Rebuilding Year for Harley-Davidson Superbike Racing

Brent Plummer
by Brent Plummer
Harley-Davidson Superbike Racing Begins Rebuilding Season with Best-Ever Finish at Daytona: Smith Finishes 7th; Picotte 32nd After Strong Top Ten Run

Harley-Davidson's VR 1000 Superbike racing program began its rebuilding season with a solid performance at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday...

Mike Smith finished 7th and Pascal Picotte finished 32nd after running in the top ten for most of the race. Picotte was in 6th place when a mechanical problem sidelined him in the final laps of the 200-mile AMA Superbike season opener. Mat Mladin of Australia won the event, followed by Eric Bostrom and Kurtis Roberts, both from the United States.
"We ran a conservative race set-up," said Director of Racing John Baker."Our goal was to finish this race and continue our development efforts aimed at improving the performance of the VR 1000."
Smith, who posted the VR's best-ever finish at Daytona, had to be helped from the bike after the race and was treated at the infield medical center for severe muscle cramping in his hips.
"I was really working hard out there and focused on the finish," said Smith. "I picked up some good points and I'm looking forward to going to Sears Point with a good handling race bike."

The VR 1000 Superbike team will compete at Sears Point Raceway inSonoma, Calif., May 4-6, where Picotte finished 3rd in 1999.

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