It doesn't really seem to matter if Ryan Dungey wins the holeshot, eventually he crosses the finish line first.
Dungey won his second straight, fourth of the season and first ever at Daytona on Saturday for Round 10 of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season. He extended his points lead to 40 over Trey Canard and recorded his ninth straight podium.
Dungey started third behind Andrew Short who led the field, followed by Mike Alessi. Dungey made quick work of Alessi on Lap 2 and for five more laps Cole Seely, Blake Baggett and Weston Peick fought for third-place. Seely attempted to pass Dungey on Lap 5 but Dungey held his line and Seely hit the dirt which put Peick in third and Baggett in fourth.
On Lap 7, Alessi suffered a horrific crash that brought out the yellow flags and medical personnel. Alessi, who flew over his handlebars during a rhythm section, lay on the track for quite some time before he was carried off. He did give a thumbs up and was seen sitting up at one point. Alessi's crash almost sent Dungey to the turf as he approached the scene but once he rode on by he let it all out passing Short for the lead and flew home for the win.
"It feels good to get my first-ever Daytona win," Dungey said. "The bigger picture is obviously focusing on the championship, but to get the win feels even better."
Once Dungey grabbed the lead, Short gave up second to Peick and then faced pressure from Chad Reed who went down after an attempted pass. Little did everyone know was Eli Tomac, who started eighth, slowly working his way to the front taking second place half way through the race. Baggett held on for third, the rookie's best ever position in the 450 class. Seely managed fourth after his crash and Reed climbed back for a fifth place position. Canard who started 21st worked his way to a sixth-place finish.
Ken Roczen re-injured his left ankle during practice and was unable to compete for the Main. He dropped to fourth-place in points losing third to Tomac who is 25 behind Canard. Reed moved up another position and is now in fifth-place, tied in points with Jason Anderson who finished seventh. Anderson has finished in the Top 10 every round this season, his rookie year.
Jimmy Albertson gets another 16th place finish
On the home front, Jimmy Albertson needed the LCQ but took 16th place for the fourth time this year. Just in front of him was veteran Nick Wey who qualified in the Semi. It was Wey's third time in the Top 15 this season and also his fifth straight Main. Wey is in 21st place for the season six points ahead of Albertson in 22nd place.
Nick Wey has hit his stride
In the 250 East class, Marvin Musquin again led from wire-to-wire in his third dominating performance this season and for the third straight round it was Jeremy Martin and Justin Bogle joining him on the podium though this time around Bogle got second and Martin took third. Bogle, the defending 250SX East Champion is just one point behind Martin in second. Martin, the 2014 Motocross 250 class Champion, got a bad start but managed to work his way through the pack to claim third. Joey Savatgy for the second straight week placed fourth.
Kyle Peters rides to his best finish of the season at Daytona
MotoSport riders put in their best week so far in the 250 East class as Kyle Peters, who rides for the MotoSport.com/GPI/Honda Racing team took seventh, his best of the season and second Top 10 performance this year. Likewise, Mitchell Oldenburg, who rides for ARMA Energy/MotoSport.com/Yamaha team alongside Albertson, had his best ride of the season taking ninth. Colt Nichols, Peter's teammate, took 15th place.
Mitchell Oldenburg nails down his best race of the season at Daytona
Peters moved into the Top 10 for points with 43 on the season, one ahead of James Decotis who is in 10th. Oldenburg is in 15th place despite missing Atlanta 2 after a concussion sustained during practice prevented him from riding in the Main. Right behind him in 16th is Nichols. All MotoSport riders in the 250 class qualified in the Heat race.
Colt Nichols takes 15th at Daytona
The Supercross season continues on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Dungey and Tomac finished 1-2 last year with Seely in third and Ryan Villopoto in fourth. Practice starts at 12 p.m. (EST) and the Main event at 6:30 p.m. (EST) on Saturday. Buy tickets online, at local retail outlets, or at the box office, 500 S. Capitol Ave. in Indianapolis, IN.
2015 Daytona Supercross Results
Daytona Supercross 450SX Class Results
- Ryan Dungey
- Eli Tomac
- Blake Baggett
- Cole Seely
- Chad Reed
- Trey Canard
- Jason Anderson
- Weston Peick
- Davi Millsaps
- Broc Tickle
Daytona Supercross 250SX East Class Results
- Marvin Musquin
- Justin Bogle
- Jeremy Martin
- Joey Savatgy
- RJ Hampshire
- James Decotis
- Kyle Peters - MotoSport rider
- Anthony Rodriguez
- Mitchell Oldenburg - MotoSport rider
- Martin Davalos
2015 Monster Energy Supercross Season Standings
450SX Class Season Standings
- Ryan Dungey (224)
- Trey Canard (184)
- Eli Tomac (159)
- Ken Roczen (156)
- Chad Reed (140)
- Jason Anderson (140)
- Cole Seely (138)
- Blake Baggett (135)
- Andrew Short (109)
- Broc Tickle (107)
250SX East Class Season Standings
- Marvin Musquin (97)
- Jeremy Martin (85)
- Justin Bogle (84)
- Joey Savatgy (72)
- Martin Davalos (56)
- Rj Hampshire (54)
- Anthony Rodriguez (47)
- Vince Friese (46)
- Kyle Peters (43) - MotoSport rider
- James Decotis (42)