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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Detroit

You read the race reports and results, watched the race in High Def on CBS and SPEED, but what story does the lap times from the Detroit Supercross tell us? For one, Chad Reed definitely wasn’t the 12th fastest rider out on the track, but his gamble to ride the main and salvage points turned out to be a great decision—possibly a championship-winning one. But let’s begin this week’s Sign of the (Lap) Times with the Lites class.

Supercross Lites

RV is rolling

Can Ryan Villopoto be stopped right now? He has just reeled off three convincing wins in a row and a third-straight slip-up by Trey Canard has got RV within striking distance for the championship. All he had to do is win the next round in St. Louis, and the championship is his regardless of how Canard finishes. But I digress.

Villopoto logged the fastest Lites time in Detroit with a 49.149, but a surprise second was Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Nico Izzi. The St. Clair, Michigan native fed off the energy from his hometown crowed and posted a 49.947, which came on lap two. Unfortunately, Izzi faded a bit and had to back it down a notch and finished fourth in the main.

The third fastest lap time came from Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Josh Grant (50.217), followed by his teammate Trey Canard (50.233) and Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Ryan Morais (50.725). Take a look at the rest of the field below:

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
49.149
Kawasaki
4
49.947
Suzuki
19
50.217
Honda
10
50.233
Honda
2
50.725
Yamaha
3
50.971
Branden Jesseman
Kawasaki
5
51.165
KTM
6
51.515
Yamaha
7
52.548
Honda
18
53.172
KTM
8
53.460
Kawasaki
9
53.742
Travis Sewell
Suzuki
11
53.763
Kyle Keylon
Honda
14
54.128
Honda
12
54.311
Zach Ames
Honda
16
54.809
Kawasaki
13
54.838
Nathan Skaggs
Honda
17
55.112
Suzuki
20
55.675
Shane Sewell
Kawasaki
15
57.691
Levi Kilbarger
Honda
21
1:20.185
KTM
22
3:15.063
Honda

Biggest surprise: At this very race one year ago, Ryan Morais was battling for the Eastern Regional Lites championship with Ben Townley; this year he came into this event without any podiums, but he put in 15 solid laps and scored a season-best second in Michigan.


Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy's Ryan Morais was on it in Detroit.

AMA Supercross

An injured Chad Reed meant we’d see another rider posting the fastest lap in the AMA Supercross main event. The rider filling in for Reed at the top was Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps, who recorded a 48.723 on lap three en route to his second career AMA Supercross victory. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry wasn’t far off the pace, and his fast lap of a 48.913 came on lap five. Yamaha’s Josh Hill was next (49.303), followed by Kevin Windham (49.523) and Andrew Short (50.040). As for Reed, a broken scapula resulted in him only being able to log the 19th fastest lap in the main—a 53.185. Check out the rest of the field below:

Millsaps topped the AMA Supercross class

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
48.723
Honda
2
48.913
Kawasaki
4
49.303
Yamaha
3
49.523
Honda
5
50.040
Honda
6
50.444
Yamaha
7
50.756
Kawasaki
6
50.942
Kawasaki
13
51.316
Yamaha
7
51.432
David Vuillemin
Suzuki
11
51.655
Kelly Smith
Kawasaki
17
52.024
KTM
18
52.032
Honda
10
52.181
Honda
9
52.501
Honda
14
52.744
Honda
19
52.926
Shaun Skinner
Honda
15
53.083
Eric Sorby
Honda
12
53.185
Yamaha
20
53.567
Honda
16
53.763
Keith R. Johnson
Yamaha

Biggest surprise: Full-time AMA Toyota Arenacrosser Kelly Smith from nearby Ludington, Michigan was the 11th fastest rider in the AMA Supercross class on his way to finishing 11th on his Babbitt’s Kawasaki. It was a good showing for Smith, who was the top Michigan native, topping fellow statesman Nick Wey and Jake Marsack in both lap times and results.

Kelly Smith was 11th in both the lap times and results.

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