Oct 22, 2012
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by John Ulrich
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AMA National Guard SuperBike champion Josh Hayes heads out to the course for a testing run during Dunlop tire testing. Hayes won the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 earlier this year at DIS. Photo Courtesy Daytona International Speedway.
Five riders are testing tires with Dunlop at Daytona today and tomorrow.
The Superbike riders on site are Josh Hayes on his Monster Yamaha YZF-R1 and Blake Young on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000.
The Daytona SportBike riders on site are Garrett Gerloff and Cameron Beaubier on their Y.E.S. YZF-R6 Yamahas and Dane Westby on his M4 Suzuki GSX-R600.
The light turnout reflects current economic conditions affecting the AMA Pro paddock.
More to follow.
This just in:
According to AMA Pro Racing Timing & Scoring monitors on pit lane, Josh Hayes' best lap while testing Dunlop tires on the Daytona International Speedway short course today was a 1:38.362. Blake Young's best time was a 1:38.473. At post time, both riders are done for the day.
With about 30 minutes left in the afternoon Daytona SportBike sessions on the long course, Westby was fastest at 1:51.154, followed by Beaubier at 1:51.214 and Gerloff at 1:52.663.
At the end of the afternoon Daytona SportBike sessions on the long course, Beaubier was fastest at 1:49.881, followed by Westby at 1:50.456 and Gerloff at 1:51.795.
More, from a press release issued by Daytona International Speedway:
Photo Release: AMA Pro Racing Riders Kick Off Two-Day Dunlop Tire Test
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Attached are photos from the first day of the two-day Dunlop tire test at Daytona International Speedway.
Select AMA Pro Racing riders are participating in the tire test in advance of the 2013 Daytona 200 Week, which is highlighted by the Daytona Supercross By Honda on Saturday, March 9 and the Daytona 200 on Saturday, March 16.
Among the riders participating include Graves Yamaha riders Josh Hayes, Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff, Yoshimura Suzuki's Blake Young and M4 Suzuki's Dane Westby.
Tire testing continues on Tuesday and a section of the Oldfield Grandstands is open to the public with free access through the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours building.
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