Supercross 2023: Results and points after Daytona Amid all the IndyCar chaos, Marcus Ericsson was as cool as ever in St. Pete maelstrom
For the fifth year in a row and the seventh time overall, Eli Tomac won the Monster Energy Supercross from Daytona.
After the race, Tomac said that the ground used at the track was similar to the ground in his home state of Colorado, which gave him an advantage. Of course, Tomac also had to master two different types of sand, a deteriorating wall jump and a tunnel obstacle that gave him trouble at least twice earlier this season.
The tone for the race was set at the first turn, with Tomac and Cooper Webb battling for the lead. Tomac only earned a few inches of the holeshot, but it was Webb who took the lead, with Tomac in hot pursuit.
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At the one-third mark, Tomac took advantage of Webb’s minor error to take the lead, but the pair of riders drove the track two seconds apart from start to finish. In the end, the overall score showed Tomac 1.8 seconds ahead of Webb, earning his fifth consecutive Daytona Supercross win and seventh of eight attempts.
Tomac scored three points over Webb and now leads by five. His advantage over Chase Sexton increased to 10.
Sexton had to endure an energetic challenge from Justin Barcia for most of the race. Halfway through, Barcia’s attempt to ride with Sexton ended with No. 51 blowing off course. The crowd gasped, knowing that this move would not be forgiven. When Barcia reached Sexton’s rear wheel, he didn’t hesitate to spread his elbows.
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Barcia didn’t have a chance and it was Sexton’s mistake that helped him hold onto the last podium spot. When Sexton got stuck in a sharp turn, Barcia was too close to turn around. Due to stalled momentum, Barcia dropped to fourth place.
Jason Anderson rounded out the top five for the third week in a row and for the fifth time in the last six rounds.
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Hunter Lawrence may have had a bit of a problem this week after what, at least for him, was a modest performance in Arlington, Texas. In this race he was pinched in turn 1 of lap 1 in the final race and crashed badly, costing him the overall win. This prevented him from scoring a third win in a row and starting the 250 East season.
Lawrence will not be denied Dayton. After Nate Thrasher snatched the lead from holeshot winner Max Anstey, Lawrence chased last week’s Texas winner and knocked Thrasher to the ground. Lawrence led all 13 laps of the race and joined his brother Jett Lawrence as the only brothers to win this prestigious race.
Both Lawrence brothers lead their respective divisions, also a first in Supercross. With four rounds in the books for each division, Jett earned two more points than Hunter.
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Anstey inherited second place after an incident with Lawrence against Thrasher, and although he managed to keep the leader in sight for a while, he eventually crossed the line just over nine seconds back. It was his third podium in the first four races of the 250 East. Notably, Anstey finished fifth last week at Arlington after crashing Lawrence in Race 3. The hearty Briton captured the top five.
The story of the evening was Hayden Deegan, who won his first podium only in his third start. He now has almost as many podium finishes as his legendary father, Brian Deegan, who won two in his SX career. At the press conference, it was hard to tell who was more excited as Brian hummed energetically and Hayden beamed in the podium.
In fourth place, Jordon Smith reached the top five of the season for the third time. Last week’s runner-up to teammate Thrasher brought a lot of attention to the Yamaha rider, and he backed that up with a strong run on a difficult track.
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Jeremy Martin rounded out the top five. He was one of the most consistent drivers in the Supercross 250 East and his Daytona results proved it. In the four majors, he finished either fifth or sixth. Saturday night he was fourth in his heat.
For Thrasher, who was moving up the points ladder, he bounced back from an early crash and moved up to 10th on lap 5. He jumped far on the next lap and landed on Tuff Blox and had to do it again. He finished his night 10th on the field. The damage has been done; he fell to sixth in points.
Results of 2023
Race 7: Cooper Webb wins race two
Race 6: Eli Tomac and Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb and Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H. Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen wins
Race 2: Tomac and Jay Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Jay Lawrence win
2023 supermotocross ranking
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly behind Eli Tomac
Week 6: Perfect night in Oakland keeps Tomac number one
Week 5: Cooper Webb and Chase Sexton close the gap
Week 4: Tomac regains the lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes first place
Week 2: Roczen moves up; sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac reaches 450; Jett Lawrence 250s
ST. SAINT PETERSBURG, Florida. When all the other NTT IndyCar Series drivers go crazy, it seems like that’s when Markus Eriksson is in perfect condition.
Sunday’s season opener was the latest testament to why the self-proclaimed “Sneaky Swede” became the tournament’s most successful stealth star.
Cars sped along the usually quiet highways of this city, vulgarities were broadcast on national television, and drivers crashed into tire railings in fits of anger and frustration.
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In the maelstrom of hostility and disappointment that was the St. Petersburg Grand Prix, Eriksson took his fourth career victory with little to no irritation.
“I’m happy with everything,” Eriksson said with a laugh. “So I’m fine.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver was one of the few exceptions in one of the sharpest IndyCar races in recent memory.
Colton Herta, whose blood pressure can only rise above 60 when he hits a drum kit at 100 mph, was so mad at Willpower for being pumped up he called the reigning series champion an “ass”.
Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin headed to carrier Andretti Autosport early to apologize and hug Romain Grosjean, who was seething after their battle for an apparent win ended with the two parting ways.
Even the always level-headed Felix Rosenquist seemed mildly annoyed after his old buddy Scott Dixon accidentally slammed him into a wall on turn four and set off a chain reaction on lap one that caused Devlin DeFrancesco to inadvertently pirouette with the 1800-pound car.
Rosenquist was eliminated, but Dixon recovered to finish third, apologizing several times to his former teammate. The six-time series champion would probably have won in St. Petersburg for the first time if not for the fifth and final yellow flag (for Grosjean and McLaughlin).
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But Dixon seemed happy to have made it out of the Sunshine State relatively unscathed.
“We will definitely take positive things out of it, but it was still a wild weekend for everyone,” said Dixon, who attributed the strong tailwind and turn 4 surface change to many veterans catching many veterans. , it was all over the store.
“I hope it was shown well on TV. It’s good for TV. Obviously you don’t want to see any accidents, but there are a lot of great contenders here right now. The field is very deep and you will see it all year round.”
It sounded so good on NBC that IndyCar and VICE Media should be getting together today to consider rescheduling the premiere of the new documentary series 100 Days to Indy until late April.
It was the “Move to Survive” style drama that the show and its stars craved, and at the very least, the upcoming episode should have a thick St. Petersburg riff.
How about hurrying up with a special preview by the end of March?
After the crew had an hour meeting with Pato O’Ward before the race last weekend. They’ll probably want to ask the Arrow McLaren star about the feeling when your race-winning car inexplicably loses power at the worst part of the track for the precious few seconds it took Ericsson to take the lead.
“It’s just really annoying to hand it out like this,” said O’Ward, who was…