Championship tightens following drama between Webb and Roczen.
A controlled Eli Tomac has won a fifth Daytona Supercross in a ride that could potentially turn his Monster Energy Supercross title defense around for season 2021.
Tomac holeshot the 450SX main event and went wire-to-wire from there, powering to an eventual 3.856s victory to match Ricky Carmichael on all-time wins at the famed speedway.
While it was all Tomac at the front with Monster Energy Kawasaki, Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM) snatched second from a resurgent Aaron Plessinger (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) in the final turns of the main event – another relentless effort from the 2019 champion.
Webb’s runner-up result enabled him to close further on red plate-holder Ken Roczen (Team Honda HRC) in the standings, the difference now only two points at halfway in the 17-round series.
It was a mixed outing for Roczen, pressuring Webb for the podium mid-race until he made an error and lost position to Malcolm Stewart (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), then working his way back by Stewart and again onto Webb by the final lap, but it wasn’t to be. He crossed the finish in P4.
Stewart had to settle for fifth in the end, comfortably ahead of Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas), who in turn led Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC) on return, Justin Bogle (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS) and Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna).
In the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross championship standings it’s still Roczen who holds the points-lead, two ahead of Webb, with Tomac still within reach at 24 points in arrears following his win. Next up will be Arlington, Texas, next Saturday, 13 March.