Around the halfway mark, Beaubier made an error in the chicane, allowing his younger teammate through. They exchanged the lead a few more times with Gerloff coming out on top and crossing the line .326 of a second ahead of the reigning Superbike champ.
The team got off to a flying start at round eight of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. Gerloff topped the timesheets in qualifying and Beaubier earned pole position in Saturday’s Superpole. When it came time to race, the intensity level was at a fever pitch as the season begins to wind down. In race one, Gerloff got out front early and was able to build a healthy gap while his teammate battled for second. On lap three, the 24-year-old ran off the track and found himself in third and locked in a three-way battle, undoing all of his hard work. Beaubier then moved into the lead, with Gerloff into second. From there on out, it was a fight to the finish between the Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team YZF-R1 riders.
On Sunday, it looked to be more of the same for the Texan who has been on a hot streak in the latter half of his Sophomore Superbike season, taking three wins in four races. He got off to another flying start taking the holeshot and leading the first lap. Unfortunately, a technical issue ended his race early in turn three.
Meanwhile Beaubier was shuffled back and got caught up in an early-race battle. The three-time Superbike champ was able to take the lead by lap five and worked on building a gap on the competition. After the halfway mark, his championship rival caught him and they battled for the lead. As the race neared the end, an error in the chicane had the reigning Superbike Champion going off track and seeing his competitor stretch off in the distance. Fired up and not wanting to give up the win, or the five championship points, Beaubier put his head down and put in some flying laps. He closed the gap on the leader for another thrilling finish. The Californian took one last shot at the lead in the final corners of the race, but he came up short of the win by a little over three-tenths of a second.
Up next on the schedule for the Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing team is the penultimate round of the 2019 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at New Jersey Motorsports Park, September 23-25. Beaubier sits second in the standings, 35 points adrift of the leader while Gerloff is in third and trails by 56 points.