Miguel Speaks Out About His Chances at Daytona

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Miguel Duhamel, rider of the No. 17 Honda RC51, is hoping to win his fourth Daytona 200 By Arai on Sunday, even though some people think his age and past injuries prevent him from having a real shot at the win. Miguel was geniunely upbeat about the chances he and his Honda teammates have for a win at Daytona.

"Everybody's good to go," Duhamel said. "I'm good to go. (Hondateammates) Kurtis (Roberts) is totally psyched up and Nicky (Hayden)also from almost winning the Daytona 200 last year. They've beentraining hard and are in good shape. I've been training hard too. I'm feeling good. The leg is not an issue at all this year..."

Miguel competed at Daytona last year with a nagging injury that saw him with an ice-pack taped to his neck throughout the majority of the week."I'm feeling better than I've felt in the last few years mentally andphysically so I'm ready to go and the team is all psyched up also. We'vegot some really good stuff with us this year so we're looking forwardto having a really good Daytona," he enthused.

Practice for the Daytona 200 will begin Wednesday morning at 10:20 a.m.and qualifying for the 60th annual event is on Thursday at 2:20 p.m. We'll keep you posted as to the progress of Miguel and the rest of the field as soon as more info comes available.

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