MILES AT DAY­TONA

Classic Bike (UK) - - SPORT -

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.

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