Round Three of the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series is now in the books, and reigning Daytona Sportbike Champion, Danny Eslick on the Richie Morris Racing Geico Powersports Lucas Oil Harley-Davidson XR1200, continued his perfect win record with a commanding victory this weekend at VIRginia International Raceway.
After taking the Pole Position on Saturday, Eslick looked to be in great shape to keep his streak going, and he did not disappoint, chalking up his third consecutive win in the maiden season for the XR1200 Series. Up-and-comer Travis Wyman scored his best result in the class with a second place finish, and Eslick’s RMR teammate, Jake Holden finished third. Holden had also pushed really hard setting the fastest lap of the race, but unfortunately had two off-course excursions that took him out of contention for the win.
At the grassroots level, interest in the XR1200 Series continues to grow steadily, with several Harley-Davidson dealers looking to setup teams for the 2011 season. To help get the word out about the new series, Vance & Hines and Harley-Davidson had race-prepared XR1200s on display at three locations for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally which also took place this past week. In addition, this weekend’s race at VIR saw two new riders in the field, Matthew Heidel and Mark Cernicky, as well as the return of Joe Rozynski on a Richie Morris Racing XR1200.
Across the pond, the XR1200 Trophy in the UK has also seen a lot of success this season. Most recently, American custom bike builder and former AMA 250 champion, Roland Sands, competed on an XR1200 for Shaw Harley-Davidson at Brands Hatch, finishing a very impressive sixth place.
Two rounds remain in the 2010 season for the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series. The next round will be the AMA Superbike Weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt Raceway, September 3rd through 5th. Follow all the latest news on the XR1200 Series at http://vanceandhines.com/xr1200series.html.