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Atlanta Practice Report

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It’s set to be a big night in Monster Energy AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship, as fans pack the Georgia Dome, and live TV sets to kick off on SPEED. The track is challenging, the field is again very close in pace, and the championship is still tied in the Supercross class. It’s going to be good.

  • Two weeks in a row, K-Dub is fastest in the final practice session.
  • Ryan Dungey was second fastest in the second timed SX class session.
  • Ryan Villopoto was third in practice.
  • Trey Canard looked much improved this week.
  • Justin Brayton is on the verge of a podium.
Kevin Windham once again ruled the roost in the second SX timed practice session, logging a 54.507 ahead of Ryan Dungey’s 54.541, Ryan Villopoto’s 54.617, Justin Brayton’s 54.696 and Trey Canard’s 54.795. Davi Millsaps (55.128) Josh Hill (55.455)
Ivan Tedesco (56.120) and Jason Lawrence (56.345) were next fastest in that session, with Lawrence setting his time in the unseeded practice group. Kyle Chisholm (56.617) and Grant Langston (56.657) rounded out the top of the field.

Hill’s night should be a little tougher, as he took on a big crash in practice and had to take a ride in the Asterisk Mule. He should be able to race, but probably a little banged up, tonight.

Lites practice created headlines with Justin Barcia and Martin Davalos got into it on the track, and words came to blows, as they say, with Davalos grabbing Barcia. At the moment, word is that Davalos may be disqualified from all racing tonight, due to him striking another rider.

  • The hard, slick track nearly caused Justin Barcia to wash out, but he kept it upright and even edged Pourcel in the second practice.
  • Christophe Pourcel was fastest overall, again, in Lites practice.
  • Austin Stroupe is right in the mix
  • Ryan Sipes looks fast again.
Barcia must have been fired up, because he actually edged Christophe Pourcel in the second timed session by one one-thousandth of a second to put his number on top of the board. However, Pourcel had a faster time in the first session, his 53.366 in session one topping Barcia’s 56.121 from session two. Ryan Sipes was fast again with a 56.445, Austin Stroupe (56.516) and Nico Izzi (56.811) were next).

Dean Wilson (57.150), Brett Metcalfe (57.206), Kyle Regal (57.529), Darryn Durham (57.597) and Kyle Cunningham (57.630) rounded out the top ten.

Metty crashed hard in practice but he’s okay and will race tonight.

Atlanta is traditionally a soft, rutted track, but this time it looks hard and slick—much like last week at Indy. The track also features a quad jump instead of a triple—80 feet in distance. It’s a stretch, but most of the Lites guys can make it. However, that could change if someone tries to run the inside of the corner before it to take a line away. There are also several tricky rhythm lanes here where it’s tough to nail the triple jumps cleanly. For sure, there should be passing options tonight.

Again, the race is live on SPEED and also via audio Webcast at www.supercrossonline.com
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