Two of the USA’s biggest motorcycle races will run this weekend, as the Daytona 200 roadrace and the Daytona TT flat track race will take place Saturday, March 14.
It’s the first time these events have run as a doubleheader. Both races will take place at Daytona International Speedway; the 200 runs first, and then the TT. So far as we know, coronavirus fears shouldn’t interfere with the events, as Daytona Bike Week is already in full steam ahead mode, and it’s not like cancelling the races should make any difference.
The 200 has lost a bit of its glamour over the past few years, as it’s now restricted to 600-class supersports, since nobody makes superbike tires that can hold up for long enough. There’s a pretty decent lineup of riders returning this year just the same, including six former champions. One of them, Danny Eslick, is looking to get his fifth win at the 200 this weekend, aboard a Suzuki GSX-R600 with TOBC Racing. That would tie him with Miguel Duhamel and Scott Russell in the all-time Daytona 200 wins listings, with five each, and would make it four Daytona wins for the TOBC team.
Speaking of Scott Russell, he’s back at Daytona this year as grand marshal of the TT. The TT is the opening race for the AMA’s American Flat Track series.
If you have the TrackPass with the NBC Sports Gold package, you can watch the races, or you can also tune in to NBCSN to watch the racing on Saturday. The action is supposed to start at 11:30 pm ET (8:30 pm PT).