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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Daytona

How could you describe the conditions of the 2008 Daytona Supercross by Honda? Grim? Lousy? Deplorable? Awful? Calamitous? Disastrous? Dreadful? God-awful? Miserable?
All of the above.

Nonetheless, the races were a game of survival, yet the cream still rose to the top as we’ve seen some familiar faces atop the lap times chart.

In the Lites class it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto setting the fastest time of the soggy evening with a 1:32.319 on his way to another runner-up finish. This came after a brief off-track excursion coming out of the first turn after he and Honda Red Bull Racing’s Ben Coisy almost collided. Check it out below:



Rookie Trey Canard wrote another chapter in his storybook season, chalking up the second-fastest lap time on his way to his third consecutive win in as many tries. Ben Coisy was third on the clock, but fourth in the results. His times were followed by two young up-and-comers; Florida-native Ricky Renner, who eventually finished ninth, and Suzuki City/Rockstar’s Jimmy Albertson, who finished fifth. Check out the rest of the field’s lap times below:

AMA Supercross Lites

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
2
1:32.319
Kawasaki
1
1:33.049
Honda
4
1:37.341
Honda
9
1:39.212
Kawasaki
5
1:39.855
Suzuki
3
1:40.471
Honda
22
1:41.592
Yamaha
8
1:42.427
Shane Sewell
Kawasaki
6
1:42.923
KTM
12
1:42.953
Suzuki
7
1:43.001
Suzuki
10
1:46.070
Honda
11
1:46.085
KTM
13
1:46.766
Robert Marshall
Kawasaki
19
1:47.000
Honda
16
1:48.147
Honda
15
1:50.307
Tyson Hadsell
Honda
14
1:50.435
Kawasaki
18
1:51.595
Kawasaki
17
1:55.410
Suzuki
20
1:55.672
Mitch Dougherty
Honda

Biggest surprise: We’re definitely going with Chaplin Kawasaki’s Ricky Renner here. Not only did he have the fourth-fastest lap time, but after getting lapped by Canard late in the race, Renner didn’t lie down and came back to actually pass the points leader and eventual winner.

Ricky Renner is fast in the mud!

AMA Supercross

By the time the AMA Supercross class riders took to the Daytona track for their 12-lap main event, the track resembled a lake instead of a dirt bike track. Doh!

However it didn’t matter to San Manuel Yamaha’s Chad Reed, who quickly motored out to the lead and set the fastest time in the class—a 1:51.346—almost a full 20 seconds slower than that of Villopoto’s fastest time! That’s how much it had rained between the early portions of the Lites main and the early laps of the 450 race.

The second-best time of the Supercross main came from our eventual winner Kevin Windham, who logged a 1:54.169 on his Torco Racing Fuels Honda 450. Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey was third (1:57.540), Millsaps was fourth (2:00.380) and Hart & Huntington/Rockstar Honda’s Cole Siebler was fifth.
 
And although it’s a dubious honor, the worst best-lap time of the main event goes to Cernic’s Kawasaki’s Jeff Gibson with a 2:47.220. That was before Jeff could be seen literally standing and bouncing on the bike’s rear wheel, trying to pry its stuck front out of the mud.

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
7
1:51.346
Yamaha
1
1:54.169
Honda
10
1:57.540
Suzuki
2
2:00.380
Honda
19
2:02.639
Honda
13
2:02.736
Dusty Klatt
Kawasaki
9
2:03.849
Eric Sorby
Honda
4
2:04.790
David Vuillemin
Suzuki
3
2:06.971
Honda
6
2:07.598
Honda
15
2:07.672
Honda
16
2:07.716
Honda
5
2:10.010
Honda
14
2:11.456
Kawasaki
18
2:11.810
Yamaha
17
2:11.908
Yamaha
12
2:13.226
Yamaha
8
2:18.299
Honda
11
2:35.795
Bryan Johnson
Honda
20
2:47.220
Kawasaki

Biggest surprise: Cole Siebler, of course! Too bad having the fifth-fastest lap time didn’t translate into a better finish, as the Hart & Huntington/Rockstar rider finished 19th.

Yep, that's Cole Siebler!

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