MotoAmerica Supebike racer JD Beach won his second AMA Grand National event of the season on Sunday night, the Estenson Racing Yamaha rider stealing victory from his teammate Jake Johnson at the finish line of the Buffalo Chip TT in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Beach fought back from fifth on the opening lap and worked his way past defending AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees before going after his teammate Johnson. With just a lap to go, Beach was on Johnson’s rear wheel and as they came to the finish line Johnson’s bike suffered a mechanical that allowed Beach to sneak past right at the line.
“I’m heartbroken for Jake,” Beach said in a press release. “He rode an amazing race. I came from like fifth and caught him, but we only had a lap to go. I was trying to find a way by him but there just wasn’t any room. Coming out of the last turn, I heard his bike blubber, so I knew I was hooked up and going. It’s awesome to get a win, but to get a win like that – especially with Jake because he’s such a good guy – it feels good, but it doesn’t. I have to thank the whole crowd for coming out. This event is awesome. And I’ve got to thank the whole Estenson racing team. They’ve been working really hard. We’ve got a bike that can go right, and I think we’ve proved it. And we have another chance at the Peoria TT, so we’ll see what happens.”
The margin of victory at the finish line was just .201 of a second and it gave Beach his second AFT career Twins win.
Beach wasn’t the only MotoAmerica racer in the main event as PJ Jacobsen raced his Coolbeth/Nila Racing Indian to sixth. Beach’s teammate Roger Hayden also made the main event and was running inside the top 10 when he suffered a mechanical failure.
Beach will be back in action this coming weekend in the MotoAmerica EBC Brakes Superbike Series at Sonoma Raceway in the Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma, August 10-11. He is currently fourth in the EBC Brakes Superbike Championship.
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