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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Seattle

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This year's Monster Energy Seattle Supercross was a race unlike anything we've seen lately, or maybe ever, in AMA Supercross. Ruts are always an issue in Seattle, but this year the soil took that rutted concept to a whole new level, and the event became a dry mud race, basically. The result was long lap times, as you'll see reflected in our chart.

Supercross Class


Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 1 1.00.324 2 Kevin Windham
2 5 1.02.485 4 Davi Millsaps
3 2 1.02.524 7 Tommy Hahn
4 4 1.02.535 3 Ryan Dungey
5 10 1.03.229 2 Kyle Chisholm
6 3 1.03.409 3 Justin Brayton
7 7 1.04.656 2 Michael Byrne
8 9 1.04.800 3 Andrew Short
9 8 1.04.838 2 Chad Reed
10 19 1.04.905 3 Josh Hill
11 6 1.05.809 2 Nick Wey
12 11 1.06.084 5 Matt Boni
13 12 1.06.109 2 Jason Lawrence
14 17 1.06.117 6 Jarred Browne
15 14 1.06.162 6 Justin Keeney
16 16 1.06.392 5 Troy Adams
17 15 1.07.080 2 Chris Blose
18 13 1.07.454 12 Kyle Cunningham
19 20 1.10.024 3 Kyle Partridge
20 18 1.12.525 3 Ryan Clark


K-Dub was in fine form on a tough track in Seattle.
Steve Cox photo

Kevin Windham dominated the proceedings all night long, and that's reflected in his fastest lap time, which is an amazing two seconds quicker than anyone else! That's the biggest gap between the fastest and second fastest in any race this year.

And it's not like the second-fastest rider was slow. Davi Millsaps mounted a strong charge from the back, and then even had a mid-race pit stop to fix his front brake lever, and still charged up to fifth. Tommy Hahn also rode fast and strong en route to second, while Ryan Dungey was fast early, but later crashed and then backed it down to make sure he locked up the championship, even though he really had it locked up already anyway.

Here's proof that simply logging consistent, instead of fast, laps, pays off in the ruts: Nick Wey had only the 11th fastest time, but finished sixth.

Supercross Lites Class



Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 6 1.00.673 4 Josh Hansen
2 1 1.01.048 2 Broc Tickle
3 2 1.01.457 2 Wil Hahn
4 3 1.01.597 5 Jake Weimer
5 4 1.01.983 2 Blake Wharton
6 5 1.02.299 6 Cole Seely
7 9 1.02.689 2 Max Anstie
8 11 1.03.140 7 Trey Canard
9 8 1.03.569 3 Ryan Morias
10 10 1.03.681 3 Hunter Hewitt
11 8 1.04.196 3 Phil Nicoletti
12 12 1.04.743 6 Travis Baker
13 15 1.06.197 6 Jake Canada
14 13 1.06.435 5 Jeff Alessi
15 20 1.06.496 3 Ryan Abrigo
16 14 1.06.701 5 Robert Kiniry
17 19 1.08.654 2 Joel Ruminer
18 16 1.09.077 2 Sean Borkenhagen
19 17 1.09.665 3 Chris Gosselaar
20 18 1.12.370 2 Chris Howell


Hanny punched the clock fastest in Seattle.
Steve Cox photo

Broc Tickle rode strong and steady to notch his first career win and also the first for his DNA Shred Stix Star Racing team. Again, consistency is key on a track like that, and that's why Tickle won the race handily even though he didn't log the fastest lap. That honor went to Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Josh Hansen, who finished fourth.

Wil Hahn was charging for his first-ever win on his Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda and nearly matched Tickle in speed. He finished second.

Another indicator of the difficult conditions?  Most of the riders logged their fast lap very early in the race. The track crew did some track work before the main, and that made the going a little better early in the race. In the latter laps, though, it was a survival event, and Tickle handled it best.
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