JD takes a podium finish at the opening round of the 2018 American Flat Track Series
Daytona’s “Bike Week” festivities continued with Thursday’s DAYTONA TT, the opening round of the 2018 American Flat Track (AFT) Series at Daytona International Speedway. Yamaha bLU cRU riders JD Beach and Jesse Janisch battled hard to claim second-place finishes in the Twins and Singles classes respectively.
JD made his first of two appearances with the G&G Racing Team in the 2018 American Flat Track Series, and the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion emerged with second-place in the highly-competitive Twins class on his MT-07.
The Yamaha MT-07 is proving to be a formidable challenger in the American Flat Track Twins class, and the DAYTONA TT Main Event was contested by four riders on MT-07’s:
· JD Beach – G&G Racing
· Mikey Rush – G&G Racing
· Jake Johnson – Estenson Racing
· Kayl Kolkman – Kolkman Racing
Ultimately, it was JD who set his sights on the race leader and series’ reigning champion, Jared Mees, as he passed Brad Baker to position himself in second-place just prior to the halfway point of the race.
JD then turned it up a notch, and closed the gap to within 0.462 seconds of Mees when the checkered flag waived, bringing home a very respectable second-place finish.
JD Beach, AFT Twins #95 – G&G Racing
“My night went great! I definitely have to thank the G&G Racing guys, they worked hard on the bike. We got a little bit of time on the bike on Tuesday and it felt great then. We unloaded it here and made a few changes throughout the day but it was a great bike – it was fast! We’ll go to race two with what we learned and try to get a win.”