MotoAmerica’s Motul Superbike Championship wound up Sunday at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama with a thriller, with Saturday’s victor Toni Elias again coming up through the pack to take his 9th victory of the season on the factory Yoshimura-Suzuki GSX-R1000. After a troubled campaign, the result moved outgoing Champ Elias up to second in the final Championship series standings.
After a big crash on Saturday, newly crowned MotoAmerica Champion Cameron Beaubier earned a close second with the works Monster Energy Yamaha YZF-R1, just .3 of a second behind the victor. Also in the battle was early leader Josh Herrin on his privateer Attack Performance Yamaha, three seconds further back at the finish to take third overall.
Veteran Spanish ace Toni Elias scored an impressive victory for Yoshimura-Suzuki in the penultimate race of the Motul Superbike National Championship Saturday at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama. The popular former Moto2 World Champ made up for a poor qualifying effort (he started sixth) by pushing to the front and eventually pulling away to win the 21 lap Feature race in the MotoAmerica Series.
Early leader Josh Herrin was a distant second on his privateer Attach-Yamaha YZF-R1, and admitted to easing his pace late in a very hot and humid southern day. Also in the fight for first was pole sitter Cameron Beaubier, but he crashed his Monster-Yamaha in turn seven, mid-race.