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Sign of the (Lap) Times: High Point

MX Lites

From the first Lites practice at High Point, SoBe No Fear/Samsung Honda’s Josh Grant was poised to win. And in the first moto, Josh could claim that he was the fastest Lites rider in America, laying down the fastest lap time that moto—a 2:02.964. The depth of this class really shows, though, as the next four fastest riders—Jason Lawrence, Ben Townley, Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto—were all within a second of Grant’s fastest lap.
 

Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
02:02.964
02:01.761
Honda
2
02:03.849
02:01.569
Kawasaki
3
02:03.365
02:00.962
Ben Townley
Kawasaki
4
02:03.710
02:01.385
Suzuki
5
02:03.238
02:04.855
Yamaha
6
02:05.629
02:04.045
Honda
7
02:04.921
02:05.775
Honda
8
02:07.280
02:04.880
Yamaha
9
02:05.782
02:02.614
Yamaha
10
02:07.224
02:05.356
Yamaha
11
02:09.028
02:07.124
Andrew McFarlane
Suzuki
12
02:08.744
02:08.197
Yamaha
13
02:08.957
02:08.309
Kelly Smith
Suzuki
14
02:09.788
02:08.582
Yamaha
15
02:07.605
02:05.408
Kawasaki
16
02:11.091
02:07.698
Kawasaki
17
02:11.348
02:07.774
Honda
18
02:10.335
02:08.068
Dusty Klatt
Yamaha
19
02:07.395
02:08.660
Daniel Sani
Yamaha
20
02:09.732
02:09.737
Joaquim Rodrigues
KTM

Josh Grant

The second moto Grant had the fourth fastest lap time, which was within a second of the fastest moto time recorded by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ben Townley, who logged a 2:00.962, a full two seconds faster than Grant’s first-moto fast lap. BT101 redeemed his stop-in-the-pits-and-go-still-get 10th in moto one with a very decisive win in the second moto. Again, both Dungey and Villopoto were in the top four, and it’s surprising that Jason Lawrence only had the seventh fastest time of the moto (and finished sixth). Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill had some quick laps, setting the fifth fastest time.

AMA MX Class

There was some uncertainty of whether this year’s race could live up to the first moto battle that we saw in the MX class here in 2006. But it did, as Makita Suzuki’s Carmichael got up from a fall and hunted down the #7 Monster Energy Kawasaki throughout the first moto, giving every fan in attendance their money’s worth. Finally on lap 12, Carmichael pounced, taking the lead from Stewart, and racing off for the moto win. Carmichael’s fastest lap time was a 1:58.488, almost a full two seconds faster than Stewart’s fastest lap. In fact, RC was the only rider throughout the first motos to eclipse the two-minute mark.

Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
01:58.488
01:57.776
Suzuki
2
02:00.436
01:58.392
Kawasaki
3
02:02.488
02:02.172
Honda
4
02:01.960
02:02.602
Kawasaki
5
02:02.077
02:02.408
Honda
6
02:02.339
02:02.917
Yamaha
7
02:04.607
02:02.263
Honda
8
02:05.515
02:06.664
Suzuki
9
02:06.981
02:03.872
KTM
10
02:06.698
02:06.639
David Vuillemin
Honda
11
02:07.535
02:05.860
Honda
12
02:09.228
02:09.891
Honda
13
02:07.780
02:10.741
Kawasaki
14
02:09.841
02:06.833
Honda
15
02:08.527
02:12.197
Honda
16
02:07.329
02:06.774
Honda
17
02:07.852
02:10.680
KTM
18
02:11.390
02:13.169
Honda
19
02:12.389
02:13.449
Barry Carsten
Suzuki
20
02:11.170
02:13.347
Doug DeHaan
Honda

In moto two it was all Carmichael, who pulled the holeshot and led wire-to-wire. But Stewart did manage to get his lap times under the two-minute mark as well. Similar to the Lites class, the lap times were faster for the second set of motos, and RC was able to best his first moto lap time with a 1:57.776. Stewart had a 1:58.392, and Millsaps was third quickest with a 2:02.172, followed by Andrew Short’s 2:02.408.

Ricky Carmichael

 

 

 

 

 

 

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