Rider Profile: Cameron Beaubier
Cameron Beaubier could probably ride circles around you. That's not hard to imagine, considering that he's a professional roadracer and has been competing for the past 13 years.
The part that's hard to imagine is that the bulk of Beaubier's career happened before he was even old enough to vote.
The 18-year-old from Rosevilla, California, is riding the No. 116 Jake Holden Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class. That's a big transition from where he was just a short while ago: Beaubier competed in the SuperSport class last year, and began the 2011 season with GP Bike Parts Racing.
"Daytona SportBike has ben a big jump from SuperSport last year," Beaubier says. "My times have dropped a lot from race to race. It's been a great experience for me; I've gotten on the podium and am getting to ride with such fast guys."
That podium finish came in race two during the double-header round at Barber Motorsports Park in June. He's happy to be on the podium again, a place he's used to seeing on a regular basis. In 2010, Beaubier took two SuperSport wins and earned two more podiums.
Before the plentiful podiums, Beaubier was just a kid on a dirt bike. "I started riding in motocross when I was four, and started racing motocross around five. I raced it until I was about 12 or 13, then I got into supermoto a little bit. I won a couple of national championships, then tried roadracing," he explains.
"Trying" roadracing included spending two years racing in Europe as part of the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Beaubier then took on the 125cc World Championship as a factory rider for Red Bull KTM. His ride disappeared when funding became an issue, but Beaubier is grateful he's found a new home at Jake Holden Racing.
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