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Anaheim 3 Practice Report

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For the first time in three races, rain wasn’t a factor in today’s supercross program, as all the riders ran on the traditional schedule, with a free practice session follow by two timed sessions. The track conditions, then, are perfect, but the track itself is very unique. This isn’t a retro race, but there are some retro obstacles, like an over/under bridge and a wall jump. There’s also a cool sand turn section. Lap times are long, too, the fastest riders will be lucky to get under the one-minute mark.

  • Ryan Villopoto was fastest overall in practice, the only rider with a lap under a minute long at 59.571 seconds.
But passing may prove to be at a premium, as the track design doesn’t offer that many 180 degree turns for block passing. Figuring out unique ways to get over the obstacles may prove the most effective way to make up ground, and Ryan Dungey was experimenting with a new combination over a table top in the final session, a move Kevin Windham and Ryan Villopoto later did as well.

The field is really close in the Supercross Class. Dungey led the way for nearly the entire second session with a 1:00.016 lap time, until Villopoto blitzed to a 59.570 on the very last lap of practice. Josh Hill was third with a 1:00.230, followed by Windham’s 1:00.338 and Davi Millsaps’ 1:00.911. Justin Brayton (1:01.249), Ivan Tedesc0 (1:01.352) were next, followed by the return of Jason Lawrence, who logged a 1:01.953 and briefly led the entire field by putting in a fast lap early. Fabien Izoird (1:01.039 and Chris Blose (1:02.168) rounded out the top ten.

Rockstar Suzuki’s Tommy Hahn was absent from practice due to a 24-hour flu. Hahn had turned in his best race of the season last weekend and his team said he had made major gains in practice this week with a new suspension setup. Unfortunately, it will have to wait until Indianapolis. Also, Hahn’s teammate Ryan Morias was expected to return to racing this week, but after riding two days this week, he still felt pain in his kidneys, which were injured in a crash here a few weeks ago. Morias will sit out tonight’s race.

    In Lites action, Wil Hahn led the way with a 1:00.336, followed by Broc Tickle with a 1:00.864, and Jake Weimer at 1:01.312. Blake Wharton (1:01.407), Trey Canard (1:01.426) and Josh Hansen (1:01.531) came through next.

    Follow tonight’s racing via the Supercross Live! Webcast at Supercrossonline.com, and check out Supercross Class coverage on CBS tomorrow at noon EST, and Supercross Lites Class coverage at 6 p.m. EST on SPEED. And remember, tonight’s race is dubbed the Pink Race for the Cure, with proceeds raised to support the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 3-Day-Walk for the Cure. Check out the supercrossonline.com site next week for eBay auctions with gear and swag from your favorite riders, with all proceeds going to the fund.
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