Johnson, Constantine Each Claim Victories in Opening Round of AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles Action at Daytona
NEWS March 22, 2013
photo by dave hoenig
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (March 22, 2013) - Michigan’s Kyle Johnson (Boughner Racing / Muskegon Motorcycle Gang) got off the line first in the 16 lap AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles first round main event at the DAYTONA Flat Track on March 14, 2013. However, Johnson was quickly passed by a charging Maryland product in Mike Poe (Jason Isennock / CCBC / Blevins).
Johnson stayed glued to Poe as he became the meat in a Maryland sandwich, with Jason Isennock, also a native of the “Old Line State,” (Highs Dairy Stores / Foard Racing) right on their heels.
On lap eleven, Johnson was able to capitalize on a mistake by Poe to recapture the lead. Once obtaining the top spot, Johnson built his lead and clinched his first ever professional victory.
“I was just being patient and waiting for him to make a mistake,” Johnson said. “Once I got up on the inside of the leader I got a good drive and took him on the straight away. I couldn’t be more satisfied with the way I performed tonight. My bike was unbelievable and everything really came together when it mattered most. I reclaimed the lead late in the race and that was all I needed to close it out.”
Final results 1-10: 1st – Kyle Johnson, 2nd – Jason Isennock, 3rd – Mike Poe, 4th – Brandon Wilhelm, 5th – Rodney Spencer Jr., 6th – Ryan Wells, 7th – Hunter Taylor, 8th – Dan Bromley, 9th – Jake Constantine, 10th – Wyatt Maguire
AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles – Round 2
Jake Constantine stormed around the outside of fellow New Yorker Ryan Wells at the start of the 16 lap AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles main event and rode to a convincing second round win on his Allphase Masonry & Chimney / Matt’s Cycle Center backed Honda. Wells tried to stay close, but the lead grew to over one second by the halfway point and over two seconds by the end of the race.
“I can’t even explain how I feel right now,” said an ecstatic Constantine. “To come down here and win it all is the best feeling in the world. It feels great to be on this podium, let alone be at the top of it! This win was huge for me and my team because of how bad we struggled last night in the opener. I can’t thank everyone enough for helping me out; this feeling is so surreal right now.”
Wells maintained a solid second place position throughout the race, while Thursday night’s third place finisher, Mike Poe, worked his way forward taking third place yet again after passing Wyatt Maguire (Kirkland Racing / Pro1racingheads.com) on lap 12.
There is a log jam at the top of the AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles point standings. Jake Constantine holds a single point lead over Mike Poe with Kyle Johnson and Ryan Wells another point back. Jason Isennock remains in fifth, seven points off the lead.
Final results 1-10: 1st – Jake Constantine, 2nd – Ryan Wells, 3rd – Mike Poe, 4th – Wyatt Maguire, 5th – Stephen Vanderkuur, 6th – Dominic Collindres, 7th – Gerit Callies, 8th – Rodney Spencer Jr., 9th – Brandon Wilhelm, 10th – Kyle Johnson