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Eslick to Ride Buell in American SuperBike

Thursday, January 12, 2012
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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fast2win   January 23, 2012 06:46 AM
Jayson   January 21, 2012 03:39 PM
@fast2win..... my mistake its not Danny it Eric himself...LMAO
fast2win   January 21, 2012 07:23 AM
Anybody can win on a gixer. Even Danny did it. Must of been the bike, just like the 1st year when he won on the 1125R. The fact is EBR builds a bike that you can enter in AMA superbike and be competive out of the box. The others need 20k to get close. Of course it cost more, it has everything it needs to be competitive. And it is a street legal bike. The lack of knowledge in this post is evedent. The max rwhp in AMA superbike is 190, ebr makes 180 with race muffler and program. I think they will be ok, twins have typically been down on hp compared to I4s. This should be the best AMA season in a long time. Bring on the gixers. lmao
Jayson   January 20, 2012 10:09 PM
@fast2win LMAO Danny is that you? you should've stayed on a Suzuki!!!!
fast2win   January 20, 2012 02:15 PM
Let the whining commence. 1st you whine about DSB now thats it's in superbike you whine some more. All I can say is bring your towels to the races. Your gonna need them.
wc524   January 17, 2012 05:51 AM
@fmaxwell: Apparently you didn't watch the WERA races. Higbee finished 5th out of 6 riders! That's with Rapp on his ZX-10R, Ulrich on another ZX-10R, and two other GSX-R1000's.

Jayson is right! Don't compare a $40K bike to a stock BMW S1000RR. Give me a BMW S1000RR and 30K to put whatever kind of goodies on and I'd kick that Buell all the way to the curb. PLEASE GET REAL...1190RS in a Superbike is laughable....go back to Daytona Sportbike where it's a garaunteed winner!
Jayson   January 16, 2012 08:07 PM
@VinceXB and fmaxwell... "odd comparison" alright, a $40K 1190RS to other $15K liter bikes. Point being that when a team puts in an addition $20K into say a BMW S1000RR. the so called advantages that fmaxwell raves about start to fade away badly. Especially since the 1190RS is down on power already by his words. And as to the weight advantage over a stock ZX10R... investing $20K can loose significant weight. So wc524's comments has some merit even before the first race. DON"T COMPARE A $4OK RACE BIKE TO A STOCK LITER BIKE AND RAVE ABOUT HOW ITS THE BEST. I'll say this though, the new 1190RS is the sexiest looking Buell yet.
VinceXB   January 16, 2012 11:28 AM
If anyone wonders what the homologation rules are in AMA, they can be found here http://www.amaproracing.com/assets/AMAPro-RR-2011-Rulebook.pdf The 1190RS comes in at the max allowable price tag, and probably at the least amount of units built allowable. Anyone who visit's EBR in the paddock quickly sees the kind of shoe string budget they're on. Hopefully they'll get some bikes sold, get some more sponsorship dollars, and ramp up their ability to compete. Competition is good, and another brand of bike on the race course just adds to the diversity and fun of the sport. I remember those GSXR races of just a few years ago, I didn't find that nearly as interesting as last season with BMW, KTM, Ducati, and EBR racing along side of Kawa, Suzuki, Honda, and Yamaha.
VinceXB   January 16, 2012 10:55 AM
Slight typo in my last post: it's a bigger displacement motor with the full $20+ factory race kit already installed.... that should be $20k+, as in twenty thousand dollars.
VinceXB   January 16, 2012 10:54 AM
@Jayson One thing to consider is that the $40k 1190RS is fully race ready and includes the necessary lights, mirrors, etc to be registered on the road. In comparison to the earlier 1125r, it's a bigger displacement motor with the full $20+ factory race kit already installed. So yeah, it's a little bit of an odd comparison to any showroom-stock liter class superbike. But the fact is no one in the AMA American SuperBike class rides a showroom-stock bike. There's at least $20k of upgrades on those bikes, in addition to the $12k for the bike. The only thing the 1190RS needs is to be de-glassed and have the suspension dialed in for the rider; that's what you get for $40k - a premium sportbike, not a vanilla showroom-stock watered down liter bike for the masses. It basically allows teams wanting an 1190RS to buy a registered bike and take it racing. It allows for quicker homologation because every bike sale, for race or street use, counts toward fulfilling AMA's homologation raquirements. You simply can't buy a watered down 1190R for the masses yet. That bike will come, though. I'd bet dollars to donuts that EBR will produce an 1190R for the masses that comes in around $15k or so once they can establish themselves with some success from the 1190RS.
desertdog   January 14, 2012 04:22 PM
" If you spent $40K on a ZX10R... would it be better than the 1190RS? NO. IMHO, Eric Buell took an approach similar to KTM's approach to dual sports. Design and build a race bike and slap on some lights etc. Somehow I suspect Kawasaki and the rest of the "rice rocket" makers have found a way to inject another $20K+ even while staying within the restrictive boundaries of the specs. Man I hope EBR pulls off a few wins if not a title. What an amazing comeback just to be back in the game!
Jayson   January 14, 2012 12:05 PM
WOW I like how Bull supporters like to compare a $40K 1190RS to rice rockets that cost well below half. If you spent $40K on a 2012 ZX10R or any other liter bike for that matter would it be better than the 1190RS?
fmaxwell   January 13, 2012 11:57 AM
@wc524: Motorcyclist magazine wrote: "May claims the 1190RS streetbike is quicker out of the box than his 1125RR racebike, and this is completely plausible. The superlight machine feels preternaturally fast, accelerating with an urgency that surpasses even BMW's overdog S1000RR. Broadly powerful-it passes 70 lb.-ft. of torque at 6000 rpm and never looks back-and with the lively, eager engine character that only comes from a hand-built, perfectly balanced racing engine, the 1190RS builds speed with a ferocity that's completely out of character for a big twin. Even the extended, 55.4-inch wheelbase can't keep it from wheelying everywhere-all the way up the hill on Road America's front straight, of course, but also downhill toward Turn 3 at well over 100 mph!" Does that sound like a description of a bike that "needs more power" to "keep up"? Even if the Japanese bikes manage to get a few horsepower on the Buell, it has handling that makes them look ponderous by comparison. The front wheel assembly on the Buell is a full ten pounds lighter than the best of the Japanese superbikes. The Buell has a 384 lb. curb weight in street trim (lights, muffler, etc.). That's 40 lbs. less than a 2012 ZX-10R!
VinceXB   January 13, 2012 11:05 AM
@moto-pat, EBR has the 1190 is production. For the low, low price of $40k you could buy one. @wc524 with 174hp and 97ft lb of torque, I think it's probably good on power. Remember, Geoff May piloted the 1190 to consistent top 10 (like 8 - 10) finishes. A more skilled rider like Eslick should be able to score top 5 finishes and a few podium finishes.
wc524   January 13, 2012 06:38 AM
It will be nice to see the Buell 1190RS again...but I can hear Eslick now, "We just can't keep up with the front guys! The bike needs more power."
moto-pat   January 12, 2012 01:31 PM
Good for them but I thought a company had to produce a certain number of bike to be able to race them. Did I miss something? It didn't stop Buell in the 90's so I'm sure it won't now.
VinceXB   January 12, 2012 12:47 PM
This is, of course, awesome. Eslick will put that 1190 on the podium, guaranteed.