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Tomac tops Daytona 450 class while McAdoo claims first-ever 250SX class win

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Tomac tops Daytona 450 class while McAdoo claims first-ever 250SX class win
Eli Tomac delivered when he most needed a win, grabbing a record-tying fifth Daytona Supercross 450SX Class win. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Round nine of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship ducked the rain and delivered thrilling racing at the Daytona International Speedway in front of the sold-out, limited-attendance crowd.

Eli Tomac grabbed his fifth Daytona win, tying him with the most 450SX Class wins at the storied Supercross event. Cooper Webb pulled another last-corner pass to grab second place with Aaron Plessinger nabbing his first career 450SX Class podium after running in second for most of the race. In Round two of the Western Regional 250SX Class Cameron McAdoo took a dramatic first-ever victory.


At the milestone 700th 450SX Class Supercross Justin Barcia grabbed the 450SX Class holeshot, but Ken Roczen was in the lead at the second turn when Webb took him wide, opening the door for Tomac to dart to the front of the pack. Webb turned the block pass into a second-place spot with Aaron Plessinger close in third. Four minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap Main Event, Plessinger pressured then passed Webb for the runner-up spot.
Tomac tops Daytona 450 class while McAdoo claims first-ever 250SX class win
Cooper Webb had a statement performance where he made a striking last-lap pass to secure second-place in the 450SX class. Photo: Align Media
While Roczen clawed his way forward after being pushed back by Webb's block, Plessinger kept Tomac within sight. By the middle of the race, Plessinger was closer to Tomac ahead of him than to Webb behind him as Webb contended with an attack from Roczen. The top four held their spots until a mistake by Rozcen with under six minutes on the clock, allowed Malcolm Stewart to pull ahead. Rozcen battled back around with under two minutes to go and the top four looked locked until a signature final-stretch pass for a spot earned Webb second place, pulling him to within only two points of the championship points lead just past the midway race of the season.

"That was fun! I always enjoy riding at Daytona and it‰Ûªs always been good to me," Tomac said after his fifth win, which ties him with Rcky Carmichael. "I was pretty strategic when picking my gate in the main because I was watching the other class and heat races and realized the inside might be my best shot at getting up front, which is exactly what I did. I fought for it too. Once I got out front, I wasn‰Ûªt looking back. We‰Ûªre still in this championship, so I‰Ûªm not going down without a fight. I think we‰Ûªve found a good groove and I‰Ûªm looking forward to our next stop in Dallas. I‰Ûªm grateful for all the hard work and support from my entire Monster Energy Kawasaki team, I couldn‰Ûªt have done this without them, especially five times!‰Û
Tomac tops Daytona 450 class while McAdoo claims first-ever 250SX class win
Aaron Plessinger got the podium finish he was looking for with third place.
Aaron Plessinger admitted that he was glad to get the monkey off his back and finally land a podium finish in the 450SX class.

‰ÛÏThis is definitely a monkey off my back, for sure. Going back to Daytona two years ago, I was lying in the emergency room with a shattered heel and not too sure what was going to happen after that, so to come here and rebound like I just did, it‰Ûªs crazy. I‰Ûªm speechless. I felt like I had more to give on the last couple of laps, but a podium is a podium and I‰Ûªll take what I can get. I feel like it‰Ûªs going to come a little bit easier now," Plessinger said.

‰ÛÏThe track was so gnarly, with the black sand and then beach sand and all the ruts. Some of the transitions of the jumps had such big kickers on them. It was crazy. It was a long race, but we ended up on the podium, and that‰Ûªs all I can ask for right now. I just want to give a shout-out to these guys for working their butts off and believing in me. We‰Ûªre going to keep going.‰Û
Tomac tops Daytona 450 class while McAdoo claims first-ever 250SX class win
Cameron McAdoo picked a big race for his first Supercross win; the victory also put him into the championship points lead. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc
For the first time in the sport's history, Daytona hosted the 250SX West division, and Jordan Bailey grabbed the holeshot. Rookie Stilez Robertson immediately took over the lead and looked smooth on what is considered one of the toughest tracks on the circuit. Alex Martin held second for the first five minutes of the 15-minute plus one lap race. Cameron McAdoo was on the move and after taking second from Martin set his sights on the rookie up front. With just under five minutes on the race clock McAdoo got into the lead and brought it home for his first ever Supercross victory and his first time leading the championship points.


The winner of the opening round of the division's series, Justin Cooper, got wedged between riders and the tuff blox in the second corner and was forced to fight back from outside the top 10. The Yamaha rider seemed to make quick early progress and eventually reached fourth place with one minute left on the clock but he could not catch Pierce Brown, who earned third place in his first race back after an ACL surgery and long recovery. 2020 Daytona winner Garrett Marchbanks rounded out the top five.

"That was unreal. That is what we work so hard for," McAdoo said of his maiden win. "I can‰Ûªt thank all of the guys at Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki enough for providing me all of the tools to get here. I have such a great team behind me. I have to give a special shout out to my mom because in 2016, she drove me all the way out here to Daytona in a van and now this is where we are. This is just the beginning and I look forward to continue working my butt off for more nights like this.‰Û
Tomac tops Daytona 450 class while McAdoo claims first-ever 250SX class win
It was a monumental day for rookie Stilez Robertson, who earned a career-first podium finish in the 250SX West Main Event
The season is just past the halfway point, with eight of 17 rounds remaining. The series now heads to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for a triple header beginning on March 13th.


450 Main Event - Daytona
1. Eli Tomac - Kawasaki
2. Cooper Webb - KTM
3. Aaron Plessinger - Yamaha
4. Ken Roczen - Honda
5. Malcolm Stewart - Yamaha
6. Justin Barcia - GasGas
7. Jason Anderson - Husqvarna
8. Chase Sexton - Honda
9. Justin Bogle - KTM
10. Dean Wilson - Husqvarna
11. Dylan Ferrandis - Yamaha
12. Joey Savatgy - KTM
13. Vince Friese - Honda
14. Max Anstie - Suzuki
15. Mitchell Oldenburg - Honda
16. Martin Davalos - KTM
17. Kyle Chisholm - Yamaha
18. Benny Bloss - Honda
19. Brandon Hartranft - Suzuki
20. Cade Clason - Kawasaki
21. Marvin Musquin - KTM
22. Broc Tickle - Honda

450 Class Standings
1. Ken Roczen 199 Points
2. Cooper Webb 197 Points
3. Eli Tomac 175 Points
4. Justin Barcia 153 Points
5. Malcolm Stewart 143 Points
6. Marvin Musquin 135 Points
7. Aaron Plessinger 134 Points
8. Zach Osborne 123 Points
9. Dylan Ferrandis 121 Points
10. Adam Cianciarulo 120 Points
11. Jason Anderson 116 Points
12. Joey Savatgy 95 Points
13. Justin Brayton 86 Points
14. Dean Wilson 70 Points
15. Broc Tickle 63 Points
16. Vince Friese 60 Points
17. Martin Davalos 57 Points
18. Justin Bogle 56 Points
19. Kyle Chisholm 48 Points
20. Benny Bloss 45 Points

250 Main Event - Daytona
1. Cameron McAdoo - Kawasaki
2. Stilez Robertson - Husqvarna
3. Pierce Brown - GasGas
4. Justin Cooper - Yamaha
5. Garrett Marchbanks - Yamaha
6. Hunter Lawrence - Honda
7. Alex Martin - Yamaha
8. Jalek Swoll - Husqvarna
9. Coty Schock - Honda
10. Jordon Smith - Kawasaki
11. Seth Hammaker - Kawasaki
12. Jarrett Frye - Yamaha
13. Hardy Munoz - Yamaha
14. Jordan Bailey - Yamaha
15. Chris Blose - GasGas
16. Cedric Soubeyras - GasGas
17. Ty Masterpool - GasGas
18. Ryan Surratt - Kawasaki
19. Carson Mumford - Honda
20. Nate Thrasher - Yamaha
21. Ryan Sipes - GasGas
22. Mitchell Harrison - Honda

250 West Class Standings
1. Cameron McAdoo 49 Points
2. Justin Cooper 45 Points
3. Garrett Marchbanks 39 Points
4. Hunter Lawrence 35 Points
5. Jalek Swoll 34 Points
6. Seth Hammaker 29 Points
7. Stilez Robertson 28 Points
8. Coty Schock 25 Points
9. Chris Blose 23 Points
10. Pierce Brown 21 Points
11. Alex Martin 17 Points
12. Kyle Peters 16 Points
13. Jordon Smith 16 Points
14. Nate Thrasher 15 Points
15. Jarrett Frye 15 Points
16. Robbie Wageman 14 Points
17. Cedric Soubeyras 14 Points
18. Jace Owen 13 Points
19. Joey Crown 10 Points
20. Hardy Munoz 10 Points

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