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Daytona 200 by Arai rescheduled for Monday Roberts Wwns Supersport DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (March 9, 2003) -- The 62nd Daytona 200 By Arai never got off the ground on Sunday due to rain but the crowd of motorcycle fans still got a treat with three...

Daytona 200 by Arai rescheduled for Monday
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (March 9, 2003) -- The 62nd Daytona 200 By Arai never got off the ground on Sunday due to rain but the crowd of motorcycle fans still got a treat with three thrilling support races.

The Daytona 200 By Arai has been rescheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. followed by the Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock event. Tickets from Friday's activities and Sunday's activities will be honored on Monday with grandstand gates opening at 9:30 a.m.

Here's recap of Sunday's support races.

BMW Motorrad International BoxerCup:

Italian Roberto Panichi nipped Californian Brian Parriott in a photo finish in the inaugural American running of the BMW Motorrad International BoxerCup. The race was a wild affair with a 12-rider breakaway pack battling for the win all the way to the checkered flag.

"I'm very happy to win and race here at Daytona," said Panichi, an experienced BoxerCup competitor. "This is one of the most important tracks in the world. It was a strange race with the weather and all the rain we've had. I braked very late and the was my best thing."

The two crossed the line side by side with Parriott trying to draft by on the low line. Parriott admitted that his lack of experience might have hurt him.

"I drafted too early," said the former AMA Superbike racer. "I've never been in the position here at Daytona where I was running in the lead draft."

German Markus Barth finished third, followed by Swiss rider Andy Hofmann and Thomas Hinterreiter of Austria.

Pro Honda Oils Supersport:

Kurtis Roberts, riding the No. 80 Erion Honda, made the winning pass on Yamaha's Jamie Hacking coming off NASCAR Turn 4 to win the Pro Honda Oils Supersport, his second Supersport victory at Daytona International Speedway. The Supersport was a fierce battle as usual with the margin between the top-seven finishers within a second.

Hacking, aboard the No. 2 Yamaha, settled for runner-up honors while Miguel Duhamel, riding the No. 17 Honda, ducked under Jake Zemke and Jason DiSalvo at the start/finish line to round out the podium.

"I just wanted to make sure I didn't suck up on Jamie fast enough to go by him and then get passed by again," Roberts said. "I was playing around with that all weekend. It just paid off. I got lucky and my strategy worked."

Hacking was able to breakaway from the pack coming out of Turn 6. He was hoping to use the draft from a lapped rider exiting the chicane to prevent Roberts from catching him.

"I ran him down way to soon. I caught him right at the exit (of the chicane) and he didn't do nothing for me."

MBNA Grand Prix:

Rich Oliver, riding the No. 97 Yamaha, dominated the MBNA Grand Prix, leading all 15 laps on his way to a 11.464-second victory over Chuck Sorensen. Sorensen, aboard the No. 1 Aprilia, stayed close to Oliver in the early portion of the race but he couldn't keep up with Oliver's race pace.

Oliver, who lapped riders through ninth place, registered his sixth career MBNA 250 Grand Prix victory at Daytona. In last year's MBNA 250 Grand Prix, the Auberry, Calif., rider didn't compete after suffering in injuries in a crash earlier in the week.

Oliver did a masterful job of navigating through lap traffic.

"One lap, I think I got a draft on five or six bikes on one straightaway," Oliver said. "There were all spread out just perfect for me to leap frog from one to another. It was kind of like a video game. I was having fun out there."

Simon Turner, riding the No. 111 Honda, rounded out the podium.

Sitting Out: No Limit Honda's Doug Chandler won't compete in Monday's Daytona 200 By Arai and only participated in the Pro Honda Oils Supersport. Doing the opposite, Kawasaki's Eric Bostrom sat out the Supersport and will only compete in the Daytona 200 By Arai.

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Series AMA
Drivers Kurtis Roberts , Miguel Duhamel , Jamie Hacking , Doug Chandler , Eric Bostrom , Mark German , Jake Zemke , Brian Parriott