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ign of the (Lap) Times: Minneapolis

After the insanely wet conditions in Daytona, Monster Energy AMA Supercross riders were ready and raring to get back to racing on dry conditions, as the series returned to Minneapolis’ Metrodome for Round 11. Let's begin by showing you the lap times from the AMA Supercross Lites class:

AMA Supercross Lites

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
47.491
Kawasaki
2
47.865
Honda
4
48.230
Honda
21
48.235
Yamaha
3
48.513
KTM
5
48.951
KTM
6
49.378
Yamaha
12
49.408
Branden Jesseman
Kawasaki
15
49.410
Honda
8
49.665
Honda
7
49.809
Yamaha
10
49.996
Honda
9
50.076
Suzuki
18
50.148
Phillip Nicoletti
Kawasaki
11
50.286
Kawasaki
13
50.734
Travis Sewell
Suzuki
14
51.136
Kawasaki
20
51.634
Nathan Skaggs
Honda
16
51.658
Zach Ames
Honda
22
52.599
Ryan Mills
Honda
19
53.619
Kawasaki
17
53.754
Tyler Medaglia
Suzuki
 
 
 
 

RV finally got that first win of '08.

It took four rounds, but Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto finally got his KX250F on top of the box, and he did so by only leading one lap, but it was the one that counted. In doing so, RV also set the fastest Lites lap time of the night with a 47.491, narrowly topping Torco Racing Fuels Honda teammates Josh Grant (47.865) and Trey Canard (48.230).

Star Racing Yamaha’s Jake Moss was the fourth fastest, followed by MDK KTM teammates Martin Davalos and Ryan Sipes. Following them on the lap charts was Yamaha of Troy’s Tyler Bowers and Branden Jesseman. Honda Red Bull Racing’s Ben Coisy was a bit off the pace in Minnesota, as he could only muster the ninth-fastest lap time in the 15-lap main event.

Biggest surprise: Although he’s only 13th in points, Australian Jake Moss has been turning some heads this season, evidenced by his fourth-fastest lap time in Minnesota. He opened up the season with a fourth in Atlanta, but a string of bad luck and crashes have kept him out of the hunt for a podium finish or win, and his bad luck continued this past weekend. His friend Mark Rodgers gave us an update: “Jake was running in the top five in Minneapolis, and he kept Canard honest and even made up some ground on him at times, but unfortunately a crash in the latter stages of the main knocked him out of the race. He is sore, but they think nothing is broken. His hip is sore, so he is on crutches just to be safe.”


AMA Supercross

For the second race in a row, San Manuel Yamaha’s Chad Reed was the fastest rider on the track, yet finished seventh in the main event. Reed laid down a 46.707 on lap five, but four laps later he crashed after working his way up in to second. He remounted and came across the line with a 1:14 lap time in ninth place.
Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
7
46.707
Yamaha
2
47.068
Suzuki
1
47.069
Yamaha
3
47.242
Honda
4
47.686
Honda
5
48.103
Kawasaki
10
48.136
Yamaha
6
48.198
Honda
9
48.244
Kawasaki
8
48.570
David Vuillemin
Suzuki
14
48.934
Honda
12
49.087
Yamaha
11
49.399
Honda
15
49.451
KTM
19
49.533
Honda
20
49.738
Manuel Rivas
Kawasaki
17
49.832
Kawasaki
13
49.928
Eric Sorby
Honda
18
50.055
Dusty Klatt
Kawasaki
16
50.917
Tyler Bright
Honda

The second fastest AMA Supercross class rider in Minneapolis was native son Ryan Dungey, who grew up in nearby Belle Plaine, Minnesota. Dungey logged a 47.068 on his Rockstar/Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 on his way to his first career podium finish in the premier class in only his third attempt. His fastest lap topped that of main event winner Josh Hill, who had a 47.069 on his Factory Yamaha. Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham was fourth fastest, followed by Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short.

Ryan Dungey had the second-fastest lap time in front of his hometown crowd.

Biggest surprise
: In his maiden voyage in the AMA Supercross class, Motosport Xtreme Team Green’s Tommy Hahn logged the sixth fastest lap time (48.103) on his way to a very impressive fifth-place finish.

Tommy Hahn was impressive in his 450 debut.

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