The ninth round of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross series took place at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida on March 6. Daytona is already an exciting race to begin with, but throw in some injuries, returns to racing, and an incorrect weather forecast and you’ve got one of the most unpredictable nights of the season. Read all about it in the race report below.

450SX Start at Daytona 2021
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450SX Report

To be or not to be…a mudder – that was the question heading into Daytona. After timed practices were delayed by the rain, it seemed likely that the track would be in less-than-ideal condition for the main event. That was not the case, however, as the 450s lined up at the gate. The rain had stopped, and the track looked good by the time the gate dropped on the final race of the night.

Cooper Webb at Daytona 2021
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Though Justin Barcia was credited with the holeshot, it was Eli Tomac who took the early lead of the race. Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen were close to the front as well, but Webb took a turn wide past Roczen, holding the points leader up enough that he ended the first lap in 7th place.

Aaron Plessinger at Daytona 2021
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With Roczen trying to climb back into the top 5, Webb was battling an unexpected adversary – Aaron Plessinger. Plessinger had actually passed Webb for 2nd place, and the two were going at it for several laps until Webb dropped back a few seconds. Roczen, who had managed to pass Chase Sexton, Malcolm Stewart, and Justin Barcia, was on Webb’s rear wheel and looking for a way around. Webb went from offensive to defensive and took up the whole track to keep Roczen from passing. To add to the excitement, Stewart and Marvin Musquin were having a battle of their own right behind Webb and Roczen. So, when Roczen made a mistake in the rhythm section, Stewart was able to make it around Roczen and put some distance between him and Musquin. Musquin tried to make a similar move around the points leader, but Roczen regrouped and shut the door on any pass attempt.

450SX Podium at Daytona 2021
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Back up front, Tomac was starting to feel some pressure from Plessinger. 1st and 2nd place were separated by just over two seconds, and 2nd and 3rd place were separated by over six. It didn’t seem likely that Plessinger would make it past Tomac, and it certainly didn’t seem likely that Webb would catch up to Plessinger. Nonetheless, Webb did, and the final podium was Tomac, Webb, and Plessinger. Roczen managed to make it past Stewart before the checkered flag, so he finished in 4th and Stewart in 5th.

Eli Tomac Wins at Daytona 2021
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With his win, Tomac is now tied with Ricky Carmichael for the most Daytona wins, 5 each. There also seems to be another battle brewing between Roczen and Webb. Roczen was not happy about Webb’s move in the first lap of the race, and said as much in his interview at Daytona. “I think he’s scared of me…I think that’s why he plays these little games.” Roczen promised to return the favor at Arlington, so we’re counting down the days until Saturday.

450SX Results

Pos.No.RiderBikePointsOverall
11Eli TomacKawasaki26175
22Cooper WebbKTM23197
37Aaron PlessingerYamaha21134
494Ken RoczenHonda19199
527Malcolm StewartYamaha18143
651Justin Barcia*GASGAS17153
721Jason AndersonHusqvarna16116
823Chase SextonHonda1525
919Justin BogleKTM1456
1015Dean WilsonHusqvarna1370
1114Dylan FerrandisYamaha12121
1217Joey SavatgyKTM1195
1340Vince FrieseHonda1060
1434Max AnstieSuzuki914
1549Mitchell OldenburgHonda88
1636Martin DavalosKTM757
1711Kyle ChisholmYamaha648
1837Benny BlossHonda545
1928Brandon HartranftSuzuki423
20280Cade ClasonKawasaki37
2125Marvin MusquinKTM2135
2220Broc TickleHonda163

*Holeshot

250SX Report

Daytona’s reputation for putting unlikely riders on the podium was certainly proved accurate for the 250 race. Coming out of the gate and around the first corner of the race, it was rookie Stilez Robertson leading the pack. Hunter Lawrence and Cameron Mcadoo weren’t far behind in 4th place and 6th place, respectively, but Justin Cooper was, all the way back in 15th. The early points leader had a lot of ground to make up to even come close to salvaging some points.

Hunter Lawrence at Daytona 2021
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In the early minutes of the race, McAdoo made a lot of key passes to slot into 2nd place right behind Robertson. As McAdoo climbed up, Lawrence fell back, dropping back to 8th place after a spill in the nasty sand section. Cooper was trying to climb his way into the top 5, too, but it was slower going for the Yamaha rider. At one point, Cooper slid out in a turn, putting even more time between him and one of the top positions.

250SX Podium at Daytona 2021
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Back up front, McAdoo was finally ready to make his move on Robertson. He had been following Robertson for five laps, and had finally closed the gap enough to push forward. It wasn’t an extremely aggressive or exciting pass – McAdoo just had the speed to ride right past Robertson. With that pass, McAdoo secured the first 250SX win of his career, with Robertson and Pierce Brown finishing on the podium with him. Cooper raced to an impressive 4th place finish, and Garrett Marchbanks rounded out the top 5.

250SX West Results

Pos.No.RiderBikePointsOverall
131Cameron McAdooKawasaki2649
267Stilez RobertsonHusqvarna2328
345Pierce BrownGASGAS2121
432Justin CooperYamaha1945
548Garrett MarchbanksYamaha1839
641Hunter LawrenceHonda1735
726Alex MartinYamaha1617
847Jalek SwollHusqvarna1534
972Coty SchockHonda1425
1080Jordon SmithKawasaki1316
11150Seth HammakerKawasaki1229
1259Jarrett FryeYamaha1115
1393Hardy MunozYamaha1010
1466Jordan Bailey*Yamaha99
1560Chris BloseGASGAS823
16201Cedric SoubeyrasGASGAS714
1775Ty MasterpoolGASGAS66
18951Ryan SurrattKawasaki55
1939Carson MumfordHonda44
2091Nate ThrasherYamaha315
21264Ryan SipesGASGAS22
2235Mitchell HarrisonHonda19

*Holeshot

With Daytona in the rearview, Ken Roczen is holding onto his points lead by only two points. Cameron McAdoo has overtaken the 250SX points lead and has four points separating him and second place.

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