AMA Pro Racing Daytona Thursday 2013

March 14, 2013
Byron Wilson
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Josh Hayes battled with his expected 2012 rivals for the American SuperBike Race 1 victory at Daytona.
Josh Hayes posted the top time at Daytona during the first SuperBike qualifying session of 2013.

The 2013 Geico Motorcycle AMA pro Road Racing series is officially underway following Thursday’s practice and qualifying sessions at Daytona International Speedway. The day was packed as riders returned to competition, some acclimating to new teams and bikes, with others returning to exactly where they left off in 2012. Thursday’s qualifying saw AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, SuperSport and the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series classes post official times, while AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SuperSport spent the day in practice with two qualifying sessions set for Friday and the Daytona 200 on Saturday. At the end of Daytona SportBike practice, Yamaha Extended Services’ Cameron Beaubier was fastest, followed by RoadRace Factory duo Jake Gagne and JD Beach in second and third respectively.

AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes, the 2012 AMA Pro SuperBike champion, didn’t miss a beat in the off-season, coming through as the fastest rider in the first qualifying session of the three-day event at Daytona. He outpaced National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden by over one second, while Hayes’ teammate, Josh Herrin, rounded out the top three.
“I think we’ve made a good start. I left myself some pretty big shoes to fill after the season we had last year, but I think my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team and I are up to the challenge,” said Hayes. “It was a lot cooler today than we’re used to here at Daytona, and that affected lap times quite a bit. I expect to go faster in tomorrow morning’s qualifying, and I can’t wait for the race tomorrow afternoon.”

Martin Cardenas, winner of the 2012 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike title, debuted aboard his new GSX-R1000 for Yoshimura Suzuki. The Colombian rider placed fourth-fastest in the first qualifier, followed by new Jordan Suzuki pilot, Danny Eslick, in fifth.

AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Thursday Results 2013:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 1’37.746
2. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 1’38.805
3. Josh Herrin (Yamaha) 1’38.960
4. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki) 1’39.001
5. Danny Eslick (Suzuki) 1’39.121
6. Larry Pegram (Yamaha) 1’39.308
7. Chris Clark (SuzukI) 1’40.154
8. Geoff May (EBR) 1’40.415
9. David Anthony (Suzuki) 1’40.424
10. Aaron Yates (EBR) 1’40.769
11. Robertino Pietri (Kawasaki) 1’41.891
12. Cory West (EBR) 1’42.640
13. Chris Ulrich (Honda) 1’42.806
14. Bernat Martinez (Suzuki) 1’43.062
15. Chris Fillmore (KTM) 1’43.241

AMA Pro SuperSport

The Yamaha YZR-R6 dominated AMA Pro SuperSport qualifying at Daytona on Thursday, with riders aboard the tuning fork branded bikes claiming the top six-fastest spots. RoadRace Factory Racing’s Tomas Puerta topped the timesheet in Q1 at Daytona, besting his closest competition, Jeffrey Tigert of CM Motorsports, by a fraction of a second. Team 95’s Hayden Gillim rounded out the top three.

Puerta is looking forward to the races on Friday and Saturday, especially considering the fact that temperatures are supposed to rise in the coming days, which will help improve grip in some of the tighter corners that he felt slowed him a bit in Q1.’s Stefano Mesa ended the first qualifier fourth-fastest followed by Arai Helmets’ Matthew Sadowski in fifth and David Sadowski Jr. in sixth.

AMA Pro SuperSport Thursday Results 2013:
1. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha) 1’54.097
2. Jeffrey Tigert (Yamaha) 1’54.821
3. Hayden Gillim (Yamaha) 1’55.037
4. Stefano Mesa (Yamaha) 1’55.110
5. Matthew Sadowski (Yamaha) 1’55.218
6. David Sadowski Jr. (Yamaha) 1’55.504
7. Pat Mooney (Buell) 1’55.910
8. Sebastiao Ferreira (Yamaha) 1’56.123
9. Travis Wyman (Suzuki) 1’56.333
10. Cody Wyman (Suzuki) 1’56.365
11. Corey Alexander (Suzuki) 1’56.422
12. Mark Miller Jr. (Yamaha) 1’56.478
13. Charles Weaver (Yamaha) 1’56.741
14. Miles Thornton (Yamaha) 1’56.752
15. Travis Ohge (Suzuki) 1’56.929

AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series

Harv’s Harley Davidson’s Travis Wyman topped the timesheet in AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson qualifying, beating out Kyle Wyman of Revolution Performance by almost one second. Trailing close behind was Suburban Motors’ Steve Rapp in third.

“I felt really good going out,” said Wyman after the session. “I saw who was quick and a group of five or six were staying out front. I put down a few good laps and was able to catch them. I think that’s what the race is going to be, close to 2’06 or 2’07. The grip in the chicane is a little iffy.”

Eco Fuel Saver’s Tyler O’Hara took fourth, followed by Rossmeyers’ Bobby Fong in fifth and teammate Michael Barnes in sixth.

AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Thursday Results 2013:
1. Travis Wyman, 2’06.028 
2. Kyle Wyman 2’06.785
3. Steve Rapp 2’06.840
4. Tyler O’Hara 2’06.966
5. Bobby Fong 2’06.984
6. Michael Barnes 2’07.079
7. Nicholas Hansen 2’07.154
8. Benjamin Carlson 2’07.270
9. Michael Corbino 2’07.281
10. Eric Stump 2’07.304
11. Gage McAllister 2’07.352
12. Shane Narbonne 2’07.588
13. Steve Crevier 2’07.786
14. Darren James 2’09.653
15. Barrett Long 2’10.526

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