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GEICO Superbike Shoot at Auto Club Speedway.

A look inside one of the garages where racers prep their bikes for the track it also serves as a hangout location.
A look inside one of the garages where racers prep their bikes for the track it also serves as a hangout location.
Donald Kline

This weekend was a good one if you are a road racing fan as the professional level racers got a chance to run their machines around Auto Club Speedway for the GEICO Superbike Shootout presented by Yamaha, Two races are featured, the DynoJet Pro Superbikes for the 600cc class and the Racefuelz Superbike for the 1000cc Machines. Both classes race on Specified or “Spec” Tires by Dunlop and Fuel from Sunoco.
On Sunday the winners for the Pro Superbike were Bobby Fong on a Triumph, Garrett Gerloff and Benny Solis both on Yamaha Motorcycles
The Racefuelz Superbike race started with Josh Hayes leading the pack for several laps with Martin Cardenas right behind, due to some traffic and Hayes having to go wide, the finishing order ended up being Cardenas on his Yoshimura Suzuki, Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes both ride for Team Monster Graves Motorsports Yamaha.
This event at the Speedway was bit different in that the usual national series event, in that took place during a West East Racing Association aka WERA weekend event. WERA is a road racing organization that has a variety of classes for every type of motorcycle and skill level from beginner to top level pro.
Saturday was interesting mix as there was riders taking part in a track day with Fastrack Riders, there were the WERA riders doing practice and the shootout riders doing practice and qualifying.
For the fans it was a treat, the last time there was a national level motorcycle road race held at the Speedway was 2010. They got to see the nation’s top racers compete, the local racers compete and take part in a track day if they desired.
When not watching the racing fans could find some good food just the other side of the hot pit area. From the long lines at the hot dog stand and the Martin’s Link stand it was pretty good. I know firsthand that the breakfast burritos are very good.
The Superbike Shootout came about to fill a gap in the well-known national series, and it provided a chance for the racers to come west, it was put together from a collaborative effort of John Ulrich of Roadracing World, GIECO Insurance, Yamaha Motorsports and many others.
As for attendance numbers none were available at press time, I do know the seats above the box seat sections were full and the infield was full.
I saw a lot of smiles both from the racers and fans alike and that sums this race weekend up very well.

Martin Cardenas takes the Checkered Flag with Cameron Beaubier right behind him.
Donald Kline