“It’s been so long since we rode last,” Maguire said of the two-month layoff. “At first it didn’t really feel like a Grand National event because we were all just trying to get back to the feel of things again.”
It didn’t take Maguire very long to knock off the rust and pick up some Motorcycle-Superstore.com Bell Helmet bonus money in the winner’s circle. He said it was helpful that his team didn’t have to do much to his bike to make it quick.
“The bike was hooking up really well right out of the trailer,” Maguire said. “We made just one change all night, which was adding one tooth for the main. We played around a little with air pressure at the beginning of the night but that’s about it.
“You usually don’t get to unload and pretty much have everything set up perfectly right from the start so I was able to get comfortable right away.”
Maguire did have to work for his win after getting shuffled back at the start of the main event.
“I had kind of a crummy start,” Maguire said. “We were all bunched up in Turns 1 and 2, which isn’t ideal. When we got to Turn 3 I was probably about fifth so I started to ride the outside and managed to pick up a few spots.
“After that I started to move my line down and passed the other two guys. Then once I got up front I did my best to stay smooth, keep my head down and two-wheel all the way round the track.”
With the victory, Maguire moved into a tie for the Pro Singles lead with fellow Motorcycle-Superstore.com Bell Helmet rider and Daytona winner Kyle Johnson, who finished third on the night.
Up next for the riders in the AMA Pro Flack Track Series presented by J&P Cycles, is a May 26 date with the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill.