Chris Hodgson, owner of San Jose BMW, is a veteran of more than 35 years of racing and last year he gave BMW Motorrad its first international race victory at Daytona in over 30 years! Chris takes racing very seriously and he'd come to Daytona to race two bikes - and he was determined to race both of them... crashed or not! Without comment, his crew went to work stripping the F 800 down to the frame and they were pleasantly surprised to see that the main structure of the bike was undamaged. The body was in pieces, the handlebars were broken and the front and rear sub-frames were seriously bent, but the frame, forks, swing arm and engine were OK. Without a doubt, BMW had definitely built a tough motorcycle! So, out came the hammers, pry bars, safety wire, duct tape and any other repair method they could use to get the bike race worthy by 1pm on the Saturday for the start of the Eight Hour race.