AMA Daytona SportBike Road Atlanta Preview
The 2010 AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL series has delivered three of the wildest races yet in this exciting class and the Suzuki SuperBike Showdown April 16-18 at the legendary Road Atlanta road course will again host the next edition of this exciting series.
The cast of characters on display in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike show the deep range of talent and experience coupled with pure youthful aggression that continually provide some of the best motorcycle racing anywhere. This year’s championship began in Florida at the famous Daytona 200 and the race didn’t disappoint as any number of riders could have taken victory at the famed Daytona track. Josh Herrin riding his Team Graves Yamaha emerged with a well deserved victory.
At last month’s Auto Club Speedway race in California, Herrin took another win in the second of two Daytona SportBike races. The first race was won by M4 Monster Energy Suzuki rider Martin Cardenas after a well judged race-long battle with reigning Daytona SportBike champion Danny Eslick riding his new GEICO Powersports Suzuki.
Eslick, who won at Road Atlanta last year, has provided a good deal of the fireworks this year, racing as hard as he possibly can to a fourth at Daytona and two hard fought second place finishes in California.
Another rider who has been right in the middle of the action is local Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha team rider Dane Westby. He currently sits third in the overall points standings and has also been a featured player in each of the first three races. Westby took second at Daytona and followed that up with third and sixth place finishes at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.
Right in the middle of this group of young chargers is veteran Team Latus Motors Racing Ducati rider Steve Rapp. After his strong third place finish at Daytona, Steve backed it up with another solid run to third in the second Auto Club Speedway race and his seventh place finish in race one puts him in fourth place in the season long championship chase.
Another excellent run was delivered at Fontana by DNA Energy Drink CNR Motorsports Ducati rider Bobby Fong who posted his best finish of the 2010 season by taking fifth during race two. Fong also grabbed a ninth place finish in race one to add to his season points total.
We can’t go any further without mentioning a rider who also has shown excellent speed and competitive nature in finishing in the top ten in every race so far this year, highlighted by a season high result of fifth at Fontana. Cory West on his Vesrah Suzuki has also been right in the thick of things in each race with additional finishes of sixth at Daytona and seventh during race two at Fontana puts him fifth place in points, just two ahead of Cardenas who won his first Daytona SportBike race at Road Atlanta last year.
A number of other riders have shown excellent speed but just don’t have the results to show for it but nonetheless, they are real threats for victory every weekend and have been held back by the usual combination of bad luck and misfortune. Team Graves Yamaha rider Tommy Aquino, Chris Fillmore on the second Vesrah Suzuki, Clinton Seller on the second Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha and Mark Crozier on his DNA Energy Drink CNR Motorsports Ducati have all shown good speed and will feature at Road Atlanta and beyond.
Local favorite Geoff May will be back out on his GMR Racing Suzuki after missing the California race as will be Melissa Paris who will be racing with a special paint scheme on her Suzuki and a special riders leather suit showcasing the new Marvel Entertainment Paramount Pictures Ironman 2 movie staring Robert Downey Jr. Paris, showcased on a recent CBS Sunday Morning show segment, has recovered from her injuries sustained at the season opening race at Daytona.
The April 16-18 Suzuki SuperBike Showdown at Road Atlanta will be the first race of the 2010 season on a permanent road racing course and will showcase the many AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike riders at this storied racetrack.
Practice and qualifying begins Friday, April 16th with final qualifying and race one of two kicking off 1:45 p.m. local time on Saturday, April 17th and race two will be at 4:15 p.m. local time on Sunday, April 18th. All three AMA Pro Road Racing categories will be racing at Road Atlanta along with many other fun activities at this beautiful 2.56 mile racetrack.
All three AMA Pro Road Racing classes will be racing at Road Atlanta, visit www.roadatlanta.comfor schedule and ticket information and check out www.amaproracing.comfor the latest series info. Both AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL races can be seen this weekend on SPEED TV, check your local listing for the broadcast times.