory in a row aboard his Franklin Armory/Graves Kawasaki. Meanwhile, Lee’s two closest competitors in the point standings, Stefano Mesa and Michael Gilbert, crashed into each other and out of the race.

Stock 1000 newcomer Ashton Yates, in only his second race in the class, challenged Lee for the win aboard his Vic Fasola Racing Yamaha, and finished second. Another class newcomer Corey Alexander, who raced in the Stock 1000 class at Road America earlier in the season, finished third on the Ride HVMC/Freeman Racing Kawasaki.

“First of all, it’s a shame to see those guys go down,” Lee said. “That’s not how you want to win a race. It looks like, judging by how close these guys were in the last stages, that it was probably going to be a really good race with those three. So, I’m a little bummed out about that, but Ashton and Corey really kept me honest that race. I was starting to drop off a little bit with the tire, and it just turned into management. My pit board said that they crashed out. So I didn’t know in what form, but I hope they’re all okay. Moving forward, it’s looking like my lead is 48 points. It’s a good margin, healthy. Hope to keep it up.”

Liqui Moly Junior Cup: Dumas Nails It Down

The Twins Cup featured close racing with young Alex Dumas (leading) winning his fourth race of the season and his third in a row.|Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Last year’s Liqui Moly Junior Cup Champion Alex Dumas needed a few rounds in the Twins Cup class to acclimate to his bigger motorcycle, and in the latter half of this season, the 16-year-old French rider has come on like gangbusters. In Sunday’s weekend-concluding Twins Cup race, Dumas got his third win in a row and sixth-consecutive podium aboard his Roadracing World Young Guns Suzuki. Quarterley Racing Ducati rider Michael Barnes looked to be headed for a second-place result until Altus Motorsports Yamaha rider Draik Beauchamp seemingly appeared out of nowhere and beat Barnes to the finish line to take second and relegate Barnes back to third.

“I knew (Draik’s) strategy was to go out there and try to lead and take the gap at the beginning,” Dumas said. “The start was really important. I knew I had to get a good start and just lead the whole race. That’s what I kind of did. Draik passed me in turn three, and I followed him for a lap and managed to pass him and just kept on getting a gap on Michael and Draik to the end.”

A large crowd turned out for the 2019 MotoAmerica round at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.|Photo by Brian J. Nelson

EBC Brakes Superbike

  1. Toni Elias (Suzuki)
  2. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha)
  3. Josh Herrin (Suzuki)
  4. Jake Lewis (Suzuki)
  5. Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha)
  6. JD Beach (Yamaha)
  7. Jake Gagne (BMW)
  8. Kyle Wyman (Ducati)
  9. David Anthony (Kawasaki)
  10. Cameron Petersen (Yamaha)

Supersport

  1. Sean Dylan Kelly (Suzuki)
  2. Bobby Fong (Suzuki)
  3. PJ Jacobsen (Yamaha)
  4. Hayden Gillim (Yamaha)
  5. Richie Escalante (Yamaha)
  6. Bryce Prince (Yamaha)
  7. Nick McFadden (Yamaha)
  8. Lucas Silva (Suzuki)
  9. Danny Eslick (Suzuki)
  10. Jason Aguilar (Yamaha)

Liqui Moly Junior Cup

  1. Rocco Landers (Kawasaki)
  2. Kevin Olmedo (Kawasaki)
  3. Jackson Blackmon (Kawasaki)
  4. Damian Jigalov (Kawasaki)
  5. Hunter Dunham (Kawasaki)
  6. Dallas Daniels (Yamaha)
  7. Gauge Rees (Kawasaki)
  8. Toby Khamsouk (Kawasaki)
  9. Benjamin Gloddy (Kawasaki)
  10. Isiah Burleson (Kawasaki)

Stock 1000 

  1. Andrew Lee (Kawasaki)
  2. Ashton Yates (Kawasaki)
  3. Corey Alexander (Kawasaki)
  4. Miles Thornton (Suzuki)
  5. Travis Wyman (BMW)
  6. Bradley Ward (Kawasaki)
  7. Brad Burns (Kawasaki)
  8. Corey Heflin (Yamaha)
  9. Jeffrey Purk (Yamaha)
  10. Jeremy Kolewski (Kawasaki)

Twins Cup

  1. Alex Dumas (Suzuki)
  2. Draik Beauchamp (Yamaha)
  3. Michael Barnes (Ducati)
  4. Chris Parrish (Suzuki)
  5. Kris Turner (Suzuki)
  6. Darren James (Yamaha)
  7. Jason Madama (Yamaha)
  8. Curtis Murray (Suzuki)
  9. Cooper McDonald (Yamaha)
  10. Kris Lilligard (Yamaha)

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Saturday

WAMPUM, PA (August 24, 2019) – Garrett Gerloff is most definitely on a roll, the Texan riding his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1 to his third victory in the last five races with the latest one coming on Saturday in the Championship of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.

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Garrett Gerloff (31) and his Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier (1) battled to the bitter end in Saturday’s EBC Brakes Superbike race at PittRace. |Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Gerloff came out on top of a race-long battle in the first of two EBC Brakes Superbike races with his teammate Cameron Beaubier, the three-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion ending up just .326 of a second behind Gerloff at the end of the 18-lap race. Championship points leader Toni Elias finished third on the Yoshimura Suzuki, the Spaniard ending up three seconds behind the two Yamahas.

Gerloff had already proven to be the fastest of the fast this weekend as he led every session except for Superpole, which went to Beaubier with a new lap record of 1:39.472 around the 2.7-mile Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Gerloff led early, pulled a slight gap and then gave it all back when he ran off the track in turn one on the fourth lap. But he was able to rebound, passing Elias and then battling with Beaubier for the duration.

With the two Yamahas finishing ahead of Elias, the championship tightened up. Elias now leads Beaubier by 30 points, 282-252, with Gerloff just a single point behind Beaubier.

“As soon as we pulled the bike off the truck, we had a pretty good setup,” Gerloff said. “Kind of funny – after the first session we decided to completely change the whole bike. Front end, triple clamps, front fork springs, rear shock, everything. It felt even better. So, it’s nice that we’ve kind of just been always making steps forward this weekend. The bike felt awesome in the race. I felt good on the first couple laps. Came around and saw my board with plus one. Looked back and just kind of got in a little hot, unfortunately. Just a fast straightaway. It’s got to be a little bit of a tailwind today, too. Luckily, I was able to keep it up on two wheels and get back on track behind these guys. Had to work to get back up to them and then was able to see what they were doing around the whole track. Then I was able to get past Toni (Elias). Was in behind Cameron (Beaubier) and knew I wanted to make a pass at some point. I found a spot and tried to lead a little bit. Then he got me back. It was fun dicing and racing. I just gave it everything I had the last couple laps to maybe try to pull a little bit of a gap or something. Just glad it worked out in the end. Life is good. I feel good. Ready for tomorrow. Try to do something similar.”

Beaubier was upbeat despite the close loss to his teammate, knowing that he’d chipped away on the gap to Elias.

“I obviously wanted to win, but second is good,” Beaubier said. “Garrett has been riding really, really good this weekend. He set the pace all day yesterday and this morning also. Going into the race, I knew it was going to be pretty tough. Honestly, the race obviously didn’t pan out like I wanted to. I made a mistake on the last lap that kind of disconnected me from his rear wheel. I wasn’t close enough to make a lunge anywhere. I learned quite a bit behind him in the last section today and that’s where I was struggling pretty bad all weekend. So definitely some stuff to look out for tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes. All in all, it was good. We closed up some points on Toni (Elias). We’re moving forward, so it was good.”

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Toni Elias gave chase to the two Yamaha men, but had to settle for third on the day. The Spaniard still leads the championship by 30 points.|Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Elias struggled to keep pace at a track he says favors the Yamahas. But he will make some changes and come back to fight another day.

“Absolutely we have to improve,” Elias said. “We have to try. But we never try things without knowing what we are doing. Now it’s so clear and also from my eyes what I see today, it’s very clear. I wish I had this idea this morning, yesterday. But we didn’t, so we work and fight with what we had. I think we did pretty good. We were pretty close at the end. We did a great job. Today these guys were so fast, and the pace was so strong. Garrett, this track is I think his favorite. He’s always so strong everywhere. But yes, we have to improve a little bit for tomorrow. I’m glad I didn’t crash because I came so close. Could be maybe like one race ago, but we took 16 important points for the championship, so very happy.”

Scheibe Racing BMW’s Jake Gagne had his best finish of the season, the laid-back Californian ending up fourth and just .804 of a second ahead of Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz.

Then came Attack Performance Estenson Racing’s JD Beach, the Yamaha rider 7.4 seconds adrift of Scholtz and some 11 seconds ahead of Yoshimura Suzuki’s Josh Herrin. Herrin had remounted from a crash with M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis in the first corner on the very first lap.

Omega Moto’s Cameron Petersen finished eighth with Thrashed Bike Racing’s Max Flinders and FLY Racing’s Sam Verderico rounding out the top 10.

Supersport: Kelly Gets His First

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Sean Dylan Kelly (40) won his first career MotoAmerica Supersport race on Saturday, besting PJ Jacobsen (99) and Hayden Gillim (69).|Photo by Brian J. Nelson

In Supersport, the 16-lap race was red-flagged when championship leader Bobby Fong highsided his M4 ECSTAR Suzuki out of the race. Fong was unable to make the 10-lap restart, and his teammate Sean Dylan Kelly got the jump on the field off the line. Kelly, who is a 17-year-old rookie in MotoAmerica, went on to notch his first career Supersport victory. As to who would finish second and third, the outcome was very much in contention until Rickdiculous Racing Yamaha rider Hayden Gillim and Celtic HSBK Racing Yamaha’s PJ Jacobsen traded a little bit of paint on the run to the checkers. Jacobsen barely got the better of Gillim as the New Yorker got second over the Kentuckian.

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Sean Dylan Kelly celebrates with his father Pat on the podium.|Photo by Brian J. Nelson

“Man, honestly it’s been pretty difficult all year just because it’s a new class for me, new jump onto the 600,” Kelly said. “So, it’s been just a learning year for me. Most tracks have been good for me. Every step of the way was just trying to figure out how I can improve myself, how I can improve every session. It’s kind of been like that. We had a pretty difficult couple weekends, the last ones, but this is the best way to break through. I’m extremely happy with this. It feels really good to be on top. We’ll just keep on learning every time we’re out. I usually like to stay behind the top guys so I can learn from them. Today was a little bit different. I felt like I had a pretty good pace on the used tires. It was a really nice fight at the end. I had to ride really defensive because I knew that the guys behind me were really fast in the chicane. So, I just tried to defend. I’m pretty shocked that it actually worked. I just want to thank my whole Suzuki team for making it happen and for believing in me.”

Liqui Moly Junior Cup: Olmedo Gets It Done

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Kevin Olmedo (14) won his first Liqui Moly Junior Cup race of the season after a battle with Dominic Doyle (25).|Photo by Brian J. Nelson

In Saturday’s Liqui Moly Junior Cup race, current championship leader and polesitter Rocco Landers got the holeshot, cleared off at the front, and looked to be headed for his 10th  win of the season until he slowed dramatically towards the end of the race and rolled to a stop off the track, his Kawasaki experiencing a technical issue that put him out of the 10-lap event.

Altus Motorsports Kawasaki rider Kevin Olmedo, who was poised in second place, inherited the lead and pressed his advantage all the way to the checkered flag to notch his first win of the season and second career victory in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup class. Second place went to BARTCON Racing Kawasaki rider Dominic Doyle with third going to Celtic HSBK Racing Yamaha’s Dallas Daniels. With Landers unable to finish the race, Daniels narrowed the gap to the championship lead by 16 points, though the lead is still 60 points.

“With the gap that (Landers) had at the front, I thought, ‘Well, I have to keep the pace and try to save the points in second place,’” Olmedo said. “After I saw Dominic behind me, I tried to push and keep the lap times. After that, I saw that we had a gap. Two laps from the finish, I saw then that (Landers) had up his hands up. So, I said, ‘Maybe it’s a mechanical problem.’ But I kept the pace and tried to save the points. I don’t push more because I know that if I push more, maybe I have a crash or something. I’m very happy.”

Twins Cup: Dumas Takes Over

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Alex Dumas (16) won the Twins Cup race and took over the championship points lead. Michael Barnes (111) was third with Draik Beauchamp (77) second.|Photo by Brian J. Nelson

In the first of two Twins Cup races scheduled for the weekend, 17-year-old Alex Dumas, aboard his Roadracing World Young Guns Suzuki, got his third victory of the season and his fifth straight trip to the podium, which vaulted him into the championship lead with just five races left. Altus Motorsports Yamaha’s Draik Beauchamp got the holeshot in the race, and he and Dumas battled in the early going until Dumas took the lead and pressed his advantage to create a gap of nearly six seconds by the time he took the checkers. Beauchamp hung onto second place over Quarterley Racing’s Michael Barnes, who had a miraculous save after nearly highsiding his Ducati in the closing laps.

“The plan was to get a little gap at the beginning and try to manage it, but I didn’t have a good start and I got passed on the first lap,” Dumas said. “I was fourth or fifth, I think. So, I just put myself back to where I was and tried to make some passes. I ended up passing Draik, but I made a mistake in the last corner, so he passed me and I passed him back in turn one. I’m really happy about how my bike was. Really got to thank Team Roadracing World for my bike. I’m excited for tomorrow because I’m leading the points.”

EBC Brakes Superbike

  1. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha)
  2. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha)
  3. Toni Elias (Suzuki)
  4. Jake Gagne (BMW)
  5. Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha)
  6. JD Beach (Yamaha)
  7. Josh Herrin (Suzuki)
  8. Cameron Petersen (Yamaha)
  9. Max Flinders (Yamaha)
  10. Sam Verderico (Yamaha)

Supersport

  1. Sean Dylan Kelly (Suzuki)
  2. PJ Jacobsen (Yamaha)
  3. Hayden Gillim (Yamaha)
  4. Nick McFadden (Yamaha)
  5. Cory Ventura (Yamaha)
  6. Braeden Ortt (Kawasaki)
  7. Benjamin Smith (Yamaha)
  8. Lucas Silva (Suzuki)
  9. Jason Aguilar (Yamaha)
  10. Richie Escalante (Yamaha)

Liqui Moly Junior Cup

  1. Kevin Olmedo (Kawasaki)
  2. Dominic Doyle (Kawasaki)
  3. Dallas Daniels (Yamaha)
  4. Jacob Stroud (Kawasaki)
  5. Gauge Rees (Kawasaki)
  6. Jackson Blackmon (Kawasaki)
  7. Hunter Dunham (Kawasaki)
  8. Benjamin Gloddy (Kawasaki)
  9. Teagg Hobbs (Kawasaki)
  10. Jamie Astudillo (Kawasaki)

Twins Cup

  1. Alex Dumas (Suzuki)
  2. Draik Beauchamp (Yamaha)
  3. Michael Barnes (Ducati)
  4. Joseph Blasius (Suzuki)
  5. Chris Parrish (Suzuki)
  6. Darren James (Yamaha)
  7. Jason Madama (Yamaha)
  8. Cooper McDonald (Yamaha)
  9. Jerry Reeves (Suzuki)
  10. Kris Lilligard (Yamaha)

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Friday

WAMPUM, PA (August 23, 2019)– Garrett Gerloff continues to hold the hot hand in the 2019 MotoAmerica EBC Brakes Superbike Series, the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory-backed Texan leading the way on opening day in the Championship of Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex.

2019 Pittsburgh MotoAmerica Results

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Garrett Gerloff led the way on the opening day of the Championship of Pittsburgh, the Texan and his Yamaha posting the fastest time in both sessions.– File photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Gerloff, who has won two of the last four races and finished second in the other two, was fast in both sessions on Friday, turning in a 1:41.387 in the first session and a 1:40.521, in the second. Gerloff, with his solid results of late combined with the miscues of both Toni Elias and Cameron Beaubier, has inserted himself into championship contention and sits 40 points behind Elias and six behind his teammate Beaubier going into this weekend’s two races at PittRace.

Gerloff ended up besting Beaubier by .292 of a second with those two the only riders to crack the 1:41 barrier. For reference sake, Beaubier earned pole position for last year’s race with a 1:39.937 in Superpole, using qualifying tires.

“We came into the session with half of the bike being totally different, but it was a setting that we’ve tried before, and it felt really good, especially compared with the first session,” Gerloff said after earning provisional pole position. “I feel really consistent and fast on both rear-tire compounds. This track is super-fun, the bike feels really stable, and I’m looking forward to Superpole and the race tomorrow. So far so good, and we’re going in the right direction.”

Third place was a surprise with M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jake Lewis fast all day, the Kentuckian ending up third with his 1:41.100 to lead the Yoshimura Suzuki’s of championship leader Toni Elias and Josh Herrin, the duo who split wins in last year’s two races.

Scheibe Racing BMW’s Jake Gagne ended up sixth, ahead of Broaster Chicken/KWR Ducati’s Kyle Wyman and Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz. Attack Performance Estenson Racing Yamaha’s JD Beach and FLY Racing/ADR Motorsports’ David Anthony rounded out the top 10 on the first day of action at PittRace.

EBC Brakes Superbike
(Combined Times From Friday)

  1. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha) 1:40.521
  2. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 1:40.813
  3. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 1:41.100
  4. Toni Elias (Suzuki) 1:41.459
  5. Josh Herrin (Suzuki) 1:41.544
  6. Jake Gagne (BMW) 1:42.111
  7. Kyle Wyman (Ducati) 1:42.154
  8. Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha) 1:42.311
  9. JD Beach (Yamaha) 1:42.492
  10. David Anthony (Kawasaki) 1:43.180

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