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Beach and Bauman Put On Master-Class Performances to Go One-Two at Superprestigio 2017!

| 17 December 2017 10:51 am

Superprestigio
Palau Sant Jordi

Courtesy of American Flat Track
Photo by Steve English/American Flat Track
BARCELONA, SPAIN, DEC. 16, 2017

It was another night of action-packed Superprestigio racing on the short track at the Palau Sant Jordi, and when all was said and done, it was American J.D. Beach standing atop the victory podium. Standing alongside him were his fellow American Flat Track racers Briar Bauman and Ferran Cardus, who’d finished second and third, respectively, rounding out what was a riveting and dominant performance by the trio.

J.D. Beach (95) wins the Superprestigio spectacular in Barcelona.

J.D. Beach (95) wins the Superprestigio spectacular in Barcelona.

It was a tough beginning to the day for Beach, as the rider of the number-95 Ausio/Grau Racing Yamaha YZ450F had wheel and shock problems, requiring him to run a different setup than what he’d ridden during his previous days in Spain. Therefore, it was all hands on deck for his team, his fellow Americans, and his new friends in Spain. Beach not only rebounded from his rough beginning but absolutely shined in the finals, grabbing the win in the Open Final and then going on to take, in dramatic fashion, exactly what he flew to Barcelona for – the Superprestigio Final win for America.

“It was a crazy day, for sure!” said Beach after the race. “After practice, we found that my front wheel was broken, so we started changing things… Everyone, and especially Briar’s team, have been such a help. Coming in, I didn’t expect this. I struggled yesterday, and qualifying wasn’t so good. But it worked out. Everyone helped. I’m at a loss for words, really. Gotta thank Brad Baker! He couldn’t make it this year, and I was the first guy he called. I was honored to take his spot. I’m pumped that Briar and I went one-two. He wanted a different order, I’m sure, but it worked out. Hopefully we can go on to Paris next year and fight again!”

Beach’s fellow American had to rebound to make it a Team USA one-two. The rider of the number-14 Zanotti Kawasaki KX450F came together with Cardus at the start, but he then fought his way back to pass the Spanish Flat Track National Champion in the end and take second. It wasn’t exactly the result Bauman was hoping for, but he was happy to bring home a top result for the United States, and he enjoyed his first time overseas for his debut Superprestigio race.

“It was a little wild in that main event,” said Bauman afterward. “I had a pretty good start but got shuffled back to fifth or sixth early. It was very tight, and I had to make some aggressive moves; I think I got into just about everyone on the track at some point. Unfortunately, that’s how we grow up riding in America; you gotta muscle your way around sometimes. J.D. had my number for the Open finals. In the Super Final, my tire came in, and I was able to get second.”

As for Cardus, he was happy to put his number-77 Team Grau Suzuki RM-Z450 on the podium and to continue his flat-track racing education against two very tough short-track riders from American Flat Track’s premier class.

“I’m quite happy, and I have enjoyed learning from all these great U.S. riders, from Brad [Baker] and J.D. and Briar,” Cardus said. “I’m hoping to improve even more to do even better in the future, here in Spain and in the U.S. also. I’m working to come to the U.S. in 2018 and hopefully take part in all of the AFT championship events. Thanks again to Brad Baker and my Suzuki Team Grau for all the support.”

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On the outside looking in was former Moto 2 World Champion and reigning MotoAmerica Superbike champ Toni Elias. The rider of the number-24 Yoshimura Suzuki took top honors in the Superprestigio class and got off to a great start but then fell victim to some good old-fashioned American-style short-track racing, ultimately getting shuffled back to fourth.

Completing the top five was Italian Fabio Di Giannantonio, a solid effort for the Moto3 rider on the number-21 Zaeta.

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Next up for the stars of American Flat Track is the “Bigger, Faster and Better” Daytona TT on March 15, 2018, at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets start at just $29 and are on sale now via Daytona International Speedway’s website at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Events/2018/DAYTONA-TT/DAYTONA-TT.aspx or by calling 800/PITSHOP.

About American Flat Track
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt-track motorcycle-racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Florida, the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt-track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live-stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

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