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2010 Daytona SportBike Barber Race 2

Sunday, September 26, 2010
In addition to taking the 2010 Daytona SportBike Championship  Martin Cardenas also took the double victory at Barber Motorsports Park.
In addition to taking the 2010 Daytona SportBike Championship, Martin Cardenas also took the double victory at Barber Motorsports Park.
The final race of the Daytona SportBike series was an intense two-part affair that began with Geico Powersports Suzuki’s Danny Eslick in the early lead followed by Project 1 Atlanta’s Clinton Seller, Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Herrin and M4 Monster Energy Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas.
 
As the race progressed, however, the Project 1 Atlanta duo of Dane Westby and Seller took over first and second respectively. Cardenas wasted little time getting behind Seller where he kept the pressure on for the second slot, and the two became embroiled in a feud that allowed Westby to open a gap. The race was suddenly brought to a halt on Lap 13 following the crashes of Westby and Seller.
 
In the restart Eslick once again took to the front, this time ahead of Herrin, Westby, Chronic Motorspots’ Paul Allison and Cardenas. Meanwhile, Seller struggled in the restart and was running 11th on Lap 15.
 
Westby and Eslick traded the lead back and forth a few times before Cardenas made his move to the front. Determined to take the double victory at Barber and clench the DSB Championship, the Colombian put in a strong ride in the last few laps to hold off the competition and seal the deal, taking the win by more than one and a half seconds. Cardenas secured the 2010 Daytona SportBike Championship ahead of Eslick, who finished ahead of Herrin during the difficult race to take second in the series. A battered Herrin was left languishing down in 11th following an intense feud with Eslick which put him on the deck. Despite finishing outside the top-10, Herrin took home third in the championship, with Rapp and Westby rounding out the top-five finishers in the final Daytona SportBike standings.  
 
2010 Daytona SportBike Barber Race 2 Results:
1. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki)
2. Danny Eslick (Suzuki)
3. Dane Westby (Yamaha)
With three laps remaining Herrin passed Eslick  and shortly afterward Eslick came back with an extremely aggressive - and maybe even illegal - pass on the inside that sent Herrin sliding into the wet grass.
With three laps remaining Herrin passed Eslick, and shortly afterward Eslick came back with an extremely aggressive - and maybe even illegal - pass on the inside that sent Herrin sliding into the wet grass.

4. Paul Allison (Yamaha)
5. Chris Fillmore (Suzuki)
6. Cory West (Suzuki)
7. Steve Rapp (Ducati)
8. Tommy Aquino (Yamaha)
9. Clinton Seller (Yamaha)
10. Kyle Wyman (Yamaha)
11. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
12. Russ Wikle (Suzuki)
13. Kris Turner (Suzuki)
14. Barrett Long (Ducati)
15. Fernando Amantini (Kawasaki)

2010 Daytona SportBike Championship Points:
1. Martin Cardenas, 405
2. Danny Eslick, 397
3. Josh Herrin, 377
4. Steve Rapp, 281
5. Dane Westby, 248
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Mike -Eslick is TPT  October 25, 2010 08:00 AM
Regardless of what Manufacturer fan you are or who is your favorite in the series, what happened at that race was wrong. Eslick had it out for Herrin, period. And his actions should be dealt with by the AMA. If you have been watching the series both this year and last year you will see that when Cardenas and Eslick goe toe to toe, there is no bad moves, no poor passing. But when you see Eslick and Herrin battle it out, there is obvious and intentional contact. It seems however it is more one sided and the aggressor is Eslick. Fans on both sides will defend thier Team/Rider favorite. But after witnessing that crap on Speed, it is shamefull for a professional racer. Watch Eslicks remarks on OTT, youtube in the postrace interviews. He is an Ass. He doesnt deserve second in the championship. And for the AMA not to acknowledge this is rediculous. It just goes to show you how bad the series has gotten. Drama sells.
Fabes -looser  October 12, 2010 09:28 PM
If the AMA doesn't penalize Eslick, they are a classless professional organization
Charles -Eslick is the S***  October 8, 2010 08:43 AM
aaa bbb-I totally agree with you. Jason-you're an idiot. You don't deserve a response. Scott- you probably have never ridden over the speed limit and if you do have a riding buddy I bet you ride side by side in both lanes.
Alter Ego -No more Eslick for me  October 5, 2010 07:15 AM
I was an Eslick fan but no more. Not after the circus riding demonstration he put on whenever Herrin got close. No question he had it out for Josh and his goal for the day was obviously that it was more important to take Herrin out than to win a championship. What a let down. The AMA needs to act!
Bruthafromanuthamutha -petty little track day rider / big race fan  October 4, 2010 04:59 PM
Eslick can ride; but he has the same mentality as Valle - if you want to beat me, u have to be willing to bin it (desperation move) to get it! This is a life and death profession - one little mistake can sign the deed! I would bust 'slicks' azz off the track somewhere to where he would never pull this shiggidy again!!! Classless, unprofessional clown!
Scott -T  October 2, 2010 11:14 AM
aaa bbb - You probably ride like an idiot too, if you ride at all.
aaa bbb -Whiners  October 1, 2010 11:26 AM
Looks like all 14 of Herrin's fans are here. You Whiners need to take baby Herrin with you and move on over to NASCAR. You will fit in fine there with Smoke and the whinny gang.
Nico -A dark cloud on one of the best series of Motorcycle racing  October 1, 2010 11:24 AM
Eslick in both races over the weekend had one focus (it had nothing to do with Herrin leaning on him and him retaliating) which was to destroy Josh's Championship run and it's a travesty that the AMA allowed it to happen. There's no room for behaviour like that in racing.
Jason -My opinions  September 30, 2010 04:51 PM
Just to be clear all of my statements are my personal opinions based on how I interpreted the events that took place at Barber motorsports. None of what I said is a statement of fact, it is only speculative opinion.


“Danny Eslick is a POS (piece of S**T). I’ll bet he will get a Superbike ride with M4 Monster Energy after his wild and reckless stunts he pulled this past weekend. He didn’t even try to win the race or championship he just tried to destroy Herrin with dirty riding. The M4 Monster Energy team owes their championship to Eslick’s A-hole ridding. Why else would Eslick let a championship go by unless he was promised something much bigger like a Superbike ride for next year? Clinton Seller accidentally ran into Herrin in a racing incident and he was suspended for a whole race weekend AND put on probation!!! But Eslick pulls this stunt and nothing happens. It just goes to show how corrupt the AMA, Danny Eslick and M4 Monster Energy team really are!

The AMA can and should suspend Eslick for the first race weekend of next season and put him on probation for the rest of next season. If I were the Graves Yamaha team I would boycott the AMA until Eslick is dealt with otherwise the racing series is even more of a farce than what it already is.

Race fans like myself and others came to watch a race not to watch bumper cars and cheating! How hard is it for some rider to take out another rider on purpose just because they can and have an attitude?

Danny Eslick was a loser when he was riding the cheater Buell and now he is a loser rider on a 600. Eslick’s actions will be remembered by all the other riders, teams, and fans. He may get a temporary lift by going to Superbike for his “favor” but no one else will want anything to do with this POS.”

“Let’s just see where Eslick ends up next year. I won’t be surprised if he is riding for M4 Monster.”

I wanted to make this clear so that no false rumors would get started and so nobody would be offended.

Jason
GMan -needing more horsepower?..an accident waiting to happen..classy rider...lost sight of title...  September 30, 2010 07:06 AM
naaaw...i dont think Eslick needs that...like i said earlier, he can ride his azz off...he's good but, its his actions...

is he an accident waiting to happen?...i dont think he is...i think this is more of a personal thing against Herrin only...whatever reason, its like there's bad blood between the 2...i didnt watch every single race this season but, just by the comments he made and his actions on the track all say that he & Herrin dont jive together...

sum1 mentioned Herrin being a classy rider...and i totally agree with u 100%...nowhere in that race did i see him retaliate so blatantly as Eslick did to him...more or less, Herrin was tryin to stay away from Eslick and keep it clean...it was Eslick who looked to play smash up derby with Herrin...thumbs up to Herrin for not stoopin that low as Eslick, you just showed everyone that you have way more classy then him...and your aware of the dangerous stupidity can cause on a track full of riders...

lost sight of title?...if any1 lost sight it would be Eslick...his concern was not letting Herrin pass, etc...i doubt Herrin lost sight @ the title but, was totally distracted by the doings of Eslick...

with all thats said...i do what to say congrats to Cardenas too!..he too can ride that M4 & is a great champion/rider...
Valentino -Eslick is a tragedy looking for a place to happen!  September 29, 2010 07:15 AM
Bottom line, this guy is dangerous and will get someone seriously hurt or killed one day. I was hoping that Herrin would do the same to him but he has too much class and knows how to 'race'. I hope he rides Superbike next year because those boys won't put up with half the crap he pulled this year.
Eric Z -rider  September 29, 2010 07:13 AM
Herrin was not trying to tangle as some have said. He made a move that is known as a block pass, just because somebody makes a block pass on you doesnt mean you can hit them, it means you just got owned and need to slowdown. Rossi makes that pass all the time, if someone just plowed him people would be up in arms. People use their bodies all the time to block the inside line, it isnt stupid, they have a reasonable expectation of the rider behind not trying to kill them.
Greg -It was BS!  September 28, 2010 07:03 PM
There is no doubt that Eslick can ride but that move was BS! I love bumping and pushing but bulldozing someone off the track is not racing. I lost all respect for Danny, he's a woodchuck punk.
IwasThere -Eslick= sad sad sad  September 28, 2010 05:51 PM
Like another person said Eslick was quoted saying if he can't keep the title be was gonna make sure Herrin wasn't gonna get it. So Cardenas (sp) congrats to him for winning had a extra blocker on the grid. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Eslick riding as a new teammate to Cardenas and M4 Monster Suzuki
Reggie G -Eslick = white trash  September 28, 2010 05:28 PM
His true colors came out on Sunday. He is the only one that is impressed with himself. The AMA needs to make a statement on this deal. Herrin wanted to race and Eslick is just a loser. He can dish it out, but can't take it. There is no place for this in the AMA. No one respectable will support this type of horse sh-t. Nothin wrong with a little bad feelings for each other, but this isn't Saturday night dirt track. Act now AMA.
JaK -Eslick lost my repect  September 28, 2010 04:43 PM
I was trying to give Eslick the benefit of doubt this season, and he did prove he can race. But after watching his classless actions at Barber, I lost all respect. I would hope the AMA/DMG takes some sort of action to discipline Eslick, otherwise they just dropped another notch in my impression of their idea of racing and entertainment.
T.Shaw -Eslick and Herrin lost sight of title  September 28, 2010 02:24 PM
Both Herrin and Eslick need to take an honest look at what happened in the race. It's pretty clear that they were so worried about each other that they let Cardenas run away at the front. Eslick in particular was so worried about staring in front of Herrin who was clearly on a charge. Why not let Herrin two you to the front and then try to pass both later on. If Eslick was so keen on beating Herrin, why not try to in the championship in the process - don't cut off your nose to spite your face.
Oliver -Congrats to Martin  September 28, 2010 01:54 PM
I also am en ex-racer and know a few things about what I saw. It's tough to judge who was at fault because I was not there on the track. Cameras can be deceptive because of the angles. But I do know one thing: Martin won the double at Barber in the dry last year. He won the double in the rain this year and the championship. He was smart enough to stay out of the fight between Eslick and Herrin. If I were Chuck Graves, I would be pissed at Josh for losing sight of the Championship and getting into it with Eslick. As the old saying goes, "To finish first, one must first finish." Martin proved that he can ride fast, smooth and smart. He was smooth in the rain and made his moves when it counted. He's got my vote for champion. He earned it. Congratulations Martin and best of luck to you next year.
Jason -Chilly  September 28, 2010 01:12 PM
“Jason, why do you feel the Monster M4 team (John Ulrich) is corrupt?” Sounds like you are taking it personal…”Chilly.” Let’s just see where Eslick ends up next year. I won’t be surprised if he is riding for M4 Monster.
Brian Jackson -That ain't racing  September 28, 2010 12:44 PM
I actually like the way Danny rides, btu he was out of line in his comments during the interview. To suggest that Josh was leanign on him is such a farce. It's clear that Danny intentioanlly ran him wide a number of times. He was well off the racing line and even got passed on the inside while running him wide on one lap. I'm an ex-racer and know that runnign someone a little wide is part of the sport, but to do it that blatently over and over again was not clean racing. And then to suggest it was Josh's fault was comical. Josh had to "lean on him" or he would have been in the grass. It is a racing incedent and it was the final race, but I've lost a lot of respect for Danny to not only do it, but to suggest it was Josh's fault. The pass that piut him on the ground was not a pass, but rather a hip check. Should he be fined, probably not. Should he be warned and put on probation, yes!
Chilly -The Truth  September 28, 2010 08:18 AM
Anyone who thinks Eslick needs a Buell to go toe to toe with anyone wasn't paying attention this year! Jason, why do you feel the Monster M4 team (John Ulrich) is corrupt?
R1RacerJ -Danny is better than Josh??  September 28, 2010 06:29 AM
Are you mentally retarded?? Josh has won more races this year and aside from bad luck is consistently faster than Eslick, and at Barber he was way faster in the dry that's why he beat him there and in the rain I believe he ran way faster laps than Eslick or Cardenas but he kept getting run off track by Danny...Eslick won the championship last year on a bike that had 20 more horsepower than everyone else's, it was so unair that Kawa and Honda pulled out of AMA completely
05cbr1000RR -The hard TRUTH is Danny "IS" better than Josh!!!!!  September 28, 2010 12:16 AM
Everyone complaining about Danny must be the same people who believe a quarterback is down once he is in the grasp. What a pussy rule, same goes for AMA rules. As someone who raced WERA in the 80's AMA rules have become ridiculous.There was ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with the way Danny raced. That's racing. Quit crying about every little tap or elbow or whatever, if anything Josh leaned into him. Danny didn't kick him off or ride his bike wide he saw an opening and took it and Josh realized that to late and tried to cut back in, but was to late. The FACT is Danny is a much better rider than Josh and NO he doesn't need a 1200cc to beat anyone. He led all year because he can ride. Josh is a great rider too but needs more experience. Congrats to Cardenas but we all know who would have won if the track was dry.
Eric -Former AMA fan  September 27, 2010 04:14 PM
After watching Eslick racing like that, thats not racing. He was out on a pure vendetta against herrin and it showed. hes lucky noone got hurt but its not a first, watch the rest of the season and hes had it out for him in practice sessions etc. I guess his motto is if you cant beat em fair, take em out
Reggie -Typical  September 27, 2010 02:01 PM
Wow not even one person congratulating Cardenas in these posts. Can’t say I blame you since if it wasn’t for Danny Eslick, Cardenas would not have won the title and everyone knows it even Cardenas. What Eslick did was dumb because there aren’t too many factory teams in DSB, actually just one the very one Eslick screwed over, so burning bridges is not a good idea. It is also very appalling how the moto racing media has not covered this story for squat; pretending as if nothing happened this race weekend sad, truly sad.

Well Yamaha still got a championship title in SBK, Herrin still has a factory ride, Cardenas will race another season in a support class for the same team even though he “won” the championship and Eslick will always be that guy who needed a 1200cc bike in a 600cc class in order to win a championship and of course the AMA/DMG is still irrelevant, and incompetent.
MDaddy -No Class!  September 27, 2010 01:25 PM
Id always respected Eslick's determination (even though he's a spaz) until now. He showed absolutely no class at Barber. I wonder if he'd have still had that stupid grin on his face if he would have seriously injured or killed someone? If the AMA doesn't hammer this guy, I won't participate next year with AMA roadracing. Shame on him!
R1RacerJ -Eslick needs more horsepower  September 27, 2010 12:13 PM
Looks like we have a Eslick fan "chilly" on here lol..coming from someone that races sportbikes and not really a fan of either riders I will agree that eslick's actions in both races were way over the line and really a disgrace, and I give alot of credit to Herrin for keeping a cool head and not wrecking that goofball... on the flip side I'm a huge Rossi fan and maybe he should have been penalized for the infamous Sete pass at Jerez but it wouldn't have mattered because he beat Sete by a huge margin at the end of the year and the following year as well
Jason -Chilly  September 27, 2010 12:09 PM
“I bet Herrin and Graves think twice about a single pole point next year” The qualifying incident was Eslick’s fault he cut in front of Herrin, what was Herrin supposed to do? Besides did that single accidental incident decide the out come of the championship? What Eslick did was on purpose and he did it more times than once. Sad to think that getting revenge for a mistake of his own was more important than winning the championship. I’ll bet his team and sponsors will think twice before they support him again.

“Good thing the FIM didn't impose a lifetime ban on Vale for doing the same exact thing to Sete! “ If…if the FIM gave a severe penalty to another rider shortly before the Rossi and Sete incident for the same stuff but not one to Rossi, like they recently did to Clinton Seller, then yes it would be unfair but nothing like that ever took place. Also, Rossi was going for the win, Eslick was just being malicious not to mention Rossi did it just once not multiple times throughout the weekend and Rossi’s move did not decide the outcome of the world championship. Eslick is white trash not a sportsman or an aggressive competitor.
GMan -that really blows!...  September 27, 2010 11:17 AM
1st off, i give credit where credit is due and Eslick can ride his butt off...BUT, seeing what he was doing to Herrin made me lose all respect for the guy. it was clearly evident that his comments and his actions on the track showed that he was out for Herrin. from pushing Herrin out wide, to almost parking it in the corner causing Herrin to check up is a disgrace! u can clearly see what Eslick was doing was personal because, at times he would look right @ Herrin while doing it. with all that has been done & said, i'd be surprised if nothing happens to Eslick.

Herrin!...keep your head up man!..he'll get his sooner or later...
T.Shaw -Hard Racing  September 27, 2010 10:54 AM
Hard, borderline dirty racing from Eslick. Eslick clearly seemed to be more preoccupied with saying in from of Herrin than winning the race. Even the announcers mentioned that during a pre-race interview, he (Eslick) mentioned that he would rather Cardenas win the championship - if not himself. He got his wish. It's too bad, he really needed this championship to dismiss the 'Buell' talk. At this rate, he'll the only championship winner to win DSB on a 1000+ cc bike.
Chilly -P.S. Hey Matt!  September 27, 2010 09:44 AM
Why didn't your race review mention any of the drama?
Chilly -Slick is a Bad Ass  September 27, 2010 09:36 AM
You girl scouts crack me up! I bet Herrin and Graves think twice about a single pole point next year. Good thing the FIM didn't impose a lifetime ban on Vale for doing the same exact thing to Sete!
Jason -Eslick, AMA and M4 Monster Energy are the real LOSERS  September 27, 2010 09:04 AM
Danny Eslick is a POS (piece of S**T). I’ll bet he will get a Superbike ride with M4 Monster Energy after his wild and reckless stunts he pulled this past weekend. He didn’t even try to win the race or championship he just tried to destroy Herrin with dirty riding. The M4 Monster Energy team owes their championship to Eslick’s A-hole ridding. Why else would Eslick let a championship go by unless he was promised something much bigger like a Superbike ride for next year? Clinton Seller accidentally ran into Herrin in a racing incident and he was suspended for a whole race weekend AND put on probation!!! But Eslick pulls this stunt and nothing happens. It just goes to show how corrupt the AMA, Danny Eslick and M4 Monster Energy team really are!

The AMA can and should suspend Eslick for the first race weekend of next season and put him on probation for the rest of next season. If I were the Graves Yamaha team I would boycott the AMA until Eslick is dealt with otherwise the racing series is even more of a farce than what it already is.

Race fans like myself and others came to watch a race not to watch bumper cars and cheating! How hard is it for some rider to take out another rider on purpose just because they can and have an attitude?

Danny Eslick was a loser when he was riding the cheater Buell and now he is a loser rider on a 600. Eslick’s actions will be remembered by all the other riders, teams, and fans. He may get a temporary lift by going to Superbike for his “favor” but no one else will want anything to do with this POS.
Mac-D -Thats NOT Racing......a total gift for Martin Cardenas  September 27, 2010 07:56 AM
Danny shame on you!! You are a very talented racer and SHOULD have been up front to take the Championship...your actions to #8 were over the top and quite scary....mind you Josh needs to learn to protect himself, as he put himself out there every lap...AMA needs to take some action. "Rubbin is Racing" but taking a guy out on purpose is too much!

Fonzy -Let's call it what it was BullS***!  September 26, 2010 11:36 PM
Although the racing was good and eventful, let’s be honest somebody was screwed out of a possible championship. I don’t think Eslick is a dirty racer normally, but you could see his hatred for herrin spill out on the track. I do agree Eslick should be punished but really what can be done the damage is done. Herrin won’t be champ anything short of racing it over would be worthless. It was a disgrace for the geico team.
MoB -Danny Eslick should be Banned from AMA.  September 26, 2010 11:03 PM
Danny Eslick should be Banned for Life from AMA. He is going to take someone life. These are Motorcycles, not a Car they racing in. He is very wreckless and going to take a Life soon. In the Final Race 2 at Barber, he was very dangerous and trying to run Josh Herrin off the track not once, but many times; in the rain at that. This is not racing. This is called un-sportmanship and called trying to take someone out. This is very dangerous at the speed they are going. AMA, this is something you need to think about. Because Danny Eslick may take a Life soon...