MotoAmerica Superbike racer JD Beach won the first Grand National Flat Track of his career on Saturday night, the Estenson Racing rider coming from behind to win the Law Tigers Arizona Super TT in Chandler, Arizona.
Beach, who is currently fifth in the MotoAmerica EBC Brakes Superbike Series, chased down early leader Briar Bauman and attacked with two laps to go in the 25-lap main event. The win was also the first in a Grand National Championship Flat Track for Yamaha since Scott Pearson won the Peoria TT in 1981.
“It’s amazing,” two-time MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Beach said. “This is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. We’ve been close before but never quite got it. To ride the race that I did – to be back from Briar like that and catch him and pass him with two to go – was awesome. I’ve just got to thank the whole team. We’ve definitely had our highs and lows this year so far. They’ve worked so hard. It’s a great feeling, but we’ve still got a lot of rounds to go and a lot of work to do. We’ll have some fun tonight and get back to work tomorrow.”
Bauman, the AFT Championship points leader, held on for second with reigning Grand National Champion Jared Mees finishing third.