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Sep 3, 2009

AMA Daytona SportBike Championship Leader Eslick Walks Away From Crash Thursday At NJMP

AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship point leader Danny Eslick walked away from a crash during promoter practice Thursday at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) that destroyed his Rossmeyers RMR Geico Powersports Buell 1125R.

"We were just doing what we do on Thursdays," Eslick told "We were trying to get up to speed and get the bike set up. I was doing some pretty fast laps, then I got held up by some slower riders.

"Once I got clear the racer in me took over. I got a little frustrated, I guess, and went into a corner too hard. I got in too deep. I knew I was in too deep, but I committed to the corner and used a little too much brake with too much lean angle.

"I'm fine, but when the bike hit the grass it seemed like it went 10-15 feet in the air."

Eslick comes into the final round and final two races of the season holding a 17-point lead over Team M4 Suzuki's Martin Cardenas, who suffered a compound bone fracture in his right hand August 14 at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR). Cardenas soldiered through that weekend and then had surgery on his hand in his home country of Colombia.

In spite of considerable pain, Cardenas rode his GSX-R600 Thursday at NJMP, and his hand was significantly better than it had been at VIR, according to Crew Chief Keith Perry.

Cardenas recently had his stitches removed, but that proved to be a problem Thursday as the wound in his hand began re-opening. When the NJMP's medical center and a local hospital proved to be unable to help him, Cardenas turned to his team, which reinforced his wound with "butterfly" bandages and glue. Cardenas may still seek medical help to have stitches re-installed in the wound in his hand, according to Perry.

Graves Motorsports Yamaha's Tommy Aquino also suffered a crash Thursday at NJMP, according to his team. He walked away but suffered some nasty abrasions to his neck and chin.
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