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Kawasaki Dominates Daytona Supercross!

| 17 March 2017 5:08 pm

Daytona Supercross By Honda
Daytona International Speedway

Story and Photos by Kevin Krout
DAYTONA BEACH, FL, MAR. 11, 2017

Ricky Carmichael not only designed the track for the event…

Ricky Carmichael not only designed the track for the event…

…he ran a lap during the opening ceremonies of the 2017 Daytona Supercross.

…he ran a lap during the opening ceremonies of the 2017 Daytona Supercross.

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.

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Honda jockey Justin Barcia (51) won the first 450SX heat race.

Honda jockey Justin Barcia (51) won the first 450SX heat race.

Kawasaki jockey Eli Tomac (3) was the winner of the second 450SX heat.

Kawasaki jockey Eli Tomac (3) was the winner of the second 450SX heat.

LCQ winner Kyle Chisholm (11) in action.

LCQ winner Kyle Chisholm (11) in action.

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.)

Jeremy Martin (6), last year’s 250SX winner at Daytona, replaced the injured Ken Roczen for Honda and finished second in the 450 SX4 class, behind Eli Tomac, last year’s winner at Daytona.

Jeremy Martin (6), last year’s 250SX winner at Daytona, replaced the injured Ken Roczen for Honda and finished second in the 450 SX4 class, behind Eli Tomac, last year’s winner at Daytona.

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.

Eli Tomac (3) in action.

Eli Tomac (3) in action.

Chad Reed (22) at speed en route to finishing in sixth.

Chad Reed (22) at speed en route to finishing in sixth.

Malcolm Stewart (47) finished 16th.

Malcolm Stewart (47) finished 16th.

Jason Anderson (21) rode his Husqvarna to third in the 450SX main.

Jason Anderson (21) rode his Husqvarna to third in the 450SX main.

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.

Current points leader Ryan Dungey (1) finished fourth.

Current points leader Ryan Dungey (1) finished fourth.

Eli Tomac (3) was victorious once again in Daytona.

Eli Tomac (3) was victorious once again in Daytona.

Cole Seely (14) came in fifth.

Cole Seely (14) came in fifth.

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Zach Osborne (16) riding his Husqvarna in the first 250SX heat race.

Zach Osborne (16) riding his Husqvarna in the first 250SX heat race.

Alex Martin (26) maneuvered his KTM 250SX-F to the win in the second 250SX heat.

Alex Martin (26) maneuvered his KTM 250SX-F to the win in the second 250SX heat.

Sweden’s Fredrik Noren (40) riding his Honda CRF250 in the last-chance qualifier.

Sweden’s Fredrik Noren (40) riding his Honda CRF250 in the last-chance qualifier.

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.

Adam Cianciarulo (36), a local boy from Port Orange, went wire to wire in the 250SX main.

Adam Cianciarulo (36), a local boy from Port Orange, went wire to wire in the 250SX main.

Cianciarulo was followed closely by his teammate Joey Savatgy, on the number-17 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki.

Adam Cianciarulo (36) and teammate Joey Savatgy (17) finished first and second, respectively.

Adam Cianciarulo (36) and teammate Joey Savatgy (17) finished first and second, respectively.

Adam Cianciarulo in action.

Adam Cianciarulo in action.

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.

Zach Osborne (16) is the 250SX points leader.

Zach Osborne (16) is the 250SX points leader.

The 250SX podium at the Daytona Supercross.

The 250SX podium at the Daytona Supercross.

Cianciarulo’s victory catapulted him up to third in the series points standings, only nine points behind Osborne.

Adam Cianciarulo (36) is back on top after being out for a season. With the win in Daytona, Cianciarulo advances to third in the points chase after four races in the Eastern Regional SX250 class.

Adam Cianciarulo (36) is back on top after being out for a season. With the win in Daytona, Cianciarulo advances to third in the points chase after four races in the Eastern Regional SX250 class.

Kawasaki riders took both class overalls at the 2017 Daytona Supercross. The brand has won both classes 10 times in the past 40 years.

Kawasaki riders took both class overalls at the 2017 Daytona Supercross. The brand has won both classes 10 times in the past 40 years.

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]

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