JD Beach: Biography
JD Beach is one of the most versatile riders in pro motorcycle racing today. He began his racing career as an amateur flat track racer winning the 85 Mod class at the AMA Amateur Grand Nationals in 2005 and winning in the 250 class of the AMA Amateur Grand Nationals 2006.
However, in 2007, JD was invited to take part in the Red Bull Rookies Cup road racing in the World Championship. In 2008, only his second season of road racing, JD won the Red Bull Rookies Cup, becoming the first American to do so.
JD received many offers for 2009 and decided to return to the US racing the full AMA Pro SuperSport East season finishing second in the championship. At the same time he took part in the AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship finishing fourth in the standings. In 2010, JD won the AMA Pro SuperSport East Division Championship and also competed in the AMA Pro Flat Track GNC.
In 2011, JD moved up to AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship finishing the year 12th in the standings. Again, he competed in AMA Pro Flat Track GNC finishing 15th-place overall. For 2012, JD stepped up to AMA Pro Daytona SportBike aboard a Road Race Factory Yamaha R6 finishing 6th in the championship standings. JD also raced in the AMA Pro Flat Track Expert Singles and Expert Twins, finishing the season 8th and 14th respectively in the standings.
JD decided to concentrate purely on his road racing and leaving his flat track days to more of a hobby and for training. In 2013, JD’s second season in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike with Road Race Factory Yamaha, he finished 4th in final standings with several podium finishes and repeated this in 2014.
In 2015, the series changed hands and MotoAmerica was formed with JD’s class renamed as Supersport under his new team name Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha.
JD earned a breakthrough season, he not only won the MotoAmerica Supersport title, but he did so in convincing fashion, scoring eight wins in the 15-race championship. In 2016, JD again ran up the top all season and the title decider came down to the final race in New Jersey, where JD won the race but his title rival did enough to clinch the crown, forcing JD to accept the runner-up trophy.
After finishing second in 2016 and 2017, JD regained the Supersport title in 2018.
In 2019, JD was pulling double duty for Estenson Racing, campaigning for titles in both American Flat Track and MotoAmerica Superbike; a feat that harkens back to the glory days of the Grand National Championship.
JD has remained with Estenson Racing, competing in the AFT SuperTwins championship since then.