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portBikes Inc Magazine’s own Cory Alexander was the talk of the town at AMA Road Racing’s season opener in Daytona on March 14-15. Cory made it look easy! After taking the pole position for the Pro SuperSport race, he led every lap with ease and won both races. At times as I photographed Cory on the track, it seemed like he was there alone…this characterizes the gap he had on the other racers. Alexander rode a flawless race aboard the Celtic/HVMC Suzuki. Cory is clearly looking for a National Championship. The Daytona 200 on Saturday belonged to Danny Eslick aboard the Riders Discount Triumph! The 73rd running of the 200 was historic in that it was the last for the middleweights. Next year’s 200 will be run by the AMA Pro American SuperBike class. Eslick stated that this win was for longtime friend Tommy Aquino who was killed in a motorcycle accident while training on February 2 of this year. An emotional Eslick was fist pumping on every lap and stopped to climb the fence at Daytona to greet his fans after taking the win. Eslick was spurred to win by taking the pole on Friday and garnering the coveted Rolex watch. Triumph hadn’t taken this win since 1967 so this was a special win for the team as well. It was a strange sight seeing Josh Hayes sporting the number 2 plate on the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha. Three time AMA Pro SuperBike champ Hayes lost the #1 plate to Josh Herrin last year. Having the #2 plate on his bike did not deter Hayes, he took the win on Friday by a narrow 0.025 seconds. The mechanical demon visited him on Saturday and Cameron Beaubier battled Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas and took the checkered flag. SPORTBIKESINCMAG.COM | 49

SportBikes Inc Magazine April 2014  

SportBikes Inc Magazine April 2014

SportBikes Inc Magazine April 2014  

SportBikes Inc Magazine April 2014