Round 10 of the Monster Energy Supercross series moved to Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., at the beginning of the world-renowned Daytona Bike Week.
The big news prior to the 2015 Dayton Supercross By Honda was that RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen re-injuring his left ankle in the opening 450 Supercross practice. The injury prevented Roczen from competing in the night program. Despite the absence of one of the title contenders, the grueling outdoor-style track made for some bar-banging action in the 450SX class.
BTO Sports KTM’s Andrew Short pulled the holeshot and led the 450SX Main until Lap 8. Behind him were some tremendous battles early on.
Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey came around the first turn in third place and moved his way past MotoConcept’s Mike Alessi into second by Lap 2, but was challenged by Team Honda rookie Cole Seely for the position in the process.
Dungey was able to make the pass on BTO Sports KTM’s Andrew Short for the lead on Lap 8. The Minnesota native maintained a comfortable lead for the rest of the race to take his first-ever win at Daytona. “Tonight was awesome,” said Dungey. “I’ve never won this race and it’s just really special. Especially coming in, we have to test a lot. We have to set up the bike and the guys at Team Red Bull KTM have it dialed. We had to battle for it. Shorty was riding really good in the beginning, I was surprised. But, I needed to get around him and it almost cost me as you could see.”
GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac had to work his way through the field after a mid-pack start. The Honda rider laid down solid laps
making his way into seventh place by Lap 7. By Lap 13, Tomac had made his way into third position and set his sights on the leaders. Tomac’s utilized his aggressive style to wheelie through the Daytona rollers and finish second place on the night.
Rounding on the podium was Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Blake Baggett. The rookie came around the first few corners in fourth position, and made a single pass at the three-quarters point in the race on AutoTrader/Toyota/Yamaha’s Weston Peick to take his first-ever podium finish in the 450SX class. Peick, who is struggling with a knee injury started strong and held second place for three laps midway in the race, before fading to eighth place at the finish.
Team Honda’s Cole Seely finished the night in fourth after attempting to battle with Dungey for second place on Lap 5. Seely passed Dungey for a brief moment, but hit the dirt while attempting to consolidate his pass. He picked himself up in seventh place, and finished the race with a strong top five finish.
Series veteran Chad Reed rounded out the top five on his TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki. He emerged around the first few corners in sixth place and began to work his way towards the front. However, a crash on lap nine spoiled his effort and forced him to work his way back into a top five position.
Team Honda’s Trey Canard, who came into the race second in the series standings had a miserable start, sitting in 21st place after one lap. He put his head down and salvaged a sixth place finish, methodically working through the pack.
Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson’s 12th place start forced him to battle throughout the Main, finally settling into seventh place after passing Peick on Lap 17.
Motoconcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi had a big get off on lap seven after going over the bars in one of the technical Daytona rhythm sections. He laid on the track for awhile and was attended to by the Asterisk Medical Crew. Before being driven away, he gave the thumbs up and was sitting up.
The fight for Rookie of the Year honors has gotten extremely tight with Anderson sitting in sixth with 140 points, Seely just two points back, and Baggett at 135 points in eighth. Anderson started strong, but Seely and Baggett are both closing in quickly.
2015 Daytona Supercross Results – Round 10 – Daytona
1. Ryan Dungey – KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition
2. Eli Tomac – Honda CRF450R
3. Blake Baggett – Suzuki RM-Z450
4. Cole Seely – Honda CRF450R
5. Chad Reed – Kawasaki KX450F
6. Trey Canard – Honda CRF450R
7. Jason Anderson – Husqvarna FC 450
8. Weston Peick – Yamaha YZ450F
9. Davi Millsaps – Kawasaki KX450F
10. Broc Tickle – Suzuki RM-Z-450
11. Josh Grant – Kawasaki KX450F
12. Andrew Short – KTM 450SX-F Factory Edition
13. Kyle Chisholm – Kawasaki KX450F
14. Phil Nicoletti – Yamaha YZ450F
15. Nick Wey – Kawasaki KX450F
16. Jimmy Albertson – Yamaha YZ450F
17. Ben Lamay – Husqvarna FC 450
18. Kyle Partridge – Honda CRF450R
19. Killian Rusk – Yamaha YZ450F
20. Jake Weimer – Kawasaki KX450F
21. Nick Schmidt – Suzuki RM-Z450
22. Mike Alessi – Suzuki RM-Z450
2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Standings 450SX Series Standings
1. Ryan Dungey – 224 points
2. Trey Canard – 184 points
3. Eli Tomac – 159 point
4. Ken Roczen – 156 points
5. Chad Reed – 140 points
6. Jason Anderson – 140 points
7. Cole Seely – 138 points
8. Blake Baggett – 135 points
9. Andrew Short – 109 points
10. Broc Tickle – 107 points