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Daytona: Post-race quotes

250cc Ricky Carmichael , driver of the No. 4 Honda ON TYING JEFF STANTON'S DAYTONA SUPERCROSS MARK "It's awesome to do that. A guy that's as nice as Jeff, we get along great and he helps me out a lot. Without his help and support and also...

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Ricky Carmichael , driver of the No. 4 Honda

ON TYING JEFF STANTON'S DAYTONA SUPERCROSS MARK

"It's awesome to do that. A guy that's as nice as Jeff, we get along great and he helps me out a lot. Without his help and support and also for the team, none of this would be possible. It takes a lot of people that go into the ingredient of winning, especially this race. It's really tough. It feels good to tie Jeff."

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING A GOOD START

"I just concentrated on the starts. I think if you get the hole shot out here, 50 percent of the work is done. That was my main goal the whole weekend, was to get off the gate. I did."

ON CLOSING IN ON JEREMY MCGRATH'S COMBINE SUPERCROSS AND MOTOCROSS WINS MARK

"If there's any record I want to break, it would be the all-time winningest rider of this sport. I don't think anyone in this day and age will touch Jeremy's Supercross wins. The total would be awesome. That's my goal. Until day, I'll always be second best."

DID YOU KNOW WHERE CHAD WAS ON THE TRACK AND TALK ABOUT THE LAP TRAFFIC

"I knew Chad was behind me. The lappers were definitely tough. I just tried to do my best to get around them as quick as I could so Chad wouldn't get any closer. Everyone has to deal with lappers."

Four-time Daytona Supercross by Honda champion Jeff Stanton

"I'm super happy for him. He's a great guy. We get along good. I'm proud to have four victories here. I earned them. I busted my ass to get them. Next year, he'll get five. I don't see anybody beating him next year as long as he stays healthy. I've got no complaints. I'm super happy."

ON THE CONDITIONS OF THIS RACE

"I had conditions just like this. I had a couple that were rainy and then I had a couple that were 90 degrees. I've been on both sides. I know exactly how he's feeling right now. It's one of the toughest races of the year. No doubt."

IS THERE NO ONE BETTER TO SHARE THIS WITH?

"He's the only one I liked to be sharing it with. Records are made to be broken. There will be somebody else that will come along - maybe little Bubba (James Stewart). There's always somebody. People probably thought nobody would ever get another four. That's why there are records that are made to be broken. To share with that guy right now, I've got no complaints at all."

Second-place finisher Chad Reed, rider of the No. 22 Yamaha

"It's pretty good. Coming into this race I was looking forward to it. I enjoy riding in the sand. Last year I got a win here (in 125). I just wanted to come back and have a good finish. I knew Ricky would be strong. I've been riding in Florida and getting comfortable living here. I just wanted to do my best and do 20 strong laps."

Third-place finisher Tim Ferry, rider of the No. 15 Yamaha

"It's pretty good. I didn't get the best of starts but I worked my way past a bunch of guys really fast and got into third early. By that time, Ricky and Chad had kind of taken off. I had Ezra behind me for a while. I was just trying not to look back to see how close he was. I didn't realize he fell."

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Michael Brown , No. 3 Kawasaki, race winner

On the battle with Branden Jesseman "When I came into this race I knew Jesseman was going to be the tough one out here. He went by me and I thought 'I'm just going to hang in here and see what goes on.' I knew he was doing the same at the first. I was trying to go slow and not push it too hard. He went on by me and pushing a little harder, he made a few mistakes. I did the same thing to him in the back section. I thought I would turn it up a little bit and stir him up into the sand. It was a good ride and I'm happy. I've been coming here since 1988. I never won. I've been second I don't know a hundred times."

On the importance of the win "This is one of the roughest tracks and one of the hardest to win on and probably most prestigious to win. I'm glad to win this in my career."

Branden Jesseman , No. 26 Suzuki, second place finisher

On finishing second "I got an average start and I had a little bit of a slow reaction on the gate but my Sobe Suzuki ran great. I thank my mechanic. I just had a little trouble. I made a few mistakes and I crashed once and I let myself tighten up and it cost me the win today I think.

On maintaining the points lead "It's great to have the points lead for sure. I just want to go back and do some more work because I feel like I can go faster,but I just got to get more time on the bike. So I just gotta go back, work hard and I feel like I can come up with a win."

Derrick Shae Bentley , No. 104 Suzuki, third place finisher:

On finishing third. "It feels awesome. I had to put up a fight and give it everything I had. I haven't raced this race in about five years and I gave it all I had and I came up third, I'm so happy. I even stayed with them. This is what I've been looking for - confidence - and this is what I'm getting."

On his battle with Branden Jesseman "I knew he was my teammate and I actually tried to let him go in the back section because I wasn't able to put up a fight. But I held in there so I'm happy."

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Series AMA
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Chad Reed , Branden Jesseman , James Stewart