Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing/RMR/GEICO Powersports rider Danny Eslick earned a share AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike championship lead with a victory and a third place finish during a tumultuous and emotional double-header weekend for the Oklahoma rider and his team at Heartland Park-Topeka that was marred by the tragic death of team sponsor Bruce Rossmeyer, who was killed in a street motorcycle accident on the way to the Sturgis motorcycle rally on Friday.
Starting from tenth place on the grid, Eslick charged through the field in Saturday’s Race 1 to take the lead from polesitter Jason
AMA Superbike Top 10 Finishers
1. Larry Pegram, Ducati
2. Tommy Hayden, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
3. Josh Hayes, Yamaha
4. Jake Holden, Honda
5. Taylor Knapp, Suzuki
6. Neil Hodgson, Honda
7. Michael Laverty, Suzuki
8. Blake Young, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
9. Chris Ulrich, Roadracingworld.com Suzuki
10. Scott Charlton, Suzuki
AMA Superbike Points Standings
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden celebrated an impressive second-place finish in Sunday’s AMA Superbike race at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas. After finishing fourth in Saturday’s race, Hayden was particularly pleased with Sunday’s results. The Kentucky rider got a good start on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and was moving into position to battle for second place with his teammate Blake Young.
Young, however, went into a turn a little too fast at this point and ran off the track.
Team M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas finished off the Heartland Park Topeka double-header weekend strong by winning the second of two AMA Daytona SportBike races on Sunday in Topeka, Kansas. The Colombian rider got a good start on his M4 Suzuki GSX-R600 and rode an almost flawless 20-lap race, in spite of having to go through a restart after a red flag sidelined the race early on. In the restart, Cardenas was running in third place for multiple laps before moving into second place. He paced the leader for a while and then put on a charge toward the end.
Trading in his kid’s bicycle for a sportbike, Chad Kagy, two-time BMX gold medal winner in the X Games, is preparing for his first road race in August at Virginia International Raceway.
Kagy regularly competes professionally in the BMX Vert and Mega Ramp classes, and is well known for his X Games gold medals in those two classes. About his unusual profession Kagy said, "When I was in my late teens people in my neighborhood would see me on my BMX bike and ask if my parents didn’t think I was old enough to have an adult-sized bicycle.