The American Motorcyclist Association and the American Sportbike Racing Association have indefinitely suspended reigning two-time consecutive Daytona 200 winner Danny Eslick, barring him from this year’s race. The suspension follows Eslick’s March 7 arrest.
Eslick was arrested just before midnight Monday evening and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer in Daytona Beach, just days before this year’s Daytona 200. Eslick was released on Tuesday morning after posting $1,500 bail.
While the charges have yet to be proven in court, the AMA and the race promoter ASRA deemed the charges to be “detrimental to the sport.” In a released statement, the AMA notes: “Participating in professional motorcycle competition is a privilege, not a right, and there is zero tolerance for behavior that is detrimental to the promotion of motorcycling in all its forms.”
The suspension extends beyond the Daytona 200 to other AMA-sanctioned activities. The suspension will remain in effect until the case is resolved, after which the AMA will decide whether to take further action.
Eslick released the following statement on Facebook before the suspension was announced:
I am deeply remorseful for the events that occurred on March 8th. It was not and would never be my intention to hurt anyone, least of all the individuals who choose a career to protect us as citizens. I want to apologize to the city of Daytona, TOBC Racing, the racing organizations, and all the people that support me. I am limited to what I can say at this point. I want to assure my fans and the public that this will never happen again. I’m beyond embarrassed and fully realize the gravity of the situation. At the heart of the matter I love this sport and care deeply about continuing to race motorcycles. The allegations I’ve been charged with in no way reflect who I am as a person. I just want to apologize again!!!