AMA Supercross riders got a first-look at the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course that they will compete during Saturday’s Saturday’s Daytona Supercross By Honda at Daytona International Speedway.
Riders participating in the media day session included:
Three-time defending Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Ryan Villopoto, Monster Energy Kawasaki
Cole Seely, Team Honda Muscle Milk
Justin Barcia, Team Honda Muscle Milk
Malcolm Stewart, Troy Lee Designs Honda
Eli Tomac, GEICO Honda
Justin Bogle, GEICO Honda
Blake Wharton, GEICO Honda
Jimmy Albertson, Motorsport.com Honda
Matthew Bisceglia, GEICO Honda
Broc Tickle, RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki
Josh Hill, RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki
For the seventh straight year, Carmichael returns as the course designer and Bomber Built, owned by three-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Mark Barnett, is building the Supercross course.
Carmichael retired from Supercross in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 wins.
This year’s Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course is similar to last year’s layout with some tweaks.
The starting gate will remain on pit road providing fans with a great view of the first turn and riders will have to conquer 40 jumps and two whoop sections over the 3,290 foot course.
“It’s going be hard on these guys racing, but they prepare for it and they work hard for it,” Carmichael said. “I’m ready to watch these guys battle. I’m really excited. I’m excited how the track has turned out. With the fan turnout that we’ve had the last several years it’s just going to be that much better.”
Daytona International Speedway has been home to the original Supercross since 1971 – the longest continuous Supercross event in America – and this marks the 23rd year that Honda has sponsored the event.
Among the Supercross greats that have captured the Daytona Supercross By Honda include Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath, Carmichael and Villopoto, who has won the event three out of the past four years.
“I feel good,” Villopoto said after Friday’s ride. “We’re here at Daytona and it’s a pretty prestigious race here. It’s also kind of a turning point in the season. We’re kind of getting close to the homestretch here, but we’re not there just yet. But if we can pull off a win tomorrow it would be a lot of momentum going my way for the rest of the season.”
The Daytona Supercross By Honda is a grueling test for the riders and can produce some unexpected moments.
Said Barcia: “You never know what to expect here in Daytona. This place can throw some wrenches at you for sure. You just never know what’s going to happen. It’s always a challenging track.”
On Sunday and Monday in the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, the amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross By Honda. For more information on the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, visit www.racedaytona.com.
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