The variety that distinguishes Bike Week At DAYTONA will be showcased on Thursday and Friday with two completely different forms of competition at the "World Center of Racing."
On Thursday, the newly rebranded American Flat Track series will open its debut season with the DAYTONA TT on a .6-mile course located in the Daytona International Speedway tri-oval. On Friday, qualifying for the 76th DAYTONA 200 will be held; the road-racing classic is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. on the speedway road course that has been the site of the DAYTONA 200 since 1961. From 1937-1960 the event was held on the Daytona beach-road course that utilized both the Atlantic Ocean shoreline and State Road A1A.
Stadium gates open at 2 p.m. Thursday with DAYTONA TT practice from 2-4 p.m. Heats begin at 6:30, main events at 8:40. On Friday, a DAYTONA 200 practice session from 9-9:25 a.m. will be followed by three qualifying sessions starting at 10:45, 1 p.m. and 4:30.
In the DAYTONA TT event, the key storyline is a reborn rivalry between two legendary manufacturers – Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle. Defending Grand National Champion Bryan Smith leads the Indian rider lineup. Sammy Halbert (Yamaha) and Jake Johnson (Harley-Davidson), last year’s respective DAYTONA Flat Track main event winners, also are entered.
Michael Barnes, from Boca Raton, Florida, returns as defending DAYTONA 200 champion and once again, as a sentimental favorite. Last year he came out of retirement to make his 13th start over a 20-year span in the legendary event. Riding a Yamaha 600, he became the oldest winner of the DAYTONA 200 at the age of 47.
In addition to on-track action, a variety of other fan-friendly activities will round out Bike Week At DAYTONA.
- The GEICO Bike Show will take place on Saturday adjacent to Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley. Registration is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with a $20 entry fee per bike. The awards presentation will be held at 5 p.m. on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley Stage. Trophies will be awarded in 10 categories and a $1,000 and $500 cash prize will be given to Best in Show and Judge’s Choice, respectively.
- The Hot Leathers Fashion Show and Bikini Contest, located in Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley, is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.
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