Sep 26, 2001
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Copyright 2001, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>"I'm looking forward to Virginia," said Nicky Hayden, winner of the last three AMA Superbike races. "It should be an interesting race. We've tested there a bunch. It's a tough track, but it's good. Some people thought it was a little tight and all, but I enjoy it. It's really smooth. Most of our tracks around here now are bumpy and have patches in the pavement. Virginia <BR>has a few bumps, but for the most part, it's completely smooth. So it's kind of neat to be able to get on a track like that.<BR><BR>"It should be fun. We get to do a pit stop and stuff. It's gonna be interesting to see how they do it. It's not like Daytona as far as pulling <BR>on and off the track. It's gonna be a lot tougher with VIR's pit road. At Daytona, no one is allowed to go across pit road, but here people have to go across pit road to signal. Coming off the track won't be too bad, but getting back on, you pull out right down in turn one. Hopefully, everyone will be safe. They're gonna have a speed limit on pit road. I forget how fast it is, but it's gonna be tough. We don't have a speedometer or anything like the cars; just set the rev-limiter down, put it in second gear and hold <BR>it wide open. So I don't know how it's all going to work out.<BR><BR>"It's going to be nice to get back to racing after all that's happened. I just hope people are able to take some time and come enjoy the races."