Beaubier continues to raise the bar, breaking the track’s lap record with a 1:19.806 in Superpole. Starting from the number-one spot, he launched into the lead and grabbed the holeshot. Staying true to his dominant 2020 form, the reigning champion began to stretch his lead immediately. En route to another crushing win, Beaubier set a blistering pace and built his lead to over seven seconds by the closing laps. The Californian took the checkered flag in fine style, his 10th win in 11 races, increasing his lead at the top of the championship to 79 points over his teammate.
Coming back from a high side in Friday’s second session, Gagne put in a solid qualifying effort in third. At lights out he got off to a good start and had moved up to second by Turn Two. He looked set for another strong finish, but an unfortunate low side crash on the opening lap at turn seven put him out of the race.
The Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha Racing team heads into race two on Sunday seeking a strong finish for their riders in Millville, New Jersey.