JD Beach ended his first MotoAmerica Superbike weekend with another solid performance, finishing fourth in race two aboard his Attack Performance Estenson Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 at the series’ season opener, Sunday, April 6, at Road Atlanta.
Fresh off his first Superbike podium, Beach was looking to build on his progress in race one. The two-time MotoAmerica Supersport Champion once again turned heads with the second holeshot of the weekend. He also found some of that progress he was looking for, more firmly planted in the lead for longer. A mistake had Beach shuffled back, but he stayed in the hunt with the lead group. After the checkered flag flew, Beach was just shy of the podium in fourth.
Beach and his Attack Performance Estenson Racing crew now set their eyes on round two at the Circuit of The Americas next weekend alongside MotoGP, April 12-14.
JD Beach – MotoAmerica Superbike #95:
“The race today was awesome. It would have been nice to get on the podium again, but we were right there. I think getting the holeshot for race two helped me because I knew what to expect. I also think I could kind of do the times a little bit better by myself today than I could yesterday. I was definitely a little bit more calm today.
“It was awesome to lead the first two laps. I just made a little bit of a mistake on the back straightaway when I was drafting Toni [Elias]. I was trying to follow him and I didn’t realize my front tire was wheelieing. I went to turn but I didn’t turn and I almost went off the track, chopped the gas and I got passed by two or three guys, so that kind of sucked. It was our first race weekend and I think it went well. We definitely learned a lot and the bike is awesome. I feel really good. To come away from the first weekend like this, I’m pumped!”