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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Freestone

Lites

With both Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart absent from AMA Toyota Motocross, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto has presented an argument for himself as the fastest rider in America right now. Aboard a Mitch Payton-tuned KX250F, for the past several races we’ve seen RV set the fastest lap time of the day out of both classes, and it’s not just by a few hundredths of a second—he’s gapping riders by a couple seconds a lap.

Martin Davalos has been on a hot streak.

It was the same story this past weekend in Texas, and as Davey Coombs wrote in 250 Words yesterday, RV may have cracked Ben Townley in Texas. Both motos RV was the fastest Lites rider, and his fastest lap time each moto was in the 2:14 range. No other rider was close to Ryan the first moto, but Ben’s fastest lap in the second moto was within a half second of Ryan’s. Nonetheless, RV was still able to come out with a 1-1, and carries a 19-point lead into the final round of the series at Glen Helen.

And in only his second pro national, Austin Stroupe was very impressive again, as he not only passed Broc Hepler on the last lap of the first moto but also recorded the second fastest lap time—2:16.276—in only his third moto as a professional! 

Another trend we’ve been seeing in the Lites class is consistent rides from Red Bull KTM’s Martin Davalos, who recorded another sixth overall in Texas. Davalos’ outdoor season got off to a rocky start as his first four results of 2007 was a 9th, 38th, 41st and 17th. Since the Thunder Valley National, Davalos’ scorecard reads like this: 6th, 6th, 4th, 7th, 6th. Those are solid performances by the Ecuadorian.
 
Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
02:14.337
02:14.558
Kawasaki
2
02:17.246
02:18.926
Yamaha
3
02:17.101
02:14.609
Ben Townley
Kawasaki
4
02:17.723
02:20.239
Kawasaki
5
02:17.604
02:19.998
Honda
6
02:18.525
02:19.973
KTM
7
02:19.814
02:23.077
Honda
8
02:20.224
02:23.252
Yamaha
9
02:20.801
02:23.601
Kawasaki
10
02:16.276
02:18.072
Kawasaki
11
02:21.631
02:25.478
Joaquim Rodrigues
KTM
12
02:19.631
02:24.415
Honda
13
02:19.641
02:25.064
Yamaha
14
02:22.839
02:23.937
Yamaha
15
02:24.046
02:26.282
Yamaha
16
02:23.530
02:28.327
Andrew McFarlane
Suzuki
17
02:25.458
02:28.504
Kawasaki
18
02:25.167
02:28.034
Honda
19
02:22.450
02:23.440
Yamaha
20
02:20.040
02:24.979
Yamaha

How is Villopoto doing it? The tracks are slightly smoother for the Lites in the first and second moto, as intermissions come beforehand. But like Tony Cairoli in Europe, he is riding at such a frantic yet controlled pace that he’s just hanging it out (and hanging on) more than anyone else.

AMA Motocross
For the second consecutive week, the rider with the fastest lap time in each moto in the AMA Motocross class was not able to take the overall win. In Texas, Honda’s Andrew Short was a man on a mission, decimating the field in the first moto to take the win and the points lead. Short’s lap time in the first moto—a 2:15.320—was a full two seconds faster than that of Grant Langston’s.

Shorty was on fire in Texas.

Short looked like he was going to repeat his first moto performance the second time out, but unfortunately he crashed while leading and was only able to maintain a fifth-place finish, giving him third overall. He was still able to record the fastest lap time in the second moto, too, with a 2:18.416.

And in his maiden voyage in the AMA Motocross class, Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill was impressive on the YZ450F, as he had the fifth-fastest lap time in the second moto. His fourth-place finish ahead of Short also helped his teammate, Langston, in the championship hunt.

Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
02:17.330
02:18.519
Yamaha
2
02:17.794
02:19.778
KTM
3
02:15.320
02:18.416
Honda
4
02:18.307
02:19.899
Kawasaki
5
02:19.966
02:22.803
Cody Cooper
Honda
6
02:19.254
02:23.622
Suzuki
7
02:20.288
02:21.176
Honda
8
02:22.504
02:25.171
Suzuki
9
02:20.476
02:20.241
Yamaha
10
02:22.964
02:25.403
Honda
11
02:24.671
02:27.238
Kyle Lewis
Honda
12
02:25.816
02:24.253
Honda
13
02:21.926
02:28.458
Honda
14
02:23.040
02:24.599
Kyle Keylon
Honda
15
02:22.561
02:26.239
Suzuki
16
02:22.968
02:31.372
KTM
17
02:25.113
N/A
Honda
18
02:24.236
02:25.825
Shaun Skinner
Honda
19
02:26.617
02:27.754
Honda
20
02:24.229
02:31.152
Ryan Mills
Kawasaki

 

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