Beaubier, Elias Win at MotoAmerica Season Opener
The 2019 MotoAmerica season got underway this past weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. The two most recent EBC Brakes Superbike champions – Cameron Beaubier and Toni Elias – each came away with a victory to start the season.
For Beaubier, it was the first time that the three-time series champion had won at the season opener. The Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing rider beat Toni Elias by 2.732 seconds during Race 1. The Californian ending Elias’ perfect streak of winning every season opener since the Spaniard came to the MotoAmerica Series in 2016.
Six riders fought at the front until two of the front runners crashed out. Pole sitter Garrett Gerloff crashed his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1 on the third lap while battling for the lead and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Josh Herrin followed suit on the 11th lap while also battling at the front.
“I really wasn’t expecting that after the day we had yesterday,” said Beaubier. “Toni kind of handed me a gift there a little bit. It would have been a little different. It definitely would have been a dogfight there at the end. I’m really happy the way the season started. It’s just a good feeling being on the podium with this guy over here [teammate JD Beach]. We grew up racing together since we were 10 years old. So, it’s pretty cool. We are sitting on the Superbike podium together.”
Elias was able to score the victory in Round 2. The Yoshimura Suzuki rider bested Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz by 1.839 seconds. The win, combined with his second place from Race 1 on Saturday, gives Elias the early lead in the EBC Brakes Superbike Championship with 45 points – four more than Race 1 winner Cameron Beaubier, who was third in Race 2.
Elias’ win comes weeks after the birth of his first child, a newborn son.
“Everybody was telling me that,” Elias said of his pace being slowed with having a child. “I was kind of worried. When he was born, in my head I said, ‘What the heck? Now I have a really strong reason to fight for,’ so that’s what happened. I’m super motivated. I didn’t slow down.”
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