King of the Daytona Dirt! Monster Energy’s Eli Tomac wins all-time best 6th Daytona Supercross

MAIN PHOTO Eli Tomac Daytona (678)

Tomac tops defending Monster Energy SX champ Webb in thrilling main event; Monster’s Sexton places 3rd in 450 class… McAdoo podiums (3rd) in 250 main

CORONA, CA – March 7, 2022 (Motor Sports NewsWire) – In what was easily the most thrilling Monster Energy AMA Supercross main event of the 2022 season, Eli Tomac (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) pulled off some unbelievable late-race heroics, passing defending supercross champion Cooper Webb (KTM) with a little over a lap left in the race, and brought home his unmatched 6th Daytona International Speedway Supercross win – breaking the record (5) previously held by Monster Energy’s Ricky Carmichael.

The win, coupled with an 8th place finish from 2nd place overall 450 class racer Jason Anderson (Monster Energy/Kawasaki), put Tomac up by 17 points in the premier class title chase.

Said Tomac of his victory at Daytona on Saturday: “This whole night was like no other… and man, that was a fight all the way to the end with Cooper. Can’t believe I got number 6!”

Rounding out the 450 class podium for Monster Energy was Chase Sexton (Honda), with a solid 3rd place effort. Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) would finish just a click off the podium in 4th. And on the 250s Monster Energy’s lone racer, co-overall point leader heading into Daytona, Cameron McAdoo (Pro Circuit/Kawasaki), would stage a powerful race comeback of his own, battling back to a podium 3rd place finish after a rough start.

Daytona Podium Tomac center and Sexton right (1)

450 Podium, Center: Monster Energy’s Eli Tomac, right Monster Energy’s Chase Sexton

450 class heat racing highlights

Dylan Ferrandis action Daytona

Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis

  • In the opening 450 heat race Ferrandis, who’d been running fast all day despite a crash on the tricky wall jump section in qualifying, got out to a 2nd place start – with Anderson in 4th.
  • The two Monster Energy-backed 450 racers would hold those same Heat 1 positions through the checkers to transfer comfortably to the main event.
  • Heat 2 would feature Tomac and Sexton for Monster Energy, both of whom avoided the havoc at the start, coming in just outside the top five in early goings of the opening lap.
  • Sexton would move up to 3rd in the heat to transfer to the main, with Tomac settling on 4th to transfer.

450 Main Event

The hotly-contested racing between Anderson and rival Malcolm Stewart (Husqvarna) continued at Daytona as the two again managed to find each other – again – on the track, resulting in both riders ending up in the dirt on two occasions in the opening minutes of the 450 main. With the crowd focused on Anderson and Stewart, Monster Energy’s Sexton moved into 2nd, with Tomac a bit behind in 3rd and Ferrandis in 6th. At the midway point of the contest Tomac moved up onto Sexton, and got by cleanly for 2nd place. The point leader then set his sights on race leader Webb. … With roughly eight minutes (+ 1 lap) remaining Tomac was 1.8 seconds back of Webb. And it was soon after than when race announcer Ricky Carmichael stated that Tomac looked to be slowing, observing what he thought was some trouble-signaling white smoke coming from Tomac’s tailpipe. “Tomac’s bike is smoking a bit,” noting that Tomac would likely look to “conserve points” at this juncture of the race. It wasn’t but a lap later than Tomac caught Webb in the whoop section, then took advantage of an ‘unknowing pick’ that Shane McElrath (KTM) set on Webb through a rhythm section. This momentarily held up Webb and allowed Tomac to take the lead and eventual win – his Yamaha YZ450F running well, even handling the customary post-race tire burnout.

Said Sexton: “That’s the gnarliest Daytona I’ve ever ridden. I’m just happy to have ridden a consistent race and be back here on the podium.”

250 class heat race highlights

Cameron McAdoo action Daytona (1)

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Cameron McAdoo

  • Following last week’s unfortunate incident in Dallas between 250 ESX point leaders Austin Forkner (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki) and Jett Lawrence (Honda), in which Lawrence took Forkner out in mid-air, Forkner reported that he’d indeed suffered a broken collarbone in the crash – dashing his 2022 ESX title hopes.
  • In addition to Forkner being on the sidelines, Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin was involved in a practice crash on Wednesday and was unable to make
  • the starting gate at Daytona. Martin was in 3rd place in the ESX standings (behind Forkner and Lawrence).
  • So Monster Energy had just one representative on the 250 starting gate – McAdoo. And in the opening heat race the Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racer got out in 4th place, then up to 3rd, before passing Jordan Smith (Honda) for 2nd.
  • McAdoo would sketch a bit on a triple jump landing, making a great save, but allowing Smith to get back by him with a couple laps remaining in the heat.
  • When the Heat 1 checkers flew it’d be a 3rd place finish to transfer McAdoo to the 250 main event.

250 Main Event

Out of the start and onto the main straight McAdoo cased a jump and lost a couple spots, then worked his way back into the top ten (7th) by then end of the opening lap. McAdoo would settle in and put in a couple solid laps before getting past Pierce Brown (Gas/Gas) and Phil Nicoletti (Yamaha) for 5th. At the 6:27 + 1 lap mark RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna) and McAdoo would battle, trading positions a couple times before Hampshire took over the 5th place spot. At the 1:32 + 1 lap mark McAdoo would gas it, putting up a couple of the night’s top lap times in an effort to distance himself from Hampshire, and catch Brown – along with race leader Lawrence and 2nd place Stilez Robertson (Husqvarna). McAdoo’s effort would lead race announcer Carmichael to say: “He’s hit the nitro button!” A slight bobble by Brown in the whoops, coupled with McAdoo’s feverous charge, would allow the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racer to gain the 3rd and final podium finish.

Said McAdoo: “I bumped my knee in the heat race, but physically I don’t feel too bad. I rode the (exercise) bike, got taped up and was in for a hard fight in the main. Didn’t get the win this year (McAdoo won the Daytona 250s last year), but I’m stoked to be up here in 3rd place.”

Overall 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Points (through nine rounds)

450 class

Eli Tomac Daytona Headshot

Eli Tomac

1stTomac

2nd Anderson (-17)

6th Sexton (-40)

8th Ferrandis (-66)

250 class (SX East)

Cameron McAdoo headshot Daytona

Cameron McAdoo

2ndCameron McAdoo (-5)

7th Martin (-31)

10th Forkner (-34)

Up Next

Round ten of 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross will be at Detroit’s Ford Field this Saturday, March 13th. More information can be found at www.supercrosslive.com

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