Tomac forces his way into Daytona with a shot at the title


3/10/2017

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After his fourth victory of the 2017 AMA Supercross season, Eli Tomac heads to Daytona with confidence as the series begins its second half. 


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Switching roles in Toronto with Dungey, Tomac started and finished the main event up front, where as Dungey did exactly the opposite - started at the very back and worked up to second - just like Tomac did in Atlanta. The net result was Tomac gaining three points in the title hunt, moving into second in the standings, and making it known that the series is far from over.

 

The gap between the two is now 24 points, which means Dungey no longer has the luxury of a DNF while retaining the points lead. His only option to open the gap back up is to win this weekend in Daytona. 

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While Tomac isn't exactly an overwhelming favorite in the rough Florida sand this weekend, he's certainly a favorite after winning so convincingly last year. However, long-time AMA Supercross fans know to never count out Dungey.

 

Furthermore, he's driven to keep the points gap at a comfy 20+ as the series heads into the second stretch. He had a satisfying ride in Toronto, he's 100 percent healthy and has had a hard week of riding in the sand in preparation for Daytona. With that in mind, he definitely has the odds to get another win this weekend.


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It appeared that Toronto was a disaster for Marvin Musquin, who finished up with just eight points by the end of the night. This dropped him way back behind even Tomac, who's now in second.

 

According to rumors, a bout of the flu had Marvin feeling rundown and under the weather in Toronto, but hopefully he'll be feeling better for Daytona and will a threat for the podium again -- he's had great success at the Florida round while racing in the 250 SX Class.


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Zach Osborne took another win in the 250SX East Regional class and looks to continue the streak in Daytona. He's great on outdoor style tracks, has been training in Florida with a few of the fastest 450 riders in the sport, and seems to be on a different level than his competition. This all spells a likely win for Zach in Daytona.

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Finding himself on the podium for the second time this season was Adam Cianciarulo, who was able to take advantage of a late race mistake by his teammate Joey Savatgy. Cianciarulo is another rider who could be a threat in Daytona, as he's finally fit and confident and has a lot of experience racing in sand.


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French import Dylan Ferrandis was a bit of a surprise in Toronto, as he won his heat race and lead the Main Event for several laps. Eventually overtaken by Savatgy, he didn't go without a fight and may have ended up on the podium, if not for a mistake.

 

Fifth place is a great result for a rookie in not only AMA Supercross racing, but someone who has never raced in the United States. Ferrandis is known more for his outdoor riding skills, but if he can keep it on two wheels, he could be giving Osborne fits all the way to the finish line in Daytona.


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Daytona's track is challenging, as it was designed by multi-time champ, Ricky Carmichael. With the 450SX Main Event racing for 20 laps and not the typical 20 minutes plus one lap that has been done at the rest of the rounds, this should be a test of endurance for the racers. Lap times should be around one minute and 30 seconds, so this main will more closely resemble an outdoor national motocross race, rather than AMA Supercross.

 

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