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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Steel City

This past weekend riders faced what was probably the most dynamic track of the season thus far on the AMA Toyota Motocross tour. Heavy rains Saturday night led to very wet conditions from practice throughout the first motos on Sunday morning. But as the day went on, the soil tightened up which translated into much faster lap times.

Lites

The first Lites moto of the day was probably the toughest conditions these riders faced all season. Deep ruts and very soft dirt meant the lines would be drastically changing every lap. This is one moto you wouldn’t want to have to work up through the pack, yet several top guns, including our points leaders, were forced to do just that after a huge first-turn pileup.

RV got the jump in Moto 2.

photo: Jackie Mims

It’s no surprise that Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto logged the fastest lap time both motos—again. And he continues to stretch the margin between himself and the second fastest rider. In the first moto his fastest lap was almost three full seconds faster than that of his rookie teammate and practice partner, Austin Stroupe, who had the second fastest lap time of the moto in his first-ever race as a professional. What’s amazing about Ryan’s fastest lap time was that it occurred on the last lap of the moto! Local favorite, Team Yamaha’s Broc Hepler, had the third fastest lap time, as he cruised home to his fifth-consecutive moto win at Steel City.

In the second moto RV was able to log a blistering 2:03.901 on the second lap of the moto, which is almost seven seconds faster than his first moto lap time. The track was probably in its best condition all day long, as the track crew touched it up a bit over intermission. BT101 picked up the pace as well with a 2:05.353, followed by Stroupe and Metcalfe. Check out the top 20 fastest Lites riders.

Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
02:10.763
02:03.901
Kawasaki
2
02:15.324
02:05.353
Ben Townley
Kawasaki
3
02:16.992
02:06.760
Kawasaki
4
02:13.238
02:06.625
Kawasaki
5
02:17.270
02:09.016
Suzuki
6
02:17.056
02:09.798
Honda
7
02:18.288
02:06.943
KTM
8
02:14.965
02:06.271
Yamaha
9
02:19.193
02:10.106
Honda
10
02:16.131
02:07.372
Honda
11
02:19.092
02:11.124
Yamaha
12
02:14.250
02:06.870
Yamaha
13
02:17.357
02:07.177
Honda
14
02:18.841
02:10.368
Honda
15
02:18.308
02:10.396
Yamaha
16
02:21.975
02:08.603
Zach Osborne
KTM
17
02:18.516
02:10.423
Kawasaki
18
02:20.537
02:12.518
KTM
19
02:21.571
02:10.084
Joaquim Rodrigues
KTM
20
02:22.398
02:11.562
Yamaha

AMA Motocross

Everything was clicking for Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi in the first moto at Steel City. Not only was he able to log the fastest first-moto lap time on his 450, but he also took his and KTM’s first-ever moto victory in the AMA Motocross class. It was an impressive moto for Alessi. Kevin Windham was second fastest the first time out, with Langston behind him.

This battle came down to the last corner on the last lap!

photo: Carl Stone

In the second moto it was SoBe No Fear/Samsung Mobile Honda’s Kevin Windham logging the fastest lap time with a 2:06.061. But you could throw a blanket over him, Langston and Alessi, as they all had lap times in the 2:06s. It was a great battle on one of the roughest tracks of the season. Check out the top 20 in the AMA Motocross class.

Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
02:10.269
02:06.941
Yamaha
2
02:08.945
02:06.860
KTM
3
02:09.913
02:06.061
Honda
4
02:13.285
02:07.759
Honda
5
02:10.479
02:10.208
Kawasaki
6
02:13.663
02:08.512
Suzuki
7
02:15.145
02:08.926
Honda
8
02:14.747
02:12.852
Suzuki
9
02:15.304
02:10.046
Yoshitaka Atsuta
Honda
10
02:17.536
02:11.498
Honda
11
02:14.574
02:11.566
Kyle Keylon
Honda
12
02:17.729
02:14.412
Kawasaki
13
02:19.437
02:11.947
Honda
14
02:16.934
N/A
KTM
15
N/A
02:12.121
Honda
16
02:18.847
02:12.296
Honda
17
02:16.585
02:14.320
Suzuki
18
02:18.826
02:12.338
Michael LaPaglia
Yamaha
19
02:23.811
02:13.352
Honda
20
02:20.132
02:14.150
Chris Whitcraft
Honda
 
It’s interesting to note that the Lites riders completed a 17-lap moto, while the AMA Motocross class’ second moto was only 16 laps.

 

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