Windham Wins A Mudder

Shan Moore | March 7, 2008

Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham claimed his second victory of the season, winning a rain-soaked and muddy race at Daytona International Speedway, tonight, round 10 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series.

Windham’s win came at the expense of Chad Reed, who grabbed the holeshot and led the main event until four turns from the finish, where his San Manuel Yamaha simply quit in the muck. Reed franticly attempted to restart his bike but to no avail, and he was ultimately credited with sixth place. Meanwhile, Windham, who ran in second for most of the race, except for the third lap when he briefly led, crossed the finish some 22 seconds ahead of fellow Honda rider Davi Millsaps to take the win.

Bad Boy Power Drink’s Jacob Marsack was third, finishing over a minute behind Millsaps, while Suzuki’s David Vuillemin and Honda rider Antonio Balbi rounded out the top five.

Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey ran a solid third for the first four laps behind Reed and Windham, however, on lap five Dungey got stuck in one of the many deep ruts and eventually finished 10th. In the meantime, seventh, eighth and ninth places went to a trio of Honda riders: Heath Voss, Andrew Short and Eric Sorby.

Rain fell off and on throughout the day in Daytona, forcing officials to cancel the second round of practice in an attempt to preserve the integrity of the course. However, when the Lites final got underway a light drizzle turned into a downpour and from that point on the track became a quagmire.

Windham’s Torco Racing Fuels Honda teammate Trey Canard remained undefeated in Lites Supercross competition by taking a flag-to-flag win in the Lites final.

Canard held off early advances by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, but in the end, the Oklahoman finished with over 10 seconds to spare over Villopoto.

DNA Energy Drink’s Matt Boni finished fourth, with French Honda rider Ben Coisy taking fourth ahead of Suzuki-mounted Jimmy Albertson.

Shan Moore | Contributing Editor

Moore covers all facets of off-road racing for Cycle News – from AMA Supercross and Motocross to GNCC and National Hare Scrambles events.