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Sign of the (Lap) Times: San Diego

The blue streak continue as both San Manuel Yamaha’s Chad Reed and Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence recorded the fastest lap times in their respective class en route to the third consecutive Yamaha sweep. Believe it or not, after practice Lawrence actually had a faster time than Reed, but in the main events it was Chad Reed’s 49.568 being the fastest inside Qualcomm Stadium. Lawrence topped the Lites class with a 50.454.

AMA Supercross

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
49.568
Yamaha
2
49.846
Kawasaki
3
49.858
Honda
5
50.040
Honda
4
50.302
Honda
6
50.507
Yamaha
7
51.005
David Vuillemin
Suzuki
8
51.365
Yamaha
15
51.907
Honda
9
52.118
KTM
10
52.261
Honda
11
52.294
Honda
18
52.442
Yamaha
13
52.485
Honda
14
52.560
Kawasaki
12
52.699
Kevin Johnson
Yamaha
17
53.002
Honda
16
53.213
Eric Sorby
Honda
19
55.179
Honda

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry stepped up in his farewell to SX in California for 2008, as his fastest lap time was less than a half second slower than Reed. Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps was third, followed by Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham and Andrew Short. Props to both David Vuillemin and Jeff Alessi, the latter having the ninth-fastest lap time on his Bad Boy Energy Drink Honda in his first race back.

Millsaps (118) gave Reed all he could handle in the main event.

But let’s the AMA’s transponder scoring to break down the individual lap times of both Reed and Millsaps. Let’s start with Millsaps:
Lap # Lap time
2 0:49.858
3 0:51.478
4 0:50.455
5 0:50.860
6 0:52.261
7 0:50.164
8 0:50.312
9 0:50.443
10 0:50.818
11 0:50.496
12 0:50.628
13 0:51.645
14 0:50.496
15 0:50.869
16 0:52.352
17 0:52.671
18 0:51.886
19 0:51.154
20 0:54.166

Davi started out strong with his fastest lap time of the main event coming on Lap 2—a 49.858. Unfortunately he was unable to dip below the 50-second range again, unlike Reed. Take a look at Chad’s times below:

 

Lap # Lap time
2 0:50.632
3 0:49.893
4 0:49.568
5 0:49.596
6 0:49.790
7 0:50.494
8 0:50.290
9 0:50.607
10 0:50.372
11 0:50.454
12 0:51.206
13 0:57.312
14 0:50.772
15 0:49.956
16 0:52.005
17 0:51.219
18 0:49.643
19 0:52.291
20 0:52.380

The one lap time that does stand out came on Lap 13, when Chad Reed dropped his YZ450F in the sandy first turn, resulting in a 57.312. Millsaps ran a 51.645 on Lap 13, then dipped into the 50-second range for two laps, looking to put a gap on Reed. Chad then dug down and on Lap 17 when he reassumed the lead from Millsaps with a 51.219. On Lap 18 Reed dropped down to a 49.643—his third-fastest lap time of the main!—gapping Millsaps for his 31st career SX win, and preventing Millsaps from getting his first.

J-Law again led the Lites class.

AMA Supercross Lites

Lawrence led the Lites riders again, but he was closely followed by both Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey and Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Jake Weimer, as all three riders were within a half-second of each other. The second and third-place finishers in the main (Tom Hahn and Bobby Kiniry, had the seventh and eighth fastest lap times. Tommy’s younger brother, Wil, was right behind him with the ninth-fastest time. Take a look at all of the fastest recorded lap times below:

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
50.454
Yamaha
6
50.571
Suzuki
17
50.839
Honda
7
51.031
Kawasaki
4
51.284
Kawasaki
5
51.437
KTM
3
51.512
Honda
2
51.523
Tom Hahn
Kawasaki
8
51.641
Yamaha
11
51.882
Suzuki
10
51.942
KTM
9
52.166
Michael LaPaglia
Suzuki
12
52.385
Honda
15
52.486
Honda
22
52.534
Matthew Lemoine
Yamaha
13
52.682
Zach Osborne
Yamaha
16
52.692
Justin Keeney
Honda
14
53.022
Jeff Northrop
Honda
18
53.397
Michael Blose
Suzuki
20
53.431
Honda
19
55.283
Carlos Gonzalez
KTM
21
55.436
Honda

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