Returning for his second year with Estenson Racing, JD Beach will return to his dirt track roots and go full-time in American Flat Track. With multiple road race titles to his resume, he now has his sights on a SuperTwins crown in 2020.
Last year Beach pulled double duty for the team in American Flat Track and MotoAmerica. The dirt track/road racer made history at the team’s home race, scoring his first Grand National win at the Super TT, which was also the first victory for a Yamaha Twin since 1981. Beach backed it up the following weekend at Virginia International Raceway aboard his Attack Performance Estenson Racing Yamaha YZF-R1. In race two, he took his first career Superbike win, once again making history as the first rider to top the podium during the same season in the premier class of both disciplines since Nicky Hayden in 2002. The last rider to accomplish that feat on back-to-back weekends was Kenny Roberts in 1975.
Before the 2018 MotoAmerica season got rolling, Beach strapped on his steal shoe to race the American Flat Track season opener at the legendary Daytona International Speedway on the G&G Yamaha MT-07 and finished second. The Monster Energy Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha rider then went on to dominate the MotoAmerica Supersport field, scoring 11 wins and only finishing off the podium once to clinch his second title in the class. With the season over, Beach got the opportunity to ride the final two AFT races of the season with Estenson Racing.
The inaugural MotoAmerica season in 2015 marked a big resurgence for Beach. He got his first career Supersport win at the season opener during the MotoGP weekend at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. From there, he went on to win seven more races, making 13 trips to the podium to secure his first win in the premier 600cc class. He finished runner-up the following two seasons, narrowly missed out on a back-to-back title in 2016.
At the young age of 18 he won the 2010 AMA Pro SuperSport East Division Championship, which was more equivalent to a Superstock 600 or Junior Cup category. That same year, he won four Pro Singles races, for a total of seven career wins before moving up to premier class ranks in 2011.
Although road racing was the main focus of his efforts until recently, Beach still raced American Flat Track when his schedule permitted and routinely finished inside the top 10. In 2013 he scored three podiums and two top-five finishes to finish eighth in the standings. After a four-year absence, he showed everyone he still had what it took to go fast on the dirt, winning his Semi and recovered from a poor start to finish third at the 2017 American Flat Track season finale in Perris, California.
In 2008, Beach has success on the world stage. In only his second year road racing he took top honors in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Championship, becoming the first American ever to win the title. Before his move to road racing, the Washington native had a pair of AMA Amateur Grand National titles.