Sign Of The Lap Times: Houston

Sign of the Lap Times: Houston

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Round six of Monster Energy Supercross from Houston provided just about everything you can ask from a fan's perspective. Justin Barcia and Dean Wilson slugged it out in the Lites class, while Trey Canard capitalized on a Kevin Windham mistake to hold off a furious charge from Ryan Dungey.  Throw in a James Stewart crash, and a couple of huge first turn pile-ups, and you have a recipe for some great racing. Now onto the lap charts, brought to you by Motion Pro.

AMA Supercross

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 4
48.800
3
51.063
Davi Millsaps
2 15
48.842
5
53.742
James Stewart
3 19
48.981
1
49.496
Kevin Windham
4 3
49.033 5
50.768
Ryan Villopoto
5 1
49.138
3
50.504
Trey Canard
6 8
49.384
3
52.379
Brett Metcalfe
7 2
49.385
3
50.509
Ryan Dungey
8 6
49.547
10
50.395 Chad Reed
9 7 49.698
5
51.342
Ken Roczen
10 13 49.933
8
49.933
Justin Brayton
11 5
50.233
2
51.052
Andrew Short
12 9
50.327
3
52.232
Ivan Tedesco
13 16
50.828
6
55.031
Kyle Regal
14 10
50.994
3 52.339
Mike Alessi
15 11
51.026 7
52.421
Tommy Hahn
16 12
51.098
3
52.387
Nick Wey
17 20
51.608
3
52.304
Jason Thomas
18 18
51.736 2
57.822
Chris Blose
19 14
52.079
4
54.016
Weston Peick
20 17
53.111
3
56.702 Vince Friese

The fastest lap of the night went to none other than James… wait what? Davi Millsaps?  That’s right, Millsaps not only had his best race of the season thus far, but he also became the first rider not named James Stewart or Ryan Villopoto to put down the fastest lap of the night.  Millsaps put down a scorching 48.800 edging out Stewart’s 48.842.  After a long off-season Houston might prove to be the turning point in Millsaps' season.

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Did Millsaps' season turn the corner in Houston?
Photo: Simon Cudby

As you all know by now Canard captured his first SX victory when he edged Dungey in a drag race to the finish line.  I won’t bore you with anymore commentary on his great race, but I will tell you that he put down the fifth fastest lap time with a 50.504.

Here’s an interesting fact from Houston. The top fourteen fastest lap times were under 51 seconds. Things are getting tight, folks.


AMA Supercross Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 3
49.585
6
51.509
Blake Baggett
2 2
49.880
1
51.144 Dean Wilson
3 4
50.045 4
52.057
Ryan Sipes
4 6
50.061 2
53.246
Blake Wharton
5
1
50.134 8
50.920
Justin Barcia
6 5
50.179 4
52.421

Ian Trettel

7 15
50.311 4
55.696 Nico Izzi
8 7
50.488 5
53.507
Jason Anderson
9 8
50.934 3
53.362
Lance Vincent
10 14
50.951 3
55.738 Malcolm Stewart
11 13
51.079
5
55.129
Gannon Audette
12 18 51.231 2
1:05.447
P.J. Larsen
13 10
51.695
3
53.883 Alex Martin
14 9
51.824
2
53.543
Matt Lemoine
15 17
52.410
7

1:03.556

Taylor Futrell
16 12
52.535
3
55.257
Shawn Rife
17 16
52.648
6
59.098
A.J. Catanzaro
18 11
52.694
9
54.196
Chris Gosselaar
19 19
53.627
3
56.379
Levi Kilbarger
20 20
DNS DNS
DNS
Darryn Durham

Blake Baggett made quite the first impression on his new team—Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki.  Baggett overcame a treacherous start and laid down the fastest lap of the night with 49.585. Baggett’s seemingly quiet third place finish should go a long way towards a championship run that could have gone wayward had he failed to make a charge through the pack.

Justin Barcia
Barcia outlasted Wilson to grab the opening round win in Houston.
Photo: Simon Cudby

Justin Barcia and Dean Wilson engaged in what seemed more like a UFC fight than a supercross race in Houston, with Barcia out-slugging Wilson en-route to the opening round win. It's interesting that while he won the race, Barcia set only the fifth fastest lap of the night  with a 50.134.

What a opening round night for privateer Lance Vincent.  The rookie not only managed a surprising top-ten finish but he also managed to put down the ninth fastest lap of the night. With arguably one of the deepest fields this past decade, Vincent proved he may not be just another name on the east coast.

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