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Racer X Sign of the (Lap) Times

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Indianapolis offered up the first East Region Monster Energy Supercross race of the season, but not a return to the tacky, rutted, East Coast dirt. This one was hard and slippery, making it tough to put in a fast time. Lets look more closely with this week's Sign of the (Lap) Times presented by Motion Pro.

Supercross Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 1 51.281 14 Ryan Villopoto
2 2 51.629 17 Ryan Dungey
3 3 51.996 2 Kevin Windham
4 5 52.28 6 Davi Millsaps
5 4 52.491 6 Justin Brayton
6 11 53.052 4 Ivan Tedesco
7 10 53.375 8 Jason Lawrence
8 9 53.446 10 Josh Hill
9 7 53.518 3 Grant Langston
10 6 53.603 4 Chris Blose
11 16 53.772 8 Tommy Hahn
12 8 53.888 13 Nick Wey
13 14 54.098 5 Kyle Chisholm
14 20 54.145 4 Trey Canard
15 15 54.163 12 Matt Boni
16 12 54.253 6 Jarred Brown
17 13 54.258 11 Michael Byrne
18 19 54.85 6 Dan Reardon
19 17 55.392 10 Jason Thomas
20 18 55.513 8 Billy Payne

  • Tedesco was much faster than the results would indicate.
For the fourth week in a row, Ryan Villopoto logged the fastest lap time of the Supercross main, which also helped deliver his third win of the season (darn that first turn crash in San Diego).What's notable about RV's best time, as well as second-place Ryan Dungey's, is how late those fast laps happened. RV did his best on lap 14, and Dungey logged his on lap 17, when he was trying to run Villopoto down. This track had to be beat up by then, so it's pretty impressive that they kept pushing it so hard so late in the race.

Also, note Ivan Tedesco. The Valli Motorsports Yamaha rider very nearly got caught in the gate at the start of the main, pulled his bike back, and headed to turn one in dead last. He only finished 11th, but he nailed the sixth fastest time of the night while coming through traffic on a tight track.

Supercross Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 1 52.313 2 Christophe Pourcel
2 3 52.617 2 Justin Barcia
3 4 52.86 3 Ryan Sipes
4 2 52.969 6 Austin Stroupe
5 5 53.233 10 Brett Metcalfe
6 6 53.313 10 Dean Wilson
7 11 53.934 10 Blake Baggett
8 7 54.021 11 Kyle Regal
9 9 54.109 3 Martin Davalos
10 8 54.363 7 Nico Izzi
11 18 54.457 4 Kyle Cunningham
12 12 54.547 5 Jake Moss
13 10 54.598 5 Troy Adams
14 17 54.735 3 Vince Friese
15 16 55.43 6 Michael Willard
16 14 55.749 9 Adam Chatfield
17 15 55.886 5 Taylor Futrell
18 13 56.252 2 Levi Kilbarger
19 20 56.417 3 James Decotis
20 19 56.999 6 Tevin Tapia

  • Trust us, Pourcel is actually riding hard here!
Christophe Pourcel was the man to beat, and no one could beat him. The defending East Region Lites Champ had the fastest lap times in practice, the heat races and the main event. He will be very hard to stop this year.

On the other hand, Austin Stroupe is working on his consistency this season, so he can stay in the hunt in case Pourcel falters. Last year Stroupe had speed but made a few too many mistakes. The lap chart above indicates his new approach: he only put in the fourth-best time, but he finished second, courtesy of smart riding.

Rookies were everywhere in Indy, and Blake Baggett can find some solace in that he nailed the seventh best time, even though he only took 11th in the main.

Now it's on to Atlanta. Will the red Georgia clay be sticky and tricky, and hard and slippery like Indy? As always, the weekend's lap times will help tell the story!
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