AMA SuperSport Report
After Thursday’s unbelievable AMA Pro SuperSport race, where Joey Pascarella lost by 0.001 of a second, Pascarella, on his No. 25 LTD Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 came back to take a well judged victory in the second of two 2010 AMA Pro Racing SuperSport races held at the legendary Daytona International Speedway, this time winning by over a second at the flag.
In a podium sweep, Pascarella’s LTD Yamaha YZF-R6 teammates No. 32 Jake Gagne and No. 12 Tomas Puerta took second and third after battling the entire 12 lap race with yesterday’s winner No. 16 Cameron Beaubier and his teammate No. 73 J.D. Beach on their Rockwall Yamaha YZF-R6′s.
Beach, who looked like a likely winner yesterday, was again denied victory when he encountered a mechanical problem forcing him out of the race on lap seven. That left Beaubier alone at the front against the LTD Yamaha teammates. Lap after lap, they all took shots at Pascarella, but he was very strong under braking for turn one and fought off every charge.
Behind the lead group, No. 75 Huntley Nash on his Yamaha YZF-R6, No. 82 Daniel Guevara riding a Suzuki GSX-R600 and the again impressive Elena Myers on her No. 21 Suzuki GSX-R600 enjoyed a furious battle lap after lap, with Guevara eventually getting by Huntley Nash and Myers to finish fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
Pulling wheelies out of the chicane onto the back banking, Gagne, Puerta and Beaubier got close to Pascarella, but only Puerta was able to head Pascarella, when he officially led lap six. Going into the last lap, it looked like another photo finish but this time for second, as Joey Pascarella took a well-deserved first place.
Beaubier was second with Gagne and Puerta right behind and after another big drafting move, Gagne ended up second over Puerta, with Beaubier finishing fourth. Guevara finished a fine fifth followed by Myers. Sam Nash, racing in the Top Gun class, finished eighth on his No. 44 Yamaha YZF-R6, No. 77 Honda CBR600RR Top Gun rider Eric Stump II finished ninth and Ryan Kerr took tenth on his No. 28 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.
This year’s AMA Pro SuperSport season got off to a unbelievable start Thursday and Friday’s race showed that the LTD and Rockwall Yamaha teams will be tough to beat. With the impressive Myers, Guevara and Huntley Nash close behind, the championship is wide open.
Highlights from each round of AMA Pro SuperSport can be seen in back-to-back broadcasts of the week’s AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike races Saturday night on SPEED starting at 10:30 p.m. ET. Next on the schedule for AMA Pro Road Racing is Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California over the March 26 – 28 weekend.