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Sign Of The (Lap) Times: Atlanta

Supercross Lites

It was the first race of the season for a lot of riders this past weekend as the Eastern Regional Lites opened their season in Atlanta. But judging by their lap times and performance, it appeared as if they’ve been racing the entire series so far.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
22
47.473
Ben Townley
Kawasaki
1
47.767
Suzuki
2
47.868
Darcy Lange
Kawasaki
3
48.134
Yamaha
5
48.148
Branden Jesseman
Yamaha
9
48.155
Honda
4
48.334
Yamaha
6
48.406
Yamaha
21
48.430
KTM
18
48.552
Honda
14
48.561
Kawasaki
7
48.862
Zach Osborne
KTM
11
49.018
Sean Collier
Yamaha
12
49.043
Honda
8
49.130
Kawasaki
13
49.188
Jeff Alesi
KTM
19
49.244
Yamaha
15
49.528
Honda
17
50.796
Greg Schnell
Honda
16
50.854
Zach Ames
Honda

The fastest of the Lites was again a Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider as Ben Townley—a supercross rookie—set the quickest time in the main event. Unfortunately for “BT101,” an engine failure cost him a finish and some valuable points. But the eventual winner, Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, was not that far off of Townley’s best time, and Townley’s teammate Darcy Lange was third fastest. In fact, Lange surprised many earlier on Saturday after he set the fastest practice time, showing what he could do on a Mitch Payton-tuned machine….
 

BT101 was the fastest in the SX Lites class

At least that’s what everyone thought until they took a closer look at the clock. Turns out the fastest rider in practice was Jeff Alessi, who flew under the radar because he was in the non-seeded riders’ first practice group. Jeff’s time? 48.198 to Darcy’s 48.216. But then #801 got pinched off on the start and struggled to make up time.

So what happened to some of the other pre-race favorites? Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi’s fastest lap time in the main was only ninth best before popping his shoulder out of joint and crashing, and Team Honda’s hopeful, Tommy Hahn, was tenth fastest. SoBe No Fear/Samsung Mobile Honda’s Billy Laninovich, after a first-lap crash, could only muster the 15th fastest lap in the main event.

Supercross class

James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael finally got what they wanted—a supercross race back east on some terra-firma that they’re familiar with. And both riders seemed very comfortable on the soft Georgia clay, as both of their best lap times were over a second faster than Chad Reed’s. Stewart was again the fastest on his KX450F, but you got to give credit to RC, who after taking several weeks off, he still had the second-fastest time of the night!

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
45.687
Kawasaki
2
45.814
Suzuki
3
46.885
Yamaha
6
47.291
Kawasaki
4
47.477
Suzuki
5
47.646
Honda
12
47.901
Honda
8
48.471
David Vuillemin
Honda
16
48.489
Yamaha
18
48.493
Honda
9
48.745
Honda
11
48.860
Tyler Evans
Suzuki
7
49.075
Bryan Johnson
Honda
14
49.183
Suzuki
10
49.265
Kawasaki
17
49.362
Kevin Johnson
Yamaha
13
49.890
Honda
15
50.368
Brock Sellards
Honda
20
50.601
Kawasaki
19
51.943
Eric Sorby
Kawasaki

And in his first race back since breaking his femur, Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps had the tenth-fastest time in the 450 main. Give Davi some time, he’ll be up there soon enough (and that new No Fear retro gear looked awesome!)

Millsaps is back!

One strange blip we found: Butler Brothers MX/Honda rider Bryan Johnson posted just the 13th fastest lap of the main (49.075) but he rode smart and consistent throughout. Bryan started seventh, rose to sixth, then settled back into seventh for the best result of his career.

 

 

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