DAYTONA BEACH, FL – March 11, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith took his first win of the season in dominating fashion and the third of his career at the prestigious race inside Daytona International Speedway. Smith grabbed the holeshot and led wire-to-wire, continuing his upward trend in finishes as the Eastern Regional championship hit its fourth of nine rounds. Teammate Sean Cantrell bounced back from a tough previous round to finish with his best result of the season in seventh.
Smith started the day off in third during timed qualifying and was ready to take on the field. He didn’t waste any time showing he was on pace for the front by taking the win in his heat race. When the gate dropped for the main event, it was all the No. 45 out front at the first turn and for every lap after, giving Smith his third career win.
“This is a great feeling to get back up here (on the podium),” said Smith. “It was a really tough track both mentally and physically so to get the win is awesome. I feel like we’ve gained some great momentum and I can’t wait to go after another win in St. Louis.”
The previous round proved that Cantrell was mentally tough to overcome plenty of misfortune. He started the night with a six-place finish in a stacked heat race. Cantrell capitalized on a great start and was with the front-runners in the opening laps. He ran a solid pace and eventually moved into seventh where he would finish, collecting his best finish during his rookie season.
“I was really looking forward to Daytona and its unique track and layout,” said Cantrell. “It was a fun race but was easy to make mistakes throughout the long laps. I’m learning each week and was really happy to put up my best result so far. We’ll keep pushing and learning as the season continues.”
250SX Class Main Event Results – Daytona Beach, Florida
- Jordon Smith (KTM)
- Jeremy Martin (Honda)
- Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
- Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
- Martin Davalos (Kawasaki)
- Kyle Peters (Suzuki)
- Sean Cantrell (KTM)
- Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha)
- Ramyller Alves (Yamaha)
- Luke Renzland (Yamaha)
250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings
- Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 89
- Zach Osborne (Husqvarna), 89
- Jordon Smith (KTM), 81
- Jeremy Martin (Honda), 70
- RJ Hampshire (Honda), 57
- Luke Renzland (Yamaha), 55
- Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 54
- Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 52
- Kyle Peters (Suzuki), 51
- Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki), 49
- Sean Cantrell (KTM), 42
About Troy Lee Designs
For over 30 years, Troy Lee has been customizing helmets. TLD’s relentless commitment to creating products that exceed the cutting edge of style, design and quality, has earned them the reputation as an innovator in many different fields of racing. Troy Lee Designs has since expanded into a full force operation, offering a complete line of helmets, apparel and premium protection for off-road motorcycling and bicycling, sportswear and accessories, and operating the TLD supercross and motocross teams. Based in Corona, California, Troy Lee Designs has a global network of distributors.
“READY TO RACE” for KTM, these three words are far more than a simple slogan. They stand for the entire company philosophy of developing vehicles that can without any modifications comprehensively assert themselves in any race. Direct from the dealer onto the track and into the battle for victory. Designers, engineers and riders are bound by a clear common denominator: an unconditional passion for motorcycles. The whole KTM family is a living example of this worldwide. Countless offroad World and European championship titles plus brilliant victories in the world’s toughest races (International Six Days Enduro, Dakar Rally, Erzbergrodeo, and many more) all speak for themselves. And KTM Supermotos, Naked Bikes, Superbikes and the X-Bow all demonstrate what an “orange” lead means on asphalt.
Source: Troy Lee Designs