Daytona Practice Report

Daytona Practice Report

March 9, 2013 5:10pm

It’s yet another historic running of the Daytona Supercross presented to you by Honda here at the famed Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida. The weather couldn’t be any better here and the track any tougher—as it’s designed by past champion Ricky Carmichael. The lap times here are long, just about a minute and a half, which should make for an almost thirty-minute main event for the 450SX class.

The track featured a ton of jump combinations that riders were tripling and quading, and the natural braking bumps were starting to develop. The ruts are getting deep and it’s going to be a real test for the riders and teams. And with the track getting constantly developed and changed each and every lap, the lap times were reflective of that with some riders getting better times in the second practice (first timed) and some doing it in the third session.

Dean Wilson set the fastest time in 250SX.
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In the 250SX class, it was a predictable running order for practice as Dallas SX winner, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit’s Dean Wilson, was the quickest in both sessions. He was followed by GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn (the Atlanta and St. Louis SX winner) who was .5 seconds slower than Wilson. Following those two is Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin and GEICO Honda’s Zach Bell.

Hahn’s got the points lead but it’s shaping up to be a great race tonight between Wilson and Hahn and as always here in Daytona, the track will play a factor tonight.

In the 450SX class there was some exciting news in 250SX West Region series points leader Ken Roczen joining the race on a Red Bull KTM 350 SX-F. And the German was pretty good as he put it into the top ten in the second practice and just outside the top ten overall.

In the first timed session it was TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed who would stand atop the board and overall it was good enough for second overall. However, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, fresh off his victory St. Louis, had a late fast lap in the second timed session to grab the top spot overall. After Villopoto and Reed comes Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart and then it was series points leader Rockstar Racing’s Davi Millsaps. In fifth spot overall was Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia who is using the Honda guys testing at his house all week to good use.

All in all the track is going to present its own challenges to the riders tonight and the real key to doing well is going to be in shape, get a good start and have a bike that is dialed in. We’re going to see some great racing here and we urge you to get in front of your TV and watch it on Speed TV at 7:30 Eastern.

RV was on fire in practice.
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250SX Combined Qualifying times

1 15 Dean Wilson Kawasaki KX 250F 1:18.913

2 19 William Hahn Honda CRF 250 1:19.403 -

3 25 Marvin Musquin KTM 250 SX-F 1:19.826

4 77 Jeremy Martin Yamaha YZ250F 1:20.194

5 13 Blake Wharton Suzuki RM-Z250 1:21.036

6 167 Zachary Bell Honda CRF 250 1:21.217

7 317 Justin Hill Kawasaki KX 250F 1:21.352

8 613 James Decotis Honda CRF 250 1:21.765

9 67 Gavin Faith Honda CRF 250 1:21.803

10 50 Kyle Peters Honda CRF 250 1:21.853


450SX Combined Qualifying Times

1 1 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki KX 450F 1:17.732 1:18.778

2 7 James Stewart Suzuki RM-Z450 1:18.126 1:18.441

3 22 Chad Reed Honda CRF 450 1:18.199 1:18.199

4 18 David Millsaps Suzuki RM-Z450 1:18.617 1:19.537

5 51 Justin Barcia Honda CRF 450 1:18.655 1:19.790

6 20 Broc Tickle Suzuki RM-Z450 1:18.743 1:20.238

7 17 Eli Tomac Honda CRF 450 1:18.769 1:19.423

8 5 Ryan Dungey KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edit 1:19.272 1

9 41 Trey Canard Honda CRF 450 1:19.679 1:19.979

10 29 Andrew Short KTM 450 SX-F 1:20.175