Daytona 200 Changes Coming?
by dean adams
Sunday, February 09, 2014

It's been rumored for more than a week that the Daytona International Speedway will soon announce that beginning with the 2015 event, the 200 will return to Superbike format—1000cc motorcycles.

It was suggested in the infamous 2008 press conference given by AMA President Rob Dingman and Roger Edmondson that the 200 would return to Superbike format in 2009.

Mat Mladin's victory in 2004 was the last 1000cc Daytona 200 win.

"May you live in interesting times" is and oft-repeated phrase bordering on the cliche. As an entity, the Daytona 200 lives in interesting times. Needless to say, the landscape of motorcycle roadracing in America has drastically changed since 2008. In 2013 there were four world championship events in America (three MotoGP and one WSBK) and for the foreseeable future the US will have two MotoGP events and a WSBK round. US race fans who religiously went to Daytona every year now have a great many more compelling alternatives to mull over instead of watching a 200 mile long 600 race at "the world's center of racing".

It will be an arduous climb back for the Daytona 200 to return to its stature as the biggest race in the world, a title which it legitimately held at one time, However, if true, the change back to 1000cc motorcycles for the '15 200 is a good first step on that climb.


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