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Yates, Eslick and Pascarella Pace AMA Pro Road Racing Basic Qualifying at Auto Club Speedway FONTANA, CA (March 26, 2010) - The more things change, the more they stay the same as the first day of practice and qualifying came to a close at the...

Yates, Eslick and Pascarella Pace AMA Pro Road Racing Basic Qualifying at Auto Club Speedway

FONTANA, CA (March 26, 2010) - The more things change, the more they stay the same as the first day of practice and qualifying came to a close at the Auto Club Speedway in beautiful sunny southern California. The fast qualifier from each class in last month's opening round of the 2010 AMA Pro Road Racing championship season at Daytona International Speedway showed their speed again today during the opening qualifying sessions.

Aaron Yates and the Michael Jordan-owned Brand Jordan Suzuki team again showed the way in the AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike series with a fast time of 1:23.982 to place the Georgia native on provisional pole position going into tomorrow's final qualifying session. Asked why he is running so well in 2010, Yates said, "I'm feeling really good this year, my health is really good and the No. 23 Jordan Suzuki guys have been working really hard and it's paying off."

Tommy Hayden took second on his No. 22 Rockstar Makita Suzuki with a time of 1:24.133 and No. 72 Foremost Insurance Ducati rider Larry Pegram was third with a time of 1:24.150. Twenty-two American SuperBike motorcycles attempted to qualify today and final qualifying will be tomorrow morning at 9:50 a.m. local time, ensuring quicker times as the track conditions will be close to perfect around the 2.36-mile 21-turn Auto Club Speedway circuit.

In AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL, Daytona pole position winner Danny Eslick and his No. 1 GEICO Powersports/RMR Suzuki topped the time sheets as the defending champion posted the fastest lap on his penultimate lap of qualifying to take the provisional pole. Under clear blue skies, Eslick put up a time of 1:27.164 and felt great about his time and his season in general, commenting, "I'm feeling great, I won both races here last year and I really like this track. The change to the GEICO Suzuki has been flawless and we are running right where we need to be."

Right behind Eslick is 2010 Daytona 200 winner Josh Herrin on his No. 8 Team Graves Yamaha with a time of 1:27.255. Third was Herrin's Team Graves Yamaha teammate, No. 6 Tommy Aquino with a time of 1:27.457. The second round of qualifying for the Daytona SportBikes will be tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. local time, with the first of two races kicking off tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

In keeping with the pattern so far, Daytona's SuperSport pole and race two winner Joey Pascarella took the top spot in the last qualifying session of the day. After being beaten in race one at Daytona in the SuperSport season opener by 0.001 of a second, Pascarella has yet to be beaten in a race or qualifying session. Pascarella, suffering the painful looking wounds from a mountain bike fall earlier in the week, led the way on his No. 25 LTD Racing Yamaha with a time of 1:29.310. Asked if he was distracted by the abrasions on his hands and face, Joey commented, "Once I start riding, I don't notice it. I wasn't sure I would be able to hold on but it's not bad."

Second quick was No. 19 Scott Gilbert on his Yamaha with a time of 1:30.188 and third was Pascarella's Yamaha teammate, No. 75 Huntley Nash who turned in a time of 1:31.393. Nash has never been to Auto Club Speedway and was pleased with his effort, "For my first time here, I'm pretty happy, I followed Joey around a couple of times and picked up some ideas where I could improve and I'm looking forward to tomorrow when I know I can run better."

The SuperSport riders will take to the track again tomorrow for final qualifying and also their first race of two this weekend. Local rider Elena Myers again showed her experience on a track she has been riding on since the beginning of her short career by taking fourth place with a time of 1:31.573. Myers, riding her No. 21 RMR/ Suzuki, ran close to the top of the time charts throughout today's practice and qualifying sessions.

Following post-qualifying technical inspection, times were disallowed for non-compliant fuel for the following motorcycles: American SuperBike No. 10 and No. 59, Daytona SportBike No. 122 and No. 153, SuperSport No. 729. Riders will have the opportunity to qualify or improve their position on the grid by posting times in tomorrow morning's final qualifying sessions.

Saturday's weather looks even better than today's and after a solid first day of practice and qualifying the weekend is shaping up to again see some incredibly close racing.

-source: ama pro racing

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Series AMA
Drivers Larry Pegram , Aaron Yates , Josh Herrin , Tommy Aquino , Huntley Nash , Joey Pascarella , Elena Myers , Danny Eslick