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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Glen Helen

The final round of the 2007 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented riders with the longest race track of the season at Glen Helen. The track was over a mile and a half long, and it threw a little bit of everything at the riders, including uphills, downhills, off-cambers, sand, ruts, whoops, hardpack and very big jumps. But as we’ve seen all year long, the cream rises to the top, and our champions were both able to record the fastest lap time in the first moto. They both then cruised in Moto 2, knowing that there was a title on the line and a moto win or setting the fastest time wasn’t necessary—they just had to garner a respectable finish.
       And yet again, both Villopoto and Townley had faster lap times than all of the 450 riders, even on Glen Helen’s massive uphills.

Lites

In the first Lites moto, the three fastest lap times came from riders aboard Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasakis. Ryan Villopoto was fastest with a 2:34.362, which came on lap six. Ben Townley’s best lap was a little over a second slower than RV’s, and his came on lap three. Rounding out the top three was Brett Metcalfe with a 2:37.243. Like Townley, Metcalfe’s best lap also came on the third lap.

Townley was the fastest Lites rider in Moto 2.

Rounding out the top five lap times was SoBe No Fear/Samsung Mobile Honda pilot Josh Grant, who crashed out of the moto, and the youngest Pro Circuit rider, Austin Stroupe

The second moto again saw the Pro Circuit riders out front, this time occupying the top four spots in lap times. BT and RV flip-flopped, as Townley was a man on a mission, recording a 2:37.987 on his way to the moto win and overall. RV cruised home to a championship, but still managed to log a 2:38.266, which was good enough to be the second fastest Lites rider in the moto. Stroupe had the third fastest time, with Metcalfe fourth. Trey Canard rounded out the top five, with a 2:41.620.
Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
02:35.655
02:37.987
Ben Townley
Kawasaki
2
02:34.362
02:38.266
Kawasaki
3
02:37.243
02:41.135
Kawasaki
4
02:39.137
02:42.640
Yamaha
5
02:38.377
02:41.134
Kawasaki
6
02:39.933
02:43.330
KTM
7
02:40.340
02:44.180
Honda
8
02:38.425
02:41.620
Honda
9
02:39.975
02:44.088
Suzuki
10
02:43.188
02:44.145
Kawasaki
11
02:41.556
02:43.906
Honda
12
02:42.112
02:47.353
Yamaha
13
02:43.677
02:44.556
Kawasaki
14
02:40.983
02:43.017
Yamaha
15
02:45.771
02:43.317
Yamaha
16
02:43.567
02:46.541
Zach Osborne
KTM
17
02:43.364
N/A
Andrew McFarlane
Suzuki
18
02:45.267
02:47.415
KTM
19
02:47.550
02:49.880
Adam Miller
KTM
20
02:43.728
02:55.300
Kelly Smith
Suzuki

AMA Motocross

The first moto of the AMA Motocross class at Glen Helen was one of the best battles we’ve seen all season, and when it looked like the current points leader was distressed, running in fifth, he turned it on and recorded the fastest lap time of the moto with a 2:36.537, which came on lap 11 of the 14 lap moto. Mike Alessi was second fastest, but when the checkered flag flew, he was 10.7 seconds back of the #8 Yamaha, losing three more points in the championship battle. Langston’s time ended up being the fastest of the day in the AMA Motoross class.

Kevin Windham had the fastest Moto 2 time in the AMA Motocross class.

2001 AMA 125cc national champion Mike Brown came back to the United States to compete in the final round of the series, and he was able to record the sixth fastest lap time in the first moto aboard a MDK Honda CRF450R. Breaking into the top ten was Motoworldracing.com Yamaha’s Michael LaPaglia, with a 2:42.744.

Kevin Windham was unbelievable in the second moto, taking off for the moto win and scoring the fastest lap time along the way. Langston, riding with the title in mind, was still second quickest, with Mike Alessi rounding out the top three. Yamaha’s Josh Hill improved to the fifth fastest time, with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry in sixth.
Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
02:36.537
02:39.851
Yamaha
2
02:36.702
02:39.980
KTM
3
02:37.363
02:38.703
Honda
4
02:37.434
02:42.663
Kawasaki
5
02:38.046
02:41.578
Honda
6
02:42.057
02:41.697
Yamaha
7
02:39.337
02:43.158
Honda
8
02:44.010
02:48.653
Honda
9
02:45.333
02:49.705
Kyle Mace
Kawasaki
10
02:42.318
02:49.909
Honda
11
02:40.787
02:45.876
Cody Cooper
Honda
12
02:47.606
02:42.984
Suzuki
13
02:46.174
02:50.756
Richie Owens
Honda
14
02:43.077
02:46.121
Suzuki
15
N/A
02:47.298
Honda
16
02:47.872
02:49.581
Honda
17
02:42.744
N/A
Michael LaPaglia
Yamaha
18
02:44.986
02:49.945
Scott Simon
Kawasaki
19
02:45.521
02:49.674
Kevin Rookstool
Honda
20
DNS
02:49.083
Suzuki

 

 

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