2023 Daytona Supercross Recap
Tomac rolls a seven.
Eli Tomac spent seven laps trailing Cooper Webb before capitalizing on a mistake for the lead and winning the famed Daytona round of the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross season on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Fl.
The Round 8 victory was Tomac's season leading fifth and seventh Daytona win of his career. It didn't come easily though as Tomac grabbed the Holeshot but quickly lost the lead to a charging Webb who looked dominate from the gatedrop. Tomac made a brief appearance out front around the 13 minute mark before Webb retook the lead then the two came together a short while later which knocked Tomac off rhythm and nearly off his bike helping to propel Webb into a possible insurmountable lead.
But a minute or so later, Webb inexplicably hit neutral (later confirming he did) just past the finish line and Tomac blazed into the lead never looking back. Tomac sailed home with little trouble for his 49th career victory breaking a third-place tie with Ricky "Whoaa" Carmichael on the all-time wins list. Two more checkers puts Tomac in sole possession of second-place ahead of James Stewart.
"All the way from the start me and Cooper locked up one, two, there the whole time. I just capitalized, I think he hit neutral right there off the finish line and I was able to get by on the triple," Tomac said after the race. "I love Daytona!"
Tomac admitted to struggling in practice and coming in with a low level of confidence.
"I don't know. It's like when the lights come on here the track comes to me and I literally find my flow," he said. "Good ole Daytona."
The win gives Tomac a five-point lead over Webb in the points standings with still nine rounds remaining. Chase Sexton who battled with Justin Barcia finished third. The two came together twice. The first time around the eight minute mark Sexton bumped Barcia off the track then a few laps later Sexton appeared to have stalled his bike right in Barcia's line which dumped Barcia completely off his bike. This ultimately dropped Sexton out of contention for the win but he held on for third-place. Barcia though posted the fastest lap out of everyone in the Main Event.
Tomac, Webb and Sexton have finished on the podium in four of the eight rounds this season. Elsewhere, Dylan Ferrandis suffered a brutal press day crash on Friday which put him on the sidelines, Justin Cooper wrapped up his five round stint in the 450 class with a season best sixth-place as preparation for going full-time this summer in the premier class while RJ Hampshire, racing in the 250 West class, raced a strong 450 debut finishing eighth.
2023 450 Class Supercross Season Standings
- Eli Tomac (186)
- Cooper Webb (181)
- Chase Sexton (176)
- Jason Anderson (148)
- Ken Roczen (138)
In the 250 East class, no one had much for Hunter Lawrence who led all 13 laps and easily grabbed his third win of the season. Lawrence slid last week's winner Nate Thrasher into the sand on the first lap and had little trouble thereafter. Max Anstie finished second and haters must now believe the hype because rookie Haiden "Sick" Deegan slipped by veteran Jeremy Martin midway finishing third for his first career podium.
Lawrence leads Anstie by 14 in the points standings while Deegan moves into third-place after Thrasher finished 10th thanks to the knock down by Lawrence and then a pretty hard crash into the tuff blocks later in the race. Thrasher drops from third in the standings to sixth.
2023 250 East Class Supercross Season Standings
- Hunter Lawrence (99)
- Max Anstie (85)
- Haiden Deegan (74)
- Jordon Smith (71)
- Jeremy Martin (71)
Off to Indianapolis for Supercross Round 9 on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.