Miguel DuHamel and Ben Bostrom on top.
AMA Chevy Trucks US Superbike Championship: Round One
Great Race That No One Saw after Rain Disrupts
Qualifying and Postpones
Wily Veteran Miguel DuHamel
Leads a Honda Sweep of Daytona 200
Qualifying Session Report
Ben Bostrom on the Pole
as Honda V-Twins and
Suzuki 4-Cylinder GSXR1000's take the Front Row at Daytona
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA (Thursday, March 6):
Pole position for this weekend’s season opening round
of the AMA Chevy Trucks US Superbike Championship went to former
World Superbike rider Ben Bostrom. The American Honda rider
posted a time of 1:48.376, to edge out Kurtis Roberts (Erion
Honda, 1:48.554) and Mladin (1:48.555). Mladin’s teammate
Aaron Yates will complete the front row of the grid after setting
a best time of 1:48.659. Less than one second covered the top
nine riders during qualifying, with fellow Australian Anthony
Gobert (Ducati Austin) seventh fastest.
three times American Superbike champion Mat Mladin, will start
from the front row of the grid for this weekend’s 62nd
Daytona 200 classic after posting the third fastest time in
today’s qualifying session that determined pole position
and the remainder of the front row of the grid.
Mladin’s run at gaining pole was disrupted in the closing
minutes as he fell from his Team Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000
at the chicane. At that stage, Mladin had set the fastest time
of his session at that point and was preparing to go quicker,
but was robbed of the opportunity due to the crash.
“Having the crash with about 15 minutes came at the time
when we were starting to put some new tyres on the bike and
make a run at a pole position time,” said Mladin, who
took pole for the 200 in 2001. “I had a different tyre
on the front that I hadn’t had much time on and just lost
it on the entry into the chicane. I got back to the pits and
on to my spare bike as soon as I could, so that I could make
sure that all of my parts were still working at least, but was
only able to get a couple of laps in before the session closed.”
Mladin ran a number of solid lap times during the morning’s
free practice session as he and his team continued to develop
the all-new Suzuki GSX-R1000 that they will be campaigning in
this years championship.
“The morning session went well for us today. We know what
the bike is capable of doing at the moment, but we’re
not happy with that, as I want it to do more. We made more improvements
on the bike today from yesterday, but basically we just need
to have more track time and get the bike sorted since it is
still so new.”
For Mladin and his fellow front row starters, their place on
the grid has already been confirmed which means that they will
be able to turn their focus on race set up for Sunday’s
57-lap feature. Final Qualifying on Friday the 9th would be
rained out, and all riders' grid positions would be determined
by their times from Thursday.
Also rained out on Friday were the 600cc Supersport and 750cc
Superstock races. The 600cc Supersport was rescheduled and run
on Sunday morning before rained postponed the Superbike
200 race and 750cc SuperStock to Monday the 10th.
– Combined practice times, Thursday, March 6
1. Ben Bostrom
(American Honda) 1:48.376 mins; 2. Kurtis Roberts (Erion Honda)
1:48.554; 3. Mat Mladin (Team Yoshimura Suzuki) 1:48.555; 4.
Aaron Yates (Team Yoshimura Suzuki) 1:48.659; 5. Eric Bostrom
(Team Kawasaki) 1:48.695; 6. Ben Spies (Team Yoshimura Suzuki)
1:48.825; 7 Anthony Gobert (Ducati Austin) 1:48.935; 8. Larry
Pegram (Dream Team Ducati) 1:49.087; 9. Miguel DuHamel (American
Honda) 1:49.280; 10. Jason Pridmore (Attack Suzuki) 1:50.343.
Bostrom back in the saddle on the RC51 saddle with the pole
at Daytona. Photo curtesy American Honda.
Miguel DuHamel leads
a Honda a 1-2-3 sweep
of the rain delayed Daytona 200 Superbike Race on Monday
Beach, FL, Monday March 10th, 2003:
Weather, hot and sunny; temperature, 30'; track conditions,
dry; crowd 10,000 (estimated).
The wily veteran Miguel DuHamel led a Honda 1-2-3 clean sweep
of the rain postponed Daytona 200, America's most prestigious
motorcycle race, with a classic slingshot draft pass on the
high banks of Daytona International Speedway, on a sunny afternoon
in Florida. Former World Superbike star Ben Bostrom finished
second, after starting from the pole position, a scant 0.069
seconds back, with Erion Honda's Kurtis Roberts a shadow third,
0.155 seconds behind DuHamel, all thre mounted on Honda SP-2
/ RC51 1000cc V-twin Superbikes.
had to be rescheduled from Sunday after a second rain strorm
blew through Daytona on Sunday around noon time, just minutes
before the start of the race, forcing it to be postponed until
Monday. Rain had also postponed the running of both the 600
and 750cc Supersport and Superstock races on Friday, with the
600cc race being run Sunday morning before the rain, and the
750cc race on Monday afternoon after the Superbike race. Spectator
turnout for Monday's race was less than 10,000 people, about
1/4th of what Sunday's race might have brought in. The rescheduled
live broadcast of the races on Speed Channel were also missed
my most fans who were at work on Monday and had no way of knowing
when the racse would be run. In World Championship motoryclele
racing the races do take place rain or shine. But at AMA Nationals
the added expense of rain tires for non factory teamg, and the
danger of many tracks which have concrete walls without safe
runoff areas like Daytona Speedway, make racing in the rain
not an option.
"This is so sweet," the 34-year-old French Canadian
said after winning his fourth Daytona 200, and Honda's second
in a row. "I was thinking the whole race, 'Just stay in
the race, stay focused, stay out there.' This has got to be
one of my sweetest wins because there were three guys on the
end. There was nothing decided. There was not just one guy against
The win was Honda's ninth in the Daytona 200 and also the second
time the company has swept the Superbike podium. The last time
was in 1985 when Freddie Spencer won the race. In addition to
winning the 200, Honda riders topped the Pro Honda Oils U.S.
Supersport race (Kurtis Roberts) and the Daytona Supercross
by Honda (Ricky Carmichael). DuHamel's victory, and the Honda
podium, was a testament to teamwork. The Daytona 200 is the
only race in America which features pit stops. DuHamel's crew,
led by Al Luddington, worked flawlessly, twice filling his gas
tank and changing two tires in less than nine seconds.
started from Pit Lane and saw Larry Pegram on The Dream Team
Ducati and Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Maladin taking the lead and
hold it for a lap, but both quickly faded backwards after lap
2. The race quickly turned into a 6 rider battle for first place
between Aaron Yates on the other Yoshimura GSXR1000 Suzuki,
Roberts, Ben Bostrom and Duhamel on the Hondas, brother Eric
Bostrom on the factory Kawasaki, and Anthony Gobert on the Blue
Bayou Team Ducati.
15 Gobert had his Ducati 998F 02, a former factory Superbike,
out front and in the lead. He was doing a terrific job, particularly
since he was on his backup bike, his primary bike having lost
its front brake pressure as it was rolled up to the start. Tony
led the race for 3 laps until everyone starting pulling in for
the first round of pit stops. Emerging back out onto the track
after his pit stop, Tony's Ducati quickly began loosing power
and started blowing smoke. His race was soon over. "The
bike was running great before it went.Maybe it was because the
bike wasn't warmed up when we switched over to it on the start."
(Editors note: It World Superbike the factory Ducati Corse team
always has the team's spare bikes warmed up and running in the
pits as the riders go round the track for the sighting lap on
their primary bikes).
Another rider deserving much credit for being able to run with
the lead pack for much of the race was Eric Bostrom on the factory
Kawasaki ZX7RR. The team had been testing all winter with their
750cc Superbike overbored to 805cc as the new AMA Superbike
rules allowed, but this seemingly simple modification was adversely
affecting the engine's reliability where it couldn't last a
race. Eric was forced to run the same stock displacement 750cc
Superbike motor from previous years against the other 1000cc
factory bikes. Eric was quicker than most of the lead pack in
the Daytona infield, and then on the banking he had to exploit
catching the draft off the other leader to stay in the hunt
and not loose too much of what he had picked up in the infield
cours. But Eric never had the necessary power to lead the race
on the banking. The same situation would apply to Eric later
in the day during the 750cc Superstock race where he was having
to run the Kawasaki 636cc ZX6 (which is too big to race in 600cc
Supersport with the other manufacturers bikes).
second round of pit stops ended, after the 40th of 57 laps,
the three Hondas were together at the front, along with the
GSXR1000 Yoshimura Suzuki of Aaron Yates. It was a four rider
battle for the lead with one four cylinder and three V-Twins.
Then Yates blew it. He was in the lead and ran wide in the first
turn with 8 laps to go, missing the the corner completely and
loosing some 10 seconds before rejoining the race
That left the the three Hondas at the front with Roberts and
Bostrom trading the lead back and forth as Duhamel hung back
and watched. In the Horseshoe corner Roberts swung our wide
on purpose to let the other two pass so he could follow them
on the last lap. Bostrom took the bait, but not DuHamel who
throttle back a few corners later and let Roberts slip back
up to 2nd. Going into the back straignt chicane on the last
lap Bostrom had the lead and he knew he was in trouble, shifting
down a gear lower to first to try and black his persuers, hoping
to get a better jump out onto the banking before the others
could recover. It didn't work.
It was down to experience and DuHamel has the most. Already
the winningest rider in AMA Superbike and Supersport history,
the cagey veteran set up his teammates perfectly. On the run
from the chicane to the checkered flag, DuHamel passed Roberts
right away then used the unique Daytona draft-pass-slingshot
technique to pass Bostrom and secure his fourth win in record
time. DuHamel completed the 57 lap, 200 mile race in one hour,
46 minutes, 57.051 seconds, averaging 113.8 mph. The speed was
a new record, breaking the
113.631 mph average set by Nicky Hayden in winning last year's
from the finish Kurtis (80) holds the lead over Ben (155) and
Miguel (17) as spectators (?) jam the fences.
Miguel DuHamel, First Place
"I knew I could draft past one guy, but I didn't want to
be behind two. So I thought, 'OK, I've got to do this right.'
Kurtis (Roberts) came by me and he was giving himself a little
too much of a run. Obviously he was trying to do it for his
own win. But I thought he was a little too far, so I used him,
got a draft, got by with Ben. Ben got a draft around a lapped
rider. Just when I split, Ben came back on me and it was really
jarring me. I moved over and I thought, 'Oh no, Kurtis is getting
the double draft, watch that guy go around us.' But it heldoff.
I was really saving my tires and I think that's what made a
difference in the end. I was really saving my tires and I think
that's what made a difference at the end."
Ben Bostrom, Second Place
"I tried going into the chicane, I thought they were right
behind me, so I downshifted into first to try and throw them
off a little bit. Then I really tried to accelerate and get
a good drive on the exit there. We didn't have much tire left.
It just didn't pan out. The guys rode really well and set me
up perfectly. If I had to take it over, I'd just try and get
through it the best it could and get a little more engine speed
and hope that would give us a couple thousands to win this thing.
Miguel has a lot of tenacity and put it up front. You learn
a lot from these kind of things. Basically it came down to the
third tire with the rest of these guys. That was the deal. These
guys let me lead on the last lap. I just put my head down and
tried as hard as I could. I tried to backshift down into first
in the chicane and throw these guys off. They just hooked me
up and went by."
Kurtis Roberts, Third Place
"Miguel did a great job. So did Ben and so did my team
and myself. We put our head down there in the middle stint and
really rode as hard as we could I was really surprised I was
leading there right before I pulled back in and we just didn't
have it today for whatever reason. My team did a hell of a job.
I take my hat off to them. The bike was perfect all weekend.
Who knows what I could have done there on the last lap. But
it doesn't matter know. It's a good day for Honda. I thought
we would have had it there with a few laps to go. I was kind
of surprised with how close they were to me. I wanted to get
in here and get a podium for the championship run and I think
we can do it now."
Chuck Miller, American Honda Team Manager
"It was a great weekend for Honda, the number one sponsor
of the event and to pull off the supercross and supersport and
1-2-3 in superbike. We couldn't' ask for any more. It was incredible.
Incredible teamwork too. I was very nervous when they were all
battling. Aaron (Yates) was right in the midst of everything
and when he ran off in turn one, I figured OK, I felt more confident
we were going to pick up the win. But those last five laps when
we were watching the boys play, didn't know how nice they were
going to be to each other. I'll tell you one thing, these three
guys have great respect for each other and they all knew what
they had to do and it came down to those last two laps putting
themselves in the right spot at the right time. Miguel's the
cagey veteran and he knows where to be, when to be there. In
the superbike race here, he was sizing everything up. Kurtis
rode so strong so well, all weekend. Completely new Kurtis Roberts.
The way he rides, his
attitude, his demeanor. And we knew when we got Ben back, Ben's
a strong rider. He's hungry to be back here in the United States.
What's great about is that all these riders have something to
be proud of this weekend.
Dayrona 200 Superbike:
Duhamel, Honda, 57 laps. 1h 46m 57.051s = 183.201km/h; 2. Ben
Bostrom, Honda, 5.; 3. Kurtis Roberts, Honda, 57; 4. Aaron Yates,
Suzuki GSXR1000, 5.; 5. Eric Bostrom, Kawasaki ZX7R, 57; 6.
Mat Mladin, Suzuki GSXR1000, 57; 7. Ben Spies, Suzuki GSXR1000,
57; 8. Michael Barnes, Suzuki GSXR1000, 56.; 9. Jason Pridmore,
Suzuki GSXR1000, 56; 10. Shawn Higbee, Suzuki GSXR1000, 5.;
11. Andrew Deatherage, Suzuki GSXR1000, 55; 12. Larry Pegram,
Ducati 998, 55; 13. Jack Pfeifer, Suzuki GSXR1000, 55; 14. Sandor
Bitter, Suzuki GSXR1000, 54; 15. Ricky Orlando, Suzuki GSXR750,
AMA Championship Points:
37, Ben Bostrom 33, Kurtis Roberts 29, Aaron Yates 27, Eric
Bostrom 26, Mat Mladin 25, Ben Spies 24, Michael Barnes 23,
Jason Pridmore 22, Shawn Higbee 21, Andrew Deatherage 20, Larry
Pegram 19, Jack Pfeifer 18, Sandor Bitter 17, Ricky Orlando
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Road Racing Legend Barry Sheene dies at
Monday 10 March 2003: Carl
Fogarty and his Foggy PETRONAS Racing team today paid tribute
to British racing icon Barry Sheene, who died today in Australia
aged 52 after a seven-month battle against cancer.
Carl said: “It’s a sad day for British motorcycle
racing. He was the biggest household name that the sport has created
here in Britain. Even though there had been other British world
champions before him, he was the first person to make that cross-over
from racer to celebrity.
“Barry lived life to the absolute full and he did more in
his 52 years than most people would in a 100 years. But, as well
as the lifestyle, he was also a great racer, as his two world
“He did a lot to bring the sport to the attention of the
British public, especially with those two big crashes
at Daytona and Silverstone, which were shown on the News at Ten.
People still come up to me and think
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ago, which is a measure of how well-
known he still is even to a new generation of fans.
“We always got on fine and had a laugh whenever we met up,
even if we might have done a bit of verbal
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“Whilst it’s great to be going back to Australia to
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750cc Superbike motor from previous seasons against all the other
1000cc factory bikes. Eric was quicker than most of the lead pack
in the Daytona infield, and then on the banking he had to exploit
catching the draft off the other leader to stay in the hunt and
not loose too much of what he had picked up in the infield cours.
But Eric never had the necessary power to lead the race on the
same situation would apply to Eric later in the day during the
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other manufacturers bikes). With Kawasaki's ZX7R so out dated
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WinterMotoGP test at Phillip Island, Rossi
The Repsol Honda team continue their preparations for the 2003
MotoGPseason with a three-day test at the Phillip Island circuit,
Reigning MotoGP World Champion and teammate, American Superbike
ChampionNicky Hayden, put in a good days work on the opening day,
once the earlymorning mist had cleared.
Rossi was in particularly good form on the spectacular seaside
circuit on which he clinched his 500cc Word Championship title
in 2001, and
recorded his 50th GP victory in 2002.
The Italian Superstar gave ample indication that HRC have not
been resting on their laurels over the winter. The RC211V five-cylinder
four-stroke MotoGP contender scorched around the 4.448km circuit.
Rossi took 0.7 seconds off his qualifying time for the 2002 GP
held at the track!
Valentino Rossi: "It's one of my best circuits and it is
always a great
pleasure to ride here. My motorcycle is going well. Already today
faster than my best lap in qualifying for the GP in 2002. (1m32.849s)
Today we try different solutions to find the best settings for
suspension and the transmission. The team is working very well
and they seem relaxed - Australia is home for many of them! I'm
hoping over the next two days to find even better solutions to
make the bike better for the championship. The weather here is
great - it will be difficult to come backto the cold of Europe!"
For Hayden the Phillip Island circuit is an all-new experience,
as all test
tracks have been for the 21-year-old American from Owensboro,
Hayden needs as much track time aboard the RCV as possible before
the 2003 season opens on April 6, at Suzuka, Japan.
Nicky Hayden: "This circuit I enjoy very much - I'm havin'
a good time
ridin' here, learnin' the layout. I guess it was gettin' kinda'
boring going round and round Sepang. It's always nice going to
new tracks and this
one here for sure is good fun. We were a little late gettin' on
this morning, as there was a real fine mist. Things progressed
quickly to a certain point then around lunch I just kinda got
in a rut and
I didn't really go much better this afternoon. I didn't keep movin'
forward as much as I'd have liked to but you know - I've got two
more days here and am looking forward to gettin' some more laps
here and keep on learnin'."
The Pramac Honda Team is also testing at Phillip Island with team
Makoto Tamada testing the new RC211V, and a large selection of
Bridgestone tyres. Tamada, like Nicky Hayden - a new man to MotoGP,
has a lot too learn before the opening grand prix of the season,
and like Hayden he has a huge capacity for hard work. Tamada put
in 88 laps of the track on day one.
HRC test rider Shinichi Itoh again assisted Tamada, in evaluating
the range of new tyres. Itoh's input was particularly useful as
raced at Phillip
Island on Bridgestone tyres in the 2002 GP, racing a Kanemoto
NSR500 two-stroke. Near veteran Itoh has a wealth of experience
testing all types of Honda machinery and his ability to supply
precise feedback is invaluable to the HRC and Bridgestone technicians.
Shinichi Itoh: "This is my first time at Phillip Island on
four-stroke, I raced Erv's NSR500 here at the GP last October.
Of course the two bikes are completely different but I found it
easy to ride the RCV fast round here. Today I worked on the front
and rear suspension to find the best setting for the circuit,
and the tyres. Even if it was not perfect at the end of the day
I could run my time easily. I must say that considering they have
not raced here with a four-stroke the performance of the Bridgestone's
has been very impressive."
Makoto Tamada: "This is my first time at Phillip Island and
I'm very impressed! The circuit has both uphill and downhill sections
and it was a
little difficult to find the best line at first. I know I can
go much faster at this track but it's not so easy for me to set
fast lap times until I have found the best machine settings. Tomorrow
will be better with the settings we will run."
Valentino Rossi, ITA Repsol Honda 1m 32.1s (92 laps)
Nicky Hayden, USA Repsol Honda 1m 34.5s (85 laps)
Shinichi Itoh, JPN Pramac Honda 1m 33.0s (78 laps)
Makoto Tamada, JPN Pramac Honda 1m 34.3s (88 laps))