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Round 10 – AMA Supercross 2008, Daytona Beach, FL – March 7

Published March 26th, 2008

450 Supercross Results
1. Kevin Windham HON
2. Davi Millsaps HON
3. Jake Marsack HON
4. David Vuillemin SUZ
5. Antonio Balbi HON
6. Heath Voss HON
7. Chad Reed YAM
8. Andrew Short HON
9. Eric Sorby HON
10. Ryan Dungey SUZ
11. Bryan Johnson HON
12. Nate Ramsey YAM
13. Dusty Klatt KAW
14. Travis Preston KAW
15. Paul Carpenter HON
16. Nick Wey KTM
17. Josh Hill YAM
18. Josh Summey YAM
19. Cole Siebler HON
20. Jeff Gibson KAW
450 Supercross Points
Chad Reed 223
Kevin Windham 200
Andrew Short 154
Davi Milsaps 149
Tim Ferry 137
Nate Ramsey 123
Josh Hill 110
David Vuillemin 102
Nick Wey 89
Paul Carpenter 87
Josh Summey 72
Mike Alessi 69
Heath Voss 66
Jake Marsack 61
Ivan Tedesco 53
James Stewart 47
Eric Sorby 47
Troy Adams 47
Josh Hansen 46
Jason Thomas 43
250 Lites East Results
1. Trey Canard HON
2. Ryan Villopoto KAW
3. Matt Boni HON
4. Ben Coisy HON
5. Jim Albertson SUZ
6. Ryan Sipes KTM
7. Will Browning SUZ
8. Shane Sewell KAW
9. Ricky Renner KAW
10. Billy Payne HON
11. Matt Goerke KTM
12. Nico Izzi SUZ
13. Rob Marshall KAW
14. Phil Nicoletti KAW
15. Ty Hadsell HON
16. Kyle Patridge HON
17. Justin Sipes SUZ
18. Kyle Gills KAW
19. Josh Grant HON
20. M Dougherty HON
250 Lites East Points
Trey Canard 75
Ryan Sipes 51
Ben Coisy 47
Ryan Villopoto 44
Nico Izzi 42
Martin Davalos 33
Billy Payne 31
Tyler Bowers 30
B Jesseman 30
Jake Moss 28
J Albertson 26
Josh Grant 25
Matt Boni 23
Matt Goerke 22
Will Browning 17
Ryan Morais 17
Ricky Renner 16
Kyle Patridge 14
S Sewell 8
Browning, Morais 8

Recap

Daytona International Speedway hosted round 10 of the AMA/FIM Supercross Series in some of the worst track conditions ever – it rained. A lot. Track conditions were something supercross hasn’t seen in a while. Not only was it muddy and raining, but their was standing water on most of the track.

The supercross itself is part of Bike Week – over a week of events and happenings attended by hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists from all over the world. Bike Week is something you need to experience at least once in your life in you are a motorcycling fan.

Besides the weather being a big part of the story, another part of the ‘story’ before the actual racing started was the announcment of the AMA making an agreement with DMG (Daytona Motorsports Group) to take over the AMA’s professional racing properties, and sanctioning functions, something that has been in discussion since last fall.

In the 250cc Lites class, it was once again Honda rider Trey Canard winning the ten lap main event. Ryan Villopoto was second, with Matt Boni third. Riders were virtually unrecognizeable after just one lap – completely covered in mud.



Trey Canard won his third 250 main in a row. And for those of you that don’t know Trey – great guy – has confidence in himself and his abilities, works hard at all the things he can control (practice, conditioning, nutrition, etc.) yet is very humble and appreciative.

Villopoto was second. He’s not going to give up in the championship chase for the Eastern series. Too strong, too good, and a great team behind him. In racing, so much can happen (read about tonight’s 450 main event!) … so you know he’s just going to keep going for wins.

Third was Matt Boni, and he was very excited to be up on the podium.

In the 450 class, early on it was a nice battle between the top two riders in supercross, Chad Reed & Kevin Windham, with Reed eventually pulling out a lead. Chad looked set to win, having lapped up to fourth place in less than ten laps, but heartbreak – with only three corners left to go until the checkered flag in the 12 lap main, Chad’s bike stalled, and he could not restart it. Windham happily cruised by, fully encrusted in mud, but victorious none-the-less.

Winner Kevin Windham said it was the most brutal & gnarly race conditions he’s ever experienced, and the win is very special in his career, since Daytona is the most prestigious supercross in the USA. He said the emotions of the last lap were like a roller coaster – he saw Chad out front, fireworks going off, thinking he was going to finish second … but then saw Chad stalled three corners from the finish, and realized he was the winner of the Daytona Supercross by Honda, 2008 edition.

For Chad, although still in the championship points lead, heartbreak is the only way to describe his race. He was running well out front …. but three corners before the checkered, the bike stalled or quit, probably because of the amount of water the bikes were subjected to, and Chad was unable to get the bike going again – just three corners from the finish.

Davi Millsaps, second place finisher, also said it was the worst riding conditions he’s ever experienced. He said the last corner before the checkered flag the water was deeper than the bike. He thanked the fans and media for coming out … but also said he hopes he never has to ride in conditions like that again!

Jake Marsack took the third spot on the podium – what a great ride and night for the likeable Honda rider.

We’ll have a full Daytona wrap up Monday night.

Thanks to everyone at Daytona International Speedway for their assistance.

Photos

It rained in Daytona. And kept on raining! Kevin Windham wins 450 Supercross Main Event. Trey Canard continues his win streak at three straight in the Eastern 250 Supercross Lites.

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