The tenth round of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championships found a muddy welcome in Daytona, Florida where rain showers pummeled the Daytona International Speedway infield throughout the day and into the main event. Historically one of the toughest tracks of the season, Daytona also proved to be the most successful for Pirelli and team JGRMX/ Toyota/ Yamaha this season. James ‘Bubba’ Stewart finished with a 15-second lead to claim his second win of the season.
Competing on a track oversaturated with water, James ‘Bubba’ Stewart won on a Pirelli Scorpion MXS rear and Scorpion PRO front tires while his teammate Davi Millsaps took home second on a Pirelli Scorpion MXMS front and MXS rear combo, both confident in the consistent performance of Pirelli’s Scorpion MX family of tires even under these toughest of conditions. The two teammates easily advanced from their heats, placing first and second, respectively.
In the main event, Millsaps secured the holeshot, followed closely by Stewart. The duo swapped leads on lap three and remained in first and second until the checkered flag waved at lap 16. “Pirelli has had so many great successes here in Daytona, and this year’s Supercross race win is just one more element we add back to our racing DNA,” declared Chris Wall, Director of Marketing for Pirelli Moto.
This is Stewart’s second win of the season and Millsaps’ first podium. “I felt good all day,” commented Stewart. “I was fast in practice and we got a [good] start. Those Pirelli tires were awesome out there. Once I got out front I pulled a lead and just tried to survive.”
Millsaps chimed in from the podium: “I had a good week riding at my house and it was a good race. I can’t thank JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha enough, I also want to thank Ezra (Lusk), my mechanic Ben, my trainer Pablo, my wife, O’neal, Sidi, Oakley, Pirelli, just everyone – thanks.”
This win places Stewart just 15 points shy of second place Ryan Dungey, who is currently out with a shoulder injury. Millsaps advances to sixth overall in the series.
Round 11 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship will be held March 17 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The event will air live on SPEED at 7:30 p.m. (EST). FUEL TV will broadcast the re-cap from Indianapolis at 8:00 p.m. (EST) on March 11.
|1||7||James Stewart||Yamaha YZ450F||3||177|
|2||18||David Millsaps||Yamaha YZ450F||6||131|
|3||14||Kevin Windham||Honda CRF450R||4||143|
|4||38||Marvin Musquin||KTM 350 SX-F||18||30|
|5||1||Ryan Villopoto||Kawasaki KX450F||1||221|
|6||800||Mike Alessi||Suzuki RM-Z450||10||113|
|7||21||Jake Weimer||Kawasaki KX450F||5||134|
|8||25||Broc Tickle||Kawasaki KX450F||13||82|
|9||87||Matthew Goerke||Suzuki RM-Z450||16||38|
|10||24||Brett Metcalfe||Suzuki RM-Z450||8||124|
|11||27||Nicholas Wey||Kawasaki KX450F||14||76|
|12||11||Kyle Chisholm||Kawasaki KX450F||11||91|
|13||36||Kyle Regal||Honda CRF-450||30||8|
|14||617||Gavin Faith||Honda CRF 450||24||15|
|15||82||Justin Sipes||Kawasaki KX450F||23||18|
|17||10||Justin Brayton||Honda CRF450||9||121|
|18||34||Cole Seely||Honda CRF450||21||21|
|19||54||Weston Peick||Kawasaki KX450F||20||27|
|20||81||Robert Kiniry||Yamaha YZ450F||17||32|