Crash dents Beaubier’s MotoAmerica 2020 points lead - Bikesport News

Crash dents Beaubier’s MotoAmerica 2020 points lead

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Monster Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier could do nothing but watch Bobby Fong take a lump out of his MotoAmerica points lead yesterday as a crash at Road America ruled him out of contention.

It was looking like repeat performance of Saturday for Beaubier who grabbed the holeshot and started to build a gap on the competition.

On the third lap he set the fastest lap of the race with a 2’11.436 and was looking to keep expanding his lead when he went over the infamous bump in turn one and tucked the front.

The four-time Superbike champ tried to rejoin the race, but ultimately had to pull in to the pits with the bike not 100% per cent after the crash.

“The race today started with a good jump off the line and I was feeling good like yesterday, but unfortunately I tucked the front over the bumps in Turn 1. Other than that, I feel great on my bike. We will put it behind us and get going at Road Atlanta,” said Beaubier.

Team-mate and former WorldSBK rider Jake Gagne took advantage but just didn’t have the pace to do anything about winner Bobby Fong on the Ecstar Suzuki.

“We made some good progress with the bike in warm up this morning and I figured a few things out. My start was much better today and I was running behind Bobby (Fong) and Cam,” said Gagne.

“Unfortunately Cam went down in Turn 1 trying to make a break. From then on I just tried to keep close to Fong. There were some sections of track he was really pulling me, then I’d pull time back in others.

“It was close there at the end, but I just wasn’t close enough and brought it home in second. I’m really glad to get the R1 back on the podium and I’m pumped to get to Road Atlanta.”

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