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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Atlanta

AMA Supercross

Wow, things all of a sudden are getting interesting in the AMA Supercross class. So much so that we just had a Honda podium sweep—the first since...  Well, if you could be one of the first five readers to tell us when the last Honda podium sweep was in the premier class of AMA Supercross, we’ll send you a One Chance to Win DVD, courtesy of The Motocross Files. Submit your answers here.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
50.776
Honda
19
51.015
Yamaha
2
51.082
Honda
4
51.096
Kawasaki
6
51.129
Yamaha
5
51.402
Yamaha
3
51.648
Honda
18
52.678
Yamaha
7
52.785
Yamaha
20
52.851
Honda
9
53.215
David Vuillemin
Suzuki
12
53.676
Honda
11
53.714
Honda
8
53.805
Honda
10
54.197
Honda
14
54.278
KTM
16
54.338
Honda
15
54.355
Honda
13
54.387
Bryan Johnson
Honda
17
54.811
Kawasaki

Getting back on track, Honda Red Bull’s Davi Millsaps has caught fire lately, and he fed off his hometown Atlanta crowd to ride a flawless 20 laps to grab the first premier-class win inside the same stadium he made his AMA Supercross debut one year ago. This was only  the 17th AMA Supercross start in his career—it took RC 22 tries for his first win (Daytona ’00).

There’s no doubt that Millsaps earned this one, as he logged the fastest lap time of the night and was the only rider able to dip into the 50-second range. The second-fastest rider in the AMA Supercross class was Team Yamaha’s Josh Hill! Unfortunately, Josh cased a jump and was ejected off the side of the track, resulting in a 19th-place finish.

Kevin Windham was third fastest, followed by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry and San Manuel Yamaha’s Chad Reed, who saw his points advantage shrink to 25 over Windham after his crash while leading.

Josh Hansen was eighth fastest in the AMA Supercross class aboard his Gibbs Racing Yamaha.

photo: Kelly Moore

Biggest surprise: Atlanta was considered the “hometown” race for the newly-formed Gibbs Racing/Toyota Yamaha team, and both of their riders had top 10 lap times: Hansen was eighth, Summey ninth. Unfortunately, Hansen had trouble with the same section that Chad Reed did, and finished 18th. Summey, on the other hand, scored his second-consecutive 7th-place finish and is now within two marks of breaking into the top 10 in points.

Supercross Lites

You don’t have to be the fastest rider on the track to win, but Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Trey Canard was pretty close, as he was the third quickest Lites rider. The fastest? Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, who retired from the main event early after a brutal crash involving Josh Grant.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
22
51.775
Kawasaki
7
51.947
Honda
1
52.094
Honda
6
52.224
Branden Jesseman
Kawasaki
4
52.277
Yamaha
8
52.569
Suzuki
3
52.675
KTM
2
52.677
KTM
5
53.233
Yamaha
9
53.515
Kawasaki
10
53.622
Honda
11
53.761
Yamaha
12
54.234
Honda
15
54.407
Suzuki
14
54.446
Honda
16
54.534
Phillip Nicoletti
Kawasaki
13
54.668
Ryan Mills
Honda
18
54.959
Honda
20
55.347
Levi Kilbarger
Honda
17
55.321
Kawasaki
19
55.714
Nathan Skaggs
Honda
21
56.051
Chad Ward
Kawasaki

Ryan Villopoto was flying before his crash!

photo: Kelly Moore

Speaking of Grant, he had the second-fastest Lites time, followed by his rookie teammate Trey Canard, who put in 15 mistake-free laps in his first-ever Supercross main to take the win. RV’s teammate and 2003 125cc East Region Supercross Champion Branden Jesseman was fourth fastest, followed by Australian import Jake Moss on the Star Racing Yamaha.

As for the other two podium finishers—Davalos and Sipes—they had the seventh and eighth fastest lap times, respectively.

Jake Moss was a pleasant surprise.

photo: Carl Stone

Biggest surprise: I’m going with Jake Moss. Nobody really knew where the Aussie would be running, but Moss looked solid with the fifth-fastest Lites lap time and impressive fourth-place finish—and he might have had second had the Star Racing Yamaha newcomer played his cards right at the end.

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