Makes a late pass to win in front of a huge, energetic crowd; Four of the top seven in the 450SX class from Florida while Jett Lawrence of Wesley Chapel (FL) captures the 250SX class; Bike Week at DAYTONA presented by Monster Energy continues with DAYTONA 200 next Saturday
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 6, 2022) – Daytona International Speedway is known for its spectacular late-race passes for the lead and the win. Saturday night was no exception, and it happened in historic fashion with Eli Tomac picking up his record sixth DAYTONA Supercross triumph in round nine of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, kicking off the Bike Week at DAYTONA presented by Monster Energy.
In front of a huge, energetic crowd, and with just 45 seconds on the clock, Tomac passed Cooper Webb, who had led much of the race, to win the top-level sport for the first time. To incredibly loud cheers that filled the iconic venue, Tomac retired on his #3 Yamaha for his historic sixth DAYTONA Supercross, and in the process pulled out of a tie with the GOAT – Ricky Carmichael – to become the all-time winning DAYTONA Supercross track.
“It’s so cool…I don’t know what it is about this place,” said an excited Tomac, who earned his fourth win of the season and extended his lead to 18 points. “Tonight I had a lot of doubts and I knew I had my work cut out for me, but when the lights came on… man, six, that’s just crazy. That’s the biggest crowd I’ve seen here and the best energy we’ve had… not even close I just don’t know what to say about this place.”
After leading most of the race, Cooper Webb returned home matching his best result of 2022 with a second place finish. Chase Sexton of Clermont, Fla. raced ahead with a consistent run that earned him the final podium spot. In Round 3 of the Eastern Regional 250SX class, Jett Lawrence of Wesley Chapel (near Tampa, Fla.) topped the field, taking the win in his first Daytona Supercross appearance and breaking the points tie. to become the only red plate holder in the class.
Webb came out of the gate with a decisive Holeshot in the 450SX class Main Event. The excitement of the race soared in the first pace lane as Malcolm Stewart jumped into second place. Then Tomac tried to cut under Stewart at turn two. Three-time 2022 winner Jason Anderson, who entered the race just six points behind Tomac for the series battle for the championship, came in hot under both riders and the three sandwiched then split like billiard balls during a break. None fell as they raced back into the race. The incident put Anderson in second and Stewart behind him in third.
Just a turn later is where the fireworks really started (following an incredible fireworks show put on by the Speedway just before the main event started) on the track . Anderson raced through the sandy inboard rut and collided with Stewart. This time both runners fell, almost in a replay of the altercation between the two runners the previous weekend in Texas. From there, Stewart and Anderson gave up, reunited once more, and both hit the ground again as each tried to earn points without giving the other a quarterback.
In front and in front of the chaos, Webb put in precise laps on the deteriorating track and kept the No. 1 plate clean for most of the race. Sexton hung in behind him, matching Webb’s pace in the opening laps of the race with Tomac right behind Sexton. Six-and-a-half minutes into the 20-minute plus lap race, the top three were just two seconds apart on a track notorious for forcing costly mistakes.
Then, with eleven and a half minutes on the clock, Tomac passed Sexton and set his sights on Webb. The gap alternately widened and narrowed for several laps, often standing less than a second between the top two riders as they fought their way through the lappers and faced deeper and deeper ruts and to growing bumps. On top of all this, Tomac’s bike started belching smoke from its engine overflow tube, often an indication of an overheating clutch.
With 45 seconds left, Webb was cut by a round and Tomac was in the perfect position to seize the moment. From there, Tomac moved away within striking distance. Four of the top seven finishers in the 450SX class were from Florida State, including Sexton, Dylan Ferrandis (Tallahassee), Justin Barcia (Greenville) and Ken Roczen (Clermont).
The Eastern Regional 250SX class also delivered incredible races. Robertson captured the Holeshot but Jett Lawrence was in the lead before they hit turn two. Halfway through the first lap, Lawrence was already pulling a gap on the field, Robertson held on in second and Enzo Lopes was third. Cameron McAdoo, winner of last year’s DAYTONA 200 and tied for the points lead, raced outside the top five but was on the move.
The battle for the final podium spot was dramatic for the duration of the race with Phil Nicoletti, RJ Hampshire and Pierce Brown having a battle on the ground which alternately saw each rider advancing within their group. When the dust of the night settled, McAdoo secured the last place on the podium behind Lawrence and Robertson.
The rich Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy tradition continues this week with the DAYTONA 200, scheduled for next Saturday, March 12, and tickets, along with a host of Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy camping packages, are on sale now.
Monster will bring the action and excitement this week with autograph sessions, demos and two FREE concerts – Face To Face on Wednesday March 9th and Steel Panther on Friday March 11th. Both concerts, which will take place in Lot 4 outside the Turn 4 tunnel entrance, are brought to fans by Monster Energy. Please note: The schedule of events and appearances may change. For detailed information on all events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
Additionally, fans and visitors can enjoy the Bike Week Motorcycle Marketplace at Daytona International Speedway, located just off International Speedway Blvd. The region’s largest motorcycle market offers the country’s best motorcycle parts, clothing vendors and more.
Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest speedway news.
450SX Class Results
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colorado, Yamaha
2. Cooper Webb, Newport, NC, KTM
3. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Florida, Honda
4. Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Florida, Yamaha
5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
6. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
7. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
8. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, CA, Husqvarna
9. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
10. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, CA, Husqvarna
450SX Class Championship standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colorado, Yamaha (203)
2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (185)
3. Cooper Webb, Newport, NC, KTM (170)
4. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, CA, Husqvarna (164)
5. Chase Sexton, Clermont, FL, Honda (163)
6. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (163)
7. Marvin Musquin, Corona, CA, KTM (145)
8. Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (137)
9. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (133)
10. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, CA, Husqvarna (110)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Florida, Honda
2. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, CA, Husqvarna
3. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki
4. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS
5. Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, North Carolina, Yamaha
6. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, GA, Honda
7. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Florida, Husqvarna
8. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, NY, Yamaha
9. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, TX, Honda
10. Joshua Varize, Perris, CA, Husqvarna
Eastern 250SX Class Regional Championship Standings
1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Florida, Honda (73)
2. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (68)
3. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, CA, Husqvarna (52)
4. Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, NC, Yamaha (50)
5. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS (47)
6. Jordan Smith, Ochlocknee, GA, Honda (45)
7. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, MN, Yamaha (42)
8. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, NY, Yamaha (42)
9. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, FL, Husqvarna (41)
10. Austin Forkner, Richards, Missouri, Kawasaki (39)
About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and received SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is home to the Great American Race – the DAYTONA 500. Although the NASCAR Cup Series season-opening event attracts the most attention – as well as the biggest audience in motorsport – the roughly 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the name of World Center of Racing, offers the most diverse racing calendar in the world. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the grounds of the Speedway are also used extensively for events such as concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, vehicle test drives, production and training of police motorcycles.