Beaubier Leads Day One at the Championship of Pittsburgh2017-08-26 09:42
Two-time defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier picked up where he left off two weeks ago in California when he led today’s opening two Motul Superbike practice sessions at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.
Beaubier, who won both races at Sonoma Raceway in round seven, dominated today’s sessions leading up to this weekend’s Championship of Pittsburgh, besting championship points leader Toni Eias by .887 of a second in the final session on the first day of practice at the new facility. Beaubier lapped at 1:40.914 on his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing YZF-R1.
Elias’ Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Roger Hayden was third fastest on day one, the Kentuckian topping his Owensboro neighbor Jake Lewis and his M4 ECSTAR Suzuki with both riders putting in their best laps late in the session.
TOBC Racing’s Danny Eslick was fifth with Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda’s Jake Gagne, Beaubier’s factory Yamaha teammate Josh Hayes, Décor Brilliance/Lucas Oils/KWR’s Kyle Wyman, Brixx Performance’s Sylvain Barrier and Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz rounding out the top 10. Scholtz crashed early in the session and was forced to be a spectator from the inside of the track.
The two Supersport practice sessions were led by championship leader Garrett Gerloff on his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha R6, the Texan topped M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Valentin Debise by .979 of a second. Gerloff’s teammate JD Beach ended the day with the third fastest time.
The KTM RC Cup, meanwhile, held the first of its two qualifying sessions on Friday with Cory Ventura heading the time sheets.
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Cameron Beaubier carried his momentum from Sonoma and topped both Motul Superbike sessions on day one at the Championship of Pittsburgh. | Photo: Brian J. Nelson
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Defending class champion Garrett Gerloff was quickest by nearly a full second in the Supersport Class in Pittsburgh.| Photo: Brian J. Nelson
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