Indy SX Practice Report

February 20, 2010 5:35pm | by:
Welcome to the East Region of Monster Energy Supercross, and with the big cross-country move comes a dramatic championship battle in the Supercross Class and a start to the East Region Lites campaign.

  • Kevin Windham is on today in Indy. Will it carry into the evening?
  • Just outside of the top five in qualifying, Josh Hill and Ivan Tedesco will look to step up tonight.
  • Canard looked smooth and comfortable on his new 450.
  • Villopoto was fourth overall in practice.
  • Dungey got into with with Jason Lawrence in practice. He still notched third overall.
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.

On the 450s, things are really close and riders were trading in and out of the top qualifying spot all day. At the end, Kevin Windham had the best time with a 51.345, over Davi Millsaps with a 51.753, Ryan Dungey with a 51.842, Ryan Villopoto with a 52.073 and Justin Brayton with a 52.525. Josh Hill was sixth with a 52.584.

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.

  • Number-one was number one in qualifying today.
  • Austin Stroupe was right behind Pourcel.
  • Not many crazy scrubs or revs from Barcia today. He's just getting warmed up.
  • Brett Metcalfe was eighth in qualifying. He finished second at the East opener last year before getting injured at round two. Consider this unfinished business.
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?

Ryan Sipes was third fastest with a 52.648 and Justin Barcia with a 53.658 and Dean Wilson with a 53.804. Nico Izzi (53.815), Kyle Regal (53.959), Brett Metcalfe (54.159), Martin Davalos (54.228) and Darryn Durham (54.357) rounded out the top ten.

Tonight’s racing airs live on SPEED starting at 7 p.m. EST, and the live Webcast show begins at the same time on