Rich Oliver (No. 97 Team Oliver Yamaha) "It's interesting for us because we've never ridden our 2000 model TZ here at Daytona. Last year when I had the epic race with Roland Sands I was racing my 1996 model that had been very well developed for...
Rich Oliver (No. 97 Team Oliver Yamaha) "It's interesting for us because we've never ridden our 2000 model TZ here at Daytona. Last year when I had the epic race with Roland Sands I was racing my 1996 model that had been very well developed for this track. We brought the 2000 out and got pretty close to the lap times I ran in the race last year and I haven't ridden since last September."
WITH JIMMY FILICE OUT OF THE CLASS
Jimmy's an old-timer like me and I was really hoping he'd come back this year so I could pull that championship back away from him. But there are some new people that have come in like Jason DiSalvo riding a Honda. I'm sure he'll be there challenging us all year. Chuck Sorensen and Michael Himmelsbach are on Aprilia. So these other manufacturers are trying to come in and knock Yamaha off the top in this class, where they've been for a long time."
Final AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike practice on Wednesday
Miguel Duhamel (No. 17 American Honda) (On low-siding west horseshoe in the final practice session) "I should have come in to have them fix the front instead of doing a couple more laps when I knew the front wasn't doing what I wanted it to do. I was leaned in and losing the front all the way and I was on my knee and I was like, 'I'm going to save this' and it never came back. After a while I said 'Oh all right' and I just slid from about here to the wall (pointing to a wall about 30 feet away) if that. It was a minor crash so the bike is fine. I rode it back in."
Kurtis Roberts (No. 80 Erion Racing Honda) "We're still struggling a bit. I still have a lot of jet lag after coming back from Japan, but I'm starting to feel a little better. Hopefully I'll get a good night's sleep tonight and do better tomorrow."
Eric Bostrom (No. 32 Kawasaki) "Things are OK. They're certainly not great, but they're not bad either. We've got a lot of room to improve and that's what we'll set out to do tomorrow."
Nicky Hayden (No. 69 American Honda) "It's still pretty early in the week and I've got a few quick laps, but the race isn't going to be won with one or two quick laps. So far things are right on schedule. Tire life looks good and that's something we're really happy about. That was a big concerned coming in. We're just trying to keep moving forward. One thing I worked on this winter is to get up to speed immediately. Qualifying is one area I've always been a bit week on, but I feel like I'm getting better. Winning the pole last year at Pikes Peak gave me a lot of confidence."
Pascal Picotte (No. 21 HMC Racing Ducati) "I'm definitely happy to just be riding a Ducati, especially with this team HMC. They've been great to me. I can say I've been treated like a king. I'm the only one on the team, so all the focus and attention is around me. I can't ask for anything better. The new 998R -- it's really fast around the banking. It handles great on the infield. We had a few little problems in this session so we didn't have as much seat time as we would've liked to. Overall, we still managed to do some good lap times on a old race tire. I think we're looking good."
OUTLOOK ON QUALIFYING
"If we look at what we did today and what we accomplished with just a little amount of time on the track, I'll be right there. The HMC Ducati will be on the front row and if we're not, we'll be really close. I'm really looking at the race and would like to be top three if possible."