Eslick's second win of the year helps him regain AMA Daytona SportBike lead
July 11, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 10) -- GEICO Suzuki rider Danny Eslick won Sunday's AMA Daytona SportBike race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to regain the championship points lead that had slipped from his grasp for one day.
Eslick came in third in Saturday's first race of the Honda Supercycle Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire, and fell into a tie with Josh Herrin in the class rankings. Officials quickly determined that Herrin's four victories against Eslick's one on the year gave the edge to Herrin.
This obviously didn't sit well with Eslick, the 2009 class champion, as he powered back to the front with Sunday's convincing victory.
"What a weekend," Eslick said. "This was one roller coaster of an event. We had the points lead, then we lost it, then we took it back. I'm just happy to be leaving here as the No. 1 rider for the second race in a row."
Sunday's race didn't make it one lap before the race was red-flagged due to two riders crashing in the first turn. Thanks to that, the entire race was restarted and Eslick was able to get a much better launch, which allowed him to lead for most of the race.
"I ended up getting a good jump on the restart and just kept my head down," Eslick said. "I know I led for most of the race but it definitely wasn't easy with Josh on my tail."
Herrin was all over Eslick's rear tire for most of the 21-lap race. He even took the lead in lap 13 but Eslick took it back the following lap and never looked back.
"This race was even more exciting than the one yesterday," Eslick said, "and it's not even because I won. It was just so close the whole time. I could tell Josh was right with me all race. He kept pushing me the whole time and kept me honest.
"I knew exactly where his attack move was going to be in the last lap so I made sure I didn't leave the door open for him. Thanks to that, I came out of Mid Ohio with the win."
The Richie Morris Racing rider hasn't let his recent success get to his head and was sure to give credit to his supporters .
"I just want to thank GEICO, Richie, and my team for everything they do for me," Eslick said. "If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be able to be here and have my GEICO Suzuki on top of the box and on top of the points."
The next stop for the AMA Daytona Sportbike series will be the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix July 22nd - 24th at Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.