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Cameron Beaubier Wins at Laguna Seca

Cameron Beaubier won his fourth Daytona SportBike race at Laguna Seca using an outside/inside move on veteran Martin Cardenas (No. 36) to start the final lap (photo courtesy: AMA Pro Racing Media)

Two-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes established a new single-season record for consecutive AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike victories with a crushing performance to secure his eighth in a row at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The defending two-time champion was once again in a class of his own as he notched up yet another dominant victory. The Monster Energy Graves Yamaha superstar pulled his rookie teammate, Josh Herrin, clear of the chasing pack in the race's early stages before breaking Herrin's pursuit as well by Lap 5 of the 23-lap affair.

Once free Hayes put it in cruise control early and still managed to take the checkered flag with a 9.084-second margin of victory.

The Mississippian continues to stake his claim in the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing record books. In addition to the historic win streak, Hayes has now notched up 11 victories this season, just one shy of Mat Mladin's all-time record with six races still remaining on the '12 slate. The victory also sees Hayes move into a tie for third place on the all-time SuperBike wins list at 28, tying three-time champion Ben Spies, who was in attendance to watch Hayes' conquering ride following the day's MotoGP World Championship race.

"Good things are happening right now," Hayes said. "I'll ride the train as long as I can. If I get into a battle in a hard race, you're going to see me fighting for it for that individual race; it has nothing to do with streaks or race wins or anything like that. It's for that race win. I'm in a position where I can try for every single one of them. I don't have anything to worry about. I've got a points situation that I don't even think about at this point in the season. I'm just focused on winning every race that I can. If I toss one down the road -- or two down the road -- then I'll reevaluate how I'm going to approach it. But, right now, I just want to win everything.

"I'm still riding like I have a little bit of a chip on my shoulder. I still remember last year very clearly. I remember if more clearly than I remember winning eight races in a row. It seems like things have happened pretty quickly and it doesn't feel like that to me. I'll just keep focusing, and trying hard, and pushing myself."

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While Hayes was out of reach, the battle for second still proved to be a thrilling affair. Herrin's early tow saw him race out to an immediate three-second advantage over a heated scrap for third, which involved National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden, Yoshimura Suzuki's Blake Young, Jordan Suzuki's Ben Bostrom, Team Amsoil/EBR's Geoff May and Team Hero EBR's Danny Eslick.

Hayes continues his march to a third AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike title as he'll head to New Jersey Motorsports Park on September 7-9 boasting an imposing 74-point advantage.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
Cameron Beaubier
won a fantastic three-way fight for victory at Laguna Seca, taking his fourth victory in the past five races in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class with a bold last-lap move over series points leader Martin Cardenas. The Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha pilot battled for 20 laps with his teammate Tommy Hayden as well as Cardenas in a real thriller.

Beaubier showed Cardenas a wheel on several occasions, but the Colombian did not give the young challenger any opportunity to pass heading into the final lap. Cam made a move to the outside of Turn 1, an unlikely passing area, then surprised Cardenas on the inside of Turn 2 and made the move stick. Cardenas was able to hold off the charging Hayden but couldn’t counter Beaubier in the final turn or the run to the line.

Beaubier’s margin of victory was 0.092 over Cardenas and 0.425 over Hayden.

“Martin made a little mistake coming out of the last corner and I was able to pass him into two,” said Beaubier. “I was riding a little impatient in the middle of the race, trying to get around Tommy and showing Martin a wheel here and there. I felt like I could get in there pretty good but to tell the truth I did not plan that move. I saw the opportunity.”

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The AMA Pro Vane & Hines XR1200 series will take its turn sharing the spotlight with the MotoGP World Championship superstars in three weeks time for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 17-19. The full tour will resume on September 7-9 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. For tickets and information about the Big Kahuna Miami, scheduled for September 21 - 23, 2012 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, visit http://www.m1powersports.com/big-kahuna-miami/.

*****M1 PowerSports will be giving away tickets via the Big Kahuna Photo Caption Giveaway to one of the two events remaining in the Triumph Big Kahuna Triple Crown presented by Dunlop Tire and LeoVince.

The contest will be hosted on the M1 PowerSports Facebook Page, located at www.facebook.com/M1PowerSports, and available each day will be a pair of 3-day passes with FREE VIP Parking and FREE Paddock Access to either the Triumph Big Kahuna Miami, scheduled for September 21 - 23, 2012 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., or the Triumph Big Kahuna New Orleans, scheduled for October 5 - 7, 2012 as the first professional motorsports event at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans*****

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