Maybe all that cold-weather driving in Ontario finally payed off for Scottish/Canadian AMA racer Ben Young.
Florida was hit by unusually low temperatures at the 72nd running of the Daytona 200; during Friday’s qualifying, it was 4 degrees Celsius at the track. But Young didn’t hunker down in the pits in a parka and whine; the 19-year-old qualified tenth in the first session.
The second session ended early due to a red flag, while Young was in the pits for some fresh rubber. As a result, he ended up starting in 17th in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike class.
Young battled his way all the way up to eighth place on his R6 during the race, his best-ever finish in that event. He says he was hoping for a better finish, but that starting from 17th made that goal unrealistic.
Cameron Beubier won the race, Garrett Gerloff got second and Bobby Fong got third. Young was just ahead of two women – Elena Myers and Melissa Paris finished ninth and tenth, respectively.