The historic Daytona Supercross beckoned riders of the Monster Energy Supercross series to the brutal and taxing circuit that is constructed each spring on the super-speedway’s infield. Truck fulls of sand and clay were built to Ricky Carmichael’s specifications and the end result was an endlessly rough race track that tested the skills of the world’s best racers. Winning Daytona is a landmark for every racer, no matter their chosen discipline, and on a pleasant March night, Ryan Villopoto and Marvin Musquin added their names to the record books. The wins are important for both racers; Daytona was Villopoto’s fifth victory of the 2013 season and turned the 450 class championship to his favor, while Musquin’s start-to-finish run to the checkered flag marked the the first of his American Supercross career.
250 Supercross Heat Race One
Kyle Peters bolted out of the gate aboard his Peters Auto Mall Honda and rounded the tight 90-degree left-hand turn at the head of the pack. The privateer would have plenty of fast company in Myplash/Metal Mulisha/Rockstar/Star Racing Yamaha rookie Jeremy Martin. While Martin and Peters began to duel, the newly appointed point leader Wil Hahn closed in and overtook both riders for the lead. With that, the GEICO Honda rider would streak away to an uncontested heat race win.
Although Hahn was out front and pulling away from the pack, there were still three riders battling for the runner-up position; the aforementioned Peters and Martin and then Zach Bell. Being caught up in the moment would be a critical error for Peters and Martin, as it allowed Bell to reel in both and get around them by using different line choices. Martin continued relentlessly to get by Peters, by the privateer held on to take the spot.
1. 19 William Hahn (Decatur, TX Honda CRF 250)
2. 167 Zachary Bell (Cairo, GA Honda CRF 250)
3. 613 James Decotis (Peabody, MA Honda CRF 250)
4. 50 Kyle Peters (Greensboro, NC Honda CRF 250)
5. 77 Jeremy Martin (Millville, MN Yamaha YZ250F)
6. 71 Zackery Freeberg R(iverview, FL Honda CRF 250)
7. 87 Lance Vincent (Youngsville, LA KTM 250 SX-F)
8. 248 Mitchell Oldenburg (Alvord, TX Honda CRF 250)
9. 81 Shawn Rife (Mechanicsburg, OH Honda CRF 250)
250 Supercross Heat Race Two
Stalon Racing's Vince Friese timed the start perfectly and grabbed the holeshot, but within moments, Dean Wilson pulled in. Friese would hold off the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider off for nearly the entire lap, but as they entered homestretch, Wilson clicked up a gear, wheelied over a tabletop, and stole the position at the finish line. Wilson wasted no time stretching out his lead, thanks to a long whoop section that the lanky rider blew through with ease. Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin would eventually reel Wilson in, but the gap was too much to overcome in such a short time and Wilson claimed the heat race win.
1. 15 Dean Wilson (Wesley Chapel, FL Kawasaki KX 250F)
2. 25 Marvin Musquin (Corona, CA KTM 250 SX-F)
3. 13 Blake Wharton (Pilot Point, TX Suzuki RM-Z250)
4. 317 Justin Hill (Yoncalla, OR Kawasaki KX 250F)
5. 42 Vince Friese (Cape Girardeau, MO Honda CRF 250)
6. 48 Cole Thompson (Brigden, Canada Honda CRF 250)
7. 69 Peter Larsen (Menifee, CA Yamaha YZ250F)
8. 67 Gavin Faith (Fort Dodge, IA Honda CRF 250)
9. 556 Brady Kiesel (Fort Worth, TX Yamaha YZ250F)
250 Supercross LCQ
Daniel Herrlein avoided the first-turn mayhem and took the early lead in the 250 LCQ. The Honda mounted privateer paced the field without issue as AJ Catanzaro, Levi Killbarger, and Ricky Renner jostled for transfer positions. Catanzaro did away with the Kilbarger in the opening lap and set off after the leader, but was unable to upset Herrlein's wire-to-wire win.
1. 393 Daniel Herrlein (Bethesda, OH Honda CRF 250)
2. 73 AJ Catanzaro (Portland, CT Kawasaki KX 250F)
250 Supercross Main Event
Marvin Musquin timed the gate perfectly to claim the holeshot and early lead. Musquin's season had been mired by mid-pack starts, but this quick reaction made his night's work much easier. Zach Bell and Dean Wilson were in a close second and third to Musquin, and the two made contact in an off-camber left hand turn. The contact was enough to put Bell on the ground and this allowed Wilson to take the spot.
Musquin's time on the European Grand Prix circuits paid off and the Frenchman was at home on the technical Daytona course. He flowed through the rutted turns and chopped jump faces with relative ease, which allowed him to pull away from Wilson. A quick batch of mistakes dropped the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider back a bit and into the sights of new his rival, Wil Hahn. Hahn ran down the Kawasaki rider in a rhythm section and then claimed the second place spot. Wilson's issues would continue when Jeremy Martin pulled even with him and shook off a block pass attempt to take third.
Musquin's start was the vital component to his main event. He was across the threshold of the gate before any of his fellow racers and never allowed any to make a bid for the lead. The always-excited KTM racer celebrated his win with a heel-clicker over the finish line and blew kisses into the crowd. Hahn's runner-up ride moved him five points ahead of Wilson in the overall point standings. Jeremy Martin rounded off the podium, the first podium finish of his career.
1. Marvin Musquin
2. Wil Hahn
3. Jeremy Martin
4. Dean Wilson
5. Blake Wharton
6. Justin Hill
7. Kyle Peters
8. Zack Freeburg
9. Cole Thompson
10. Vince Friese
11. Mitchell Oldenburg
12. Jimmy Decotis
13. PJ Larsen
14. AJ Catanzaro
15. Lance Vincent
16. Brady Kiesel
17. Daniel Herrlein
18. Zach Bell
19. Gavin Faith
20. Shawn Rife
|250 Class Championship Points Standings (After 4 of 9 rounds)
1. Wil Hahn (92pts/2 wins)
2. Dean Wilson (87pts/1 win)
3. Marvin Musquin (78pts/1 win)
4. Blake Wharton (76)
5. Jeremy Martin (52)
6. Justin Hill (51)
7. Vince Friese (50)
8. Kyle Peters (45)
9. Jimmy Decotis (43)
10. Gavin Faith (40)
450 Supercross Heat Race One
RCH/Sycuan/Dodge/Suzuki's Broc Tickle hugged the inside line to take the holeshot, but within a matter of turns, Andrew Short would pass by to take the lead. The BTO Sports KTM racer was comfortable at the front of the pack and found competition for the lead in training partner and close friend, Ken Roczen. The West Coast 250 rider had stepped up tot the 450 class for the Daytona stop and earned his way in to the premier class.
Roczen tried twice to make a move on Short in the same section, and on the second attempt overtook the lead. Meanwhile, James Stewart was launching his Yoshimura Suzuki into the air with previously unseen line choices in the endless rhythm sections, which would take him from third to first. His pass for the lead was aided by Roczen's last-lap bobble in the mogul section and this allowed Stewart to take the win.
Ryan Dungey quietly moved up the ranks and for a short time, passed by both Short and Stewart to take second before Stewart countered with an aggressive scrub-pass. Dunegy was undeterred and once again reeled in Stewart, but a poor line choice would again drop him from striking distance.
1. James Stewart (Haines City, FL Suzuki RM-Z450)
2. Ken Roczen (Murrieta, CA KTM 350 SX-F)
3. Ryan Dungey (Belle Plaine, MN KTM 450 SX-F)
4. David Millsaps (Murrieta, CA Suzuki RM-Z450)
5. Broc Tickle (Holly, MI Suzuki RM-Z450)
6. Jake Weimer (Rupert, ID Kawasaki KX 450F)
7. Andrew Short (Smithville, TX KTM 450 SX-F)
8. Justin Brayton (Cornelius, NC Yamaha YZ450F)
9. Phillip Nicoletti (Bethel, NY Yamaha YZ450F)
450 Supercross Heat Race Two
Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Barcia and Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto were at the front as they rounded the first turn and Villopoto cut across the inside of the first hairpin turn to get the lead. However, it would be short lived when the bike rocketed out of the rut and into the Tuff Blocks. This set off a chain reaction that collected the bulk of the field, including Chad Reed. The TwoTwo Motorsports team owner clipped another racer and went down to nearly last, which forced him to climb through the field in order to qualify. By the conclusion of the eight-lap sprint, he would be up to fifth.
Villopoto regrouped after the first lap miscue and reclaimed second, then set off after Barcia. The battle would never come to fruition, as Barcia rode a seemingly flawless race to take the win, a full four seconds ahead of Villopoto.
1. Justin Barcia (Pinetta, FL Honda CRF 450)
2. Ryan Villopoto (Seattle, WA Kawasaki KX 450F)
3. Trey Canard (Shawnee, OK Honda CRF 450)
4. Eli Tomac (Cortez, CO Honda CRF 450)
5. Chad Reed (Dade City, FL Honda CRF 450)
6. Matthew Goerke (Lake Helen, FL KTM 450 SX-F)
7. 54 Les Smith (York, SC KTM 450 SX-F)
8. Ben Lamay (Wasilla, AK Yamaha YZ450F)
9. Joshua Hill (Yoncalla, OR Suzuki RM-Z450)
450 Supercross LCQ
N-Fab/Ti-Lube/Yamaha's Bobby Kiniry was first to the stripe, but a brief hesitation allowed Mike Alessi to run by and take the lead. Once in the lead, Alessi looked comfortable on the outdoor-style track and took the win with little fight from the competition.
Weston Peick found himself in yet another LCQ at Daytona and the Hyper Racing privateer was again trailing Bobby Kiniry for the final transfer spot into the main event. It was reminiscent of the Atlanta match, but this time the two riders made heavy contact for the spot. Peick instigated the aggression, but the move would consequently lose him time. He would eventually recover, close back in on Kiniry, and make a clean pass on Kiniry over a jump. The two racers unleashed every move possible to take second place from the other, and in the final turn, Kiniry slowed, dove inside of Peick, and pulled even. The two would drag race down the final straightaway inches apart and crested the finish line just .005 seconds apart, with the spot going to Peick.
1. Mike Alessi (Hilliard, FL Suzuki RM-Z450)
2. Weston Peick (Wildomar, CA Suzuki RM-Z450)
450 Supercross Main Event
Ryan Villopoto muscled his way into the lead to claim the holeshot over Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen. Knowing that there was a major points deficit to close and that series point leader was injured, he charged every section of the track with fury. It would lead, however, to another slight mistake out of a corner that dropped him to third place. Roczen then inherited the lead, but Villopoto regrouped and chased the German down. He would reclaim the lead in the first few laps and built a healthy lead over second place finisher, Ryan Dungey
Racing Daytona was an unnecessary move for Roczen, who holds control of the 250 West Coast championship, but allowed him to stay active. He would lose the lead on lap four to Villopoto and then dropped to fourth after a series of passes by Barcia and Dungey. Just after the midway point of the main event, he and rival Eli Tomac diced for fourth place. The GEICO Honda racer, who is nearing the end of his 450 trial, raced by to take fourth and Roczen would eventually end the race in seventh.
Millsaps, though ailing, put out a valiant effort and went from running 12th place at one point to an eventual 10th place finish. This finish would not be enough to counter Ryan Villopoto's finish and massive points increase, which allowed the Kawasaki racer to overtake control of the championship.
James Stewart's main event began with a comfortable fifth place spot, but an overly aggressive move in a turn would blow the berm out from under his Suzuki. He would remount and put in an eighth place finish.
Chad Reed was buried in the pack at the start of the main event, but his comfort level on the Daytona track and his "traditional fork" equipped Honda was apparent. He sliced his way by riders and was into the top-five before contact with a Tuff Block pulled him off the back of his bike and dropped him in the field. He would come back to take fifth, passing both Trey Canard and Ken Roczen within turns of one another.
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Justin Barcia
4. Eli Tomac
5. Chad Reed
6. Trey Canard
7. Ken Roczen
8. James Stewart
9. Broc Tickle
10. Davi Millsaps
11. Matt Goerke
12. Andrew Short
13. Jake Weimer
14. Les Smith
15. Josh Hill
16. Mike Alessi
17. Ben Lamay
18. Weston Peick
19. Phil Nicoletti
20. Justin Brayton
|450 Class Championship Points Standings (After 10 of 17 rounds)
1. Ryan Villopoto (202pts/5 wins)
2. Davi Millsaps (200/2 wins)
3. Ryan Dungey (188/1 win)
4. Trey Canard (163)
5. Chad Reed (163)
6. Justin Barcia (152/1 win)
7. James Stewart (135/1 win)
8. Andrew Short (122)
9. Justin Brayton (104)
10. Broc Tickle (99)