Posted By: James Hanson
It’s always a pleasure when the Supercross Series heads to Daytona Beach, Florida. There’s always a good chance that the weather will be perfect and it certainly was this year. There is the convenience factor that the airport is literally across the street from the speedway and the hotel is next door. One of the real highlights though being able to be in town during bike week. The hub of the event is under 5 miles from the track and located right on what is dubbed “the most famous beach in the world. There are certainly perks to this industry and being able to break away and enjoy things like this is absolutely a privilege.
The track in Daytona is sets itself apart vastly from any other stop on the tour. It’s almost like an outdoor national in the middle of the season. Teams have to do a lot of testing with suspension etc. just for this one race. It’s that different. Perhaps not as much so as when there actually was an outdoor during the season at Gatorback MX in Gainesville, FL however. It’s more like a Hybrid SX/MX track and a breath of fresh air for onlookers including those in the industry.
This race is also always cool cause some of our old friends from the wakeboarding and surfing world come out to check out the racing every year. Rusty Malinoski, Scott Byerly and Cory Lopez were on scene to take part in the festivities. We had our film crew on site as well gathering footage for an upcoming episode of the Rockstar Energy Racing Series “Beyond the Finish Line”. Davi Millsaps, Blake Wharton and Team Owner Bobby Hewitt got to hang out with Rusty and the crew and film on the new 110th anniversary Rockstar Edition Harley Davidsons. It was announced that we have become the official energy drink of Harley-Davidson. Keep an eye out for this episode of the video series and all the others at youtube.com/rockstar.
It’s sick living in Orlando. Once a year I get to come to a supercross pretty much in my backyard. It’s really cool to be a Rockstar Energy Drink athlete and growing up I’ve been into motocross for years. Getting to hang out with guys like Davi [Millsaps] and riding Harleys with him yesterday is awesome. At the end of the day we’re a small group of people and we’re all into the same things. It’s been a blast to come here and sit right next to the track, smell the fuel and see how insane these guys are. It’s pretty cool transferring over from my sport (wakeboarding) where there are kids that want to meet me, then coming here and seeing Supercross guys that I want to meet. That never really goes away. It’s a small family and I really enjoy every minute of it.” – Rusty Malinosky
Daytona was not a great night for Davi Millsaps. In practice he was right where he should be but that was pretty much the highlight of the night. He had an uncharacteristically bad start in his heat race. He rode good and made up a lot of ground though to salvage a decent gate pick for the main. Then when the gate dropped for the main event, he found himself buried in the pack again after being pushed very wide in the first turn. It didn’t help that a couple laps later he had a bit of a crash in the very deep sand. Falling in the sand presents more adversity than your typical tip over. You get sand all over your grips and in your gloves, then spend the next few laps trying to adapt. Davi was able to catch and pass a few people throughout the main to save some points. Going into next weekend he will not be the points leader for the first time this season. Millsaps still only sits 2 points behind however and it’s just simply time to regroup. It’s now his turn to play a little bit of catch up. Every fairy tale has it’s adversity but the magic is not gone. Davi will look to find his form next week and continue to build towards a happy ending this season.
“Well, worst race of the season so far. Got that out of my way. Now it’s time to climb my way back up to the top. It’s Supercross, it’s gonna happen. Other guys had bad races and now I just got rid of mine.” – Davi Millsaps
Blake Wharton also had a bit of an off week. He still remained consistent with a 5th place finish, but wasn’t satisfied with his result. Sometimes you are just uncomfortable on the bike. It happens to everybody sometimes. When you have a day like that, it could be a whole lot worse than it was. Blake was able to leave healthy and gain some decent points to stay in title contention. Whart would love nothing more than to return to the podium next week in Indianapolis where he was victorious a year ago.
“It was a gnarly track. Daytona is always gnarly. Technical, dark, shadowy with deep sand. It definitely wasn’t my best night. I was off for sure. If this can be my worst night and still be at least in the top 5 that’s alright. It was just an average night for me. I didn’t get the starts I would have liked either. Next weekend is Indy and I won that last year so that’s always good.” – Blake Wharton
Next week’s race in Indiana will be redemption a week for both Millsaps and Wharton. Davi will strive to rebound from a 10th place and try to get his red plate back. Blake will try to repeat his 2012 performance and chip away at the points gap between himself and first place as well.
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