The track was very technical when practice started today, with some big jumps, a tricky off-camber turn and a deep, oddly spaced whoop section. Some of those sections have now been tamed down a bit, as the riders were getting slowed to a crawl in the off-camber and entering the whoops without any drive. Now the track is a bit faster, let’s see how the riders stack up.
Dungey and his old rival Jason Lawrence got into it in practice, as Lawrence appeared to slow up in a few sections when Dungey was behind him. They collided at one point and exchanged words, leading the FIM race officials to give Lawrence a black flag at the tail end of that first timed session.
For the second session, Lawrence was moved to the B group, to keep he and Dungey away from each other…at least until the races tonight. Lawrence qualified 10th overall, with Grant Langston, Trey Canard and Ivan Tedesco in front of him.
In Lites, Christophe Pourcel put his number-one plate shod Kawasaki to the top spot, logging a 51.877 at the very tail end of the second timed practice. Austin Stroupe sat on top of the board most of the way, his 51.976 ended up a very close second. Could his be a rematch of last year’s East Title fight, only now with the riders on different brands of bikes?