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Date: Wed 10 May 2017

MacClugage: “Mechanical issues and injuries are the only thing that can stop me!”

Reigning champion Chris MacClugage is full of confidence after taking his second win in two years at Daytona Beach last month.

It wasn't too difficult for me to ride without a seat, I stand all the time anyway.

The veteran Yamaha rider notched up a hat-trick of wins and now holds a significant lead in the championship standings ahead of next best Eric Francis and Aero Aswar.

MacClugage and Nicolas Rius were once again doing battle in Daytona Beach before an injury got the better of the Frenchman

MacClugage and Nicolas Rius were once again doing battle in Daytona Beach before an injury got the better of the Frenchman

Despite rough conditions, MacClugage says his experience out in the Caribbean in longer races made it seem like a walk in the park.

“I have raced in much tougher conditions in the Caribbean and for a longer period of time,” said the champion. “This made the Daytona conditions easy for me. My first time racing in Daytona was in ‘88 and it was much rougher.”

MacClugage was forced to race with no seat after a collision with Brian Baldwin in race two, something that clearly didn’t effect him as he stormed to victory.

“I want to believe it was an accident. It wasn't too difficult for me to ride without a seat, I stand all the time anyway.”

It was also the decision to stick to the more familiar Yamaha FX SVHO in Daytona Beach that gave him an edge of his rivals Francis and Aswar who both to chose to ride the new Yamaha GP1800.

“I wasn't too familiar with the craft (GP1800) and remembered what I had won on in 2016 and figured I could do it again on the FX. I believe the way I ride is an advantage over the other riders! I will most likely be on the GP for the next two rounds, however.”

And what about that championship lead? MacClugage is confident that only mechanical issues and injuries could stop him from retaining back-to-back titles and feels his team will ensure he has a smooth passage to victory all season long.

“I truly believe mechanical issues and injuries are the only thing that can stop me, but I am confident in my Monster Energy, Broward Motorsports team that they will do whatever it takes to keep everything running well.”

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