With his two victories at the Utah Motorsports Campus in round five, Toni Elias now has six wins in the Motul Superbike class this year. Last year, Elias won his sixth race in the 18th and final race of the season. With his 12 career MotoAmerica Superbike victories, Elias has moved all the way up to 15th on the all-time AMA Superbike win list. Elias is tied for 15th with MotoAmerica rider representative Doug Chandler and is just one behind Doug Polen and Blake Young.
Four riders have won Motul Superbike races this season: Elias (6), Cameron Beaubier (2), Roger Hayden (1) and Josh Hayes (1).
Toni Elias earned pole position for last year's two Motul Superbike races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the Spaniard lapping at a best of 1:23.619 during Superpole to best Cameron Beaubier by just .004 of a second. Roger Hayden also made the front row with his 1:23.860.
Beaubier turned the tables on Elias in race one last year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by beating the Spaniard to the line by .300 of a second after 20 laps of the 2.2-mile race track on the Monterey
In race two, Josh Hayes came away with the win, besting Beaubier by just .257 of a second with Elias 1.6 seconds behind Hayes in third place.
Josh Herrin and Claudio Corti split wins in last year's Bazzaz Superstock 1000 races, which are run in the Motul Superbike class but are scored separately.
JD Beach destroyed the competition in last year's Supersport race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion winning by 6.8 seconds over Valentine Debise. Defending MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff was third. Bryce Prince, meanwhile, was a runaway winner in the Superstock 600 class over Richie Escalante.
Last year's KTM RC Cup was far from a runaway with the top three finishers within .265 of a second of each other. Ashton Yates took the win by .046 of a second over Brandon Paasch with Anthony Mazziotto III third, .265 behind.
MotoAmerica president and three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey won two Superbike races at Laguna Seca (1983 and 1986) and three 500cc Grand Prix (1989, 1990 and 1991). MotoAmerica's Doug Chandler has also tasted success at Laguna, winning two Superbike races (1996 and 1997) as well as two Supersport races in April and July of 1998.
Hayes and Beaubier are the only current riders in the Superbike class to have tasted Superbike success at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In addition to winning two Superbike races here (one race in both 2015 and 2016), Beaubier has also won three Daytona SportBike (now Supersport) races on the Monterey Peninsula. With his sixth Superbike win coming last year, Hayes is the winningest Superbike racer of all time at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
With its seven wins thus far in 2017 (six for Toni Elias, 1 for Roger Hayden), Suzuki now has a class-leading 188 AMA Superbike wins to its credit. Honda is second on the all-time win list with 116 victories while Yamaha sits third with 103 wins.
Of the active racers in the Superbike class, Josh Hayes leads the way with 61 Superbike wins. He also has 83 victories across all classes in his career. Hayes' all-time Superbike win total puts him second on the all-time list behind Mat Mladin's 82 Superbike victories. Hayes' 83 victories across all classes puts him just three wins behind Miguel Duhamel on the all-time list.