Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Wins 3rd Daytona Supercross Championship
Austin Forkner Wins 250SX Class Main Event Aboard a Kawasaki
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 10, 2019) - Eli Tomac rode a Kawasaki to victory Saturday night in the Daytona Supercross at Daytona International Speedway, becoming the fifth rider to win the prestigious Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship event three times.
Eli Tomac Wins Third of 2019 Season and Third Career Victory at Daytona. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Tomac, from Cortez, Colorado, joined Bob "Hurricane" Hannah, Mike Kiedrowski, Jeremy McGrath and Chad Reed as a three-time champion. Riding the No. 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki and wearing a helmet bearing the likeness of Daytona stock car legend Dale Earnhardt, Tomac assumed the lead on Lap 5 of the 18-lap 450SX Main Event en route to a dominating ride. Second-place Cooper Webb (KTM) - the leader in the series'' point standings - finished 6.889 seconds behind Tomac.
"The last half [of the race] was effortless," Tomac said. "I just got the flow and that''s so important at this track. It just started coming to me."
"[Title] number three ... this is so cool at Daytona."
Riders in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross were back at DIS for Round 10 of the 2019 season, on a challenging course designed by five-time Daytona Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael.
Chad Reed (No. 22 Joe Gibbs Racing Suzuki) was thwarted in his own attempt at making history, as he finished 10th in the Main Event. Reed was trying to become the third four-time Daytona Supercross champion; Jeff Stanton and Ryan Villopoto are the others on that short list.
Austin Forkner of Richards, Missouri won the 250SX Class Main Event aboard the No. 24 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki. Forkner started the evening with a strong run in winning the first 250SX Heat Race. He ended with his fourth Main Event win of the year - and a commanding lead in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class championship standings.
Austin Forkner expands points lead in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship standings. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
"It was tough," Forkner said about the Main Event. "Just not making mistakes was one of the biggest things; I honestly didn''t feel like I was going super fast. Just every rhythm, every jump, every lap was just perfect - that was the key tonight, I feel."
Both the 450SX and 250SX Classes had two Heat Races that advanced the top-nine finishers to the 22-rider Main Events. The 450SX Class Heat Races were won by Tomac and Blake Baggett (KTM); Forkner and Justin Cooper (Yamaha) won the 250SX Class Heat Races.
Next weekend Monster Energy Supercross goes to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana for round eleven of the 450SX Class and another Eastern Regional match up in the 250SX Class Championship.
450SX Class Results
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
2. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM
3. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM
5. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki
6. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna
7. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki
8. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
9. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda
10. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (222)
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (203)
3. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (203)
4. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (201)
5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (161)
6. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (149)
7. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki (137)
8. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (127)
9. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki (124)
10. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (123)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki
2. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda
3. Justin Cooper, Huntington, N.Y., Yamaha
4. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godley, Tex., Yamaha
5. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
6. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha
7. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Suzuki
8. Josh Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Yamaha
9. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Tex., Honda
10. Martin Davalos, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (125)
2. Justin Cooper, Huntington, N.Y., Yamaha (102)
3. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (102)
4. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki (78)
5. Martin Davalos, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki (71)
6. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha (71)
7. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM (70)
8. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godley, Tex., Yamaha (69)
9. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Tex., Honda (65)
10. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Suzuki (62)
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