Yamaha Commercial's were nice. So is Duhamel's girl. She's worth looking at the 200 for, even when Nicky has a big lead. That was amazing how he hit a bump and got hot into a corner, recovered and made up the 3-4 seconds to catch Gobert and Roberts. Amazing. Didn't burn up his tires either.
Hayden ran a brilliant race, just drafting the other Hondas early, passing when they let him but letting them go when they insisted. He must have been exhausted after what he'd been through this weekend.
Roberts punished his tires duelling with Duhamel and Hayden, just insisting on 1st place when it wasn't necessary.
Agree on all points... you hate to see parts failures deciding races.
Anybody hear any more details on what happened to Duhamel's bike?
For those who didn't see it, Roberts' rear tire "delaminated", meaning the rubber came off the carcass. Yeah, he was abusing the tires, but that still shouldn't happen. He didn't crash, and even managed to get back to the pits fairly quickly, but it turns out that the flapping rubber damaged the exhaust system, and he was down on power for the rest of the race.
On what channel was this televised? I checked my cable listings carefully and didn't find it anywhere. Ususally it's on ESPN or 2 or Fox Sports net, I forget where, but this year nada! Apparently in lieu of college basketball.
Anyway, now I'm curious. Your replies are appreciated.
It was live on Speed Channel (formerly Speedvision). I think they had exclusive rights to it? It will be rebroadcast a number of times over the next month, so you've got a good chance to see it if you want. Check out http://www.speedtv.com for the schedule.
3. Love to know how much sponsorship/support cash Suzuki paid out this weekend to its horde. Seventh through twenty-fifth place?!
4. Bugs me that everyone is contractually obliged to refer to this as The Daytona 200 By Arai. If we're learning marketing stuff from NASCAR, how about figuring out that excessive commercialization is a turn-off?
5. Congratulations to Nicky; get well soon, Mat and, um, Anthony's little brother; we'll miss you, Scott.
This was my first chance to catch a live Daytona 200 race and I must say that while it was quite entertaining that had to be the biggest cluster F motorcycle race that I have ever seen. I'm just glad the rest of the AMA superbike races aren't that long. Between rider crashes and mechanical failures I don't think there would be any riders left after a full season of 50 plus lab races, hehe. Awesome race though, my congrats to Nicky and I wish a speedy recovery to all those who crashed.
Ducatis historically have not fared well in endurance type races stemming from reliability/longevity issues generally stacked against them.
Now, that's not a pun - don't get me wrong, I love the Ducks, but they do have reliability issues when they participate in a race that lasts longer than 45 minutes (think no Suzuka 8-Hour entries).
There were some Ducks that have lasted an entire Daytona race, some even came close to winning, but the bottom line is they simply cannot touch the Big Four's ground when it comes to reliability or longevity.
Race was great, congrats to Nick, hope everyone gets better ... blah blah blah
Maybe it's just me but what is up with the Joe Rocket marketing people. 5 minutes into the new race season and I'm already sick to death of their new commercial. I understand the philosophy of negative name recognition is better than no name recognition but geez guys.
I appreciate the companies involvement, sponsorship and whatnot .. but yikes.
From what I've gathered to date, all the motorcycle racing will be on Speedvision only this year. Previously a portion of their coverage (mostly AMA, race 1 of WSC rounds, and the occasional GP) were shown on FoxSportsNet (which owns Speedvision/SpeedChannel).
So if you're like me and you don't have the Speed Channel and you like MC racing you'll be jonesing big time.