The two-day MotoAmerica Preseason Test powered by Dunlop Motorcycle Tires got started today at the Circuit of The Americas with Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha's Cameron Beaubier and Wheels in Motion/Motorsport.com/Meen Yamaha's Joe Roberts leading the way on the timesheets in the Superbike and Supersport classes, respectively.
Beaubier led two of the four sessions, held under sunny but windy skies, including the final one when he ripped off an impressive 2:09.352 to best Yoshimura Suzuki's Roger Hayden by a whopping 1.881 seconds. For comparison's sake, Beaubier led last year's test at COTA with a 2:10.730 and then qualified on pole for the 2015 season opener in Texas with a 2:09.653. He's already under that mark and it's only day one of the two-day test.
"It went good," the 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion said. "We started off good and felt comfortable and then we kind of went through a little slump. We ran into a couple of little issues there, but overall at the end I felt really good and back to myself on my bike, on the R1. I'm looking forward to another full day tomorrow and hopefully the wind stays away a little bit. Overall, everything felt good."
Tomorrow the majority of the Superbike men will take a run at the new Dunlop qualifying tires and Beaubier believes he might be able to get into the 2:08s with the soft-compound tire mounted.
"It's hard to say what we can do with the qualifiers on, with the wind and how warm it is, but it would be really cool to get down to the 8s," Beaubier said. "Who knows, though? We will have to see."