AMA SportBike: Saturday Race Results

Road Atlanta Daytona SportBike

This year’s AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL action could not have been more exciting and competitive motorcycle racing.

With two winners in three races and one more rider who could have, or should have, won a race or two himself, today’s first of two weekend AMA Pro Daytona SportBike races was another chapter in what has been a series of races that just keep on delivering one wild and crazy race after another!

After a rocking early morning qualifying session where any number of riders topped the time sheets, it was Friday’s pole sitter Tommy Aquino on his Team Graves Yamaha that reclaimed the top spot when it looked like he would be beaten by his own Team Graves Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin and also Daytona pole position winner and reigning AMA Pro Daytona SportBike champion Danny Eslick on his bright yellow GEICO Powersports Suzuki and also M4 Monster Energy Suzuki rider Martin Cardenas. Aquino came through at the end of qualifying and he looked very strong for the race.

Under bright blue skies and warm temperatures, the standing start went off without a hitch and it was Cardenas who led the field into the uphill turn one. Aquino was in second, Herrin third, a strong starting Cory West, riding his Vesrah Suzuki was up to fourth ahead of Eslick, who was already starting his usual charge to the front.

It didn’t take long for the action to start as Herrin moved up and passed Cardenas and Aquino in one move and as the front six broke away from the rest of the field, Eslick jumped up to first on lap three.

These three now put on their usual show with pass after pass lap after lap, this after it was thought there weren’t too many places to pass on the challenging and scenic Road Atlanta track.

That theory was completely put to rest as the riders continuously made major passing moves at the top of the track at turns six and seven and also at the run down into the turn ten complex.

The man on the move in this race was West, who worked his way past Cardenas, Herrin and was all over Eslick, each passing the other and West really riding hard each and every lap. Herrin, indicative of just how hard everyone was running, just slid wide at the final turn and found himself in the gravel but in an excellent move kept his bike moving and was able to escape the gravel and rejoin the race, unfortunately back from the lead group.

Aquino was still part of the mix and Dane Westby, riding for local team Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha, also took a turn leading the race. At one point, Eslick got slowed by another of the many passing moves into and out of the turn ten complex that leads up to the bridge turn coming down the hill onto the front straight and it looked as if it was now between West and Cardenas.

Cardenas was able get by West on the penultimate lap and he rode very hard to make sure no one could pass him at turn ten. West tried as hard as he could, backing up the good form he really has shown all year by finishing second, followed by Eslick, who had a light touch with Aquino on the front straight with two laps left.

Westby took fourth ahead of Aquino with Steve Rapp on his Team Latus Motors Racing Ducati who, while well back from the lead group, had a good race with Clinton Seller on the other Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha who finished just behind Rapp.

Herrin was a disappointed eighth, followed by Chris Fillmore on the second Vesrah Suzuki in ninth, rounding out a good day for the Vesrah Team. Taking tenth place was local Georgia rider Geoff May who, on his own team’s GMR Suzuki, ran a strong race at his home track in front of friends and family.

Another rider who showed extreme courage and heart was Alex Lazo who, on his TriangleCycles.com Yamaha, rode today’s race with a broken left foot. It’s his second year in AMA Pro competition and he soldered through to take a worthy twenty-third place.

Race two of the double header Suzuki SuperBike Showdown at Road Atlanta will be tomorrow and if the first four races are anything to go by, it will be another chapter of must see AMA Pro Road Racing motorcycle competition.

Pos No. Rider(s) Team Bike Interval Gap Best Lap  
1 36 Martin
Cardenas
M4 Monster Energy
Suzuki
Suzuki GSX-R600 20 Laps WINNER 1:29.586  
2 57 Cory
West
Vesrah Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 0.844 0.844 1:29.370  
3 1 Danny
Eslick
GEICO Powersports,
RMR, Suzuki
Suzuki GSX-R600 0.878 0.033 1:29.400  
4 2 Dane
Westby
Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha YZF-R6 1.196 0.318 1:29.290  
5 6 Tommy
Aquino
Team Graves Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 1.299 0.102 1:29.463  
6 15 Steve
Rapp
Team Latus Motors
Racing
Ducati 848 14.411 13.111 1:30.009  
7 4 Clinton
Seller
Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha YZF-R6 14.656 0.245 1:29.637  
8 8 Josh
Herrin
Team Graves Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 25.123 10.467 1:29.640  
9 55 Chris
Fillmore
Vesrah Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 27.786 2.662 1:30.737  
10 99 Geoff
May
GMR Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 28.200 0.413 1:30.880  
11 16 Russ Wikle Wikle Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 51.760 23.560 1:31.762  
12 27 Dominic Jones Four Feathers
Racing
Yamaha YZF-R6 52.071 0.310 1:31.607  
13 38 Kris
Turner
Turner’s Cycle
Racing
Suzuki GSX-R600 53.101 1.030 1:31.625  
14 7 Fernando
Amantini
Team Amantini Kawasaki Ninja
ZX-6R
53.752 0.650 1:31.951  
15 139 Lenny Hale Hale Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 54.624 0.872 1:31.799  
16 29 Barrett
Long
Longevity Racing Ducati 848 1:06.873 12.249 1:32.462  
17 133 Kyle
Wyman
Harv’s
Harley-Davidson
Yamaha YZF-R6 1:09.768 2.894 1:32.720  
18 14 Mark
Crozier
DNA Energy Drink
CNR Motorsports Ducati
Ducati 848 1:13.945 4.177 1:32.757  
19 32 Andres
Londono
RoadRacingWorld.com
Suzuki
Suzuki GSX-R600 1:15.985 2.040 1:32.914  
20 213 David White Grant Smith’s
Memory Racing
Kawasaki ZX-6R 19 Laps 1 Lap 1:33.958  
21 811 Michael
Morgan
Autolite RIM Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 4.734 4.734 1:34.682  
22 461 Abe Stacey Southern
Motorsports
Suzuki GSX-R600 4.972 0.237 1:34.678  
23 49 Alex
Lazo
    23.337 18.365 1:35.627  
24 78 Reese
Wacker
Wacker Racing LLC Suzuki GSX-R600 25.892 2.554 1:35.468  
25 13 Melissa
Paris
MPH Racing, Inc. Yamaha YZF-R6 46.491 20.599 1:36.542  
26 81 Wes Humphryes Humphryes Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 1:20.624 34.132 1:37.480  
27 83 Marie-Josee
Boucher
Boucher Racing Honda CBR600RR 1:23.166 2.541 1:37.840  
28 30 Bobby
Fong
DNA Energy Drink
CNR Motorsports Ducati
Ducati 848 9 Laps 10 Laps 1:29.777  
29 54 P.
J. Jacobsen
Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 8:20.974 8:20.974 1:32.825  
30 95 Ryan Clay Clutch Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 7 Laps 2 Laps 1:34.560  
31 23 Jake
Holden
Ducshop Racing Ducati 848 5 Laps 2 Laps 1:30.563  

Flag-to-flag coverage of this weekend’s AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL action can be seen in same weekend coverage on SPEED. Check your local listings for broadcast times.