Eli Tomac Ties Ricky Carmichael Record at Daytona Supercross Event

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Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL — March 6, 2021

Regardless of what you are racing, a victory at Daytona International Speedway is a landmark accomplishment worthy of the top mention on a racer’s resume. Eli Tomac entered Saturday night’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Daytona with wins in four of the last five years at the track. Only the G.O.A.T., Ricky Carmichael, had more with five wins in his career at the World Center of Racing.

In anticipation of the event, Tomac put a lot of pressure on himself. Calling the race a must-win to defend his 450 SX 2020 Title. Having dropped 31 points behind the 2021 points leader, Ken Roczen, it was critical that Tomac reverse the trend of non-podium finishes.

Great racing on the tri-oval of the famed track kept fans entertained all evening. The cheering got louder each moto as Tomac stalked the record and fought to keep his hopes of a championship repeat alive.

250 SX

In just the 2nd race of the year for the 250 SX West riders, everyone wondered if Justin Cooper(32) would be able to repeat his performance in winning two weeks ago at Orlando. He was set to compete in Heat 2.

At the start of Heat 1, Seth Hammaker(150) took the early lead. But the man on the move was Cameron McAdoo(31) the runner-up in the main event at Orlando. After a sub-par start, McAdoo charged to the front of the pack and was in 2nd after completing the 1st lap. Metamora, Michigan rider Joey Crown(61) ran 3rd.

It did not take long for McAdoo to move past Hammaker for the top spot, which he never relinquished. Mid-race Crown had some difficulties. After cutting a corner too sharp, he ran off the track and dropped out of the Top 9. Unable to recover from the mistake, Crown was forced into the LCQ where he will have to finish in the Top 4 to make the main event.

In Heat 2, Hunter Lawrence(41) sprinted to the lead. It was short-lived. Riley Sipes(264) ran into the back of another rider on the 1st turn. He stumbled, lost momentum, and was a sitting duck as the remainder of the field charged towards him. Sipes was knocked off his bike onto the track, favoring his left rest he was unable to get back on his GASGAS MC 250F. The race was red-flagged as two more riders sprawled on the track seconds later.

On the restart, Lawrence again was hot out of the gate and led start to finish. Jordon Smith(80) took 2nd, and Stilez Robertson(67) finished 3rd. Cooper overcame a poor start to end up 4th. Sipes was able to make it back to the starting gate and finished 5th, a huge break getting the full-field restart.

250 SX LCQ

Crown was determined to make the feature and dominated early in the LCQ until the 2nd red flag of the night brought a complete restart. Again, Crown was fast off the gate drop when a 2nd red flag brought the race to a halt. Unfortunately, this time the accident involved the Michigan rider. Crown went down in the rhythm section when he missed a triple. The crash took him to the care center and out of the race.

Hardy Munoz(93) won the LCQ, Ty Masterpool(75), Mitchell Harrison(35), Ryan Surratt(951) advanced based on their finish position.

250 SX West Main Event

At the start, Robertson took the lead followed by Alex Martin(26), Coty Schock(72), and Lawrence. McAdoo was 5th, Cooper 19th, and Munoz(21). Lawrence went down in the sand and dropped back into the pack. Cooper worked his way into the top 10, but went off track and dropped to 12th. At the 10 minute mark, McAdoo was 2nd, with 5 minutes and a lap to go McAdoo took the lead. Cooper was 8th, he worked his way to 4th.

McAdoo’s win moved him to the top of points with a 4-point margin over Cooper.

250 SX West Main Event Results

Position Number Rider Bike Interval
 1 31 Cameron McAdoo Kawasaki KX250 14 Laps
 2 67 Stilez Robertson Husqvarna FC 250 3.653
 3 45 Pierce Brown GASGAS MC 250F 5.139
 4 32 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ250F 6.043
 5 48 Garrett Marchbanks Yamaha YZ250F 14.693
 6 41 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF250R 20.328
 7 26 Alex Martin Yamaha YZ250F 22.532
 8 47 Jalek Swoll Husqvarna FC 250 23.740
 9 72 Coty Schock Honda CRF250R 24.174
 10 80 Jordon Smith Kawasaki KX250 35.926
 11 150 Seth Hammaker Kawasaki KX250 36.943
 12 59 Jarrett Frye Yamaha YZ250F 44.345
 13 93 Hardy Munoz Yamaha YZ250F 46.591
 14 66 Jordan Bailey Yamaha YZ250F 48.033
 15 60 Chris Blose GASGAS MC 250F 51.253
 16 201 Cedric Soubeyras GASGAS MC 250F 53.306
 17 75 Ty Masterpool GASGAS MC 250F 55.063
 18 951 Ryan Surratt Kawasaki KX250 59.289
 19 39 Carson Mumford Honda CRF250R 01:07.2
 20 91 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F 13 Laps
 21 264 Ryan Sipes GASGAS MC 250F 01:29.1
 22 35 Mitchell Harrison Honda CRF250R DNS

250 SX West Points Standings

Position Number Rider Hometown Season Points
 1 31 Cameron McAdoo Sioux City, IA 49
 2 32 Justin Cooper Menifee, CA 45
 3 48 Garrett Marchbanks Coalville, UT 39
 4 41 Hunter Lawrence Wesley Chapel, FL 35
 5 47 Jalek Swoll Belleview, FL 34
 6 150 Seth Hammaker Temecula, CA 29
 7 67 Stilez Robertson Murrieta, CA 28
 8 72 Coty Schock Dover, DE 25
 9 60 Chris Blose Phoenix, AZ 23
 10 45 Pierce Brown Sandy, UT 21
 11 26 Alex Martin Clermont, FL 17
 12 56 Kyle Peters Greensboro, NC 16
 13 80 Jordon Smith Ochlocknee, GA 16
 14 91 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN 15
 15 59 Jarrett Frye Mechanicsville, MD 15
 16 69 Robbie Wageman Newhall, CA 14
 17 201 Cedric Soubeyras Venasque, 14
 18 68 Jace Owen Mattoon, IL 13
 19 93 Hardy Munoz Glendale, AZ 10
 20 61 Joey Crown Metamora, MI 10
 21 66 Jordan Bailey Orlando, FL 9
 22 220 Ramyller Alves Coconut Creek, FL 9
 23 35 Mitchell Harrison Murrieta, CA 9
 24 75 Ty Masterpool Paradise, TX 6
 25 90 Dilan Schwartz Alpine, CA 6
 26 951 Ryan Surratt Corona, CA 5
 27 39 Carson Mumford Simi Valley, CA 4
 28 264 Ryan Sipes Ekron, KY 2
 29 6 Jeremy Martin Rochester, MN 2

450 SX

Cooper Webb(2) left Orlando on fire, he scorched the track at Camping World Stadium for back-to-back wins before coming to Daytona. Was the week off enough to put out the flames?

In Heat 1 it looked like Webb might stay on his hot streak. After an early battle with Justin Barcia(51), Webb pulled away. The surprise of the night was Aaron Plessinger(7) making his strongest run of the season. Plessinger closed on Webb but could not make the pass.

Michigan’s Cole Tickle started 4th and finished 7th to transfer to the Main Event. Chase Sexton(23) made his 1st start since checking out of Round 2 with an injury, he finished 4th.

Heat 2 featured Ken Roczen(94), the points leader, and Eli Tomac(1), last year’s champion, head-to-head. Only Mitchell Oldenburg(49) and Malcolm Stewart(27) got in the way. Oldenburg went down in the sand and was forced into the LCQ. The heat finished Roczen, Stewart, and Tomac. Oldenburg advanced to the Main Event with a 2nd in the Last Chance Qualifier.

450 SX Main Event

After putting himself under the gun saying Daytona was a must-win, Tomac came through in the featured race of the night leading start to finish. That does not mean the moto was without drama.

Eli Tomac earns the victory at Daytona AMA Supercross / Photo Credit Feld Entertainment

At the start, Webb forced Roczen high into the tough blocks on the first turn. Webb took the 2nd spot with Plessinger 3rd, Roczen fell back to 7th. Plessinger and Webb fight for the 2nd spot with Aaron taking the position, while Roczen moved to 4th.

At the 15-minute mark, Tomac was up by 2.5 seconds. At the mid-point, Tomac led Plessinger by 3 seconds, Webb by 8, and Roczen by 10 seconds. Stewart, making a run for the podium, passed Roczen in the rhythm section when Roczen over jumped a triple.

With Webb up by two positions over Roczen, he was set to shave four points off the points leader’s margin. But with less than 2 minutes to go, Roczen regained the 4th position.

The final lap saw Webb pass Plessinger just before the finish, grabbing the critical two points back from Roczen.

Tomac’s win gained 7 points on Roczen. He is now 24 points behind, just what he needed to do to get back in the championship chase. Broc Tickle got a bad start in the Main and lingered near the back of the pack. After working his way up to 18th, Tickle crashed out of the moto.

The 3rd place finish for Plessinger gave him his 1st 450 SX podium.

The Daytona race was the 700th in the AMA Supercross series. The 2021 schedule now moves to AT&T Stadium for a tripleheader, next Saturday, March 13, Tuesday, March 16th, and the following Saturday, March 20th.

Something to watch for. In his post-race interview, Roczen expressed frustration with the way Webb raced him on the start. He vowed to return the treatment when the two meet again.

450 SX Round 8 Main Event Results

Position Number Rider Bike Interval
 1 1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki KX450 18 Laps
 2 2 Cooper Webb KTM 450 SX-F FE 3.856
 3 7 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha YZ450F 4.523
 4 94 Ken Roczen Honda CRF450R WE 7.755
 5 27 Malcolm Stewart Yamaha YZ450F 10.538
 6 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 21.635
 7 21 Jason Anderson Husqvarna FC 450 RE 25.646
 8 23 Chase Sexton Honda CRF450R 32.783
 9 19 Justin Bogle KTM 450 SX-F FE 36.097
 10 15 Dean Wilson Husqvarna FC 450 RE 41.335
 11 14 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha YZ450F 42.121
 12 17 Joey Savatgy KTM 450 SX-F FE 45.410
 13 40 Vince Friese Honda CRF450R 01:12.2
 14 34 Max Anstie Suzuki RM-Z450 01:22.7
 15 49 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF450R 17 Laps
 16 36 Martin Davalos KTM 450 SX-F FE 9.106
 17 11 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha YZ450F 11.084
 18 37 Benny Bloss Honda CRF450R 46.382
 19 28 Brandon Hartranft Suzuki RM-Z450 48.945
 20 280 Cade Clason Kawasaki KX250 01:14.1
 21 25 Marvin Musquin KTM 450 SX-F FE 14 Laps
 22 20 Broc Tickle Honda CRF450R 13 Laps

450 SX Points Standings

Position Number Rider Hometown Season Point
 1 94 Ken Roczen Clermont, FL 199
 2 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 197
 3 1 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 175
 4 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL 153
 5 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL 143
 6 25 Marvin Musquin Corona, CA 135
 7 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 134
 8 16 Zach Osborne Clermont, FL 123
 9 14 Dylan Ferrandis Lake Elsinore, CA 121
 10 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 120
 11 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 116
 12 17 Joey Savatgy Clermont, FL 95
 13 10 Justin Brayton Charlotte, NC 86
 14 15 Dean Wilson Murrieta, CA 70
 15 20 Broc Tickle Holly, MI 63
 16 40 Vince Friese Menifee, CA 60
 17 36 Martin Davalos Tallahassee, FL 57
 18 19 Justin Bogle Edmond, OK 56
 19 11 Kyle Chisholm Valrico, FL 48
 20 37 Benny Bloss Oak Grove, MO 45
 21 23 Chase Sexton Clermont, FL 25
 22 28 Brandon Hartranft Brick, NJ 23
 23 12 Shane Mcelrath Canyon Lake, CA 15
 24 34 Max Anstie Murrieta, CA 14
 25 805 Carlen Gardner Paso Robles, CA 12
 26 83 Alex Ray Milan, TN 9
 27 49 Mitchell Oldenburg Aledo, TX 8
 28 722 Adam Enticknap Lompoc, CA 7
 29 280 Cade Clason Tucson, AZ 7
 30 81 Justin Starling Deland, FL 3
 31 981 Austin Politelli Murrieta, CA 3
 32 43 Fredrik Noren Indian Trail, NC 2
 33 44 Tyler Bowers Lake Elsinore, CA 1