DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Triumph rider Danny Eslick dominated the 73rd Daytona 200 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway, winning from the pole Saturday and leading 44 of the 57 laps.
Riding the No. 69 Triumph Daytona 675, Eslick became the first rider to win the Daytona 200 aboard a Triumph since the late Gary Nixon in 1967.
“It’s awesome,” Eslick said. “I’ve gotten the pole before. My very first 200 I got fourth. There’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of years have passed by to get this victory. It means a lot.”
The Broken Arrow, Okla., rider won 10.975 seconds.
Rounding out the podium were Yamaha riders Jake Gagne and Jake Lewis.
In the AMA Pro SuperBike Race 2, Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier nipped Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden at the checkered flag to win by 0.090 seconds.