Superbikes Racing comes to New Jersey

[ Photos by Rick Pettine  Article by Pete Cheng & Rick Pettine]

September 13, 2020 – Millville, NJ — The shriek of motorcycles filled the air this weekend when the MotoAmerica Championship series put on a fantastic show in South Jersey this weekend.  New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) hosted the sixth event in the championship series on September 11-13, as the HONOS Superbikes took to the 2.25 mile, 14 turn paved race course in Millville, New Jersey. MotoAmerica HONOS Superbikes features the fastest motorcycle racing in North America, with bikes capable of speeds over 190 mph on America’s greatest road racing courses. The series features a two-race format with points races on Saturday and Sunday.  

The weekend crowd was treated to 5 classes of racers, including Twins, Stock 1000, Liqui Moly Junior Cup, Supersport, and the top-class Honos Superbikes. In addition to the races, there were fanfest activities, carnival games, two-seater rides, vendors, and stunt shows for the fans to enjoy at NJMP.

In the Superbike class, Cameron Beaubier from Roseville, CA (#1) of Team Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha came into this weekend at the top of the championship standings, followed by teammate Jake Gagne from San Diego, CA (#32) and Mathew Scholtz from Durban, South Africa (#11) of Westby Racing.

In Race #1 on Saturday, series leader and reigning campion Cameron Beaubier started in the pole position with teammate Jake Gagne and Matt Scholtz on the first row. Cameron dominated the race after Jake crashed out on the first lap allowing Matt to gain valuable championship points on Jake with Matt’s second place finish.

On Sunday Jake Gagne started the day right where he left off on Saturday by hitting the tarmac in morning warmups.  By race time, Jake was back on the gas and followed Cameron into the first corner when the green flag dropped for Race #2. Things settled in for Cameron as he pulled a sizeable lead from the field until a big crash from Bradley Ward (#57) brought out the red flag.  The break in the action allowed everybody another chance to catch Cameron.  But, the starting grid was as close as they got to Cameron, as he led the second part of the race from the green flag to the final checkered flag.

The most exciting race on the track was between Jake Gagne and Mathew Scholtz.  Jake and Mathew were nose to tail the entire race until 5 laps to go, when Matt was able to get a big drive on to the front straightaway and drove his Westby Racing Yamaha sideways underneath Jake’s blue Attack Yamaha going into turn one. Jake stayed tight on Matt’s rear tire as the pair sliced through lap traffic lap after lap. On the final lap of the race, Jake tried to get Matt back at turn one, but Matt slammed the door on Jake keeping himself between the two Attack Yamaha teammates.  

Coming out of the final corner of the racetrack, Jake made his move pushing the blue Yamaha and Dunlap tires to the limit. Jake was able to time the final corner perfectly to catch Matt’s slipstream and pull up next to Matt with about 50 feet in front of the finish line.  With the Attack Yamaha’s engine straining at it’s limit, Jake was able to push his front tire just in front of Matt’s at the finish line, beating Matt by less than 0.014 second.

The final podium for the Superbikes was the two Team Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha Monster of Cameron Beaubier taking first place and Jake Gagne (#32) grabbing second, with Mathew Scholtz (#11) rounding out the podium in third.

Sunday winners of the other race classes included: Sean Dylan Kelly from Miami, FL (#40) – Supersport, Rocco Landers from Burns, OR (#1) – Liqui Moly Junior Cup, Rocco Landers (#97) – Twins.

Gallery — Check out the action shots selected from Sunday’s races (contact Photographer for use of full-resolution photos)

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