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What they're saying about the Daytona 200 week

On how many Daytona 200 By Arais can he win? "I'll just throw a number out there - six would be nice because Scott (Russell) has got five or if I could get up there and tie Scott that would be nice. Unfortunately, you don't decide that here in...

On how many Daytona 200 By Arais can he win?

"I'll just throw a number out there - six would be nice because Scott (Russell) has got five or if I could get up there and tie Scott that would be nice. Unfortunately, you don't decide that here in the garage. Some work is done in the garage for that race, but hopefully we'll be able to go out there and win.' - Three-time Daytona 200 By Arai champion Miguel Duhamel, rider of the No. 17 American Honda

"I've been around long enough to know that you can win this race and then not win a championship or you can do poorly in this race and still win a championship. One race certainly doesn't make a difference in my mind how the season is going to go. Certainly at Daytona you never know what you're going to get. We've had a couple of wins here. What you have to remember to win those races is that you have to have luck with tires and you need to make sure the motorcycle works good and it just as easily could go the other way. We'll see what happens." - two-time Daytona 200 By Arai champion Mat Mladin, rider of the No. 1 Yoshimura Suzuki

"I think (a win in the Daytona 200) would be more than what we need to get the ball rolling for the championship. That's obviously our biggest focus. To win on one of the toughest tracks, I think everyone would have to be pretty worried going elsewhere. It would definitely be a huge snowball for us to get things rolling." - Eric Bostrom, rider of the No. 32 Kawasaki

"I think everybody wants to say, 'I won the Daytona 200.' Me too. I'm happy to have another shot at it. I would love to walk away and say that I've won it. It's probably one of the more classic events that still run today when you think about it." - Ben Bostrom, rider of the No. 155 American Honda

"It definitely felt good to win the Supersport race here because it's so competitive and close. It's so easy here to lose the race coming off Turn 4 to the finish line. You never know until you're there (at the finish line) who won. To tell you the truth, I was expecting somebody to come drafting by me. When they didn't, I was really surprised." - 2002 Pro Honda Oils U.S. Supersport winner at Daytona Aaron Yates, rider of the No. 20 Yoshimura Suzuki

"Bike Week is definitely special to me. I've been coming here since I can remember. It's definitely special for me to come here. I always look forward to being a part of that and now that I am it's exciting to come down here and be able to be part of the whole Daytona 200 Week. I look forward to it every year." - Supersport competitor Tommy Hayden, rider of the No. 22 Kawasaki

"A lot of guys are coming out with some new bikes this year. Most of the factory guys race Supersport and then there are a few support teams with some good riders on it too. It's definitely one of the most competitive classes. But the bike Honda just came out with - the new one - I think is going to make it easier for us. We're definitely going to have the best bike out there. There's no way around it. It's all up to us to ride it now." - Supersport and Formula Xtreme competitor Roger Lee Hayden, rider of the No. 95 Team Erion Honda

"We'll just have to see. The Supersport race is a tough race. It's competitive. It's the same every year. The main thing is to finish and finish as high as possible because they're a lot of guys that aren't riding the rest of the year for the Supersport championship. It's disappointing not to come back and run the biggest race of the year but then again I get to concentrate a little bit more on Supersport and maybe the results will be a little bit better."- Supersport and Formula Xtreme competitor Jamie Hacking, rider of the No. 2 Yamaha

"You can guarantee there will be some paint swapping and some elbow banging. All of the teams have stepped up and so have we. That's the important thing for us. You can expect a really good Supersport race in March." - Supersport and Formula Xtreme competitor Damon Buckmaster, rider of the No. 6 Yamaha

(On the potential of eclipsing the Daytona 200 mileage mark) "To me, the record has stood for such a long time and it represents the pioneers of the sport and to be included and recognized with the pioneers of the sport, to me there's a lot of pride in that. To do this as long as I've done, it takes a lot of time and effort and a lot of help from a lot of people." - Rick Shaw

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Drivers Miguel Duhamel , Tommy Hayden , Jamie Hacking , Aaron Yates , Eric Bostrom , Damon Buckmaster , Roger Lee Hayden , Ben Bostrom