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Sign of the (Lap) Times: A1

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Wow. That’s how I sum up the Anaheim 1 supercross in one word. Although I wasn’t in attendance, my eyes were glued to the plasma for the live broadcast on SPEED. In fact, from a fan’s perspective, watching it on TV definitely has its advantages. One being that each time a top rider had a miscue—and there were several—SPEED immediately shows replays of what went wrong, giving the at home audience an advantage over the fans in attendance.
Regardless, whether you were sitting in Angel Stadium or at home, the Anaheim 1 supercross will go down as one of the more memorable in recent history, setting up what looks to be an insane 2009 season!

OK, you’ve seen the results, but as always we like to take a deeper look in our Sign of the Lap Times feature and dissect the rider’s lap times as they often do tell another tale. The story they told following Anaheim is that although their amateur racing program has gone to the wayside, Suzuki’s professional program is firing on all cylinders as Rockstar/Makita Suzuki riders recorded the fastest lap time in both classes.

AMA Supercross

Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
3
59.480
Suzuki
19
59.929
Yamaha
1
1:01.364
Yamaha
5
1:01.913
Kawasaki
2
1:02.180
Honda
15
1:02.466
Honda
4
1:03.165
Kawasaki
6
1:03.177
Honda
11
1:03.344
Suzuki
8
1:03.445
Honda
17
1:04.068
Honda
7
1:04.136
Honda
12
1:04.197
Honda
14
1:04.251
Honda
10
1:04.401
Kawasaki
18
1:04.594
Kawasaki
20
1:04.682
KTM
9
1:04.716
Yamaha
13
1:05.287
Honda
16
1:05.798
Yamaha


A new team, new competitors, and a new bike carrying the weight of a number-one plate—now that’s pressure. Yet somehow Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Chad Reed managed to rise above all of it and put in one of the more impressive performances yet. He reeled in and passed James Stewart, led five laps, and after crashing he was able to remount and secure a spot on the podium—with no front brake! To top it off, he logged the fastest lap time of the night—a 59.48—which came on lap five. Here’s the stunner: Reed’s lap time was also almost a half-second quicker than Stewart’s fastest lap.

As for eventual winner Josh Grant, this win was no fluke. The Joe Gibbs Racing rider had the third quickest lap time of the main event and put in a consistent twenty laps to take the win. Congratulations.

 

Chad Reed
photo: Simon Cudby



AMA Supercross Lites

Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
3
1:02:000
Suzuki
1
1:02.191
Kawasaki
14
1:02.269
Honda
5
1:02.408
Yamaha
2
1:02.688
Kawasaki
7
1:03.020
KTM
4
1:03.334
Honda
6
1:03.427
KTM
19
1:03.453
Honda
20
1:05.192
Kawasaki
8
1:05.368
Honda
11
1:05.846
Honda
13
1:06.409
Honda
9
1:06.707
Honda
12
1:06.868
Honda
10
1:06.878
Kawasaki
15
1:06.958
Shaun Skinner
Honda
16
1:07.051
Cedric Soubeyras
Yamaha
18
1:08.322
Yamaha
17
1:08.333
KTM


Ryan Dungey’s night couldn’t have started out any worse. He went over the bars in his heat race and had to race the Last Chance Qualifier—never an easy task. Fortunately he holeshot the LCQ and won, but that meant he would be starting the main event on the outside with the 18th gate pick. He came around the first lap in tenth and methodically worked his way through the field and finished third. Along the way Dungey set the fastest lap time of the class, which came on lap 13 of 15.

The winner, Jake Weimer, had the second-fastest lap time of the main—which was only .191 seconds off of Dungey—and that came on lap five. The next three riders all had lap times within a half-second of Dungey.

 

Ryan Dungey
photo: Simon Cudby


Biggest surprise: In my opinion, the biggest surprise of the night was Troy Lee Designs Honda’s Chris Blose. Blose is actually a replacement rider on the team, yet both his result and lap times were right in the middle of a plethora of factory Lites riders. I know somewhere David Pingree is smiling and thinking, I told you so!

 

 


Chris Blose
photo: Simon Cudby


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