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James Stewart took the win in the mud at Daytona in 2012.

2018 DAYTONA SUPERCROSS HISTORY 101 (ROUND 10 OF 17): DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA 
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

The 2018 Daytona Supercross track designed by Ricky Carmichael. 

450 SX CLASS: DAYTONA HISTORY FACTS

  • The first 450SX Class race held in Daytona was on March 10, 1974 and Pierre Karsmakers won on a Yamaha. It was the first points paying event in Supercross history and coupled with the Houston Astrodome as the two races on the 1974 inaugural schedule. The 2018 Daytona Supercross will be held on the 45th anniversary of the sports first official race (3/10/74-3/10/18).
  • Daytona International Speedway has hosted a Supercross race every Supercross season. It is the only Venue or city in Supercross history to host a race in every season and will be dropping the gate for the 45th time in 2018.

Pierre Karsmakers.

  • Anaheim (72), Detroit (53), and Houston (50) are the only cities to host more Supercross races than Daytona. Anaheim’s Angel Stadium (53) and Detroit’s now demolished Silverdome (46) are the only venues to host more Supercross races than Daytona International Speedway.
  • The last two Daytona Supercross’s have been won by Eli Tomac and he could join Mike Kiedrowski, Jeff Stanton, and Ricky Carmichael as riders to win Daytona three-in-a-row times. Stanton and Carmichael each did it four in-a-row. Ryan Villopoto is the only rider to have multiple win streaks in Daytona (’10-’11 & ’13-’14).

Jeff Stanton (middle number 1).

  • James Stewart, Chad Reed, and Ricky Carmichael are the only riders with Daytona victories in both classes. Marvin Musquin, who won the 250SX Class in Daytona twice, could join this group with a victory.
  • Only 21 times in 44 seasons has the winner of Daytona gone onto win the championship. Ryan Dungey in 2015 is the last rider to do this.

Ryan Villopoto. Ryan Villopoto. 

  • Honda won 11 straight races in Daytona from ’82-’92 which is the all-time brand record for consecutive wins at a venue or city. They have won only four in Daytona since and none since Kevin Windham’s improbable 2008 victory.
  • Yamaha hasn’t won a 450SX Class race since March 10, 2012 by James Stewart in Daytona. 2018 Daytona will mark the sixth year to-the-day since Yamaha’s last victory.

MANUFACTURER WINS IN DAYTONA

Honda: 16 (2008)
Kawasaki: 14 (2017)
Yamaha: 8 (2012)
Suzuki: 4 (2009)
KTM: 1 (2015)
Can-Am: 1 (1975)




TOP WINNERS IN DAYTONA

1) Ricky Carmichael: 5 (’00-’03, ’06)
2) Jeff Stanton: 4 (’89-’92)
2) Ryan Villopoto: 4 (’10-’11, ’13-’14)
4) Bob Hannah: 3 (’77, ’83, ’85)
5) Mike Kiedrowski: 3 (’94-’96)
5) Jeremy McGrath: 3 (’96, ’98-’99)
5) Chad Reed: 3 (’04-’05, ’09)





450SX CLASS: FIRST TIME WINNERS IN DAYTONA


Pierre Karsmakers: 1974

Tony DiStefano: 1976

Rex Staten: 1980
Rick Ryan: 1987
Mike Kiedrowski: 1993
Ricky Carmichael: 2000


250 SX CLASS: DAYTONA HISTORY FACTS

Jeremy Martin crosses the checkers to win the Daytona Supercross in 2016

  • The first 250 SX Class race held in Daytona was on March 6, 1985.  Eddie Warren won the race on a Kawasaki.
  • Daytona has held a race in every year since the inaugural 250 SX Class season in ’85. This will be the 34th time the gate will drop for a 250 SX Class race in Daytona.

Travis Pastrana had back-to-back Daytona wins on a RM125.

  • Brian Swink, Travis Pastrana, and Christophe Pourcel are the only riders to win Daytona back-to-back in the 250 SX Class. Adam Cianciarulo won last season but is competing in the 250 SX West Coast Class in 2018 so will not be able to defend his Daytona crown.
  • The winner of the 250 SX Class race in Daytona has gone onto win the championship 22 times in 33 seasons. It happened for the first nine seasons, but only 13 times in the previous 24 seasons.

MANUFACTURER WINS IN DAYTONA

Kawasaki: 11 (2017)
Suzuki: 8 (2001)
Honda: 6 (2012)
Yamaha: 5 (2016)
KTM: 3 (2015)



TOP WINNERS IN DAYTONA

Brian Swink: 2 (’91-’92)
Travis Pastrana: 2 (’01-’02)
Christophe Pourcel: 2 (’09-’10)
Blake Baggett: 2 (’11, ’14)
Marvin Musquin: 2 (’13, ’15)



FIRST TIME WINNERS IN DAYTONA

Todd DeHoop: 1988
Travis Pastrana: 2000
Marvin Musquin: 2013

250 SX CLASS PAST WINNERS IN DAYTONA

Damon Bradshaw went on to win Daytona in 1989.

1985: Eddie Warren, Kawasaki 1986: Keith Turpin, Honda 1987: Ron Tichenor, Suzuki 1988: Todd DeHoop, Suzuki 1989: Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha 1990: Denny Stephenson, Suzuki 1991: Brian Swink, Honda 1992: Brian Swink, Suzuki 1993: Doug Henry, Honda 1994: Jimmy Button, Suzuki 1995: Tim Ferry, Suzuki 1996: Mickael Pichon, Kawasaki 1997: John Dowd, Yamaha 1998: Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki 1999: Ernesto Fonseca, Yamaha 2000: Travis Pastrana, Suzuki 2001: Travis Pastrana, Suzuki 2002: Chad Reed, Yamaha 2003: Mike Brown, Kawasaki 2004: James Stewart, Kawasaki 2005: Josh Hasnen, KTM 2006: Davi Millsaps, Honda 2007: Ben Townley, Kawasaki 2008: Trey Canard, Honda 2009: Christophe Pourcel, Kawasaki 2010: Christophe Pourcel, Kawasaki 2011: Blake Baggett, Kawasaki 2012: Justin Barcia, Honda 2013: Marvin Musquin, KTM 2014: Blake Baggett, Kawasaki 2015: Marvin Musquin, KTM 2016: Jeremy Martin, Yamaha

2017: Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki

450 SX CLASS PAST WINNERS IN DAYTONA

Jeremy McGrath is a three time Daytona winner. 

1974: Pierre Karsmakers, Yamaha

1975: Jimmy Ellis, Can-Am

1976: Tony DiStefano, Suzuki

1977: Bob Hannah, Yamaha 1978: Marty Tripes, Honda 1979: Jimmy Weinert, Kawasaki 1980: Rex Staten, Yamaha 1981: Darrell Shultz, Suzuki 1982: Darrell Shultz, Honda 1983: Bob Hannah, Honda 1984: David Bailey, Honda 1985: Bob Hannah, Honda 1986: Rick Johnson, Honda 1987: Rick Ryan, Honda 1988: Rick Johnson, Honda 1989: Jeff Stanton, Honda 1990: Jeff Stanton, Honda 1991: Jeff Stanton, Honda 1992: Jeff Stanton, Honda 1993: Mike Kiedrowski, Kawasaki 1994: Mike Kiedrowsk, Kawasaki 1995: Mike Kiedrowski, Kawasaki 1996: Jeremy McGrath, Honda 1997: Jeff Emig, Kawasaki 1998: Jeremy McGrath, Yamaha 1999: Jeremy McGrath, Yamaha 2000: Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki 2001: Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki 2002: Ricky Carmichael, Honda 2003: Ricky Carmichael, Honda 2004: Chad Reed, Yamaha 2005: Chad Reed, Yamaha 2006: Ricky Carmichael, Suzuki 2007: James Stewart, Kawasaki 2008: Kevin Windham, Honda 2009: Chad Reed, Suzuki 2010: Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki 2011: Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki 2012: James Stewart, Yamaha 2013: Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki 2014: Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki 2015: Ryan Dungey, KTM 2016: Eli Tomac, Kawasaki

2017: Eli Tomac, Kawasaki

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