Round 10 of the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship featured the unique race in the series at Daytona International Speedway, which played in Kawasaki’s favor as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac and Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner captured the win in their respective classes, sweeping the top step of the podium at the World Center of Racing.
In 450SX Heat 1, Tomac kicked off the night show with a phenomenal start and leading all seven laps to victory and giving him first gate pick for the main event. Kawasaki teammate, Joey Savatgy, also rode well in Heat 2 as he grabbed third place when the gate dropped, holding the position all the way to the finish line.
The 450SX Main Event saw both Monster Energy Kawasaki KX™450 motorcycles running up front with Tomac in second and Savatgy in fifth out of the gate. Tomac wasted no time maneuvering his way to the front on Lap 4, leading the remaining 15 laps of the race to earn his third win of the season. The No. 17 followed suit with an impressive ride, capturing a top-5 finish.
The technical track, unusual paddock setup in the Speedway garages and the Florida sunshine brought great energy to Team Green, as Tomac became one of only five riders to win the Daytona Supercross three times. Tomac moves into second in the 450SX Rider Point Standings, while Savatgy has moved up to ninth.
“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.” – Eli Tomac
“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.” – Joey Savatgy
In the 250SX class, it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider, Forkner, who remained undefeated this season against his Eastern Region competition. As Forkner captured his fourth win of the season, increasing his championship points margin to 23 points, teammate Martin Davalos balanced out an up and down day with a 10th place overall.
The ever so fast Forkner kept his dominant streak alive as he once again ran away from the competition on a track that was extremely demanding. The gate selection in Daytona played a huge roll in deciding who would likely start up front and the No. 24 Kawasaki was able to qualify second fastest on the day to earn the first gate pick in Heat 1. He took the inside gate, grabbed the holeshot, and never looked back finishing a remarkable 17-seconds ahead of the next rider and earned the top gate pick for the Main Event.
In the 250SX Main Event, Forkner grabbed the holeshot, but was shuffled back and forced to make some quick passes. On Lap 3 he made the pass for the lead, dropped the hammer and checked out from his competition for his fourth victory this season. Forkner has now led an astonishing 62 out of 64 main event laps raced this season in East Region competition.
Every time the rider from Ecuador, Davalos, lines up to race at Daytona, he draws a massive crowd of fans from his home country, cheering on the No. 73 rider. The day started strong as he qualified seventh coming into the night program. In Heat 2, Davalos rocketed out of the gate for a top-3 start but was taken out by a competitor in Turn 2. From the last position in his heat, Davalos would remount to an impressive charge that would see him crossing the finish line in fifth place. In the 250SX Main Event, Davalos once again with another stellar start, found himself inside the top-5, where he would run for more than half of the race before fading back to finish in 10th.
“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!” – Austin Forkner
“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.” – Martin Davalos