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.

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“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:

Pos No. Rider(s) Team Bike Interval Gap Best Lap Laps
1 8 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 FASTEST FASTEST 1:51.513 6
2 40 Jason DiSalvo Castrol/Triumph/Sportbike Track Time Triumph Daytona 675 0.028 0.028 1:51.541 13
3 85 Jake Lewis MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 0.055 0.027 1:51.568 12
4 32 Jake Gagne RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha YZF-R6 0.090 0.035 1:51.603 12
5 00 Dane Westby Yamalube Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 0.169 0.079 1:51.682 9
6 69 Danny Eslick Riders Discount Racing Triumph Triumph Daytona 675 0.260 0.091 1:51.773 11
7 12 Tomas Puerta RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha YZF-R6 0.823 0.563 1:52.336 11
8 79 Blake Young GN Gonzales Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 1.039 0.216 1:52.552 11
9 6 JD Beach Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 1.634 0.595 1:53.147 12
10 29 Barrett Long Longevity Racing Ducati 848 1.843 0.209 1:53.356 12
11 33 Kyle Wyman Kyle Wyman Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 1.923 0.080 1:53.436 11
12 68 Luke Stapleford Profile Racing Triumph Daytona 675 2.218 0.295 1:53.731 11
13 52 Joey Pascarella BP Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 2.303 0.085 1:53.816 13
14 74 Bostjan Skubic Inotherm Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R6 2.578 0.275 1:54.091 10
15 7 Fernando Amantini Team 7 Yamaha YZF-R6 2.630 0.052 1:54.143 10
16 42 Kenny Riedmann RRM Triumph Triumph Daytona 675 2.676 0.046 1:54.189 11
17 56 Shane Narbonne GN Gonzales Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 2.782 0.106 1:54.295 9
18 98 Jake Zemke GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Honda CBR600RR 3.175 0.393 1:54.688 11
19 41 Luke Mossey GB Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 3.244 0.069 1:54.757 11
20 15 Steve Rapp D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph Triumph Daytona 675 3.386 0.142 1:54.899 8
21 21 Elena Myers Castrol/Triumph/Apex Manufacturing Triumph Daytona 675 3.388 0.002 1:54.901 12
22 35 Benny Solis Team H35 Honda CBR600RR 3.403 0.015 1:54.916 11
23 174 Bryce Prince Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 3.704 0.301 1:55.217 12
24 3 Joe Roberts M4 Motorcycle Road Racing Honda CBR600RR 4.387 0.683 1:55.900 6
25 97 Tucker Lancaster MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 4.951 0.564 1:56.464 11
26 13 Melissa Paris MPH Racing Honda CBR600RR 5.035 0.084 1:56.548 4
27 50 Bobby Fong Latus Motors/Castrol/Triumph Racing Triumph Daytona 675 5.360 0.325 1:56.873 1
28 84 Anthony Fania KSW Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 5.731 0.371 1:57.244 10
29 80 Garrett Willis G.W.R. – John William & Son Kawasaki ZX-6R 6.530 0.799 1:58.043 6
30 112 Ricky Orlando Ricky Orlando Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R 7.684 1.154 1:59.197 13
31 92 Roberto Vargas Tuned Industries Yamaha YZF-R6 7.849 0.165 1:59.362 11
32 31 Dustin Apgar Evo Ultrafit DTR Yamaha YZF-R6 9.663 1.814 2:01.176 10
33 141 Eric Pinson G.O. Right Side Up Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 10.940 1.277 2:02.453 6
34 71 Lee Farmer Apex Race Services Triumph Daytona 675 11.016 0.076 2:02.529 12
35 46 Roi Holster Napacom Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 11.213 0.197 2:02.726 12
36 48 Chad Lewin CM Motorsports/Team Lewin Estates Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 11.686 0.473 2:03.199 1
37 62 Shaun Summers D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph Triumph Daytona 675 12.137 0.451 2:03.650 10
38 30 Donny Wright 1-855CzaiaLaw.com Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 13.594 1.457 2:05.107 7
39 721 Shane Horton Seven Two One Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 13.986 0.392 2:05.499 11
40 20 Frank Babuska Babuska Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 -no times- -no times- -no times- 0
40 37 John Ashmead Peter Brady Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R -no times- -no times- -no times- 0