Points tighten up in both title runs heading to Indy


3/17/2017

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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.


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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.


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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!

 


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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. 


When HRC 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.


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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.


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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.


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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 rounds. 


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.


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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.

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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 these conditions.

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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 of excitement.

 

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