Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom won Sunday’s red-flagged 21-lap Daytona SportBike at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the 2009 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Second belonged to Aprilia’s Chaz Davies with Bostrom’s teammate, Josh Herrin, taking the final podium position.
“I didn’t particularly have the pace all day,” said Davies afterward. “Once we got the first half of the race started I really had some trouble getting past the guys. By that time Josh [Herrin] and Ben [Bostrom] was already gone. The red flag benefited me. There was some serious banging on the restart. We had a good race with Ben I was stronger than him here and there and vice versa. All in all I’m happy it’s my first podium of the year.”
At the start of the race it was the Geico Buell ridden by Danny Eslick with the holeshot. M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas would quickly make his way past Eslick. By Lap 5 the running order was: Cardenas, Bostrom, Herrin, Eslick, Davies and Erion Honda’s Jake Zemke. One lap later Cardenas would crash out of the lead. Attack Kawasaki’s Roger Lee Hayden’s race would also end with an unknown problem.
On Lap 10, three riders would come together in Laguna’s corkscrew, which brought out the red flag and momentarily halted the race.
“I came in and I saw that Aquino checked up on the brakes,” said DiSalvo. “I was going to hit him so I got on the front brakes and crashed. I had nowhere to go.”
(top row) M4 Suzuki’s No. 40 Jason DiSalvo crashed after Tommy Aquino checked up on the brakes in the Corkscrew, which caused
Christopher Filmore’s No. 55 Yamaha YZF-R6 to go down. (bottom row) Ricky Parker also took a hard fall trying to avoid the carnage.
Riders lined up in a single file line on the restart based on the running order before the crash. Eslick immediately jumped up to third, motoring past the Japanese bikes onto the front straightaway. Zemke would get past Eslick then Hayes would come together with Herrin sending him off into the gravel.
With the race winding down, Davies was able to catch and pass Bostrom putting his Aprilia into first position. Meanwhile, Zemke was catching both of them. With 3 laps to go Bostrom dived underneath Davies into the last turn. Then just as Zemke was within striking distance of them, his engine failed, forcing him off into the gravel. Bostrom managed to fend of Davies and take his second Daytona SportBike win of the year. Fourth would go to Aquino followed by Team Evan Steel Performance’s Robertino Pietri.
Daytona SportBike Race Results:
1. Ben Bostrom – Yamaha YZF-R6 – 21 laps
2. Chaz Davies – Aprilia RSV1000R – 0.225 second
3. Josh Herrin – Yamaha YZF-R6 – 6.256 seconds
4. Tommy Aquino – Yamaha YZF-R6 – 6.742
5. Robertino Pietri – Yamaha YZF-R6 – 6.985
6. Steve Rapp – Yamaha YZF-R6 -7.421
7. Chris Peris – Honda CBR600RR – 8.918
8. Danny Eslick – Buell 1125R – 13.238
9. Jamie Hacking – Kawasaki ZX-6R – 13.520
10. Bobby Fong – Yamaha YZF-R6 – 13.825
11. Michael Barnes – Buell 1125R – 14.372
12. Michael Beck – Yamaha YZF-R6 – 22.034
13. Shawn Higbee – Buell 1125R – 22.061
14. Fernando Amantini – Kawasaki ZX-6R – 22.386
15. Tyler Odom – Honda CBR600RR – 27.448
Daytona Sportbike Championship Points:
1. Martin Cardenas – 255
2. Jamie Hacking – 216
3. Danny Eslick – 212
4. Jason DiSalvo – 179
5. Josh Herrin – 173
6. Chris Peris – 155
7. Chas Davies – 146
8. Jake Zemke – 128
9. Steve Rapp – 127
10. Tommy Aquino – 122