JD takes Race 2 win at Virginia International Raceway
In Sunday’s Supersport race at Virginia International Raceway, the script was flipped for Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teammates JD Beach and Garrett Gerloff.
While Garrett got the win and JD finished second on Saturday, it was JD who took the checkers on Sunday – in his second victory of the season, with Gerloff finishing second position.
The two riders, aboard their brand-new 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 machines, swapped the lead multiple times throughout Sunday’s 20-lap race, and it was ultimately 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD who prevailed by less than a tenth of a second over 2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett.
“Garrett and I had a great race… I’m a dirt tracker, and he kept leaving the door open in the left-handers! I think he was actually a little bit stronger than me, but I was able to get him in those left-handers, which made the difference. He ran a good pace, and we ran close together but safe. We trust each other, which is great, and we can just concentrate on applying our strengths. Today, I was able to get the win, so I’m really happy.”
JD will be back in action on June 2-4 for the Dunlop Championship At Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.
Source & photo: Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.