Top 5 450SX quotes from Daytona ft. Tomac, Webb, Sexton, Barcia and Anderson

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This is what some of the top weekend riders said after a rough night at the Daytona Supercross, round 8 of the AMA Supercross Championship.

Eli Tomac | 1st place:

For the seventh time in his career and six in a row, Eli Tomac was the winner of the Daytona Supercross. The Star Racing Yamaha rider fought back and forth against Cooper Webb before runaway with the win. Tomac extends his points leads to five points over Webb and ten over Sexton.

“Well, I mean the best way to put it, it feels like home to me. I mean, it’s loose soil and it isn’t that sandy but it is close and that is what I can put it to. Earlier in the day I was wondering what was going on and I was struggling with the flow. When the lights came on, I was a whole different dude. Went at it with Cooper, backward and forward there. It was a gnarly battle there once again, down to the wire.”

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Cooper Webb | 2nd place:

Believe or not, the two-time AMA Supercross champion never wins at Daytona, and Saturday night was no exception despite on how hard he fought to retain Eli Tomac’s streak. However, a runner-up finish keeps Webb right there in the battle.

“Daytona has always been good to me, I’ve been on the podium here every time I have raced and been close [to the win] twice now. It’s been good competition for sure, we [Webb, Eli Tomac, and Chase Sexton] each have our strengths and I think we are elevating Supercross at the moment. I am sure we will all look back in 10 years and relish it, but right now, it’s every man for themselves. Moving forward, I really like Indy, Detroit, Seattle, and Salt Lake, so a lot of good rounds coming up.”

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Chase Sexton | 3rd place:

Since Anaheim 2, round 3 of the series, the win has been squeezing from his hand at every single run. His speed is not in doubt, but the mistakes keep going as the series moves on. This time Chase Sexton rode home a solid third place. He had a few run-ins with Justin Barcia that cost him a tow to the back of Webb.

“I made a mistake under the tunnel and I heard Barcia to my right and I thought I had the line and he came over after the race and talked about it, but I felt my front wheel was in front. It is cool to have these guys next to me and obviously we want to be where Eli is. It is good to be on the podium, but we all want to win.”

Justin Barcia | 4th place:

After rounding the first turn in the main event, Justin was among the leaders and maintained close contact with them in pursuit of a podium spot. After one off-track excursion and a close encounter that momentarily put him on the ground, he ultimately finished fourth on the night. Barcia’s 1:14.073 on the fifth lap of the race was the fastest of the night.

“This was my best practice and qualifying of the year. That was awesome, and I ended up P6. Very happy with that. In the heat race, I didn’t get the best start but had some of the fastest lap times and moved up to third. In the main event, I got a good start and was running fourth. I had the leaders in front of me, and tried to make a pass and got a little tangled. Then I came back, tried to make another pass, and got tangled again. Fourth was all it wrote. I’m really disappointed. It definitely was a podium night with my speed and the bike was really good. I really like Indy. It’s a good vibe there and a good stadium. I do well there, and I want to be on the podium”.

Watch Barcia vs Sexton incidents:

Jason Anderson | 5th place:

Not much to say about Andeson`s performance. He pretty much he charged from behind after an early mistake, passing Justin Cooper in the late stages of the race.

“The track layout this year was nearly identical to the Daytona track we raced on last year, so our bike setup was very similar to last year’s settings. However, this track broke down differently and became a lot deeper which made it difficult to get comfortable. The rain we had leading up to the Main Event also made the dirt very slick in some spots. I tried my best to adjust to the changing track conditions throughout the race but, to be honest, I just couldn’t get myself in a rhythm. Overall, we still had a solid weekend and earned valuable championship points.”

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