Daytona 200/AMA Pro Daytona SportBike: 2011 Daytona Preview

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (March 10, 2011) – Fifty entries have been filed for the 70th running of the legendary Daytona 200 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race.

The 57-lap contest will go green this Saturday afternoon on the 3.51-mile Long Course that combines Daytona International Speedway’s high banks with its twisting infield course. This year, the classic race will be televised live on SPEED from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12.

Dating back to 1937, when Ed Kretz won the fist Daytona 200 on an Indian, this world-class race has served as the opening event of the American road race season. In keeping with tradition, the 70-year-old contest will again kick off the current AMA Pro Road Racing season, and with 2010 class champion Martin Cardenas having moved to AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike this year, the field is wide open.

Headlining up the 2011 competitors is 2010 Daytona 200 winner Josh Herrin, who finished third in last season’s final points standings with five wins to his credit. Back with his long-time Graves Motorsports crew and fielding a newly liveried Monster Energy Graves Motorsports Yamaha, Josh’s 2011 bid for title redemption begins now.

Last year’s Daytona 200 Pole Position winner, Danny Eslick, finished second in the 2010 class championship and also returns with his 2010 squad, GEICO Powersports RMR Suzuki. The eternally hard-charging Eslick claimed three Daytona SportBike victories last year and can be expected to be high up in the mix come Saturday.

Taking over the 200 reins for Team M4 Suzuki in Cardenas’ absence will be Dane Westby, who stunned many by claiming second in last year’s Daytona 200 contest after leading twelve laps. Jake Zemke, who won both Daytona AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike races last year, will return to middleweight competition with the Project 1 Atlanta team, the talented Californian representing a big unknown for other riders in the class.

One of the bigger storylines in this year’s Daytona 200 is the return of Kawasaki to the storied event, the green machines piloted by Team Cycle World Attack Performance’s Eric Bostrom and 2010 AMA Pro SuperSport East Division Champion J. D. Beach.  Eric will be doing double-duty this weekend, representing in the SuperBike class as well, while J.D. will be making his Daytona SportBike debut after a tremendous 2010 season that saw him earn eight victories.

Daytona 200/AMA Pro Daytona SportBike: 2011 Daytona Preview

AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200: 2011 Daytona Preview

Press Release

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (March 8, 2011) – Last year a new series was launched in the Kettle Moraine country of East Central Wisconsin, just up the road from Milwaukee, home of one of the most iconic manufacturers in the motorcycling universe.

Another beginning will take place during the March 10-12 Daytona 200 Week at the famous Daytona International Speedway, as the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series takes to the high banks for the first time in its short history.

The class’ first full season will kick off at Daytona with a record entry of more than twenty Harley-Davidson XR1200 riders. Led by a number of big stars from all facets of the motorcycling world, the field will roll out on Friday, March 11, at 3:15 p.m. for a 25-mile race around the 3.51-mile Long Course at Daytona International Speedway.

The series made its debut at Road America in June of last year, and the inaugural five-race series was won convincingly by Danny Eslick aboard the GEICO Powersports RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing XR1200. Eslick went on to dominate the next three races and captured the first AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship.

This year will see a big influx of new teams and riders for the first full season of competition aboard the big Harley-Davidson machines, which feature special but limited modifications via kits from famed high-performance exhaust and product manufacturer Vance & Hines.

One of the notable entries this season will be AMA Pro Flat Track star Joe Kopp, who will ride for Team Latus Motors Racing. Kopp has five AMA Flat Track Championships to his name, including the 2000 AMA Grand National Championship—- one of three championships he won that year.

Previous Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp (2007), who contended the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike series last year, joins the 2011 XR1200 class aboard a Parts Unlimited-sponsored machine alongside Michael Barnes, who finished second in the final XR1200 race of 2010. Barnes will pilot a Drag Specialties-supported XR1200.

AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200: 2011 Daytona Preview

AMA Pro SuperSport 2011 Daytona Preview

Press Release

AMA PRO SUPERSPORT – The 2011 AMA Pro SuperSport series has gotten off to a great start even before the season officially kicks off March 10-12 at Daytona International Speedway, with new young-guns joining the middleweight division and class sponsor announcing their sponsorship of the Year-End Points Fund.

Last year’s season opener at Daytona saw some of the best racing of the AMA Pro Road Racing weekend—- as proven by a SuperSport Race 1 victory margin of 0.001 of a second—- and with a number of new riders stepping up to replace those who’ve graduated to this year’s Daytona SportBike division, the 2011 season will allow for maximum opportunities to spot rising stars in the sport. Of the six riders who won races last year, in fact, only two will be familiar to SuperSport watchers this season: Elena Myers and James Rispoli.

Myers made history last year with her victory at Infineon Raceway, becoming the first female in road race history to win an AMA Pro event. Elena went on to take second in the 2010 AMA Pro SuperSport West Division Championship, and she returns this year aboard an M4 Suzuki with support from SuzukiScoopFans, a new Facebook activity from Suzuki.

James Rispoli, who earned victory at the New Jersey Motorsports Park round, finished fifth in the 2010 East Division championship despite missing several rounds and contending a handful of 2010 AMA Pro Flat Track events. James will again be aboard an Suzuki, with additional support from STAR School,, and the Shatki Warriors.

Another returning 2010 frontrunner is LTD Racing Yamaha’s Tomas Puerta. Tomas finished third in the 2010 East Division points standings with a trio of second-place podium finishes and a pole position at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This year, Tomas’ championship hunt will have additional support thanks to Yamaha Extended Service. Tomas will be joined on the LTD team by David Gaviria.

Also returning to the SuperSport class is Eric Stump, who took a third-place finish at the 2010 New Jersey event, turned in six additional top-ten finishes, and competed in three AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 rounds, taking a third in the inaugural race at Road America. Eric will be piloting a Yamaha with support from Markbuilt Race Bikes and Crossroad Powersports.

AMA Pro SuperSport 2011 Daytona Preview

AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike: 2011 Daytona Preview

The 2011 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike season kicks off this weekend at the famous Daytona International Speedway during Daytona 200 Week.

Practice and qualifying for the doubleheader National Guard SuperBike event will begin Thursday, March 10, with Race 1 leaving the line at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Race 2 launching at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, March 12.

Reigning 2010 SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes returns in 2011, sporting the coveted #1 plate on his Monster Energy Graves Motorsports Yamaha after last year’s back-and-forth battle with Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden. With a SuperBike title finally under his belt, Hayes—- who posted the fastest times at the pre-season Dunlop Daytona Tire Test—- is more focused than ever on winning each and every race possible.

If anyone can rival Hayes in the determination department, it’s championship runner-up Hayden, who took his maiden SuperBike win last year and went on to add four additional victories (plus ten additional podium finishes) to his 2010 tally. Equally as determined is the powerhouse Rockstar Makita Suzuki team itself—- which is working to return to the SuperBike title-dominance it exhibited pre-2010—- and Hayden’s teammate, 23-year-old Blake Young, who had his ’10 season abbreviated by injury.

Joining the established SuperBike frontrunners will be 2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Champion Martin Cardenas, who’s made the move to AMA Pro SuperBike with his title-winning M4 Suzuki team and teammate Chris Ulrich. Martin rolls into his new class with a spectacular season behind him—- one that included a staggering nine wins and a total of thirteen podium finishes. Though sidelined by injury late in the season, Ulrich had a strong year in 2010 SuperBike, finishing consistently within the top ten.

The Michael Jordan Motorsports/National Guard Suzuki effort, which led the SuperBike points chase for the first part of 2010 after winning both 2010 Daytona SuperBike races, returns this year with an all-new lineup. Former national superbike champion Ben Bostrom (who also scored a win at last year’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca round) will pilot the #23 Jordan Suzuki bike, while Roger Hayden, having returned from a season in the World Superbike paddock, will field the #54 National Guard Jordan Suzuki.

Larry Pegram, who also scored a SuperBike race victory in 2010, made an equipment change over the off-season and returns as a BMW effort, again with support from Foremost Insurance. Larry’s strong win at Auto Club Speedway in 2010 was supplemented by five additional podiums, adding up to a fifth overall in the series. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Pegram’s effort via Superbike Family, which began airing on Discovery’s HD Theater in February and will air again on March 12.

AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike: 2011 Daytona Preview