2015 AMA Supercross Daytona Race Results
Dungey Earns First-Ever Career Daytona Supercross Victory
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Red Bull KTM factory rider Ryan Dungey earned his first-ever Daytona Supercross victory at the tenth round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series, an FIM Championship. Dungey earned his victory on the same night as his teammate, Marvin Musquin, for the third time in a row this season.
Ryan Dungey was placed in the second heat race of the night. He pulled the holeshot and led every lap of the heat to take an easy win. His heat win earned him first gate pick in the night's main event.
Dungey launched off the line to a 3rd place start when the gate dropped for the main event while BTO Sports/KTM rider Andrew Short pulled the holeshot. Dungey quickly began to pressure the 2nd place ride of Cole Seely for the position. The two riders battled for the beginning laps ending in an aggressive move on the fifth lap. Both riders went into the same line around the corner before the finish banging bars through the berm. Dungey remained standing while Seely fell in the turn allowing Dungey to move into the runner-up spot.
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Once in 2nd place, Dungey quickly moved to the rear wheel of Short and pressured for the lead. As they crossed the finish line after the eighth lap, Dungey came in quickly on Short and passed him on the outside around the next corner to take over the lead. Once out front, Dungey quickly put time on the rest of the field and began to stretch out his lead. By the halfway point he had already pulled a ten second lead.
Dungey clicked off flawless laps and collected his first career win at Daytona. Like his teammate, Musquin (who won the 250SX class), he did a burn out on the asphalt with his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition to celebrate is win before heading to the podium. Dungey has successfully taken the win in the 450SX class each night after Musquin has also collected a 250SX class win. Daytona Supercross was, yet again, another Red Bull KTM podium sweep.
"It feels good to get my first-ever Daytona win," stated Dungey. "The bigger picture is obviously focusing on the championship, but to get the win feels even better. We had to do a lot changes to the bike prior to this race since it is different than normal Supercross racing and all of the changes were for the good. My bike worked great and I am happy to take this win."
Next Round: Indianapolis, IN - March 14, 2015
Source: KTM North America
Musquin Wins Daytona Supercross 250SX
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Red Bull KTM factory rider Marvin Musquin took his third victory of the season in the East 250 Supercross class at the tenth round of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship Series.
Marvin Musquin was the man to watch all day as he put down fast times in each practice session to prove why he has held the red plate since the beginning of the season.
He was later placed in the first heat race. He pulled the holeshot on his KTM 250 SX-F Factory Edition motorcycle and went on to lead every lap of the heat race. He took the win by three seconds over the next fastest rider for a top gate pick in the main event.
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In the main event, Musquin pulled another massive holeshot and led the riders around the first lap. He continued to put time on the field each lap as he rode a mistake-free race. By the halfway point he had already pulled an eight second lead. He continued to plug away out front and stretched his lead further. He went on to lap up to 13th place before crossing the line to collect his third win of the season, marking the occasion with his signature heel-clicker across the finish.
"When I was younger, winning Daytona in the US was a dream of mine," stated Musquin. "To win today for the second time in my career makes me so happy. This track was so much fun and I'm having a good time battling for this championship. My fitness is good and I'm not tired after putting in a hard fifteen laps and that feels good."
Next Round: Indianapolis, IN - March 14, 2015
Source: KTM North America
Yoshimura Suzuki's Baggett Podiums At Daytona
The 2015 Daytona Supercross will be one that Blake
Baggett long remembers. The reason is simple - Baggett scored
his first career AMA/ FIM World Supercross podium with a third in
the historic race at Daytona International Speedway aboard his
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450.
It was his best result of the 2015 season and he was also the top-finishing rookie in the race.
Baggett came into Daytona, one of the most prestigious motorcycle races in the world, with a bit of history behind him. He'd twice won the Daytona 250 East class. His relentless riding style suits the hybrid Supercross/ Motocross-style track perfectly. Baggett knew he had an opportunity to do well, but with his past success also came added pressure.
After finishing ninth in timed qualifying with a time of 1:06.379 on the rutted and sandy Ricky Carmichael-designed course, Baggett may have felt a bit of that pressure as he failed to qualify directly into the Main Event from his Heat race. However he bounced back quickly and put himself safely in the final by scoring second in his Semi.
Tension was sky high as riders lined up at the starting gate in front of packed grandstands along the Speedway's tri-oval. Baggett negotiated the tricky first set of switchback turns at the start and emerged in fourth.
"I got a good start from the outside," Baggett explained. "I was kind of in the middle of it and it was an eight-man, all-out brawl. I got passed by a few guys and then got back by when they made some mistakes. Mistakes were happening everywhere."
He then got into an intense race mid-way through with Andrew Short, Weston Peick and Chad Reed. Baggett briefly dropped to fifth in the peak of the fight, but as the grueling race wore on, other riders faltered and Baggett stayed rock steady. With five laps to go he got around Peick and moved into third. It was a tense closing set of laps, realising he was in a position to score his first podium. Baggett powered through the extremely rutted track perfectly on his potent and agile No. 4 Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and was able to bring it home in third.
"On lap 13 or 14 I was able to break away and was right there behind Tomac," Baggett said. "Tomac and I had a little train going and we gapped the guys behind us. I finished-it-out with a third and was definitely pumped."
The podium adds to Baggett's legacy of success at the Daytona Supercross.
"My goal was to come in here and get a podium," Baggett explained to the media in the post-race press conference. "I really like this place and have had good luck here. I've got two wins, a second and a fourth (in the 250 East class). So to come in here and get a third in the premier class against the guys I looked up to, and to battle with those guys, definitely made it a solid night for me. I'm excited and I'll build on that."
Yoshimura Suzuki will be back in action next Saturday, March 14th as the AMA/ FIM World Supercross Series heads to Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium.
Both team riders Blake Baggett and James Stewart will be signing autographs at a pre-event Supercross party held at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway (4790 W.16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222) on Friday, March 13th from 6:00-7:00 pm.
Source: Team Suzuki
TLD's Seely Narrowly Misses Podium In Daytona
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Troy Lee Designs rider Cole Seely showed speed all day long at the "World's Center of Racing" at Daytona International Speedway and capped off Round 10 with an impressive fourth-place finish. His lap times were fast all day and especially in the night show, proving he's a regular force to be reckoned with in the 450SX Class.
From Heat to Semi to Main
The battles in the heat race were extremely close with each winner taking the victory by just a few bike lengths. Seely nearly grabbed the final transfer spot in his Heat Race, but went on to finish second in his Semi Race.
It's All About The Start
All the riders have talked about how important starts have been this season and it was especially important at the unique racetrack in Daytona. Despite a later gate pick, Seely picked up a great start in the Main Event and came around the first turn in the top five. This allowed him to battle with the front-runners all race.
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Seely's speed wasn't all talk, but all numbers. He had the fastest lap time in his Heat and Semi race, and the second-fastest lap time in the Main Event. This speed will no doubt get him onto the podium once again this season.
What Did Seely Have To Say?
"Once I got into third I could see spots where I was faster than Ryan [Dungey]. I put on a charge to try for the win. Unfortunately I could have probably been a little more patient or even a little more aggressive in that case because I hit the ground. It's hard to pick your bike up and get going, but it's especially hard in Daytona. From there it was about putting in good laps and overall I'm pretty happy with fourth."
Let's Talk Points
While Seely remained in seventh overall in the standings, he moved just two points out of fifth place thanks to his fourth-place finish.
Seely was wearing the 2015 SE Pro Corse White gear and the 2015 SE3 3X Blue Helmet. Check out all of the 2015 motocross gear sets and the 2015 Moto Helmets online and find your local TLD retailer.
Source: Troy Lee Designs
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Battles For The Winners Circle In Daytona
Under the lights of the legendary Daytona
International Speedway, the infield was transformed to host Monster
Energy Supercross on Saturday. Monster Energy/Pro
Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy
battled forward after the mid-pack start to finish just shy of the
podium in fourth place for the second consecutive weekend. In the
450SX class, Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki's Chad Reed won
his heat race and went on to finish fifth despite a crash. Monster
Energy Kawasaki's Davi
Millsaps finished ninth place for his fourth top-10 finish of
Flirting with the Podium
Savatgy adapted quickly to the outdoor-style supercross course at Daytona and posted the third fastest qualifying time. He finished third in his heat race and went into the main event hungry for the podium. When the gate dropped for the main event, Savatgy rounded the first turn mid-pack and had his work cut out for him. He made some quick moves in the opening laps and progressively picked off riders to finish in fourth.
"The positive is I was able to move forward the whole race," said Savatgy. "But I really need to get a start. I'm making it hard on myself and it's frustrating because I know I can run with the leaders and be on the podium. On to next week."
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You can never count out Reed when it comes to Daytona. The three-time Daytona winner was second fastest in qualifying and solidified his threat for the podium with a heat race win. In the main event, Reed was making his way forward from a top-10 start but as he was making a pass for third, he clipped another rider and went down. The veteran remounted in ninth and went on to pass back up to fifth place.
"I felt really good today," said Reed. "It's a bummer because I felt like I could have challenged for the win tonight. I always love coming to Daytona and this place is special to me."
Millsaps has been looking more like himself with every passing week and was excited to get to Daytona. Having spent a lot of his time growing up in Florida, he had a ton of family to cheer him on. With a top 10 qualifying time, he went into the heat and rode to a fourth place finish to transfer directly to the main event. Millsaps started outside the top 10 but worked his way up to seventh by the halfway mark and would cross the line in ninth at the checkered flag.
"Tonight was much better than weeks passed," said Millsaps. "I felt strong through all 20 laps tonight where earlier this year it was a struggle. I'm feeling better each weekend and with that comes confidence. The Monster Energy Kawasaki team is amazing with all the support they give me and I'm going to work as hard as I can to get us back to where we deserve to be."
Kawasaki Brand Ambassador Jeremy McGrath was on hand in Daytona starting with visiting a top Kawasaki dealership in Orlando to sign autographs with the race team on Friday. On Saturday, McGrath spent time at the Kawasaki Bike Week display with hundreds of enthusiasts, led a track walk with local dealers and watched the race with Kawasaki executives visiting from Japan. The King of Supercross then stuck around for the amateur supercross on Sunday and Monday to help coach Team Green's up and coming stars.
While the racing continues at Daytona with Team Green and the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross, Monster Energy Supercross heads north to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis next Saturday. On Friday prior to the race, the Kawasaki riders will head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Westfield Powersports Supercross Party where fans are invited inside another prestigious speedway to meet their favorite supercross riders.
Source: Kawasaki Racing
Top 10 Finishes For Anderson And Davalos At Daytona Supercross
Jason Anderson Earns 10th Consecutive Top 10 Finish In The 450 Class In Daytona For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing.
Martin Davalos Finishes 10th In The 250SX East Class
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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Jason Anderson and Martin Davalos raced in front of a packed crowd at Florida's historic Daytona International Speedway on Saturday for the 10th round of the 2015 Supercross series. Anderson earned his tenth consecutive top 10 finish in the 450SX class, while Davalos maintained fifth overall in the 250SX East class.
Martin Davalos pulled a mid-pack start in his heat race and pushed through the crowd to finish fifth and transfer to the 250SX East main. In the main, Davalos started in the middle of the pack and steadily advanced to sixth before tipping over in a corner. He remounted, found his rhythm, and finished 10th aboard his Husqvarna FC250. He maintains fifth overall in rider point standings.
"Daytona is a tough race," said Davalos. "It's frustrating when I don't ride like myself. My start wasn't too bad in the main, but I tightened up and laid it over in main event. I lost a couple positions and struggled to recover."
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Jason Anderson battled in the most entertaining 450SX class heat race of the season. Anderson charged the field on his Husqvarna FC450 after a top five start. He made some exciting passes before taking control of the third place position and transferring to the main. In the main, Anderson got caught up in the first turn with a few riders and was pushed to the back of the pack. He was ninth by the halfway point, and seventh at the checkered flag. After earning his tenth consecutive top 10 finish of the season, he holds on to sixth overall in rider point standings.
"I had my best practice sessions ever today," said Anderson. "I had a good heat race. I just got into a first turn pileup in the main and ended up outside the top 15, but I worked my way back up to seventh. The track deteriorated pretty bad towards the end of the race, but I had to work my way through it. There were a couple places where I thought I could have been better, but all-in-all it was good. I'm going to keep working from here. I feel like my days are going better, I just need to put the pieces of the puzzle together."
Source: Husqvarna Motorcycles
Despite Adversity, Plenty Of Positives For RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing At Daytona Supercross
While there may have been a little hitch in their collective
giddy-up heading into the main event, there was plenty of pep in
the RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing team's step
when the checkered flag flew in Saturday night's Daytona Supercross
by Honda at Daytona International Speedway.
With his RCH stablemate Ken Roczen sidelined for the night after re-injuring his ankle in the day's first practice session, it was up to Broc Tickle to carry the torch for RCH in Daytona and he did exactly that.
Despite getting together with Trey Canard in the first corner and essentially starting dead last, Tickle rallied for an admirable 10th-place finish.
"I had a good feeling," commented Tickle following the race. "I got a decent jump on the gate but I tangled with (Trey) Canard in the first corner and we both went down. So I pretty much started dead last and worked my way all the way up to 10th. On lap two or three, I had the fastest lap of the race so I'm stoked about that. I haven't been the fastest guy on the track in a while so that's a great thing to build off of. On top of that, I felt like my fitness level was really good. I'm pumped with all of the positives but bummed with the negatives. I had a great race but unfortunately, the end result doesn't really reflect that."
Rewind to earlier in the day, where Roczen had just posted the fastest time of the of weekend's opening 450SX practice. A lap later, the 20-year-old German caught his left foot on a tuff block and re-injured the same ankle he hurt two races ago in Atlanta. Following the incident, the team made the difficult decision to sit Roczen for the night.
"It was a rough night across the board for RCH," explained RCH co-owner Ricky Carmichael. "Obviously, we're all concerned about Ken and hope his ankle heals quickly so he can be back on the bike soon. Everyone is behind him 100 percent. He's going to get it looked at first thing this week, and we'll make a decision, as a team, about what's next when we know exactly where he's at. Broc had a great night. Even though the results say he finished 10th, he put together a great race. If he hadn't had the issue with Canard, I think he could have finished on the podium. He showed what a gritty racer he is. I think this is the proudest I've been to see one of our guys finish 10th."
The top-10 effort allowed Tickle to close the points deficit between him and ninth-place Andrew Short to just two points. Roczen slipped from third to fourth in the standings.
Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, kicks off three consecutive stops in the heart of the Midwest beginning next weekend when the series visits Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Round 11 of the 2015 Supercross Championship will be televised live on Fox Sports 2 Saturday, March 14 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4 p.m. Pacific.
Source: RCH Racing
Daytona SX Overview And Point Standings
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Overall Results - Supercross Class
|1||5||Ryan Dungey||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||20 Laps||1:06.544|
|2||3||Eli Tomac||Honda CRF450||+04.271||1:06.932|
|3||4||Blake Baggett||Suzuki RM-Z450||+10.185||1:06.820|
|4||14||Cole Seely||Honda CRF450||+17.780||1:06.506|
|5||22||Chad Reed||Kawasaki KX450F||+21.135||1:07.108|
|6||41||Trey Canard||Honda CRF450||+24.325||1:06.599|
|7||21||Jason Anderson||Husqvarna FC450||+28.269||1:07.869|
|8||23||Weston Peick||Yamaha YZ450F||+29.817||1:06.692|
|9||18||Davi Millsaps||Kawasaki KX450F||+30.757||1:07.395|
|10||20||Broc Tickle||Suzuki RM-Z450||+31.134||1:06.361|
|11||33||Joshua Grant||Kawasaki KX450F||+42.980||1:07.580|
|12||29||Andrew Short||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||+46.917||1:07.242|
|13||11||Kyle Chisholm||Kawasaki KX450F||+59.402||1:08.198|
|14||46||Phillip Nicoletti||Yamaha YZ450F||+1:18.925||1:07.581|
|15||27||Nicholas Wey||Kawasaki KX450F||19 Laps||1:10.570|
|16||53||Jimmy Albertson||Yamaha YZ450F||+03.919||1:10.548|
|17||42||Ben Lamay||Husqvarna FC450||+38.097||1:10.004|
|18||199||Kyle Partridge||Honda CRF450||18 Laps||1:10.245|
|19||58||Killian Rusk||Yamaha YZ450F||+12.211||1:12.159|
|20||12||Jacob Weimer||Kawasaki KX450F||13 Laps||1:08.100|
|21||70||Nicholas Schmidt||Suzuki RM-Z450||7 Laps||1:10.893|
|22||800||Mike Alessi||Suzuki RM-Z450||5 Laps||1:07.596|
Rider Point Standings - Supercross Class
- Race Time: 23:07.516
- Margin of Victory: 04.271
- Winner's Avg. Laptime: 1:09.375
- 2nd Place Avg. Laptime: 1:09.589
- Best Qualifier: #5 - Ryan Dungey
- Holeshot: #14 - Cole Seely
( Race 10 of 17 )
- Ryan Dungey - 224
- Trey Canard - 184
- Eli Tomac - 159
- Ken Roczen - 156
- Chad Reed - 140
- Jason Anderson - 140
- Cole Seely - 138
- Blake Baggett - 135
- Andrew Short - 109
- Broc Tickle - 107
Manufacturer Point Standings - Supercross Class
( Race 10 of 17 )
- KTM - 224
- Honda - 221
- Suzuki - 199
- Kawasaki - 161
- Husqvarna - 140
- Yamaha - 135
Overall Results - Supercross Lites East Class
|1||25||Marvin Musquin||KTM 250 SX-F||15 Laps||1:06.114|
|2||1||Justin Bogle||Honda CRF250||+05.745||1:06.591|
|3||6||Jeremy Martin||Yamaha YZ250F||+09.001||1:05.688|
|4||37||Joey Savatgy||Kawasaki KX250F||+30.206||1:08.037|
|5||80||RJ Hampshire||Honda CRF250||+38.530||1:07.862|
|6||49||James Decotis||Honda CRF250||+47.237||1:08.251|
|7||55||Kyle Peters||Honda CRF250||+49.914||1:09.792|
|8||62||Anthony Rodriguez||Yamaha YZ250F||+53.488||1:09.624|
|9||52||Mitchell Oldenburg||Yamaha YZ250F||+55.800||1:09.094|
|10||47||Martin Davalos||Husqvarna FC250||+59.180||1:08.736|
|11||35||Kyle Cunningham||Honda CRF250||+1:00.922||1:09.100|
|12||126||Jordon Smith||Honda CRF250||+1:13.181||1:09.517|
|13||45||Vince Friese||Honda CRF250||14 Laps||1:09.695|
|14||343||Luke Renzland||Yamaha YZ250F||+02.307||1:09.197|
|15||986||Colt Nichols||Honda CRF250||+11.744||1:09.250|
|16||73||Gannon Audette||Kawasaki KX250F||+21.466||1:11.252|
|17||77||Justin Starling||Yamaha YZ250F||+25.333||1:11.533|
|18||88||Dakota Alix||KTM 250 SX-F||+28.592||1:11.991|
|19||79||Jace Owen||Honda CRF250||+1:00.012||1:11.507|
|20||64||AJ Catanzaro||Suzuki RM-Z250||+1:17.168||1:11.963|
|21||95||Nick Gaines||Kawasaki KX250F||9 Laps||1:09.402|
|22||337||Nick Desiderio||Yamaha YZ250F||8 Laps||1:12.813|
Rider Point Standings - Supercross Lites East Class
- Race Time: 17:18.749
- Margin of Victory: 05.745
- Winner's Avg. Laptime: 1:09.249
- 2nd Place Avg. Laptime: 1:09.633
- Best Qualifier: #25 - Marvin Musquin
- Holeshot: #88 - Dakota Alix
( Race 4 of 9 )
- Marvin Musquin - 97
- Jeremy Martin - 85
- Justin Bogle - 84
- Joey Savatgy - 72
- Martin Davalos - 56
- RJ Hampshire - 54
- Anthony Rodriguez - 47
- Vince Friese - 46
- Kyle Peters - 43
- James Decotis - 42
Manufacturer Point Standings - Supercross Lites Class
( Race 10 of 17 )
- Yamaha - 223
- KTM - 218
- Honda - 186
- Kawasaki - 184
- Husqvarna - 159
- Suzuki - 8