For 50 years, the Daytona Supercross has been going strong and giving us some incredible performances. From the early days of Jimmy Weinert and Bob Hannah, to most recently Ryan Villopoto and Eli Tomac, the racing has always been entertaining. Even though the bikes, riders and track have changed a lot over the years, one thing that has remained unchanged is that only the strongest riders find success at this iconic speedway. This year it was Eli Tomac, who took his fourth Daytona win in the 450SX class, while in the 250SX East class Garrett Marchbanks held on for his first ever Supercross main event win. As he was a few weeks ago for the Tampa SX, Mike Vizer was in Daytona and sent us these incredible photos for this week’s Yamaha Motor Canada Behind the Lens.
Justin Brayton had a decent main event going until he tangled with Vince Friese on the final lap.
Racing in his final Daytona SX Chad Reed was excited to be in Daytona, a place that he’s won three times.
The start section was a tricky one in Daytona and caused a few issues throughout the evening.
Just look at the loamy dark Daytona soil.
The start straight was short so riders had to be very aggressive from the gate to the first turn.
If you weren’t out front early then you ended up eating a lot of sand.
Much to the delight of the Daytona fans Chad Reed grabbed the holeshot in his heat race.
Cooper Webb looked to have second place secured in the main event until Eli Tomac made the pass and took off for the win.
Other than Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen, Jason Anderson looked the most comfortable in the main event.
On the rough Daytona track, the riders were very happy to see the finish line.
It was a Garret Marchbanks sandwich on the Daytona 250SX East podium.
With the digital clock the riders know exactly how long they have until they have to look at the gate.
We have blast off in Daytona.
The battle for the holeshot in the 450SX main event was an intense one.
Justin Barcia was fast in the early part of the 450SX main event, but dropped back in the second half.
For the first ten minutes Ken Roczen looked to have the 450SX main event in the bag. That was until Eli Tomac came out of nowhere and made the pass for the win.
At about the ten minute mark of the main event something clicked for Eli Tomac and he took control of the race.
With Ken Roczen only a few feet behind, Tomac held on for his 4th Daytona SX win.
The Geico Honda boys have looked great all season long.
After winning the opening 250SX East round in Tampa, Shane McElrath has struggled a little lately.
Chase Sexton looked great in the main event but couldn’t reel in Marchbanks for the win.
It was a great night for Kawasaki and Garret Marchbanks.
The Daytona track appeared to suit Aaron Plessinger as he ran near the front in the early laps.
The long sandy straights in Daytona gave the riders problems all night long.
If you weren’t on the inside for the first turn then chances are you ran into some issues.
The racing was excellent all night long in Daytona.
RJ Hampshire has been riding great this season and once again he was fast at Round 10.
Chase Sexton shows perfect form through a deep Daytona rut.
Jason Anderson rode to a strong 4th place in Daytona.
Once Eli Tomac figured out the track, he grabbed another gear and reeled in race leader Ken Roczen.
Roczen gets a face full of sand during the Daytona main event.
Daytona is the only race where fans can high five the riders moments after the races.