It’s unheard of for title rivals to go into the Daytona Supercross tied atop the points standings, but that’s exactly what we had this weekend. No matter what happened, one rider would be in sole possession of the points lead by the end of the weekend, so the question was only, By how much?
San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart spotted Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Chad Reed quite a bit right off the start of the main event, when Stewart washed out the front end under braking and went down in the first turn, taking half the field with him, and disrupting the progress of almost everyone else.
After leading the first two laps, Alessi came under attack from fastest qualifier Jason Lawrence, who made quick work of Alessi and moved into the lead. Lawrence immediately began to pull away from Alessi while Reed was having a tough time moving through the pack and only sat seventh. By lap four, Reed was fifth, behind Hahn, GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham, Alessi and Lawrence.
Reed passed Hahn for fourth on lap six, the got Windham two laps later for third. Finally, at the halfway point, Reed found his way into second, and Lawrence had a full straightaway on him at that point. However, Reed put his head down, and Lawrence tired out, and with four laps to go, Reed had caught Lawrence and Lawrence literally moved out of Reed’s way, letting him by for the lead. Reed led the remaining four laps to win his second main event in a row, while Lawrence finished a remarkable second, and Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps – after colliding with Alessi on the last lap, causing them both to fall – finished third. Alessi was fourth in front of Windham, Villopoto (who ran as high as third at one point) and Stewart, who fought back valiantly from basically last on a twisted bike.
With seven rounds left to run now, Reed leads Stewart by 11 points in the championship chase.
The Lites main was, comparatively, much less eventful. Star Racing Yamaha’s Matt Lemoine led the pack off the start with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel second and Muscle Milk/MDK KTM’s Martin Davalos third, while Pourcel’s teammate and winner of Indy, Austin Stroupe, went down hard in the rhythm section on the opening lap and dropped out of the race.
On lap two, Davalos was on a tear, as he passed both Pourcel and Lemoine. Pourcel moved into second, and Davalos began to pull away. However, at just past the halfway point, Pourcel began reeling Davalos back in, and on lap 11, Pourcel was all over Davalos. Pourcel made the pass stick a lap later, and then quickly pulled away from Davalos, who seemed spent.
Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Nico Izzi started the race in eighth, but by about lap 10, Izzi was all over Lemoine, in a reverse situation from the end of the race in Indy, when Lemoine was pressuring Izzi for third. Izzi got by Lemoine for third with four laps left to run. Lemoine finished fourth, and Wil Hahn fifth.
Pourcel now leads the championship at the halfway point by a whopping 15 points over Izzi, and a total of 38 points over Stroupe, who still sits third in the standings.