2011 AMA Sportbike Results
After walking away with the Race 1 win in AMA Daytona Sportbike at Infineon on Saturday, Jason DiSalvo did the repeat in Race 2 on Sunday.
The New York native didn’t have as clean a go as he did on the way to Saturday’s SportBike victory, having to overcome a mistake that had him trailing fourth at one point. But in the end DiSalvo was the first across the stripe on his Team Latus Motors Racing Ducati 848.
Yamaha’s Josh Herrin, who missed Saturday’s AMA SportBike race, took the early lead, followed by DiSalvo and Jake Holden (on another Ducati 848). At the double apex at the top of the course DiSalvo overshot the corner, allowing several riders through and dropping him to fourth.
On lap three Jake Holden, operating as the quintessential privateer following some upheavals with the team, went into the lead. Having put on a stellar ride in Saturday’s race, where the privateer had to regroup from an off-track episode, charged back from sixth to finish second. When Holden went into the lead in Sunday’s SportBike race it was one of those Hollywood fairytale moments. Having proven he had the speed to win we all sat back and got set to watch history being made.
Unfortunately, halfway through lap 4, Holden lost the front end of the Ducati in the sweeping left-hand carousel. It’s always a sad sight to see a bike cartwheel into the air fence, but when it’s a privateer scraping together nickels and dimes to race, it’s especially painful.
Luckily Holden walked away from the SportBike crash, but the sight of him sitting there at the side of the track was heartbreaking. Personally, I’m hoping the inspired rides will attract the much-needed support to keep the talented rider going.
Holden’s crash left the running order as Herrin, Danny Eslick, and DiSalvo. A few laps later the race was red flagged when rain starting coming down. The precipitation was light, but enough to cause some concern among race direction as to the safety issue.
With the threat of rain having passed, the second race was restarted. DiSalvo holeshot but once again the Ducati rider went wide, handing over the lead to Herrin, who was followed by Eslick and Cory West, with DiSalvo in fourth. Eslick moved into the lead but DiSalvo eventually caught the front runners in succession, moving into the lead and then opening up a gap on the field.
DiSalvo has now won all three races of the Daytona Sportbike Championship in 2011. He seems to have taken to the Ducati and ridden it to wins on two very different circuits. This versatility bodes well for the remainder of the season and the variety of courses that make up the Daytona SportBike calendar.
2011 Infineon AMA Daytona SportBike: Race 2 Results
1. Jason DiSalvo Team Latus Motrs Racing Ducati 848
2. Danny Eslick Richie Morris Racing Suzuki GSX-R600
3. Josh Herrin Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6
4. PJ Jacobsen Celtic Racing Ducati 848
5. Cory West Vesrah Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600
6. Cameron Beaubier GP Bike Parts Racing Yamaha YZF-R6
7. Tommy Aquino Pat Clark Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1
8. Dane Westby M4 Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600
9. Taylor Knapp Vesrah Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600
10. Paul Allison Triple Crown Industries Yamaha YZF-R1