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Daytona Supercross Results

The most important off-road event of the year, the Daytona Supercross, was held last evening on the infield of the famous Daytona International Speedway.  On a track designed by Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto stretched his championship points lead with a win ahead of second place Chad Reed (Honda) and third place Ryan Dungey (Suzuki).  James Stewart (Yamaha) crashed early in the race while in the lead.  He remounted to finish 9th. 

In the third round of the Eastern Region Lites series, Blake Baggett (Kawasaki) took the win ahead of Justin Barcia (Honda) and third place Ryan Sipes (Yamaha).  Barcia has the points lead in the series.

12 Comments

  1. Secret executive says:

    The fact that James got back on his bike and rode like he did after the crash speaks volumes about his determination….I know he sometimes takes too much risk..but that was a small mistake and it bit him big time….he simply carried the front to far and wasnt able to pre-jump to carry it through….

    glad he wasnt hurt and that might be the best race he ever ran.. even though he never won

  2. Steve says:

    When Reed took Stewart out a couple of weeks ago, Villopoto mentioned that sometimes it is best to “ride smart.” I think Stewart’s crash was the perfect example. Sure, he cleared that insane jump a few times in a row, but after having a 7-second lead it was the smart thing to do to jump it like everyone else and just run the same lap times as everyone else to preserve your lead. He always had the jump in his pocket in the event that someone got close to him.

    Nope, he sticks with his 2-seconds-a-lap-saving jump and it bit him in the ass.

    Carmichael mentioned that he knew “someone” would try the jump. I guarantee he knew who the whole time he was building it.

    • Todd says:

      Sorry to tell you Steve, but the “pre jump over the 8ft wall” that was on the back of the track…. that nobody else was doing….isn’t what bit him in the butt.
      He executed that particular jump every single time, to absolute perfection.
      It was a left hand turn that led into the face of a double that got him: he wheelied out of the rut, and when the bike hit the face of the jump, it kicked the backend up-and-over.
      He pinned the throttle to try and bring the back down, but by that time, it was too far gone, and he was done. He tucked and rolled, and the bike went right over top of him.
      I’m sure you saw it on Speed, but I was on that side of the track, 30 feet away. It happened right in front of me.
      As much as I know, some love him, some hate him. I have to give credit where credit is due…. when the gate dropped… he was GONE! Nobody could touch him. His execution was perfect. (For 4 laps at least, and obviously with his crash being the one exception)
      In addition, to go from back of last place… all the way up to 9th… that says something. Especially after getting his bell rung with the equivalent of a 10lb sledge hamer.
      I’m just glad that he didn’t get hurt. Because the sound that he made when he hit the ground was awful. The last thing we need is another David Bailey, Ernesto Fonseca, Jimmy Button or Magoo.

  3. OLDMX4 says:

    Bubba continued ….. Reed would have quit!

  4. Jack says:

    Kudos to Bubba, not the biggest fan of his but he is a likeable kinda guy. I just hate to see the same guy win all the time. That being said, I have mixed emotions in that he is blazingly fast and notably faster than anyone else but he does crash more than most too. I do believe he rides on the edge and this was a case of the smoother rider winning dispite not being as fast as James.

  5. Vrooom says:

    I’m not sure Bubba wasn’t out on his feet when he first tried to get back on his bike and then fell over. You’d hope his race team would step in and keep him off, but he seemed to do pretty well after that.

    • jacktripper says:

      At first glance I thought he was totally out of it after the crash. Watching the replay, I noticed that the reason he fell off while trying to remount the bike was because he caught his leg on the rear fender that was sticking up.

  6. Stinky says:

    Great race! Bubba put on a heckuva ride. He shouldnt’ve gotten back on the bike ( I thought), and restarted way beyond last and was cuttin’ faster laps than the leaders. I never was a fan of his but he showed grit and maturity. He has been showing it in longer and longer stretches on the track (don’t know about on his show, never seen it). Dungey never seemed right in any race. Hope he’s okay. Villapoto is impressive, good kid! Not the most important off road event but unique among cookie cutter supercrosses.

  7. Greg G. says:

    And how is this “the most important off road event”?

  8. Dixit says:

    Bubba is really his own worst ennemy: He was so much faster then eveeryone else yesterday that he could easely have won the race if he had relaxed the pace a bit.

    • Tim says:

      I didn’t think Stewart’s crash was due to over aggressive riding like so many of his previous get-offs. It looked like the front just came up on him at a very inopportune moment. The triple, or crown jump he pulled off a couple of times was a little over the top, maybe, for the situation. I thought that was going to end up biting him. I, too, thouoght he should not have been allowed to continue although I realize that’s a really tough call to make in the heat of the moment.