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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Atlanta

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Austin Stroupe had Atlanta in the bag. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki pilot pulled the holeshot and was inching away from his teammate each and every lap. He recorded the fastest Lites lap time—a 49.371, on lap four—but then threw it all away on lap 10 when he stalled his KX250F in a right-hander. This allowed his teammate to ride off with his second consecutive win of the 2009 Eastern Regional Lites Series.

Pourcel was again fast, though. He had the second-best lap time in the main event, a little over a half-second slower than Stroupe. Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Nico Izzi was third fastest, followed by Muscle Milk/MDK KTM’s Martin Davalos and GEICO Powersports Honda’s Blake Wharton, who came oh-so-close to grabbing his first-career podium finish. Check out the rest of the Lites class lap times below:

AMA Supercross Lites

Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
7
49.371
Kawasaki
1
49.901
Kawasaki
2
50.680
Suzuki
3
50.967
KTM
4
51.192
Honda
8
51.316
Yamaha
5
51.369
Branden Jesseman
Kawasaki
6
51.394
KTM
9
52.240
Suzuki
17
52.565
Yamaha
10
52.970
Suzuki
14
53.012
Yamaha
11
53.171
Honda
16
53.648
Fred Karrle
Suzuki
13
53.830
Honda
12
54.490
Levi Kilbarger
Honda
15
54.544
Honda
19
55.260
Cody Gilmore
Honda
18
55.513
Sean Hackley
Suzuki

Martin Davalos
Martin Davalos
credit: Steve Cox

James Stewart’s recipe to winning is pretty evident to us at this point. The most important part of the race for the San Manuel Yamaha rider is the start, and then the first ten laps. If all goes as planned, as it did in Atlanta, Stewart charges into the lead and goes as fast as he possibly can until he hits the halfway mark. Then, if he has a comfortable lead, he hits cruise control.

In Atlanta, he got the holeshot, set the fastest lap of the night (48.345) on lap five, ran sub-50 second lap times till lap eleven, and then ran 50-plus lap times until the checkered flag. He took his seventh consecutive win and assumed the points lead with a 9.4-second cushion over Chad Reed.

Reed, on the other hand, was second fastest, again, followed by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, JGRMX Toyota/Yamaha’s Josh Grant and Team Yamaha’s Broc Hepler, who finished a solid fifth in his second-ever 450cc supercross. Check out the rest of the field’s fastest lap times below:

AMA Supercross

Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
1
48.345
Yamaha
2
48.759
Suzuki
3
48.824
Kawasaki
13
49.354
Yamaha
5
49.492
Yamaha
4
49.502
Honda
7
49.584
Honda
10
49.643
Honda
6
49.961
Honda
9
50.125
Yamaha
11
50.307
Suzuki
18
50.416
Honda
8
50.424
Kawasaki
15
50.687
Yamaha
12
50.745
Honda
16
51.142
Tom Hahn
Kawasaki
17
51.361
Honda
14
51.420
Yamaha
19
51.688
Honda

Andrew Short
Andrew Short
credit: Steve Cox

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