Eslick to Ride Buell in American SuperBike

January 12, 2012
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Danny Eslick is back with Buell. The two-time Daytona SportBike champ will move up into American SuperBike racing the EBR 1190RS.

Danny Eslick will contest the 2012 American SuperBike Championship aboard an EBR 1190RS. The 2011 Daytona SportBike champ has signed a deal returning him to Buell racebikes, this time under the Erik Buell Racing banner.

Erik Buell confirmed the signing by email. Eslick will make up one half of a two-man EBR effort in American SuperBike, as 2011 EBR rider Geoff May returns for 2012. Further details are forthcoming regarding team structure and sponsorship packages.

Eslick’s deal with EBR marks a return to Buell racing. The Oklahoma native claimed the inaugural DSB title in 2009 on a Geico-sponsored Buell 1125R. Eslick took six wins in 20 races that season. The championship win in September of 2009 was the high-water mark of Buell racing, as Harley-Davidson shuttered Buell Motorcycles the very next month.

In 2010 Eslick retained his Geico sponsorship, but with Buell out of business switched to a Suzuki GSX-R600. Eslick placed second in the DSB series in 2010 behind Martin Cardenas. He reclaimed the title in 2011 after a tough battle with Graves Yamaha rider Josh Herrin. The 25-year-old has a third AMA title on his CV, taking the 2010 XR1200 crown.

The 2012 season will be Eslick’s first in the SuperBike class. He joins fellow DSB rival Herrin in the ASB rookie class.

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