2. Racing


Daytona Flat Track Racing

Photo courtesy AMA Pro Racing

Although Daytona Bike Week used to center around motorcycle racing, in recent decades, the competitive events that involved trained professionals (and not bikinis with cabbage in uncomfortable places) have taken a back seat for most attendees. That doesn’t mean that you can’t see some great two-wheeled competition. The week begins on Saturday, March 8th with the AMA Supercross event at the Daytona International Speedway. This is by far the best-attended racing event of the week and has been the scene of some truly epic battles over the years. Who can forget the 2008 mud race?

Located just outside of Daytona Turns 1 and 2, the quarter-mile flat track never fails to entertain motorcycle racing fans. Thursday, March 13th, sees the AMA Flat Track series make its first of two days of bar-to-bar sideways racing. While the speeds may not be as high as on the mile-long venues, the racing is as close and as intense as it gets. A must see!

Although a shadow of its former self, the Daytona 200 is still an amazing spectacle to watch. Any motorcycle race long enough to have pit stops is gonna be good, and the best racers that the country has to offer never fail to make it a good show. This is the last year the 200 will run with 600cc sportbikes, as the Superbike class returns in 2015, hopefully recapturing some of the glory of its roots. Practice for the 200 begins on Thursday, March 13th with the main event taking place on Saturday, March 15th at 1:00 pm.