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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Red Bull Motocross of Nations

What is there left to say about the 2007 Red Bull Motocross of Nations that hasn’t already been said? I like how Blogandt summed it up: “This was a magical weekend, a celebratory weekend, a unique weekend, an awesome weekend and an unforgettable weekend and a weekend that--how rare is this–-clearly exceeded any amount of hype that you could have possibly made for the race.”

RV's fastest lap was a 2:08.691, which came in Moto 1.

With that being said, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of the races: the lap times. Results are one thing, but the lap times sometimes tell a completely different story. Many people were probably not that impressed by the performance of the MX2 FIM World Motocross champion, Antonio Cairoli, whose best moto finish was a 14th. But if you look at his best lap time in the second moto—a 2:11.196—it’s actually faster than Ricky Carmichael’s fastest lap time of the day. Unfortunately for Cairoli, mistakes and collisions in traffic cost him any chance of showing a wheel to Team USA’s hero, Ryan Villopoto, who was clearly the fastest rider all day long on his KX250F.

RV’s best time of the day came in the first moto when he logged a 2:08.691—over three seconds faster than RC’s first moto best lap. But while Ryan Villopoto had an open track in front of him, RC was busy weaving his way through the international field of riders, and with a slightly bent bike. RC was the second fastest rider in that moto, and the third fastest lap time came from Spaniard Jonathan Barragan, who logged a 2:12.557 on his KTM.

Australia’s Chad Reed was next, as his 2:13.049 helped him on to an impressive second place in the moto. At the checkered flag, Ryan Villopoto—who even crashed in the moto with Chile's Jeremias Israel and spent a good 10 seconds on the ground—had a gap of 15.616 seconds over Chad Reed.

RC's fastest lap was a 02:11.357.

Moto 2 (MX2/Open) again saw Villopoto way out front, recording the fastest lap of the moto—a 2:09.606. The next best time came from Belgium’s Ken de Dycker, who ran a 2:12.682 on his Honda CRF450R. Team USA’s Tim Ferry came from the back of the pack to fourth place and could only muster a 2:16.185.
Villopoto’s gap over second place this time was amazing—1:05.559! That’s just insanity!

The third and final moto saw Team USA’s leader, Ricky Carmichael, grab the holeshot and check out. He made it look easy out front, and Tim Ferry had to battle his way up to second place, giving Team USA a 1-2 punch. RC was the fastest rider in the moto with a 2:11.357, and Tim Ferry was second fastest with a 2:13.241—his lap times besting that of both the newly crowned AMA Motocross and FIM MX1 World champions. Carmichael’s advantage at the finish was 11.748 seconds over Tim Ferry.
 

Tim Ferry's fastest lap time was a 2:13.241.

Below you can check out the lap times of the top 20 finishers in each of the three motos on Sunday.

Moto 1
Pos.
Best Lap Time
Nationality
Rider
Bike
1
02:08.691
USA
Kawasaki
2
02:13.049
AUS
Yamaha
3
02:11.910
USA
Suzuki
4
02:13.847
FRA
Sebastien Pourcel
Kawasaki
5
02:12.557
ESP
Jon Barragan
KTM
6
02:13.101
ITA
David Philippaerts
KTM
7
02:14.578
EST
Tanel Leok
Kawasaki
8
02:14.531
BEL
Steve Ramon
Suzuki
9
02:14.142
GBR
KTM
10
02:15.303
FRA
Nicolas Aubin
Yamaha
11
02:14.761
GBR
Billy Mackenzie
Kawasaki
12
02:16.681
SUI
Julien Bill
Honda
13
02:17.282
RSA
G. Swanepoel
Kawasaki
14
02:18.615
ESP
Carlos Campano
Yamaha
15
02:18.921
POR
Rui Goncalves
KTM
16
02:20.068
CAN
Colton Facciotti
Yamaha
17
02:18.520
CAN
J.S. Roy
Yamaha
18
02:19.451
POR
Paulo Goncalves
Honda
19
02:20.562
SWE
Andreas Hultman
Honda
20
02:19.724
IRL
Martin Barr
Yamaha

Moto 2
Pos.
Best Lap Time
Nationality
Rider
Bike
1
02:09.606
USA
Kawasaki
2
02:12.682
BEL
Ken De Dycker
Honda
3
02:17.036
GBR
KTM
4
02:16.185
USA
Kawasaki
5
02:17.396
FRA
Pierre Renet
Honda
6
02:17.216
FRA
Nicolas Aubin
Yamaha
7
02:16.463
ESP
Carlos Campano
Yamaha
8
02:20.191
JPN
Yoshitaka Atsuta
Honda
9
02:17.993
IRL
Martin Barr
Yamaha
10
02:19.915
BEL
J. Van Horebeek
KTM
11
02:19.629
GER
Marcus Schiffer
KTM
12
02:20.854
CAN
Colton Facciotti
Yamaha
13
02:19.706
POR
Rui Goncalves
KTM
14
02:11.196
ITA
Antonio Cairoli
Yamaha
15
02:21.865
ITA
Davide Guarneri
Yamaha
16
02:22.778
JPN
K. Masuda
Honda
17
02:23.584
LAT
Lauris Freibergs
Yamaha
18
02:23.305
BRA
Honda
19
02:18.344
RSA
Wyatt Avis
KTM
20
02:23.162
SUI
Arnaud Tonus
KTM

Moto 3
Pos.
Best Lap Time
Nationality
Rider
Bike
1
02:11.357
USA
Suzuki
2
02:13.241
USA
Kawasaki
3
02:14.443
RSA
Yamaha
4
02:13.861
BEL
Steve Ramon
Suzuki
5
02:15.142
EST
Tanel Leok
Kawasaki
6
02:17.426
ITA
David Philippaerts
KTM
7
02:17.908
JPN
Yoshitaka Atsuta
Honda
8
02:16.509
GBR
Billy Mackenzie
Kawasaki
9
02:17.437
FRA
Sebastien Pourcel
Kawasaki
10
02:18.377
SUI
Julien Bill
Honda
11
02:17.240
BEL
Ken de Dycker
Honda
12
02:19.026
AUS
Suzuki
13
02:18.167
GER
Maximilian Nagl
KTM
14
02:21.188
FRA
Pierre Renet
Honda
15
02:18.733
CAN
J.S. Roy
Yamaha
16
02:20.498
ITA
Davide Guarneri
Yamaha
17
02:20.775
GER
Marcus Schiffer
KTM
18
02:21.118
ESP
Alvaro Lozano
KTM
19
02:20.847
SWE
Andreas Hultman
Honda
20
02:22.118
LAT
Lauris Freibergs
Yamaha
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