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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Anaheim 1

Precipitation can change a lot of things when it comes to racing dirt bikes. Underdogs suddenly become viable contenders and vice-versa. But what we saw in Anaheim Stadium on Saturday night was that the pre-race favorites still performed well, as the cream really does always rise to the top. So let’s take a look at the fastest lap time recorded in each class.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
2
55.661
Kawasaki
1
56.353
Yamaha
15
57.031
Honda
4
57.742
Yamaha
3
57.924
Kawasaki
5
58.053
Honda
7
58.949
Honda
6
59.159
Suzuki
8
59.245
Honda
9
59.279
KTM
16
59.835
Yamaha
13
1:00.349
Honda
14
1:00.543
Honda
11
1:00.627
Yamaha
12
1:00.676
Eric Sorby
Honda
10
1:00.805
David Vuillemin
Suzuki
20
1:01.007
Yamaha
17
1:01.079
Honda
19
1:01.836
Honda
21
1:02.132
Kawasaki
18
1:02.941
Bryan Johnson
Honda
22
1:03.774
Honda

In the AMA Supercross class there’s no surprise that it was James Stewart setting the fastest time of the main event on his Monster Energy-backed Kawasaki with a 55.661. Second fastest: Chad Reed, with a 56.353. Of course Reed won, after Stewart hit those ruts in the first turn, went down in a heap and was never able to challenge the winner.

Ivan Tedesco finished 15th.

But the rider with the third fastest time may come as a surprise, as his results didn’t turn out as expected. Honda Red Bull’s Ivan Tedesco logged a 57.031 on Lap 3 in his valiant charge to salvage his main event after crashing in the first turn. Unfortunately IT only made it to 15th—the worst finish of the three Honda Red Bull factory riders.

Yamaha’s Grant Langston showed some good speed on the rutted course, logging the fourth fastest time and leading a few laps, and Monster Energy’s Tim Ferry used both speed and consistency to climb up on the podium.

Fastest non-factory rider? Atomic Racing’s Paul Carpenter, who had the 12th fastest time with a 1:00.349.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
2
57.993
Yamaha
1
58.159
Suzuki
11
59.606
Yamaha
5
59.647
Kawasaki
3
59.662
KTM
6
1:00.242
Kawasaki
19
1:00.261
Kawasaki
4
1:00.625
Honda
8
1:00.774
Andrew McFarlane
Kawasaki
18
1:00.935
Yamaha
9
1:01.309
Suzuki
10
1:01.476
Yamaha
7
1:02.013
Honda
17
1:02.666
Honda
13
1:04.860
Michael LaPaglia
Suzuki
12
1:05.052
Jeff Northrop
Honda
14
1:05.665
Michael Blose
Suzuki
15
1:06.011
Honda
16
1:06.967
Suzuki
20
1:07.551
Eric McCrummen
Honda
21
1:08.153
Shaun Skinner
Honda

The Lites class was similar to the premier class in which the rider with the fastest lap time in the main event finished second, and the third fastest rider had a dismal main event. In this case the fastest rider was Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence, who recorded a 57.993. Main event winner Ryan Dungey wasn’t too far off of that with a 58.159, followed by 11th-place finisher Hepler, who was over a second back with a 59.606. Rookie Austin Stroupe was fourth fastest, followed by MDK KTM’s Justin Brayton.

Biggest surprise: Fun Center Suzuki’s Chris Blose, who was 11th fastest.

Now it’s on to Phoenix, which is guaranteed to be drier and much faster!

Yamaha's Broc Hepler had the third fastest lap time in the Lites class.


 

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