JD takes fourth consecutive podium in Virginia International Raceway race 1
In Saturday’s Supersport race at Virginia International Raceway, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teammates JD Beach and Garrett Gerloff were in the lead group that also included French rider Valentin Debise. Some close racing caused Debise to crash unhurt, which left Garrett and JD to fight for the win.
As the laps wound down, backmarkers came into play, which brought Garrett and JD close enough together and enabled JD to take the lead. After they got through the traffic, Garrett was once again able get past JD, and then, stretch out a modest lead, which he held all the way to the finish line for his second Supersport win of the season. JD finished in second for his fourth podium result in a row.
“I felt good all race long and, when Debise went out, I knew it was going to be a battle between Garrett and I. Some slower riders helped me reel in Garrett and pass him, but he got me right back. He was riding really well today. It’s great for our team to finish 1-2, but still, I’d have liked to have been ‘1.’ Hopefully, that will happen tomorrow.”
Sunday’s Supersport Race 2 from VIR will start at 2:25 PM EST, and Superbike Race 2 is at 3:30 PM EST. Both races will be broadcast live on beIN Sports.
Source & photo: Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.