The Dunlop Pre-Season Take a look at for MotoAmerica is underway at Barber Motorsports Park.
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Garrett Gerloff Leads Day One At Barber
JD Seaside Tops Supersport Class In Dunlop Take a look at
BIRMINGHAM, AL (March 26, 2018) – Garrett Gerloff launched himself to the Motul Superbike class immediately on the Dunlop Preseason Take a look at at Barber Motorsports Park with a agency handshake and a gleam in his eye that mentioned, “You ain’t seen nothing but.”
Gerloff bested the very best of the very best on a cold spring day in Alabama, the Motul Superbike class rookie and two-time MotoAmerica Supersport Champion turning within the quickest lap on what was simply his eighth day on his Monster Vitality/Yamalube/Graves Yamaha YZF-R1. Gerloff did his greatest lap within the fourth and ultimate session on the opening day of the two-day take a look at.
With the season opener to the 2018 MotoAmerica season just below three weeks away at Street Atlanta, the Dunlop take a look at at Barber is the ultimate shakedown earlier than wheels are turned in anger. With Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden setting a lap document in qualifying final yr (with Dunlop qualifying tires) of 1:24.091 and following that up with a lap 1:26.301 in race one en path to victory (Josh Herrin had the quickest lap of race one – a 1:26.190), Gerloff’s lap of 1:25.335 was spectacular, particularly contemplating a temperature distinction of some 40 levels.
“The final take a look at we had at Sonoma was not the very best take a look at or me, actually,” Gerloff mentioned. “I didn’t depart Sonoma with good vibes. However I got here right here with a constructive outlook as a result of Barber is a observe that I actually like. I used to dwell in (close by) Trussville, so I think about this my residence observe and I’ve had an excellent quantity of laps round right here. After I acquired on the bike right here this morning, it felt actually good. I’m unsure what occurred between the Sonoma take a look at and right here, however issues are working actually superior. I’m actually glad and I’m able to make some modifications, go sooner tomorrow, and work on being constant, primarily. It feels good – rattling good – to have my identify on the prime of the timesheets. I put collectively a string of quick laps, and I’m glad to be on the prime of the board on any day.”
Two-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier was simply .067 of a second behind his teammate Gerloff and in flip was solely a scant .031 of a second away from third-placed Toni Elias, the defending MotoAmerica Motul Superbike Champion. The got here Roger Hayden, with Elias’ teammate a tick over a second off the tempo of the lead trio.
“It was an excellent day,” Beaubier mentioned. “I loved myself. I didn’t get to journey right here final yr (on account of my shoulder damage at Pittsburgh). It was good to journey right here once more, and I get pleasure from this observe. We tried a few issues right here and there, however I largely simply labored on getting snug on the bike. It was chilly the primary couple of laps, and I felt just like the grip stage was a bit down. Nevertheless it’s speculated to be hotter tomorrow, and I anticipate the lap instances to return down fairly a bit. We’ve acquired a few issues to work on in a single day that we realized immediately, so I’m wanting ahead to a different day of testing right here.”
Birthday boy Elias was left wanting extra on his 35th.
“Usually, the observe situations have an effect on me rather a lot, so to be aggressive in these (colder temperatures) is an effective sign as a result of I didn’t really feel it,” Elias mentioned. “Every little thing is nice. I’m there, which implies one thing. We did an excellent job immediately. I needed P1 immediately as a result of it’s my birthday, however what can I say? Possibly subsequent yr’s take a look at.”
Mathew Scholtz recovered from a blown motor on his Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha within the first session to finish the day fifth quickest, forward of fellow South African Cameron Petersen on the Real Broaster Hen Honda.
M4 Suzuki’s Jake Lewis, Fly Road Racing’s David Anthony, Scheibe Racing’s Danny Eslick (on his first day on the BMW) and Dunlop take a look at rider Taylor Knapp rounded out the highest 10 of the 17 Superbike/Inventory 1000 testers on the day.
Supersport – Seaside Over Gillim
Monster Vitality/Y.E.S./Graves Yamaha’s JD Seaside bested fellow Kentucky resident Hayden Gillim on the opening day of Supersport testing at Barber. Seaside, the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion, ended up forward of Rickdiculous Racing’s Gillim by .122 of second as these two have been nicely away from the remainder.
“The day began out somewhat tough,” Seaside mentioned. “We had a couple of bike issues that we weren’t anticipating, so we needed to change our plan. However, all in all, I believe we acquired an excellent route with the bike. It’s good to have Hayden (Gillim) on the market to push me as a result of he’s going actually quick, and I’ve acquired him to match with since (Valentin) Debise just isn’t right here. It’s speculated to be hotter tomorrow, so I anticipate a couple of extra guys to be up there on the prime. It ought to be a extremely good day to check.”
Third quickest of the Supersport testers on day one was Altus Motorsports’ Miles Thornton, the Suzuki-mounted rider simply forward of the M4 medAge Suzuki of Nick McFadden. Tuned Racing’s Braeden Ortt ended the day fifth quickest.
Liqui Moly Junior Cup/Twins Cup: All Yates
The 2 new lessons, Liqui Moly Junior Cup and Twins Cup, ran collectively on observe at Barber Motorsports Park and the quickest of all of them was Ashton Yates, the Georgian driving his Kawasaki Ninja 400 for the primary time after taking supply of the bike this week. Yates lapped at a better of 1:40.018, which put him 1.6 seconds away from Dunlop take a look at rider Taylor Knapp.
The primary of the Twins Cup riders was third and that was Brad Perdlew on his AP MotoArts Yamaha. Perdlew was simply .zero03 of a second sooner than Altus Motorsports’ Jason Madama.
The third quickest of the Junior Cup riders was Cameron Jones on the Jones Racing Kawasaki with Riderz Regulation’s Jackson Blackmon fourth quickest on his Yamaha R3. Blackmon bested KTM Orange Brigade/JP43 Coaching’s Alex Dumas, who was simply forward of Rickdiculous Racing’s Gauge Rees.
1. Garrett Gerloff (Yam YZF-R1), 1:25.335
2. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R1), 1:25.402
three. Toni Elias (Suz GSX-R1000R), 1:25.433
four. Roger Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000R), 1:26.364
5. Mathew Scholtz (Yam YZF-R1), 1:26.391
6. Cameron Petersen (Hon CBR1000RR SP2), 1:27.zero44
7. Jake Lewis (Suz GSX-R1000R), 1:28.481
eight. David Anthony (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:28.515
9. Danny Eslick (BMW S1000RR), 1:28.729
10. Taylor Knapp (Suz GSX-R1000R), 1:28.793
1. JD Seaside (Yam YZF-R6), 1:28.214
2. Hayden Gillim (Yam YZF-R6), 1:28.336
three. Miles Thornton (Suz GSX-R600), 1:30.684
four. Nick McFadden (Suz GSX-R600), 1:32.378
5. Braeden Ortt (Yam YZF-R6), 1:32.384
6. Ashton Yates (Yam YZF-R6), 1:32.734
7. Daytona Anderson (Suz GSX-R600), 1:32.924
eight. Lucas Silva (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.206
9. Nolan Lamkin (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.598
10. Jason Aguilar (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.998
1. Brad Perdiew (Yam FZ-07), 1:42.019
2. Jason Madama (Yam FZ-07), 1:42.022
three. Shane Perry (Suz SV650), 1:42.172
four. Carl Value (Yam FZ-07), 1:43.933
Liqui Moly Junior Cup
1. Ashton Yates (Kaw 400), 1:40.018
2. Taylor Knapp (Yam YZF-R3), 1:41.627
three. Cameron Jones (Kaw), 1:42.351
four. Jackson Blackmon (Yam YZF-R3), 1:42.796
5. Alex Dumas (KTM RC 390 R), 1:42.956
6. Gauge Rees (Yam YZF-R3), 1:43.109
7. Josh Jovi (Yam YZF-R3), 1:44.087
eight. Draik Beauchamp (Yam YZF-R3), 1:45.110
9. Tyler Freeman (Yam YZF-R3), 1:45.193
10. Jamie Astudillo (Kaw 400), 1:45.193
1. Stephen Incledon (Yam YZF-R1), 1:33.570
2. Felipe MacLean (Suz GSX-R1000R), 1:33.669
three. Shane Richardson (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:35.365