2017 Superprestigio Superfinal Result: JD Beach Triumphs In Close Battle

JD Beach has won the fifth edition of the Barcelona Superprestigio indoor flat track race. The American passed Toni Elias in the first couple of laps and led for almost the entire 16 laps of the Superprestigio Superfinal. Beach entered the Superfinal as favorite, having won all three of the Open class final races to face off against the best of the roadracing world in the Superprestigio class.

Briar Bauman, the second American entry, finished in second, not far behind Beach, having fought his way through from fourth in the early laps. He took over second from Spanish flat tracker Ferran Cardus with a very firm pass on the last lap, demoting Cardus to a very close third. Toni Elias was the best road racer, finishing fourth ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Alberto Arenas finished sixth, while Guillermo Cano ended in seventh ahead of Remy Gardner. Cano and Gardner clashed in the first corner on the opening lap, putting them out of contention.

The Palau San Jordi was notably emptier than in previous years, the obvious explanation being the absence of Marc Márquez, who was responsible for the event being founded. Márquez withdrew in late November, saying that he needed a rest after a hard and tiring season. With an indoor flat track race scheduled to take place on 15th December 2018 in Paris, it is likely that this was the last race here in Barcelona.

The crowds may have been smaller, but the level of competition was markedly higher than in the early years. The general level of flat track racing in Europe has been raised enormously since the first event back in 2014, the racing being closer and offering the Americans who have flown over to race some real competition. Cardus, in particular, was a real threat to Beach and Bauman, and obviously capable of more.

Results:

Pos No Rider Nat Bike Gap
1 95 JD Beach USA Yamaha  
2 14 Briar Bauman USA Kawasaki 0.965
3 1 Ferran Cardús ESP Suzuki 1.687
4 24 Toni Elías ESP Suzuki 3.328
5 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Zaeta 10.154
6 75 Albert Arenas ESP KTM 11.208
7 179 Guillermo Cano ESP Suzuki 11.781
8 87 Remy Gardner AUS Yamaha 1 lap

 

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Hey folks, he is a Road Racing guy. He is currently in between rides and has been doing some flat track and other things, he won Red Bull Rookies Cup 2008 then did Supersport in the USA right through 2016. A single Moto2 replacement ride with FTR. I think he is trying to size up his next move, and this could help. He is about 26 yrs old. He was riding an R6 in our national series just BEFORE it was the strong bike and did really well with it.

Moto2 team, grab this kid!

"Born in Snoqualmie, Washington and based in Philpot, Kentucky,[2] Beach won theRed Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in 2008[2] and the AMA Pro Supersport East Championship in 2010.[2] In 2011 he made a one-off appearance in the Moto2 World Championship, replacing Tommaso Lorenzetti for the Aeroport de Castelló team in the Indianapolis Grand Prix.[3] After competing in the AMA Superbike Championshipand the Daytona SportBike Championship from 2011 to 2014,[2] in 2015 he won theMotoAmerica Supersport Championship.[4] In 2016, Beach came four points short of winning his second consecutive MotoAmerica title.[5] He won seven races in the Championship.[6]"
-Wikipedia

Go JD!

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Agree with you on JD, but he also raced 2017 in MotoAmerica Supersport.  He won 4 races and finished 2nd to Garrett Gerloff by 46pts.

Total votes: 13

JD Beach appear to lack the most critical thing for a racer without alien level talent - the ability to attract sponsors to pay for his ride.  Contrast to Xavier Siméon, who has just landed a MotoGP ride despite thoroughly mediocre Moto2 results.

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