Daytona Sportbike: Jason DiSalvo Triumphs Over Yamahas To Take Pole

Andrea Wilson | July 12, 2014
Jason DiSalvo earns his first pole in two seasons at Laguna Seca. Photography By Brian J Nelson

MONTEREY, CA, JULY 11 – Castrol Triumph’s Jason DiSalvo topped the Yamahas in today’s Daytona Sportbike final qualifying session at Laguan Seca. For Disalvo it was an end to his pole position drought, his last coming at Mid-Ohio two seasons ago on the Latus Motors Ducati.

“First off it feels great to be at a press conference. I think this was my first one of the year,” DiSalvo said. “This track really suits our bike. I really enjoy coming here every time.

“Really good session for us. Everything went according to plan. No dramas. Made some minor adjustments from yesterday, that were good. We made some small adjustments in the session that were good. And everything’s just been a really positive run this weekend and the guys are all working really good, the spirits are high. So I’m just happy to secure the pole position for triumph and I can’t wait for the race.”

Trailing DiSalvo by .135 of a second was series-points leader Jake Gagne on the Red Bull Road Race Factory Yamaha, followed by Y.E.S. Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s JD Beach.

Leading the second row of the grid was last-round’s winner – Yamalube Westby Racing’s Dane Westby. Yesterday’s leader – Meen Yamaha’s Jake Lewis – slipped back to fifth, followed by Daytona 200 winner Danny Eslick on the Riders Discount Triumph.

Beach’s teammate, Garrett Gerloff qualified seventh, still on the mend from breaking his radius in the first race at Barber three weeks ago.

In eighth was Geico Honda’s Jake Zemke. And rounding out the top 10 was Blake Young on the GN Gonzales Yamaha and Gagne’s teammate Tomas Puerta.

2014 Laguna Seca

Daytona Sportbike Final Qualifying Results

1. Jason Disalvo (Triumph) 1:26.771

2. Jake Gagne (Yamaha) 1:26.906

3. JD Beach (Yamaha) 1:26.986

4. Dane Westby (Yamaha) 1:27.007

5. Jake Lewis (Yamaha) 1:27.151

6. Danny Eslick (Triumph) 1:27.238

7. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha) 1:27.300

8. Jake Zemke (Honda) 1:27.860

9. Blake Young (Yamaha) 1:28.186

10. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha) 1:28.578



Andrea Wilson | Associate Editor / Website Coordinator

Andrea has been shooting everything from flat track to road racing in her job as a professional freelance photographer, but she's made the move to a full-time staff position at Cycle News where her love of all things motorcycling will translate well. Wilson has proven her worth as more than a photographer as she migrates to the written word with everything from race coverage to interviews.