Davies wins after Hayes disqualified
Josh Hayes dominated and won Saturday's Daytona 200 By Honda, but lost the trophy after post-race inspection. Chaz Davies, who finished second on the track, was awarded the Daytona 200 victory after Hayes was disqualified for a technical violation in his motor. "None of us really could believe it," Davies said Sunday. "I felt bad for Josh. I knew how much he wanted it. But then I was happy because I knew we could win it." The American Motorcyclist Association said the crankshaft used in Hayes' Honda had been illegally modified, specifically, it "was polished, surface treated and metal was removed from it." Hayes' team, Erion Racing, said it will file an appeal. Rick Hobbs, Hayes' crew chief, told cyclenews.com the team would fight the ruling, which came late Saturday night. "We've appealed their decision, and basically that's our side of it," Hobbs said. Hobbs was notified of the DQ before leaving the Speedway on Saturday. "We've appealed the technical inspection and also the penalty, disqualification," Hobbs said.
Published 10/03/2008 06:50
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