Jesse Janisch of Beaver Dam didn’t win the opening race of the American Flat Track Singles season – he dominated the field at the Daytona TT Presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys on Thursday night.
Janisch, on his #132 Roof Systems Dallas TX, Yamaha, Ohlins, WKR, Rekluse, Belray, Bell Helmets, Vortex, Works Connection, Galfer, Matrix, Mika Metals, Evan’s Lightshoe, Cycle Gear, TDFJ. Vibes Decals Yamaha YZ450F led that way almost every time he was on track including a flag to flag run in the 15-lap main event at Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Beaver Dam racer opened a quick lead and wheelied over the finish line a comfortable 2.5 seconds in front of runner up Dalton Gauthier, a native of Pine Grove, PA.
Another Beaver Dam native, Morgan Mischler (#69 Waters Auto Body Racing; D&D Powersports; Staci Howell State Farm; RLJ Racing; Bell Helmets; Spectro Oils; RASE; Hebeler KTM; Bromley Motorcycles; Evans Coolant; Mr. Sign; Motion Pro; Wiseco Pistons; SuperTrapp; Performance Electronics; Vortex; RK Excel; ODI Grips; Full Spectrum Batteries; Steve Fortunato; Robin Mooney; Pete DeSantis; John Stanford Du.) reached the main event as well, crossing the line 14th.
Janisch earned the prime spot for the final by leading the field in one of two eight-lap semis. Gauthier took the checkers in the other semi while Mischler quailed for the final with a sixth place showing in the same race.
Five-lap Heat Race winners included: Oliver Brindley from Doncaster England; Janisch; Dan Bromley, Warrington, PA and Jacob Lehmann from Sohomish, WA. Mischler finished third in the final Heat Race, a little more than a half-second behind Lehmann.
Janisch was quick out of the gate, setting the time to beat with a 29.881 second lap in the first practice session, about 1/10 of a second in front of Nick McFadden from Owensboro, Kentucky. Next time out, Janisch set a similar lap time, but this time ranked second behind the 27,.790 of Brindley.
Janisch shaved the best time to 29.725 in the final practice and Mischler benefited from the test sessions, carving a full second from his lap time and climbing from 24th in the first test to 10th in the third.
Brindley edged out Janisch for the best time again in the first of two qualifying sessions, his 29.678 second trip about 4/100 of a second better than Janisch. Mischler finished eighth fastest in the first session.
In the second qualifying session on a slower track, Janisch was back on top of he sheet with a 30.321 second lap, a little under 2/10 of a tick ahead of Brindley while Mischler slipped back outside the top 20.
With the win, Janisch leads the points championship for Single Cylinders, collecting the 25-point max total at the first of 18 rounds.
He won’t have long to celebrate as the riders go back at it this coming Saturday at the Yamaha Atlanta Short Track Presented by Cycle Gear event at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA.