Daytona never fails to deliver drama and this year's edition
was certainly no exception. While the 450 points chase was tightening up as the
series headed into the Florida round, there is still more momentum as it heads
into in Indianapolis this weekend.
Eli Tomac is carrying a lot of momentum as he heads into
Indy. He gained seven points on defending champ Ryan Dungey with his win in
Daytona, which was also his fifth win of the season and second in a row. This
is the definition of being on a roll and Ryan Dungey has to stop it at the
series head into it's final half of the season. Eli Tomac is firing on all
cylinders and is as confident as can, which could mean trouble for the #1.
Dungey didn't get to where he is by giving in easily. He's
still up by 17 points, which means if Tomac wins all of the remaining rounds,
and Ryan finishes second in all of them, the points will be tied. Tomac would
win the championship however, based on overall wins. This means that both of these
riders need to be at their absolute best for the remainder of the season. That
starts this weekend in Indianapolis!
The ride of the night was the 450SX performance of Jeremy
Martin. The former multi-time outdoor motocross champion has always struggled a
bit in supercross, including his 250SX West Regional season this year.
Honda had a spare factory 450 available (due to Ken Roczen's absence), they
called on Martin to hop aboard for this outdoor-style round and he was awesome!
Martin lead the first 10 laps of the main event, eventually overtaken by Tomac.
Martin ended up in second place and will now go back to perfecting his 250
setup as the west coast races restart again in a few weeks.
With his second podium of the season, Jason Anderson seemed
to be riding in his own race for the main event. Fast and consistent, Jason had
all the makings of a winner except that the two riders ahead of him seemed to
be in a different race. Anderson sits fifth in points heading into Indy.
Marvin Musquin's poor finishes and quick drop in the point
standings only got worse in Daytona. Suffering from effects of the flu from a
couple weeks back, Musquin still wasn't up to par for Daytona - the toughest
and longest race of the season.
A spill in the main event certainly didn't help
either. With his finish, he lost even more points to the top three which
dropped him to fourth place behind Seely in third. Rumor is that he was able to
ride all week after Daytona for the first time this month, so he should be
about back to normal this weekend in Indianapolis.
Switching gears to 250SX East Regional racing, the surprise
of the night was Adam Cianciarulo. Born and raised about six miles down the
road from the Speedway, it's been his dream to come out of Daytona with a win.
Last Saturday night, he very convincingly got that win.
Leading every lap with
his teammate Joey Savatgy very close behind him, Adam ignored the pressures of
those behind him and continued pushing forward to get his first win in three
years. His finish made it clear to everyone that "he's back" and that
he very well could continue with this momentum at the remaining East Coast
The last time Cianciarulo was winning, he did so in a dominating
manner, just like he did in this race at Daytona. He's now jumped to third in
points, only nine behind leader Zach Osborne.
While red plate holder Osborne didn't exactly have a bad night in Daytona, he lost points to both Savatgy and Cianciarulo and is now only six points out front heading to Indy.
While the saying "you can't win a title in one round, but you sure can lose it", Osborne was relatively happy getting out of there in one piece and losing only a few points in the process. Look for him to be right back up front and dominant in Indy this weekend.
Fans knew it was coming, they just didn't know when: Dylan
Ferrandis finished on the podium. The Frenchman, who's a true rookie in AMA
Supercross competition, has been gaining speed and confidence for the last
several rounds, but in Daytona everything came together.
While he wasn't quite
on the pace with the two leaders, he was still a notch above the rest of the
pack. This gave him his first podium of his young career in the U.S. With
Indianapolis dirt typically a bit damp and rutted, look for Ferrandis to get
back up on the podium this weekend in Indy, as he's got a lot of experience in
As the series heads back to it's typical indoor football
stadiums of the East Coast, AMA Supercross's top stars will continue their
battle for glory at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis - on St.
Patrick's Day Weekend. As always, this round is expected to be filled with tons
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