The 10th round of Supercross took place in Daytona, Florida, on March 9, 2019. The Ricky Carmichael Signature Design track featured wide lanes, tricky sand sections, and a long straightaway, making it a fast-paced and difficult track for both classes.


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450SX Report

With Marvin Musquin qualifying in 1st, Blake Baggett taking 1st place in his heat, and Cooper Webb taking the most 1st place wins of the season, another KTM podium sweep seemed probable at Daytona. Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen were also contenders for the podium, but Roczen hasn’t had a top-3 finish in a few weeks, and Tomac’s poor starts have made it hard to get good finishes. But Tomac’s heat race win and first gate pick for the main event could change that.


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As the riders lined up, Tomac chose the inside most gate, with Baggett right beside him. The inside gates were popular going into the first sand corner, and picks paid off for both Tomac and Baggett as they tore off the start. Baggett took the holeshot, with Tomac less than a second behind him. Elsewhere, the first sand corner created chaos for other riders. Roczen, Cole Seely, and Dean Wilson all got knocked over, resuming the race in the last three positions. Up front, the competition was stiff and positions were close. There was less than four seconds between all five riders as they made passes to better their positions. After the first few laps, the top 5 was Baggett, Musquin, Tomac, Joey Savatgy, and Webb.


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Musquin began putting pressure on Baggett for first, but Baggett shut the door on all of his attempts to pass. As the two struggled for the lead spot, Tomac started working his way up and made a pass on Musquin and to battle for the lead. Baggett put up a fight, but Tomac took the inside line in a corner, going around Baggett. It seemed like Tomac was going to run away with the lead, but Baggett quickly repaid the favor by passing Tomac in a different corner. Baggett didn’t hold onto the lead, however, as Tomac launched over a wall jump to steal 1st, and Musquin made a pass to steal 2nd.


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Now in 3rd, Baggett looked for a way back into 2nd and found it when Musquin went off the track and stalled his bike. Several riders blew past Musquin, and the top 5 was then Tomac, Baggett, Webb, Savatgy, and Musquin. Meanwhile, Roczen was in 10th place and still trying to recover from his horrible start. Aaron Plessinger was off the track after coming up short in the rhythm section and taking the brunt of the fall in his feet. He was out for the rest of the race with what was later discovered to be a broken heel.


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As the race wore on, Webb and Musquin gained enough steam to make the pass on Baggett. Tomac, Webb, and Musquin comprised the top 3 with Baggett and Savatgy rounding out the top 5. Roczen had climbed to 9th place, but wasn’t able to get around Hill in 8th place to secure a better position. With just over a minute to go, Musquin caught up to Webb, but wasn’t able to execute a pass before the end of the race. The final podium ended with Tomac, Webb and Musquin on the box.

450SX Results

Pos.No.NameBikePointsOverall
13Eli TomacKawasaki26203
22Cooper WebbKTM23222
325Marvin MusquinKTM21203
44Blake Baggett*KTM19161
517Joey SavatgyKawasaki18124
616Zach OsborneHusqvarna1732
746Justin HillSuzuki1687
894Ken RoczenHonda15201
910Justin BraytonHonda14127
1022Chad ReedSuzuki13137
1115Dean WilsonHusqvarna12149
1212Shane McElrathKTM1111
1314Cole SeelyHonda10117
1419Justin BogleKTM988
1511Kyle ChisholmSuzuki857
1643Tyler BowersKawasaki769
17111Chris BloseHusqvarna620
1841Ben LamayHonda552
1960Justin StarlingHusqvarna44
20800Mike AlessiHonda310
21184Scott ChampionYamaha22
227Aaron PlessingerYamaha1123

*Holeshot

250SX Report

The East/West Showdown at Atlanta was the first race of Austin Forkner’s season that he hasn’t won, and he looked ready to reclaim the top step of the podium at Daytona. He was the second fastest qualifier and took first in his heat. Paired with the fact that contender Jordon Smith was not lining up, all eyes were on Forkner as the starting gates dropped.


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Forkner pulled the holeshot off the start, but Kyle Peters took the outside line around Forkner to steal 1st. By the end of the first lap, Peters was leading, with Justin Cooper, Forkner, and Chase Sexton following closely behind. As the group headed into the mogul section, Cooper lost some balance and let Forkner by, putting the points leader right behind Peters in 1st.


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Peters continued to lead for a few more laps before Forkner finally made a pass in the rhythm section. The two had been bar-to-bar, but Forkner edged out Peters for the lead, despite clipping a tough-block on the way. Peters began to fade from the top after that, getting passed by Sexton, Cooper, Martin Davalos, and Mitchell Oldenburg. Halfway through the race, the top 5 was Forkner, Sexton, Cooper, Davalos, and Oldenburg.


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Just as Peters had faded, Davalos also started falling back. He held onto 4th place for a few laps, but eventually got passed by Oldenburg, Alex Martin, and Brandon Hartranft. Davalos then got cross-rutted coming out of a corner, falling off his bike and all the way back to 10th place.


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As the clock ticked down, the top 3 riders settled into their positions. Forkner had a five-second lead on Sexton in 2nd place and a 14-second lead on Cooper in 3rd place. There wasn’t enough time for passing, barring any crashes. At the checkered flag, the top 3 riders took the podium, with Oldenburg and Martin rounding out the top 5.

250SX East Results

Pos. No. NameBikePointsOverall
124Austin Forkner*Kawasaki26125
223Chase SextonHonda23102
332Justin CooperYamaha21102
466Mitchell OldenburgYamaha1969
526Alex MartinSuzuki1878
645Brandon HartranftYamaha1771
755Kyle PetersSuzuki1662
870Joshua OsbyYamaha1541
937Kyle CunninghamHonda1465
1073Martin DavalosKawasaki1371
1152Jordan BaileyHusqvarna1251
1263John ShortHonda1126
1356Lorenzo LocurcioKawasaki1041
14264Ryan SipesKTM99
15112Thomas CovingtonHusqvarna820
16511Steven ClarkeHonda718
1749Henry MillerKTM625
1896Chase MarquierHusqvarna514
19116TJ AlbrightKTM48
20332Dustin WinterYamaha33
21125Luke NeeseYamaha22
22159Jace OwenHonda11

*Holeshot


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At the end of the night, both Webb in the 450 class and Forkner in the 250 class held onto the red number plates. Both have a growing points lead, too, but only time will tell if that’ll take them all the way to a championship title.

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