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Round 10 of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship series, and round 5 of the Eastern Regional 250SX Championship produced a Monster Energy / Kawasaki sweep in both classes. Eli Tomac rebounded from a rough Atlanta round to win his third Daytona SX while Austin Forkner remained undefeated in the 250SX Eastern Regional Chamoionship.
Joining Tomac on the 450 podium was the Red Bull / KTM power duo of Cooper Webb and Marvin Musquin. In the 250SX Class, GEICO / Honda’s Chase Sexton and Monster Energy / Star Racing / Yamaha’s Justin Cooper took the final two spots on the box.
After the Daytona SX main event was in the history books, we gathered quotes from the riders to find out how their race went.
Eli Tomac: (1st in 450) “Man, what a good night! It feels great to be back up here on top of the box in Daytona. This round is such a unique race and I’m always pumped when we can come in and get a win in front of this crowd. I was able to get a good start in the main tonight, which was so crucial. This win is pretty special to me and I’m honored to be one of the five riders to have won here three times. I’m excited for Indy next weekend and ready to keep this momentum going.”
Austin Forkner: (1st in 250) “This is like a dream come true to win Daytona supercross! The track and fans here are so unique and unlike anything else. My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX™250 was once again a rocketship that allowed me to run up front all day and night, from qualifying to my heat race win, to being out front early in the main event and set my own pace. Tonight was a night I will remember forever, as I have never gotten to do a burnout on the pavement. I was just holding it wide open as the crowd was cheering me on!”
Cooper Webb: (2nd in 450) “I got a really good start in the Main Event and just made a bunch of mistakes the first lap – I missed the rhythm and got passed by a few guys, went back to about sixth and had some work to do. I made some great passes and it was a great battle all night. It was cool to battle Blake and Marvin, we were all making mistakes but also kind of going for it. Once I got into second, I tried to make a run on Eli and I made some mistakes and also had some pressure from Marvin, so I was kind of in a weird spot. I struggled in a few places – the whoops being one of them – but overall, it was a good night.”
Chase Sexton: (2nd in 250) “It was a pretty good start for the gate position I had, I went and got the holeshot in the heat race and then fell by myself in the first corner. I made some good passes and I think I was in about fifth—Justin [Cooper] made a mistake and I got around him, Austin was probably about four seconds in front of me and it just stayed there for the rest of the race. Track was gnarly, it was easy to make mistakes—Austin rode well and he didn’t make any mistakes. All in all, it was a pretty good race”
Marvin Musquin: (3rd in 450) “Daytona was overall a great day. The riding was good but unfortunately, I started making a couple mistakes by stalling the bike and that cost me a lot of time. I’m a little bit bummed because the speed was better than the guys in front of me but I was in third place. It’s good to be on the podium obviously but I’ve got to minimize the mistakes and be a little more consistent to be ahead of those guys.”
Justin Cooper: (3rd in 250) “The bike was working really well. We did a lot of testing with the team outdoors this week, so we kind of knew what we had to do coming up today. We were able to get the heat win and bring it home for third tonight. Those guys out front were riding good, but no excuses. I just had a couple mistakes tonight that cost me and you can’t do that out here. The track for sure was tough tonight. It got me a couple times, but glad to get out of here safe and on to the next one.”
Aaron Plessinger: (DNF / 22nd in 450) “Well.. as everyone seen I had a little get off in the main tonight,” Aaron said from his Instagram account. “Ended up breaking my heel. Not much info right now just xrays but I’ll keep y’all updated. Thanks for the love and support!”
Mitchell Oldenburg: (4th in 250SX) “The night was actually really good for me considering how last weekend went. So I’m stoked to walk away healthy, safe and keep it on two wheels. My bike worked amazingly all day and night. I can’t thank the Star Racing Yamaha guys enough for all the work they do in and out each week. The track was a difficult Daytona; gnarly, brutal and really demanding, but my fitness was good tonight and I’m happy with my finish.”
Joey Savatgy: (5th in 450) “It’s nice to be back in Daytona, especially since it was close enough to drive to and have somewhat of a hometown crowd come out and support me. I felt comfortable all night and our speed and consistency has been showing every weekend. The unique track layout here really emphasized our strengths, so I’m feeling pretty good. I’m pumped on a top-5 finish and to earn some more points.”
Zach Osborne: (6th in 450) “Daytona was good to me this year. Sixth-place, that’s my best finish so far. I had some good times in qualifying and I’m starting to find my feet in this class and starting to kind of flow and know my place a little bit. This is something that I can definitely build from and move forward from. It’s been a rough, tough start to the season with an injury before the season and obviously trying to get back at it has been a tough deal but I’m still here, still plugging away, and I know the work that I’m doing during the week will pay off soon and it’s going to be good.”
Martin Davalos: (10th in 250) “I love coming to Daytona. I always get to see a lot of my Ecuadorian fans and it has just always been a special place for me to come and race. I’m a little bummed with tonight’s result, but overall I am happy to be leaving here healthy because the track was gnarly tonight. I rode really well in the second heat after getting taken out and ran over in that second corner crash. I was pumped to come from last to fifth place in the heat. In the main, I just got tight about halfway through and struggled a little bit. We will work hard this week to be better prepared to put together a strong performance in Indy next weekend.”
Ken Roczen: (8th in 450) “I’m definitely disappointed in tonight’s result; it’s my worst of the season. I think for the most part the day went well, and I was feeling really good on the bike. Unfortunately, in the main event, there was a pileup in the first turn and I got caught between my bike and Cole’s and couldn’t get up. Once I was up, I did my best to make up as many positions as I could during the race, making my way into eighth—not what I wanted and we’re now also down in the points standings, but there are still seven rounds to go. I’m going to set my eyes forward and bounce back in Indianapolis.”
Jordan Bailey: (11th in 250) “The Heat race was an amazing experience for me!” Bailey said. “I got off to a good start and a couple guys made mistakes and I got into the lead. I led for a lap or so and ended up finishing second in front of my hometown crowd, so that was a really good feeling. In the Main, my start was decent but unfortunately, I got tangled up with a rider and fell on the first lap. I came back and salvaged 11th. Overall, we made a big step in the right direction, I feel like we’re getting faster each week and I look forward to Indianapolis for sure.”
Dean Wilson: (11th in 450) “This weekend was okay. I feel like my riding was really good in the heat race and then the Main Event was looking like it would be off to a great start but then I got roosted in the sand section, I couldn’t see and I went right into a tuf block and fell. After that, I was in dead last and was able to come back to 11th. It’s obviously a huge disappointment on the result but onto next weekend.”
Thomas Covington: (15th in 250) “This weekend was a step in the right direction for me,” Covington said. “I had a solid heat race and got into a decent rhythm. In the Main, I just messed up my start a bit and nearly went down in the second corner in the sand and lost a lot of positions. All-in-all, it was another good building weekend for me coming back off my knee injury.”
Cole Seely: (13th in 450) “The first turn was a really weird setup in my opinion. It reminded me a lot of the GPs, where everyone just lines up to the inside and then files to the outside. We all went into the second turn and I tried to tuck underneath Kenny and Cooper [Webb], but Chad [Reed] came across into Ken, which then pushed him into me. I was actually trying to get Kenny up because the first thing I thought of was him getting burned by my header on the right side, plus obviously, I needed to get up too. He got up and going pretty quick but my bike was buried so it took me a minute to get going. It was just super-unfortunate. I’m struggling right now and it’s tough to have so many bad-luck weekends and not get the results that I know I can and should have. I’ve just got to shake this one off too and put my mind forward.”