MotoAmerica Results From Virginia International Raceway

Double Superbike win for Josh Hayes at VIR as Richie Escalante takes his first Superstock 600 victory.

Josh Hayes (1) won his 50th Superbike race on Sunday at VIRginia International Raceway. Later that day he went out and won his 51st.

In a word, Josh Hayes was perfect at VIRginia International Raceway today, the Monster Energy/Graves Motorsports Yamaha rider chalking up two dominating Superbike wins during round three of the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. At day's end, the four-time AMA Superbike Champion had won the 50th and 51st Superbike races of his stellar career.

Starting from pole position, Hayes had his head down from the get-go in both races, storming away from the field to win the red-flag interrupted race one over his teammate Cameron Beaubier by 3.2 seconds. In race two, the gap was even bigger, with Hayes turning quicker laps to beat Yoshimura Suzuki's Roger Hayden by 13.368 seconds. In race one, Hayes' best lap was a 1:24.994. In race two, he did a 1:24.895 on the 2.25-mile North Course.

With Beaubier splitting second- and third-place finishes with Hayden, the Californian managed to keep his championship points lead intact and he leaves Virginia with a 16-point lead over his teammate Hayes, 131-115. Hayden's young teammate Jake Lewis is still third in the title chase with his fifth- and fourth-place finishes on the day, with Hayden jumping to fourth with 68 points after his two podiums.

"I thought it was possible," Hayes said when asked if he came into VIR thinking he could have such a dominant weekend. "This is a racetrack that has been very good to me. I've always enjoyed racing here. I've gotten some good results here. I guess it just suits me well to the style that I ride with. I have a lot of fun riding around here."

Earlier in the day when commenting on hitting the half-century mark in victories, Hayes said: "It feels like it wasn't that long ago when I was just praying for one."

The first Superstock 1000 race, which runs in the same event as the Superbikes but is scored separately, was won by TOBC Racing's Taylor Knapp over Ryders Alley Racing's Mark Heckles and Aprilia HSBK Racing's Dustin Dominguez. In race two, it was Jake Gagne bouncing back from a mechanical DNF in race one to take his fourth victory of the season with Yamalube/Westby Racing's Josh Day finishing second after crashing out of race one. Heckles completed his successful day with another third-place finish. Gagne leads the title chase by six points over Knapp, 100-94.

JD Beach (95) leads Josh Herrin (2) en route to winning Sunday's Supersport final.

Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves Motorsports Yamaha's JD Beach led every lap of Saturday'sSupersport final - except for the last one. But he wasn't going to let that happen again in race two on Sunday as he managed to take the lead early and then stretch it, winning by 2.7 seconds over his teammate Garrett Gerloff, who was some five seconds ahead of Saturday'srace winner Josh Herrin. Herrin barely beat M4 Suzuki's David Anthony after a heated last-lap battle.

Beach's victory puts him atop the championship standings by just a single point over Gerloff, 102-101. Herrin is third with 95 points.

"My first win at COTA felt amazing, but to win it in the rain... it just didn't feel like it was a win," Beach said of his first career victory in Texas in round one. "To finally get one in the dry like this is awesome. After yesterday, leading every single lap and then Josh [Herrin] coming by me with three corners to go, it was devastating. It was horrible. Today I just wanted to put the race in my own hands and just go for it. It was awesome."

Richie Escalante was a popular winner of the Bazzaz Superstock 600 class, the Escalante Racing Yamaha-mounted rider topping Kyle Wyman Racing's Travis Wyman by 3.7 seconds to win his first-ever American National road race. The Mexico City, Mexico resident is believed to be the first from his country to win a road race National in the U.S.

Richie Escalante won his first career race in the U.S. in Superstock 600.

With his maiden victory, Escalante moves to the top of the Bazzaz Superstock 600 Championship over Saturday's race winner Joe Roberts, 78-75. Roberts, who had been perfect on the season going into Sunday's second race with three victories, crashed out of his early race battle with Escalante.

"Joe (Roberts) was sliding the tires and crashed," Escalante said in his ever-improving English. "I just wanted to slow down and finish the race. I am so happy and I continue this way to the next races. I thank my team and my family for supporting me and congratulations to these guys."

Josh Hayes (1) leads Roger Hayden (95), Cameron Beaubier (6) and the rest of the Superbike/Superstock 1000 pack at VIR.

SUPERBIKE RACE 1: 1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha); 2. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha); 3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki); 4. Danny Eslick (Honda); 5. Jake Lewis (Suzuki); 6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki); 7. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha); 8. Stefano Mesa (Honda); 9. Elena Myers (Suzuki); 10. Mathew Orange (BMW).

SUPERBIKE RACE 2: 1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha); 2. Roger Hayden (Suzuki); 3. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha); 4. Jake Lewis (Suzuki); 5. Danny Eslick (Honda); 6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki); 7. Stefano Mesa (Honda); 8. Elena Myers (Suzuki); 9. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha).

SUPERSTOCK 1000 RACE 1: 1. Taylor Knapp (Yamaha); 2. Mark Heckles (Yamaha); 3. Dustin Dominguez (Aprilia); 4. Frankie Babuska (Suzuki); 5. Tyler O'Hara (Yamaha); 6. Shane Narbone (Yamaha); 7. Barrett Long (Yamaha); 8. Jeremy Cook (BMW).

SUPERSTOCK 1000 RACE 2: 1. Jake Gagne (Yamaha); 2. Joshua Day (Yamaha); 3. Mark Heckles (Yamaha); 4. Tyler O'Hara (Yamaha); 5. Taylor Knapp (Yamaha); 6. Barrett Long (Yamaha); 7. Max Flinders (Yamaha).

BAZZAZ SUPERSTOCK 600: 1. Richie Eslcalante (Yamaha); 2. Travis Wyman (Yamaha); 3. Wyatt Farris (Yamaha); 4. Bryce Prince (Yamaha); 5. Christian Crosslin (Yamaha); 6. Andy DiBrino (Yamaha); 7. Jason Aguilar (Yamaha); 8. Nick McFadden (Suzuki); 9. Michael Gilbert (Yamaha) 10. Curtis Murray (Suzuki).

SUPERSPORT: 1. JD Beach (Yamaha); 2. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha); 3. Josh Herrin (Yamaha); 4. David Anthony (Suzuki); 5. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha); 6. Cameron Petersen (Yamaha); 7. Ben Young (Yamaha); 8. Kyle Wyman (Yamaha); 9. Corey Alexander (Yamaha); 10. Hayden Gillim (MV Agusta).