Rider Spotlight: Danny Eslick
NEWS November 17, 2011
Photo by Brian J Nelson
AMAPro: What’s 2012 shaping up to look like?
DE: I can’t say anything because I don’t have anything signed, but I definitely have intentions of riding superbike next year. It’s not a secret by any means, everyone knows I’m ready to ride a superbike.
AMAPro: Where are you from?
DE: From Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. I like it a lot. It’s pretty centrally located between East and West coasts, so I get to drive to a lot of the races.
AMAPro: What’s your favorite food?
DE: Easy… Pizza!
AMAPro: What was your first motorcycle?
AMAPro: What bike do you ride on the street?
DE: I don’t really ride on the street. It’s not really my thing. For me to enjoy it, I have to be able to go out and tear it up on a racetrack.
AMAPro: Out of all the motorcycles you’ve ridden, what’s at the top of the list?
DE: Out of everything I’ve ridden, probably the XR-750 dirt track bike I rode at the Springfield Mile. I didn’t do well, but it was a real eye opener.
AMAPro: How’d you get into motorcycle riding?
DE: My older brother raced, and I did a little bit of motocross back whenever he was first getting started. I started chasing him around, and then moved up to flat track racing. When I was old enough to move up to bigger and better bikes, I started running up with him enough to where I could beat him. I ventured off to racing on the asphalt while he stayed on the dirt. I started on the dirt when I was young, and have been doing it forever!
AMAPro: What draws you to the sport? The thrill, competition, the speed?
DE: Definitely the competition is what gets me going. Being able to go out and beat everybody that I can. For me, competitiveness is not about going out and winning races and giving 110%. When it’s a battle between 4-6 guys and you might win or come out sixth.. that’s what gets me going.
AMAPro: What’s a typical day like for you?
DE: Going out and doing a little trail riding. I try to do that as much as I can. I’m not really big into riding bicycles, but I’ve been trying to get into it more. Mainly, it’s riding my Suzuki RM-Z 250 and 450 on the trails, supermoto, or motocross.
AMAPro: When you look to next year, what expectations are you setting for yourself?
DE: For me, the biggest thing is to be consistent and to get top five, hopefully get on the box. I know Josh Hayes, and Blake Young are super competitive and other guys are going to be tough.. You know.. It’s going to be a big step. I don’t have my deal lined up for next year, so getting everything lined up, and making sure I have the best possible bike and team to go out and win some races.
AMAPro: Who is your racing hero?
DE: I have so many heroes, but some of the old school guys like Jay Springsteen and Gary Nixon.. watching them back in the day on the dirt tracks when I was growing up is what really got me going as a kid. I’d go around wanting to where their t-shirts. Chris Carr was a big push in a lot of my racing career. So many people, like Jason Pridmore, have stepped in and helped me out in the racing world. If it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today.
AMAPro: Anything else?
DE: Yeah, I’m ready to get to testing. We’ll be at Daytona before we know it!
What's your take?
Out of the three riders, who do you think has the best paint scheme for 2011? Is it Melissa Paris' HT Moto Yamaha Motor R6, Chris Fillmore's HMC KTM 1190 RC8R or James Rispoli Racing's National Guard ANT Racing Monster Energy GSX-R600?
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