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.

PosNo.Rider(s)TeamBikeIntervalGapBest Lap 
136Martin
Cardenas
M4 Monster Energy
Suzuki
Suzuki GSX-R60020 LapsWINNER1:29.586 
257Cory
West
Vesrah SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R6000.8440.8441:29.370 
31Danny
Eslick
GEICO Powersports,
RMR, Suzuki
Suzuki GSX-R6000.8780.0331:29.400 
42Dane
Westby
Project 1 AtlantaYamaha YZF-R61.1960.3181:29.290 
56Tommy
Aquino
Team Graves YamahaYamaha YZF-R61.2990.1021:29.463 
615Steve
Rapp
Team Latus Motors
Racing
Ducati 84814.41113.1111:30.009 
74Clinton
Seller
Project 1 AtlantaYamaha YZF-R614.6560.2451:29.637 
88Josh
Herrin
Team Graves YamahaYamaha YZF-R625.12310.4671:29.640 
955Chris
Fillmore
Vesrah SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R60027.7862.6621:30.737 
1099Geoff
May
GMR RacingSuzuki GSX-R60028.2000.4131:30.880 
1116Russ WikleWikle RacingSuzuki GSX-R60051.76023.5601:31.762 
1227Dominic JonesFour Feathers
Racing
Yamaha YZF-R652.0710.3101:31.607 
1338Kris
Turner
Turner’s Cycle
Racing
Suzuki GSX-R60053.1011.0301:31.625 
147Fernando
Amantini
Team AmantiniKawasaki Ninja
ZX-6R
53.7520.6501:31.951 
15139Lenny HaleHale RacingYamaha YZF-R654.6240.8721:31.799 
1629Barrett
Long
Longevity RacingDucati 8481:06.87312.2491:32.462 
17133Kyle
Wyman
Harv’s
Harley-Davidson
Yamaha YZF-R61:09.7682.8941:32.720 
1814Mark
Crozier
DNA Energy Drink
CNR Motorsports Ducati
Ducati 8481:13.9454.1771:32.757 
1932Andres
Londono
RoadRacingWorld.com
Suzuki
Suzuki GSX-R6001:15.9852.0401:32.914 
20213David WhiteGrant Smith’s
Memory Racing
Kawasaki ZX-6R19 Laps1 Lap1:33.958 
21811Michael
Morgan
Autolite RIM RacingSuzuki GSX-R6004.7344.7341:34.682 
22461Abe StaceySouthern
Motorsports
Suzuki GSX-R6004.9720.2371:34.678 
2349Alex
Lazo
  23.33718.3651:35.627 
2478Reese
Wacker
Wacker Racing LLCSuzuki GSX-R60025.8922.5541:35.468 
2513Melissa
Paris
MPH Racing, Inc.Yamaha YZF-R646.49120.5991:36.542 
2681Wes HumphryesHumphryes RacingSuzuki GSX-R6001:20.62434.1321:37.480 
2783Marie-Josee
Boucher
Boucher RacingHonda CBR600RR1:23.1662.5411:37.840 
2830Bobby
Fong
DNA Energy Drink
CNR Motorsports Ducati
Ducati 8489 Laps10 Laps1:29.777 
2954P.
J. Jacobsen
Celtic RacingSuzuki GSX-R6008:20.9748:20.9741:32.825 
3095Ryan ClayClutch RacingYamaha YZF-R67 Laps2 Laps1:34.560 
3123Jake
Holden
Ducshop RacingDucati 8485 Laps2 Laps1:30.563 

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.