Mar 15 | Triumph’s Danny Eslick Triumphs in Daytona 200

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“This one was pretty nerve-wracking,” Eslick said. “This is one of the biggest races in the world. Obviously the biggest one I’ve ever won. Laguna Seca was pretty special a couple of years ago. But anything involved with Daytona is pretty incredible. This trophy is going to sit up loud and proud right in the middle of my house.”

Triumph rider Danny Eslick dominated Saturday’s 73rd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway, winning from the pole and leading 44 of the 57 laps.

Eslick, riding the No. 69 Triumph Daytona 675, became the first rider to win the Daytona 200 aboard a Triumph since the late Gary Nixon in 1967.

The Broken Arrow, Okla., rider won by a margin of 10.975 seconds.

“It’s awesome,” Eslick said. “I’ve gotten the pole before. My very first 200 I got fourth. There’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of years have passed by to get this victory. It means a lot.”

While Eslick had some fierce racing with riders Jason DiSalvo and Dane Westby during the race, pit stops from his Riders Discount Racing Triumph team proved to be the difference.

Pit stops for the Daytona 200 are the most important thing,” Eslick said. “You can’t have bad stops and we had great pit stops.”

After taking the checkered flag, Eslick put on an enthusiastic celebration that included a victory lap with the checkered flag.

“This one was pretty nerve-wracking,” Eslick said. “This is one of the biggest races in the world. Obviously the biggest one I’ve ever won. Laguna Seca was pretty special a couple of years ago. But anything involved with Daytona is pretty incredible. This trophy is going to sit up loud and proud right in the middle of my house.”

Rounding out the podium were Yamaha riders Jake Gagne and Jake Lewis.

 

AMA SuperBike Round 2

The AMA Pro SuperBike Race 2 came down to a four-bike shootout between Graves Yamaha riders Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes, and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas.

With six laps remaining, Hayes ran off the course in Turn 1 due to mechanical issues on his No. 4 Yamaha.

On the final lap, Beaubier drafted past Hayden coming out of the chicane to win by .090 seconds.

“I knew it was going to be close if I let everyone onto the banking. It all just kind of worked out,” Beaubier said. “Roger had to stretch it out coming out of the chicane, which was good for me because he kind of pulled me back in the draft. Then I was able to get him across the line and I’m really happy.”

Beaubier, who won last year’s Daytona 200, led 11 of the 15 laps aboard his No. 2 Yamaha.

 

AMA Pro SuperSport Round 2

For the second straight day, Corey Alexander and Wyatt Farris led a 1-2 Celtic/Hvmc Racing finish in the 10-lap SuperSport race.

“The past three years I’ve been on the podium and I hadn’t gotten a win,” Alexander said. “I kind of lucked out every time. I’m really happy to come here and pull off the double and just give them a good show.”

Hayden Gillim on a Suzuki finished third.

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Mar 15 | Honda Riders Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Brandon Wilhelm Deliver Victories on Second Night of Daytona Flat Track

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Coolbeth Jr. slipped past Jake Johnson’s No. 5 Honda on Lap 5 and drove away from the 18-rider field to win the 25-lap AMA Pro Grand National Expert Singles Main Event while Wilhelm led the final five laps with Justin Jones slipping to third after being passed by runner-up finisher Davis Fisher (Honda), his first career podium.

A victory at the Daytona Flat Track has eluded Kenny Coolbeth Jr. over the years. On Friday night, he finally hoisted the winner’s trophy as a champion at the “World Center of Racing.”

Coolbeth Jr., riding the No. 2 Honda, slipped past Jake Johnson’s No. 5 Honda on Lap 5 and drove away from the 18-rider field to win the 25-lap AMA Pro Grand National Expert Singles Main Event at the Daytona Flat Track.

“I’ve wanted this one for a long time,” said the 36-year-old Coolbeth Jr., whose margin of victory was 4.069 seconds. “I’ve got seconds, thirds, fourths, fifths all the way back. I’ve been working hard all winter. Obviously a good team, I think we have the best equipment and this is a good way to open the season.”

The victory was Coolbeth Jr.’s 30th career Grand National Championship win.

“Kenny found something, he was on fire,” Johnson said. “We’ve been friends for a long time. If somebody was going to take it away from me, I was glad it was him.” 

Stevie Bonsey completed the Honda sweep of the podium.

In the Pro Singles Main event, Brandon Wilhelm (Honda), who finished third on Thursday night, brought home the victory by a margin of .520 seconds.

“I can’t believe this is happening right now,” said Wilhelm of Aurora, Ind. “It feels so good. The track was slick and I had to work the throttle and it turned out in my favor. It’s a great feeling.”

Wilhelm, Justin Jones (Honda) and Ryan Wells (KTM) broke away from the rest of the field for most of the race. But with a few laps remaining, Gerit Callies put down his Honda in Turn 3 bringing out the red flag and setting up a five-lap shootout.

Wilhelm led the final five laps with Justin Jones slipping to third after being passed by runner-up finisher Davis Fisher (Honda), his first career podium.

Wells, who won Thursday night’s Pro Singles Main Event, slipped back to fifth.

In the six-lap Expert Dash For Cash, featuring the top two riders in each of the Expert Heats, was won by Johnson. Riders winning the 10-lap Expert Heats were Bonsey, Johnson and Brandon Robinson. In the Expert semifinals Mikey Rush and Daniel Ingram captured the victories.

On Saturday, motorcycle racing at Daytona International Speedway concludes with the 73rd Daytona 200 and the SuperBike Race 2. For more information and tickets for all Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Mar 14 | Triumph’s Danny Eslick Captures Daytona 200 Pole

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During the timed qualifying session, Eslick, riding the No. 69 Triumph Daytona 675, lapped the 3.51-mile road course in one minute, 49.292 seconds to secure the pole for the historic 57-lap, 200-mile race.

Triumph rider Danny Eslick captured the pole on Friday afternoon for Saturday’s 73rd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway.

During the timed qualifying session, Eslick, riding the No. 69 Triumph Daytona 675, lapped the 3.51-mile road course in one minute, 49.292 seconds to secure the pole for the historic 57-lap, 200-mile race.

It’s the first time since 1971 that a Triumph has sat on the pole in the Daytona 200 and it’s the second career Daytona 200 pole for Eslick, a native of Broken Arrow, OK.

 “My pole lap was amazing,” Eslick said. “I got a good clean run through the infield. It’s all about the draft here at Daytona and I caught the draft just perfect out of the chicane and around to the start/finish line and nailed it.”

After Thursday’s practice sessions, Eslick felt like he had a good opportunity to earn the Daytona 200 pole and the coveted Rolex watch that comes with it.

“I knew I had a shot at winning it when I had the fastest trap speed from the first practice yesterday,” Eslick said. “For me, I’ve never been the one to have the fastest bike or the fastest trap speed.”

As Eslick chases his first Daytona 200 victory, his strategy for Saturday’s grueling 57-lap, 200-mile race is simple.

“Try not to fall down and lead the last lap,” Eslick said.

Rounding out the front row for the Daytona 200 are Yamaha riders Garrett Gerloff and Jake Lewis and Triumph’s Jason DiSalvo.

Gerloff, who turned a time of 1:50.065 seconds, said following the qualifying session that he left some speed on the track.

“I don’t think that was the fastest I could go this weekend,” Gerloff said. “I’m disappointed I didn’t get the pole position but I’m not concerned about the race.”

 

AMA SuperBike Round 1

The opening round of the AMA Pro SuperBike race came down to a three-bike battle with Graves Yamaha riders Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden.

On Lap 14, Beaubier, who won last year’s Daytona 200, entered Turn 1 aboard his No. 2 Yamaha too hot and ran wide leaving Hayes and Hayden to settle the victory.

Hayden attempted to draft Hayes coming to the checkered flag but Hayes used side drafting to win by .025 seconds.

The victory was Hayes’ second Daytona SuperBike triumph.

“It was a really fun race, a very nerve-wracking race,” Hayes said. “It’s hard to see plus 1 on your board for a few laps and watch that dwindle away to a zero. Then you just see if you can keep yourself up at the front.

“All-in-all I’m extremely happy. At the end of the day it’s not just about being fast, I’ve got to win races. I’m glad I was able to pull this one off.”

SuperBike Race 2 is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m.

 

SuperSport, Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series

Celtic/Hvmc Racing finished 1-2 in the 10-lap SuperSport race. Pole winner Corey Alexander, riding the No. 5 Suzuki, led nine laps on his way to a 7.923-second victory.

“Getting away and breaking the draft is the biggest part of the race,” Alexander said. “That is all I really wanted to accomplish . . . just maintaining that gap so they can’t really draft you back. I’m obviously really happy for whole team. Having Wyatt (Farris) up here is a great showing for us in showing that we’re here for a good year.”

Teammate Wyatt Farris finished second and Dustin Dominguez on a Yamaha was third.

SuperSport Race 2 is set for Saturday at 10 a.m.

In the seven-lap Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series, Kyle Wyman survived a furious finish to win by .068 seconds.

The Daytona victory was Wyman’s third in the past four years.

“This is the third win for me and I just love this place,” Wyman said. “It’s the reason I love coming here and spending all winter thinking about Daytona. I couldn’t imagine going to the first race to a track that I don’t like because it would make the winter even more miserable. I get to look forward to Daytona. I’m just so happy to be up here. It was a long year last year and I feel like we’re off on the right foot.”

Tyler OHara, who nipped Wyman for the victory in last year’s race, finished second this year followed by Gage McAllister.

 

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Mar 14 | Honda’s Briar Bauman and KTM’s Ryan Wells Win On Opening Night At Daytona Flat Track

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Briar Bauman, of Salinas, CA, held off Yamaha’s Sammy Halbert to secure the 1.951-second victory in the 25-lap, 18-rider event while Ryan Wells of Albion, NY, riding the No. 94 KTM, dominated the event leading all 16 laps on his way to a 3.009-second win.

Briar Bauman, riding the No. 14 Honda, led all 25 laps to capture the AMA Pro Grand National Expert Singles Main Event on Thursday night at the Daytona Flat Track.

Bauman, of Salinas, CA, held off Yamaha’s Sammy Halbert to secure the 1.951-second victory in the 25-lap, 18-rider event. The victory was Bauman’s first career AMA Pro Grand National Expert win at Daytona.

“I can’t feel my arms right now,” Bauman said. “I usually don’t get tight but when I saw the cross flags (halfway), I thought I better hold onto this.”

Rounding out the podium was Yamaha’s Halbert, who has three wins at the Daytona Flat Track, and Kawasaki’s Brandon Robinson, who was a winner at last year’s second night of racing action.

“It was a good race,” Halbert said. “I thought I was going to have something for him in the middle of the race but second was the best I could do.”

Kenny Coolbeth Jr., riding third behind Bauman and Halbert, put down his Honda in Turn 3 on Lap 8 and had to settle for a 17th- place finish.

In the 18-rider Pro Singles Main event, Ryan Wells of Albion, NY, riding the No. 94 KTM, dominated the event leading all 16 laps on his way to a 3.009-second win. Rounding out the podium were Justin Jones and Brandon Wilhelm, both on Hondas.

“First day at Daytona, I usually struggle so this is huge for me,” Wells said. “The goal was to get out first and stay out.”

“He had us dialed in today and checked out,” Jones said.

In the six-lap Expert Dash For Cash, featuring the top two riders in each of the Expert Heats, was won by Halbert.

“It feels great to get the first Dash win of the year,” said Halbert, who led every lap.

Riders winning the 10-lap Expert Heats were Bauman, Matt Weidman and Chad Cose. In the Expert semifinals Brad Baker and Jay Maloney captured the victories.

Action will conclude at the Daytona Flat Track on Friday night. For more information and tickets for the remaining Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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| Cameron Beaubier Takes Provisional Pole for AMA Pro SuperBike at Daytona

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Cameron Beaubier, riding the No. 2 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha, is on the provisional pole for the AMA Pro SuperBike with a fast lap of one minute, 38.526 seconds around the 2.9-mile course.

AMA Pro Road Racing kicked off three-days of activity on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway with practice and provisional qualifying on the road course at the “World Center of Racing.”

Cameron Beaubier, riding the No. 2 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha, is on the provisional pole for the AMA Pro SuperBike with a fast lap of one minute, 38.526 seconds around the 2.9-mile course.

Beaubier, who captured last year’s Daytona 200, will try to hold onto the top spot during final SuperBike qualifying on Friday morning. The 15-lap Round 1 of the AMA Pro SuperBike is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. with the second round set for Saturday at 11 a.m.

If Beaubier retains the pole Friday morning, he will earn a point toward the season-ending championship.

“Tomorrow morning, I’m going to see if we can up the pace a little bit,” Beaubier said.  “We’ll work on bike settings over the night and hopefully get comfortable for the race. I felt like I did a decent lap today but I know Josh (Hayes), Rog (Roger Hayden) and Martin (Cardenas) have really good race crafts.”

Rounding out the top five in provisional SuperBike qualifying were Josh Hayes (Yamaha), Roger Hayden (Suzuki), Martin Cardenas (Suzuki) and David Anthony (Suzuki).

On the 3.51-mile road course in provisional AMA Pro SuperSport qualifying, Corey Alexander on the No. 5 Suzuki took the top spot with a lap of one minute, 53.331. In the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series, Ben Carlson is on the provisional pole with a lap of two minutes, 5.046 seconds.

Both Vance & Hines XR-1200 and SuperSport will also have their final qualifying sessions on Friday morning prior to their afternoon events. Also on tap Friday is Daytona SportBike qualifying for Saturday’s 73rd Daytona 200 where the fastest rider will earn the coveted Rolex watch.

For more information and tickets for the remaining Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Mar 13 | AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Competitors Ready for Action at Daytona International Speedway

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The seven-lap AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series opener will take place on Friday, March 14 at 2:15 p.m. EST.

AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
If there's a guaranteed barnburner to be found anywhere in the world of motorsports, the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley Davidson Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway would certainly seem to fit the bill. 

In the contest's three-year history, the combined margin of victory stands at just over two tenths of a second. And last year's dogfight saw ninth position take the checkered flag less than eight tenths removed from the victory. 

Each previous contest has developed into a full-blown drafting war, with the class' evenly matched machinery testing the tactical acumen of its pilots as they negotiate the high banks within inches of one another. 

The 2014 edition of this annual spectacle looks to be the most compelling yet, featuring an absolutely loaded field. Nine of last year's AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley Davidson Series top ten are back on a grid that will also be highlighted by the return of the class' original champion and a two-time winner of this race. 

Leading the charge is none of than defending king Steve Rapp (No. 1 Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson XR1200). This will be the first time in Rapp's 16-year AMA Pro Road Racing career that he will carry the No. 1 plate into battle. He earned that honor in dominant fashion last season, winning six of nine races en route to the crown. 

However, he has some unfinished business at Daytona. In last season's contest, he completed just a single lap, forcing an uphill climb to last year's triumph. And in his previous attempt to claim victory in the Daytona AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley Davidson Series opener, he started from pole but missed out on the win by a scant 0.136 -- and still fell short of the podium. 

Despite those disappointments, Rapp does have some serious Daytona history in his corner; the Californian reigned supreme in the 2007 edition of the prestigious DAYTONA 200. 

The Californian is expected to have his hands full with a deep and talented field of contenders. 

Last season's championship runner-up and Daytona winner Tyler O'Hara (No. 29 Josh Chisum Racing/Bartels Harley-Davidson XR1200) returns. O'Hara has finished in the class' top-three for three consecutive seasons and is motivated to finally claim the title for himself in 2014. 

Also back is the class' 2012 champ, Michael Barnes (No. 34 Arai/Taichi/Sidi/D.E.A.D. Cycles/Wheeler Racing Inc. Harley-Davidson XR1200), who is seeking redemption following an up-and-down '13 title defense. 

Rapp will also be tested by a pair of ultra-talented riders who didn't challenge him for last year's crown. Kyle Wyman (No. 33 KWR/Millennium Technologies Harley-Davidson XR1200) triumphed in the first two runnings of the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley Davidson Series Daytona opener and came within 0.075 seconds of making it three straight a year ago. 

Additionally, former AMA Pro SuperBike superstar and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley Davidson Series' first-ever champ, Danny Eslick (No. 69 Ruthless Racing Harley-Davidson XR1200) will be gunning for victory this weekend as brings his thrilling style back to the class once again. 

The stacked field offers up several other potential winners, with Ben Carlson (No. 45 Suburban Motors  Harley-Davidson XR1200), Shane Narbonne (No. 64 Six Four Motorsports Harley-Davidson XR1200), David Estok (No. 123 Thrashed Bike Racing Harley-Davidson XR1200), Nick Hansen (No. 97 Aerostar Global Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson XR1200), Josh Chisum (No. 10 Josh Chisum Racing/Bartels Harley-Davidson XR1200), and Barrett Long (No. 2 Longevity Racing Harley-Davidson XR1200) chief among them. 

The seven-lap AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series opener will take place on Friday, March 14 at 2:15 p.m. EST. 

How to Watch
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. Complete details about FansChoice.tv will be released in the coming days. 

About AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.   

Photo credit to AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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