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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Phoenix

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At Anaheim I, we saw Rockstar/Makita Suzuki teammates Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey both set the fastest lap time in their respective class during the main event. This time around, neither had the fastest lap time, but one of them did find themselves in the winner’s circle.

AMA Supercross Lites
Coming off his victory at Anaheim I, Jake Weimer looked fast and smooth at Phoenix. After a solid win in his heat race, Weimer pulled the holeshot in the main event and set the fastest lap time on lap two—a 53.571—in his effort to pull away from the field. It looked to be working till the sandpit swallowed his Pro Circuit KX250F on lap seven, allowing Dungey to motor by on his way to not only the victory, but the points lead as well.

You can’t take away anything from Dungey. Outfitted in his new Fox Racing gear, Dungey was only a tenth of a second off of Weimer’s fastest lap. Third-fastest was Muscle Milk/MDK KTM’s Justin Brayton, followed by Troy Lee Honda’s Chris Blose and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Morais.

Here’s a nod to Canidae/Motosport Kawasaki’s P.J. Larsen, who had the sixth-fastest lap time on his way to a sixth-place finish; this coming a week after he failed to qualify at Anaheim I. Check out the rest of the field below:
Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
4
53.571
Kawasaki
1
53.682
Suzuki
2
53.960
KTM
5
54.061
Honda
3
54.092
Kawasaki
6
54.202
P.J. Larsen
Kawasaki
7
54.761
KTM
8
54.818
Cedric Soubeyras
Yamaha
10
54.998
Honda
14
55.533
Shaun Skinner
Honda
13
55.558
Eric McCrummen
Honda
12
55.805
Honda
11
56.021
Suzuki
9
56.114
Honda
16
56.268
Honda
19
56.475
Daniel Hendrix
Honda
20
56.818
Honda
15
57.152
KTM
17
57.212
Yamaha
18
58.195
Michael Blose
Honda



Jake Weimer leads Chris Blose (63)
photo: Simon Cudby


AMA Supercross
San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart turned things around at Phoenix and laid down the fastest lap time on his way to his first AMA Supercross main-event win aboard a Yamaha. His fastest time of a 51.848 came on lap five; coincidentally, that’s the same lap Reed set his best time. At the end of the twenty-lap main, there was only .59 seconds separating the duo, which provided the Phoenix crowd with some of the best racing yet. Third fastest in the AMA Supercross class was JGRMX/Toyota Yamaha’s Josh Grant, whose third-place finish kept him atop the points standings. Fourth-fastest was Honda Red Bull Racing’s Ivan Tedesco, followed by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto. Check out the rest of the lap times below:

Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
1
51.848
Yamaha
2
51.911
Suzuki
3
53.567
Yamaha
4
53.653
Honda
7
53.849
Kawasaki
5
53.928
Honda
10
54.127
Honda
6
54.253
Honda
9
54.599
Kawasaki
12
54.989
KTM
15
55.155
Yamaha
11
55.185
Suzuki
8
55.211
Yamaha
13
55.218
Kawasaki
19
55.316
Honda
14
55.393
KTM
16
55.593
Kawasaki
20
55.604
Honda
18
56.113
Honda
17
56.439
Honda

 


James Stewart
photo: Simon Cudby

 

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