Miguel Wins His Sixth Daytona Supersport Race

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
In what was an exciting previewto Sunday's Daytona 200 By Arai, Honda's Miguel Duhamel and Nicky Haydentook the first two spots in Friday's thrilling Pro Honda Oils 600SuperSport at Daytona International Speedway.

Duhamel, a three-time Daytona 200 By Arai champion, led the final twolaps of the race and held off a contingent of riders for his sixthvictory in the 600 SuperSport. Finishing second was Hayden and roundingout the podium was Yamaha's Anthony Gobert, who made his first career600 SuperSport start...

"Our bike was really working great," said Duhamel, who led nine of the18 laps in the race. "The guys at Honda worked hard and really gave us amuch better bike. The thing is really fast."

Every time Honda introduces a middleweight sportsbike (this year it'sthe CBR600 F4i), Duhamel has been able to put it in Victory Lane rightaway at Daytona. The victory was Duhamel's 38th career SuperSporttriumph, which leads all riders.

Hayden's second-place finish was truly an achievement after falling inTurn1 in the first half of the race. A red flag, which was brought outon Lap 9, gave Hayden a chance with a restart.

"I definitely caught a break," Hayden said. "I fell down there. Theremust have been some oil. I don't know what happened. It was all so quick."

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