ESLICK WINS WILD RACE IN NEW JERSEY FOR GEICO POWERSPORTS RMR SUZUKI
NEWS September 8, 2010
Millville, N.J. (September 8, 2010) - GEICO Powersports RMR Suzuki's Danny Eslick demonstrated exactly how motivated he is to repeat as the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL Champion in 2010 with a stirring performance this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP).
Entering with a slim 12-point title advantage, Eslick and his primary title rivals all brought their 'A-games' to NJMP, making for a pair of thrilling battles at the front.
Having scored his fourth pole position of the season with a best time of 1:23.564, the Oklahoman duked it out for position with several riders early in Saturday's 23-lap contest before breaking free of the pack at mid-distance.
However, having asked too much of his tires to make that escape, Eslick was relegated to fifth by the time he reached the checkered flag.
Eslick decided to take a more measured approach to Sunday's race, but once again found himself dicing for the lead at the front of a 10-rider pack once the adrenaline started pumping. He managed to reformulate his strategy just enough, however, and charged into the lead aboard his GSX-R600 sponsored by GEICO Powersports and Lucas Oil on the final lap with a stunning maneuver past a key challenger to score his third victory of the season.
The end result of all the intense weekend action was very little movement at the top of the points race, as Eslick leaves New Jersey Motorsports Park with an 11-point championship lead.
"My plan was totally not what I did today," Eslick laughed after his inspiring Sunday ride. "Yeah, the outcome was, but plan for the race was to sit back and wait and come in strong over the last five laps. But from the green flag that was out the window. I put my head down and went back-and-forth swapping the lead.”
"I knew it was going to be a bunch of guys going for it, there are always a handful of guys in this class. I didn't know it was ten and I am glad I didn't! I didn't look back; I just wanted to go as hard as I could. Really, it seemed pretty uneventful until the last couple laps. Everybody was right up in the front so I knew something exciting was going to happen for sure."
Commenting on his decisive last-lap pass, Eslick said, "I was pretty much committed. If I wasn't, I probably would have run and hit the side of him and one of us or both of us would have crashed. It could have been really ugly, but I was committed before we got there so coming down to the last two races of the championship, it doesn't get any better or cleaner I guess than that."
Meanwhile, the RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing team continued their total dominance of the Vance & Hines XR1200 class as Jake Holden powered to pole and his first class victory on Sunday on his Revolution Performance-backed machine. Holden staked a 10.161 second lead at the checkered flag.
Holden was joined on the podium by teammate Travis Wyman in third while Joseph Rozynski and Michael Corbino finished in sixth and eighth, respectively.
With Eslick focused on his AMA Pro Daytona SportBike duties, Sunday winner Holden assumed control of the XR1200 championship lead.
Eslick's quest to be re-crowned as the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike champ will be decided on September 24th-26th as the season concludes at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.
GEICO Powersports RMR Suzuki is sponsored by GEICO Powersports, Lucas Oil, Suzuki, Millennium Technologies, Vortex Sprockets, EBC Brakes, and Pilot.
RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing Harley Davidson is sponsored by GEICO Powersports, Lucas Oil, Bruce Rossmeyer Destination Daytona, Revolution Performance, Pilot, EBC Brakes, Race Tech, Orient Express, and Pit Bull.
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