Click video to see the highlight clip from the inaugural XR1200 race at Road America June 6, 2010. The Vance & Hines XR1200 Series made its debut in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin as part of the AMA Pro Racing Superbike Doubleheader.
RMR Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing and 2009 Daytona Sportbike Champion Danny Eslick took the checkered flag on Sunday after an exciting race long battle with his RMR teammate and AMA Superbike regular Jake Holden, by a margin of only .054 seconds.
The brand new spec class, which saw the field of ten take the green flag on identically prepped Harley-Davidson XR1200s, has drawn an enthusiastic mix of both veteran and up-and-coming racers.
With performance parity among all the bikes, there were plenty of thrills right from the start, with riders going up to four-wide into the turns.
After an early incident that saw James Gang/Hoban Bros Racing’s Paul James go down on the front straight after colliding with another rider on the second restart, the race was rescheduled to resume later in the day after the Superbike race.
When the race was picked up later in the day, Eslick and Holden broke away from the pack and swapped the lead multiple times all the way to the last lap.
The battle for the third spot on the podium also provided a fierce three-way battle between the young guns of the series including Eric Stump and the Wyman Brothers, Travis Wyman racing for Harv’s Harley-Davdison Racing and Kyle Wyman also on a RMR Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing.
Vance & Hines President, Terry Vance, who was on hand at Road America this weekend stated, "I couldn’t be more excited about the new AMA Pro Racing V&H XR1200 class. This weekend’s opening event at Elkhart Lake indicates how great this class will become. Surely, it will be an exciting addition to the AMA schedule in the coming years, showcasing new young talent with exciting close racing. I can’t wait for Mid Ohio, and I believe we will have more than 30 bikes on the grid by the first race next year."
ROAD AMERICA – ELKHART LAKE, WI – ROUND 1 OF 5 – JUNE 4-6, 2010
|1||Danny Eslick||10 Laps||RMR|
|3||Eric Stump||14.569||Eric Stump|
|5||Travis Wyman||18.752||Harvs H-D Racing|
|6||Shawn Conrad||34.996||Shawn Conrad|
|8||Aaron Frank||01:05.0||Aaron Frank|
|9||John Ashmead||01:34.0||Brady Schwemmer Racing|
|10||Paul James||2 Laps||James Gang Hoban Bros. Racing|
The next round for the XR1200 Series will be at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio from July 16-18. In the coming weeks Vance & Hines will be launching its own microsite for the XR1200 Series to provide more information and content on this exciting and entertaining new racing class.