DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The No. 13 Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 and riders Dane Westby, Dustin Meador, Jeff Wood and Josh Hayes captured the fourth annual 8 Hours At Daytona AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT Series race on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
The 8 Hours At Daytona went green under the Florida sunshine at 1 p.m. and quickly became a two-bike duel between the No. 13 Yamaha and the two-time 8 Hours At Daytona champion No. 18 Roadracingworld.com Suzuki GSX-R600 and riders Chris Ulrich, Martin Cardenas and Jason DiSalvo.
The Westby Racing Yamaha and the Roadracingworld.com Suzuki traded the lead in the early stages of the race before Westby Racing was able to pull away.
Westby Racing completed 247 laps with an average speed of 109.5 mph and had a margin of victory of two laps.
“It was fantastic,” Hayes said. “It was so much fun. I’m thankful that the guys invited me to come ride with them. It wasn’t about me. We had four good riders. We all did a really good pace. Those guys could have won it without me. They were that good. I feel fortunate to be part of the team.”
Hayes expected a dog fight in the 8 Hours At Daytona with the No. 18 Roadracingworld.com Suzuki team.
“I think we all knew that rolling into it,” Hayes said. “Roadracing World, Chris UIrich and John Ulrich, they set the bar for endurance racing for a lot of years so we knew we were up against some strong opponents. I knew Martin and Jason and Chris are all pro racers in the AMA so they were going to be strong. Martin and I had a lot of fun riding around in the first hour together on the first stint.
“This happens, that happens, we ended up behind for almost two hours (of the race) and then things kind of turned around went our way a little bit and we ended up out front and eventually were able to stretch it out pretty good.”
“This was a blast,” Wood said. “Everyone rode really well. Josh was our anchor. I hope that I did a good job. All three of the other guys were holding their own on their stints. The bike had no problems.”
“I knew it was going to be a battle,” Westby said. “It really was a battle in the beginning and I thought it was going to be a battle to the end,” Westby said. It worked out in our favor. We just opened up a gap and just never let it go.”
For Meador, this weekend’s Fall Cycle Scene is his first visit to Daytona International Speedway and couldn’t think of a better way to mark the event than a victory in the 8 Hours At Daytona.
"It’s my first time here and it’s amazing to be up there in Gatorade Victory Lane,” Meador said. “I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
“It was great to be on a team with this caliber of riders. This is my first time here. The crew worked really well. It was great that we put in real consistent laps."
The No. 18 Roadracingworld/Suzuki took runner-up honors with the No. 49 Touring Sport Ducshop Ducati and riders Ryan Elleby, Matt Lind, Hawk Mazzotta rounding out the podium.
In the GT2 class, the No. 77 Touring Sport DucShop Ducati PS1000LE with Pete Friedland, Corey Rech, Brad Phillips and Brian Stokes claimed victory.
AMA Pro SuperSport Shootout: Sunday’s final day of Fall Cycle Scene will be highlighted by the AMA Pro SuperSport Shootout at noon. Josh Day of Orlando will be starting on the pole.
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8 Hours At Daytona AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT Series race
Top-10 provisional results for the 8 Hours At Daytona SunTrust Moto-GT Series race on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway with team name, riders, bike and laps:
1. Westby Racing, Josh Hayes, Dane Westby, Dustin Meador, Jeff Wood, Yamaha, 247 laps
2. Roadracingworld/Suzuki, Martin Cardenas, Jason DiSalvo, Chris Ulrich, Suzuki, 245
3. Touring Sport Ducshop Ducati, Ryan Elleby, Matt Lind, Hawk Mazzotta, Ducati, 238
4. R & B Motorsports, Michael Barnes, Phil Caudill, Mark Crozier, Skip Salenius, Ducati, 233
5. Crozier Motorsports, Mark Crozier, Scott Jensen, David Estock, Michael Barnes, Ducati, 229
6. Touring Sport Ducshop Ducati, Pete Friedland, Corey Rech, Brad Phillips, Brian Stokes, Ducati, 223
7. KRM Racing by Motocorse, Chris Boy, Barrett Long, Fernando Ferrer, Ducati, 223
8. RidersChoice.CA, Matt McBride, Andrew Nelson, Larry Orde, Pat Barnes, Suzuki, 220
9. McNology Racing, David McPherson, Mark McCormick, Yamaha 220
10. Touring Sport Ducshop, Brian Stokes, Dario Marchetti, Frank Shockley, Ducati, 210
Expert Formula 40 : 1. Anthony Fania, Suzuki 750; 2. Charlie Mavros, Suzuki 750; 3. Frank Aragaki, Suzuki 600.
Amateur Formula 40 : 1. Javier Vazquez, Suzuki 750; 2. James Cohrs, Yamah 600; 3. Richard Eanes, Ducati 1098.
Amateur Lightweight F40: 1. Jim Berard, Ducati 1000; 2. Darrell Ryals, Suzuki 650; 3. Steve Johnston, Ducati 1000.
Expert Lightweight F40: 1. Ed Key, Suzuki 650; 2. Eric Helmbach, Suzuki 650; 3. Eric Menetrier, BIM 1000.
Expert Middleweight SuperSport: 1. Roberto Pietri, Yamaha 600; 2. Paul Allison, Yamaha 600; 3. Scott Greenwood, Kawasaki 600.
Amateur Middleweight SuperSport: 1. James Cohrs, Yamaha 600; 2. Hunter Propst, Suzuki 600; 3. Fernando Ferro, Yamaha 600.
Expert ThunderBike : 1. Nate Kern, BMW 1200; 2. Christopher Boy, Ducati 748; 3. Danny Biulansky, Buell 1200.
Amateur ThunderBike: 1. Jordan Richardson, Buell 1203; 2. Jim Berard, Ducati 1000; 3. Jay Smit, Buell 1200.
Amateur Unlimited SuperSport : 1. Javier Vazquez, Suzuki 1000; 2. Richard Eanes, Ducati 1098; 3. Chris Meier, Ducati 848.
Expert Unlimited SuperSport: 1. Shane Narbonne, Suzuki 1000; 2. Brian Stokes, Kawasaki 1000; 3. Charlie Mavros, Suzuki 1000.