MILES AT DAYTONA
Superbikes were a support race on Friday afternoon of Daytona speed week, with the 200-miler still dominated by 750cc twostrokes. Kenny Roberts chalked up his first victory in the 200-miler but, as MCN noted, the race was ‘overshadowed for excitement by the support races’. The 50-mile Superbike Production race saw an epic battle between Cooley’s Yoshimura Kawasaki and Mclaughlin’s Yoshimura Suzuki – decided when the Kawasaki’s oil cooler was pierced by a stone. It was Mclaughlin’s first Superbike win on a Suzuki after a fraught week of practice; five engines were wrecked in practice sessions and his bike was only rebuilt on race morning. Cooley would switch to a Suzuki later in the season and win back-to-back titles in 1979 and ’80. In 1988, Mclaughlin would be at the helm of the inaugural World Superbike championship.