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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Toronto

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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel made no mistake that he deserved the 2009 Eastern Regional SX Lites championship in Toronto by putting in a dominant performance to clinch his first AMA title with one race left to go. It’s been a few races since we’ve seen Pourcel’s name atop the fastest-lap-time chart, but he was the fastest Lites rider in Toronto with a 51.736—which would’ve put him third fastest in the AMA Supercross class! His teammate Austin Stroupe was second quickest (52.337), followed by Division 7/Star Racing Yamaha’s Broc Tickle (52.744), Canidae/Motosport Kawasaki’s Branden Jesseman (53.037), and Suzuki City’s Matt Goerke (53.128). In fact, Tickle would’ve been sixth-fastest overall, behind only the two riders who beat him in the Lites main, and the podium finishers in the 450cc class.

Biggest surprise? Honda privateer Vince Friese, who had the eleventh fastest time and finished eighth. Check out the rest of the field’s fastest lap times below.
Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
1
51.736
Kawasaki
2
52.337
Kawasaki
3
52.744
Yamaha
4
53.037
Branden Jesseman
Kawasaki
7
53.128
Suzuki
5
53.194
Yamaha
11
53.398
Suzuki
6
53.899
KTM
17
54.002
Yamaha
10
54.172
Honda
8
55.040
Honda
13
55.569
Kyle Keylon
Honda
12
56.016
Honda
9
56.249
Honda
19
56.323
Honda
18
56.363
Fred Karrle
Suzuki
16
56.436
Yamaha
15
56.687
Suzuki
14
56.885
Kevin Johnson
Yamaha
20
58.181
Brady Sheren
Suzuki


Division 7/Star Racing Yamaha's Broc Tickle
photo: Steve Cox



AMA Supercross
Regardless of the soft, rutted surface riders were faced with in Toronto, San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart was still the fastest man on the planet Saturday night, locking in the fastest lap of the night (50.941) on lap two. Chad Reed was second fastest on his Rockstar/Makita Suzuki, recording a 51.143 on lap four, followed by Josh Hill (52.739), Kevin Windham (53.033) and Josh Grant (53.206).

Biggest surprise? Rockstar/Hart & Huntington Honda’s Matt Boni, who recorded the eighth fastest time en route to his season-high eighth-place finish. Check out the rest of the AMA Supercross class below.

Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
1
50.941
Yamaha
2
51.143
Suzuki
3
52.739
Yamaha
6
53.033
Honda
4
53.206
Yamaha
5
53.353
Honda
9
53.656
Honda
8
53.676
Honda
7
53.702
Honda
10
53.837
Honda
17
53.866
Yamaha
11
54.243
Suzuki
19
54.729
Kawasaki
12
54.748
Yamaha
19
54.993
Honda
13
55.024
Yamaha
14
55.439
Kawasaki
15
55.445
Yamaha
18
55.904
Honda


Rockstar/Hart & Huntington's Matt Boni
photo: Steve Cox

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