The Daytona Supercross, the longest continuous Supercross event in America, will be held on Saturday night, March 7 at Daytona International Speedway. The prestigious and physically demanding event will once again be the only stop in Florida for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, in 2015.
Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto will be riding for history in the 2015 Daytona Supercross as he looks to tie Ricky Carmichael’s record of 5 Daytona Supercross victories. In the 2014 edition of the Daytona Supercross, Villopoto joined Jeff Stanton as a 4-time champion of the event. He has won the Daytona Supercross 4 times in the last 5 years.
“For sure, (the record) is achievable,” Villopoto said after winning the 2014 Daytona Supercross. “It’s racing. Each year we show up here, it’s a new year and a new track. A lot comes into play but certainly it’s achievable.”
Villopoto will face a tough field of challengers including James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia.
If Villopoto is going to tie Carmichael’s record, he’ll have to win on a course designed by the Supercross legend. For the 8 straight year, the Daytona Supercross will once again be a Ricky Carmichael Signature Design and Carmichael says the course will have a fresh look.
“I’m ready for some changes to the course,” Carmichael said. “It’s an honor to be able to design the layout for the Daytona Supercross. It’s always been a brutal and demanding race on the riders and I’ve got some new ideas on making the course even more exciting for the fans.”
Carmichael retired from Supercross in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 wins.
Also returning in 2015 will be the sixth annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. Scheduled for Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9, amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross.
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