Mladin was quoted as saying it was pathetic that the superbike class was a support race for FX and I agree. It was a dissapointment for me. And while I have nothing against Mladin, it would be nice to see someone else win the championship for a change. McWilliams writing in "Bike" claims the AMA championship should be easy pickings for any European rider. Too bad he didn't come over.
"Statements made by four-time AMA Superbike champion Mat Mladin on the RoadracingWorld.com web site here indicate he will not race a superbike at Daytona, again. Time will tell whether Mladin was sincere or simply caught up in the emotion surrounding DiSalvo's spectacular crash.
Mladin indicates several other riders agree with his assessment that racing a superbike at Daytona has become a form of "Russian Roulette". Will we see a boycott of the 200 by Mladin and others? Again, time will tell."
So now he's pissed that Superbike is a support class after last year's outburst? Maybe he should make up his mind.
Been there, done that, got a hat. Mladin's Suzuki was fast, so was Mladin. Hodgson looked good, not too bad for his second run at Daytona... At this point I'll say he'll win some this year. EBoz looked good too... if only he could get a handle on the Duc again. The Honda's surprisingly/unusually seemed out-classed at Daytona. Spies had a good run. It was cool watching Miguel win his 5th 200 but... with a Superbike sized asterisk!!! Superbikes are the Premier class in the AMA, they should run the 200.
They changed more than the course layout, the spectators access has changed as well. You now have to buy an extra $20 ticket (on top of the $45 infield ticket at the gate for "Camping access" to watch on the banking by turn 4 amoung the changes. I didn't know that they allowed RV access (for other than Teams/Riders) doing Bikeweek in the infield, That could be handy...
Main St was fun, as usual. The girls are still showin'!!! Funniest thing to me was a guy (OK, a 50ish guy on a stockish looking HD with a guy passenger that looked like he was not experienced and was working against the rider, they were not wearing helmets) that suddenly swerved and t-boned a Cop car at about 2 MPH in the Hooters parking lot. The guy didn't drop it and he backed up and proceeded out of the parking lot. The guy didn't seem drunk. The two Cops, that were about 10 feet away on the other side of their car and watched the whole thing, deadpan (with perhaps some amusement in their eyes), said or did nothing... We were dyin'! Man I wish I had a video of that! All in all a good time.
Hey, c'mon, Buz. There were, what, a quarter-million motorcyclists at Daytona? How many could you reasonably expect to drag themselves away from drinking, t!tty-ogling and puking to watch a freakin' motorcycle race?
Rest assured, though, that a separate Speed Channel with more motorcycle-racing content would be perfectly viable. There's more sponsors out there than just DR Chipper/Shredders and Make-$100k-a-Month-Sitting-On-Your-A$$. You've got your Orick vacuums, your citrus cleaners, shake-to-light flashlights, Mathew Lesko...