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.
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).
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