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Monster Energy Supercross: Daytona, Eli closes in, and revealing Roczen interview.


Chris Cooksey

 

Eli Tomac showed up and did exactly what was needed to close the point gap on Ryan Dungey.  Now Tomac must work hard to avoid giving any points back to Dungey.  Dungey’s horrible Main event began with Marvin Musquin smashing into the starting gate, causing both Jason Anderson and Dungey to flinch leaving them with horrible starts.  Dungey rode determined to a disappointing 4th place finish battling horrible vision, he had no tear offs after the 10 lap mark.  The track was one lined and typically this is where I would blast Ricky Carmichael for his poor design, but with all the restrictions placed on the use of space Carmichael did a great job, other than the sand section.  A couple of weeks ago I was very critical of the sand in Atlanta, saying sand was alright if it was in a turn.  I was wrong, sticky beach sand has no place in Supercross!  All it did was ruin Goggles and force single file racing.  Adam Cianciarulo used the Dunlop Sand tire last night both Reed and Dungey were out of tear offs about halfway through the main event.  I understand Daytona is a different beast when it comes to Supercross, but with a sandy base why add a stickier version in two turns?

The biggest surprise last night was Jeremy Martin, at one point I thought he might win the Main event.  But should I have been surprised?  Martin is a two time outdoor National Champion who grew up riding in Millville, MN, which has similar dirt to Daytona.  Martin hired Ryan Villopoto as his riding coach last Monday.  I believe he is angling for the vacant spot at Honda left by Ken Roczen in 2018.  I don't think we will see Roczen until 2019, if ever.  Roczen still has some serious recovery time as he mentioned in his TV interview last night he needed cadaver cartilage replacement in his elbow and he was waiting on a donor.  I am somewhat familiar with this process, as I need knee replacement surgery myself.  This is a somewhat new procedure (here are couple links to explaining the process http://faoconline.com/home/videos/cartilage/cartilage-transplants-allograft-(from-cadaver http://www.sportsmd.com/knee-injuries/knee-cartilage-replacement/  ).  I also heard he has extensive nerve damage and after 10 plus surgeries this is to be expected.  Nerves are weird, nerve healing is not an exact science.  Different doctors will give you different theories but all seem somewhat unsure exactly how long, or if nerve damage will ever heal.  This led me to the sad but likely scenario that Roczen might be done.  On the bright side I hear his contract is guaranteed for 3 years.

Adam Cianciarulo was the feel good story, after years of injuries and many people writing him off he got the win putting himself in title contention.  Adam chose to use a sand rear tire and it paid off!  Every time Joey Savatgy got close he was blasted with beach sand.  Hopefully this is a second beginning for the likable Ciancirulo, he has paid his dues over the last few years.  Points leader Zach Osborne had his worst night so far, he had a good start but multiple mistakes on the one lined track left him salvaging a 5th place finish.  Now heading into Indianapolis only 7 points separates Ciancirulo, Savatgy and Osborne.  There is destined to be a battle to Vegas, there was no Crown!

 

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