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Daytona: Post-race interviews

Nicky Hayden, No. 69 Honda, Winner "(Winning here) was always my goal. As a kid my parents used to bring us down here a lot to watch. This whole weekend everything has been going really good. The race went really smooth at the beginning. Then...

Nicky Hayden, No. 69 Honda, Winner
"(Winning here) was always my goal. As a kid my parents used to bring us down here a lot to watch. This whole weekend everything has been going really good. The race went really smooth at the beginning. Then there was the red flag and I hate red flags. In a race like this you're all pumped up and ready to go, so to have to stop is no good. After the red flag I got out there and I got some bad starts today, both times. I didn't really practice starts this winter, so I'm going to have to practice starts.

"I kind of just got at the end of that draft and figured I would wait and let the pace settle down and let some guys settle in. Then one time going into the chicane, Miguel kind of laid on Anthony and it looked like it kind of fired Anthony up. So I thought I don't want to get in the middle of this.

"I finally got into the lead and going into Turn 1 I got in hot as I went across the paint stripe I kind of lost the front just for a second and I got off the brakes. When I got back on them I was in too high. I just kind of stood it up and ran a little bit high.

"It was such a long race and I just tried to be consistent. When Kurtis went out I just really had to concentrate. It gave me a lot of time to think about some stuff. This race, those laps just seemed like they weren't even ticking away. It took a long time and a few times I got a little distracted. I just tried to be safe and not be in too big of a hurry.

"The Hondas were just really fast today. Obviously you hate to win when Kurtis dropped out and with Mat not racing, but it still feels really good. I'm just really lucky to be with such a good team."

Anthony Gobert, third place finisher, No. 16 Yamaha
"I was feeling pretty bummed out. I was feeling like I put so much into this whole season. I was a little bit bummed that I crashed with my brother. It could have been a lot worse. I'm going to think of the positive that came out of that.

"Nicky is an awesome rider. He knows how to preserve his tire. In the second start when Kurtis and I were going at it I knew that Nicky was just sort of sitting back and seeing what happened. I was kind of hoping that Kurtis was going to crash or something so I could start getting away.

"I had to come in early for a pit stop and I lost about 10 seconds or more. At the time I didn't really care, but when you finish second by a whisker I kind of wish that I had come in a lap earlier.

"It was a weird race for me but I finished on the podium in the Superbike and that's what I wanted."

Jamie Hacking, second place finisher, No. 92 Suzuki
"I knew I had the motor to catch him. That Yoshimura Suzuki, that thing was fast today. Unfortunately in the beginning of the stints I had a bad front tire and I lost the front in the west horseshoe a couple of times. So I kind of backed off and Aaron got by me and I was being really conservative. So I came in and got my other tire, but then the back tire was terrible. Then the last set of tires they worked perfect. It was good and I dropped my lap times. I hit every line perfect and didn't make one mistake. Coming out of the chicane (on the last lap) I just nailed it. He (Anthony) knew I was close to him so he started weaving back and forth dragging off a little speed and then he went back up the banking and I stayed down at the bottom and I knew I had him then for sure."

Pascal Picotte (No. 21 HMC Ducati)
"It's a shame the HMC Ducati was running strong. We were just hanging in there and saving our tires. All of a sudden we started having trouble downshifting and then I was having problems actually shifting at all. Then it got stuck in the same gear."

Andres Perez (No. 260 Capill France Ducati)
"I wasn't going too fast for turn one. I don't know why I went down - maybe oil or something. The bike is too damaged to continue."

Miguel Duhamel (No. 17 American Honda)
"I was doing nothing out there. I wasn't even going full throttle. I was trying to save my tires. I wasn't even trying. It's amazing. The bike was perfect. I don't know what happen to it."

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Drivers Anthony Gobert , Nicky Hayden , Miguel Duhamel , Jamie Hacking , Pascal Picotte