Eli Tomac of Cortez, Colorado won the Daytona Supercross By Honda on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway for his first event victory of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season.
Tomac, riding a Kawasaki, led every lap of the 20-lap 450SX class final, outrunning KTM rider Ryan Dungey all the way; the margin of victory was 2.160 seconds. It was Tomac’s fourth career AMA Supercross victory.
Clermont, Florida’s Dungey, the defending Daytona champion and the reigning series champion – and the current series points leader – posted his 25th consecutive podium finish – tying Chad Reed’s series record. Finishing third was Dungey’s teammate, French rider Marvin Musquin.
“This is a place where I’ve always wanted to win,” Tomac said. “Daytona is a different race. I just had fun on my dirt bike tonight.”
The Tomac-Dungey duel in the main followed their 1-2 finish in an earlier heat race although in that one, Tomac finished 6.269 seconds ahead. The final, though, was a battle throughout.
“It was gnarly,” Tomac said. “I was able to regroup there at the end and hold on to it. I just had fun on my dirt bike.”
Added Dungey: “It was good racing. I tried to pressure him into a mistake but he was solid and consistent.”
Yamaha rider Jeremy Martin of Millville, Minnesota won the 250SX class final. Malcolm Stewart of Haines City, Florida dominated most of the 15-lap race on a Honda CRF but finished fourth after an untimely last-lap stall.
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