Sign of the  Lap Times: San Diego

Sign of the Lap Times: San Diego

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Take a deep dive inside the lap charts with this week's Sign of the Lap Times.

 

 

 

 

 

450SX Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 5 46.777 5 47.871 Chad Reed
2 2 46.819 3 47.726 Justin Barcia
3 6 46.841 13 48.553 Ryan Villopoto
4 1 47.124 5 47.781 Davi Millsaps
5 4 47.261 11 48.367 James Stewart
6
3 47.314 13 48.121 Ryan Dungey
7 8 47.603 11 48.444 Trey Canard
8
7 47.608 8 48.674 Justin Brayton
9 9 48.069 8 49.277 Andrew Short
10 13 48.111 4 49.521 Matt Lemoine
11 10 48.328 9 49.514 Mike Alessi
12 12 48.430 4 49.371 Matt Goerke
13 14 48.477 4 49.563 Weston Peick
14 11 48.618 7 49.976 Broc Tickle
15 17 49.061 7 51.280 Chris Blose
16 15 49.189 9 50.661 PJ Larsen
17 16 49.370 7 50.646 Robert Kiniry
18 18 49.906 6 51.430 Josh Hill
19 20 50.363 10 52.280 Kyle Partridge
20 19 50.565 4 51.490 Ben LaMay

450SX

- For the first time in 2013, TwoTwo Motorsports Chad Reed set the fastest lap of the night with a 46.777 on lap 5.

- The latest fastest lap of the night belonged to Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, who both set their fastest laps on lap 13. RV’s 46.841 bested Dungey’s 47.314.

- Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps was the most consistent rider of the night—setting all his laps under 49-seconds. Millsaps was the only 450 rider to achieve the feat.

- While San Diego is one of the bigger stadiums raced in all year, the short, quick, track gave way to the fastest times of the season. Only six of twenty riders posted an average time over 50-seconds.

- Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Barcia was the only rider in the field to post three laps under 47-seconds. The only other 450 riders to post a lap(s) under 47-seconds were Ryan Villopoto (2) and Chad Reed (1).

- Chad Reed got off to a blistering start in San Diego, setting 10 of his first 11 laps under 48-seconds. But that mark was bested by eventual race winner Davi Millsaps, who began the race with 11 consecutive laps under 48-seconds.

 

Comparison

Davi Millsaps vs. Chad Reed vs. Justin Barcia – Laps 2-9

Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps controlled the race early in San Diego. But for the better part of the first nine laps, everything looked to be in place for Chad Reed to challenge for his record seventh win in San Diego. As we all know, Reed would wash the front end at the mid-way point and finish fifth. Let’s dig into the first eight laps—there are a few surprises on the horizon.


Lap Davi Millsaps Chad Reed Justin Barcia
2 47.38 47.58 48.36
3 47.467 47.206 46.819
4 47.359 47.163 46.974
5 47.124 46.777 47.005
6 47.796 47.098 46.932
7 47.143 47.47 47.12
8 47.718 47.128 46.918
9 47.564 47.977 47.903
Avg 47.443 47.299 47.253

As you can see, it was actually Justin Barcia that was the fastest rider during the first eight laps—helped in part by throwing down three of four laps (laps 3-6) in the 46-second range. Reed proved to be just a few tenths off Barcia’s pace, with Millsaps not very far behind.

Davi Millsaps vs. Justin Barcia – Laps 9-20

So we know Barcia was setting the hot laps early, but who was consistent down the stretch?


Lap Davi Millsaps Justin Barcia
10 47.669 47.807
11 47.779 47.3
12 47.99 47.388
13 48.18 48.085
14 48.258 47.956
15 47.369 48.295
16 47.922 47.851
17 48.141 47.947
18 48.309 48.283
19 48.528 48.618
20 48.157 49.236
Avg 48.027 48.069

Mr. Consistency so far in 2013, Millsaps was about to feel some heat from Barcia, but logged five of seven laps (laps 10-16) under 58-seconds to prevent the young gun from making up any time on him down the stretch. Millsaps had enough of a lead to where the race was pretty much decided by the time the white flag came out, and Barcia ran a 49.236 (his slowest lap of the night) on lap 20.

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Chad Reed set the fastest lap in 450SX en route to a fifth in San Diego.
Simon Cudby photo

250SX Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 46.322 6 47.898 Eli Tomac
2 2 47.031 15 47.842 Ken Roczen
3 9 47.939 6 48.965 Martin Davalos
4 3 48.021 3 49.103 Jason Anderson
5
20 48.025 4 48.506 Malcolm Stewart
6 7 48.055 11 49.442 Zach Osborne
7
5 48.095 13 48.844 Kyle Cunningham
8 15 48.147 6 49.196 Cole Seely
9 4 48.290 8 49.105 Austin Politelli
10 11 48.304 9 49.333 Joey Savatgy
11 8 48.581 5 49.541 Tyla Rattray
12 10 48.700 3 49.506 Jessy Nelson
13 6 48.715 11 49.375 Travis Baker
14 13 48.819 3 49.671 Christian Craig
15 12 49.742 10 50.606 Josh Cachia
16 19 50.006 3 53.575 Chris Plouffe
17 14 50.065 12 51.081 Jean Ramos
18 16 50.404 6 52.756 Aaron Siminoe
19 18 50.986 5 53.440 Travis Bright
20 17 51.685 5 53.380 Chad Gores

250SX

- For the first time since Anaheim 2, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac returned to the top of the lap charts in 250SX with a 46.332. Tomac’s 46.322 would prove to be the fastest lap set all night (450/250 combined)—the second time this season Tomac has achieved the feat.

- Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen would set the latest fastest lap of the night with a 47.031 (second fastest in 250SX) on the final lap! It marked the latest fastest lap set all season in 250SX.

- Eli Tomac was the only 250 rider with a lap time under 47-seconds.

- Ken Roczen was the only 250 rider to set all of his laps under the 49-second mark.

-  J-Star JDR KTM’s Malcolm Stewart set 7 of his first 9 laps under 49-seconds before crashing in the whoops, resulting in a DNF.

- What a night for Star Racing Yamaha’s Kyle Cunningham. After a heat race win, Cunningham began the main dead last after a first turn crash, only to charge back to fifth—helped by a stretch (laps 3-13) where he set 10 of 11 laps under 49-seconds.

- After back-to-back career-highs of eighth in Oakland and Anaheim 3, respectively,  HRT Honda’s Austin Politelli went even faster in San Diego and eclipsed his previous best of eight with a fourth. His quick start to the race—first 8 of 9 laps under 49-seconds—was a key factor.

- Interesting Stat: The racing in the 250 class was tight in San Diego. But it was also quick. Fourteen of twenty riders set their fastest lap of the night under 49-seconds.

- Only five of twenty riders had an average of 50-seconds, which was better than the six in 450SX.

 

Comparison:

Eli Tomac vs. Ken Roczen vs. Jason Anderson – Laps 2-7

It was a special night for Rockstar Energy Racing. Davi Millsaps picked up his second win of the season and retained the points lead for another week, while Jason Anderson was able to secure his second 250SX podium of the year earlier in the night. But it could have been a night of epic proportions if Anderson, who had the early lead, could have broken through and made it a clean sweep for Rockstar Energy Racing. Let’s take a look at the opening six laps to see where Anderson lost time to Roczen and Tomac.


Lap Eli Tomac Ken Roczen Jason Anderson
2 47.803 47.677 48.185
3 48.449 48.333 48.021
4 47.492 48.322 48.054
5 48.034 47.89 49.096
6 46.322 48.351 48.645
7 46.869 47.989 48.066
Avg 47.494 48.093 48.344

Eli Tomac was on another planet in the opening laps—setting four of six laps under 48-seconds, including back-to-back laps in the 46-second range. Jason Anderson tried to hold serve, but the top two players in the class (Tomac and Roczen) were on a completely different pace.

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Eli Tomac set the fastest lap of the night in San Diego.
Simon Cudby photo

Eli Tomac vs. Ken Roczen – Laps 8-15

Although Eli Tomac was able to bounce back from two disappointing finishes in Oakland and A3, respectively, a lot was made of Roczen’s closing speed down the stretch—cutting Tomac’s big lead to mere tenths by the end of the race.

Lap Eli Tomac Ken Roczen
8 47.659 47.642
9 47.837 48.188
10 48.593 47.905
11 48.345 48.219
12 47.732 47.561
13 48.147 47.283
14 48.012 47.406
15 49.283 47.031
Avg 48.201 47.654
The chart says it all. Roczen was flying on the final four laps. The German set all of his laps under 48-seconds and set his fastest lap of the night (47.031) on the final lap, picking up a little over two seconds on Tomac, who was dealing with lapped traffic.
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