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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Houston

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In both classes at this past weekend’s Houston supercross, the top four finishers in each class were in the exact same order with their fastest lap times. Let’s begin with the Eastern Regional Lites class, which made its season debut.

There were several riders who were dubbed as “preseason favorites” prior to the gate dropping in Houston, but one of the biggest question marks had to be Frenchman Christophe Pourcel. After all, it’s been over two years since he raced a supercross here in America, and although he proved he had the speed to win back in 2007 (he won Phoenix), the 2006 MX2 World Champion has been through a lot since. A nerve damage and over a year off the bike hasn’t blurred Pourcel’s vision to come to America, and through all of that Mitch Payton still believed in him. After Houston, Pourcel has a lot more believers, as not only did Pourcel pull the holeshot and lead every lap of the Lites main event, he set the fastest lap time in the class as well—a 50.866—which came on lap two.

The next fastest time came from GEICO Powersports Honda’s Brett Metcalfe (50.899) and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Nico Izzi (51.073). Pourcel’s teammate, and 2008 Houston winner, Austin Stroupe was fourth fastest with a 51.707. Check out the rest of the Lites field below. 
 

Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
1
50.866
Kawasaki
2
50.899
Honda
3
51.073
Suzuki
4
51.707
Kawasaki
18
51.838
Yamaha
5
51.900
Honda
6
52.143
KTM
7
52.155
KTM
20
52.457
Honda
14
52.538
Kawasaki
8
52.749
Yamaha
12
52.858
Branden Jesseman
Kawasaki
10
52.870
Suzuki
9
53.351
Honda
13
53.393
Suzuki
15
53.585
Suzuki
16
53.590
Honda
11
53.628
Yamaha
17
54.482
Kawasaki
19
54.904
Chad Ward
Kawasaki



Christophe Pourcel
photo: Simon Cudby


In the AMA Supercross class, it was business as usual for San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart, who clocked the fastest lap time of the night (49.150) on his YZ450F on lap three. Chad Reed was .5 seconds off of Stewart’s best lap, and his came on lap 11. Ryan Villopoto, Andrew Short and Josh Grant rounded out the top five in both results and lap times.  

Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
1
49.150
Yamaha
2
49.626
Suzuki
3
49.897
Kawasaki
4
49.986
Honda
5
50.445
Yamaha
6
50.691
Honda
8
50.729
Kawasaki
9
50.935
Honda
7
50.957
Suzuki
10
51.188
Honda
11
51.286
Yamaha
12
51.594
Honda
16
51.787
Honda
13
51.791
Kawasaki
14
51.807
Honda
18
51.810
KTM
20
51.840
Honda
19
51.949
Manuel Rivas
Kawasaki
17
52.289
Yamaha
15
52.302
Honda


James Stewart
photo: Simon Cudby

Biggest surprise: Here’s a nod to Honda privateer Vince Friese, who had the ninth fastest lap time in the Lites class aboard his #719 Honda CRF250R. Friese also battled with Stroupe in his heat races but unfortunately crashed out and finished 20th in the main event. Nonetheless, he definitely turned some heads in Texas.

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