Nicky Hayden Wins Daytona 200!
AMA / Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship: Chevy Trucks Superbike
Final, Daytona Beach, FL, Sunday, March 10
Honda Racing's Nicky Hayden wins the 61st Daytona 200 by Arai. The Red Rider dominated the 57-lap Superbike final by leading much of the race
uncontested aboard his factory-prepped RC51. This was Hayden's first Daytona 200 Superbike victory. This is Hayden's 5th AMA Superbike victory
in a row, continuing his streak from the 2001 season.
"It feels so good," said Nicky Hayden. "The race was so long out there and I thought that it would never end. This is a dream come true for me....to
win is such
an incredible feeling, and I just want to thank my team."
Honda Racing's Miguel Duhamel, the winningest motorcycle racer in AMA history, had mechanical difficulty early on in the
Superbike final and had to retire from the race.
"I wasn't even going full throttle," said Miguel Duhamel. "My RC51 was running perfect out there, I don't know what happened."
Erion/Honda Racing's Kurtis Roberts was fast all weekend aboard his RC51. Roberts who finished 3rd in last year's Daytona 200 had to pit early with
tire trouble. Roberts was back in action with fresh tires and finished in a respectable 6th place.
"My rear tire just shredded out there," said Kurtis Roberts. "I muscled the bike into the pits for a rear tire change and then just rode as hard as I
could out there."
Daytona Superbike Final Results:
1. Nicky Hayden - Honda
2. Jamie Hacking - Suzuki
3. Anthony Gobert - Yamaha
4. Aaron Yates - Suzuki
5. Eric Bostrom - Kawasaki
6. Kurtis Roberts - Honda
AMA Superbike, Points Standings:
1. Nicky Hayden - Honda - 38
2. Jamie Hacking - Suzuki - 33
3. Anthony Gobert - Yamaha - 29
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