Yes, you read that right. It’s the preview before the preview. Later today, Supercross.com will have it’s annual Daytona Supercross by Honda preview, with video of three-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Chad Reed, Supercross legend, five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion and course designer Ricky Carmichael, Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Justin Barcia, Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard, GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac, GEICO Honda rider Will Hahn, GEICO Honda rider Zach Bell, RCH Suzuki rider Josh Hill, RCH Suzuki rider Broc Tickle, and 2008 Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Kevin Windham.
In the meantime, enjoy a few photos of the Daytona International Speedway, and, find out lots of info below about Daytona, Bike Week 2013, and more!
From Daytona International Speedway – STORY LINES FOR 2013 DAYTONA 200 WEEK BY HONDA
ON THE TRACK
Josh Hayes Jumps Into 2013: Josh Hayes returns to Daytona International Speedway with the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha team riding a Yamaha R1 following an impressive 2012 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season. Hayes not only accomplished 16 wins out of 20 races last year, but also took home his third-consecutive AMA National Guard SuperBike championship. Last year at Daytona, Hayes won the AMA Opening Round Superbike Race 1 and secured second place during the AMA Opening Round Superbike Race 2.
First Female Daytona Champion Back Again: Last year, Elena Myers made history by becoming the first woman to win a professional event at Daytona International Speedway after capturing the second round of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport. This year, the 19-year-old Myers will be gunning for a victory in the historic Daytona 200 on Saturday, March 16 riding forSturgess Cycle Triumph.
British SuperBike Star Stammova Debuts At Daytona: Sandra Stammova, the Slovakian native and British SuperBike sensation, will bring her talents to the United States to compete in GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing’s Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series on Friday, March 15.
Mossey Makes His Way to Daytona: European motorcycle rider, Luke Mossey, will also make his debut at Daytona this year for the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race on March 16. Mossey has competed in the Spanish 125 Series, as well as the British SuperBike. The European superstar will race the Daytona 200 on a Yamaha YZF-R6, but has no present plans of future races in America. Mossey will return to Europe to finish out the British Championship season.
Ricky Carmichael Signature Design: Ricky Carmichael, the five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion, returns for the sixth straight year as the course designer for the circuit’s most challenging event of the year. This year’s Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course is designed nearly identical to last year’s layout and the placement of the starting gate will remain on pit road providing fans with a great view of the first turn.
Daytona International Speedway has been home to the original Supercross since 1971 – the longest continuous Supercross event in America – and this marks the 22nd year that Honda has sponsored the event. Among the Supercross greats that have captured the Daytona Supercross By Honda include Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath, Carmichael and last year’s champion James Stewart.
Amateur Supercross Action: The fourth annual Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross At Daytona is set for Sunday, March 10 and Monday, March 11. Amateur Supercross racers will have the opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross By Honda.
Flying on the Flat Track: AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles riders will hit the Daytona Flat Track on Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15. The under-the-light racing on the quarter-mile track outside Turns 1 and 2 will undoubtedly get intense with a Daytona Flat Track Pro Main Event (16 laps) and Daytona Flat Track Expert Main Event (25 laps) each night.
Pascarella looking to repeat: Joey Pascarella, riding a Yamaha for Project One, captured the 2012 edition of the Daytona 200, the prestigious season-opening event to the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike season. In this year’s 72nd Daytona 200 on Saturday, March 16, Pascarella will be riding a Triumph 675R as he attempts to become the first back-to-back winner of the Daytona 200 since Mat Mladin back in 2000 and 2001.
FUN FOR FANS
Cycle Social: Stay up to date during Daytona 200 Week with the most recent information by following Daytona International Speedway on Facebook and Twitter (@DISUpdates) using hashtags: #DAYTONASX, #DAYTONAFLATTRACK and #DAYTONA200.
K&G Cycles Thunder Alley at Daytona: In need of a cold Budweiser and great food, then head to K&G Cycles Thunder Alley at Daytona with your friends. Experience the Budweiser Cool Your Pipes Zone, entertainment, games and contests all outside of Turn 4.
Motorcycle Marketplace: Hot Leathers is the now the Official Bike Week Apparel and Accessories Provider for Daytona International Speedway. Bikers and fans can find the nation’s top parts, accessories and apparel companies throughout the Hot Leathers Motorcycle Marketplace display area.
Hooters Bikini Contest: The annual Hooters Bikini Contest is back and will take place in K&G Cycles Thunder Alley outside of Turn 4 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.
Hot Leathers Fashion Show: Do not miss the showcase of the most up-to-date styles in motorcycle apparel. The Hot Leathers Fashion Show will be in K&G Cycles Thunder Alley at Daytona outside of Turn 4 on March 16 at 1 p.m.
Free demo rides: Outside of the famous Daytona International Speedway, motorcycle enthusiasts can test-ride the latest and greatest motorcycles from top manufacturers with free demo rides March 9-16. Riders must have a DOT-approved helmet and motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license in order to demo.
The Indian Motorcycle Spring Dash at Daytona: Experience the ride of a lifetime – take your own bike for two laps around Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course. The eighth-annual dash around Daytona on Saturday, March 16 runs immediately after the Daytona 200 (approx. 4 p.m.). Tickets are $30 per bike and include a commemorative patch. Professional photographs are available.
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
Free Tent Camping with Admission Ticket: With a daily Daytona 200 Week admission ticket, tent camping for fans is free in Turns 3 and 4. For more information, please call 1-800-PITSHOP.
Affordable Tickets: For the Daytona Supercross By Honda on Saturday, March 9, advance general admission tickets start at $30 and general admission tickets are $35 the day of the event with Trackside Access upgrades available for $15. Kids 5 and under are free.
For both the Daytona Flat Track and the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing schedule the following weekend, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.
To purchase tickets, call 1-800-PITSHOP.
From the AMA – Daytona Beach Bike Week features full slate of two-wheeled fun
On Jan. 24, 1937, the first running of the Daytona 200 took place on the hard sand of Daytona Beach, Fla. Since that race, won by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Ed Kretz of Monterey Park, Calif., the annual event has grown into a motorcycling mecca, packed full of racing and recreational riding events.
This year, AMA-sanctioned events will be among the most popular Bike Week attractions, from amateur dirt-track racing to an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame celebration to AMA Supercross on the infield of Daytona International Speedway.
“Daytona Beach in early March is all things motorcycling,” said AMA Vice President of Operations Jeff Massey. “If it happens on motorcycles, it happens at Daytona Beach. I personally can’t wait for the unofficial start of riding season to kick off at what many consider the biggest motorcycling week of the year.”
Motorcycling’s history will take center stage on March 15 at the Yamaha AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona, presented by Motul. The annual fundraising event for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, will be held at the Daytona 200 Club on the infield of Daytona International Speedway. This year, it will shine a spotlight on the Hall of Fame career of Scott Russell. Russell, who will be interviewed by noted race announcer Ben Cheatwood, will discuss his amazing five Daytona 200 wins as well as his championship-winning AMA and World Superbike career.
One of the biggest rounds of the AMA Supercross Championship goes down March 9 at the Daytona Supercross by Honda, the 10th round of the series. Located on the infield of the hallowed grounds of Daytona International Speedway, the course features a varied layout with extended high-speed sections, massive jumps and a sand/dirt mix. Fans will be packed several deep along the fences to watch Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, Davi Millsaps, James Stewart and more race for glory as the 2013 winner of the Daytona Supercross by Honda.
Amateur competitors will get a shot at the Supercross course the following two days, March 10-11, at the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross. Sanctioned by the AMA, and in partnership with MX Sports, the fourth annual event features two days of amateur racing at the same track that will showcase the best AMA Supercross racers in the world.
Off-road racers will get to experience their own history at the Alligator Enduro on March 14 in Favoretta, Fla. The Alligator Enduro has been thrilling both racers and fans for 63 years. Although the race isn’t always on the AMA National Enduro Championship Series calendar, it always draws a large contingent of pro riders — as well as weekend warriors who want to line up at the historic event.
Amateur dirt track kicks off just north of Daytona Beach in Savannah, Ga., which features an AMA All-Star dirt track on Oglethorpe Speedway’s half-mile on March 8 and an AMA Holeshot event and vintage national classes on March 9. On March 10-12, racing moves to Barberville, Fla., while March 10 will also feature an amateur short-track event on the Daytona Flat Track. The March 11-12 events will feature both AMA Holeshot points and racing in AMA vintage national classes. To contact the AMA about these events, call (614) 856-1900.
Amateur roadracing will also roll through Savannah, Ga., on March 9-10. The first round of the American Sportbike Racing Association’s AMA Featured Series will take place at Roebling Road Raceway. The ASRA Championship Series includes both amateur and expert competition in Thunderbike, SportBike and SuperStock classes.
Of course, Bike Week is not just about racing. Road riders make up the largest contingent at the annual rally. One place they’ll certainly congregate is at the Alligator Road Tour on March 13. This AMA-sanctioned ride is put on by the Daytona 200 M/C. The club, founded in 1943, is one of the oldest and most active in the state, and the ride features 150-200 miles of beautiful country roads, as well as a mystery destination for lunch. Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Daytona 200 Motorcycle Club.
For a dirtier time on two wheels, there’s the Cross-Florida Adventure Ride. This ride is part of the AMA Husqvarna National Dual Sport Series and the AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré Adventure Riding Series. The March 16-17 ride features some of the best back roads and optional trail sections crossing the peninsula.
Another highlight for road riders is the Annual Iron Butt Association Party in Jacksonville, Fla. The event, March 13-14, also features the Battlefield 1000, an endurance road ride around Georgia and Florida.
Finally, the ever-popular March 16 Community Appreciation Parade, sponsored by the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce, will stage at the south parking lot of the Ocean Center beginning at 7 a.m. The parade is expected to feature hundreds of bikes as it rides from the Ocean Center to Daytona International Speedway.
Ricky Carmichael 2012 Daytona: It’s the 2012 Daytona Supercross! Ricky Carmichael is the winningest rider in AMA Motocross and Supercross history. Some call him “RC”. Some call him The G. O. A. T. (Great Of All Time). Ricky broke out the number 4 Suzuki to put in some laps, on this course that he designed! RC also talks about what fans can expect to see Saturday night at the race, the track design process, his history at the famous Daytona International Speedway, and more.
Wil Hahn – 250 East Series points leader – on going for his third win of the series – “Why not? But I’m not putting that pressure on myself. I’ll just put myself in the positions I’ve been putting myself in and we’ll go from there. I think it’s the repetition of being on my bike and being healthy,” Hahn said. I’ve always strived at being a hard worker. The work ethic has always been there. Now I think it’s a matter of being on the bike consistently. I can’t stress how much the 2012 outdoor season meant to me. Being there for all 24 motos, that made me very strong. Having a complete offseason with these guys and working our tails off leading up to this season helped, too. It’s seat time and work ethic. Daytona is amazing. The race is presented by Honda, so that makes it extra special for us. We get to go in early and check the track out. Everything about that race is cool. It’s an outdoor race in the middle of one of the most famous NASCAR tracks in the world. For me, that’s an all-around good feeling. I’m ready to go there and tackle it and keep the momentum we’ve got and roll with it.”
Eli Tomac says about racing again in the 450 class “The way it’s showing in my results, it’s been pretty tough. But it’s good experience to figure out how to ride a 450 and how the bike works and all that. I’m still learning every time I go out and every lap I make. Daytona’s cool because it’s a totally unique Supercross track. It’s really sandy, open and long, and it gets rutted and bumpy. But then there are also jumps, too, so it’s like a hybrid of both motocross and Supercross.”
Chad Reed says “We’re feeling pretty good about Daytona this weekend, it’s a race I love and it’s coming at a time when we seem to have turned an important corner. Getting back on the podium was important for all of us, it verifies what we’re doing and shows that I am comfortable on the bike. This isn’t a field where you can just cruise around and collect a third place – you have to work for every point and we did that last weekend. It’s not been the best start I’ve had to a Championship but I always feel I come on stronger as the season progresses. We can now set our sights on moving back up the standings if we can carry this form over to Daytona and beyond.”
Daytona History Photos
Jimmie Johnson – 5-time NASCAR Champion’s signature, footprint, and hand prints in cement outside DIS after his 2006 Daytona 500 victory
And we can’t leave you without this from last year (2012) – Amanda gets a glimpse of another part of Daytona Bike Week – hangin’ out at Daytona Beach! Watch as Amanda gives you a little history lesson, and, checks out some of the sites and sounds of Daytona Beach – one of the most famous beaches in the world.