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Sign Of The (Lap) Times: Houston

Supercross class

Houston was a fun race to watch, wasn’t it? Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart finally didn’t get a good start, and a rider who needs nothing but confidence right now—Kevin Windham—got the holeshot. The stage was set for some good racing, but it only lasted six laps. That’s when Stewart took over the lead and took off. Chad Reed climbed up to second, Tim Ferry was third.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
50.407
Kawasaki
4
51.598
Honda
2
51.723
Yamaha
3
52.008
Kawasaki
8
52.458
Suzuki
5
52.596
Honda
7
52.910
Honda
6
52.973
Suzuki
10
53.306
David Vuillemin
Honda
19
53.784
Yamaha
12
54.016
Tyler Evans
Suzuki
9
54.215
Kawasaki
14
54.363
Bryan Johnson
Honda
17
54.394
Kawasaki
11
54.489
Honda
13
54.496
Manuel Rivas
Kawasaki
16
54.862
Honda
15
54.956
Kawasaki
18
55.901
Kyle Lewis
Honda

The fastest time of the night belonged to #7 (50.407), but surprisingly, the second fastest time was set by the SoBe No Fear/Samsung Honda rider Windham (51.598), who Ricky Carmichael said would have a “breakout race” that evening from the announcing booth.  But on lap six, Windham’s 53.728 was too slow for Stewart’s 51.077. That two seconds helped Stewart take the lead from Windham, and he never looked back.

Kevin was the second-fastest 450 in Houston!

We’ve been getting some requests to see riders’ average lap times throughout the main. Okay, James Stewart’s average lap time through 20 laps of racing was a 52.731, which is faster then seventh-place finisher Heath Voss’ fastest lap time of the night.
Second-place finisher Chad Reed, who looked a bit off all night long, had an average lap time of 53.761. And how about 13th-place finisher Manuel Rivas, who got a lift to Texas from Cernic’s Kawasaki? Well, the Spaniard’s average lap time of the night was a 56.624.

Supercross Lites

I’d like to say that we saw something different in the Lites class this past weekend, but we’ll probably have to wait till Atlanta for that. Villopoto was again the fastest 250F on the track, and his best lap of 51.088 was the second-fastest time of the night—inlucing BOTH classes! Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence continues to keep RV honest, and his fastest time of the night was again very close to Villopoto, making Lawrence the third-fastest rider of the night out of everyone! These young riders are really putting in some impressive laps this season. As for average lap times, RV maintained a 53.125 while J-Law had a 53.610 and Josh Grant had a 53.850.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
51.088
Kawasaki
2
51.099
Yamaha
3
52.477
Honda
4
53.013
Yamaha
5
53.299
KTM
6
53.302
Honda
7
53.614
Yamaha
20
53.835
Michael LaPaglia
Yamaha
9
53.836
Kawasaki
11
54.554
Dusty Klatt
Yamaha
10
54.688
Suzuki
8
54.786
Yamaha
12
55.023
KTM
17
55.749
Joaquim Rodrigues
Kawasaki
13
56.608
Dennis Jonon
KTM
15
56.991
Yamaha
14
57.128
Brad Graham
Kawasaki
21
57.890
Vernon McKiddie
Yamaha
19
57.949
KTM
16
58.002
Ryan Grantom
Yamaha

Being the fastest 250F rider every weekend is a good reason to smile!

One thing to note: RC was saying in the press box that lap times would probably go down through the evening, but James Stewart said the opposite after his heat race win—that the track would break down and would slow down. Even though Ricky must have had a crystal ball to spot so many things (including pretty much calling out how rough one section was the lap before Windham crashed there) James was right about the track slowing down. That helped RV51 and J-Law go podium speed compared to the 450s that followed their Lites race.

We have San Diego this weekend, and then we get to start checking on the East Region times and see how the likes of Broc Hepler, Brett Metcalfe, Tommy Hahn, Mike Alessi and Ryan Dungey stack up to the 450s!
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