The 2017 MotoAmerica Series rolls into VIRginia International Raceway for round three of its 10-round series. Last year VIR was also held on the second weekend in May, but it was the fourth round of the series.
With his first win of the season coming in race one at Road Atlanta, two-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier now has 20 career Superbike wins, which puts him in a tie for fifth on the all-time AMA Superbike win list with former AMA Superbike and World Superbike Champion Fred Merkel. Beaubier is eight wins behind former AMA Superbike and World Superbike Champion Ben Spies, the Texan sitting fourth on the all-time list.
When it comes to the history of the AMA Superbike Series, the active rider with the most victories is Josh Hayes, the veteran with 60 Superbike wins to his credit. Hayes won two races in last year's MotoAmerica Series, including race one at VIR - his sixth on the 2.25-mile North Course. In 2015, Hayes collected victories in both races at VIR.
Hayes won race one last year at VIR with Beaubier taking race two over his Yamaha teammate. Roger Hayden was second and fourth in the two races with his teammate Toni Elias ending up with two third-place finishes in what was his first visit to the track.
JD Beach is the winningest Supersport racer in MotoAmerica history with the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion amassing 17 wins thus far in the series. Beach won eight races in both 2015 and 2016 and started this season with a victory in the series opener in Texas.
Defending Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff can look back to last year's races at VIR as a major reason he won the title, as two of Gerloff's six wins in 2016 came in Virginia. Gerloff's win in race one at Road Atlanta a few weeks ago was his ninth career MotoAmerica Supersport victory.
No matter who wins the KTM RC Cup races this weekend at VIR, they will be new to the VIR podium. Last year's two races were won by Anthony Mazziotto III and he's graduated to the Superstock 600 class for 2017. As for class champion Brandon Paasch, he's made the move to the Supersport class.
The two Superstock 600 races last year were won by Michael Gilbert and Bryce Prince. Gilbert is back for another season in the class while Prince, who won the 2016 Superstock 600 title, has moved to the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 series.