Sign Of The Lap Times: San Diego

Sign of the Lap Times: San Diego

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Round seven of Monster Energy Supercross from bright and sunny...err...muddy San Diego once again proved that this year could be the deepest Supercross class in the past decade. Chad Reed's victory makes four different winners through seven rounds. Superb. And to think defending champion Ryan Dungey has yet to grace the top of the box. But enough about the race, 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
55.497
3
59.541
Trey Canard
2 1
55.813
6
57.969
Chad Reed
3 3
56.193
3
59.286
James Stewart
4 2
56.850
12
58.142
Ryan Dungey
5 7
56.926
4
58.648
Ryan Villopoto
6 8
57.226
4
59.424
Brett Metcalfe
7 6
57.601
2
59.661
Andrew Short
8 5
57.827
4
59.106
Davi Millsaps
9 10
58.153
8
1:00.647
Justin Brayton
10 9
58.282
4
59.851
Mike Alessi
11 18
58.350
3
1:06.577
Austin Stroupe
12 15
58.509
7 1:03.901
Ivan Tedesco
13 13
59.575
4
1:02.700
Fabien Izoird
14 11
59.614
6
1:02.015
Nick Wey
15 12
59.812
8
1:02.191
Kyle Regal
16 20
1:00.419
2
1:12.492
Kevin Windham
17 14
1:00.577
4
1:03.003
Chris Blose
18 19
1:01.015
2
1:02.518
Weston Peick
19 16
1:01.522
7
1:04.681
Michael Byrne
20 17
1:02.144
4
1:07.954
Maxime Lesage

For the second straight week a new rider has taken the crown of fastest lap. In San Diego it was American Honda's Trey Canard that turned in the fastest lap of the night with a 55.497. If not for a couple of costly mistakes Canard might have grabbed his second consecutive victory.

Trey Canard
Canard set the fastest lap in San Diego.
Photo: Garth Milan

This is certainly not the first or last place that you will hear about Chad Reed winning his first race of the season and his first for his new team Two Two Motorsports. But this column is not about me hammering you with details about the winner... it's about the lap times! And Reed was no slouch setting the second fastest lap of the night with a 55.813. Only he and Canard set laps under 56 seconds in the Supercross class.

Andrew Short is slowly but surely making adjustments to fit his style to the KTM 350SX-F, and it sure seems like the hard work is paying off.  Short ran inside the top-five for a majority of the race before getting nipped by Davi Millsaps at the end for fifth. Still, Short has shown steady improvement over the course of the season and showed it with the seventh fastest lap of the night.

AMA Supercross Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1
55.489
2
57.312
Eli Tomac
2 2
56.309
14
57.843
Tyla Rattray
3 4
56.693
15
57.703
Cole Seely
4 7
56.845 13
59.087
Ken Roczen
5
3
56.974
14
57.712
Broc Tickle
6 5
57.577
5
59.199

Jimmy Decotis

7 10
57.820
3
1:02.090
Kyle Cunningham
8 6
58.084
4
59.315
Josh Hansen
9 8
58.365
7
1:00.315
Ben Evans
10 9
58.905
8
1:01.494
Ryan Morais
11 11
59.682
11
1:01.313
Antonio Balbi
12 14
59.949
12
1:03.006
Tommy Weeck
13 12
1:00.291 8
1:02.783
Martin Davalos
14 15 1:00.384
9
1:02.722
Nick Paluzzi
15 16 1:00.648
14

1:03.479

Casey Hinson
16 13
1:01.126
14
1:02.677
Ryan Smith
17 17
1:01.246
11
1:03.271
Scott Champion
18 19
1:02.074
2
1:08.082
Dakota Tedder
19 18
1:02.753
5
1:04.313
Travis Bright
20 20
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Kyle Beaton


Wow! What a showing put in by GEICO Honda's rookie Eli Tomac. Taking advantage of a great start Tomac looked like a one-man demolition crew in San Diego, pounding out fast lap after fast lap. But his fastest of the night was a 55.489 (more on that later).

Eli Tomac
Tomac set the fastest lap of the night en route to his first career SX victory.
Photo: Garth Milan

What a rollercoaster ride for German import Ken Roczen. After taking his first heat win of the season Roczen looked primed to contend for a win at San Diego. But a bad start and two crashes later left Roczen buried deep in the pack.  But the resilient rookie made his way all the way back to seventh and in the process set the fourth fastest lap of the night. Kudos to the German.

But, back to the one-man show Eli Tomac. Only three riders set a fast lap under 56 seconds. As previously mentioned two of those riders were Chad Reed and Trey Canard, with the third being Tomac. That shows just how fast Tomac was pounding through the slop of San Diego. While the track was more beat up for the Supercross class, let us not forget that Tomac is at a 200cc disadvantage. Well done, Eli!

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