It isn’t so far-fetched to suggest that reigning MotoAmerica AMA/FIM Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier shares a few things in common with road racing legend multi-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey, the founder of the series in which the 23-year-old Beaubier is the new king.
Both men hail from California, both found their way into the discipline after amateur racing careers in the dirt, both are AMA Superbike Champions, and both suffered an aborted attempt after making the jump from America to the World Championship scene on the first try. With all that he accomplished at the pinnacle of the sport, it might be easy to forget that after winning the 1983 AMA Superbike Championship, Rainey struggled mightily in the 1984 250cc World Championship aboard the fledgling Kenny Roberts Yamaha team, and he returned home after a lackluster season, only to eventually earn another shot on the World Championship stage.
Beaubier’s career appears to be off to a similar start. After finishing sixth in the 2007 Red Bull Rookies Cup, he knocked around Europe for 2 years, contesting the Spanish CEV 125cc Championship before jumping into the 125cc World Championship. After a disappointing 29th-place series finish in the 125c World Championship, Beaubier returned home in search of a ride, eventually hooking up with Yamaha to contest the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike Series.
Just as Rainey made good with his second chance, Beaubier is hoping that the success he is now enjoying at the top of the American scene will soon afford him the opportunity to return to Europe to contest either the FIM World Superbike Championship or the MotoGP series itself. It wouldn’t be that much of a surprise as Beaubier has long been heralded similarly to a young Nicky Hayden or Ben Spies – on the short list of America’s next …read more
Source:: Dream With a Deadline