AMA Harley XR1200 Series: NJMP Preview

Harley-Davidson Racing

With two races remaining in the inaugural season for the new AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series, the question is whether points leader and winner of three out of three races, Danny Eslick, can go on to complete the perfect season.  Along with winning every race, Danny has also qualified on the pole position at each race.

Eslick, the reigning AMA Pro Daytona SportBike champion and current points leader in that class again this year is on quite a roll.  Riding for the RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing Team with important support from GEICO Powersports and Lucas Oil, Danny has won twice in Daytona SportBike in addition to his perfect record in the XR1200 series.

The two disciplines couldn’t be more different from the outside but to Danny, riding a motorcycle fast is just something he does, and he does it well, no matter what type of motorcycle he is riding.

In the Vance & Hines XR1200 series, Danny is riding the legendary Harley-Davidson XR1200 with a series of special modifications that is provided in kit form from famed motorcycle accessories company Vance & Hines.

Danny Eslick says: “I love riding the XR1200. It is just plain fun. It is fast and slides around and gives great feedback, I’m having a ball and I like winning too.”

A number of other riders have taken their best shots at Eslick and his teammate Jake Holden, riding another RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing GEICO Powersports Lucas Oil XR1200 has given Danny the most trouble on his way to one second place and two third place finishes.  Jake and Danny put on an amazing demonstration of power and control at the very first race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, racing side by side around the four mile road course in the home state of Harley-Davidson.

Two young riders have taken commendable podium finishes this year.  Eric Stump, riding the XR1200 finished third at Road America.  Eric also races in the AMA Pro SuperSport class and is one the sports up and coming riders.  Eric will be racing in both classes again this weekend at the Thunderbolt track at the New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Joining Eric doing double duty is Travis Wyman.  Travis also competes in SuperSport and in the Vance & Hines XR1200 class aboard the Harv’s Harley-Davidson AB-1 Motorsports XR1200. Travis took his first podium result at the last XR1200 race at the Virginia International Raceway with a second place ahead of Holden.

Kyle Wyman will also be racing in the XR1200 class at NJMP.  Kyle is the oldest of the three Wyman brothers and he is a regular competitor in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class.

Kyle will be riding another RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing XR1200. Another rider racing in a couple of classes at NJMP will be Michael Corbino.  Michael races in the SuperSport class and he will make his XR1200 series debut this weekend on the RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing XR1200.

Journalist Steve Atlas will be making his Vance & Hines XR1200 series debut also this weekend at the 2.25 mile NJMP Thunderbolt circuit.  Steve will be aboard the HOG Racing/HOG Magazine Harley-Davidson XR1200 which, earlier this year, was rode to a second place finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course by Shawn Higbee.

Paul James has raced in each of the three XR1200 races so far this year and will be back again for the New Jersey round riding his James Gang-Hoban Brothers Racing XR1200 with support from Harley-Davidson of Appleton, Wisconsin.  Paul currently sits seventh in points.

Just ahead of Paul in the points is Joseph Rozynski who is riding another RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing XR1200 following his season best fourth place finish at VIR.  Rounding out the ten bike entry is Mathew Heidel who is making his second consecutive start on his Shar Tuff Uniforms XR1200.  Mathew took a fine sixth place finish in his last race.