Photography by Larry Lawrence
DAYTONA BEACH, FL, MARCH 14 — Many pundits felt Corey Alexander should have moved up to the Daytona SportBike Series this season. They were right. Alexander simply ran off and hid in the nine lap AMA Pro SuperSport race on Friday, darting away from the field early and pulling away to a 7.923 second victory over Celtic Racing/HVMC Suzuki teammate Wyatt Farris.
Farris edged Houston Superbikes Yamaha rider Dustin Dominguez in the battle for second.
There was no question who was going to win this race once the green flag dropped. Starting from the pole Alexander gapped the other 38 riders even before the first lap was over. From there he steadily increased his lead as the race progressed.
It marks the fourth-career SuperSport victory for Alexander; his first ever win at Daytona.
A nice battle developed between Farris and Dominguez that went all the way to the flag. In the end the gap between them was just 2-10ths of a second. They were followed by a five rider battle for fourth won by Cody Wyman.
“Celtic Racing worked real hard to improve the bikes from last year,” said Alexander. “I won that regional championship last year, but my goal was to win the national championship and that’s why I came back. I didn’t really know what was going to happen in the race. I was trying to figure out exactly how big a six-second gap was and whether or not I could slow down a bit. I’d see them coming in a turn behind me and I thought, ‘Well, it doesn’t seem too far.’ Hopefully we can do the same thing tomorrow.”