Last week Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Jake Weimer looked to be the fastest and strongest rider in the field, and he romped to the victory. But when we looked at the lap times, we noted that Jake only notched the fourth-fastest time of the race. Over the weekend in Phoenix, Weimer was nursing a few injuries and even lost a few spots early in the race. He eventually came back to win, and most noted his ability to grab a victory even when he didn't have his best night.
But guess what? This time Weimer actually did log the fastest time of the race. Maybe he was better than it looked.
Also notable is Troy Lee/Lucas Honda's Will Hahn notching the second best time of the night en route to fourth in the race. Hahn was right in the mix all night and nearly edged Blake Wharton for third. Wharton led the most laps in the race, but only logged the sixth-fastest lap time.
Also note Josh Hansen's 20th, which was due to a crash on the first lap.
Speed wins races at times, and here you will notice that the top three finishers also logged the three fastest times, in the same order in which they finished. Ivan Tedesco's fourth-best time powered him to a fourth-place finish, too.
Honda Red Bull Racing's Andrew Short finished fifth, ahead of two riders who actually put in faster laps than he did.
But most notable of all, of course, are James Stewart and Chad Reed. The standard front-runners in supercross both had painful nights, and neither finished in the top ten. Stewart had crashed hard in his heat race, and Reed borke his hand in the main event. Stewart logged the tenth best time and Reed the 11th. When was the last time you could say that?