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Two-time AMA Daytona SportBike Champion Danny Eslick has landed a new home for the 2014 AMA season - the Riders Discount Triumph team. Eslick will make a bid to add another SportBike Championship to his resume after his two-year absence from the class while competing in Superbikes.
Eslick moved up to the AMA Superbike class following his second Daytona SportBike Championship with the GEICO Suzuki team in 2011. Eslick made a return to the Buell, or Buell 2.0 (Erik Buell’s race bike post Harley-Davidson separation) with the Erik Buell Racing team on the EBR 1190RS, but it wasn’t an entirely smooth season. Still, he had some inspiring rides that earned him three podium finishes, the best of which was a second-place finish at Homestead.
Eslick then made the move to the National Guard Jordan Suzuki team in 2013. And while his average results improved in the class, he was unable to achieve podium success.
Then came the Jordan team announcement of their withdrawal from the AMA series late last October that left both Eslick and teammate Roger Hayden without a ride.
So Eslick is looking forward to getting back into the SportBike mix and feels that the new team will provide him with the tools to win.
"I'm super excited about getting back on a 600 again,” Eslick said about the new gig in a team release. “The Daytona Sportbike class is going to be super competitive this season and I'm going to rub some paint. Riders Discount and Triumph have shown me that they are going to put forward a winning effort and give me every opportunity to win and that’s what I intend to do."
Eslick replaces the 2012 Daytona 200 winner Joey Pascarella, who led the team’s efforts before another Daytona 200 winner, Jake Zemke, joined the team for the last two rounds.