- Cole Seely Looking For 1st Daytona Podium Finish
- Chad Reed Chasing 4th Daytona Victory
- Five-time Champion Ricky Carmichael Returns As Course Designer
Cole Seely is confident this is his year at Daytona International Speedway. Seely, after finishing one position shy of the podium in 2015, will be chasing his first podium finish at Daytona in Saturday night’s always-spectacular Daytona Supercross By Honda.
"I think just in the motorsports world period, this is a pretty legendary place in our sport,” said Seely, with the speedway’s newly renovated stadium as a state-of-the-art backdrop. “You see the huge presence that Honda has here, so I’d definitely be stoked to bring it home for my team and not only that, but for myself. It’s such an honor to be here, so it would mean a little more to win this one.”
Seely, who rides for Team Honda HRC, will try for Honda’s record 18th win at Daytona.
Chad Reed is seeking to win not only for Yamaha – which ranks third in event wins by manufacturers (11) – but also seeking his fourth victory at Daytona. Reed, an Australian native who lives in Dade City, Florida, is chasing Ricky Carmichael’s all-time record of five Daytona victories.
“Through the years I’ve definitely seen my fair share of amazing crowds here, so hopefully we’ll get a full house and I’ll get my fourth win,” Reed said.
Carmichael now designs the courses annually. This year’s “Ricky Carmichael Signature Design” layout sees the starting gate return to pit road and competitors will race in a counter-clockwise direction.
“You’re always skeptical of how it’s going to race when you look at it on paper, but after riding a little bit of the track, I think it is going to be fantastic,” Carmichael said. “The guy who wins Saturday night will definitely have to be one of the strongest guys.”
“[The winner is] going to have to have total concentration, the bike setup [needs to be] good because this track changes lap after lap. That’s what makes it special. That’s what’s so special about Daytona Supercross: the conditions are always changing.”
The Daytona Supercross By Honda, one of the annual highlights of the speedway’s event calendar, will begin Saturday night with opening ceremonies at 6:30. Practice sessions will be held throughout the afternoon starting at 12 p.m. Saturday marks the ninth event on the 2016 AMA Monster Energy Supercross schedule. KTM rider Ryan Dungey of Clermont, Florida is the 450SX class points leader.
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