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Welcome to Daytona, Florida, for round 10 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross. Well, not sure how many people expected it, but as we enter the tenth round Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb has five wins. He even has more points this season than he totaled last season—although he suffered an injury in the 13th round at the 2018 Minneapolis Supercross. Through nine rounds of 2019, Webb has five wins, seven top five finishes, and 199 points. Through the 13 rounds of supercross that Webb raced in 2018, he earned only one podium, three top five finishes, and totaled 181 points—and finished in ninth.
Webb has taken care of business this year in different ways, as he’s come from far back, led and got away, and made last-second passes—literally in Arlington—to win. We have seen Tomac’s ups and downs this season—most recently his struggles at Arlington, his come-through the pack night in Detroit, and his bad start in Atlanta resulted in a sixth place. But the craziest part is that neither the #94 of the #25 have their own win this season. Coming into this season, we knew these two would be title contenders and both have been rather consistent. Roczen’s worst finish so far has been fifth place, and he has five top-three finishes. Musquin’s worst finishes have been eighth at A1 and sixth at Detroit, and he has six top-three finishes. We’ve all been saying a win for both is way over due, but it’s now round 10. Will we finally see one of them on top tonight? Or will we see a first-time winner like we did last year when Justin Brayton got his first 450SX career win and broke several records by doing so.
In surprise news this week, Shane McElrath will enter the 450 class on his Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM….250 SX-F. The team is down several riders due to injuries and won’t even have a 250SX East entry tonight—Mitchell Falk and now Jordon Smith are out for the evening, so McElrath allows the team to have a bike out there, even though he’s not eligible for the 250SX class on the East. Team Manager Tyler Keefe says the decision was made way too late for Shane to get up to speed on a 450, and there’s very rarely a big lap time difference between the bikes anyway. Should be interesting to see how it goes when he’s out on the race track with the big bikes.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner has been perfect in the East Region, as he has three wins, and, not including the 250SX East/West Showdown in Atlanta last weekend, has led all but one of the laps the East has raced. GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton and Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM’s Jordon Smith have been close to Forkner, but miscues have resulted in the #24 separating himself from the rest of the class. But Smith is out today due to a lingering wrist injury that he suffered during a crash in Arlington. Today it will be important for Sexton and the other 250SX East riders who don’t want Forkner to have an easy path to the East Region title.
Ryan Sipes is going for the trifecta this week, as the supercross veteran makes his return to the field today for the first time since 2013. The #264 will also race in the first race of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series tomorrow at the Wild Boar in Palatka, Florida, and on Thursday, he will compete in the Singles class when the 2019 American Flat Track kicks off. It will be great to see Sipes back in the mix today and showcasing his versatility throughout the rest of the week.
CTR Motorsports’ Joey Crown is out for today’s racing, due to an ankle injury. Bradley Taft has been signed to fill in for Crown.
As for specifics in the Daytona, great weather is expected throughout the day and night, as the high temperature is 75 degrees and no rain is expected. Ricky Carmichael’s track design appears to be another good layout for this year’s race. Yesterday during media day practice, riders tried different lines through the sections of the track that they were allowed to test on—which was about half of the track. The track is may of several different types of dirt, has several sand sections, and has some tough sections. The soft dirt might deteriorate as the night goes on but either way, we should be in for a good night of racing.
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