The racing yesterday was interesting. Changing the 200 to Formula Xtreme from the Superbike class puts a lot of lesser known racers in the racing news. The Superbike riders get a lot more publicity than the AMA’s other classes and I knew most of the riders in that race but in the 200, after you get past the first 5 or 6, at least for me, they became mostly unfamiliar. If you follow all of the races and all of the classes this is less apparent but after a winter layoff the new names really jump out. Again, maybe this is just me.
What was interesting in the Superbike race was not that Mat Mladin came right back at his usual superb form, showing the skill that makes him a champion, but seeing Neil Hodgson take second after 10 years away from Daytona and topping the other riders who compete in Superbike every year. Now that Daytona is out of the way and the series returns to the more normal type of racetrack, I think Neil is going to be right there all year. Will Mladin continue to dominate or will Hodgson bring his own considerable skill to the top? This year could be very interesting.