Barber AMA SportBike: Eslick 1-2
AMA Daytona SportBike
GEICO Suzuki rider Danny Eslick collected his first win of the season in dominating fashion Saturday during the fifth round of AMA Daytona SportBike racing at Barber Motorsports Park. On Sunday during Race 2, Eslick took second, which
Danny Eslick (GEICO Suzuki GSX-R1000) says: “I’m so happy to be up here. It’s been a long season so far without a win. I’ve been up here but not all the way on top. Now that I’ve been here I plan to make it a more regular occurrence.”
Eslick showed he had a quick bike early in the day when he grabbed the pole during Saturday’s final qualifying session. When it came time for the main event, it was no different, with Eslick leading the race wire-to-wire.
Danny Eslick says: “It was just our day. We came out and rode strong from the get-go. I had a great start during the race, and one of the guys tried to pass me in the first turn but I didn’t let that happen. After that, I never looked back. I have no idea what went on behind me; I was just worried about getting that win.”
Eslick’s goal from the beginning of the season was to collect his second career Daytona SportBike championship for GEICO and Richie Morris Racing. He got his first in 2009.
Danny Eslick says: “Slowly but surely we’re getting up there. Our first race hurt us but we have definitely made up for it so far this season. We still have some work to do, but if we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re going to have a great shot at the title.”
The native Oklahoman was joined on the podium by two other riders from his home – Dane Westby and Cory West. Not only are they all from they same state, they all happened to ride Suzukis, a first for the manufacturer this season.
Danny Eslick says: “It’s great to be up here with these guys. It’s great for Suzuki but it’s even better for Oklahoma. I guess that’s just how we Oklahomans roll.”
Race 2 Report
Eslick finished in second-place Sunday’s Daytona SportBike race, but, more importantly, took the series lead in the process.
Danny Eslick says: “I feel great about our weekend. Overtaking the points lead is huge. We’ve worked so hard to get up here this season and all of our hard work seems to be paying off.”
Eslick started Sunday’s race from the pole and nearly led wire-to-wire. Unfortunately, Eslick lost the lead to Josh Herrin in the second to last turn of the final lap and just didn’t have enough track left to retake the lead.
Danny Eslick says: “What a race. I knew the other guys were right there the whole race and they were just waiting to make their move. I just can’t believe how close it was. Of course I wanted to win but I still earned a podium finish and got an additional point for leading the most laps so I’m happy with our finish.”
Eslick said he was unfazed by the near 100-degree temperatures and humidity that punished riders from cooler climes.
Danny Eslick says: I’m used to this heat. This is what it’s like all the time at home so maybe I got a little edge on the guys because of it but I don’t know. It’s just what I’m used to and what I like and it turned out to work well for us this weekend.”
The next round of AMA Daytona SportBike racing will be July 8-10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.