It was a night of firsts not only for Beach, but also for the team and the brand. The win marked the first victory for the team’s all-new Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT and the first time a Yamaha Twin has topped the box at a Grand National since Scott Person in 1981 at the Peoria TT.
The race was red flagged after a first-turn crash that involved his teammate Kolby Carlile and other riders. Carlile was unable to restart, but thankfully although sore, is okay and will undergo further evaluation.
When racing resumed, Beach got a decent start in third and quickly worked his way into second. He ran a lonely second for much of the race with the leader off in the distance, but as the 25-lap Main Event wore on, Beach started to close that gap and chased him down. With two laps to go, he made the pass for the lead and took the checkers by 2.24 seconds. The win was a big boost for Beach and the team as a whole as they have been working hard to develop the new Twin.
Adding to that was a solid top-five finish for Jake Johnson. The two-time Grand National Champion didn’t get the start he was hoping for and got held up a bit. Johnson kept fighting, though, worked his way to fifth and had a good battle until the end.
The Estenson Racing squad heads west to Southern California for the So-Cal Half-Mile in Perris, California, Saturday, May 11.