Herrin Gets His First Pole

Henny Ray Abrams | June 5, 2010

ELKHART LAKE, WI, JUNE 5: Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Herrin took his first Daytona SportBike pole of the season by a comfortable margin over Latus Racing’s Steve Rapp (Duc) late on a warm and sunny morning at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.”All weekend’s been pretty good for us,” Herrin said. “Road America is usually our worst track for the whole year. This year it’s been our best track. I’m really pumped for the race.”Herrin’s lap of 2:20.161 mins. was faster than Rapp’s 2:20.572 by .411 secs., with Geico Powersports/RMR Suzuki’s Danny Eslick another .139 secs. back in third. Rapp was the lone V-twin amid the top ten inline four-cylinders.”Our bike seems a little slow off the corners, which is expected with the weight,” Rapp said. “It makes up for it in other places.”Vesrah Suzuki’s Cory West filled out the front row with a lap time only. 007 secs. down on Eslick, with Project 1 Atlanta’s Clinton Seller the same gap from West back in fifth.Seller’s teammate Dane Westby was only .065 secs. off Seller’s pace, and sixth fastest, with M4 Monster Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas .306 secs. back in seventh. Chris Fillmore qualified eighth on the second Vesrah Suzuki at a gap of .698 secs. to Cardenas.

Celtic Racing’s P.J. Jacobsen was a scant .030 down on Fillmore, with Tommy Aquino, the fast qualifier at Infineon Raceway, tenth on the second Team Graves Yamaha.Qualifying:

1. Josh Herrin (Yamaha) 2:20.161

2. Steve Rapp (Ducati) 2:20.572

3. Danny Eslick (Suzuki) 2:20.711

4. Cory West (Suzuki) 2:20.718

5. Clinton Seller (Yamaha) 2:20.725

6. Dane Westby (Yamaha) 2:20.790

7. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki) 2:21.096

8. Chris Fillmore (Suzuki) 2:21.794

9. P.J. Jacobsen (Suzuki) 2:21.824

10. Tommy Aquino (Yamaha) 2:22.024


Henny Ray Abrams | Contributing Editor

Abrams is the longest-serving contributor at Cycle News. Over the course of his 35-some years of writing and shooting photos, he’s covered events from MotoGP to the Motocross World Championship - and everything in between.