Yates and Eslick Fastest in Day 1 of Suzuki AMA Pro SuperBike Challenge at Auto Club Speedway
San Bernardino County, California (March 26, 2010) – Aaron Yates and Danny Eslick recorded top speeds in the AMA Pro American SuperBike and Daytona SportBike classes Friday at Auto Club Speedway in the opening day of competition of the Suzuki AMA Pro SuperBike Challenge.
Yates, who finished fourth in the season-opening races in Daytona three weeks ago in American SuperBike, rode his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 to the top position with a time of 1:23.982.
“I want to be focused and just do the best job I can,” Yates said. “The guys are working really hard to get the bike ready. We are working on couple of different things. I was going a little better on one of the bikes.”
Rounding out the top five AMA Pro American SuperBike riders are Tommy Hayden riding his Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki GSX-R1000 (1:24.133), Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram (1:24.150), John Hopkins on his M4 Monster Energy Suzuki GSX-R1000 (1:24.190) and Blake Young on his Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki GSX-R1000 (1:24.227).
Eslick on his GEICO Powersports/RMR/Suzuki GSX-R600 posted the top time for the day in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike with a time of 1:27.164. He is looking to achieve the same feat as last year at Auto Club Speedway when he won both Daytona SportBike races. The rest of the top-five included Josh Herrin on his Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6 (1:27.255), Tommy Aquino on the Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6 (1:27.457), Team Latus Motors Racing’s Steve Rapp (1:27.515) and Martin Cardenas on his M4 Monster Energy Suzuki GSX-R600 (1:27.560).
Young talent in the SuperSport class showed their skills as they raced against expert licensed local riders. Joey Pascarella topped the riders on his Yamaha YZF-R6 (1:29.310), followed by Scott Gilbert (1:30.188), Huntley Nash (1:31.393), Elena Myers (1:31.573) and Charles Strong (1:33.998).
Qualifying and Race 1 in each class will continue at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Top 10 results of Friday’s qualifying in all three classes show finishing position, name, motorcycle and time completed around the 2.36-mile, 21- turn road course.
AMA Pro American SuperBike: 1. Aaron Yates (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:23.982; 2. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:24.133; 3. Larry Pegram (Ducati 1098R), 1:24.150; 4. John Hopkins (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:24.190; 5. Blake Young (Suzuki GSX-1000R), 1:24.227; 6. Josh Hayes (Yamaha YZF-R1), 1:24.360; 7. Jake Holden (Honda CBR1000RR), 1:24.392; 8. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha YZF-R1), 1:24.791; 9. Jake Zemke (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:25.228; 10. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:25.270.
AMA Pro Daytona SportBike: 1. Danny Eslick (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:27.164; 2. Josh Herrin (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:27.255; 3. Tommy Aquino (Yamaha YZF-R6 ), 1:27.457; 4. Steve Rapp (Ducati 848), 1:27.515; 5. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:27.560; 6. Dane Wesby (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:27.604; 7. Cory West (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:28.160; 8. Clinton Seller (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:28.878; 9. Bobby Fong (Ducati 848), 1:29.416; 10. Chris Fillmore (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:29.496.
AMA SuperSport: 1. Joey Pascarella (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:29.310; 2. Scott Gilbert (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:30.188; 3. Huntley Nash (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:31.393; 4. Elena Myers (Suzuki GSX-R600), 131.573; 5. Charles Strong (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:33.998; 6. Chris Sromalla (Suzuki GSX-R600), 1:34.792; 7. Michael Corbino (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:35.2000; 8. Eric Stump (Honda CBR600RR), 1:35.452; 9. Paul-Michael Patterson (Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R), 1:35.638; 10. Robert Tinagero (Yamaha YZF-R6), 1:35.708.
About Auto Club Speedway: Don’t miss out on the 2010 edition of the AMA as it roars into Auto Club Speedway March 26-28 for the Suzuki AMA Pro SuperBike Challenge. Come see the best bikers in the world competing for bragging rights in American SuperBike and Daytona SportBike classes. Enjoy the day in the infield with a sponsor displays, great food, an autograph session and fun for the whole family.
On Saturday of AMA weekend kids and their families are invited to a morning of fun and motorcycle racing excitement at the inaugural “Lefty’s Family Fun Day and 5K”, March 27 at 7 a.m. at Auto Club Speedway. Everyone participating in the non-competitive 5K walk, run, ride and roll around the 2.36 mile, 21-turn motorcycle road course will be admitted FREE to the Suzuki AMA Pro SuperBike Challenge that same day. Visit www.leftys5k.com for info.
Then, mark your calendars as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup races to Auto Club Speedway on October 10, 2010 for the Pepsi 400. To purchase tickets for the Suzuki AMA Pro SuperBike Challenge or the Pepsi 400 weekend call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit the new www.autoclubspeedway.com for more information.
About AMA Pro Racing: AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America. They operate a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines, including the Suzuki AMA Pro SuperBike Challenge at Auto Club Speedway. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.