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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Seattle

This year’s Seattle track was quoted by one rider as being “the driest, muddiest track they’ve ever seen.” After every practice session the Dirt Wurx crew was on the course spreading lime and filling ruts, doing their best to give the riders what they wanted. As the night wore on, the track looked more like Daytona than Seattle, and clinching the AMA Supercross championship wasn’t going to be as easy as everyone thought for James Stewart.
 

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
50.171
Kawasaki
2
50.794
Honda
6
51.311
Yamaha
4
51.867
Kawasaki
3
51.918
Honda
5
52.566
Honda
13
52.771
Suzuki
12
53.208
Yamaha
11
53.260
Kawasaki
7
53.444
Suzuki
10
53.558
Kawasaki
8
53.605
David Vuillemin
Honda
9
53.684
Honda
15
54.429
Robbie Reynard
Honda
19
54.710
Honda
14
55.056
Brock Sellards
Honda
17
55.193
Kevin Johnson
Yamaha
16
55.429
Joe Oehlhof
Kawasaki
18
55.507
Bryan Johnson
Honda
20
55.957
Kyle Lewis
Honda

But once again the Monster Energy rider prevailed. One would think that he would’ve adopted a conservative approach to secure the championship. Well, it appeared he did. And even though he rode conservatively, number 7 still managed to log the fastest main event lap time on his way to his first-ever AMA Supercross championship.

Stewart’s 50.171 was the fastest time of the night, and Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps was second with a 50.794. San Manuel Yamaha’s Chad Reed was third with a 51.311, and Tim Ferry was fourth with a 51.867. Third-place finisher Kevin Windham had the fifth fastest time of the night with a 51.918.

Team Honda's Davi Millsaps was on the gas in Seattle to take second place--his best career SX finish.

Biggest surprise: The sudden resurgence of Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps. Prior to Seattle, Davi’s highest ranking in the lap chart was in Dallas, where he logged the fourth-fastest time in the SX class. And then you give him one of the roughest circuits that these riders have seen all year, and he’s within a half-second of James Stewart. This was a very good sign for the outdoor nationals.


SX Lites

The rough and rutted course definitely leveled the playing field between the 450s and the 250Fs. On the east coast we’ve been seeing a difference of at least a second from the fastest lap times in each class, but this week Ryan Villopoto was fastest, and his time was within a second of Stewart’s. SoBe No Fear/Samsung Mobile Honda’s Josh Grant was the second-fastest Lites rider with a 51.525.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
50.914
Kawasaki
20
51.525
Honda
3
51.589
Yamaha
2
51.860
Yamaha
4
52.966
Honda
5
53.364
Kawasaki
8
53.433
Dusty Klatt
Yamaha
22
53.705
Yamaha
6
53.897
Mike LaPaglia
Yamaha
10
54.048
KTM
9
54.128
Yamaha
19
54.131
Joaquim Rodrigues
Kawasaki
7
54.135
Suzuki
11
55.482
Yamaha
21
55.669
Yamaha
13
55.741
Vernon McKiddie
Yamaha
14
55.751
Honda
15
56.219
KTM
12
56.358
Ryan Grantom
Yamaha
18
57.352
Kawasaki

But it’s very interesting to note that the fourth fastest rider in the Lites class, Jason Lawrence, had a 51.860, which was faster than the fourth fastest finisher in the Supercross class—Tim Ferry.
 
All things considered, we are all in for a treat Saturday in the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout.

Josh Hill scored third overall in the Western Regional Lites series as a rookie

Biggest surprise: Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill gets the nod in the Lites class. After a superb heat-race win, Hill finally led his first supercross lap as a pro and went on to finish third in Seattle, giving him third overall in his rookie season. This is a bright spot in Team Yamaha’s very bleak season thus far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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