2011 AMA SportBikeIn preparation for the historic 2011 Daytona 200 motorcycle race, the Daytona SportBike riders took to the track for one session during the Dunlop Tire Test at Daytona International Speedway, which was interrupted by a brief sprinkling of raindrops.
Jason DiSalvo initially set the fastest time, returning to the series aboard the Team Latus Ducati 848, but ultimately settled for third. Jake Zemke, new to the Project 1 Atlanta team this year, finished second on his Yamaha R6 with a time of 1:51.987/93.225 MPH. Last year’s Daytona 200 pole-position winner and 2009 Daytona SportBike Champion Danny Eslick (Suzuki GSX-R 600) also appeared at the top of the timesheets at numerous points during the disjointed session, but it was P. J. Jacobsen who topped the times after the short break with a best lap of 1:51.822/93.362 MPH on his new Ducati 848 EVO. Suzuki GSX-R rider Cory West rounded out the top five, while Santiago Villa, who ran well early in the session, ended up sixth overall. Next up was AMA Pro SuperSport Young Gun East Division champion J.D. Beach, showing well on the new middleweight 2011 Kawasaki ZX-6R by finishing sixth in his first appearance in the Daytona SportBike class. Dane Westby also made his first appearance with a new team, the Team M4 Suzuki rider finishing up eighth. Ninth was Paul Allison on his Yamaha, and Taylor Knapp finished tenth on a Suzuki. PJ Jacobsen (2011 Ducati 848 EVO) says: "We were pretty happy with how everything went today," reflected the road racer. "I think the track feels smooth as glass, and of course we’re really happy being on top. [Eraldo] Ferracci is great; he’s been around for a really long time and really, really knows his stuff."So I’m happy to be riding for him and Barry [Gilsenan]. I also really like the Ducati 848 EVO. It has a lot of torque and it’s a good machine, nice and fast, smooth. I’m real happy with the bike."Due to the abbreviated schedule as a result of the weather delays, the SuperSport riders were included in the Daytona SportBike session. Taking the top spot was Eric Stump, enjoying his first ride on the new pavement at the historic circuit in Daytona Beach and posting a fast lap of 1:55.846/90.119 MPH. Seven SuperSport riders took part in the session.Eric Stump says: "I was really liking the new surface, it’s way better than last year. Motor-wise, we don’t have our good Daytona motor yet, so it’s only going to get better come race time."