Hodgson hot in Daytona
A dramatic second day of the three-day AMA Superbike test at Daytona saw Neil Hodgson finish the session third quickest as pace-setter, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Mat Mladin, was knocked unconscious in a serious crash.
Mladin had taken almost two seconds off his best time around the new Daytona course with a 1:40.309 before the incident. He was taken to the Halifax Medical Centre for a CAT scan but Mladin checked himself out early in the evening with a chipped bone in his left ankle. He isn’t expected to ride the final day of the test.
Fellow Suzuki rider Ben Spies posted the second quickest time with a best lap of 1:40.411, but it was former World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson who made the most noticeable move up the time sheets, from fifth on his first day at the track to third fastest with a time of 1:41.151. Hodgson is still almost one second quicker than his Ducati team-mate Eric Bostrom, who finished the day in sixth.
Yamaha’s Jason Disalvo leads the Supersport and Superstock times, with Honda’s Miguel Duhamel heading the Formula Extreme class.
Mat Mladin, Suzuki 1:40.309.
Ben Spies, Suzuki 1:40.411.
Neil Hodgson, Ducati 1:41.151.
Jake Zemke, Honda 1:41.386.
Aaron Yates, Suzuki 1:41.671.
Eric Bostrom, Ducati 1:42.026.
Miguel Duhamel, Honda 1:42.134.
Josh Hayes, Kawasaki 1:42.945.