2021 DAYTONA SUPERCROSS | BEST IN THE PITS & PRESS DAY RIDING
Round 9 of the 2021 Supercross season is upon us this Saturday inside Daytona Motor Speedway. If you want to be there to watch the race, but you haven’t already got tickets, too bad, they are sold out. This means you will be watching on the tube (to find out when and where the race airs, click here). The Daytona Supercross marks the halfway point in the 17 round series and at this point, Ken Roczen leads the 450 title chase by 6-points over Cooper Webb. The Daytona track is the most unique round of the year. Not only because it is in the middle of a NASCAR stadium, but also because the track terrain is a mix of outdoors and Supercross that is designed by the GOAT himself, Ricky Carmichael. This can make bike setup difficult for riders.
We had our video guy, Travis Fant in the Daytona pits early in the morning to get a sneak peek to see what was going on inside Daytona Speedway. Enjoy.
This is how you know Ken Roczen is feeling comfortable. To watch MXA’s Press Day video, click here.
Marvin Musquin and Cooper Webb’s beautiful Red Bull helmets.
It’s great to have Chase Sexton back at the races! He’s missed six Rounds of Supercross since his crash at Houston 2.
Justin Cooper leads the points heading into Round two of the 250 West series.
Ricky Carmichael’s Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX450 all set for him to hit the track for press day.
Pierce Brown, Ricky Carmichael and Cameron McAdoo awaiting practice.
Eli Tomac has always done well at Daytona. Can he turn his momentum around this weekend?
Unfortunately, Justin Brayton (2018 Daytona Supercross winner) is sitting out the Daytona race this year.
Justin said via press release: “I was really hoping to be back for Daytona so I am pretty bummed to not be racing this weekend, it wasn’t an easy decision. I know we are capable of another podium, repeating our performance in Houston is my focus, but I can’t compete at this level when I am not 100%.”
Brayton’s time spent racing a stock car last weekend at the MotoCar Fit Klub race was a chance to sit behind a wheel and let the car do the talking. But he’s still not ready to compete at the highest level in Supercross. Justin Brayton went on to say: “I know people watched me compete last week in a car race but racing supercross is a whole other thing, our bodies really take a beating over the course of the night. Turning a steering wheel is so different to hitting whoops and my chest hasn’t fully recovered so I need to make sure it does so I can get the results my team deserves.” Brayton finished.
Mitchell Oldenburg will be racing in the big boy class this weekend. He filled in for Justin Brayton at Orlando #2 and he will do it again this Saturday. Mitchell said via press release: “I wasn’t ready in Orlando; I literally had a day to prepare on a bike I had never ridden so I am glad to have another go and try to do more justice for the team.”
Close up of Justin Barcia’s GasGas MC 450F and his WP Air Shock. Barcia is using non-branded FCP Racing engine mounts on his GasGas ride.
Garrett Marchbanks and girlfriend Courtney heading into the Daytona Speedway.
Fresh Dunlop meat.
Malcolm Stewart has been riding great this season and he sits sixth in the 450 Championship point standings. Malcolm was a late addition to the Star Racing Yamaha 450 team and so far he’s out performing his teammates, Dylan Ferrandis and Aaron Plessinger.
It seems like Justin Bogle is more comfortable whipping than he is at jumping straight.
It is rare that we see Marvin Musquin in street clothes.
Adam Cianciarulo’s factory KX450 being unloaded from the semi. Sadly, Adam Cianciarulo will miss the Daytona Supercross and more races after suffering a broken collarbone at Orlando #2.
Cooper Webb has closed in to Ken Roczen in the points after winning both Orlando Supercross Rounds. Click here for the current point standings.
Cooper Webb’s mechanic, Carlos Rivera doing what he does best.
Jordon Smith getting as much lift off as he can out of his Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX250.
Eli Tomac’s machine being worked on.
Justin Brayton’s Muc-Off Honda waits for it’s wheels to return with fresh rubber.
And there the wheels are! Justin Brayton’s mechanic, Brent Duffe bringing back fresh Pirelli tires for the Muc-Off Honda team bikes.
Joey Crown charging on his ClubMx Yamaha.
Hunter Lawrence was easy to spot on the track.
Malcolm Stewart’s Star Racing Factory Yamaha YZ450F.
The man, the myth, the legend, Mitch Payton.
Justin Barcia moving some soil on the wall jump.
Garrett Marchbanks won at the Daytona Supercross last year on a Pro Circuit Kawasaki. Now he’s riding for the ClubMx privateer Yamaha team, but he’s already put the bike on the podium at Orlando #2. Can he win it again this year? Justin Cooper and Cameron McAdoo will make it difficult for him.
Unfortunately, Zach Osborne won’t be racing this weekend. Find out more about why here.
Ken Roczen trying to stay low off the wall jump.
Dylan Ferrandis hugs the inside.
The Star Racing Yamaha rookies, Nate Thrasher (91) and Jarrett Frye (59).
The Club MX semi was still loaded up on Friday morning.
Chase Sexton looks comfortable already.
Joey Savatgy’s KTM 450SXF uploading some data. Like Barcia and Webb, Savatgy is also using FCP Racing engine mounts, but he’s got the FCP logo on his.
Aaron Plessinger speaks with his mechanic.
Tires, tires and more tires.
The Star Racing 250Fs.
Pierce Brown’s GasGas MC 250F.
The warm-up area.
Frank Latham working on his rider, Marvin Musquin’s factory KTM 450SXF.
The rear end of Jalek Swoll’s FC250.
The engineless bike of Jo Shimoda.
A beauty shot of Cooper Webb’s KTM 450SXF and his non-branded FCP engine mounts.