Daytona Supercross: Construction Begins
2012 AMA Daytona Supercross
For the fifth consecutive year, motocross-icon Ricky Carmichael has designed the course that will be used during the Daytona Supercross round March 10.
And once again, Carmichael has partnered with three-time national champion Mark Barnett of Bomber Built, which is building the course. The company is one of the leading motorcross/supercross track builders in the USA.
For 2012, the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design will be similar to last year’s design, with the starting gate on pit road, giving fans an optimal view of the first turn. The major changes this year will be corner configurations.
“It’s an honor and a pleasure to design the course for Daytona, where there is so much racing history involved,” said Carmichael, a 15-time AMA champion and winner of 150 AMA Pro Racing races and the prestigious Motocross of Nations. “It’s fun to sit down at the drawing board and to think of a design that will be fun and challenging for the riders, as well as exciting for the fans and for the people watching on television.”
Following are some interesting numbers regarding the construction of the Daytona Supercross by Honda course:
- 4 – Number of tractors working to spread the dirt (1 front loader, 1 crawler, 2 skid steer)
- 8 – Number of dump trucks used to transport loads of dirt
- 29 – Number of jumps on the track up three from last year
- 204 – Number of dump truck loads of dirt used to build the course on the tri-oval grass
- 128 – Number of man-hours needed to complete the construction of the course
- 420 – Number of 2×9 Styrofoam blocks which will be used for safety along the course
- 3,200 – Mileage (in feet) of the Supercross course from start to finish
- 4,500 – Yards of dirt needed to build the Supercross track
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The first Daytona Supercross race was held in 1971, making this the 41st year of Supercross at Daytona. This year also marks the 21st year that Honda has sponsored the Daytona Supercross By Honda.