JD Beach Takes Wins In Both American Flat Track and MotoAmerica
Over the past week, 2-Time MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach accomplished a feat not attained since Nicky Hayden pulled it off in 2002- winning a Superbike National race and a Flat Track National in the same week. Just days after winning his first career AMA Grand National Flat Track at the Super TT in Arizona, Beach roared out and did it again, winning a MotoAmerica Superbike road race he’d been dreaming about since he was 16 years old. After a difficult start under rainy conditions that saw current Superbike champ Cameron Beaubier go down, the skies cleared, the track dried, and Beach charged forward, battling for the lead with former Supersport teammate Garrett Gerloff, eventually getting by and opening up a 4-second lead over the field, one that he held to the checkered flag.
Taking a MotoAmerica Superbike win at VIRginia International Raceway a week after taking his first AFT Grand National win at the Arizona TT was a dream come true for Beach. “They’re both amazing,” he said. “The desire to win last weekend was like a childhood goal. It’s kind of like when you’re a kid you’re like, ‘I want to be a firefighter’ or whatever. For me when I was a kid that’s what I wanted to do- I wanted to be a dirt tracker. I wanted to win races, and I still do. To win this Superbike race is something I’ve looked forward to my whole adult life, since I was 16. So, they both feel amazing, but this has a little bit of a sweeter feel to it. To do it on the day that I did it and for the last person to do it (Nicky Hayden), it’s amazing.”
JD Beach is an incredibly talented and motivated rider, and these back-to-back wins in two different series cements his status as a serious force to be reckoned with in the world of motorcycle racing. With two upcoming dirt track races, then June’s Road America weekend in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Beach is determined to make an impact, and hopefully take some more podiums, in both series.