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Dallas First Practice Report

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First practices are finished in Arlington and the lead riders are no surprise. Ryan Sipes led the Lites gang and James Stewart did the same in the big class. And that has pretty much been the story in practice every week.

Sipes ran a 51.4, with Dean Wilson grabbing a 52 flat, then Blake Baggett with a 52.1, Malcolm Stewart with a 52.8 and PJ Larsen with a 53.2. Points leader Justin Barcia was sixth with a 53.3.

In the SX class, Justin Brayton jumped out with the first fast lap, followed by Trey Canard. Then Chad Reed jumped to the top of the board, which lasted until James Stewart put in his fast lap, a 49.313. For the rest of the session, riders tried to match that mark, and Ryan Dungey came close with a 49.354. Reed’s 49.458 was third, Canard was fourth with a 50.165 and Ryan Villopoto fifth with a 50.243.Brayton, Short, Windham, Millsaps and Seely rounded out the top ten.

The long rhythm lane has now become routine for the top riders. They double in, then double over the first table, and then triple-triple out. Not many options available on the rest of the track, so we’ll see who gets creative in the second session later today.

Tommy Hahn is back out in the unseeded session after taking a crash in the free practice. His 50.8 lap is strong so he could be up in the mix tonight.

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