Sign of the  Lap Times: Anaheim 1

Sign of the Lap Times: Anaheim 1

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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 2 55.849 3 56.869 Trey Canard
2 3 55.877 3 57.364 Ryan Dungey
3 7 55.934 3 57.809 Justin Barcia
4 1 55.974 3 56.812 Davi Millsaps
5 4 56.358 5 58.086 Chad Reed
6
16 56.591 7 58.727 Ryan Villopoto
7 5 57.319 7 58.057 Jake Weimer
8
18 57.462 3 59.970 Broc Tickle
9 8 57.481 9 58.609 James Stewart
10 6 57.510 4 58.245 Andrew Short
11 9 57.614 6 58.623 Justin Brayton
12 11 57.932 3 59.515 Josh Grant
13 13 58.134 11 59.494 Kyle Chisholm
14 10 58.220 7 59.143 Kevin Windham
15 14 58.374 9 59.999 Weston Peick
16 12 58.450 10 59.370 Matt Goerke
17 17 58.475 6 1:01.019 Vince Friese
18 15 58.710 5 1:00.558 Matt Lemoine
19 19 59.392 4 1:01.426 Robert Kiniry
20 20 59.379 2 59.398 Mike Alessi

450SX

- Trey Canard set the fastest lap in 450SX with a 55.849 on lap 3.

- Not a good night on the track or the lap charts for two-time defending 450SX champion Ryan Villopoto. He had six laps over the one-minute mark.

- Villopoto's first big crash caused trouble for Broc Tickle, who crashed into a Tuff Block that RV kicked onto the track. Tickle's first seven laps were all under the one-minute mark, but after the crash, all his laps on the final ten laps were over the one-minute mark.

- Dealing with a knee injury suffered in practice, James Stewart just tried to ride consistently. He averaged a 58.609 and only exceeded the one-minute mark on the final two laps.

- Kyle Chisholm, after dealing with an ankle injury during the off-season, got stronger as the race went along. He set the latest fast lap in 450SX with a 58.134 on lap 11.

- Jake Weimer, en route to a very quiet fifth, began the race with a string of nine straight laps in the 57-second range.

- Davi Millsaps and Trey Canard matched each other's pace the whole way. Each rode laps in the 55-56 second range until finally rising into the 57s on lap 14.

- Matt Lemoine tailed off down the stretchgoing over the one-minute mark the last six lapswhich may have been a byproduct of this being his first 450SX race.

- Bobby Kiniry was only able to break the one-minute lap mark three times in the opener (laps 4-6).

 

Comparisons:

Dungey vs. Barcia – Laps 10-15

After the season opener Ryan Dungey stated: “When I got to lap 10 I kind of had enough of the cat-and-mouse, hanging in fourth. I really wanted to make a push.” Dungey would tip-over in a corner on lap 16, but secured third when Barcia made a mistake of his own shortly after. Let’s compare the times from when Dungey began his push, and see if he made up any ground.

Lap Ryan Dungey
Justin Barcia
10 56.068 56.572
11 56.981 56.469
12 56.298 56.762
13 56.927 57.125
14 57.074 57.127
15 56.869 56.56
Avg. 56.702 56.769

 

As we can see from the lap chart above, Dungey made a push, but Barcia was able to withstand the onslaught.

 

Millsaps vs. Canard – Laps 17-20

Davi Millsaps and Trey Canard locked horns down the stretch, delivering one of the most exciting finishes in Anaheim 1 history. Let’s take a look how it played out during the final laps.

Lap Davi Millsaps Trey Canard
17 58.212 56.895
18 58.457 57.673
19 57.216 58.124
20 56.743 59.728
Avg. 57.657 58.105

Canard used a lap 17 sprint to gain almost two seconds on Millsaps. The two traded blows on the following laps, but costly mistakes from Canard on the final lap allowed Millsaps to reel him in, retake the lead and subsequently the win.

Check out the charge by Millsaps—he had not logged a lap in the 56s after lap 13, but he dug deep on lap 20 to go back into the 56 one last time. That helped him secure the win.

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Millsaps (rear) and Canard (front) battled to the end at Anaheim.
Simon Cudby photo

250SX Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 55.275 5 57.264 Eli Tomac
2 2 56.789 6 57.533 Ken Roczen
3 3 57.076 4 57.829 Cole Seely
4 4 57.082 3 58.299 Jason Anderson
5
14 57.196 7 58.951 Blake Baggett
6 5 57.254 5 58.792 Malcolm Stewart
7
7 57.362 15 58.507 Zach Osborne
8 6 57.438 4 58.588 Ryan Sipes
9 9 57.702 4 58.938 Max Anstie
10 11 57.790 5 59.218 Kyle Cunningham
11 8 57.995 4 58.867 Tyla Rattray
12 19 58.139 4 58.537 Jake Canada
13 15 58.267 2 59.786 Travis Baker
14 10 58.302 5 59.395 Michael Leib
15 12 58.370 4 59.560 Christian Craig
16 13 58.455 5 59.447 Joey Savatgy
17 18 59.063 5 1:01.485 Jessy Nelson
18 17 59.143 5 1:00.583 Jean Ramos
19 16 59.751 5 1:01.617 Austin Politelli
20 20 DNF DNF DNF Martin Davalos

250SX

- Eli Tomac not only set the fastest lap in 250SX, he set the fastest lap of the entire night with a 55.275 on lap 5.

- Tomac also threw down two laps in the 55-second rangethe only 250 rider to achieve the feat all night.

- Ken Roczen strung together six of seven laps in the 56-second range to begin the race. Meanwhile, Tomac put together seven sub 57-second laps the entire night.

- Of the riders that completed all 15 laps, only four failed to have a lap over the one-minute markKen Roczen, Cole Seely, Ryan Sipes and Zach Osborne.

- After a poor start, Osborne charged from dead last to secure seventh in his GEICO Honda debut. He set a blistering pace down the stretch, throwing down two 57-second laps in the final three, including his fastest of the night—a 57.362—on lap 15.

- J-Star JDR KTMs Joey Savatgy and Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Desgins Honda's were the only rookies to make the night show. The Georgia native was very consistent on the lap charts with 12 of 14 laps under one-minute.

 

Comparisons:

Stewart vs. Anderson vs. Seely – Laps 2-8

One of the better battles of the night took place in the early going between Malcolm Stewart (who held down third at the time), Cole Seely (fourth at the time) and Jason Anderson (fifth at the time). Stewart would eventually drop positions to both Seely and Anderson, but let’s dig a little deeper to see where he lost time.

Lap Malcolm Stewart Cole Seely Jason Anderson
2 58.25 57.864 57.496
3 57.268 57.672 57.082
4 57.402 57.076 57.597
5 57.254 57.146 57.162
6 58.222 58.16 58.23
7 1.00.284 57.978 58.023
8 58.241 57.657 57.582

 

Tomac vs. Roczen – Laps 2-8

Eli Tomac set a scorching pace early, and managed to maintain it to the end, but let’s look at just how he opened such a big gap over Ken Roczen.

Lap Eli Tomac Ken Roczen
2 57.15 56.967
3 55.722 56.884
4 56.345 57.131
5 55.275 56.912
6 56.705 56.789
7 56.081 56.898
8 55.954 56.873
Avg 56.176 56.922

 

Tomac used two 55-second laps to pull away, but as you can see from the lap charts, K-Roc was setting quite the pace himself, and was not that far removed from Tomac. Consider it a case of Roczen going fast, but Tomac just going even faster. Lap 5 is where Tomac did real damage, going 55.2 while Roczen went 56.9.

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Eli Tomac set the fastest lap of the night at Anaheim.
Simon Cudby photo

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