Photos by Jeff Kardas
There is no race on the American motocross calendar more historic than Daytona. Anaheim may have the pomp, Las Vegas the after party, and Washougal the vibe, but Daytona is truly motocross. It has been part of the sport for years, longer than any of us at TWMX have been into moto (or alive for some of us), and for good reason. The track is horribly taxing on man and machine and basically turns into one long, bumpy rut that flows through the entire layout. It is a sign of every racer’s fitness level and a precursor to what they and we should expect at the 12 Nationals that will string us through the summer.
The lush Daytona grass is covered by truckloads of clay and sand for a course designed by Ricky Carmichael. After Saturday night’s show, it is tamed down for the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross and Monday’s RC University.
As you can see, the track use almost every inch of the infield and stretches down the pit lane.
It’s been a busy three months in Daytona. First was the Rolex 24 Hour marathon race, then Speedweeks and the Daytona 500, and now Bike Week. Supercross by Honda kicked off this year’s Bike Week and the track will host a list of road racing events and flat track (you should check that out if possible) before going dormant until July and the second NASCAR stop of the year.
Fans are welcome to stand on the high banks of the front straight and watch the night’s action. Crazy to think just weeks ago that this was the site of Kyle Larson’s terrifying Nationwide finish.
If you’re ever able to get a moment, make sure to add your name to the finish line at the track.