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Sign Of The (Lap) Times: Detroit

AMA SX Lites

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
3
48.661
Honda
1
48.662
Suzuki
2
48.858
Ben Townley
Kawasaki
4
48.896
Honda
5
49.129
Yamaha
6
49.338
Branden Jesseman
Yamaha
8
49.355
KTM
17
49.379
Yamaha
7
49.647
Kelly Smith
Suzuki
10
49.750
Darcy Lange
Kawasaki
18
49.815
KTM
11
49.887
Kawasaki
9
49.915
Kawasaki
22
50.100
Sean Hackley
Yamaha
13
50.222
Yamaha
12
50.799
Zach Osborne
KTM
14
50.885
Teddy Maier
Honda
15
51.146
Honda
20
51.209
Kawasaki
16
51.498
Tyler Bright
Yamaha

Although it was very, very close, Team Honda’s Tommy Hahn finally showed the speed that he’s capable of by laying down the fastest lap time in the Lites class in Detroit. His 48.661, which came on lap seven, barely beat out winner Ryan Dungey’s 48.662, which came on lap four. The difference came on the start, where Dungey pulled the Progressive Direct Holeshot, and Hahn had to fight his way up from a mid-pack start. It’s also interesting to note that the fastest Lites time would only be 12th fastest in the AMA Supercross class this time.
 

Team Honda's Tommy Hahn was very fast in Detroit

But what about our title contenders? The fastest lap time from the top three finalists came from our new champion, Ben Townley, who posted the third-fastest lap time of the night with a 48.858. Our championship runner-up Ryan Morais had the fifth-fastest lap time of the night in the Lites class, with a 49.129. The big surprise though is Darcy Lange, who seemed way off pace in Detroit. Lange could only muster up the 10th fastest lap time of the main event in what was a problematic night on the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit KX250F.

Red Bull KTM's Mike Alessi

Biggest surprise: It just comes to a surprise that Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi had only the seventh fastest main-event lap time after having such a blistering heat race win. Alessi has proved earlier this season that he was capable of having lap times in the top two or three, but he was off the pace in Michigan.

AMA SX

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
47.004
Kawasaki
4
47.421
Honda
3
47.686
Kawasaki
2
47.749
Yamaha
21
47.805
Honda
5
48.067
Honda
8
48.216
Suzuki
15
48.495
Suzuki
7
48.561
Honda
9
48.632
Kawasaki
6
48.696
David Vuillemin
Honda
11
49.565
Honda
18
49.921
Eric Sorby
Kawasaki
10
50.012
Honda
12
50.066
Kawasaki
14
50.173
Brock Sellards
Honda
13
50.188
Keith R. Johnson
Yamaha
16
50.222
Kawasaki
20
50.574
Robbie Reynard
Honda
19
50.802
Tyler Evans
Suzuki

It was hard to tell what it was, but San Manuel Yamaha’s Chad Reed was simply off the pace in Detroit. All season long Reed has been within the top two or three in lap times, and he even recorded the fastest lap of the night a few weeks back in Dallas. But that track was moist and tacky; Detroit was dry and slippery, which Reed just didn’t look comfortable on. So for the first time all season, Reed fell out of the top three in lap times.

SoBe No Fear/Samsung Mobile Honda's Kevin Windham was the second fastest rider in Detroit

But we saw the sudden re-emergence of SoBe No Fear/Samsung Mobile Honda’s Kevin Windham, who clocked a lap time that was within a half-second of James Stewart’s. Windham did that on lap five; Stewart was fastest on lap three, which solidifies my hypothesis of James’ game plan. He pulls the holeshot and gets out of dodge.

Behind Windham was Stewart’s Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate, Tim Ferry, with a 47.686. Reed was fourth with a 47.749, and Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps rounded out the top five in the AMA Supercross class with a 47.805.

Biggest Surprise: For recently coming off an injury, Team Honda’s Andrew Short is really putting in some impressive lap times and finishes. Short has less than five premiere-class races under his belt, and his lap times are only a second slower than the fastest in the world. Give Shorty some time…

 


 

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