MotoAmerica: Brainerd Weekend Qualifying Results
The MotoAmerica Championship Qualifying sessions at Brainerd are now finished. The results are as follows.
Tytlers Cycle Racing came to Brainerd for blood. Cameron Beaubier (Tytlers Cycle Racing) claimed pole position in a back and forth battle during Q2 with Jake Gagne (Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamha). With about 6 minutes left in the session PJ Jacobsen who had seemingly fallen back on pace jumped up to P2. Jacobsen continue to maintain pace for the remainder of the session and provided the Tytlers Cycle Racing side with a 1-2 finish in Qualifying 2.
Jake Gagne finished third fastest setting a 1:31.154s lap just behind Jacobsen’s 1:31.094s. Mathew Scholtz and Brandon Paasch rounded out the top 5 overall. Josh Herrin seemed to be non existent in Q2 finishing P7. Its is not clear if his pace is the result of his lingering injuries. Superbike race 1 starts at 4:10pm EST.
Rocco Landers secured pole having run fastest in yesterday’s qualifying 1. His lap times did not improve in qualifying 2 but he retained the fastest lap. Josh Hayes (Squid Hunter Racing) finished fastest in qualifying 2 but his best time was only good enough for a P2 finish. Teagg Hobbs (Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki) rounds out the top 3. The session was mostly uneventful. Landers stated after the session that the team made some changes to the bike but lost on the gamble. The negative changes didn’t matter though and the team will work to revert the changes for this afternoon’s race.
Steel Commander Stock 1000
Kaleb De Keyrel (Orange Cat Racing) finished on top in Stock 1000. De Keyrel set the tone through both qualifying sessions. Hayden Gillim (Disrupt Racing) came out swinging. Gillim seemingly was going to take the top spot but in his later laps ran into track traffic which ultimately robbed him of a potential pole position. Gillim was 0.200s behind De Keyrel. Benjamin Smith (Benjamin Smith Racing) finished third after leading qualifying in the early stages of qualifying. Smith made the jump to Stock 1000 this round after a short stent with privateer team CW Moto. Justin Meist (Nielsen Racing) and Travis Wyman (Travis Wyman Racing) rounded out the top 5 in 4th and 5th respectively. Of note, Cody Wyman (Altus Motorsports) crashed in qualifying 2 preventing him from improving on his P9 finish.
Rossi Moor (Fairium NGRT- Gray Area) doubles down repeating his pole position finish from the last Junior cup round at Road America. Moor was able to convert his previous pole position into a 2nd place finish in race 1 and a win in race 2. He will look to repeat this result this weekend. Jayden Fernandez (Fernandez Racing) took P2 0.031 seconds behind Moor. Max Van (SportbikeTrackGear.com) finished P3. Moor will look to cut into the lead of Avery Dreher. He currently sits 66 points behind Dreher in the championship standings.
Royal Enfield BTR
Royale Enfield only received one qualifying session this round that occurred on Friday afternoon. Mikayla Moore finished P1. Moore has secured pole position in every qualifying for BTR this season. The session only featured half of the field due to late race on the day. 5 riders did not set times in qualifying. Jessice Martin finished P2 behind Moore by 0.011 seconds. Aubrey Credaroli rounded out the tope 3. BTR will not race today.
Mission King of the Baggers
Qualifying 2 was halted after a red flag came out due to fluid on the track. At the time of publishing this article the session was not restarted. Race control stated that qualifying will run for 9 minutes after the track clean up has been completed. During the short qualifying session Bobby Fong (Sac Mile/SDI Racing/Roland Sands/Indian) ran fastest ahead of Hayden Gillim (Vance & Hines/Mission/Harley-Davidson). Tyler O’ Hara finished third setting the grid for the King of the Baggers Challenge that will take place shortly.
This afternoon’s races can be streamed on MotoAmerica Live +.