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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Dallas

Designed by Honda Red Bull’s Ivan Tedesco (and based entirely on San Diego ’04), the Dallas track that was created for last Saturday night’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross provided plenty of lines and tight racing in both classes, with the exception of the leaders, who both inched away from second-place. The lap times hovered in the low- to mid 50-second range, and surprisingly, the winner didn’t register the fastest time in one of the classes.

AMA Supercross Lites

RV2 was #1 in Dallas.

photo: Steve Cox

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto is showing improvement each week, and he rode 15 flawless laps in Dallas, his fastest coming on lap four when he logged a time of 53.048—the top time in the class. The rider who he’s chasing for the Eastern Regional Lites championship, Trey Canard, clocked the second-fastest time with a 53.926, coming on lap 14 after a heroic charge through the field following an early crash.
 
Canard’s teammate Josh Grant was next with a 54.131, coming on lap two, while RV’s teammate Branden Jesseman followed that with a 54.954. Rounding out the top five was MDK KTM’s Martin Davalos (55.089), who finished on the podium for the third time this season. Check out the rest of the Lites lap times below:

 

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
53.048
Kawasaki
4
53.926
Honda
2
54.131
Honda
8
54.954
Branden Jesseman
Kawasaki
3
55.089
KTM
6
55.108
Yamaha
5
55.213
Yamaha
9
55.723
Yamaha
7
55.745
Suzuki
10
56.065
Honda
22
56.441
Honda
19
56.969
Kyle Keylon
Honda
13
57.031
Kawasaki
12
57.036
Travis Sewell
Suzuki
11
57.142
Kawasaki
20
57.240
Sean Hackley
Suzuki
21
57.242
Suzuki
18
57.508
Zach Ames
Honda
14
57.587
Suzuki
15
57.756
Roberto Castro
Kawasaki
16
57.882
Jack Carpenter
Honda
17
58.971
Justin Buckelew
Kawasaki

Biggest surprise: Billy Payne, back to racing after a few years away from the sport, is putting in solid finishes and top ten lap times each week. Hopefully he gains some more support and joins the Lites riders in the AMA Toyota Motocross Championships.

Billy Payne

photo: Carl Stone

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For the first time in a while, San Manuel Yamaha’s Chad Reed did not have the fastest lap time in the main event; but he was darn close. It was Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham clocking the fastest time of the night (52.333), coming on lap six. Reed’s best lap was only three thousandths off of K-Dub (52.336), and his best lap came two laps earlier. But Reed was out front and Windham was trying to fight through traffic. Rounding out the top five was Davi Millsaps, Tim Ferry and runner-up finisher Josh Hill, who all had times down in the 52-second range.
Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
4
52.333
Honda
1
52.336
Yamaha
3
52.896
Honda
5
52.968
Kawasaki
2
52.968
Yamaha
6
53.634
Honda
7
53.971
Yamaha
10
54.459
Kawasaki
8
54.695
Honda
9
54.720
Honda
12
54.790
Honda
11
55.054
Yamaha
19
55.101
Bryan Johnson
Honda
15
55.116
Eric Sorby
Honda
14
55.213
KTM
16
55.428
Dusty Klatt
Kawasaki
13
55.532
Honda
20
55.588
Keith R. Johnson
Yamaha
17
55.951
Honda
18
56.107
Kawasaki

Windham had the fastest main event lap time, but could only muster a fourth.

photo: Carl Stone

Biggest surprise
: Actually, it’s not even really a surprise any more, as JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha’s Charles (Josh) Summey is becoming a regular top-ten finisher. He tied his season-best finish again in Dallas, as he finished seventh for the third time this season—with Coach Joe Gibbs on hand to watch the team. Josh’s lap time was the seventh fastest, too, and he’s only three-tenths off of Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short’s best lap time.

Charles Summey

photo: Steve Cox

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