In the final installment of our look at the development of the MotoAmerica championship, we talk to JD Beach about the challenges of being a young American racer, the growth of the series, his rivalry with Garrett Gerloff, being inspired by Nicky Hayden, and racing flat track
In many ways JD Beach is a throwback to a bygone age of American racing. The Washington State native is rightly regarded as one of the most versatile racers in the United States. One that is equally adept at sliding on the dirt of American Flat Track or going bar-to-bar in MotoAmerica on a Supersport machine. There's little doubt that if Grand National Championships were still decided by combination of Road Racing and various Flat Track disciplines, Beach would be a contender.
Brad Baker, the 2013 Grand National champion, leaves you in no doubt as to whether Beach could cut it with the best. The Bullet grew up racing against Beach in Washington State and the two became close friends.
“I think that JD could definitely be a Grand National champion contender,” said Baker. “I've no doubt. Before he focused on road racing, he was competing and focused on nothing but Flat Track and he was a top contender in flat track. So there's no doubt he's got it. Since we were kids racing together on 65cc bikes, he’s been one of my biggest, if not my biggest, competitor. If JD really wanted to put his head down and do Flat Track full-time with a good team around him and it being his only series, he’d be a championship contender. No doubt.”