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Sign of the (Lap) Times: RedBud

Motocross Lites

In the AMA Motocross Lites class, it was total domination by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, who laid down the fastest lap times in each moto on his way to a perfect 1-1. His teammate, Ben Townley, was second fastest each time out, but he was a little under a second slower the first moto, and over two seconds slower in moto 2.

Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
02:30.814
02:31.242
Kawasaki
2
02:31.525
02:33.324
Ben Townley
Kawasaki
3
02:35.229
02:38.300
Honda
4
02:33.233
02:37.843
Yamaha
5
02:38.185
02:38.683
Honda
6
02:36.453
02:39.346
Honda
7
02:39.861
02:41.296
Yamaha
8
02:39.317
02:39.443
Andrew McFarlane
Suzuki
9
02:38.061
02:41.629
Kawasaki
10
02:39.246
02:41.148
Kawasaki
11
02:39.464
02:40.306
Joaquim Rodrigues
KTM
12
02:40.673
02:40.658
Kawasaki
13
02:37.435
N/A
Yamaha
14
02:41.024
02:41.035
Yamaha
15
02:40.005
02:41.450
Kawasaki
16
02:38.590
N/A
Honda
17
02:39.016
02:39.771
Yamaha
18
02:40.923
02:41.530
Daniel Sani
Yamaha
19
02:40.815
02:44.115
Kelly Smith
Suzuki
20
02:38.089
02:39.348
Yamaha

But it’s interesting to note at how far out front these top two guys are. Check the fastest lap time of the third-place guy—he’s a few seconds off the pace every lap. And it shows, as Villopoto won the second moto by almost a minute and a half over third-place Josh Grant.

RV was flying at RedBud

But the most surprising aspect of RV’s Red Bud weekend is when you compare his lap times to the MX class. Although the track was long, rough, rutted, and fast, RV’s best lap of 2:31.242 was just a tad slower than RC’s 2:30.924; and it was faster than that of James Stewart, who logged a 2:31.688 as his fastest time in Moto 2. I think this race was definitely a statement on know who is going to represent the MX2 class for the United States at this year’s MXdN at Budds Creek.
 

Jake Weimer rode well for fifth overall

And here’s a nod to SoBe No Fear/Samsung Honda’s Jake Weimer, who put in a solid 7-4 for fifth overall—his best overall finish of the season.
 

Motocross class

In the first moto, James Stewart recorded the fastest MX lap time with a 02:29.532, just a few hundredths faster than RC. The third quickest was Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, who had been fast all weekend long. In moto 2 RC took the honors of having the fastest time, and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry was third behind his teammate Stewart.

Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
02:29.802
02:30.924
Suzuki
2
02:29.532
02:31.688
Kawasaki
3
02:33.311
02:35.186
KTM
4
02:33.887
02:34.705
Kawasaki
5
02:34.427
02:36.786
Honda
6
02:33.840
02:38.610
Yamaha
7
02:38.773
02:38.265
KTM
8
02:38.041
02:37.609
Honda
9
02:37.439
02:39.916
David Vuillemin
Honda
10
02:40.190
02:40.202
Suzuki
11
02:38.917
02:41.467
Honda
12
02:39.051
02:38.996
Honda
13
02:39.360
02:40.339
Suzuki
14
02:40.291
02:43.199
Kyle Lewis
Honda
15
02:39.706
02:43.054
Bobby Garrison
Yamaha
16
02:41.644
02:40.613
Suzuki
17
02:39.600
02:41.662
Kawasaki
18
02:42.428
02:41.731
Ryan Mills
Kawasaki
19
02:41.033
N/A
Honda
20
02:42.304
02:42.679
Shaun Skinner
Honda

The top five finishers have pretty consistent lap times from the first and second motos—until you come across Team Yamaha’s Grant Langston. GL’s fastest lap in the first moto was a 2:33; in the second moto it was a 2:38. One of the most consistent times came from Rockstar Suzuki’s Michael Byrne. His first moto he logged a 2:40.190; Moto 2 he had a 2:40.202.

Red Bull KTM's Mike Alessi

Farther back, Jeff Alessi put in some good lap times, as well as Moto XXX Honda’s Josh Summey, and privateer Gavin Gracyk, whose fastest lap times each moto were better than Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco.


 

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