Round four of the 250SX East Region series took place at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., at the beginning of the 74th edition of Daytona Bike Week. The Rick Carmichael designed track made it clear who was prepared for the outdoor style, challenging course.
Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin emerged as the leader coming around the second corner of the race and piloted his KTM 250SX-F Factory Edition to 15 flawless laps to take a third victory this season. Joining him on the Daytona 250SX podium were GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin, respectively.
The excited Frenchman, who also dominated practice, celebrated with one of his patented heelclickers over the finish line. “When I was a kid watching videos of Supercross in the US, winning Daytona one day was a dream” said Musquin. “Today it comes true for the second time. We had to get that win for the championship. I know I can do really well on these types of tracks. I was riding really smooth and was having a lot of fun!”
Bogle came into the second corner behind Musquin off the start, but was unable to challenge for the lead at any time during the race. The reigning champion had to settle for second place on the night and is yet to achieve a victory so far this season.
Martin suffered from an average start coming around the second corner in seventh place. He managed to work his way into fifth by lap three and made his way around Riverside Harley Davidson/Trail Jesters/South of the Border/Ryno Power/Dedicated Ride Company/Honda’s Jimmy Decotis on the same lap. He then pursued GEICO Honda rookie RJ Hampshire, who he passed on lap five. He remained in third place to round out the podium.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy grabbed a mid-pack start and had to work his way through the field on the challenging Daytona course. He found himself in seventh on lap three and passed Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Martin Davalos, who went down in a right-hand corner. By lap ten, he had made his way into fifth and passed Hampshire for fourth place, where he would eventually finish.
RJ Hampshire’s night started off great after grabbing his first heat race win. In the Main Event, he came around the first few corners in third place and was passed by Martin and Savatgy, which put him in fifth place at the end of the 15 lap race.
Decotis, Kyle Peters, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Anthony Rodriguez, ARMA Energy/Motosport.com/Yamaha’s Mitchell Oldenburg, and Davalos rounded out the top 10.
With his third win, Musquin now has 97 points, 12 ahead ahead of Martin and 13 ahead of Bogle.
2015 Daytona 250SX Results
1. Marvin Musquin – KTM 250SX-F Factory Edition
2. Justin Bogle – Honda CRF250R
3. Jeremy Martin – Yamaha YZ250F
4. Joey Savatgy – Kawasaki KX250F
5. RJ Hampshire – Honda CRF250R
6. Jimmy Decotis – Honda CRF250R
7. Kyle Peters – Honda CRF250R
8. Anthony Rodriguez – Yamaha YZ250F
9. Mitchell Oldenburg – Yamaha YZ250F
10. Martin Davalos – Husqvarna FC250
11. Kyle Cunningham – Honda CRF250R
12. Jordon Smith – Honda CRF250R
13. Vince Friese – Honda CRF250R
14. Luke Renzland – Yamaha YZ250F
15. Colt Nichols – Honda CRF250R
16. Gannon Audette – Kawasaki KX250F
17. Justin Starling – Yamaha YZ250F
18. Dakota Alix – KTM 250SX-F
19. Jace Owen – Honda CRF250R
20. AJ Catanzaro – Suzuki RM-Z250
21. Nick Gaines – Kawasaki KX250F
22. Nick Desiderio – Yamaha YZ250F