Mar 15, 2002
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From a press release:<BR><BR>DUNLOP DOMINATES DAYTONA<BR><BR>At a sunny and warm Daytona 2002, Dunlop riders swept the entire event by winning an amazing seven of seven races. In many cases, Dunlop filled out the podium and/or served as the tire of choice for the overwhelming majority of race finishers to 10th place and more.<BR><BR>Leading off with the pavement events, Team Honda's 20-year-old young gun Nicky Hayden won the prestigious Daytona 200 in fine style, enjoying an 18-second cushion by race¹s end. Team Suzuki¹s Jamie Hacking and factory Yamaha-mounted Anthony Gobert rounded out the podium for Dunlop.<BR><BR>In the hotly contested 600 SuperSport race, six riders--all aboard Dunlops--swapped the lead 11 times during the 18-lap race before Yoshimura Suzuki's Aaron Yates took the lead with two laps remaining. He held on for the race win ahead of Team Honda riders Nicky Hayden and Miguel Duhamel, who were trailing by a bare half-second.<BR><BR>Jimmy Moore captured the 750 Superstock win aboard his Corona Suzuki, veteran racer Chuck Sorensen guided his Team Stargel Aprilia to the 250 GP victory and Kirk McCarthy topped the Pro Thunder class aboard his Advanced Motorsports Ducati 748. Again, all winners rode Dunlop tires to the checkers, and Dunlops appeared on six different brands of motorcycles that earned podium finishes: Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Aprilia, Ducati and Buell--a telling statement to the universal appeal and undeniable advantage Dunlop brings to motorcycle racing.<BR><BR>Daytona 2002 also represented the turning point in AMA Supercross action, in more ways than one. This event not only marked the ninth of 16 SX races, but it was also the race in which Team Honda¹s Ricky Carmichael took over the Supercross points lead as he guided his Dunlop D773-shod CR250R across the finish line carrying an advantage of nearly 14 seconds over second place.<BR><BR>In the AMA 125 East race, Australian Chad Reed continued his domination of the class by winning his fourth consecutive race out of four, aboard his Dunlop-equipped Yamaha of Troy four-stroke mount.<BR><BR>As with the road racers, Dunlop showed well on the 250 and 125 Supercross podiums by appearing on three different brands: Honda, Yamaha and KTM.