2012 Daytona Supercross Preview

The Daytona Supercross by Honda is a special race. Since it’s inception 42 years ago, the race has always been billed as the toughest of the season, featuring a hybrid course of Supercross and motocross that is notoriously rough and unforgiving. If a rider wins at Daytona, their name is permanently etched into the record books with some of the sport’s greatest riders to ever swing a leg over a dirt bike.
For the past five years now, five-time Daytona Supercross winner Ricky Carmichael has played a pivotal role in designing the track, and taken pride in creating a course that he would enjoy racing on. This year’s track will share many of the same features as last year’s race, and the starting gate will once again be located on pit row, giving fans a better view of the action. “It’s fun to sit down at the drawing board and to think of a design that will be fun and challenging for the riders, as well as exciting for the fans and people watching on television,” RC said in a release from Daytona Speedway.
Coming into this year’s race, both classes have seen some of the best racing action in years, but as previous seasons have shown, Daytona can truly shake things up. Whether it’s a torrential downpour, the rough course, or the hybrid aspect of the track, Daytona likely won’t disappoint. But just so you know what to look for during this weekend’s live broadcast on SPEED, we’ve thrown together some information about the riders, track, and a few sleepers. This is a multi-page post so be sure to click through all the pages.

TRACK FACTS:

For five years in a row now, five-time Daytona Supercross winner Ricky Carmichael has designed the track. (Photo by Brendan Lutes)

It takes a lot to build a Supercross track in the middle of Daytona International Speedway. After the race is over, new grass is laid down and the infield is returned to its original pristine condition.

Four: Number of tractors working to spread the dirt (one front loader, one crawler, and two skid steers)

Eight: Number of dump trucks used to transport loads of dirt.

29: Number of jumps on the track. It’s up three from last year.

204: Number of dump truck loads used to build the course on the infield grass.

128: Number of man-hours needed to complete the construction of the course.

420: Number of 2×9 Styrofoam Tuff Blox used throughout the course.

3,200: Mileage (in feet) of the SX course.

4,500: Yards of dirt needed to build the SX track.

PAGE ONE: Track Info | PAGE TWO: Supercross Class | PAGE THREE: Supercross Lites Class | PAGE FOUR: Sleepers