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Sign Of The (Lap) Times: Orlando

We now have three different winners in four East Coast Lites races, and you don’t have to be the fastest rider to win. PPG/Motoworldracing.com Yamaha’s Branden Jesseman recorded the third-fastest lap time of the night on lap four, passed SoBe No Fear/Samsung Mobile Honda’s Billy Laninovich two laps later, and held off the charge of Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi for the fifth win of his AMA Supercross career. The victory was probably a surprise to many, but for those who know Jesseman, it’s long overdue. “Brando” has a work ethic that’s second to none, and all the pieces fell into place on Saturday night.

Mike Alessi is finding his groove indoors

As for the rider with the fastest time, it was once again Ben Townley on his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki with a 51.673, but Mike Alessi was thisclose with a 51.686.
Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
7
51.673
Ben Townley
Kawasaki
4
51.686
KTM
1
51.786
Branden Jesseman
Yamaha
5
51.896
Honda
3
51.929
Darcy Lange
Kawasaki
2
52.046
Yamaha
6
52.353
Yamaha
11
52.673
Honda
10
52.791
Yamaha
8
52.794
Kawasaki
19
53.048
Yamaha
9
53.105
KTM
12
53.190
Honda
18
53.269
Kelly Smith
Suzuki
16
53.310
Yamaha
14
53.891
Travis Sewell
Suzuki
15
53.972
Eric Nye
KTM
13
54.127
Greg Schnell
Honda
17
54.445
Daryl Ecklund
Honda
20
55.205
Yoshihide Fukudome
Honda

And to emphasize again that speed must be matched with consistency to win in supercross, current points leader Ryan Morais was only sixth fastest with a 52.046, but he rode smart and steady for second, and now has a six-point cushion over Townley’s Kawasaki teammate, Darcy Lange. And while Darcy hasn’t been consistent, he has been consistently fast. If he gets all of his momentum pointed the right way this weekend, the former two-time AMA National Arenacross Champion and reigning BooKoo AX Champion could get his first win—and Canada’s—and reel in the Yamaha of Troy-mounted leader.

This East Coast is going down to the wire!

AMA Supercross

The race of the season went down on Saturday night, with Stewart and Carmichael battling it out in RC’s last professional supercross race. Stewart managed to take the win, along with laying down the fastest time of the night on Lap 5. Coincidentally, Carmichael’s fastest lap of the night came on the same lap! As for Chad Reed, the San Manuel Yamaha rider was again third fastest on his way to third place. Tim Ferry was fourth fastest, and Langston was fifth.
 

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
48.481
Kawasaki
2
48.758
Suzuki
3
49.530
Yamaha
5
50.444
Kawasaki
6
50.503
Yamaha
4
50.732
Suzuki
8
51.138
Honda
7
51.156
David Vuillemin
Honda
19
51.533
Honda
11
51.574
Kawasaki
10
51.730
Honda
9
51.899
Honda
20
52.068
Kawasaki
13
52.481
Keith Johnson
Yamaha
12
52.662
Suzuki
15
52.846
Kevin Johnson
Yamaha
16
52.888
Honda
18
52.907
Honda
21
52.934
Honda
14
52.960
Brock Sellards
Honda

After missing the first half of the season with a collarbone injury, Yamaha's Grant Langston is firing on all cylinders now.

With Carmichael racing cars this weekend, it will be curious to see how fast Stewart goes—he’s never won Indy, so he has that motivation, but he was over a second faster than Reed last weekend.
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