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The 10th round of the 2018 SX series saw the riders tackle the infield of the famed Daytona Motor Speedway. Known as the toughest and longest track of the season, the riders had their work cut out for them.
Daytona marked the 4th round of the east coast 250 series. Coming off of two wins in a row, Fox Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider, Austin Forkner was coming into Daytona just 2 points out of the series lead.
Austin started strong, posting the fastest time in both timed qualifying sessions during the day.
Heat race 2 saw Fox Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders, Martin Davalos and Austin Forker lined up on the gate. Both riders were off to good starts and finished the heat in second and third.
As the main event started, both riders got good starts coming out of the first turn near the front of the pack. Martin rode a solid race ending the night in 5th. Austin had the speed to stay at the front of the pack finishing 3rd for the night. The strong finish from Austin has him tied for the series points lead as they head to St. Louis next weekend.
Chad Reed is still searching for the right bike setup and riding into shape after a preseason injury. He was able to qualify directly to the main from the heat race. Chad put in another consistent ride in the main event with a 12th place finish.
Photos: Octopi Media: Ryne Swanberg/Garth Milan
Anaheim 2 marked the first round of the Triple Crown format for the 2018 Supercross series. The Triple Crown features a unique 3 main event format that would see good starts being more critical than the traditional single main event SX format. Shorter main events meant less time to come through the pack.
250 SX –
The 250 class saw both Monster Pro-Circuit Kawasaki Fox riders Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo getting great starts in all 3 main events. Savatgy would go on to win 2 of the 3 mains giving him the overall Triple Crown victory for the night. Joey’s strong performance had him leave Anaheim tied for the Championship points lead.
450 SX –
In a night where starts were critical, Ken Roczen struggled to get off the line in the first two main events. A good start and a solid ride in the third main saw Ken finish in 4th place. Ken leaves A2 in 4th place in the overall championship.
Still riding himself into race shape after a preseason injury, Chad Reed won the last chance qualifier during the day to get into the night program. Gutty rides in the 3 mains saw Chad come him in 14th overall for the night.
Photos: Ryne Swanberg/Garth Milan of Octopi Media
Hey everyone! This year we’re trying something new. Welcome to The Gear Check, where you’ll get a look inside our rider’s gear bag, so to speak. Feel free to let us know on Instagram how you like this format and who you’re interested in seeing next. Up first, Chad Reed and his Houston Supercross gear check.
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