DAYTONA SUPERCROSS: IT RAINED ALL DAY AND BY NIGHT’S END BUBBA REIGNED



The Daytona crowd was drenched, wind-blown and ecstatic.          
Photo: Hoppenworld

DA WINNA: James Stewart owns Daytona?he doesn’t always finish Daytona, but he is always the fastest rider on what is the most difficult Supercross of the year (Bubba was over 2 seconds a lap faster in timed qualifying than the rest of the field). And this year he didn’t need the Asterisk medical crew to hold his bike for him and pat the seat so that he could get back on it like last year. This weekend, James was not only the fastest man, but he avoided all of his brain fade mistakes to notch an easy win.

CRAZI DAVI: Davi Millsaps grabbed his second straight holeshot (he did the deed in St. Louis also). There are people who criticize Davi for fighting Stewart so hard for the lead. They think he should let Bubba by to help Stewart in the points chase, but remember Davi is fighting to save his star-crossed career. This JGR deal wasn’t a sure thing (and he didn’t have a lot of other offers after last year). Davi Knows that he needs to prove himself at every race and on every lap. He’s doing what’s any racer would do?racing for his life.

FACTORY MISSING: Yamaha doesn’t even have a factory motocross team (Joe Gibbs Racing is as close as they get), so it had to warms the cockles of their hearts back home to go one-two in the most famous Supercross of all.

VILLOPOTO CHANNELS ALESSI: Ryan Villopoto has such a big points lead that he can afford to play it safe, but what he can’t afford to do is to make rookie mistakes. He took what would normally be considered a Mike Alessi-style line into the second turn (through the infield and over a Tuffblox) in a desperate attempt to stay with the Yamaha duo of Millsaps and Stewart on the start. Big mistake. He ended up being dragged behind his bike, falling down and having to come from last to fifth?and fifth cost him 9 points.

MATCH EQUATION: Stewart gained points on Villopoto, but most importantly to got himself back within 50 points of RV. Before Daytona he was over 50 points out of first place, which meant that Villopoto could DNF two races and still be in the points lead. Now, after Daytona, Stewart is 44 points back and would be leading if Villopoto DNF’ed twice. That is a big deal in the points spread because Stewart can whittlke away at it with secen races left. It is now RV 221, Dungey 192 and Stewart 177.


Even without Ryan Dungey KTM had a good night with Ken Roczen (above) on the 250 podium and Marvin Musquin just missing the 450 podium.    Photo: Hoppenworld

WE NEEDED YOU:
Ryan Dungey raced last week with a fractured collarbone, but in the process damaged it enough that he needed surgery this week. KTM is saying he will be out four to six weeks?Dungey says that he would like to come back before the Supercross season is over?but his time could be better spent preparing for the Nationals.

AMA OFFICIATING: What’s with the AMA rule book? Doesn’t anyone at the AMA read it. Under AMA rules the inside and outside gates of the 22-man starting gate cannot be used?but at Daytona the AMA let riders start there?but not all the time. What was the big deal? Well apart from the fact that the AMA book forbids it, the ground in front of the inside gate had not been ripped so it wasn’t a muddy mess. Cole Seely used this spot in his Last Chance race to grab a massive holeshot (and it wasn’t a full gate to begin with). Finally, the AMA put Tuffblox in the inner and outer gates. Why are there 22 gates if there are only 20 riders? It is a hold- over from the old 22-man 250 East/West races of a few years ago. It wouldn’t take much to remove the two extra hoops.

RAIN DANCE: Kevin Windham finally made the podium that he came so close to earlier in the season. If it hadn’t stopped raining, Kevin would have most likely won the race. Kevin is the current mudmeister of American motocross. But, the rain stopped after the heat races and the mud got gooey instead of sloppy. K-Dub was third overall.

DODGE DEBACLE: After a series of injuries that left them with only one rider, Josh Hansen, most people would think that Dodge’s one-and-only rider would be representing the team as best he can?not getting disqualified for cutting the track. And not just a minor cut, but a blatant from the back to the top five move in heat one. Chevy anyone? In a related incident, Mike Alessi was penalized three spots in his heat race for cutting the track also. The difference in the penalties is a matter of degrees of cheating. Hansen’s violation was First Degree?Alessi’s was SOP.

MOVIN’ MARV IS A FRENCH EINSTEIN:
In the post-race interviews every rider was a mud-caked mess. Their jerseys, pants and faces were chocolate brown?except for Marvin Musquin. He was sparkling clean. It turns out that when the fourth place finisher pulled off the track, he wiped his face and changed jerseys before the TV interview. Awesome and worth its weight in gold to sponsors.

TWING-DING SMOKERS: Kevin Windham always gets the most cheers, but Ricky Renner got the second most. How so? Renner elected to race a YZ125 two-stroke. Even though the AMA rule book has neutered and disadvantaged two-strokeS, Renner did it out of love for the fun of racing a tiddler. Surprise. Ricky qualified 22nd out of 40 for the night program and ran seventh in his heat race (which would have put him in the main and given him about $10,000 in fan donations for making the big show). Sadly, Ricky dropped back to 17th with engine trouble and did not start the Last Chance. It didn’t matter, every lap around the track the crowd cheered him on. Additionally, Ryan Smith made the night program in the 450 class on a 250 two-stroke.

BAGGETT RETURNS: In sport’s you are only as good as your last game?which means that Blake Baggett didn’t have much to brag about in 2012. At Daytona, Blake Baggett was back. He didn’t win, but that was just because of the crap shoot that a mud race is. There is no doubt that he was the fastest man in the class. Justin Barcia got the holeshot and won, but twice Baggett reeled him in. It was close, but no cigar.


The puddles were big enough to engulf errant riders.                                          Photo: Hoppenworld

DAYTONA RESULTS: 450 CLASS

1. James Stewart …….Yam
2. Davi Millsaps …….Yam
3. Kevin Windham …….Hon
4. Marvin Musquin …….KTM
5. Ryan Villopoto …….Kaw
6. Mike Alessi …….Suz
7. Jake Weimer …….Kaw
8. Broc Tickle …….Kaw
9. Matt Goerke …….Suz
10. Brett Metcalfe …….Suz
11. Nick Wey …….Kaw
12. Kyle Chisholm …….Kaw
13. Kyle Regal …….Hon
14. Gavin Faith …….Hon
15. Jstin Sipes …….Kaw
16. Justin Brayton …….Hon
17. Cole Seely …….Hon
18. Ryan Clark …….Kaw
19. Weston Peick …….Kaw
20. Bobby Kiniry …….Yam

DAYTONA RESULTS: 250 EAST
1. Justin Barcia …….Hon
2. Blake Baggett …….Kaw
3. Darryn Durham …….Kaw
4. Ken Roczen …….KTM
5. Blake Wharton …….Suz
6. Jake Canada …….Hon
7. Kyle Cunningham …….Yam
8. Cole Thompson …….Hon
10. Tommy Weeck…….Suz
11. Les Smith…….KTM
12. Shane Sewell…….KTM
13. Alex Martin…….Hon
14. Tyler Bowers …….Kaw
15. Justin Starling …….KTM
16. P.J. Larsen …….KTM
17. Kyle Peters …….Yam
18. Justin Bogle …….Hon
19. Jeff Gibson …….Hon
20. Phil Nicoletti …….Hon

450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
1. Ryan Villopoto…………221
2. Ryan Dungey…………..192
3. James Stewart…………177
4. Kevin Windham………..143
5. Jake Weimer……………134
6. Davi Millsaps……………131
7. Chad Reed………………128
8. Brett Metcalfe…………..124
9. Justin Brayton…………..121
10. Mike Alessi……………113
11. Kyle Chisholm…………91
12. Josh Hansen……………87
13. Broc Tickle………………82
14. Nick Wey…………………76
15. Andrew Short………….59

250 EAST POINTS STANDINGS
1. Justin Barcia………….75
2. Ken Roczen………….57
3. Darryn Durham……..56
4. Blake Wharton………56
5. Justin Bogle………….43
6. Jake Canada…………41
7. Blake Baggett……….40
8. Hunter Hewitt…………31
9. Malcolm Stewart……29
10. Kyle Cunningham…28
11. P.J. Larsen………….26
12. Alex Martin………….21
13. Lance Vincent……..21
14. Cole Thompson….20
15. Matt Lemoine……..20

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