Daytona 200: Top Teams Hold Shakedown Test At Roebling Road Raceway

Daytona 200: Top Teams Hold Shakedown Test At Roebling Road Raceway

© 2023, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

In preparation for the MotoAmerica Daytona 200 and its support races, several top teams held a shakedown test March 6-7 at Roebling Road Raceway, near Savannah, Georgia, which is about 230 miles north of Daytona Beach, Florida.

Riding on the fast and flowing two-mile road course in decent weather conditions were:

Celtic Racing/Tytlers Cycle/TSE Racing Yamaha’s PJ Jacobsen, who is racing in his first Daytona 200 since 2011;

Indian Motorcycle/Progressive/Mission Foods’ Jeremy McWilliams and Tyler O’Hara, who tested both their Indian Challenger King Of The Baggers racebikes and their Indian FTR 1200 Super Hooligan machines but travel problems limited McWilliams to just one day of riding;

 

Defending Champion Tyler O'Hara (1) on his Indian FTR 1200 Super Hooligan racebike. Photo by Lisa Theobald.
Defending Champion Tyler O’Hara (1) on his Indian FTR 1200 Super Hooligan racebike. Photo by Lisa Theobald.

 

MP13 Racing Yamaha’s Kayla Yaakov, who rode her YZF-R7 Twins Cup racer;

Squid Hunter Racing Yamaha’s Josh Hayes, who is coming back from a broken leg suffered in September 2022 and is shooting for his first Daytona 200 win and MotoAmerica/AMA career win #87, which will be the most all-time;

 

Josh Hayes (4) will be looking to make history at Daytona. Photo by Lisa Theobald.
Josh Hayes (4) will be looking to make history at Daytona. Photo by Lisa Theobald.

 

Team Saddlemen’s Patricia Fernandez-West, Frankie Garcia, Jake Lewis, and Cory West, whose Harley-Davidson Road Glide baggers and Pan America 1250 Super Hooligan racebikes showed up late, limiting them to only one day of riding on Tuesday;

TOBC Racing Triumph’s Danny Eslick and Brandon Paasch, who are looking for their fifth and third Daytona 200 victories, respectively;

 

Danny Eslick (69) is going for his fifth Daytona 200 win. Photo by Lisa Theobald.
Danny Eslick (69) is going for his fifth Daytona 200 win. Photo by Lisa Theobald.

 

TSE/Truelove Brothers Racing Yamaha’s Matt Truelove, who is making his second appearance in the Daytona 200 after finishing 12th in 2022;

 

Richie Escalante (54) at speed on his Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R750. Photo by Lisa Theobald.
Richie Escalante (54) at speed on his Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R750. Photo by Lisa Theobald.

 

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Richie Escalante, Teagg Hobbs, and Tyler Scott, who will be riding their Next-Generation Supersport GSX-R750s at Daytona;

 

Teagg Hobbs (79) will be making his debut for Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki at Daytona. Photo by Lisa Theobald.
Teagg Hobbs (79) will be making his debut for Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki at Daytona. Photo by Lisa Theobald.

 

Tyler Scott (70), age 17, will be making his Daytona 200 debut. Photo by Lisa Theobald.
Tyler Scott (70), age 17, will be making his Daytona 200 debut. Photo by Lisa Theobald.

 

Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York’s Xavi Fores and Josh Herrin, with Herrin spending time on both the Panigale V2 he will race in the Daytona 200 and the Panigale V4 R he will race later this year in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.

 

Xavi Fores (12) at speed on his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York Panigale V2. Photo by Lisa Theobald.
Xavi Fores (12) at speed on his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York Panigale V2. Photo by Lisa Theobald.

 

Josh Herrin (2) took advantage of the test to get some seat time on his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York Panigale V4 R Superbike. Photo by Lisa Theobald.
Josh Herrin (2) took advantage of the test to get some seat time on his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York Panigale V4 R Superbike. Photo by Lisa Theobald.

 

No lap times were available as it was a semi-private test with no official timing and scoring equipment running.

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