Daytona TT: Unique track gives lesser-known rider an opportunity to shine

The long straights and ultra-tight corners of the Daytona TT brought the strengths of some lesser-known riders to the forefront.


Don Mullen II won the third Heat race on his Chester County Kitchen & Bath Kawasaki. Henri the Brush

While the pre-race spin for the Daytona TT was the war between the Indian and Harley factories in some instances it wasn’t about them.

Don Mullen II won the third Heat race on his Chester County Kitchen & Bath Kawasaki. Mullen, a full-time heavy equipment operator from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, has been a part-time racer much of his 12-year pro career and has had seasons where he never even qualified for a Main. But here he was, one of the top riders at the Daytona TT.

“When stuff comes together and it’s a technical track, I’m here,” Mullen said before the start of the Main. “This is the best I’ve ever done at a national and I don’t want to jinx myself, but it’s going great. I ride a lot of motocross, so I think that’s helped me on this track.”
Mullen finished sixth in the final, just behind Bronson Bauman (Briar’s brother), another rider who came out of nowhere to have a solid result.


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