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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Las Vegas

It’s been reiterated over and over how the Las Vegas Supercross is like no other throughout the season. What is it that sets this event apart? The track? The environment? The pressure?
 
This year’s track was similar to years past; very technical and hard-packed, with that high-speed section dubbed “Monster Alley.” You’d think this type of track would probably suit the 450 a bit better, but when comparing lap times from each class, the Lites were faster across the board, from first down to last. Let’s dig in and analyze the Las Vegas lap times a little closer.

Lites

If you were in attendance on Saturday night, I’m sure you could agree that the Lites main event was one of the best races ever! I don’t think anyone could’ve ridden a dirt bike any faster than Ryans Dungey and Villopoto Saturday night, and it was the Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rider who logged the fastest lap time of the entire evening with a 1:08.342 en route to his second-consecutive Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout. 
 

These two guys were absolutely flying in Vegas.

photo: Carl Stone

Ryan Villopoto, who led 14 of 15 laps, wasn’t far off of Dungey’s pace, and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider had a 1:08.645, the second fastest time of the night. In fact, these two were the only riders out of both classes who were able to dip into the 1:08 range! Coincidentally, both of these riders were the runner-ups on each respective coast for the championship, so they both had something to prove.

As for the rest of the class, RV’s teammate, Austin Stroupe, who actually passed and pulled away from Dungey in the Heat race, was third fastest, and the rider wearing #1E, Trey Canard, was fourth fastest on his way to third on the podium. Take a look at the rest of the field below:

Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
1
1:08.342
Suzuki
2
1:08.645
Kawasaki
10
1:10.645
Kawasaki
3
1:10.697
Honda
7
1:10.884
Kawasaki
4
1:11.453
Honda
6
1:11.524
KTM
9
1:11.925
Yamaha
11
1:12.308
Yamaha
21
1:12.331
KTM
5
1:12.772
Yamaha
15
1:13.189
Suzuki
8
1:13.320
Kawasaki
20
1:13.328
Honda
14
1:13.851
Justin Keeney
Honda
22
1:13.854
Yamaha
16
1:13.978
Honda
13
1:14.178
Yamaha
19
1:14.581
KTM
17
1:14.809
Yamaha
12
1:14.860
Bob Kiniry
Honda
21
1:15.868
Honda

Biggest surprise: Yamaha’s Matt Lemoine looked fast all day, and in the main event he was able to record the ninth-fastest lap time with a 1:12.308, just a few ticks off of Factory Yamaha’s Broc Hepler’s best time. 

Matt Lemoine put in some quick laps.

photo: Simon Cudby

AMA Supercross

It was neither the champion nor the runner-up with the fastest lap time in Vegas; rather, it was Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps, who grabbed the Progressive Direct Holeshot Award and raced off with the lead for a few laps. Unfortunately, an early crash cost Millsaps a spot on the podium, as well as third place in the final standings of the 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

Davi Millsaps had the best AMA Supercross lap time

photo: Carl Stone

Although he didn’t need to ride as fast as he did, Chad Reed had the second-best time (1:09.361), followed by Geico Powersports Honda’s Kevin  Windham (1:09.420) and Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short (1:09.617). Those were the only four riders in the 1:09 range, and the next four riders were in the 1:10s. Check out the entire field below:
Finish
Best Lap Time
Rider
Bike
5
1:09.005
Honda
1
1:09.361
Yamaha
2
1:09.420
Honda
3
1:09.617
Honda
4
1:10.146
Yamaha
6
1:10.486
KTM
9
1:10.715
Kawasaki
7
1:10.743
Yamaha
8
1:11.293
Kawasaki
10
1:11.961
David Vuillemin
Suzuki
15
1:12.895
Honda
12
1:13.066
Honda
11
1:13.267
Honda
13
1:13.649
Honda
16
1:13.708
Kevin Johnson
Yamaha
14
1:14.013
Kelly Smith
Kawasaki
19
1:14.319
Robbie Reynard
Suzuki
18
1:15.072
Honda
17
1:15.267
Tyler Bright
Honda
20
1:16.531
Eric Sorby
Honda

Biggest surprise: Sixth fastest in the AMA Supercross class was MDK KTM’s Nick Wey, who went on to finish sixth, tying his season best. It’s obvious that Nick is getting more comfortable on the KTM 450 SX-F each and every weekend, and here’s hoping he can carry this momentum into the AMA/Toyota Motocross Championships.

Nick Wey

photo: Simon Cudby

 

 

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