2014 Daytona 200 Practice | Yamaha’s Gerloff Quickest

2014 Daytona 200 Practice | Yamaha's Gerloff Quickest
Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha's Garrett Gerloff during Daytona 200 practice Thursday at DIS
2014 Daytona 200 Practice | Yamaha's Gerloff Quickest
Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff during Daytona 200 practice Thursday at DIS

2014 Daytona 200 Practice Results, Thursday

Practice for the 73rd Daytona 200 got underway Thursday with Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha YZF-R6 pilot Garrett Gerloff posting the quickest time.

The Texan posted a 1:51.513 around the 3.51-mile circuit at Daytona International Speedway. It wasn’t only Gerloff who was fast, though; the top seven of 40 riders all posted within a second of the R6 rider.

“This morning was a little bit of a weird start to Daytona. I wasn’t really feeling great; I was a little tight and just riding around, trying to work my way into the session. I got P2, which was great. And coming into the second session, I was feeling really great. The bike was awesome. I got in six okay laps and did 1:51.5,” Gerloff says.

“I definitely don’t think that’s the fastest any of us can go. The track felt really good to me so I was expecting everyone to go a little bit faster. I got in six laps before my bike kind of slowed down and I had to come in. And with the one-bike rule, I couldn’t jump on a backup bike and go.”

Following 0.028 of a second back was Castrol/Triumph/Sportbike Track Time’s Jason Disalvo, a former Daytona 200 winner showing speed aboard the 675R. Disalvo’s Triumph was one of two in the top nine; the other seven were all Yamahas.

Third went to MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha’s Jake Lewis, who trailed Gerloff by 0.055. Rounding out the top five were RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha’s Jake Gagne and Yamalube Westby Racing’s Dane Westby, respectively.

Danny Eslick was sixth quickest aboard the Riders Discount Racing Triumph, 0.260 of a second back, with Gagne’s teammate Tomas Puerta in seventh; the Daytona SportBike rookie Puerta was the final rider to post within a second of Gerloff.

Series veteran Blake Young returned to AMA Pro Racing with ninth on the GN Gonzales Racing Yamaha.

The top Ducati was the Longevity Racing 848EVO piloted by Barret Long.

Qualifying begins at 8 a.m. EDT Friday for the Daytona 200, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

2014 Daytona 200 Thursday Practice Results:

PosNo.Rider(s)TeamBikeIntervalGapBest LapLaps
18Garrett GerloffYamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/YamahaYamaha YZF-R6FASTESTFASTEST1:51.5136
240Jason DiSalvoCastrol/Triumph/Sportbike Track TimeTriumph Daytona 6750.0280.0281:51.54113
385Jake LewisMotoSport.com/Meen YamahaYamaha YZF-R60.0550.0271:51.56812
432Jake GagneRoadRace Factory/Red BullYamaha YZF-R60.0900.0351:51.60312
500Dane WestbyYamalube Westby RacingYamaha YZF-R60.1690.0791:51.6829
669Danny EslickRiders Discount Racing TriumphTriumph Daytona 6750.2600.0911:51.77311
712Tomas PuertaRoadRace Factory/Red BullYamaha YZF-R60.8230.5631:52.33611
879Blake YoungGN Gonzales RacingYamaha YZF-R61.0390.2161:52.55211
96JD BeachYamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/YamahaYamaha YZF-R61.6340.5951:53.14712
1029Barrett LongLongevity RacingDucati 8481.8430.2091:53.35612
1133Kyle WymanKyle Wyman RacingYamaha YZF-R61.9230.0801:53.43611
1268Luke StaplefordProfile RacingTriumph Daytona 6752.2180.2951:53.73111
1352Joey PascarellaBP RacingYamaha YZF-R62.3030.0851:53.81613
1474Bostjan SkubicInotherm Racing TeamYamaha YZF-R62.5780.2751:54.09110
157Fernando AmantiniTeam 7Yamaha YZF-R62.6300.0521:54.14310
1642Kenny RiedmannRRM TriumphTriumph Daytona 6752.6760.0461:54.18911
1756Shane NarbonneGN Gonzales RacingYamaha YZF-R62.7820.1061:54.2959
1898Jake ZemkeGEICO Motorcycle Road RacingHonda CBR600RR3.1750.3931:54.68811
1941Luke MosseyGB RacingYamaha YZF-R63.2440.0691:54.75711
2015Steve RappD&D Cycles/Castrol/TriumphTriumph Daytona 6753.3860.1421:54.8998
2121Elena MyersCastrol/Triumph/Apex ManufacturingTriumph Daytona 6753.3880.0021:54.90112
2235Benny SolisTeam H35Honda CBR600RR3.4030.0151:54.91611
23174Bryce PrinceTuned RacingYamaha YZF-R63.7040.3011:55.21712
243Joe RobertsM4 Motorcycle Road RacingHonda CBR600RR4.3870.6831:55.9006
2597Tucker LancasterMotoSport.com/Meen YamahaYamaha YZF-R64.9510.5641:56.46411
2613Melissa ParisMPH RacingHonda CBR600RR5.0350.0841:56.5484
2750Bobby FongLatus Motors/Castrol/Triumph RacingTriumph Daytona 6755.3600.3251:56.8731
2884Anthony FaniaKSW RacingYamaha YZF-R65.7310.3711:57.24410
2980Garrett WillisG.W.R. – John William & SonKawasaki ZX-6R6.5300.7991:58.0436
30112Ricky OrlandoRicky Orlando RacingKawasaki ZX-6R7.6841.1541:59.19713
3192Roberto VargasTuned IndustriesYamaha YZF-R67.8490.1651:59.36211
3231Dustin ApgarEvo Ultrafit DTRYamaha YZF-R69.6631.8142:01.17610
33141Eric PinsonG.O. Right Side Up RacingYamaha YZF-R610.9401.2772:02.4536
3471Lee FarmerApex Race ServicesTriumph Daytona 67511.0160.0762:02.52912
3546Roi HolsterNapacom RacingYamaha YZF-R611.2130.1972:02.72612
3648Chad LewinCM Motorsports/Team Lewin Estates RacingYamaha YZF-R611.6860.4732:03.1991
3762Shaun SummersD&D Cycles/Castrol/TriumphTriumph Daytona 67512.1370.4512:03.65010
3830Donny Wright1-855CzaiaLaw.com RacingSuzuki GSX-R60013.5941.4572:05.1077
39721Shane HortonSeven Two One RacingSuzuki GSX-R60013.9860.3922:05.49911
4020Frank BabuskaBabuska RacingSuzuki GSX-R600-no times--no times--no times-0
4037John AshmeadPeter Brady RacingKawasaki ZX-6R-no times--no times--no times-0