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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Dallas

Supercross class

It took 13 rounds to happen, but finally someone knocked James Stewart off the pedestal of being the fastest rider of the night. And surely no one is surprised of the rider who did it—San Manuel Yamaha’s Chad Reed. But it was bound to happen, wasn’t it? Stewart has a championship to win now; how can he possibly be the fastest rider every weekend without throwing it away at least once. Stewart rode very smooth and concise on the tacky Dallas track, where one wrong line could’ve put the #7 in a deep hole (remember what happened to RC here last year?).
 

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
2
45.271
Yamaha
1
45.487
Kawasaki
3
45.835
Kawasaki
4
46.477
Honda
5
46.804
Honda
14
46.898
Yamaha
6
46.990
Honda
9
46.994
David Vuillemin
Honda
15
47.118
Suzuki
17
47.177
Eric Sorby
Kawasaki
7
47.536
Suzuki
11
47.906
Kawasaki
20
47.936
Honda
8
48.001
Kawasaki
10
48.021
Kawasaki
21
48.028
Honda
12
48.221
Joe Oehlhof
Kawasaki
13
48.638
Brock Sellards
Honda
16
48.732
Kevin Johnson
Yamaha
18
48.794
Honda

Looking at the lap chart on www.amasupercross.com, it shows something very interesting. Reed’s fastest time came on Lap 20—the very last lap! (Stewart ran a 47.049 that lap.) Reed is showing more speed each and every weekend, but is it too little too late? Stewart told us he was taking the next two weeks off, so will that give Reed an opportunity to close the gap even more when the series resumes in Detroit? And when will it be time for desperate measures—if ever?

Tim Ferry is closing the gap on the leaders

Biggest surprise: It’s no secret that 2007 has been a monster year for Monster Energy Kawasaki, and the rider who was probably under the radar the most prior to the start of the season was new Kawasaki recruit Tim Ferry. No one probably expected Ferry to be doing so well, and his third-place this past Saturday night was very impressive. In fact, his best lap time was less than a half-second off of Stewart’s fastest time. That being said, it’s now time to see Timmy battling for second or first-place on the podium!

Supercross Lites

Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey scored the fastest lap for the second consecutive race, and if it wasn’t for a small mistake, Dungey quite possibly could’ve scored his third win of the season. #62’s fastest time came on Lap 7. The very next lap is when he crashed, handing the lead to New Zealand’s Ben Townley, who had the second-fastest Lites lap of the night (Lap 4). Townley put his head down and charged home for the win, chopping Ryan Morais’ point’s lead to three points with one round remaining. It’s going to be a long two weeks for these guys, and Detroit is a race you won’t want to miss. For tickets, check out www.supercrossonline.com.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
3
47.229
Suzuki
1
47.534
Ben Townley
Kawasaki
2
47.609
Darcy Lange
Kawasaki
4
47.619
Yamaha
10
48.080
Yamaha
5
48.143
Thomas Hahn
Honda
9
48.260
Yamaha
11
48.411
Kawasaki
13
48.521
Honda
22
48.590
KTM
7
48.607
Branden Jesseman
Yamaha
6
48.617
Yamaha
8
48.677
Kelly Smith
Suzuki
19
48.720
Ronny Jackson
Kawasaki
16
49.198
Sean Hackley
Yamaha
14
49.258
Zach Osborne
KTM
15
49.350
KTM
12
49.368
Kawasaki
17
49.510
Fred Karrle
Suzuki
21
49.622
Eric Nye
KTM

Biggest surprise: We’re definitely going with Motor City Power Sports/Monster Energy/Yamaha’s Tucker Hibbert for this one. After winning the first heat race of his career (topping such riders as Dungey and Matt Goerke and Ryan Morais), Hibbert went out and laid down the fifth-fastest Lites lap time of the main event on his YZ250F. Unfortunately an 18th place start ruined Hibbert’s chances for a top five finish, but he charged up through the pack for 10th. Well done, Tucker.

Tucker Hibbert was fast in Dallas

Second biggest surprise: The Lites guys were much slower than the top 450 riders this time as a result of the tacky, choppy track, which wore down towards the end of the night. Dungey’s best time would not have made a dent in the top ten in the Supercross class.

 

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