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Sign Of The (Lap) Times: Indianapolis

AMA Supercross class

James Stewart kept his streak of being the fastest rider in tact in Indianapolis, and his fastest time came on lap 11, when he finally had a clear track to chase down Chad Reed, who pulled the Progressive Direct holeshot and tried to sneak away with the win. Stewart started in 19th, and stalked down Reed and made the pass for the lead on lap 14. Reed’s fastest time was a little over a half-second off of #7, and Team Yamaha’s Grant Langston had the third fastest time in the SX class. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry was fourth fastest, and Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps was fifth.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
44.015
Kawasaki
2
44.894
Yamaha
4
45.724
Yamaha
3
45.788
Kawasaki
6
46.048
Honda
5
46.319
Suzuki
9
46.785
Suzuki
7
46.824
David Vuillemin
Honda
8
46.962
Honda
16
47.080
Honda
10
47.198
Honda
15
47.602
Kawasaki
14
47.833
Keith R. Johnson
Yamaha
11
47.932
Honda
13
47.934
Eric Sorby
Kawasaki
17
47.943
Kevin W. Johnson
Yamaha
18
48.040
Joe Oehlhof
Kawasaki
12
48.079
Kawasaki
19
48.324
Brock Sellards
Honda
20
49.347
Tyler Evans
Suzuki

#7 jumps past #8

Biggest surprise: Langston looked fast all night in Indianapolis, and it’s a bit surprising as this is only his third race back to competition after injuring his collarbone early this season. Look for Langston to shave some more time off his laps as he gets more comfortable on the YZ450F. And outdoor fans have to be stoked knowing that the former world and national champion is moving up to the 450 class in Toyota AMA Motocross too.


AMA Supercross Lites

Finally, the fastest lap time of the Lites main came from a rider that wasn’t on a green-colored bike! Last week’s winner in Orlando—PPG/Motoworldracing.com Yamaha’s Branden Jesseman—was again on pace in Indy, and set the fastest lap time of the Lites main event on Lap 3. He rode smooth but couldn’t seem to reel in the leaders, and settled for third-place. Meanwhile, the rider with the fastest times throughout practice and qualifying was Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, who led every lap in the main and kept Ben Townley at bay for his second win of the season. The top three finishers all had lap times in the 46-second range, which puts them in the top 10 of the Supercross class, as well.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
3
46.429
Branden Jesseman
Yamaha
1
46.475
Suzuki
2
46.505
Ben Townley
Kawasaki
4
47.059
Yamaha
7
47.152
Yamaha
5
47.355
Yamaha
6
47.465
KTM
8
47.494
Honda
9
47.783
Darcy Lange
Kawasaki
12
48.141
Honda
11
48.170
Kawasaki
10
48.379
Yamaha
15
48.595
Kawasaki
13
48.772
Kelly Smith
Suzuki
14
48.847
Kawasaki
20
48.907
Zach Ames
Honda
18
49.089
Zach Osborne
KTM
17
49.703
Kawasaki
21
49.761
Travis Sewell
Suzuki
16
50.768
Suzuki

Ryan Dungey and Ben Townley congratulate each other after the main event

Biggest surprise: From a spectator’s point of view, the Indianapolis track didn’t look that bad. It wasn’t really rutted or slick and the whoops didn’t even look that tall, so what’s up with some of the pre-season favorites barely cracking the top 10 in both finishing position and lap times? Looking at these lap times, one would assume that riders like Billy Laninovich, Tommy Hahn and even Darcy Lange would have times near the top of the list, but rather they’re just middle of the road. Also, of the six fastest riders of the night in the Lites class, four of them were aboard Yamahas! (And that’s without Team Yamaha’s pre-season title hopeful Broc Hepler in the mix.) Looks like the blue bikes are on the rise.


 

 

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