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The riders are headed to Daytona International Speedway, and the SXperts are back in the studio to talk over the insanity that was Atlanta and the title chase that’s just heating up. Plus, Weston Peick calls in to talk about the season and his recovery.

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Daytona Track Map for Daytona 2020

Atlanta Race Recap

  • The track was super slick
  • Ken Roczen won his 6th heat race of the season
  • Ken Roczen got the holeshot and dominated the race after that
  • Martin Davalos and Justin Hill both got good starts and then finished in 5th and 6th place
  • Eli Tomac got a bad start and was aggressive all night – got physical with Justin Barcia and Blake Baggett
  • Things got heated between Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia after the race
  • Jason Anderson took his fair share of riders out – crashed/stalled in front of Dean Wilson twice
  • Cooper Webb was on the gas the whole time – raced all the way up to 3rd place
  • Justin Barcia got onto the podium after stalking it for so long

Atlanta Results

  • 1st – Ken Roczen
  • 2nd – Justin Barcia
  • 3rd – Cooper Webb
  • 4th – Eli Tomac
  • 5th – Martin Davalos
  • WC (12th) – Justin Brayton

Atlanta Lap Chart for 2020 Race

SXPerts’ Points

  • Christian: 10 points, 287 total
  • Chase 20 points, 387 total

RMFantasySX Stats

  • No perfect score this week
  • Average points: 30.99
  • Only 1.08% of users had Justin Barcia in 2nd place
  • Ken Roczen was in 99.33% of user’s top-5 picks – only 24.45% of them had him for 1st
  • .07% of players (35) had Martin Davalos in 5th
  • More people picked Aaron Plessinger, Chad Reed, Martin Davalos, Vince Friese, Tyler Bowers, and Dean Wilson for the wildcard than Justin Brayton
  • 35.19% of players just missed it by picking Justin Hill for the top 5
  • 99.59% of users had Eli Tomac in their top 5 – only .85% had him in 4th place

Injuries

  • Justin Bogle
  • Chris Blose
  • Adam Cianciarulo
  • Broc Tickle

2019 Daytona

  • Eli Tomac won for the third time
  • Ken Roczen went down in first turn
  • Blake Bagget took the holeshot
  • Top 5 was 3,2,25, 4, 17
  • Nobody that finished in the top 5 qualified worse than 9th
  • Daytona 2019 Results:
    • Eli Tomac
    • Cooper Webb
    • Marvin Musquin
    • Blake Baggett
    • Joey Savatgy

Eli Tomac Wins at Daytona 2019
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Track Trends

  • 360°- turn start
  • Features whoops–wall jump-whoops
  • It’s a really long track
  • Good sized sand section with 180 turns entering and leaving it

Top Contenders

Ken Roczen

  • Took an uncontested win at Atlanta – now tied in points with Eli Tomac
  • Had the fastest lap time at Atlanta by around half a second
  • Got a bad start at Daytona last year (19) but climbed all the way up to an 8th place finish
  • Has finished on the podium every time he’s qualified in the top 3 this year
  • Has only missed the podium twice this season – both on the West Coast
  • Has led 123 laps this season – almost twice as many as Eli Tomac has led (64)
  • Hasn’t finished more than four positions from where he started all season
  • Has finished behind where he started only twice this season – both times he started in 1st and still finished on the podium

Eli Tomac

  • Has taken 1st at Daytona three times in the last five years – finished in 2nd place the other two times
  • Started in 7th place, fell to 15th, and climbed up to 4th by the end of the race at Atlanta
  • Is tied in points with Ken Roczen
  • Is narrowly behind Ken Roczen for the best average overall finish – 2.77
  • Qualified in 1st place last week for the first time this season – finished off of the podium
  • Hasn’t finished worse than 4th on the East Coast this year – finished out of the top 5 three times, including a 12th place, on the East Coast last year
  • Had only the 4th fastest lap time at Atlanta

Eli Tomac Jumps High at Atlanta 2020
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Justin Barcia – #BARCIALLAW

  • Already has more points this season (177) than he got for all of last season (154)
  • Got on the podium in Atlanta after being in the top 5 for the last three rounds
  • Climbed nine positions to get 2nd place last weekend
  • Hasn’t led any laps or started in 1st since A1 – hasn’t even started in the top 5 since round two (STL)
  • Average East Coast finish: 3.33
  • Has the 3rd best overall average finish for 2020 – right in line with his 3rd place overall position
  • Had a faster lap in qualifying (51.282) than the main event (51.515)

Cooper Webb

  • Salvaged some points last weekend with an impressive charge from 10th to 3rd place – impressive because of his injury
  • Both times he’s finished in 12th this season, he’s finished 3rd after
  • Average overall finish (6.31) is pretty much the same as his average overall start (6.25) – sixth best average overall finish, 3rd best average overall start
  • Last two overall finishes at Daytona: 2-3
  • Hasn’t finished more than 2 positions away from where he’s qualified in Daytona on a 450

Cooper Webb Through the Rhythm Section at Atlanta 2020
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Spoilers

Jason Anderson

  • Finished 11th last week after starting in 9th place
  • Average standard round start: 8.86
  • Average standard round finish: 7.57
  • Started the season with five straight top-5 finishes – last four races he was only in the top 5 once
  • Last four overall finishes: 11-3-10-14

Blake Baggett

  • Has been all over the place with finishes this year – has finished between 3rd place and 22nd (DNS) place
  • Last four overall finishes: 19-10-22-3
  • Does he have an I.O.U for Eli Tomac?
  • Has only finished better than his qualifying twice this year
  • Average overall start for 2020: 6.25
  • Average overall finish for 2020: 10.85

Malcolm Stewart

  • Still hasn’t finished out of the top 10 this year
  • Will he crack the top 5?
  • One of the most consistent finishers – has finished between 7-8 7 times this season
  • Average overall finish of 2020: 7.92
  • Last five overall finishes 8-7-7-8-10

Malcolm Stewart Whizzing by at Atlanta 2020
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Justin Hill

  • Last five overall finishes: 6-6-5-9-8
  • Standard round average starts: 6.29
  • Has finished an average of 3.4 spots from where he qualified in the last five rounds

Martin Davalos

  • Got his first top-5 finish in his 450SX career last weekend
  • Ran in 2nd place from the start until lap 19

Aaron Plessinger

  • Last two overall finishes: 7-8
  • Broke his heel in Daytona last year
  • Just needs to get a better start – last three standard round starts: 12-9-3
  • Outdoor style track might help him out

Aaron Plessinger gets Roosted with the Sand at Atlanta 2020
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Wildcard Watch (10th)

Vince Friese

  • The favorite wildcard rider this year
  • Has the best average start in the two East Coast standard rounds this season (2.5) – better than Ken Roczen (4)
  • Average overall finish: 12.29
  • Took 9th place last week and 10th place at A1
  • Needs a really good start to finish in the top 10
  • Started in the top 3 three times this year with 9th place as his best finish

Martin Davalos

  • Last 5 overall finishes: 5-17-14-12-15
  • Did take 5th place last weekend although his average standard round finish is 13.71
  • Average overall start: 15.43

Dean Wilson

  • Has finished in 10th place twice this year
  • Finished within three spots of 10th place in eight of the nine rounds this year
  • Average standard round finish of 2020: 10.29

Dean Wilson Takes His Turn Through the Sand at Atlanta 2020
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Jason Anderson

  • Last four overall finishes: 11-3-10-14
  • Has been hitting the dirt consistently whether it’s his fault or other riders
  • Last three standard round starts: 9-15-11

Benny Bloss

  • Took 13th place last week
  • Took 11th place in Daytona in 2018
  • Taller rider which is good for the sand and whoops sections

SXperts’ Picks

Christian Chase
1st Eli Tomac Eli Tomac
2nd Ken Rozen Justin Barcia
3rd Blake Baggett Ken Roczen
4th Justin Barcia Cooper Webb
5th Cooper Webb Jason Anderson
WC Dean Wilson Justin Brayton

Note: Christian and Chase reserve the right to change their picks.

Ken Roczen at Wins with a Whip at Atlanta 2020
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Weekly Prizes

Don’t forget to make your picks this week – you don’t want to miss out on one of these amazing weekly prizes.

  • 1st – Bell Moto-9 Flex Helmet + Supercross 3 The Video Game – $739.94 MSRP
  • 2nd – 2 Sets of Bridgestone Battlecross Tires – Up to $528.30 MSRP
  • 3rd – Fly Evolution Gear Set – Up to $299.85 MSRP
  • 4th – Pro Honda Prize Pack – Up to $270.74 MSRP
  • 5th – Pro Pegs Titanium Foot Pegs – Up to $268.00 MSRP
  • 6th – Cycra Powerflow Complete Body Kit – $257.95 MSRP
  • 7th – Vertex Piston Kit Standard – Up to $214.95 MSRP
  • 8th – $250.00 Acerbis Spending Spree
  • 9th – Fox Comp Boots – Up to $199.95 MSRP
  • 10th – Primary Drive Alloy Kit & Gold X-Ring Chain – Up to $154.26 MSRP
  • 11th – 100th – $10 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Gift Card

Who will have the red plate after Daytona? With the points being so close, it’s anyone’s for the taking, and we can’t wait to talk it over when we come back for Indianapolis. See you then.

Ken Roczen Sprays Champagne and Wins Atlanta 2020
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

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