2019 Daytona Supercross 450 Class Race Report
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac achieved his third victory at round 10 of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway. Tomac came around the first corner in second place and passed Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett for the lead on lap four. He rode a flawless race for the remaining 15 laps to take the win. With his victory, Tomac joins Bob “Hurricane” Hannah, Mike Kiedrowski, Jeremy “Showtime” McGrath, and Chad Reed as a three-time Daytona Supercross winner.
“Man, what a good night!” Tomac said. “It feels great to be back up here on top of the box in Daytona. This round is such a unique race and I’m always pumped when we can come in and get a win in front of this crowd. I was able to get a good start in the main tonight, which was so crucial. This win is pretty special to me and I’m honored to be one of the five riders to have won here three times. I’m excited for Indy next weekend and ready to keep this momentum going.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb put himself in fourth place early on in the main event and moved into second on lap seven. He held that position for the remainder of the race despite pass attempts from his hard-charging teammate, Marvin Musquin.
“I got a really good start in the main event and just made a bunch of mistakes the first lap,” Webb said. “I missed the rhythm and got passed by a few guys, went back to about sixth, and had some work to do. I made some great passes and it was a great battle all night. It was cool to battle Blake and Marvin. We were all making mistakes, but also kind of going for it. Once I got into second, I tried to make a run on Eli and I made some mistakes and had some pressure from Marvin, so I was kind of in a weird spot. I struggled in a few places—the whoops being one of them—but overall it was a good night.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Musquin put himself in a good position early on in the main event in second place, but had an off-track excursion that allowed several riders to go by him. He made his way back to third place and pushed hard to try and pass Webb, but was unable to do so and settled for third on the night.
“Daytona was overall a great day,” Musquin said. “The riding was good, but unfortunately, I started making a couple mistakes by stalling the bike and that cost me a lot of time. I’m a little bit bummed because the speed was better than the guys in front of me, but I was in third place. It’s good to be on the podium obviously, but I’ve got to minimize the mistakes and be a little more consistent to be ahead of those guys.”
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy rounded out the top five, respectively.