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Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha team riders triumph in Sonoma

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Sonoma Race | Photo credits: Yamaha Racing

Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team riders Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff managed to score a splendid weekend at Sonoma. The duo took on Round Seven of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at Sonoma Raceway and both riders managed to cap their run with a victory in each race.

The Monster Energy Yamalube team will be heading to the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at Pittsburgh International Race Complex for round eight on August 23 to 25.

Cameron Beaubier (Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team)- As It Happened in Sonoma

Sonoma

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“I was really bummed throwing it down only three laps into Saturday’s race. I feel like I was getting a little impatient because I was trying to get to the front. It felt like I had really good pace. After that race, I was just kind of thinking the championship was kind of out of reach. I just put that out of my mind and was just focused on trying to win some races and to take it race-by-race and do the best I can. Then everything kind of flip-flopped today. It was pretty crazy. We still have a lot of work to do in out of the championship, but we’re still in sniffing distance,” says Beaubier as quoted from Yamaha Racing.

Photo credits: Yamaha Racing

“All in all, I’m just really happy to leave Sonoma with a win. It feels really good. Like I said going into the weekend, I feel like we’ve been in kind of a little rut lately. We’ve been really fast in practice and qualifying but not when it counts in the race. We just haven’t been able to put good races together. It just feels good to stand on top of the box again and carry some good momentum going into Pittsburgh.”

Garrett Gerloff (Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team)- As It Happened in Sonoma

Sonoma Race

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Race one, I felt really good going into it after qualifying and everything. I felt like we had a good bike and good pace. After a good start, riding right there with Toni and Cameron. I was looking forward to a good battle with everybody. Then, when Cameron crashed, I was like, ‘I knew that we had a little bit of pace on Toni.’ So I tried to make the pass as soon as I could. When I made the pass, I knew I could put my head down and maybe get a little bit of a gap. That’s luckily what happened. It was awesome to get that second win.

Photo credits: Yamaha Racing

“I had a little bit of a problem in the first race with my front tire shredding. It was because I went with the softest compound. This morning I tried a little bit stiffer compound to try to have a little bit more life during the race. Although the softer compound gave me the best feel. So we went back to the softest compound again for the race today knowing that there was a pretty high potential that it would shred again. Even though the temperature was hotter. That’s what ended up happening. I’m disappointed about that, but at the end of the day, I can’t be too disappointed because the championship has kind of come back to us a little bit. I have felt really good the past two weekends. I’m ready to keep this kind of rhythm going the last few rounds.”


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