Rainey believes Yamaha WorldSBK should draft in Beaubier

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MotoGP legend and three-time 500cc king Wayne Rainey believes Yamaha’s WorldSBK squad need to take a serious look at four-time American champion Cameron Beaubier as a replacement for Michael van der Mark.

The Californian thinks that Beaubier has what it takes to be in the title hunt in the world stage and Yamaha needs someone alongside Toprak Razgatlioglu.

“I’d hope that they’d at least take a look at Cameron Beaubier and what he’s doing. I’ve heard rumours that he’d go if he could get in a good team,” said Rainey.

“However, I have no doubt that he would be right in the hunt. He’s won the American championship four times, so I think the timing is good.

If he does go to WorldSBK and he’s not in the top five or six, then he’ll not be considered a serious talent.

“BMW are in World Superbike to win. They know what it takes to engineer a bike to be competitive. Van der Mark going there is a huge gain, so good on them for sorting it out.

However, Yamaha have some deep talent in their stable and maybe with Beaubier on that bike, they won’t miss Michael.”

Yamaha already has one American in its WorldSBK portfolio, that of Texan Garrett Gerloff who Rainey believes has the minerals for suuccess on the global stage.

“I watched the first race of 2020 and saw Garrett cut his way through a load of guys at Phillip Island in the first couple of laps,” Rainey said.

“I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people this year. He’s made such a big effort himself trying to get into WorldSBK; making trips over and introducing himself to teams, so they know who he is.

“I know that he won’t struggle in terms of getting results, but he has got to get use to the way the tyres perform. When he gets them sorted, he’ll be one of the top guys.

“Every rider has their own story and their own way about how they got to the World Championship. Garrett figured out early on in his career that he wanted to go there.

“Watching his moves that he’s made has been interesting, as nobody has opened any doors for him; he’s done it all himself. When I started in Grand Prix in 1984, Kenny Roberts had just retired, and he started up his own team. I wasn’t ready to go to Europe then and I had no desires to go to Europe then, but off I went.”