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Daytona 200 Motorcross will be held in 2015 at Daytona International Speedway / Headline Surfer®
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You can watch the 73rd running of the historic Daytona 200 featuring the GoPro Daytona SportBike class at Daytona International Speedway, by clicking on the video. Pole-winner Danny Eslick (Riders Discount/Triumph) looks to keep his fortune in-tune by winning and giving Triumph its first Daytona 200 victory since Gary Nixon in 1967.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway has reached a sanction agreement with the American SportBike Racing Association to hold the 74th annual Daytona 200 motorcycle race in 2015 during Bike Week, track President Joie Chitwood announced today in a prepared statement.

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Dannis and Jayne BishDannis Bish, an Orlando firefighter shown here on his Facebook page with his wife, Jayne, was killed and his spouse critically injured when his Harley was struck Saturday by a 16-year-old driver in a Mustang who made an improper left turn into their path in East Orange County. The Bishes had been in Volusia County the day before for Bike Week and it's unclear if they and another biker friend riding his own Harley and injured, were returning home from the biker event when the accident occurred.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Already with the opening three-day weekend of Bike Week gone, two bikers have lost their lives -- one near Pierson and the other in Orlando, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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Award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper's 5th anniversary celebration / Headline Surfer®

Headline Surfer® celebrating 5th anniversary by recognizing outstanding individuals

Michael Politis, featured Bike Week attorney and award-recipient / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Michael Politis is among the leading attorneys in Central Florida for biker rights, accidents and litigation. Oh, and he doesn't just sit behind a desk. He rides, too. Bike Week begins Friday and runs through March 16.
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Bike Week starts Friday and what better way to introduce the nation's largest motorcycle rally than recognizing Michael Politis, selected as one of the Headline Surfer® recipients of a lifetime achievement award for service to greater Daytona Beach for his motorcycle safety advocacy and biker rights.

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News-Journal subscriber / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH -- More proof that the online digital payment requirement of the Daytona Beach News-Journal is not the cash cow for the print newspaper: Access was free during Bike Week as it was during Speedweeks.

Here's wondering if those subscribers paying the $9.95 monthly fee get a rebate cedit towards the next month's subscription? The way it works is you get five fee clicks per month and then id you want more access you have to pay the $9.95 monthly fee, unless of course,  have a full seven-day home delivery pribnt subscription, then digital access is free.

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Sophia Smith

Sophia Smith

NSBNews.net photo by Henry Frederick / Is she for real? That's what the Bike Week crowd kept asking at the Cabbage Patch.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Those who walked by a vendor tent for helmet art work at the Cabbage Patch in Samsula during Bike Week wondered if the life-like figure in body paint was the real thing at the Cabbage Patch. Few dared to ask and those who did didn't get an answer.

Only with a sharp eye or a strong camera lens could see that this was a living, breathing creature, whose beauty was accentuated by the flourescent green paint. With little in the way of actual clothes and a lot to be left to the imagination, 38-year-old Sophia Smith was a head turner.

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ORLANDO -- A 27-year-old motorcyclist was struck and killed Saturday night while riding north on Alafala Trail on his 2001 Suzuki by a motorist turning left while southbound on the roadway and into the biker's path, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Kevin Anderson of Orlando was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:30 p.m. accident near Pasteur Drive. He was not wearing a helmet. James Miron, 23, was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured in his 4-door 2008 Toyota. The accident remains under investigation, the FHP said.

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ORMOND BEACH -- A 56-year-old motorcyclist was run over and killed Friday morning on US 1 near Airport Road by a 76-year-old motorist in a Lincoln Town Car, the Florida Highway Patrol said. 

David Holup saw the northbound car turning into his southbound lane and layed down his 1993 Harley-Davidson in an attempt to avoid a collision, but the car ran over him and his bike, witnesses told the highway patrol. He is the sixth Bike Week fatality.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- A 63-year-old Palm Coast motorcyclist died at Halifax Medical Center shortly after another biker turned into his lane Wednesday night on International Speedway Boulevard and made contact with his Kawasaki, Daytona Beach police said. This was the fifth Bike Week fatality.

Bruce Wynne was riding west on ISB near Williamson Boulevard when his rear tire was clipped by Thomas Castaldo, 57, of Kernersville, N.C, when he turned into the victim's lne, police said, resulting in Wynne's bike going down.

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PORT ORANGE -- A Winter Springs motorcyclist became the fourth Bike Week traffic fatality Monday night in a collision with a car on Dunlawton Avenue at the intersection with North Swallowtail Drive, Port Orange police said.

The biker, Thomas J. Niedziejka, 63, died early this morning, less than eight hours after the crash. The victim was riding his 2012 Harley-Davidson without a helmet westbound on Dunlawton in the center lane when Ruthann K. Mscisz, 68, of Daytona Beach Shores, was turning her 1999 Infiniti 4-door onto Dunlawton after stopping at the intersection and onto Dunlawton, police said.

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PIERSON -- A 61-year-old Concord, N.C. man killed Sunday on Bunnell Road just east of Seville when he crashed his Harley-Davidson into a fence, has been identified as Jack Norman, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Norman may have been speeding when he lost control of his 2005 Harley on a curve and left the roadway, the FHP said this morning. After striking the fence, Norman, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the bike, which then caught fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:35 p.m. accident. Alcohol may have been a factor, according to an initial highway patrol report This was the first motorcycle fatality in Volusia County since the start of Bike Week 2012, which got under way Friday.

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