MotoAmerica: Feud Brewing Between Elias and Beaubier

05/01/2017 @ 12:57 pm, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

Last weekend, the MotoAmerica season was onto its second round of the year, with racing action happening at Road Atlanta. The racing has been good so far in MotoAmerica this year, so if you haven’t been watching it, you have been missing out.

If you haven’t been watching, then you have also been missing-out on the feud that is brewing between Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias and Monster Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier. Exchanging some hand signals on the track, the pair exchange some words as well in Sunday’s post-race press conference.

In short, it looks like the gloves will be coming-off in the future MotoAmerica rounds, as these two riders fight not only for the MotoAmerica Championship title, but also against each other.

For some context, the altercation at Road Atlanta started on Saturday, when a pass by Beaubier in the final corner ended up pushing Elias onto the grass.

In the second race, Elias responded by moving over onto Beaubier, again at Turn 12, and then giving the Yamaha rider a signal by touching his helmet – a gesture meant to say Elias has a long memory, and remember what Beaubier did.

That sets the stage for the video below:

“I got a decent drive up the hill coming into the last corner and Toni [Elias] looked back and was off the gas a little bit, so I just went to the outside to brake and he moved over on me, hard,” said Beaubier. “I knew it was because of yesterday’s incident in the last corner.”

“He looked back at me and shook his head. I felt like I didn’t do anything wrong so I just told him I wasn’t in the wrong there. I was wondering why he was tapping his helmet after the race finished, and he said he has memory, or something like that.”

“At the end of the day I have memory about all the crap he did last year. I still have respect for the guy, but I’m not going to respect someone that doesn’t respect us out on the racetrack, plain and simple.”

Once given his chance to talk in the press conference, Elias responded with:

“It’s very simple, yesterday I was clean also, like it has been today, but I received [two] hits and went in the grass. I could [race] harder, but I don’t need it. We can play clean, and not like this.”

“Me and Roger [Hayden] today we had a big battle, and we have been clean [with] each other. We play clean. But, if we have to play a little bit more dirty that is my strongest point, and I’m also strong in strategy.”

“If you [Beaubier] want to come here like this [aggressive], let’s do it. No problem. You are a good rider and you don’t need to do it like that. We love to play hard and want to put on a good show. That is my goal.”

MotoAmerica’s third round is at Virginia International Raceway, in two weeks’ time. We doubt the feud will have been settled by then, so expect to see some sparks at VIR.

Source: MotoAmerica

  • Norm Fraijo

    Toni Elias is the best thing to happen to American SBK. Moto America should write him a check for making the series truly worth watching

  • Sam Miller

    Moto America needs a Supersport 300 class, then we’d have some battles to watch. Anybody see the last WSSP300 race? Crazy.

  • n/a

    No.

  • Like the KTM RC390 cup?

  • Brian Collins

    While BeIn Sports is no Fox Sports or ESPN, the coverage has been pretty good. Between all of the GP, SBK, MotoAmerica racing coverage there has been (literally…) hours of racing coverage to watch every week.

    …and the MotoAmerica races have been the most fun to watch as well.

  • Sam Miller

    No. Not $10K RC390s.

  • Shawn Kitchen

    Hate to be “that guy”, but the races last weekend were at Road Atlanta, not Road America. I was there. :)

  • No, it’s good to be that guy. I knew I was going to screw those up, and I even checked the MotoAmerica calendar on their site to be sure…which apparently deletes rounds from the list after they happen. Guess which race is second from next…

    Thanks for the correction.

  • Joe

    I’m lazy and do not want to do the math… But Mr. Miller’s statement about a SS 300 class might be overly simplistic.. A R3 retails for 5K according to their website and the KTM RC390 Cup lists at 10K…
    But….
    1) How much will it take to bring the R3 up to the same specs as the KTM
    2) How much is KTM contributing to support the series vs; What was Yamaha’s interest in supporting the class…?

    I am not sure that Yamaha sees the need to support the 300 Class, I see R3’s all over town, it is a VERY popular/successful bike. Unlike the RC390 which I see rarely see and usually only on a weekend ride up to the canyons…

    Hopefully Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Honda (CBR300RR) will join the fray and contribute to the series, creating a lower entry price point in the future and more interest from the fans too. The Moto3 races are on average, the tightest racing around… The average fan (me included) never really understand how fast the class is, until I watched a 250GP race live and later the Moto3’s…
    Compare lap times – not much slower than the bigger bikes

  • Mike Flynn

    those little fckrs suck….and are slow

  • jp182

    Compared to MotoGP, I was surprised that these guys were direct and handled stuff out in the open. Less mind games and supposition.

  • Gerard Angelo

    If you think about it Toni has raced against the best in the world in MotoGP and Moto2. Do you think he’s intimidated by Cameron Beaubier? Should be an interesting season.

  • coreyvwc

    The Yamaha/Kawasaki/Honda bikes used in the WSSP300 are near bone stock aside from race plastics and a few very minor modifications allowed. It would be much lower buy in cost than the the KTM RC390 cup bikes, and the racing is really good.

  • Barry Rothwell Taylor

    Sounds like Beaubier is feeling threatened … in recent years he was the great white hope but didn’t shine in his short WSBK interlude , then Elias comes to America and does shine winning 6 races and finishing 3rd in the championship .
    If he can’t deal with a has-been like Toni on home turf then I don’t see much future for him in either WSBK or BSBK for that matter .
    Elias is not overly intelligent , which handicaps him in the more sophisticated formulas , but if he can just get on and ride he can still beat anybody on his day .

  • Superhawk

    He’s always been a great rider and I’m glad he came over… Seems like all series go to the level of the top dog… in our series it was J. Hayes. Not bad at all, but that’s where things stood. In MOTO GP, it was Rossi / Lorenzo until Marquez came along. Then everyone adjust their level over the next couple of years if they are good enough.
    Now you see that in Cameron, Roger Hayden and even Hayes…
    As far as the hard passing… I’d say Cameron’s was the most sketchy this weekend as Tony had to go off course. Toni’s retaliation was apparent on Sunday doing the slow down and then driving Cameron wide… I’d say they are even at this point with all other passes being “clean”.

  • fzrider

    Has anyone else noticed the two commentators announcing the races pronounce Tony’s name different? They sit right next to each other and first one says it one way and the other says it the other? This is the second year I’ve listened to them do it. Just seems they would notice and figure out which is correct.