BEST IN THE PITS | 2019 DAYTONA SUPERCROSS
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.
The 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 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.
Ken 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.
We 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.
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.
Justin 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.