With his victory in Motul Superbike race one at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, Cameron Beaubier now has 24 AMA Superbike victories, which puts him fifth on the all-time list. Beaubier is now three wins behind three-time AMA Superbike Champion and 2009 World Superbike Champion Ben Spies, who is fourth on the all-time win list. Beaubier, however, won't have the opportunity to move up the list this season as the shoulder injury he suffered in race two in Pittsburgh will keep him out of the final two rounds.
Josh Hayes is the winningest active rider in the MotoAmerica Series. The four-time AMA Superbike Champion has won 61 AMA Superbike races in his career, a mark that places him second on the all-time list behind Australian Mat Mladin. Of those 61 wins, 11 have come at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Hayes won his first career Superbike race in May of 2009 at Sonoma Raceway in California.
With his eight wins in the Motul Superbike class thus far in 2017, Toni Elias now has 14 career Superbike wins in just his second season of MotoAmerica racing. Elias is tied with Doug Polen and Blake Young for 13th on the all-time win list.
Four riders have won Motul Superbike races this season: Elias (8), Cameron Beaubier (5), Roger Hayden (2) and Josh Hayes (1).
With its six wins thus far in 2017 (five for Beaubier, one for Josh Hayes), Yamaha now has 106 Superbike wins to its credit. Roger Hayden, meanwhile, gave Suzuki its 191st win when he emerged victorious from Motul Superbike race two at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Honda is second on the all-time list with 116 victories while Yamaha's 106 wins puts them third.
The United States Classic Racing Association will run an historic race in conjunction with the regular MotoAmerica program at New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend.
One to watch: Jake Gagne had his best Superbike race result of the season in race one in Pittsburgh, the Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda rider finishing fourth. Gagne backed that up with a seventh-place finish in race two as the Roadrace Factory team seems to be making improvements to the new Honda CBR1000RR SP2 as the season heads into the final two rounds.
MotoAmerica raced twice at New Jersey Motorsports Park last season with Cameron Beaubier dominating the two races in May, both of which were held in wet conditions. In the season finale, held in September, Roger Hayden and Toni Elias came away with the two wins. Superpole in May went to Beaubier with his 1:21.390, but Josh Hayes earned pole position in September with a faster 1:21.100.
If Roger Hayden were to make inroads into Toni Elias' points lead, he might want to do a rain dance. In the two wet races last May, Elias finished 18th and 12th. Hayden, however, wasn't much better with his ninth- and 17th-place finishes.
With either Elias or Hayden set to take home the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike title, the championship will mark the 14th AMA Superbike title for Suzuki. Kawasaki is next on the list with nine titles with Honda and Yamaha at eight and seven, respectively.