Honda's Josh Hayes Wins Daytona 200, Suzuki 1,2 in Superbike

Apparently the same Hollywood scriptwriters who dreamt up Daytona's Supercross shocker also penned the script for the Daytona 200. The race was plagued by crashes, but drama surrounded Miguel Duhamel who changed bikes early in the race, and was then disqualified almost 50 laps later for that maneuver.

The high winds from the storms the night before blew the clouds away leaving nothing but clear sunny skies for the road racing sessions at Daytona International Speedway. Toughblocks from the rain drenched Supercross the night before blew across the track, forcing workers to delay the start of the Superbike race until the end of the day, after the Daytona 200.

In the Formula Xtreme warmup #111 Nathan Kern crashed his BMW HP2, which continued to run with its rear wheel spinning, even after corner workers walked Nathan away.

Multiple crashes were logged in the first two laps of the Daytona 200 main event as well as Honda's #17 Miguel Duhamel who switched to a back up bike.

Even more crashes brought out the pace car for several laps giving the pack a chance to catch up.

Honda's #1 Josh Hayes, in the lead, held off the Attack Kawasaki bikes of Chaz Davies and Steve Rapp.


Privateer Honda rider Blake Kelly crashed his #207 CBR600RR in spectacular fashion, and walked away uninjured.



With 15 laps to go in the 69 lap race, the AMA black flagged Honda's #17 Miguel Duhamel claiming his motorcycle was being used illegally - stating that the team could only change to a backup motorcycle under certain circumstances. Miguel refused to acknowledge the black flag and continued to ride, however on lap 58 Miguel finally pitted, ending his race.

On lap 61 Honda's Neil Hodgson lost his second place position behind race leader Josh Hayes with a major mechanical failure leaking fluid all over the race track. The new race order saw Ducati privateer Larry Pegram move into 4th place on his 848.

Josh Hayes took the win with Davies second and Rapp third. Ducati's Pegram finished 4th and Martin Cardenas finished fifth on his Suzuki.


AMA Superbike

The Superbike race saw the Suzuki's dominate, with the all too familiar Mladin, Spies combination bringing up the lead. Honda's all new CBR1000RR's failed to catch the GSXRs. Jason Disalvo brought up 3rd on his factory Yamaha R1, and Kawasaki placed an impressive fourth with their redesigned ZX-10R.

Will this be yet another season of GSXR1000 dominance?

Matt Mladin -

"It was good fun," Mladin said. "We got a really good start and put our head down and got out to about one second, or a bit over one second, when Ben (Spies) got there into second place. He had a little bit of a go there, so we dropped it a few more tenths and almost got down to qualifying time for a number of laps."

Ben Spies -

"The race was pretty good," Spies said. "We didn't get a great start and I'm pretty unhappy about that, but got pushed out a little bit. By the time we got to second, I kept my head down and kept plugging away and made one pretty good mistake of my own. Other than that, the race was good. I can't complain."

Yamaha's Jason Disalvo -

"I'm really fortunate Yamaha gave me this opportunity to come out here and ride this bike," DiSalvo said. "The YZF-R1 was ripping today and like I said, it's really great to see all of this hard work pay off — both the crew and myself."

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