With this being his first trip to Daytona, Deegan utilized the qualifying time to get comfortable with the track and found himself eighth overall after the two sessions. The Californian’s strong start in the opening heat race helped him stay with the front pack and finish third. When the gate dropped for the main event, Deegan grabbed a decent start and funneled into seventh after the opening lap. He moved up to fourth by the third lap and made the pass to third on the following lap. Deegan ticked off the laps and held on to claim his first career podium in only his fourth professional race.
Smith has enjoyed success at the famed Daytona Supercross, and he carried that confidence all day, starting with a solid qualifying session where he finished third. He was quick off the start in his heat race and led the first three laps before moving into second, where he would finish. In the main event, Smith found himself just behind his teammate Deegan in eighth off the start. He followed Deegan through the pack and even was able to get around him briefly before settling into fourth, where he would cross the finish line. Smith is now tied for fourth in the points standings.
Notoriously confident at speedway-style race tracks, Thrasher started the day in quick fashion as the second-fastest rider in timed qualifying. He carried that speed into the heat race, where he claimed his second heat race win of the season. With another good start in the main event, Thrasher was trying to make quick work to the front but went down in the sand section and got going again in 20th. He made up ground in the following laps but went down again and fell back to 20th. With less time than before to make up positions, Thrasher put his head down and picked off half the field by the end of the race, finishing a hard-fought 10th. Thrasher moved a few spots in the championship standings and is now sixth.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team heads to Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, March 11, for Round 5 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East Championship and the ninth round of the SuperMotocross World Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium.
2023 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX Daytona Results
2023 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East Championship Standings