Wait begins Formula USA title defense with a victory at Daytona International Speedway. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 2, 2003) - Californian Matt Wait had little trouble in the opening round of the Formula USA SportBike Series Sunday at Daytona ...
Wait begins Formula USA title defense with a victory at Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 2, 2003) - Californian Matt Wait had little trouble in the opening round of the Formula USA SportBike Series Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. Wait pulled away to a convincing 18-second victory in the class on his KneeDraggers.com Yamaha R6. New Englanders Jeff Wood and Scott Greenwood rounded out the top three finishers on a pair of Suzukis. The hard luck rider of the day was Sebastian, Florida's Mike Ciccotto. Ciccotto battled Wood for second, but as the duo sped down the DIS trioval, Ciccotto's Buell sputtered and lost power. He coasted across the finish line in fourth.
The race was held on a drying track after morning rains.
"I didn't know how this race was going to start out because of the weather," said Wait, a former Moto Grand Prix rider from Lodi, Calif. "but we prevailed and everything came out all right. I basically set my own pace and rode a calm race. I had a little challenge at the beginning and then just put my head down and pulled away. We decided about a minute before the race that DOTs (tires) would be the way to go since the track was drying out."
Later in the day Wait came back to win the Formula USA SuperBike race.
It was a Buell sweep in the Thunderbike final. Buell racing veteran David Estok, from nearby New Smyrna Beach, held on for the win despite the fact that his bike was losing power and began leaking oil late in the race. Estok held off Daytona Beach native Richie Morris to win the shortened event. The race was called with eight of 10 laps complete due to oil on the circuit. Estok has been racing Buells for seven years and was the winner of the very first Buell event at Daytona in 1996.
American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association takes to the track tomorrow for two days of classic cycle racing. AMA Pro Road Racing starts Wednesday. Tickets for any of the Speedway events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.