Monster Energy Supercross Practice Report: Daytona 2020

Practice at Daytona went pretty much as expected, Eli Tomac was fast. Everyone expects Tomac to be the best guy at Daytona, he has won this race three times and is a three-time outdoor national champion. This is Supercross, but the track features many characteristics similar to an outdoor national. If either Cooper Webb or Ken Roczen can gain points on Tomac here, it will have major implications on the rest of the series. The balance of power will be changed for the remainder of 2020. That’s a big ask though, Tomac is a savage on these rough tracks.

(At Daytona, everyone knows Eli will be strong)

This track features a unique start, they do a full circle around the first turn. This has proved hazardous during the practice starts, almost every start left riders on the ground. The track is long and has both technical and high-speed sections but the way it shaped up in practice passing was difficult. The fast line became evident and the “S” turns tend to promote single file racing. Coming through the pack could be a problem, unless riders are willing to go full send on the high-speed sections. This track has me thinking something weird could happen tonight, it’s unseasonably cold and with the Coronavirus hype, it just feels like something weird will happen tonight.

(Ken Roczen has cancelled his autograph signings due to Corona Virus concerns)

In the 250 class Jeremy Martin reminded us all that he is very fast at Daytona, while Shane McElrath is looking to regain the momentum he had back at the opening round in Tampa. Shane isn’t the best in conditions like Daytona, but looks like a guy ready to face his weaknesses head on. The best way to silence knuckleheads like me is to go out and win in conditions that I say don’t suit him. If Shane can’t get the momentum back from Chase Sexton, he could be entering the 450-class next year without a championship. Tonight is very crucial for both classes, but in this uber competitive season every race matters!

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