Supercross: Ryan Dungey captures first Daytona win

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For the first time in his career, Ryan Dungey won a Daytona Supercross race, compiling his fourth win of the season and extending his points lead in the 450 Class in the process.

The first rider to earn back-to-back wins in 2015, Dungey led the final 13 laps of Saturday night’s 20-lap main event after overtaking Andrew Short for the lead. Eli Tomac worked his way up from the middle of the pack to finish second, and Blake Baggett earned the first 450 Class podium of his career with a third-place finish.

Trey Canard had a rough night thanks to an early crash that left him in 21st after the first lap. The American Honda rider – who had been fastest in practice earlier in the day – battled through the field to finish sixth but lost ten points to Dungey in the championship standings and now faces a 40-point deficit.

Absent from the field was Ken Roczen, who entered the night third in points. The RCH Suzuki rider had been dealing with an ankle injury in recent weeks and re-aggravated it during practice. As a result, he was forced to pull out of the race.

A hybrid of traditional supercross and outdoor motocross, Daytona Supercross features the most unique track on the circuit. The Ricky Carmichael-designed course – which was built on top of the tri-oval grass at Daytona International Speedway – also challenged riders with a different layout than past years.

In the 250 Class, Marvin Musquin continued his recent tear, leading all 15 laps of the main event to secure his third win in four tries. Behind him, Justin Bogle and Jeremy Martin finished on the podium once again and still remain in the thick of the championship hunt.

Monster Energy Supercross resumes next Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Daytona 450SX Results
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Eli Tomac (-4.2 seconds)
3. Blake Baggett
4. Cole Seely
5. Chad Reed

450SX Point Standings (after 10 of 17 races)
1. Ryan Dungey, 224
2. Trey Canard, 184
3. Eli Tomac, 159
4. Ken Roczen, 156
5. Chad Reed, 140

Daytona 250SX Results
1. Marvin Musquin
2. Justin Bogle (-5.7 seconds)
3. Jeremy Martin
4. Joey Savatgy
5. RJ Hampshire

250SX East Point Standings (after 4 of 8 races)
1. Marvin Musquin, 97
2. Jeremy Martin, 85
3. Justin Bogle, 84
4. Joey Savatgy, 72
5. Martin Davalos, 56

Champion Marc Marquez leads MotoGP into virtual world Sunday

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During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.

The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.