Daytona Supercross By Honda
Daytona International Speedway
Story and Photos by Kevin Krout
DAYTONA BEACH, FL, MAR. 11, 2017
Daytona International Speedway has seen many dreams realized in its long 60-year history, starting with Bill France, the founding father of NASCAR, who realized his dream in 1957 by breaking ground to build the legendary speedway. NASCAR had found its home. Having an intense passion for all types of motorsports, Bill France then added a professional motocross race to the 1971 Daytona Beach Bike Week schedule. That year, the rider to win the first motocross race was Pierre Karsmakers.
No other racing venue can lay claim to consistently hosting motorcycle racing more than Daytona.
Many great partnerships have been made in racing, but the Daytona Speedway has had a long, successful and rich history with Honda Motorcycle Company for the last 40 years. During Daytona Bike Week, a Supercross track is built between Pit Road and the tri-oval track.
Former Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael designed the 3,217-foot track. Ricky “The GOAT” is the five-time Daytona Supercross champ. He is the Greatest Of All Time in Pro motorcycle racing, with 150 wins and 15 AMA championships to his credit.
450SX Main Event
At the drop of the gate for the Daytona 450SX main event, Eli Tomac got the holeshot. However, his lead was short-lived, as Jeremy Martin quickly blew by, taking over the top spot. (Martin, who was the 2016 Daytona 250SX Champion, was substituting for the injured Ken Roczen.)
While the 450SX rookie’s run was impressive, as Martin maintained about a one-second lead for the first 10 laps, experience would ultimately prevail, as last year’s winner, Eli Tomac, pressured Martin for the top spot. Tomac eventually slid by Martin for the lead on lap 11, and from that point on he never looked back.
With a lead of just over 17 seconds, Tomac, on the number-three Monster Energy Kawasaki, claimed the 2017 Daytona 450SX victory.
Another notable run was that of Ryan Dungey, who started in 17th but battled his way forward to a fourth-place finish, maintaining the series point lead.
250SX Main Event
Local rider Adam Cianciarulo, on the number-36 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki, dominated the Daytona 250SX main event, leading from the holeshot to the checkered flag.
Cianciarulo was followed closely by his teammate Joey Savatgy, on the number-17 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki.
Yamaha rider Dylan Ferrandis was third. KTM jockey Jordon Smith was fourth, and Zach Osborne was able to maintain his series point lead with his fifth-place finish.
Cianciarulo’s victory catapulted him up to third in the series points standings, only nine points behind Osborne.
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
Results: March 11, 2017
250SX MAIN: 1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw); 2. Joey Savatgy (Kaw); 3. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam); 4. Jordon Smith (KTM); 5. Zach Osborne (Hsq); 6. Lorenzo Locurcio (Yam); 7. Kyle Cunningham (Suz); 8. Alex Martin (KTM); 9. Luke Renzland (Yam); 10. Dakota Alix (KTM); 11. Gannon Audette (Kaw); 12. Anthony Rodriguez (Yam); 13. Cole Thompson (KTM); 14. Christian Craig (Hon); 15. Jesse Wentland (Hon); 16. Fredrik Noren (Hon); 17. Joshua Cartwright (Yam); 18. Tony Archer (Hon); 19. Jerry Robin (Yam); 20. Dylan Merriam (Yam); 21. Kyle Swanson (Kaw); 22. Mitchell Harrison (Yam).
450SX MAIN: 1. Eli Tomac (Kaw); 2. Jeremy Martin (Hon); 3. Jason Anderson (Hsq); 4. Ryan Dungey (KTM); 5. Cole Seely (Hon); 6. Chad Reed (Yam); 7. Blake Baggett (KTM); 8. Joshua Grant (Kaw); 9. Justin Brayton (Hon); 10. Mike Alessi (Hon); 11. Justin Barcia (Suz); 12. David Millsaps (KTM); 13. Dean Wilson (Hsq); 14. Broc Tickle (Suz); 15. Marvin Musquin (KTM); 16. Malcolm Stewart (Suz); 17. Jacob Weimer (Suz); 18. Kyle Chisholm (Hon); 19. Vince Friese (Hon); 20. Nick Schmidt (Suz); 21. A.J. Catanzaro (Kaw); 22. Scott Champion (Yam).
[For more from this event, please see “Tomac Repeats as Daytona SX Champion!”… Editor]