2011 AMA Daytona SportBike
GEICO AMA Daytona SportBike rider Danny Eslick loves Road America, the site of this past weekend’s AMA Subway SuperBike Doubleheader. But it wasn’t until Sunday in the second Daytona SportBike race of the weekend that Road America started loving him back.
Eslick finally found the podium at the historic track in the rolling hills of Wisconsin, taking second place in the main event, just .093 seconds behind winner Josh Herrin. Eslick, the 2009 AMA SportBike Champion, rode so well in the race he even collected the Ultra Graphix Ultra Performer Award.
Danny Eslick (GEICO Suzuki GSX-R600 SportBike) says: "It was an amazing race. Everyone was riding so hard. I tried to get inside on so many turns and would just get pinched off. Guys were going for it. Cory (West) even got into me one time and rubbed the GEICO logo right off my leg. I think he was trying to go after my sponsor!
"I definitely wanted to be leading before the final few turns. I got around at the bottom of the hill and thought I had it. You can usually feel when someone is drafting up behind you but I didn’t feel it. Then Josh just sling-shot past me. It was a little disheartening because we wanted the win but this is my best finish ever here. I’d never even been on the box at Road America so to get it done is cool."
For the second Daytona SportBike race in a row, Eslick, the 2009 Daytona SportBike champion, was able to make up serious ground in the standings as former points leader Jason DiSalvo wrecked out once again. Eslick entered the weekend 49 points behind DiSalvo but managed to erase 42 of those with his 4-2 finish here. The points are now led by Herrin, with Eslick 24 markers back in fourth.
Danny Eslick says: "This race was so good on so many levels. All the points we earned will be huge by the end of the year. We’re just getting going this season so we’re excited to be up with the lead pack in the standings. If every race is like today’s race, it’ll be an awesome year. I can’t even wait to get home and watch this race on TV. That’s how good it was."
Up next is the Barber SuperBike Classic, which runs June 17-19 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.