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AMA SportBike Sonoma Day One Recap

AMA SportBike Report

In AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL, Team Graves Yamaha rider Tommy Aquino once again showed his speed by taking the provisional pole, just as he did at the last race at Road Atlanta.

Aquino was also quick in the earlier practice session, ahead of M4 Monster Energy Suzuki rider and defending race winner Martin Cardenas and Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha rider Dane Westby.

In qualifying, Danny Eslick on his GEICO Powersports Suzuki set the early pace, only to be eclipsed by the continually on-form Steve Rapp and his Team Latus Motors Racing Ducati and then ultimately by Aquino.

Daytona 200 winner Josh Herrin took third on his Team Graves Yamaha and Eslick ended up fourth.

Westby (Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha) took fifth ahead of Lenny Hale riding his Hale Racing Yamaha.

Martin Cardenas took a quiet seventh place with his M4 Monster Energy Suzuki but remains a favorite for this weekend after his double win here last year and also at last month’s Road Atlanta race.

Final qualifying for the Daytona SportBikes will be tomorrow morning in split sessions and race one of the doubleheader weekend will at 3:45 p.m. local Pacific Daylight Time.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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