Five-time Daytona Supercross winner shares 16th track design.
The track map for this year’s edition of the Daytona Supercross has been revealed with the help of five-time event winner Ricky Carmichael.
The riders set to participate in the 53rd appearance of Monster Energy Supercross at Daytona International Speedway will face a layout strikingly similar to last year’s.
From the starting line midway down the Speedway’s pit lane through the first six corners and lanes, the 2023 layout is identical to the Daytona track from a year ago. A simplified section before the track sends the riders through an over-under bridge is the only year-over-year alteration for this year’s design.
The Speedway shared that the bridge will be constructed closer to the NASCAR track and nearby fans, once again near the finish line jump parallel with the tri-oval’s start/finish line.
Carmichael’s 16th Daytona track design, requiring 7200 tons of dirt, will see him challenge the 450SX and 250SX East riders with 42 obstacles during the 0.625-mile lap.
“This year’s Daytona Supercross design is one of the best,” Carmichael said. “It races great for the riders — it’s safe yet challenging and it’s very similar to last year with the split lanes.
“Daytona is the toughest, gnarliest race on the Supercross circuit, but it’s the most special to win. This track is going to produce great racing and I think the riders are going to put on a fantastic display for all our fans.”
The familiar track layout may play into the hands of reigning Daytona winner Eli Tomac, who became the first to win six times at the ‘World Center of Racing’ last year. He’ll chase a seventh triumph in 2023 in what may be his final attempt.
Track construction is due to begin on February 21 before the first speedway-style Supercross of the year commences on March 4.