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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Houston

AMA Supercross

Since James Stewart’s departure, San Manuel Yamaha’s Chad Reed has been the fastest rider on the track at every round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross tour from Anaheim 2 on. Although Kevin Windham was able to top him in practice this past weekend in Houston, Reed still managed to log the fastest lap time of the night, which came on lap four of the 20-lap main event. Windham wasn’t that far off of Reed’s best lap, and his 46.890 came on lap seven. Yamaha factory rider Josh Hill had the next best time—a 47.302—which came on lap five. Check out the rest of the fastest lap times below:

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
2
46.794
Yamaha
1
46.890
Honda
4
47.302
Yamaha
5
47.468
Honda
3
47.509
Kawasaki
8
48.220
Honda
6
48.664
Yamaha
19
49.002
Yamaha
7
49.229
Yamaha
9
49.954
KTM
11
50.767
Honda
12
50.783
Honda
10
50.795
David Vuillemin
Suzuki
13
50.914
Kawasaki
20
50.941
Kawasaki
15
51.203
Honda
14
51.448
Honda
18
51.578
Honda
17
51.682
Bryan Johnson
Honda
16
51.735
Dusty Klatt
Kawasaki



Nate Ramsey had a season-best sixth place in Houston.

Biggest Surprise: Let’s give some credit to Chad Reed’s teammate, Nathan Ramsey, who is quietly putting in a very solid and consistent season aboard his San Manuel Yamaha. Ramsey finished sixth in Houston, the best finish of his 2008 campaign, and is sixth in points. Keep it up, Nate Dogg.

Supercross Lites

The three-race win streak for Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence came to a halt Saturday night at the hand of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Stroupe, who grabbed his first-ever professional victory, as well as the first on the season for Mitch Payton’s team.  Regardless, it appeared that Lawrence may have just been playing it safe, protecting his points lead after Ryan Dungey crashed out of the lead on lap 2. Lawrence still posted the fastest main event time (48.246), followed closely by Stroupe (48.350). Phoenix winner Jake Weimer was back on form, as he ran a 48.609, pointing his Torco Racing Fuels Honda to a podium finish. As for Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, he had the fourth-fastest time—coming on lap 10—and finished fourth. Check out all the top lap times below.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
2
48.246
Yamaha
1
48.350
Kawasaki
3
48.609
Honda
4
48.726
Suzuki
5
48.788
Kawasaki
13
49.581
KTM
12
49.954
Tom Hahn
Kawasaki
21
50.134
Zach Osborne
Yamaha
11
50.337
Honda
6
50.391
Honda
10
50.589
Yamaha
9
50.794
Michael LaPaglia
Suzuki
8
50.812
Yamaha
7
51.063
Honda
15
51.566
Suzuki
16
51.877
Jeff Northrop
Honda
18
51.929
Brad Graham
KTM
17
51.976
Suzuki
20
52.139
Honda
22
52.215
Davide Esposti
Suzuki
14
52.298
Michael Blose
Suzuki
19
52.605
Brady Sheren
Suzuki


Zach Osborne

Biggest Surprise: In only his second race back after suffering a shoulder injury, Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Zach Osborne is laying down some pretty impressive lap times. He had the eighth quickest time in Houston, less than two seconds slower than that of his teammate, Lawrence. If he can keep it together for 15 laps in Seattle, Osborne could contend for a podium position.

 

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