Road America AMA SportBike: Race 1 Results

Spoiler Alert: 2011 AMA Daytona SportBike Road America Race 1 results below

2011 Daytona SportBike

AMA Pro Daytona SportBike’s Race 1 lost one of the class’ most dominant riders early in Saturday’s contest in Road America, kicking off an unusual three-way battle for the lead that stretched nearly from start to finish – a contest that came within a single lap of crowning an all-new class winner.

Team Latus Motors Racing’s Jason DiSalvo started the race from his third consecutive pole position, grabbing the holeshot and leading PJ Jacobsen (Celtic Racing/Fast by Ferracci) and Josh Herrin (Monster Energy Graves Yamaha) into the first turn. Herrin and Jacobsen immediately began dicing for position, Herrin pulling up beside the younger rider before diving into a solid second.

Behind them, Cameron Beaubier (GP Bike Parts Racing), Dane Westby (M4 Suzuki), Cory West (Vesrah Suzuki), Tommy Aquino (Y.E.S./Pat Clark/Graves Yamaha), and Danny Eslick (GEICO Powersports/RMR Suzuki) rode nearly atop each other while vying for fourth, with two more riders riding hard just behind.

Shortly after the field started Lap 2, however, DiSalvo-by that point a few tenths ahead of Herrin-crashed out of the lead, leaving Herrin to contend with the two youngsters behind him, both new to the Daytona SportBike class this year. While the battle for fourth continued to fan out three- and occasionally four-wide at times, and while Jake Holden crashed out of ninth position, the lead trio maintained, none of them seeming able or willing to advance on the rider in front.

Suddenly, Jacobsen took over the lead, sandwiching Herrin between himself and Beaubier, who likewise seemed to be eyeing the far more veteran rider. As Herrin continuously tested Jacobsen, frequently running up alongside him on the front and back straights (once briefly taking over the lead), Beaubier stayed stuck to Herrin’s rear wheel. The GP Bike Parts rider made his intentions clear by pulling up alongside Herrin then sliding into the overall lead, but then immediately went wide, quickly being relegated back to second by Jacobsen, then to third by Herrin a few turns later.

As Herrin continued to put pressure on Jacobsen, Beaubier flexed his newfound speed a few more times, retaking second briefly and making another attempt at the lead. The second pack had by now seemed to loosely agree to set out after the lead trio, however, and the dicing inspired at the front by Beaubier allowed them to begin to gain ground.

With three laps to go, the lead trio maintained their running order while West, Eslick, and Aquino all took their turns at the head of the second group. Up front, Jacobsen and Herrin, the former riding the wheels off his Ducati to try to shake the Yamaha rider, began to leave Beaubier behind. As the lead pair spun out an increasing gap on Beaubier, it became clear the latter was in serious danger of being sucked into the group charging up the track behind them.

As the leaders approached the white flag, a game changer was delivered in the form of a lapped rider. While Herrin negotiated the situation perfectly, Jacobsen was shuffled back in the chase group and Beaubier sucked in almost entirely, the group suddenly spreading five wide and spitting West out as its new leader. Herrin, meanwhile, had netted some breathing room for the final lap and crossed the line .749 ahead of second-place West, Jacobsen hanging on for third. Eslick, Aquino, Taylor Knapp, Beaubier, Westby, Jason Farrell, and Fernando Amantini rounded out the top ten, the field treating fans to a four-rider-wide wheelie show.

DiSalvo’s DNF and Herrin’s win have tightened the points race considerably. At press time, provisional points standings had DiSalvo at 110 followed by West (99) and Herrin (97).

Josh Herrin, 1st: "Luckily [DiSalvo] had a couple tenths on me, so I didn’t get tangled up with him. I think Cameron was pretty excited to be up there-he’s new to the series and just wants to get out in the lead-but it kind of hurt me and PJ a little bit; we were definitely losing time when he’d get out in front of us, and then burning our tires trying to get back past him. [In the final laps] I thought PJ was right behind me, but I put my head down and rode as hard as I could on the last lap and didn’t hear anyone behind me in the last corner. I’m sure tomorrow will be a different story, especially with DiSalvo up there."

"It sucks to see someone fall, but when you know they’re okay and you realize you just got a bunch of points you desperately needed, it’s kind of a big relief."

Cory West, 2nd: "After the halfway flag I could kind of see we were gaining on [the lead group]. But it was tough-Danny and Tommy were pushing me hard. We started dicing it up … and every time someone got to the front, we were like, ‘Okay, let’s get those guys!’ We slowly started reeling the leaders in … they were dicing pretty hard, which helped us catch up. Coming to the white flag, I knew for sure we’d catch Cameron, and then the lapper helped me catch PJ. I might have had something for [Josh] with one more lap. It was a good race. I’m glad to get second and start getting some points in this championship."

PJ Jacobsen, 3rd: "It was great. Josh was running great, so I just tried to push, same thing as at Miller; tried to get out front and stay out there. That last lap, it kind of sucked for me, but that’s racing. We’ll just try to go out there and get him tomorrow. We’ll definitely be up there again, it’s going to be a good battle between all of us, so I’m looking forward to it. [Leading] felt pretty good, I just knew I had to be calm and stay calm the whole time. I just kept working and working, and unfortunately the last lap I just lost all that ground, so we’ll come back strong tomorrow."

Photo Credit: Geoffrey Siehr

2011 AMA Daytona SportBike: Road America Results

PosNo.Rider(s)TeamBikeIntervalGapBest LapPoints
1.8Josh HerrinMonster Energy Graves YamahaYamaha YZF-R613 LapsWINNER2:20.4160
2.57Cory WestVesrah SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R6000.7480.7482:20.7170
3.9PJ JacobsenCeltic RacingDucati 8481.2640.5152:20.7480
4.69Danny EslickRichie Morris RacingSuzuki GSX-R6001.3820.1182:20.6570
5.6Tommy AquinoYamaha Extended Service, Pat Clark Sports, Graves, YamahaYamaha YZF-R61.4910.1092:20.7800
6.44Taylor KnappVesrah SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R6001.9570.4652:20.8080
7.116Cameron BeaubierGP Bike Parts RacingYamaha YZF-R64.8712.9142:20.8010
8..5Dane WestbyM4 SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R60012.1787.3062:21.3690
9.86Jason FarrellSpeed Tech PerformanceKawasaki ZX-6R27.55415.3762:22.3300
10.7Fernando AmantiniTeam AmantiniKawasaki ZX-6R30.0672.5132:22.6390
11.32Santiago VillaM4 SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R60039.8139.7462:23.6520
12.129Tyler OHaraGP Bike Parts RacingYamaha YZF-R639.8770.0642:23.2570
13.75Huntley NashLTD Racing Y.E.S Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R61:03.50523.6282:25.4280
14.77Matthew SadowskiTop Shelf Motorcycles RacingDucati 8481:12.6849.1782:25.3420
15.159Matt HallCS Carey RacingYamaha YZF-R61:15.8773.1922:25.9020
16.66Brian HallSchaumburg AudiKawasaki ZX-6R1:27.71411.8372:26.7400
17.29Barrett LongLongevity RacingDucati 8481:27.7170.0032:27.0200
18.94Dave EbbenSpeed Tech Performance 2Kawasaki ZX-6R1:57.09029.3722:28.2810
19.11Michael MorganAutolite RIM RacingSuzuki GSX-R6002:46.81749.7262:27.5110
20.31Shawn HillSRH Plumbing ·Inc.Kawasaki ZX-6R12 Laps1 Lap2:33.3250
21.14Calvin MartinezMartinez MotorsportsKawasaki ZX-6R10 Laps2 Laps2:31.7890
22.13Melissa ParisHT Moto YamahaYamaha YZF-R66 Laps4 Laps2:25.9020
23.45David Sadowski, Jr.Top Shelf Motorcycles RacingDucati 8485 Laps1 Lap2:25.5290
24.59Jake HoldenJake Holden RacingDucati 8484 Laps1 Lap2:21.8030
25.20Paul AllisonTriple Crown IndustriesYamaha YZF-R63 Laps1 Lap2:24.3100
26.40Jason DiSalvoTeam Latus Motors RacingDucati 8482 Laps1 Lap2:20.9480
27.46Tyler OdomDon Odom RacingHonda CBR600RR1 Lap1 Lap3:21.7880