SUPERCROSS DAYTONA 2018 – Commenti del podio!

Scritto lunedì 12 marzo 2018 alle 21:31.

Honda enjoyed a dream night at the prestigious Daytona Supercross, where Smartop/Bullfrog Spa MotoConcepts rider Justin Brayton scored the dramatic victory, while Team Honda HRC fill-in rider Christian Craig notched a career-best 450SX result of fourth. The two CRF450R racers also each won a heat race.

Craig and Brayton started the main event in first and second, respectively, and Brayton soon took over the lead. He briefly lost the top spot on lap four but was able to return to the front and ride unchallenged for the rest of the race, earning the first AMA Supercross win of his career. Brayton, who turns 34 on Wednesday, is the oldest rider to win a main event. With his victory, he moves into third in the series standings. Craig continued to ride impressively after being passed by Brayton, alternating between second and third for most of the 20-minute-plus-one-lap race before slipping to fourth with just a few minutes left.

Christian Craig 32

“I had a great week testing with the team. They came down to Florida right after last weekend and I feel like we really improved. Just getting more time on the bike and getting more comfortable was huge. I started off race day feeling really good. My qualifying position didn’t really show it, but overall I was happy with my riding. It’s all about having fun out there, and man, that’s what I did tonight. I was up front in the heat race, fell to third, but then the two guys in front took each other out so I ended up winning. You can call it luck or whatever, but I just put myself in a good position to capitalize on people’s mistakes. I had a good gate pick and some confidence going into the main. I grabbed the holeshot and led for almost the first lap, but [Justin] Brayton got by me pretty quick. I stayed second for quite a while. I just rode my hardest and did my best. Unfortunately, a couple guys got by me in the end so I ended up fourth. The track was so tough. This is only my second time racing Daytona and last year didn’t go well, so I really wanted to get some revenge this year. It’s better than the week before, but man, I was so close to a podium. I just need to keep putting myself in good positions and work on getting better each weekend.”


Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“Christian is doing exactly what we had hoped. He’s consistent, his starts are really good, and he’s improving and getting more comfortable with the bike each week. He rode really well tonight. To get a heat-race win and ride to fourth in the main is awesome. I know he wanted a podium, but he should be really proud of that result. Congratulations as well to Justin Brayton and the entire MotoConcepts team. It was great to see a Honda on the top step of the podium, and they definitely earned it.”


Oscar Wirdeman

Mechanic (Ken Roczen)

“I think Christian did great tonight. It was a crazy day with top contenders crashing and getting bad starts, but Christian got another great start and put himself in a good position from the beginning. I think he slowed down a few laps before those other guys, so he lost some time there. He kind of woke up again toward the end and got back up to speed. We tested this week and made the bike a little stiffer for him. Even coming here his fork was still too soft, so we made it stiffer for the last practice, which really helped. We also made a gearing charge because he was revving out the bike. Kenny saw it while watching practice too, so he kind of helped Christian throughout the day. He’s bummed he’s not racing, but since he was here he wanted to help out as much as he can.”

AMA Supercross 2018 
Race Round 10  

450SX Main Event Results

1BRAYTON Justin10USA26Smartop MotoConcepts RacingHonda 
2TOMAC Eli3USA23Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki 
3WEBB Cooper2USA21Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha 
4CRAIG Christian32USA19Team Honda HRCHonda 
5MUSQUIN Marvin25FRA18Red Bull KTMKTM 
6PEICK Weston23USA17Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki 
7ANDERSON Jason21USA16Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna 
8WILSON Dean15GBR15Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna 
10TICKLE Broc20USA13Red Bull KTMKTM 
11BLOSE Benny934USA12Bloss RacingYamaha 
12REED Chad22AUS11CR22Husqvarna 
13CHISHOLM Kyle11USA10Chisholm RacingKawasaki 
14BOWERS Tyler69USA9Bowers RacingKawasaki 
15CUNNINGHAM Kyle39USA8H.E.P MotorsportsSuzuki 
16STEWART Malcolm RacingSuzuki 
17FRIESE Vince45USA6Smartop MotoConcepts RacingHonda 
18TAFT Bradley53USA5Cycle Trader Rock River YamahaYamaha 
19TEDDER Dakota90USA4Team TedderKTM 
20LAMAY RacingHonda 
21GARDNER Carlen805USA2NoneHonda 
22SOUBEYRAS Cedric201FRA1NoneSuzuki 
AMA Supercross 2018 

450SX Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

1ANDERSON Jason21USA223Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
2MUSQUIN Marvin25FRA183Red Bull KTMKTM
3BRAYTON Justin10USA170Smartop MotoConcepts RacingHonda
5TOMAC Eli3USA160Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
6PEICK Weston23USA153Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
7WEBB Cooper2USA146Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
9SEELY Cole14USA124Team Honda HRCHonda
10BARCIA Justin51USA113Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
11ROCZEN Ken94GER102Team Honda HRCHonda
12WILSON Dean15GBR100Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
13STEWART Malcolm RacingSuzuki
14FRIESE Vince45USA87Smartop MotoConcepts RacingHonda
15GRANT Joshua33USA83Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
16REED Chad22AUS81CR22Husqvarna
17BOWERS Tyler69USA69Bowers RacingKawasaki
18CUNNINGHAM Kyle39USA57H.E.P MotorsportsSuzuki
19BLOSE Benny934USA51Bloss RacingYamaha
20LAMAY RacingHonda
21CHISHOLM Kyle11USA40Chisholm RacingKawasaki
22CRAIG Christian32USA37Team Honda HRCHonda
23MARTIN Jeremy6USA36GEICO HondaHonda
24RAY Alex USA22Cycle Trader Rock River YamahaYamaha
25MARTINEZ Cole68USA20Cycle Trader Rock River YamahaYamaha
26HILL Justin46USA18Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
27BISCEGLIA Matt58USA15Nut Up Industries/RBI MotorsportsSuzuki
28TEDDER Dakota90USA14Team TedderKTM
29ENTICKNAP Adam722USA12The Privateer JourneyHonda
30BOGLE Justin19USA12RCH RacingSuzuki