AMA Sportbike Laguna
After a weekend that saw the points chase break wide open, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL rolls into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in conjunction with the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix which is one of two appearances for MotoGP in the United States. Daytona 200 winner and points leader Josh Herrin riding his Team Graves Yamaha took race one at last weekend’s Mid-Ohio event in another display of his very impressive speed.
In what is now the accepted norm, the Daytona SportBike class sees any of at least ten riders battling for the race wins and last weekend was no different. Hayes, 2009 Daytona SportBike Champion Danny Eslick on his GEICO Powersports Suzuki, M4 Monster Energy Suzuki rider and five-time 2010 winner Martin Cardenas, former Daytona 200 winner Team Latus Motors Ducati rider Steve Rapp along with DNA Energy Drink Ducati rider Bobby Fong and Josh’s Team Graves Yamaha teammate Tommy Aquino all mixed it up in both races at Mid-Ohio. All took turns leading and it was only a heroic set of passing maneuvers on the last lap that enabled Herrin to win race one on Saturday. On Sunday, they went right back at it and only a late-race incident enabled Eslick to break away from the pack and take his second Daytona SportBike win of the year, putting him only two points behind Herrin in the chase for the championship. In addition to the valuable points and the opportunity to shine on the world stage in front of the MotoGP crowd, the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike field will race for a Double Purse this weekend. Right behind the front group at Mid-Ohio and for that matter all year has been Vesrah Suzuki teammates Cory West and Chris Fillmore, Dane Westby and Clinton Seller out of the new Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha team and P.J. Jacobsen riding for the very capable Celtic Racing Suzuki team. Each of these riders has featured in many of the races and all are poised to win.Practice and Qualifying begin Friday, July 23 and the Daytona SportBike race will be Sunday morning, July 25 prior to the MotoGP event at Laguna Seca. Watch for the SPEED TV race broadcast at 12:00 Midnight EDT Sunday night/Monday morning, July 26th.