Gerloff had a tough crash at Daytona last year and left with a broken leg, but the Texan leaves this year having earned second place.
“(The race was) longer than I thought it would be, but it was awesome,” said Gerloff. “It was awesome to be in the front group at the beginning and then Cameron started pulling away and we started pulling him back. Every once in a while we’d pass him and then he made a run for it and kind of got away. I tried to catch up but I just couldn’t do it. Big thanks to my team for awesome pit stops and all the testing we do. That’s why we’re 1-2 on the podium. I think this is going to be an awesome year and I just want to keep it rolling.”
Fong had a solid race but wanted more. As one of the contenders in the GoPro Daytona SportBike class, Fong has shown he can be as aggressive as any rider in the series. On Saturday, he lost Beaubier’s draft.
“I made a mistake in the beginning of the race – the bike was hitting false neutrals, and I let Cameron get away. So I had to ride pretty much by myself the whole time. It was a long race but the training I did this off-season paid off. My bike worked great the whole time – I was just out there circulating, trying to maintain my position. It’s the best finish I’ve ever had at Daytona so thanks to everyone for helping me out.”
RoadRace Factory teammates Jake Gagne and J.D. Beach finished fourth and fifth in the race.