DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Orlando’s Josh Day, the 2009 AMA Pro SuperSport East champion and native of nearby Orlando, captured the pole on Friday at Daytona International Speedway for Sunday’s AMA Pro SuperSport Shootout.
Day, aboard the No. 4 Team E.S.P. Yamaha YZF-R6, turned a fast time of 1 minute, 51.228 seconds, 114.899 mph to earn the pole position.
The AMA Pro SuperSport Shootout is a new event to the Fall Cycle Scene race schedule at Daytona International Speedway and is open to any rider that has run at least one AMA Pro SuperSport race this season and the winner of the 12-lap, 40-mile event will be crowned the title of SuperSport National Champion.
The 20-year-old Day, a graduate of Boone High School in Orlando, is geared up for Sunday’s SuperSport Shootout where one of his main challengers is expected to be 2009 SuperSport West champion Ricky Parker, who rides the No. 96 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6.
“It should be really fun,” Day said. “It’s definitely different since they are having this East versus West thing. It’s kind of like motorcross stuff with the way they do it. They have their East and West side and have it where they fight against each other.
“I think it’s going to be good for us. We’re going to do our best and hopefully come out on top.”
Day, who is commuting this weekend to Daytona International Speedway from his home in Orlando, was pleased with Friday’s qualifying session.
“The bike is working pretty good right now,” Day said. “We are just trying to make a few changes to it and try and make it better for all of this wind we have been having lately. Hopefully by Sunday it will all be gone once the cold front finally comes through and we will be able to stay up front and battle for the win.”
Day, who first competed at Daytona at the age of 16 in the Daytona 200 By Honda, is expecting to have a strong cheering section in attendance for Sunday’s race.
“There will be quite a few people coming over,” Day said.
Leandro Mercado posted a second-place qualifying effort with a lap of 114.705 mph on the No. 92 Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. Rounding out the front row was Kris Turner on the No. 3 Suzuki GSX-R600 and Joey Pascarella on the No. 25 LTD Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.
SuperSport is AMA Pro Road Racing's showcase of America's future motorcycle racing stars. The proving ground series is reserved strictly for up-and-coming riders between the ages of 16 and 21 who compete on 600cc bikes that are only minimally modified from what you will find at your local Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda or other motorcycle dealership.
8 Hours At Daytona for set 1 p.m. start: Saturday’s schedule will be highlighted by the fourth annual 8 Hours At Daytona SunTrust Moto-GT Series race, which will go green at 1 p.m.
The team to watch in the 8 Hours for the overall and GT1 class victories will be two-time defending 8 Hours At Daytona champion No. 18 Team Roadracingworld.com Suzuki and rider lineup Chris Ulrich, Martin Cardenas and Jason DiSalvo.
Other Saturday activities: In addition to the motorcycle racing, Daytona International Speedway will be buzzing with activity including a rider’s autograph session in the Sprint FANZONE at 11 a.m., the Hooters bikini contest on Saturday at 3 p.m., free admission to Daytona 500 Experience motorsports attraction (D5X), entertainment and free demo rides and displays.
For more information and tickets, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
AMA Pro SuperSport results
1. Josh Day, Yamaha, 114.899 mph
2. Leandro Mercado, Kawasaki, 114.705
3. Kris Turner, Suzuki, 113.181
4. Joey Pascarella, Yamaha, 113.145
5. Tomas Puerta, Yamaha, 113.142
6. Tyler Odom, Honda, 112.207
7. Ricky Parker, Yamaha, 112.033
8. Huntley Nash, Yamaha, 111.853
9. Travis Wyman, Suzuki, 111.849
10. Russ Wikle, Suzuki, 111.591
11. Jacob Gagne, Yamaha, 111.028
12. Alex Lazo, Yamaha, 111.028
13. Reese Wacker, Suzuki, 108.838
14. Kyle Keesee, Kawasaki, 108.679
15. Ryan Conrad, Yamaha, 107.226
Expert GT Lights: 1. Joseph Rozynski, Buell 1200; 2. Sam Rozynski, Buell 1200; 3. Mark Evry, Ducati 1000; Amateur GT Lights: 1. Jim Berard, Ducati 1000; 2. Darrell Ryals, Suzuki 650; 3. Glenn Carnell, Buell 1200; Team Challenge: Overall: 1. Roadracingworld.com, Suzuki 1000. Solo: Vargas Racing, Kawasaki 600; GTU: Roadracingworld.com, Suzuki 600; GTO: Wisconsin Racing, Ducati 848; GTL: 1. KRM Racing, DIM 1000. Amateur GTO: 1. Javier Vazquez, Suzuki 1000; 2. Charles Justice, Suzuki 1000; 3. Michael Devito, Yamaha 1000. Expert GTO: 1. Eric Wood, Ducati 1098; 2. Jeff Lampe, N/A; 3. Eric Erling, Suzuki 1000. Expert GTU: 1. Roberto Pietri, Yamaha 600; 2. Alex Lazo, Yamaha 600; 3. Paul Allison, Yamaha 600. Amateur GTU: 1. James Cohrs, Yamaha 600; 2. Hunter Propst, Suzuki 600; 3. Daniel Guevara, Suzuki 600.