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Tuesday 2 August 2022


Yamaha Wins Clash of Titans at 75th Peoria TT

JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) solidified his claim as the leading TT rider in all of AFT by earning a second consecutive victory at the world famous SC2 Peoria TT presented by Country Saloon on July 30 at the Peoria Motorcycle Club in Peoria, Illinois.

Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle

While Beach ultimately went wire-to-wire to victory, the contest was in fact quite a tense affair with two-time Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle champion Briar Bauman (No. 3 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) glued to Beach’s rear wheel pretty much throughout.
A five-rider freight train formed at the start, with Beach holding the lead ahead of Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750, who finished fifth), Bauman, Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) and Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT).
Bauman was the first to slip past ‘VDK,’ blasting ahead as they exited the race’s opening corner as he headed for second place; Mees (fourth) and Daniels (third) would shortly do the same. Beach took the checkered flag 0.492 seconds ahead of Bauman to improve his overall series TT record to five.
Peoria left Bauman just three points behind leader Mees (188-185), while Daniels was only another 13 points back. Beach, too, has new life, closing to within 30 points of Mees (159) after securing his second win of the season.

Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Before he was a full-fledged Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines title fighter, Jesse Janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) originally made his name as a Peoria TT expert. In fact, that reputation actually landed him last year’s opportunity to earn his current ride - one that has subsequently launched him into championship contention.
While he’s clearly grown beyond the specialist tag, Janisch proved yet again he’s one of the very best there is at the legendary venue. He was in full-on imperious form, winning the drag race to Turn 1 and promptly building up a sizable gap before even completing a single lap.
Janisch’s fellow Semi winner, Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield 650, second), was outflanked by Dan Bromley (No. 62 Vinson Construction/Viper Air Yamaha MT-07, third) in the first corner and then spent the next couple of minutes looking for a way back through. By the time Lewis retook second, Janisch already had more than two seconds in hand and went on to take a dominant fourth Peoria win by over 12 seconds ahead of Lewis.
Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07) brought it home in fourth, with Cole Zabala (No. 51 Memphis Shades/Corbin/Vinson Yamaha MT-07) in fifth. As a result, Janisch led Texter 199-188 as they headed to the Black Hills with seven races left.

Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER
The four-race win streak of Kody Kopp (No. 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE, fourth) finally came to an end, but with teammate Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) finally collecting his first victory of 2022, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing win streak now stands at five.
However, both KTM pilots found themselves behind Estenson Racing’s Trevor Brunner (No. 21 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) off the line. He ended up taking fourth, with Morgen Mischler (No. 13 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) in second just 0.831 seconds behind Whale. Rookie Chase Saathoff (No. 106 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) pulled off a last-lap pass on Ferran Cardús (No. 377 Roof Systems of Dallas/Bullet Strong Racing Honda CRF450R) to edge the Spanish champion for fifth by 0.008 seconds at the flag.

Next up the series continues consecutive weeks swing West, stopping at the Sturgis Rally for the Black Hills Half-Mile at the Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, on August 6 before heading to Castle Rock for the last TT of the season in Washington (August 13); then on to the Sacramento Mile, California, August 20.
September sees the Springfield Miles I & II on the first weekend (September 3 and 4) and the Cedar Lake Short Track at New Richmond, Wi., at the end of the month (September 24). The season wraps up back in Florida for the third Volusia Half-Mile of the season on October 15 during Biketoberfest.