Daytona is a lot of racers' favorite to win-especially if you're a Honda rider. And if you're Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard and Justin Barcia, you're ready for a breakout race. Barcia is looking for a return to the winner's circle. Both have been a little faster the last two weeks, and their style suits the dynamic course. I wouldn't be surprised to see a couple Hondas on the podium. TwoTwo Motorsports veteran Chad Reed is fired up and looking good coming into Daytona. He's going to need to find some more speed to win, but it's never been a better time for #22 to holeshot and feel the pace up front.
Rockstar Energy Racing's Davi Millsaps carries the red plate to the line for the eighth time this season. I don't even remember what his bike looks like with white backgrounds. He had the worst finish of his season (sixth) last weekend, but he still has a 12-point lead and only needs to worry about pacing Ryan Villopoto. I use the word worry because Ryan is on fire right now with a 1-2-1 tally and a whole lot of steam coming in. Several weeks ago I wrote that I wouldn't consider RV a favorite to win a main event until he stayed off the ground for a while. He hasn't been on the ground since gate drop at Dallas, and now he's my favorite for Daytona. That said, Millsaps needs to not panic and instead come back with a podium or a solid top-five.
Mistakes, though. We're aren't going to see freight trains or twenty clean laps from any of the contenders, or even the winner, for that matter. Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey is a fit, calculated, and fast champion who has been practicing a lot on this type of track. Speaking of holeshots, Dungey did pretty good with one at Anaheim 3 and could get it done again with another.
The 250 class will be outstanding this weekend. GEICO Honda's Wil Hahn and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Dean Wilson have a fight on their hands. Wil is really on the gas and will wear the red plate into round four of the East Region. Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin and MyPlash.com/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing Yamaha's Jeremy Martin are two riders to keep your eyes on for a surprise.
Racers of all kinds from all around the world dig deep at Daytona to put their names on the wall at the World Center of Racing. This creates spectacular moments. All arrows point to Daytona to be the biggest and best SX of 2013. It's my opinion that we're on the cusp of a dogfight between Ryan Villopoto and James Stewart. They've been at each other for three weeks now, and it's time to crack on. Throw in young 450 class transplants Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen and it gets even gnarlier. Everyone is already pretty puffed up about this one. The charge is back live on Speed and there will be a lot of loud fans in the front-stretch grandstands enjoying the warm Florida weather. Whatever is going to happen, and whoever comes out on top, this will be the one of the biggest wins of their careers. Time for Daytona.