Sign Of The  Lap Times: Thunder Valley

Sign of the Lap Times: Thunder Valley

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Storylines were plentiful at round five of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships at Thunder Valley. Ryan Dungey got his long overdue first overall of the season, while the Pro Circuit team continued to be a step above the rest.  But you will read plenty about the racing throughout the week, so let's get to the lap charts, brought to you by Motion Pro.

450 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:10.044 4

2:15.030

Ryan Villopoto
2 2 2:12.156 5 2:15.505 Ryan Dungey
3 3 2:12.816 4 2:17.992 Chad Reed
4 6 2:15.532 2 2:19.627 Christian Craig
5 36 2:16.283 5 2:20.010 Josh Grant
6 4 2:16.468 3 2:18.787 Kevin Windham
7 5 2:16.622 5 2:19.066 Mike Alessi
8
7 2:16.641 3 2:19.266 Andrew Short
9 11 2:17.032 2 2:19.448 Tommy Hahn
10 9 2:17.166 2 2:20.290 Brett Metcalfe

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:12.250 6 2:14.739 Ryan Dungey
2 2 2:12.829 7 2:14.923 Ryan Villopoto
3 3 2:15.239 5 2:19.052 Chad Reed
4 7 2:17.269 6 2:19.084 Brett Metcalfe
5 5 2:17.294 4 2:19.174 Tommy Hahn
6 6 2:17.651 6 2:19.309 Davi Millsaps
7 4
2:17.685 3 2:19.130 Kevin Windham
8
17 2:18.731 5 2:26.003 Ricky Dietrich
9 8 2:19.204 4 2:21.986 Andrew Short
10 10 2:19.917 4 2:23.315 Justin Brayton


Monster Energy Kawasakis Ryan Villopoto continued to show his first moto dominance. Blasting the field en route to his third consecutive moto one victory, Villopoto also set the fastest lap of the moto with a blistering 2:10.044 a little over two full seconds faster than Ryan Dungey's best lap.

Dungey and Villopoto not only swapped moto victories but they also traded the top spot on the lap charts. Dungey, en route to his first overall win of the season, would set the fastest time in moto two with a 2:12.250 on lap 6.

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Dungey set the fastest lap in moto 2.
Photo: Garth Milan


250 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:16.804 4 2:18.638 Blake Baggett
2 2 2:16.906 4 2:19.570 Dean Wilson
3 40 2:17.672 3 2:40.430 Kyle Cunningham
4
9 2:17.800 3 2:22.827 Justin Barcia
5 3 2:18.086 11 2:20.032 Eli Tomac
6
7 2:18.553 6 2:21.235 Broc Tickle
7 6 2:18.769 5 2:21.394 Gareth Swanepoel
8 5 2:19.192 5 2:20.853 Tyla Rattray
9 4 2:19.263 6 2:21.069 Darryn Durham
10 8 2:19.397 3 2:22.121 Cole Seely

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:17.306 5 2:20.257 Blake Baggett
2 3 2:18.236 7 2:21.802 Eli Tomac
3 2 2:18.582 7 2:20.372 Dean Wilson
4 21 2:19.575 3 2:23.281 Gareth Swanepoel
5 4 2:20.464 4 2:23.078 Ryan Sipes
6 5 2:20.728 7 2:23.471 Tyla Rattray
7 6 2:21.171 4 2:23.890 Darryn Durham
8 8 2:21.210 10 2:24.418 Kyle Cunningham
9 36 2:21.476 3 2:22.309 Lance Vincent
10 7 2:21.576 5 2:24.446 Malcolm Stewart

Monter Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Blake Baggett continued his up and down season at Thunder Valley. Baggett has dominated three of five races thus far in the season (Hangtown, High Point, and Thunder Valley) only to follow up with sub-par efforts a week later (Freestone and Budds Creek). Will the trend continue next week at RedBud? Only time will tell, but in the meantime we can't fail to mention that he set the fastest laps in both motos at Thunder Valley.

No longer referred to as the other South African, Star Racing's Gareth Swanepoel continues to improve as the races tick off in his first full season on the American circuit. After finishing an impressive sixth in moto one, Swanepoel would fall early on in moto two before rebounding to grab 21st overall. But if proof is what you seek, just give his lap times a look and you will see that Swanepoel is slowly starting to adjust to the pace and may be a podium threat sooner rather than later.

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Baggett set the fastest lap in both motos.
Photo: Garth Milan

And finally, check out the WMX lap charts below. JP$ may still be digging out of a points hole after a crash at Freestone, but with moto wins and lap times like she logged in Colorado, she may be fighting for that red plate again before long.

WMX Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:30.830 4 2:32.849 Jessica Patterson
2 2 2:32.819 3 2:36.819 Ashley Fiolek
3 5 2:35.188 3 2:41.759 Tara Gieger
4 3 2:36.602 6 2:38.306 Vicki Golden
5 4 2:39.500 3 2:41.784 Sara Price

WMX Class
Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1
2:32.391 4 2:35.623 Jessica Patterson
2 2 2:34.102 4 2:38.616 Ashley Fiolek
3 3 2:38.550 4 2:41.076 Tara Gieger
4 19 2:40.166 4 3:14.166 Vicki Golden
5 4 2:43.593 3 2:45.772 Sara Price
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