2020 Daytona Supercross Recap
The 50th anniversary of the Daytona Supercross offered a bit of everything that makes dirt bike racing one of the best sports on the planet.
Eli Tomac won his fourth Daytona Supercross after slowly and methodically working his way to the front and finally catching Ken Roczen with about two minutes on the clock to secure his fifth win of the year and taking Round 10 of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season on Saturday at the Daytona International Speedway.
Roczen appeared checked out after just a few laps and looked on his way to his second straight win leading the field at times by more than six seconds. Behind him though Tomac, who battled hard to salvage points in Atlanta the week prior and entered Daytona tied in points with Roczen, got around Justin Barcia, Jason Anderson and then defending Champion Cooper Webb.
Tomac said he had it pinned to try and catch Roczen who bobbled a bit on a corner with Tomac on his fender and the lead was lost. Roczen kept it close though taking the runner-up spot less than a second behind Tomac. And in true Roczen fashion, he said he was happy with the second-place results, despite holding the lead for much of the race and falling three points behind Tomac in the hunt for the 450 class Championship. Webb hung on for third-place to keep his quest for back-to-back titles alive.
In the 250 East class, Garrett Marchbanks grabbed the holeshot and never looked back, except right before the finish, for his first career Supercross win. Defending Champion Chase Sexton made it a race in the final few laps but ultimately couldn't reel Marchbanks in and settled for second. Jeremy Martin finished third.
Sexton added five points to his lead over Shane McElrath who finished fifth and dropped off the podium for the first time this year. McElrath hasn't stepped on top of the box since his opening round win. Marchbanks win puts him just a point behind third-place RJ Hampshire.
Supercross moves on to Indianapolis for Round 11 on Saturday but until then check out all the action from Daytona Beach. Photos by Ryne Swanberg.