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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Hangtown

Two races in and we’re already starting to see a common trend in the AMA Motocross class: It’s green! Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart has led every lap (62) thus far, as well as logged the fastest lap time in all four motos.

The Hangtown facility is one that James has struggled with in the past, but not this year. In the first moto on the Dirt Diggers’ course, which ran backwards (or clockwise), Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps was second quickest, but even his best time (2:01.921) was over three seconds off of Stewart’s best race time (1:58.504).

Cody Cooper had solid lap times at Hangtown

photo: Carl Stone

Tim Ferry was third fastest, but the biggest surprise was the riders who were fourth and fifth: Suzuki City/OTSFF’s Cody Cooper and privateer Honda pilot Steve Boniface, who logged times faster than a majority of the factory pilots. It’s also worth noting that privateer Sean Collier recorded the eighth-fastest lap time of the moto on his way to his best moto finish ever, fifth!

The second moto it was Stewart again out front, as he was the only rider in his class who was able to dip below the two-minute mark. His teammate Ferry was second fastest, followed by Alessi, Millsaps, and Tedesco. Check out the fastest lap times of the top 20 in both motos below:
Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
01:58.504
01:59.877
Kawasaki
2
02:02.357
02:02.843
Kawasaki
3
02:03.152
02:03.634
Honda
4
02:01.921
02:03.301
Honda
5
02:02.654
02:03.993
Honda
6
02:05.042
02:04.629
Ben Townley
Honda
7
02:03.572
02:03.008
Suzuki
8
02:06.160
02:06.268
Suzuki
9
02:06.311
02:06.501
Yamaha
10
02:05.686
02:05.642
Honda
11
02:06.180
02:06.110
Honda
12
02:07.228
02:06.982
KTM
13
02:02.546
02:06.494
Cody Cooper
Suzuki
14
02:03.786
02:08.857
Sean Collier
Kawasaki
15
02:14.627
02:07.777
Honda
16
02:07.225
02:09.030
Honda
17
02:04.516
02:08.630
Sean Hamblin
Yamaha
18
02:04.727
02:05.468
Yamaha
19
N/A
02:07.031
Juss Laansoo
Honda
20
02:07.681
02:10.063
Michael Blose
Honda

Biggest surprise? It’s a toss up between the aforementioned Cody Cooper, Steve Boniface, and Sean Collier, as all three of these riders really surprised a lot of people at Hangtown.

Both Steve Boniface (141) and Sean Collier (207) were impressive at Hangtown

photo: Simon Cudby

Lites

Ryan Villopoto found his groove in Sacramento, as he was the quickest Lites rider both times out, leading all 34 laps en route to his first two-moto sweep of an AMA National since Freestone in September 2007. In fact, his fastest first moto lap time was only .2 seconds off of Stewart’s fastest lap time in the first moto!
As for the rest of the top five, we saw the usual suspects (Dungey, Stroupe, Metcalfe, Lawrence) swapping positions each moto, but they were all well off the pace of RV. Check out the top 20 lap times below:

Pos.
Moto 1
Moto 2
Rider
Bike
1
01:58.783
02:00.892
Kawasaki
2
02:00.351
02:02.201
Suzuki
3
02:02.145
02:02.603
Yamaha
4
02:00.390
02:02.874
Kawasaki
5
02:01.428
02:01.916
Kawasaki
6
02:02.298
02:03.800
Honda
7
02:02.509
02:05.062
Honda
8
02:03.080
02:05.561
Branden Jesseman
Kawasaki
9
02:04.227
02:04.984
KTM
10
02:04.456
02:05.307
Honda
11
02:04.644
02:05.845
KTM
12
02:02.625
02:06.032
Honda
13
02:03.300
02:06.954
Yamaha
14
02:05.013
02:05.887
Kawasaki
15
02:01.730
02:04.731
Suzuki
16
02:03.798
02:08.744
KTM
17
02:04.181
02:06.078
Yamaha
18
02:03.726
02:06.281
Kawasaki
19
02:04.872
02:07.628
Yamaha
20
02:07.569
02:08.076
Honda

Biggest surprise? Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe had the fourth fastest lap time in the first moto and followed it up by being the second fastest in Moto 2, yet he could only muster 4-5 moto scores for another fifth overall. I’d love to see Metty pull the BTOSports.com Holeshot in Texas…

Metty needs a start...

photo: Carl Stone

 


 

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