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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Hangtown

MX Lites

While everyone is now talking about Ben Townley and his first AMA National win of his career and how he will give Ryan Villopoto a run for the championship this year, let’s take a look at what tale the lap times tell.

In both Lites motos on Sunday afternoon it was the #1 of Villopoto logging the fastest lap time of the moto. In the first moto, in which RV won, he had a 2:20.801, which was over a full second faster than second-place Townley’s fastest lap. In fact, the only riders that had faster laps out of both classes in the first motos were James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael. That’s yet another impressive statement for the youngster from Poulsbo, Washington.

In the second moto it was much of the same, with RV’s fastest lap being over a second faster than Townley’s, but BT101 was out front and got the moto win and overall. But after seeing RV lay down lap times like that, it has to instill some fear in the eyes of his competition. Because looking back to last season, RV really got the train rolling at round two in Mt. Morris.

Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
02:22.274
02:24.367
Ben Townley
Kawasaki
2
02:20.801
02:23.297
Kawasaki
3
02:22.853
02:25.879
Suzuki
4
02:22.674
02:27.441
Honda
5
02:23.992
02:26.545
Kawasaki
6
02:23.880
02:26.251
Yamaha
7
02:25.082
02:28.472
Honda
8
02:25.345
02:27.597
Yamaha
9
02:25.868
02:29.247
KTM
10
02:25.380
02:29.351
Honda
11
02:27.223
02:30.138
Kawasaki
12
02:25.344
02:33.901
Yamaha
13
02:25.702
02:27.057
Yamaha
14
02:26.324
02:29.222
Dusty Klatt
Yamaha
15
02:28.121
02:30.801
Kawasaki
16
02:26.050
02:33.831
Joaquim Rodrigues
KTM
17
02:27.631
02:30.605
Yamaha
18
02:29.490
02:30.302
Yamaha
19
02:28.211
02:31.116
Kawasaki
20
N/A
02:30.436
Daniel Sani
Yamaha


But full credit to Townley: He was riding on the Hangtown track for the first time, and his second moto lap times were consistently in the XXX-range. Afterwards, he credited his trainer Aldon Baker for his conditioning, a statement that would be echoed later by the 450 class winner!

Check out BT101’s second moto times, which were steady
enough to pull away from the rest of the pack:

Lap - Time
2
- 2:25.972
3 - 2:25.214
4 - 2:24.555
5 - 2:24.367
6 - 2:24.893
7 - 2:24.633
8 - 2:24.464
9 - 2:26.146
10 - 2:26.591
11 - 2:26.417
12 - 2:27.461
13 - 2:29.447
14 - 2:32.025
15 - 2:41.294


Biggest Surprise: For all the talk of how fast Jason Lawrence was going through the pack on his way to the front both motos, it’s kind of surprising that he only had the fifth-fastest lap time in the first moto, and the fourth-fastest in the second moto. However, the Hangtown track was at its fastest early in each moto, which is precisely when the Yamaha of Troy rider was still in traffic.

Broc Tickle was impressive at Hangtown

It was also a nice surprise seeing North Carolina’s Broc Tickle mixing it up and showing he belongs in the top 10 of the super-fast Lites class. It was his first national competing in the MX Lites class, and he was impressive on the Lucas Oil/Star Racing Yamaha.

MX Class

Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
02:17.939
02:21.094
Suzuki
2
02:18.131
02:22.236
Kawasaki
3
02:21.901
02:25.636
Kawasaki
4
02:22.920
02:25.517
Honda
5
02:23.040
02:26.599
Yamaha
6
02:22.737
02:28.988
Honda
7
02:25.992
02:26.871
Honda
8
02:22.544
02:28.732
KTM
9
02:26.928
02:29.464
Suzuki
10
02:27.998
02:28.051
David Vuillemin
Honda
11
02:26.210
02:30.172
KTM
12
02:28.775
02:31.620
Honda
13
02:28.989
02:30.896
Honda
14
02:28.207
02:31.986
Kyle Lewis
Honda
15
02:27.497
N/A
Akira Narita
Honda
16
02:29.639
02:32.789
Honda
17
02:27.852
02:35.799
Honda
18
02:29.355
02:32.061
Honda
19
02:29.228
02:33.458
Honda
20
02:27.221
02:35.297
Honda
 
 

What we witnessed this past weekend at Hangtown in the Motocross class does come as a bit of a surprise to many, especially to those of us who have experience riding and racing dirt bikes. Not competing for a couple months should slow someone down, but not RC. In both motos at Hangtown he was able to record the fastest lap time, even though he was fighting with his bike setup all day. With the first race out of the way, RC is returning a track that he’s raced on his entire life—High Point Raceway. It looks like we may be in for another battle of epic proportions, similar to last year.

It’s always fun to take a look at the lap times from the second moto of the MX class, where the track is at its worst, being chewed up and spit out by factory race bikes all day long.

Carmichael’s fastest second-moto lap time was a 2:21.094. James’ fastest time was a little over a second slower, and the third fastest time came from Honda’s Davi Millsaps, but it was over four seconds slower! One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi, four Mississippi…..

Team Solitaire's Ryan Clark

It’s even more amazing to look at the difference between RC’s lap time and the 13th fastest time of Team Solitaire’s Ryan Clark, a full-on privateer. Clark’s fastest lap time was a 2:31.620—a full 10 seconds off of RC’s pace! We can go farther back than that. The 36th fastest lap of that moto came by Alaska’s Jerry Lymburner, who ran a 2:41.838—20 seconds off of RC.

 

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