BROB44 Daytona Recap
It sure is crazy to believe another Daytona has already come and gone! Just like every year I’m pretty ramped up for the beginning of the season and this year was no different. This offseason I had a pretty big overhaul to my entire program from switching brands of motorcycles to having a new crew chief. One thing I was really excited about was getting the chance to finally ride the Latus Motors Castrol Triumph. We had some ups and downs throughout testing, but in the end we had a productive test where I was able to get a good feel for the Triumph. Overall I’m pretty excited and after being able to get some laps on it I feel like the potential is there to have some good results. Once all of our big bike testing was done we focused on getting ready for the opening rounds of the AMA Grand National Flat Track Championship at the Daytona short track. The last couple years have been very good to me at Daytona so my confidence was high that we could get the job done once again. It was an amazing feeling to come out swinging right off the bat as we were fast right off the truck where we ultimately qualified 3rd overall. With the track developing a single racing line it made for an extremely tough track to pass on as I found out with a bad start in my heat race that would put me on the second row for the main event. In the main I got as good of a start as I could from the second row and from there I methodically worked my way forward for a 4th place finish. Not a bad start to the season! Night two started off a little slower as I only mustered 11th overall in timed qualifying. AMA decided to water the track more frequently, which made the track really slick and this definitely benefited my riding style. The heat race went much better on night two as I was able to get out front early and run away with the win. The best part was setting fast time and then we were able to go out and rip off the win in the dash for cash. It was great to get that extra point towards the championship and at this point I felt ready for the main event. Then track crew watered it right before the main making the track the slickest we had seen all night. As the green light flashed in the main I got off to a good start and was able to work my way to the lead by the beginning of lap two. However it was short lived as Coolbeth got by me pretty much as soon as I took the lead and well he continued to pull away until the finish. I tried everything I could, but we were no match for him and I ended up brining her home in 2nd place. All in all it was a great start to my season ripping off a couple top five, getting on the box one night, and leaving Daytona 2nd place in the points standing. Can’t thank my entire crew that was at Daytona enough; Brent, Joe, and Lee for all of their hard work and help during bike week. Until next time I’ll be working harder than ever! Thanks everyone for all of your support!
Singles Sponsors: TJ Burnett Farms, John Y Racing, Armbruster Racing, J&H Repair, Arai, AXO, Latus Motors, Secrets of Speed, Motion Pro, Works Connection, Castrol, Royal Publishing, Virus, Hartman Photography, ATI Physical Therapy, GoPro, Spider Grips, Built Clothing, Victory Circle, Saddlemen, K&N, Evans Coolant, Feeback Sports, Jamis, West Coast Hot Shoes
Twins Sponsors: Latus Motors, Castrol, Triumph America, GE Capital, Freedom Road Financial, K&N Penske, Motion Pro, Cometic, Wiseco, Saddlemen, Competition Werks, Bike Master, Moto Concepts, Joker, Mad Hatter, Pro Plates, Arai, AXO, Royal Publishing, Virus, Hartman Photography, ATI Physical Therapy, GoPro, Spider Grips, Built Clothing, Feedback Sports, Jamis, West Coast Hot Shoes, Impact Armour, NJK Leathers
Photo Credit: Tom Stein