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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Las Vegas

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You got to love the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Supercross Lites Shootout. Each and every year there’s plenty of debate over which coast is faster, and this is the one race we can finally lay the question to rest, and this year the Easterners got the bragging rights after Christophe Pourcel took the win on his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider, ending a three-year streak for the West Coast riders.

But what do the lap times from Las Vegas tell us? We took the fastest main-event lap time for each rider and posted it in the chart below, and you’ll see that the West Region won this battle, as both Ryan Dungey and Trey Canard were the top two on the timing and scoring monitors. The west also had the majority of riders in the top ten, with six. Check out the rest of the field below:
Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
2
1:05.150
Suzuki
3
1:05.480
Honda
1
1:05.612
Kawasaki
5
1:06.205
Kawasaki
4
1:06.329
Kawasaki
7
1:07.192
KTM
6
1:07.248
Kawasaki
8
1:07.394
Honda
19
1:07.431
Yamaha
11
1:07.787
Honda
10
1:08.286
Yamaha
9
1:08.356
KTM
12
1:08.919
Honda
14
1:08.986
P.J. Larsen (W)
Kawasaki
13
1:09.048
Honda
15
1:09.738
Honda
16
1:10.251
Honda
17
1:10.448
Honda
18
1:12.168
Honda


Christophe Pourcel (1E) leads Ryan Dungey (1W)
photo: Simon Cudby

AMA Supercross

The fastest rider of the night in Las Vegas was Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, who took his second win of the 2009 season. He was followed by Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Chad Reed and San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart, who obviously backed it down a notch in order to protect his six-point lead and the championship. There really was no big surprises throughout the field, but here’s a shout-out to JGRMX/Toyota Yamaha’s Nathan Ramsey, who had the tenth fastest lap time of the main event on his was to a ninth-place finish. He was only a half-second off the fastest lap of his teammate, Josh Grant, and even passed Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps in the main event. It was a great way to end a part-time season for Nate-Dawg, and we hope to see you back in 2010.

Finish
Best Lap
Rider
Bike
1
1:04.284
Kawasaki
2
1:04.715
Suzuki
3
1:04.854
Yamaha
4
1:05.499
Honda
5
1:06.589
Honda
6
1:06.977
Suzuki
8
1:07.308
Honda
10
1:07.341
Honda
7
1:07.404
Yamaha
9
1:07.955
Yamaha
18
1:08.257
Kawasaki
12
1:09.190
Yamaha
14
1:09.479
Honda
19
1:09.724
Honda
16
1:09.769
Kawasaki
15
1:10.071
KTM
11
1:10.076
Honda
13
1:10.240
Kawasaki
20
1:10.244
Honda
17
1:10.437
Honda


Ryan Villopoto
photo: Simon Cudby

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