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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Seattle

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On Friday afternoon I got a call from Troy Lee Designs Honda team manager David Pingree, who was standing on the Seattle supercross track laid out inside Qwest Field. “Dude, the track is definitely going to change the championship this weekend,” he told me. “The soil here isn’t even like dirt; it’s like sand. It’s going to rut up pretty bad, like Toronto. I think something major is going to happen. Other than that, my guys are going really fast…” Click.

I have to admit, Mr. Pingree’s assessment was spot on, as not only did we see a major swing in the AMA Supercross championship battle, we also saw a first-time winner and a rider top the fastest-lap chart for the first time this season.

AMA Supercross

Let’s begin with the AMA Supercross class, since this is where we saw the most action. If you had to guess who the fastest rider of the night was in Seattle, who would you say? Stewart, Reed or Villopoto, right? Well you’d be wrong, as the fastest lap time was recorded by Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Mike Alessi on lap two of the main event. After pulling yet another holeshot, Mike sped off to lead the first seven laps before a slight bobble dropped him back. Mike still finished fourth and closed to within one point of Kevin Windham for fifth overall in the championship standings. Second-fastest on the night was eventual winner and local crowd favorite, Ryan Villopoto, who took his first-ever AMA Supercross-class victory after missing the past few races health issues. Third fastest was James Stewart, whose runner-up finish boasted him to the championship lead. He was followed by JRGMX/Toyota Yamaha’s Josh Grant and Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps. So where was Chad Reed? The defending champion could only muster the eighth fastest lap time on the soft and rutted Seattle circuit on his was to a season low seventh-place finish. Check out the rest of the field’s fastest main-event lap times below.
Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
4
53.697
Suzuki
1
53.960
Kawasaki
2
54.017
Yamaha
6
54.495
Yamaha
3
54.599
Honda
10
54.979
Honda
5
55.272
Honda
7
55.499
Suzuki
16
55.749
Yamaha
13
55.967
Tom Hahn
Kawasaki
14
55.984
Honda
8
56.101
Kawasaki
19
56.129
Honda
11
56.324
Yamaha
12
56.418
Honda
9
56.460
Honda
20
56.465
Kawasaki
17
56.517
Honda
15
56.596
Honda
18
57.393
Honda

 
Mike Alessi
photo: Simon Cudby


AMA Supercross Lites

While there were some new faces atop the lap chart in the AMA Supercross class, it was the usual suspects setting the fast laps in the Lites division, as eventual winner and points lead Ryan Dungey topped the board with a 54.385. Third-place finished Trey Canard was second quickest aboard his GEICO Powersports Honda ride, followed by the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki duo of Ryan Morias and Jake Weimer, who are both still in contention for the championship with one round remaining. Rounding out the top five is Troy Lee Honda’s Jake Moss, who was on the gas all night long, winning his first Heat race en route to his best finish of the season. He may top that this weekend, as his team manager told me in that phone call over the weekend that his guys “flat out haul ass on hardpack.” Check out the rest of the lap times below.
Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
1
54.385
Suzuki
3
54.420
Honda
2
54.554
Kawasaki
4
55.258
Kawasaki
5
55.278
Honda
7
55.802
Kawasaki
9
55.878
Yamaha
8
56.041
Honda
17
56.468
KTM
6
56.513
Honda
10
56.595
Honda
13
56.852
Honda
11
57.190
P.J. Larsen
Kawasaki
19
57.303
Kawasaki
15
57.536
Honda
14
57.546
Honda
12
57.793
Honda
16
57.813
Yamaha
18
59.039
Eric McCrummen
Honda

 

 
Ryan Dungey
photo: Simon Cudby

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