News 5 Mar 2022

Tomac makes history with sixth Daytona victory

Championship points leader extends his advantage after thrilling performance.

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Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Eli Tomac has made history by becoming the first rider to ever win six supercross races at the historic Daytona Supercross.

As well as breaking records, Tomac was able to extend his Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Championship lead to 17 points over his closest rival, Jason Anderson (Monster Energy Kawasaki), capping off a perfect night for the Colorado-based racer.

Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb started the 450SX Main event with a great holeshot and quickly set about putting distance between himself and the rest of the field, while Anderson and the fastest qualifier from earlier in the day, Malcolm Stewart (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) tangled entering the sand and they both went down, remounting well down the field.

Up front, Webb led over Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC) and Tomac, with Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas) and Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing) rounding out the top five as the technical track continued to deteriorate.

At the eight-minute mark, and with Webb quietly stretching out a three-second lead, Tomac suddenly upped the ante and passed Sexton for second, before setting off after Webb.

Further back, Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) and Ken Roczen (Team Honda HRC) tussled for sixth, with Musquin ultimately gaining the upper hand.

Tomac relentlessly closed the gap on Webb as the clock ran down and lapped riders began to come into play.

With just three minutes left on the clock, Tomac’s bike began overheating, but when Webb was held up by lapper Shane McElrath (Rocky Mountain ATV-MC KTM) in the whoops, Tomac pounced and took the lead.

The championship points leader continued to charge right to the end, as he made history by becoming the first racer to win six Daytona supercross races.

Webb finished second and Sexton third, with Ferrandis and Barcia rounded out the top five. Musquin, Stewart, Roczen, Anderson and Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) completed the top 10.

Tomac’s victory has seen him now stretch out a 17-point leader over Anderson in the points’ standings, with Cooper Webb now moving up to third, 33 points adrift as the championship heads to Detroit, MI on Saturday.

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