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DAYTONA BEACH -- Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier dominated Saturday, March 16, at Daytona International Speedway, leading 50 of the 57 laps to win the 72nd Daytona 200.
Beaubier of Roseville, Calif., started on the pole and had two flawless pit stops to claim a 22.254-second margin of victory in America's most historic motorcycle race.
"I'm pretty tired right now but I'm trying to soak in everything," Beaubier said. "I rode as hard as I could in the first stint and then tried to be super consistent. I had one little mess up running wide in Turn 1 but after that I calmed down and kept clicking off lap times."
Beaubier's Graves Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff finished second and Richie Morris Racing's Bobby Fong, also riding a Yamaha, rounded out the podium.
Two women riders placed in the top 10. Elena Myers finished ninth riding a Triumph, the best finish by a woman rider in Daytona 200 history, and Melissa Paris finished 10th aboard a Honda for MPH Racing.
Brandon Robinson took the early lead from Kenny Coolbeth and then held off Brad Baker to win the Expert Main Event on the second night of the AMA Pro Flat Track presented By J&P Cycles on Friday, March 15, at the Daytona Flat Track.