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Buell scored its first major motorcycle road racing win Saturday at Auto Club Speedway after years of competition in AMA Pro Road Racing. Less than 24 hours later they did it again.
Danny Eslick (No. 9 Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing/RMR Buell 1125R) turned in his second flag-to-flag performance in as many days Sunday to sweep both AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL races at the Suzuki AMA Pro Superbike Challenge.
"It feels good to be back up here again," said Eslick, who took the lead at the start of the race from second on the grid. "It wasn’t as easy today as it was yesterday, not that yesterday was easy, but Jamie (Hacking) had the pressure on me. I was waiting on a sneak move but it never quite happened. The Bruce Rossmeyer’s/RMR Geico Powersports Buell 1125R really stuck in there today."
Hacking (No. 88 Monster/Attack Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R) was the weekend’s Daytona SportBike Superpole winner and finished second to Eslick in both races this weekend. On Sunday, however, he steadily reeled the Buell rider in during the final half of the 21-lap race.
"We went out with a new setting that we hadn’t ridden on," said Hacking, who spent the first part of the race battling in a large group of Daytona SportBikes. "It took me awhile at the beginning to figure out what the bike was doing, which is why I fell back a little bit, but once I got settled in I managed to put in some good laps and managed to catch Danny. I was thinking about everything I could possibly do. The ZX-6R ran as well as it could but it just didn’t have it today."
Team M4 Suzuki rider Jason DiSalvo (No. 40 Team M4 Suzuki GSX-R600) edged teammate Martin Cardenas (No. 36 Team M4 Suzuki GSX-R600) at the finish line to take the final podium spot.
"It was an awesome race, everyone battled so hard," DiSalvo said. "I pulled up alongside Martin down the back straight and made the pass for third on the lap to the white flag, and then on the last lap he wouldn’t let me make it stick. It was M4 versus M4, I don’t know if my engine was a little tighter or what. I tried to get a drive on him, timed the draft just right and it worked."
For the second straight day, parity was the theme of the race in Daytona SportBike where six different makes of motorcycles were ridden by the top-seven finishers. The top trio of Buell, Kawasaki and Suzuki were joined by the Yamaha YZF-R6, Honda CBR600RR and Aprilia RSV1000R.
Cardenas, who finished third Saturday, took fourth Sunday while Josh Herrin (No. 8 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6) completed the top five.
1. Danny Eslick (Buell)
2. Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki)
3. Jason DiSalvo (Suzuki)
4. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki)
5. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
6. Jake Zemke (Honda)
7. Chaz Davies (Aprilia)
8. Tommy Aquino (Yamaha)
9. Steve Rapp (Yamaha)
10. Chris Peris (Honda)