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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Indy

AMA Supercross Lites

Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Trey Canard wasn’t the fastest rider in the Atlanta season-opener, on his way to his first-ever professional supercross win, but this past weekend in Indy, he was. Canard ran a 46.812 (which came on the first lap of the main event), which was just a bit faster than Ryan Villopoto’s 46.837, which came on lap five.
 

Trey Canard did it again!

The third-fastest Lites rider in Indiana was RV’s teammate, Branden Jesseman, and Canard’s teammate, Josh Grant, was fourth. Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Nico Izzi rounded out the top five on his way to his first career podium finish. Check out the entire field below:
Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
46.812
Honda
2
46.837
Kawasaki
6
47.629
Branden Jesseman
Kawasaki
12
48.408
Honda
3
48.487
Suzuki
5
48.490
KTM
4
48.588
Honda
10
48.919
KTM
11
49.017
Yamaha
9
49.455
KTM
7
49.628
Yamaha
14
49.765
Yamaha
8
49.810
Honda
21
49.887
Honda
16
50.234
Michael McDade
Honda
15
50.277
Nathan Skaggs
Honda
17
50.568
Suzuki
13
50.676
Travis Sewell
Suzuki
22
50.894
Shane Sewell
Kawasaki
18
50.947
Suzuki
19
51.974
Leighton Lillie
Honda
20
55.056
Zach Ames
Honda


Biggest surprise: Or should I say disappointment? Coming into the season, one of the title favorites was Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Ryan Morais, who was a very close runner-up for the Eastern Regional Lites championship to Ben Townley in 2007. Unfortunately, he has been unable to find the speed from last season and recorded only the 12th-fastest Lites lap time in Indy—almost a full three seconds off of Canard’s best time. He’s currently 12th in points with an 11th and 14th-place finish.

AMA Supercross

Chad Reed got back on top of his game in a big way in Indy, laying down the fastest lap of the night aboard his San Manuel/Fusion Energy Yamaha. In fact, his best lap time (45.574) was almost a full second faster than that of Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short (46.402), who was the second-fastest premier-class rider. The third-fastest lap time was logged in by second-place finisher Josh Hill, aboard his factory Yamaha, followed by Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham and 450-class rookie Ryan Dungey, aboard his (or Michael Byrne’s) Rockstar/Makita Suzuki RM-Z450.

Reedy was speedy.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
45.574
Yamaha
3
46.402
Honda
2
46.517
Yamaha
5
46.805
Honda
4
46.843
Suzuki
17
47.032
Honda
10
47.326
Yamaha
8
47.455
Yamaha
6
47.990
Kawasaki
13
48.605
Honda
7
48.623
Honda
11
48.931
Honda
12
49.090
Manuel Rivas
Kawasaki
9
49.150
David Vuillemin
Suzuki
19
49.154
Yamaha
15
49.699
Honda
14
49.716
Honda
16
49.932
Eric Sorby
Honda
20
50.033
Bryan Johnson
Honda
18
50.290
Kawasaki

Biggest surprise: After logging the fastest lap time of everyone in his win last week in Atlanta, Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps failed to crack the top-five-best 450-class times with his 47.032 inside the RCA Dome. Maybe Davi was having an off-night, or maybe this just is a great example of the parity we have this year in the AMA Supercross class.

Ryan Dungey was quick on his RM-Z450


 

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