Daytona Saturday quotes 2002-30-02

Expert Middleweight SuperSport Race winner Jeff Wood (No. 9 Penguin Racing Suzuki) "Scotty (Greenwood) finally really got on the pace and got by me going into the (International) Horseshoe. I was a little worried because he stretched it out a ...

Expert Middleweight SuperSport

Race winner Jeff Wood (No. 9 Penguin Racing Suzuki) "Scotty (Greenwood) finally really got on the pace and got by me going into the (International) Horseshoe. I was a little worried because he stretched it out a little bit there, but fortunately it wasn't enough. It was classic Daytona - I just stayed glued to his rear tire and drafted back by him at the end."

Amateur Speedscreen Unlimited Grand Prix

Race winner Nathan Kern (No. 60 Suzuki) "I got a terrible launch at the start. The bike almost stalled and I went from the second row to almost last. I worked my way to the front and on the last lap I made sure that I didn't over cook the chicane. It's really bad over there because of the rain this morning and a cone was knocked out on the track. I went ahead and started weaving a bit just in case someone was trying to draft me."

Formula USA Timed Qualifying Lockhart-Phillips Superbike

Larry Pegram (No. 72 Hooters Suzuki) "I kept catching guys in the wrong spot. On the lap when I had a really good lap going I caught a guy in the chicane and I think he was eating a sandwich or something. The team is working so hard and we didn't do what we thought we could. I'm not real happy right now, but we'll get after it."

Michael Barnes (No. 34 Hooters Suzuki) "I was just looking for someone to hook up with and maybe get a few more miles an hour on the banking. I'm sure some of the other guys were working together. I was all by myself. I'm really happy with my times considering the conditions. We'll see, we'll just hope for better weather tomorrow."

Shawn Higbee (No. 1 KWS Racing Suzuki) "The track conditions were a lot different then what we've had this weekend. The rain this morning created a damp track for us. The F-USA officials changed the configuration of the track around some wet sections in the chicane, so it made the course a little slower, but everyone had to deal with it. I'm real happy with the pole position. I know we've got some fast new riders in the series. It's great to have that type of competition. It's going to make me fight for it to try and defend the championship."

On his pole-winning lap
"I was out there by myself the whole time and actually got held up a couple of times by some slower riders. In the end it wasn't too bad. I would have gone out for a few more laps, but it started raining and it didn't look like anyone was going to challenge our time."

NRRS SportBike timed qualifying

Michael Barnes (No. 34 Hooters Suzuki) "I think some of the other riders might have been running qualifying tires. We were running a total race set-up so I'm sure we'll be right there in the final."

Larry Pegram (No. 72 Hooters Suzuki) "It was really, really windy out there. It's feels like the highest winds I've ever felt here. It was actually slowing my bike down on the straight. And there are cones in the chicane so it slowed us down a lot. I was just trying to get a lap were I didn't have to deal with lappers, it was pretty crowded out there."

Lee Acree (No. 84 Arclight Suzuki) "We've been to get everything dialed in all weekend. The weather has been real cooperative, but we're getting real close. The bike is great, now it's up to me to figure out how to get that optimum lap in. We're right there; it's just a matter of who's in the lead group tomorrow. It will be a drafting battle - it always is."

Josh Hayes (No. 3 Valvoline/EMGO Suzuki) "I had some pretty good laps. I thought I could put together some good laps getting a tow from Lee Acree, but it just didn't work out. Tom (Kipp) and I turned in some of the best times because we have the best bikes. I'd like to try to run this race from the lead tomorrow. I think it's going to be a good show."

Tom Kipp (No. 5 Valvoline EMGO Suzuki) "We've been struggling with tires the last couple of days. We got some new stuff that came in today and it's made a bit of a difference. I'm finally starting to settle into riding the bike. I haven't been racing 600s all that much over the last few years and I'm just really pleased with the team. Josh and I are working together and it just a good atmosphere. No real strategies for Sunday. We're really just using this weekend for testing, but I'll definitely go for the win tomorrow."

Heavyweight Superbike

Race winner Nathan Kerns (No. 60 Hooters Suzuki) "I wasn't really optimistic about the Suzuki 750 with the way it handled in the first race. We just made a couple of adjustments to the front end because it was a little schizophrenic. I was just trying to be consistent with the laps because I knew Walker was coming. He is a heckuva good rider."

Expert Lightweight Superbike

Race winner Steve Keener (No. 2 Speedwerks Suzuki) - "It was a great battle. I noticed yesterday when we had the wind with us my engine was hitting the rev limiter. With the way the wind was today it was just right."

Third-place finisher Jerry Wood (No. 3 Ducati) - "That's CCS racing at its best. We had a two-stroke twin a four-stroke twin and a little single-cylinder and you could have thrown a blanket over the three of us. You just don't get racing like that, it was a dynamite race."

Buell Lightning Qualifying

Michael Barnes (No. 1 Kosco Harley-Davidson Buell) - "I wish everything could run this smoothly. The team atmosphere is really great and these guys have done a great job. I'm just hoping that the rain holds off tomorrow. As good as I am in it, I really don't relish the thought of riding in the stuff."


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Series AMA , Other bike
Drivers Larry Pegram , Joshua Hayes , Lee Acree , Tom Kipp , Michael Barnes , Shawn Higbee , Jeff Wood , Nathan Kern