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Daytona: Wednesday quotes

What They're Saying About The Daytona 200 By Arai "I've got a great team behind me. I've got the right people that do the right job. In all their different areas where they have to be good, they are. I've got a good crew chief. I've got a good...

What They're Saying About The Daytona 200 By Arai

"I've got a great team behind me. I've got the right people that do the right job. In all their different areas where they have to be good, they are. I've got a good crew chief. I've got a good chassis guy. I've got a good engine builder. I've got a good guy doing data acquisition. I've got the right people for the right job. That makes all the difference. Without those guys, we wouldn't have won anything." -- three-time AMA Superbike champion and two-time defending Daytona 200 By Arai winner Mat Mladin, rider of the No. 1 Yoshimura Suzuki

"For me, (Daytona) starts when I was six-years-old coming here with my dad when he was racing here. To me, (Daytona) has a religious or biblical effect on me. It's definitely the most important race I can think of. When I won (in 1991 for the first time), I felt lucky, blessed and ecstatic. I really love this race track. It's tough, that's the way Daytona is. I've had some success here and hopefully we'll have some more this coming March. I enjoy the drafting. I enjoy the strategy. I think I'm a pretty good thinker on my feet when we're out there racing hard. I think it helps." -- three-time Daytona 200 By Arai champion Miguel Duhamel, rider of the No. 17 Team Honda RC51

"It's definitely the most unique race we run with the pit stops. It's an endurance style race, but you run it with almost a sprint style strategy, which is getting to the front and trying to capitalize on any mistakes that the competition makes. Basically, you go as hard as you can go for 200 miles." -- Eric Bostrom, rider of the No. 32 Kawasaki

"(The Daytona 200) definitely takes a lot of experience. A lot of elements go into pit stops, pace car all sorts of things. I think experience definitely comes out, especially with the drafting." -- Nicky Hayden, rider of the No. 69 Honda

"I really want to win the 200. Daytona is probably one of the funniest weeks getting to ride that much. Every thing is so different. It's one of a kind. There's a lot of tradition here. It's a fun track to ride I really like Daytona. It's fun to do and hopefully we'll come out with a win this year." -- Kurtis Roberts, rider of the No. 80 Team Erion Honda

"Anybody can win it, it's that type of race. Like we saw last year, there's so much that can happen at this track. You can't come into this race say‘ I'm going to win it.' I can win it, but it's just a matter of everything going the way it has to be." -- Jamie Hacking, rider of the No. 92 Yoshimura Suzuki

"Ducati hasn't won the Daytona 200 yet, but they were really close a few times. Hopefully, I'm going to be the one to give them the opportunity to be on top of the box." -- Pascal Picotte, rider of the No. 21 HMC Racing Ducati

"Daytona is one of those races that are so prestigious and so big, it means a lot to win. Because of that, you don't care how long the race is. If it was 157 laps, you would still be going as hard as you can at the end. Here, it doesn't matter. It's all about the whole atmosphere and how big (the race) is. You do whatever it takes." -- Anthony Gobert, rider of the No. 16 Yamaha

(On the challenge of Daytona) "The surface is pretty worn and polished up and the tires we have to run are so hard, it makes you real timid on Daytona. You're trying not to get on the throttle too hard because the tires are designed to go around the banking, but you've got to go through the infield and you're sliding and spinning around a good bit. That's the main thing. The race is so long that you try to get the bike ride good for 200 miles. It's the longest race we have. Usually our races are around 75 miles. Here at Daytona, it's 200 miles." -- Aaron Yates, rider of the No. 20 Yoshimura Suzuki

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Drivers Anthony Gobert , Kurtis Roberts , Nicky Hayden , Jamie Hacking , Aaron Yates , Eric Bostrom , Pascal Picotte