Yamaha rider Josh Hayes had a great Friday at Daytona, winning the first DMG Superbike race of the season, this after a trying 2013 which saw Hayes beaten for the title by his then teammate Josh Herrin.
Saturday, though, wasn't so great for the Mississippi-born rider.
Hayes' Superbike slowed on the front straight and he stopped after nine laps. The scene was eerily reminiscent of 2013: Hayes failed to finish both DMG Superbike races at Daytona a year ago.
A crushing DNF didn't seem to dampen Hayes' spirits though.
"It's like I want to ask them if I can put it in my contract to start at the second race of the season," he said with a laugh.
"I don't know what to say. I'm not as upset as you'd think. I had a great day yesterday and a good race going. I feel real bad for my crew who did all the work to prepare for this."
"Personally I was doing my job the best that I know how and feel bad that it had to end like that," Hayes said.
Asked to pin-point the issue which took his race down, Hayes said, "It came un-started."