Bring On Barber: The Teams Preview MotoAmerica Series Finale

Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier comes to Barber as the newly crowned three-time Motul Superbike Champion.

The following is from Yamaha…

With Cameron Beaubier and JD Beach wrapping up the 2018 Superbike and Supersport Championships one round early, Yamaha bLU cRU road racers have set the stage for a strong season finish in Birmingham, Alabama this weekend, Sept. 21-23. The 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship Round 10 finale will be held at the iconic Barber Motorsports Park, where the 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course is sure to provide plenty of action throughout the weekend as the series concludes.

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike Team

After being crowned with his third-career MotoAmerica Superbike Championship in New Jersey, Cameron Beaubier will continue to battle for the final two race-wins of the season. Beaubier has tallied a total of eight victories and an additional eight podium finishes thus far in the series, and his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing R1 is ready to guide him to the top of the podium again in Alabama.

For Garrett Gerloff, Barber Motorsports Park is an ideal location for the season finale, as he considers Birmingham a “home race.” While continuing to excel and challenge the competition on his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing R1, Gerloff has proven his potential and merit with five podium finishes to date in his rookie Superbike season. 

Cameron Beaubier – #6 YZF-R1

“I’m excited to go into the last round with no pressure. We were solid with my R1 at Barber for the pre-season test, and I’m looking to just enjoy the weekend with my team after an amazing season!”

Garrett Gerloff – #31 YZF-R1

“I can’t believe that we are already at the last race of the year! Every weekend this year has flown by! But, every race that we’ve done this year has been preparing me for the next, and that means that Barber is the most prepared that I have been all year. I love the track! It’s a somewhat home track for me as I used to live in Birmingham, and I have family and friends coming to watch. I’m putting everything that I have into this final weekend and looking forward to seeing what happens. We’ll see ya there!”

2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings – 18 of 20 Series Races Completed

Pos.                Rider                                                              Points

1                      Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha                370
2                      Tony Elias – Suzuki                                    289
3                      Josh Herrin – Yamaha                              253
4                      Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha                     210
5                      Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha                        199           

Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) is on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. EDT, Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Supersport Team

Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha’s JD Beach wrapped up the 2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship at the New Jersey round in dominant fashion. Beach earned the second championship of his career by piloting his R6 to a total of 11 victories in the first 15 races. With the final two victories of the series on the line, Beach plans to battle hard in front of his hometown crowd this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.

JD Beach – #95 YZF-R6

“Going into Barber I’m really excited. It’s basically my home race and a track I really enjoy. It’s one of the shorter tracks we race on so it’s really physically demanding. I have a ton of laps there, and my Graves Yamaha R6 should be working well there. We tested there earlier this year and learned a lot, so we’ll see if we gain some speed for this race weekend. I can’t wait to see all the fans and hope to have a great race for the last one of the year!”

2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings – 15 of 17 Series Races Completed

Pos.                Rider                                                              Points

1                      JD Beach – Yamaha                                  348
2                      Hayden Gillim – Yamaha                         250
3                      Valentin Debise – Suzuki                           150
4                      Bryce Prince – Yamaha                            150

Supersport Qualifying in Alabama is Saturday at 10:50 a.m. EDT, Supersport Race 1 is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Supersport Race 2 will go green on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Meet the Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers

All your favorite Yamaha bLU cRU road racers will be available for autographs at their Team Transporters during the Dunlop Paddock Autograph Session on Saturday from Noon to 12:45 p.m., and again on Sunday during the Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session on pit lane from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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Travis Wyman is hoping to end his season with a victory at Barber.

The following is from Weir Everywhere Racing…

The Weir Everywhere Racing BMW outfit is hoping for a strong finish to an already successful first season in MotoAmerica competition.

The series heads into its final event of the 2018 season at the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala., Sept. 21-23. With the class championship already decided, the team will be using Sunday’s Stock 1000 Class race to continue developing its new suspension package, as well as hopefully capture its third win of the season.

The team clinched second place in the Stock 1000 championship standings at the previous round and is hoping to take a strong performance into the more than six-month off season. The effort got a late start in the development of its BMW S 1000 RR package prior to the 2018 season. Despite having little time to test before the season and Wyman’s lack of experience racing a 1000cc motorcycle, the team has put together an impressive 2018 campaign.

“It’s always sad when a MotoAmerica season is coming to a close, but I can look back at the 2018 season as the best one I’ve had in my career,” Wyman said. “Our goals at the start of the season were to win the inaugural Stock 1000 Class title and win BMW’s first MotoAmerica championship. While we came up a little short on those, we have established a strong new team in the MotoAmerica paddock and shown the prowess of our BMW package. I am looking forward to continuing the development of the BMW S 1000 RR in the off season, as well as having an even stronger MotoAmerica campaign in 2019.”

More information about the team’s plans for the off season and the 2019 MotoAmerica season will be released soon.

Mathew Scholtz won race two at Barber last year and would like to finish off the season in the same manner.

The following is from Yamalube/Westby Racing…

The Final Round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship is this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Mathew Scholtz and the Yamalube/Westby Racing team return to the track where they made history last year when Mathew won the final Superbike race of the season aboard the #11 Superstock 1000 Yamaha YZF-R1.

This year, with their #11 R1 in full Superbike trim, Mathew and the team hope to close out the 2018 MotoAmerica season with two podium finishes on Barber’s 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course. Mathew is currently ranked fourth in the Championship, and he still has a shot to move up to third in the standings, depending on how things play out this weekend.

It’s hard to believe that the 2018 MotoAmerica season is almost over,” Mathew said. “We’re aiming to finish out the season on a high note by getting on this box in this weekend’s two Superbike races. We had a good weekend at Barber last year, so we’re hoping that history repeats itself this year. I’ve got a couple of MotoAmerica Superbike victories under my belt, so another Superbike win or two in Alabama would definitely be a great way to finish out this season.”

Superbike Qualifying Practice sessions begin on Friday, and Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) is on Saturday at 11:30 AM Eastern Time. Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 3:30 PM Eastern, and Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday also at 3:30 PM Eastern.

Meet Mathew, Get An Autographed Poster, And More

On Saturday from 12 to 12:45 PM, Mathew will be available for autographs at the Yamalube/Westby Racing transporter in the Barber Motorsports Park paddock during the Dunlop Paddock Autograph Session. The Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session, which takes place on pit lane at Barber on Sunday from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, is another great opportunity to meet Mathew, get an autograph, and have your picture taken with the birthday boy. You can also get your picture taken with Lacy Contreras, the Yamalube/Westby Racing brand ambassador.

Check Out The Yamalube/Westby Racing Sponsor Showcase

Livengood Motor Sports, Superbike Unlimited, and SBS Brakes will be the featured team sponsors on display in the Yamalube/Westby Racing paddock area, so be sure to stop by to say hello and learn about some of the companies that support the team.

The Westby Racing Golden Ticket Winner Will Be At Barber

Joann Halpin is the Westby Racing Golden Ticket Winner, and she and her guest will be at Barber Motorsports Park all weekend long as she collects her prizes, hangs out with Mathew and the Yamalube/Westby Racing team, and enjoys the experience of a lifetime.

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Kyle Wyman is eighth in the championship heading into the series finale.

The following is from Kyle Wyman Racing…

The KWR team of Kyle Wyman and Bryce Prince are headed to Barber Motorsports Park this coming weekend for the tenth and final round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Championship. Wyman will ride his #33 KWR Yamaha Superbike while Prince will ride the #74 RiderzLaw/KWR Yamaha YZF-R6 in Supersport.

Wyman heads into Barber 8th in series standings, and is looking for redemption at the Alabama circuit, after a practice crash in the 2017 event ruled him out for the weekend, and ultimately the season. A former Harley-Davidson XR1200 race winner at Barber, Wyman looks to put his KWR Superbike back up front to cap off the season on a high note.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Barber again for the season finale,” Wyman said. “Last year we didn’t get to line up for qualifying or for either race. It’s a track that I really enjoy, and a track that I had my first ever novice club race at back in 2007. I can’t wait to uncork our KWR Superbike for one final time on the season and fight for the top-5 that has eluded us since the opening round at Road Atlanta, which feels like ages ago.”

Bryce Prince heads into Barber with a shot at finishing 3rd overall in the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, as he is currently in a three-way tie for 3rd with fellow competitors Valentin Debise and Nick McFadden.

“We come into Barber third in points, and I know we need finishes on the box to secure that spot overall,” Prince said. “Since it’s the last weekend of the year I know everybody is going to be gunning for results to finish the season strong. Our approach will be no different and I’ll be sure to leave it all out there for my RiderzLaw/KWR team.”

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