Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha's Cameron Beaubier had a perfect day in imperfect weather at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion winning both races on a rainy day to vault himself back into championship contention.
Beaubier, who started the day seventh in the championship, scored a perfect 50 points in trying conditions as rainstorms invaded south New Jersey and wreaked havoc on a hectic Sunday at NJMP. When the day concluded at dusk, Beaubier had gone from seventh to second in the series standings - just four points behind his teammate Josh Hayes. Hayes, the four-time series champion, finished second in both races but wasn't able to match the pace thrown down by his young teammate.
For Beaubier the two victories were the 13th and 14th of his Superbike career with those two wins moving him into a tie for 10th on the all-time AMA Superbike win list with former World Champions Eddie Lawson and Scott Russell.
"To be honest at the beginning I was kind of stressed out," Beaubier said after his race-two win. "I felt a lot better than in the first race today, feeling-wise I felt a little bit faster.
"I came by and I had half a second and the next lap I was like 'Oh, man this is going to be good.' I came back around and it said (plus) .0. I was like, 'Oh, no.' I put my head down and just kept pushing.
"I knew Josh was right there and it seemed like he made a little bobble and I came by and it said 'Plus 2.' It just started growing from there and I just tried to ride as smart as I could and eased my way around the track at the end. And I was able to do the double."