Sign Of The   Lap Times: Las Vegas

Sign Of The
Lap Times: Las Vegas

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What a way for Monster Energy AMA Supercross to ride off into the Vegas sunset. With three titles up for grabs in Sin City, the already wild and crazy Vegas strip got turned up a notch. The Lites class put on a show to remember, but not to be outdone, Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey fought to the death for yet another victory in the AMA Supercross class. Now onto the lap charts brought to you by Motion Pro to see how the numbers break down.

AMA Supercross

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 3
1:01.787
8
1:04.853
Ryan Villopoto
2 16
1:01.900
6
1:02.632
Kevin Windham
3 15
1:01.923
6
1:02.211
James Stewart
4 2
1:01.982
9
1:03.008
Ryan Dungey
5 1
1:01.994
8
1:02.973
Chad Reed
6 13
1:03.270
5
1:04.421
Davi Millsaps
7 7
1:04.115
5
1:05.822
Austin Stroupe
8
5
1:04.123
13
1:05.550
Andrew Short
9 4
1:04.164
5
1:05.443
Chris Blose
10 6
1:04.435
10
1:05.443
Jake Weimer
11 9
1:04.521
6
1:06.894
Kyle Regal
12 8
1:04.610

5

1:05.785
Nick Wey
13 18
1:05.126
2
1:05.126 (1 lap)
Mike Alessi
14
14
1:05.343
4
1:06.618
Michael Byrne
15 10
1:06.081
6

1:07.301

Tye Simmonds
16 11
1:06.278
3

1:07.218

Tyler Bowers
17
12
1:06.419
13
1:08.319
Weston Peick
18 17
1:07.165
3
1:12.096
Tommy Hahn
19 19
1:12.139
2
1:12.139 (1 lap)
Justin Brayton
20 20
DNF
DNF
DNF
Robert Kiniry

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto claimed his first career SX title with his third place finish at Vegas. But RV wasn't out there just cruising around hoping to have the title handed to him. No sir, he was busy throwing down some soul crushing laps. He even managed to put down the fastest lap of the night with a 1:01.787 on lap eight. Congrats to RV on his championship run; it was well deserved.

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The sign says it all.
Photo: Simon Cudby

Las Vegas proved to be one of the longest tracks of the series, with every rider surpassing the one-minute mark on their fastest and average lap time(s). Daytona was the only other track where every rider surpassed the one-minute mark.

It hasn't taken Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jake Weimer long to adjust to the Supercross class. After missing all but the final two rounds with a broken arm, Weimer has returned with a fist full of throttle. He secured a place inside the top-ten at Salt Lake City and Vegas, and posted the tenth fastest lap of the night in Vegas. Now imagine if he was healthy the entire season, we may have been talking about the "Big Six."

 

AMA Supercross Lites
East Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1
1:03.077
14
1:04.378
Blake Baggett
2 2
1:03.793
9
1:04.478
Ryan Sipes
3 3
1:03.956
12
1:05.415
Justin Barcia
4 4
1:04.127
13
1:05.296
Dean Wilson
5
5
1:05.752
5
1:06.759
Malcolm Stewart
6 6
1:05.874
6
1:06.915
Matt Lemoine
7 8
1:06.181
7
1:07.565
Hunter Hewitt
8 7
1:06.397
13
1:07.463
Lance Vincent
9 9
1:06.507
10
1:07.691
Les Smith
10 11
1:06.930
10
1:08.642
Chris Gosselaar
11 10
1:07.114
3
1:08.192
Justin Sipes
12 12
1:08.094
6

1:10.598

Taylor Futrell
13 14
1:08.343
11
1:11.028
Tyler Bright
14 19
1:09.007
2
1:17.940
Bradley Ripple
15 15
1:09.211
6
1:11.439
AJ Catanzaro
16 13
1:09.356
9
1:10.741
Levi Kilbarger
17 16
1:09.580
12
1:11.629
Johnny Moore
18 17
1:09.794
12
1:12.053
Killy Rusk
19 18
1:10.033
3
1:16.760
Ricky Renner
20 20
DNF
DNF
DNF
Gannon Audette


It took a while, but Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Blake Baggett finally broke out of his sophmore slump. After grabbing a victory at Daytona, things have been a struggle for Baggett. But the young star managed to keep his focus and determination until the end, and rode home to his second victory of the season at Las Vegas. He also managed to set the fastest lap of the night with a 1:03.077.

Coming into the 2011 season many were skeptical of what we were going to get from ARMA Suzuki City's rookie Malcolm Stewart. After a few crash and burn efforts from the rookie early, Stewart really began to harnass the speed that made him a hot prospect coming out of the amateur ranks. With a fifth in Vegas Stewart moved himself into seventh in points, just ahead of privateer Lance Vincent for most points for a rookie in the East Lites class. Stewart also managed to put down the fifth fastest lap of the night in Sin City.

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Baggett finally broke out of his slump at Vegas.
Photo: Simon Cudby

West Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1
1:03.401
4
1:04.824
Ken Roczen
2 5
1:04.050
5
1:05.887
Cole Seely
3 3
1:04.167
8
1:05.423
Kyle Cunningham
4 4
1:04.432
9
1:05.622
Eli Tomac
5 2
1:04.697
9
1:05.476
Broc Tickle
6 7
1:05.213
4
1:06.117
Ryan Morais
7 6
1:05.281
9
1:06.123
Tyla Rattray
8
10
1:05.281
3
1:07.377
Josh Hansen
9 9
1:05.602
14
1:06.452
Martin Davalos
10 8
1:05.622
8
1:06.336
Travis Baker
11 12
1:06.328
8
1:08.051
Nick Paluzzi
12 18
1:06.455
5
1:08.048
Tommy Weeck
13 11
1:06.475
9
1:07.576
Bruce Rutherford
14
13
1:06.824
8
1:09.003
Jake Canada
15 14
1:06.988
5
1:09.460
Ben Evans
16 16
1:09.183
6

1:11.700

Dakota Tedder
17
15
1:09.190
4
1:11.571
Casey Hinson
18 19
1:09.678
5
1:11.046
Gared Steinke
19 17
1:09.891
3
1:13.461
Landen Powell
20 20
1:10.104
5
1:28.245
Topher Ingalls

German wunderkind Ken Roczen finally took his first step to becoming a bona fide superstar this weekend in Vegas. The 17-year-old rookie finally had the breakout ride everyone has been waiting for en route to his first career SX Lites victory. Roczen also set the fastest lap of the night with a 1:03.401 on lap four aboard his Red Bull KTM.

Credit must also be given to DNA Shred Stix Yamaha's Kyle Cunningham. Cunningham has shown the speed to be a podium threat all year but he had yet to pull it all together until Vegas. Cunningham was on the pipe all night and scored his first podium of the season. He also set the third fastest lap of the night with a 1:04.167.

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Roczen had a breakout ride at Vegas.
Photo: Simon Cudby

East/West Shootout Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 3
1:03.455
4
1:04.749
Ken Roczen
2 1
1:03.585
7
1:04.124
Ryan Sipes
3 4
1:03.722
4
1:05.008
Dean Wilson
4 2
1:03.872
6
1:04.658
Cole Seely
5 16
1:04.154
2
1:11.131
Justin Barcia
6 7
1:04.245
6
1:06.407
Kyle Cunningham
7 5
1:04.306
5
1:05.461
Martin Davalos
8
6
1:04.699
10
1:06.075
Eli Tomac
9 14
1:05.528
9
1:08.603
Matt Lemoine
10 18
1:05.540
5
1:12.889
Malcolm Stewart
11 8
1:05.548
9
1:06.633
Lance Vincent
12 9
1:05.653
7
1:06.951
Travis Baker
13 12
1:05.832
6
1:07.722
Blake Baggett
14
10
1:05.950
6
1:06.732
Broc Tickle
15 15
1:06.146
5
1:08.905
Ryan Morais
16 11
1:06.246
7
1:07.528
Tyla Rattray
17
13
1:06.512
8
1:08.025
Nick Paluzzi
18 19
1:06.905
4
1:16.065
Jake Canada
19 17
1:07.031
4
1:10.662
Les Smith
20 20
DNF
DNF
DNF
Hunter Hewitt

The Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout got a makeover this year. Instead of being the only pony show in town it was up against a stable of horses in the form of the East and West Lites Championship races. But never failing to live up to the hype the East/West Shootout was once again one of the best races of the series with DNA Shred Stix Yamaha's Ryan Sipes taking home the victory and the second fastest lap of the night.

Once again it was the German Ken Roczen who would lay claim to the fastest lap of the night, this time with a 1:03.455, just tenths of a second off his West Coast Lites race pace.

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Sipes would take home the victory at the East/West Shootout.
Photo: Simon Cudby


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