Danny Eslick: Mid-Ohio Sportbike Report

AMA SportBike Results

GEICO Powersports Suzuki’s Danny Eslick wowed the fans aboard his Suzuki GSX-R600 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on Sunday with his convincing win in the afternoon’s eventful Daytona Sportbike race.

Danny began the race with a solid start, and quickly turned that start into a sizable lead.

Eslick’s lead was short-lived as he was soon challenged and eventually passed by two other riders, including M4 Monster Energy Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas.

The three front-runners traded positions several times during the first half of the race, but it was Eslick who was in the lead on lap eleven when Cardenas low-sided in the carousel corner.

The resulting chaos allowed Danny to pull away from the competition and finish with an almost four and a half second lead.

Eslick had an excellent start in Saturday’s race as well, getting an early lead on his opponents thanks to the GSX-R’s quick acceleration, but at the finish line it was Martin Cardenas who was standing on the podium. Cardenas and his GSX-R600 started fourth on the grid, and by lap six had made it into the lead.

Despite considerable pressure from his opponents behind him, Martin held on to the lead for the next ten laps. A few laps later Martin retook the lead, which he held for another two laps before being passed on the second to last lap. In all, Cardenas spent about half of the race in the lead, and finished with a solid third.

With the sixth round of the 2010 AMA American SuperBike Championship completed, Danny Eslick stands a mere two points out of the championship lead, and Cardenas just 25 points behind him. AMA Daytona Sportbike Round 7 takes place this weekend at Laguna Seca.