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Sign Of The (Lap) Times: San Diego

Supercross Lites

The Dirt Wurx crew did a great job on this past weekend’s track, as it provided some great racing and evened the playing field out a bit. In the Lites class, there were seven riders who were all within a second of the fastest rider, Ryan Villopoto, who clinched his first supercross championship Saturday night. Once again Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence was second fastest, and Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill is coming on strong, recording the third-fastest time in the Lites class.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
51.112
Kawasaki
2
51.639
Yamaha
4
51.747
Yamaha
6
51.777
KTM
3
51.813
Kawasaki
5
52.021
KTM
13
52.079
Honda
7
52.215
Honda
8
52.218
Suzuki
12
52.449
Yamaha
10
52.992
Yamaha
11
53.008
Dusty Klatt
Yamaha
14
53.360
Joaquim Rodrigues
Kawasaki
9
53.424
Michael LaPaglia
Yamaha
15
54.161
Honda
16
54.323
KTM
17
54.552
Yamaha
22
54.777
Richie Owens
Honda
19
55.444
Kawasaki
20
55.650
Ryan Grantom
Yamaha

With seven riders having lap times with a second of each other, we’ve decided to see who had the best average lap time of the night. Here’s how they broke down:

Ryan Villopoto: 52.138 (1st place in the main)
Jason Lawrence: 52.307 (2nd)
Josh Hill: 52.374 (4th)
Martin Davalos: 52.859 (6th)
Chris Gosselaar: 52.597 (3rd)
Josh Hansen: 52.676 (5th)
Josh Grant: 54.867 (13th)

Martin Davalos had the fourth fastest lap time in the SX Lites

photo: Simon Cudby

Biggest surprise:
Although his finishes have been inconsistent, Red Bull KTM’s Martin Davalos is logging some impressive lap times this season. Last year the Ecuadorian was a rookie riding for a privateer Yamaha team—who would’ve thought a year later he’d be on a factory team with a lap time less then a second off of the fastest 250F rider in the class! 

Supercross class

The only rider to dip down in to the 40s all weekend long was Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart. The first seven laps Stewart was running consistent laps in the 50s, dropped into the 49s on lap eight, and then crashed on lap nine, which cost him over 30 seconds. Remounting with a bent-up bike, Stewart was forced to pull in to the mechanic’s area for repairs. And if you look at his times from lap 10 through 20, it was obvious that he was a bit off the mark from his crash. Stewart averaged a 53.033, while Reed averaged a 51.752 on his San Manuel Band of Mission Indians YZ450F. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry averaged a 51.908, and his best time was just a tad off of Reed’s. Ferry has been a very pleasant surprise this season, and somewhere you know that Steve Matthes is smiling.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
5
49.527
Kawasaki
1
50.078
Yamaha
2
50.532
Kawasaki
3
51.249
Honda
7
51.631
Honda
12
51.633
Honda
6
51.634
Suzuki
4
51.743
Suzuki
10
52.195
Honda
9
52.210
David Vuillemin
Honda
8
52.351
Kawasaki
11
52.658
Eric Sorby
Kawasaki
15
52.891
Manuel Rivas
Kawasaki
14
52.979
Honda
13
53.001
Kawasaki
16
53.029
Bryan Johnson
Honda
18
53.225
Tyler Evans
Suzuki
17
53.835
Kawasaki
19
54.238
Honda
20
55.992
Honda

Moto XXX's Josh Summey was sixth fastest in the Supercross class

photo: Simon Cudby

Biggest surprise
This is a toss up between the Hondas of Heath Voss and Josh Summey. Voss, who came from dead last in a quietly impressive performance, had the fifth-fastest time in the Supercross class (51.631) and Summey followed him with a 51.633. Those times were faster then those of Michael Byrne, Ivan Tedesco and Travis Preston. Heath Voss ended up having a better main event, finishing seventh, while Summey finished 12th. Nonetheless, these riders are figuring it out and are a threat for a podium position.

Honda privateer Heath Voss ran strong all night in San Diego.

photo: Simon Cudby


 

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