BEST IN THE PITS | 2019 DAYTONA SUPERCROSS

Eli Tomac_2019 Daytona Supercross-29

Here’s a good view of the NASCAR style pits at the Daytona Supercross. 

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Photos by Brian Converse

The 2019 Monster Energy Supercross season is in Florida at the Daytona International Speedway for round ten of the series. After his fifth win of the year, Cooper Webb has opened up his points lead to 13 over Ken Roczen who sits second. This is the largest points gap that any rider has had in the 450 class this season and Cooper doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Marvin Musquin still sits third in the points, 17 behind Webb. After his 6th place in Atlanta, Eli Tomac is now 22 points behind in fourth. In the 250 East class, Austin Forkner had a three-race win streak going until the East met the West in last weekend’s shootout. He finished third behind the two West coast riders, Adam Cianciarulo and Dylan Ferrandis. Even though the talk about a perfect season is over, Austin still hasn’t been beat by a 250 East rider and he’s definitely still carrying that confidence into Daytona.

Austin Forkner_2019 Daytona Supercross-21The Daytona Supercross is unique in many ways. Instead of setting up the pits in a parking lot like a normal Supercross, the teams and riders are each assigned a garage area. Just like NASCAR, each team rolls their bike, tool box and extra parts into their garage and pits from there. The trucks park in the same spots that the NASCAR trucks park, so it’s not a far walk for riders or mechanics to get to their rig.

Shane McElrath_2019 Daytona Supercross-25Shane McElrath and the Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM team decided that it would be a good idea to go racing in the 450 class on his 250 this weekend in Daytona. Because Shane is competing in the 250 West Coast division, he’s not allowed to race in any 250 East races. But there aren’t any rules against racing the 450 class. It will be fun to see how Shane can do on a slower bike against the premier class riders.

cooper webb_2019 Daytona Supercross-4Once again Cooper Webb will run the red plate in the 450 class. He now has a 13 point lead over Ken Roczen in the championship.

The Monster Energy Pro Circuit riders Austin Forkner and Martin Davalos’ Bell helmets are clean and ready to go racing.

Ken Roczen_2019 Daytona Supercross-28Ken Roczen’s factory HRC Honda CRF450. We got a video interview with Ken Roczen yesterday to talk about the Daytona track, his arms and what it’s going to take to win this championship.

Chad Reed_2019 Daytona Supercross-18Chad Reed’s JGR Suzuki RM-Z450.

Dean Wilson_2019 Daytona Supercross-17Jason Anderson’s mechanic Chris Loredo, is working for Dean Wilson while Jason is healing up. Here he’s admiring Dean Wilson’s Rockstar Husqvarna FC450 that he built.

Blake Baggett_2019 Daytona Supercross-11Blake Baggett’s Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS 450SXF. Blake looked awesome in Atlanta last weekend and he finished on the podium in second place. 

Thomas Covington_2019 Daytona Supercross-31We are happy to see Rockstar Husqvarna’s Supercross rookie Thomas Covington is back at the races this weekend. He missed the last two rounds because of a small knee injury. 

Jordon Smith_2019 Daytona Supercross-24We are sad to see last year’s 250 class winner, Jordon Smith sit out the Daytona Supercross due to a wrist injury that he sustained at round two of the 250 East Coast series in Arlington. Since he crashed, Jordon has continued to ride and race on the injured wrist, but he’s reported that it keeps getting worse and worse. We hope to see him back at the races soon.

Zach Osborne_2019 Daytona Supercross-14Zach Osborne’s Rockstar Husqvarna FC450.

Justin Hill_2019 Daytona Supercross-19Justin Hill’s JGR Suzuki RM-Z450 is built and maintained by Brad Benesch. Every weekend Justin gets it dirty and every week Brad cleans it and replaces parts on it to make it look brand new again. 

Justin Cooper_2019 Daytona Supercross-38Justin Cooper’s mechanic admires his work. 

Jordan Bailey_2019 Daytona Supercross-13Jordan Bailey’s Rockstar Husqvarna FC250. The Supercross rookie is from Florida and he’s excited to race at a Supercross that he grew up spectating at.

Chase Sexton_2019 Daytona Supercross-27Chase Sexton’s Geico Honda tuned by his mechanic Jade Dungey, Ryan Dungey’s brother.

Justin Barcia_2019 Daytona Supercross-16Justin Barcia’s Monster Energy Yamaha YZ450F. The Yamaha team brought out all of their drapes to make sure their pit area was nice and blue.

As you can see, the privateers don’t get as much space to work with. All of the teams pay for a “Team  Package” at the beginning of the year that guarantees them a parking spot every weekend while the privateers who don’t pay the fee just park wherever there’s room. Here is Ramyller Alves’s EBR Performance Altus Motorsports Yamaha YZ250F. 

Blake Baggett_2019 Daytona Supercross-30Blake Baggett’s KTM sits outside of his garage while the team sets up the pit area.

Blake Wharton_2019 Daytona Supercross-34Blake Wharton’s Ti-Lube Honda CRF250. 

Justin Bogle_2019 Daytona Supercross-12Justin Bogle has a huge hump in his seat. We haven’t seen a hump this big in a long time. The purpose of it is to keep the rider from sliding back when he gets on the gas, saving the rider energy and keeping him in the attack position. 

Josh Osby_2019 Daytona Supercross-36Josh Osby’s ClubMx Traders Redemption Motorsports YZ250F looks really cool with the team’s new black, white and red look for Daytona.

Mitchell Oldenburg_2019 Daytona Supercross-10Mitchell Oldenburg’s Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha YZ250F.

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