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Daytona: Pirelli race report

Record Night for Pirelli-Backed Riders with Marsack on the Podium, Balbi in 5th and Sorby in 9th 14 Racers Qualify for Daytona Mains on Pirelli Tires Rome, Ga. -- In the sloppy weather conditions at Daytona International ...

Record Night for Pirelli-Backed Riders with Marsack on the Podium, Balbi in 5th and Sorby in 9th

14 Racers Qualify for Daytona Mains on Pirelli Tires

Rome, Ga. -- In the sloppy weather conditions at Daytona International Speedway, Pirelli-backed Jake Marsack, of Berlin, Mich., piloted his Pro 30/Bad Boy Honda to the first AMA Supercross class podium of his career Friday night, finishing an impressive third overall. It was a record race for Team Pirelli at Daytona with several riders reaching new milestones, including Antonio Balbi, of Riverside, Calif., who won the first heat race of his career, and Jimmy Albertson, of Ozark, Mo., who finished fifth overall in the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class.

"What an amazing night," said Pirelli's MX Manager Josh Whitmire. "Despite the adverse conditions, our riders made the best of the situation and reached a new milestone for Pirelli. Jake Marsack is a mud specialist, and tonight he proved that no matter what the conditions are, he's ready for anything. Earlier this year, in muddy conditions at San Francisco's AT&T Park, Jake finished fourth overall. Congratulations to him and his father, who is his mechanic."

Matching Marsack's impressive ride was Balbi, aboard his MotoXXX/Tamer/Hooters/Honda, finishing fifth in the AMA Supercross class after notching a win in his heat race. Balbi's MotoXXX/Tamer/Hooters/Honda teammate Eric Sorby, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., who finished fourth in his heat race, finished a season-best ninth in the main event.

Cernic's Kawasaki's Dusty Klatt, of Riverside, Calif., earned his way to the AMA Supercross class main event by winning the last chance qualifier (LCQ). Klatt, who spent the first part of the season sidelined with injuries, finished a career-best scored 13th overall in the main event. Klatt's teammate, Jeff Gibson, of Blacklick, Ohio, fought off the mud to finish in 20th place. Pro 30/Bad Boy Honda's Tyler Bright, of Lexington, N.C., finished 21st, marking his best finish of the season.

Albertson, who rides for Rockstar Suzuki, earned his way into the AMA Supercross Lites class main event after finishing third in his heat race. Willie Browning, of Rushville, Ohio, finished fourth in his heat race and seventh overall. Ricky Renner, of Mulberry, Fla., earned a season-best as well, finishing in ninth place aboard his Chaplin Kawasaki.

SVM/ Bud Select Honda's Billy Payne, of Simi Valley, Calif., currently sits seventh in Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites season points standings. He finished 10th in the main event. Chaplin Kawasaki's Robbie Marshall, of Stow, Mass., finished 13th and Rockstar Suzuki's Justin Sipes, of Vine Grove, Ken., finished 17. Pro Flow Kawasaki rider Kyle Gillis, of Wiggins, Miss., finished 18th. MotoXXX/Tamer/Hooters/Honda's Mitch Dougherty, of Whitesboro, N.Y., finished 20th.

-credit: Pirelli

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Drivers Jeff Gibson