Cameron Beaubier of the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves team continued his dizzying 2013 success on Sunday, July 21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by steering his #6 YZF-R6 to his fifth consecutive in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race by nearly three seconds.
After not getting on the podium during Race 1 of AMA Pro Daytona SportBike at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Daytona 200 winner Josh Herrin came back to win Race 2 on Sunday.
The Team Graves Yamaha rider, who finished Race 1 in fourth, held off defending champion GEICO Powersports/RMR Suzuki rider Danny Eslick, winning by 0.028 of a second. Coming in third was Team Latus Motors Racing Ducati rider Steve Rapp.
The AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL race was a tight one, with the lead being swapped by many riders during 21-lap event at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Saturday.
But in Race 1, it was M4 Monster Energy Suzuki rider Martin Cardenas who took the win, followed by defending champion GEICO Powersports/RMR Suzuki rider Danny Eslick and Cardenas’ teammate Dane Westby.
On the pole was Eslick, who took the holeshot followed by Team Graves Yamaha rider Tommy Aquino, his teammate and Daytona 200 winner Josh Herrin, and Team Latus Motors Racing Ducati rider Steve Rapp.
Eslick remained in the lead for the first six laps, as Herrin, Westby and Vesrah Suzuki rider Cory West swapped positions numerous times. By lap 12, Cardenas made his way to the front, and lead every lap but two, which were led by Westby. Eslick and Cardenas fought hard to the end, but Cardenas would hold off Eslick by 0.679 of a second.
In a sea of V-twin engines you could clearly hear the distinct sound of the British motor. Triumph was out in force at Daytona Bike Week with two large trucks and an abundance of fans. The area was bordered by blue Triumph flags and fronted by two custom bikes painted with the Union Jack. The announcement was plain and difficult to miss - the Brits have landed.
1. Josh Herrin (Yamaha YZF-R6) 57 laps2. Dane Westby (Yamaha YZF-R6) -7.964 seconds3. Steve Rapp (Ducati 848) -24.496
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