Cameron Beaubier Gains Overseas Experience In German Superbike

Team Yamaha MGM replacement riders Cameron Beaubier and Kevin Coghlan had an up-and-down weekend at round six of the 2015 Superbike IDM International German Championship.

Neither Beaubier nor Coghlan, who normally participates in FIM European Superstock 1000, had raced at the 2.36-mile Schleiz Dreieck, which runs counter-clockwise and has hosted two-, three-, and four-wheel motorsports since 1923.

MotoAmerica Superbike co-points leader Beaubier had not even traveled overseas since 2009 when he was teamed with current MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez in the FIM 125cc World Championship. The Californian qualified fifth and was third in Sunday morning warm-up.

“In the first race, I felt really good at the beginning—the best all weekend,” Beaubier said. “I had a good pace, and I felt like I could go with Markus Reiterberger and Xavi Fores for a little bit. I tucked the front in turn five, so that was the end of my race, which was a bummer, because I was doing my best times.”

In fact, Beaubier was one of only three riders to lap the track under one minute, 25 seconds. The others, Reiterberger and Fores, finished first and second.

“Cameron did a really good job,” said Michael Galinski, Team Yamaha MGM manager. “In the first race, he was directly at the front group. He just hit a curb and had a small slide. It was unfortunate but a really solid performance.”

Beaubier admitted he rode more conservatively in race two. “I didn’t get the best start,” he said, “and I kind of struggled the first laps with my confidence after the crash. I saw Fores and Reiterberger were gone, but I could still see Lorenzo Lanzi. I just tried to put some solid laps together, not go too crazy, and get a good pace to the finish.”

Eighth in race one, Coghlan crashed in the second and fractured six vertebra.

“Obviously I would have liked better results,” Beaubier said, “but I’m glad I rode a smart race. It’s been a really fun weekend and I learned a lot: a new track, new tires, and the Yamaha MGM version of the R1.”

Team Yamaha MGM replacement riders Cameron Beaubier and Kevin Coghlan had an up-and-down weekend at round six of the 2015 Superbike IDM International German Championship.

Neither Beaubier nor Coghlan, who normally participates in FIM European Superstock 1000, had raced at the 2.36-mile Schleiz Dreieck, which runs counter-clockwise and has hosted two-, three-, and four-wheel motorsports since 1923.

MotoAmerica Superbike co-points leader Beaubier had not even traveled overseas since 2009 when he was teamed with current MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez in the FIM 125cc World Championship. The Californian qualified fifth and was third in Sunday morning warm-up.

“In the first race, I felt really good at the beginning—the best all weekend,” Beaubier said. “I had a good pace, and I felt like I could go with Markus Reiterberger and Xavi Fores for a little bit. I tucked the front in turn five, so that was the end of my race, which was a bummer, because I was doing my best times.”

In fact, Beaubier was one of only three riders to lap the track under one minute, 25 seconds. The others, Reiterberger and Fores, finished first and second.

“Cameron did a really good job,” said Michael Galinski, Team Yamaha MGM manager. “In the first race, he was directly at the front group. He just hit a curb and had a small slide. It was unfortunate but a really solid performance.”

Beaubier admitted he rode more conservatively in race two. “I didn’t get the best start,” he said, “and I kind of struggled the first laps with my confidence after the crash. I saw Fores and Reiterberger were gone, but I could still see Lorenzo Lanzi. I just tried to put some solid laps together, not go too crazy, and get a good pace to the finish.”

Eighth in race one, Coghlan crashed in the second and fractured six vertebra.

“Obviously I would have liked better results,” Beaubier said, “but I’m glad I rode a smart race. It’s been a really fun weekend and I learned a lot: a new track, new tires, and the Yamaha MGM version of the R1.”

KC, MG and CB Germany IDM

From left to right: Kevin Coghlan, Team Yamaha MGM Manager Michael Galinski, and Cameron Beaubier.

CB IDM SBK

Look similar, feels different: In Germany, Beaubier raced a Yamaha YZF-R1 on Pirellis. The Italian company is also the spec tire supplier for World Superbike.

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American in Germany: Beaubier leads Czech rider Ondrej Jezek (32) and Italian Lorenzo Lanzi (57).

Beaubier and Coghlan IDM Superbike

Coghlan trails Beaubier at the Schleiz Dreieck. They qualified eighth and fifth, respectively, for round six of the IDM series.

CB IDM Superbike

In Super Pole, Beaubier sampled Pirelli qualifying tires. “The first flying lap on the qualifier needs to be perfect,” Team Yamaha MGM Manager Michael Galinski said, “and I think this is pretty hard if you’re not used to it.”