Monster Energy Supercross is underway, so the riders finally have a chance to see where they fit in with the rest of the pack. Laps at the test track are one thing, but laps under the bright lights on Saturday night are something else. For this week's Motion Pro Sign of the (Lap) Times, we dive into each rider's fastest main even lap times from Anaheim 1.
In the Supercross Lites class, the most amazing stat tells that the fastest lap of the race winner, Jake Weimer, was only fourth-fastest compared to everyone else’s best lap. GEICO Honda’s Trey Canard was the only Lites pilot to break into the 57-second range, and he finished second, while third place finisher Ryan Morias was second. Will Hahn looked fast in the afternoon’s timed qualifying and logged the third-best lap in the main. But due to a bad start, he finished fifth. Rookie Max Anstie was second-fastest in qualifying but started about 18th in the main and could never really get a clean lap in en route to a ninth-place finish.
As for Weimer, the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider proves consistent laps are more important than the fastest lap if you want to win races.
In the 450 class, San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart won the race and logged the fastest time. What’s telling is that Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey’s best lap was right behind him, only two tenths off, and everyone else is over a second off. That’s why Dungey and Stewart had a massive lead over everyone else by the end of the event. Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short was actually third fastest, but he finished behind Kevin Windham, who had the fourth-best lap.
Most of the riders finishes are similar to the rank of their lap times. Perhaps the most telling stat are the two favorites at the bottom that didn’t even get a full lap in. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Chad Reed and Muscle Milk/Toyota Yamaha’s Josh Grant certainly hoped for better coming into Anaheim.