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Sign Of The (Lap) Times: Daytona

Supercross Lites

There was no question who was the best Lites-class racer last Friday night inside Daytona International Speedway, as Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ben Townley laid the fastest 250F lap time of the night, which came on lap four of the 15-lap main event. Team Honda’s Tommy Hahn had his breakout race in the tri-oval as well, finishing second to the former world champion. Hahn’s fastest lap was just over a half-second slower than BT101, and Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, who finished third was third fastest.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
1:13.379
Ben Townley
Kawasaki
2
1:13.949
Honda
3
1:14.641
KTM
8
1:15.194
Branden Jesseman
Yamaha
4
1:15.273
Honda
7
1:15.504
KTM
5
1:15:556
Yamaha
9
1:15.707
Honda
6
1:15.868
Darcy Lange
Kawasaki
12
1:16.024
Yamaha
10
1:16.447
Yamaha
11
1:16.625
Honda
15
1:16.664
Yamaha
17
1:16.693
Yamaha
13
1:16.803
Kawasaki
19
1:16.846
Robert Marshall
Kawasaki
20
1:17.662
Kyle Tobin
Yamaha
14
1:17.678
Kawasaki
21
1:17.796
Andrew McFarlane
Suzuki
19
1:18.022
Greg Schnell
Honda

But unlike the other supercross tracks, Daytona seemed to suit the 450cc machines much better, as Townley’s fastest lap is only seventh fastest in the AMA Supercross class.

Jesseman was on the gas in Daytona

Biggest surprise: PPG/Motoworldracing.com Yamaha’s Branden Jesseman. Branden’s speed shouldn’t really be a surprise, though, as Jesseman is the 2003 Eastern Regional 125cc SX champion (and he might have won this race that year if not for a bunch of crashes). Unfortunately a few mistakes cost Jesseman some time here too, and he finished eighth. He should be on the podium soon.

Supercross class


It looked like the streak was in danger of ending in Daytona. What streak am I talking about? The one that Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart has by setting the fastest main event lap time at every race this season. Chad Reed was the fastest rider in practice, giving him the first gate selection for the qualifiers, but Reed struggled to find that speed in the main event, as both #7 and #4 posted lap times over a second faster than the San Manuel Yamaha rider. In fact, Stewart’s average lap time of 1:11.977 was almost faster than Reed’s absolute fastest lap time! Be that as it may, Stewart was untouchable on the rough Daytona circuit, and with RC finishing between him and Reed, Stewart extends his lead in the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
1:09.897
Kawasaki
2
1:10.130
Suzuki
3
1:11.433
Yamaha
4
1:12.528
Kawasaki
5
1:12.586
Honda
9
1:13.299
Honda
6
1:14.308
Suzuki
10
1:14.801
Honda
7
1:15.015
Yamaha
8
1:15.259
David Vuillemin
Honda
13
1:16.293
Honda
12
1:16.491
Suzuki
11
1:16.510
Honda
18
1:17.326
Eric Sorby
Kawasaki
15
1:17.483
Kevin Johnson
Yamaha
16
1:17.564
Honda
17
1:17.837
Honda
14
1:17.907
Kyle Lewis
Honda
19
1:20.847
Kawasaki

Davi Millsaps is gradually getting up to speed

Biggest surprise
 (though it’s probably not a surprise to some) is that Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps was able to click of some really fast laps—sixth fastest in the Supercross class—including a lap time that would best all the Lites riders. Millsaps is still trying to get back to 100 percent, and he should be there by the time the gate drops at the Hangtown National.

 

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