Monster Yamaha’s Josh Herrin again finished atop the box, winning Sunday’s Daytona Sportbike race which gave title to the coveted double victory this weekend at Road America. Second on the day was RMR / Geico Suzuki’s Danny Eslick with M4 Suzuki’s Dane Westby taking third. Point’s leader up until this race, Jason DiSalvo again crashed out of the race within the first few laps.
The race was an endurance-style battle with the race stopped twice due to crashes. One of the red flags was brought out when Jake Holden and local Oshkosh, Wisconsin rider Jason Farrell came together. For pretty much the entire 13-lap race it was a seven and sometimes eight bike battle for the lead with Herrin, Eslick, Westby, and Vesrah’s Corey West and Celtic Racing’s PJ Jacobsen, amongst others all battling it out tooth and nail style.
“It turned out almost exactly for me,” said Westby in reference to the multiple restarts. “All the guys did pretty much the same thing. I knew they were going to come back by [on the straights]. I was just trying to set-up the brakes during corner entry. When the white flag came out I was surprised.
It was some close racing between me and this guy [Josh Herrin].”
Toward the end of the race Jacobsen’s Ducati blew up which put him out of contention which made it a five-way battle for the win at the end of the race.
“A couple of times I thought I was going in deep and I just got swallowed,” said Eslick in regards to his insane back it in moves into Turn 5. “I think Corey got into me rubbed the Geico right off me [laughs]. That was just awesome race. I can’t wait to get home and watch it. I just wanted to thank Geico and the Rossmeyer’s and everyone that helps the team.”
“I think I had a fast bike today,” said Herrin after winning his third race of the year. There is no real perfection to drafting. I just had a fast bike. It was a great race I think one time it was five six wide coming down the straightaway. I’m just glad I finished another race weekend strong and am looking forward to Barber. I was just trying to stay patient and not get too antsy. We could gain most the time back in the straightway and in the carousel.”
Y.E.S. / Graves Motorsports rider Tommy Aquino finished in fourth while West ended up fifth after running up front toward the end of the race. Cameron Beaubier also put in a strong performance finishing sixth aboard a Yamaha YZR-R6.
AMA Daytona Sportbike Sunday Race 2 Results:
1. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
2. Danny Eslick (Suzuki)
3. Dane Westby (Suzuki)
4. Tommy Aquino (Yamaha)
5. Cory West (Suzuki)
6. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha)
7. Fernando Amantini (Kawasaki)
8. Tyler Odom (Honda)
9. Paul Allison (Yamaha)
10. Tyler O’Hara (Yamaha)
11. Santiago Villa (Suzuki)
12. Huntley Nash (Yamaha)
13. David Sadowski, Jr. (Ducati)
14. Matt Hall (Yamaha)
15. Michael Morgan (Suzuki)