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Richie Escalante on provisional Daytona 200 pole, Richard Cooper impresses


Richie Escalante put his stamp on the early running for the 2024 Daytona 200 as he took a clear provisional pole position in a Suzuki 1-2-3 in first qualifying, while Richard Cooper landed well inside the top ten.

The Mexican rider was the force of the day, topping both FP1 and Q1 aboard his Vision Wheel M4 Ecstar Suzuki GSX-R750, leading fellow team-mate Tyler Scott and Vesrah Racing’s Hayden Gillim.

Though the riders will need to go through another Q2 session to book their place in the pole-deciding Time Attack later today, Escalante looks in strong form as the only rider to dip into the 1m 47secs bracket.


Indeed, it was a strong showing all-round for the Suzuki contingent with Scott and Gillim also the only riders to dip below 1m 49secs.

Though Escalante is considered a good bet for victory on the banks of the iconic Florida venue from his performances in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, a win by the rider on Saturday would make him the first non-American to do so since 2008.

“For sure I’m really happy to be back,” Escalante - who crashed out of the Daytona 200 while leading in 2023 - said. “I feel great and the first day was amazing – P1.  I made an amazing lap and I’m happy again to be racing in the 200. 

“After last year I really want to come back and battle for the win again. Now I will keep working for the race. So, thanks to my team, Vision Wheel M4 Suzuki, and to all the fans.”

Winner in 2023, Josh Herrin was the best of the Ducati contingent in fourth place, ahead of MotoAmerica Superbike front runner Bobby Fong and reigning MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Xavi Fores.

Of the British contingent, Cooper - in his first appearance at Daytona since 2008 - was one of the day’s star performers in an excellent seventh place on the PHR Performance Triumph STR765 RS. He was comfortably quicker than Isle of Man TT record-holder Peter Hickman, down in 22nd, though the Truelove Brothers were a solid 17th and 25th, Matt leading Harry.

Second qualifying for the Daytona 200 takes place later today, followed by the pole-deciding Time Attack, before the race itself takes place on Sunday.

2024 Daytona 200 | Qualifying 1 Results [Group A]

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⏱️ 🇺🇲 2024 Daytona 200 | Daytona Motor Speedway | Qualifying 1 Group A Results
-RiderNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Richie Escalante🇲🇽Vision Wheel M4 EcstarSuzuki GSX-R7501m 47.833
2Tyler Scott🇺🇲Vision Wheel M4 EcstarSuzuki GSX-R7501m 48.045
3Hayden Gillim🇺🇲Vesrah RacingSuzuki GSX-R7501m 49.301
4Josh Herrin🇺🇲Warhorse HSBK RacingDucati Panigale V21m 49.302
5Bobby Fong🇺🇲Wrench MotorcyclesSuzuki GSX-R7501m 49.372
6Xavi Fores🇪🇸Attack PerformanceYamaha R61m 49.859
7Richard Cooper🇬🇧PHR PerformanceTriumph STR765 RS1m 49.933
8Brandon Paasch🇺🇲Vision Wheel M4 EcstarSuzuki GSX-R7501m 49.938
9Stefano Mesa🇨🇴Boulder Motor SportsDucati Panigale V21m 49.947
10Danny Eslick🇺🇲TOBC RacingTriumph STR765 RS1m 50.156
11Blake Davis🇺🇲N2 Racing/Bobblehead MotoYamaha R61m 50.298
12Carl Solitisz🇺🇲Super Carl RacingSuzuki GSX-R7501m 50.480
13Karel Hanika🇨🇿YART ProKASROYamaha R61m 50.504
14Teagg Hobbs🇺🇲Vision Wheel M4 EcstarSuzuki GSX-R7501m 50.532
15David Anthony🇦🇺Wrench MotorcyclesSuzuki GSX-R7501m 50.561
16Marvin Fritz🇩🇪YART ProKASROYamaha R61m 50.763
17Matt Truelove🇬🇧Truelove Brothers RacingSuzuki GSX-R7501m 51.101
18Ben Young🇨🇦Team BATTLAXSuzuki GSX-R7501m 51.222
19Tom Toparis🇦🇺ASTRO MARSuzuki GSX-R7501m 51.298
20Gus Rodio🇺🇲Rodio RacingDucati Panigale V21m 51.338
21Taylor Knapp🇺🇲Apex MfgTriumph Daytona 7651m 51.623
22Peter Hickman🇬🇧PHR PerformanceTriumph STR765 RS1m 51.694
23Niccolo Canepa🇮🇹YART ProKASROYamaha R61m 51.786
24PJ Jacobsen🇺🇲Rahal Ducati MotoDucati Panigale V21m 51.839
25Harry Truelove🇬🇧Truelove Brothers RacingSuzuki GSX-R7501m 52.536
26Trevor Dion🇨🇦Warhorse HSBK RacingDucati Panigale V21m 52.576
27Trevor Daley🇨🇦Team BATTLAXSuzuki GSX-R7501m 52.926
28Kayla Yaakov🇺🇲Rahal Ducati MotoDucati Panigale V21m 53.154
29Danilo Lewis🇧🇷Team BrazilYamaha R61m 53.155
30Corey Alexander🇺🇲Rahal Ducati MotoDucati Panigale V21m 54.689
31Jason Waters🇺🇲Edge RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 55.397
32David Kohlstaedt🇺🇲SBKUNDGKawasaki ZX-6R2m 03.861
-Josh Hayes🇺🇲CSU One Cue/J4orce RacingYamaha R6No Time
-Max Angles🇺🇲Max Angles Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-6RNo Time
-Jason Farrell🇺🇲Get Fast PerformanceKawasaki ZX-6RNo Time

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