Arai Racers Win 2011 AMA Pro Racing American SuperBike and Daytona SportBike Championships





(Daytona, FL) The cream always rises to the top, whether you’re talking about uber-talented road racers, or the helmets they choose to protect them.


The 2011 AMA Pro road racing championships proved it again, as both Josh Hayes and Danny Eslick—arguably two of the nicest and most popular guys in the paddock—claimed the 2011 AMA Superbike and Daytona Sportbike championships, respectively. Both again wearing their Arai helmets, the brand they’ve chosen for years.


Neither were simple crowns, both hard-fought. For the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1-mounted Hayes, it was his second consecutive AMA Pro National Guard Superbike championship. But it came down to the last round at New Jersey Motorsports Park before he could claim it. This was a testament to the season-long battle among another stellar group of Arai racers, namely Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammates Blake Young and Tommy Hayden, who wound up second and third respectively, ahead of Team M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas, yet another Arai rider (and the 2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike champion) in his first year in the Superbike class. This gave Arai the top four 2011 Superbike championship spots!


For Eslick and his GEICO Powersports RMR Suzuki the 2011 Daytona SportBike championship was also a repeat performance. He was the 2009 class champ. His 2011 title, coupled with  Latus Motors Racing’s Jason DiSalvo’s fourth-place championship position, gave Arai two of the top-five SportBike spots.


These two Arai-rider championships followed the AMA Pro SuperSport West crown earned by LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha's David Gaviria in July.


All Images by Rick Menapace.  Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved.