Five riders win AMA No. 1 plates on four brands of motorcycle
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association recognizes and congratulates the five 2018 MotoAmerica class champions.
In the Motul Superbike Class, Cameron Beaubier prevailed over reigning Superbike Champion Toni Elias to win his third Superbike title. Beaubier won the AMA Superbike Championship in 2015 and 2016 and has won all three of his Superbike titles aboard Yamahas.
J.D. Beach won his second career MotoAmerica Supersport Class title aboard a Yamaha. Alex Dumas won the inaugural MotoAmerica Liqui Moly Junior Cup title aboard a KTM. The first-ever MotoAmerica Twins Cup title was won by Chris Parrish aboard a Ghetto Customs Suzuki. And the new Stock 1000 Class title was won by Andrew Lee on a Kawasaki.
“The AMA congratulates all five riders who won MotoAmerica class championships this year,” AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant said. “Cameron, J.D., Alex, Chris and Andrew all had stellar seasons and are worthy champions.”
MotoAmerica is the home of the AMA Superbike Championship, as well as the FIM North America Road Racing Championship.
Four of the five riders, including Beaubier, clinched their championships at the penultimate round at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Sept. 7-9. Parrish clinched his Twins Cup title at the last round of the 2018 season at Barber Motorsports Park, Sept. 21-23.
“We got beat up pretty good last year,” Beaubier said. “I’ve never got pushed so hard in my life. To be able to turn it around and just keep fighting and to come out with the title again, it just feels so good. I’d say [this championship] ranks No. 1 to me.”
2018 MotoAmerica series results:
1. Cameron Beaubier, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing
2. Toni Elias, Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing
3. Josh Herrin, Attack Performance/Herrin Compound Racing
1. J.D. Beach, Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha
2. Hayden Gillim, Rickdiculous Racing
3. Valentin Debise, M4 ECSTAR Suzuki
Liqui Moly Junior Cup
1. Alex Dumas, KTM Orange Brigade/JP43 Training
2. Cory Ventura, MP13 Racing
3. Jay Newton, MonkeyMoto/AGVSPORT