Just as Honda’s Nicky Hayden and Kawasaki’s Eric Bostrom threaten to turn the AMA Superbike series into their own personal battle, a certain older guy on an HMC Ducati is getting comfortable on his new bike and over the effects of a nagging early-season injury. Watch out for Doug Chandler at Laguna Seca this weekend.
Chandler put his Ducati on the podium last round, and announced that he finally felt at full strength. Chandler knows Laguna Seca better than anyone (he lives near the track), and the three-time AMA Superbike champion was blazingly fast in pre-season testing at Laguna — the first time he was on the Ducati.
Of course, Bostrom and Hayden would have to be the favorites, but Chandler and others, including Honda’s Miguel Duhamel and Suzuki’s Aaron Yates, will definitely keep them honest.
Just don’t be surprised if Doug Chandler leads them all home on Saturday.