Both Monster Energy Cup qualifying sessions are in the books here in Las Vegas, and if the lap times are any indication of how tonight’s racing will go, we could see a repeat of some of the great battles we’ve been seeing all year between Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey.
The first timed session started with Villopoto posting a fast time of 1:28.626, with Broc Tickle right on his heals with a 1:29.832. Several laps later, Dungey took the top spot away with a 1:28.317, only to see RV dip below the 1:28.000 mark a few moments later. When it was over, RV was fastest with a 1:27.761, followed by Dungey (1:28.317), Mike Alessi (1:28.817), Kevin Windham (1:29.010), Broc Tickle (1:29.330), Jake Weimer (1:29.567), Marvin Musquin (1:29.774), Brett Metcalfe (1:30.094), Cole Seely (1:30.259) and Kyle Cunningam (1:30.280).
In the final session, both of the Ryan’s were fast yet again, but it was Dungey who was fastest with a 1:28.593. Villopoto actually spent most of the session several places behind Dungey, but snuck in a fast lap at the very end for second fastest with a 1:28.909. Windham was third fastest in this session with a 1:29.180, followed by Metcalfe (1:29.426), Marvin Musquin (1:29.645), Broc Tickle (1:29.995) and Eli Tomac (1:30.219).
Alessi looked good and was logging some seriously fast times before going down hard coming out of some high-speed rollers. Alessi was able to remount and ride back to the pits under his own power, but was only able to muster a 1:32.629, twenty-first fastest, in the final session.
Josh Hansen only logged four laps in the first session before pulling off with a 1:32.264 as his fastest time. Hanny went down hard in the final session before logging a fast lap, and left the track on the Asterisk Medical Mule with a twisted knee. No word yet on whether or not he’ll be on the line when the gate drops tonight.
There is a sandy, high-speed section that ends in a sharp lefthander that’s been claiming riders right and left. Josh Hansen, Mike Alessi and Kyle Cunningham have all crashed very hard in this corner. Cunningham’s crash was spectacular, with the bike launching off the berm and flipping through the air for a good 35 to 40 feet. Cunningham took several minutes to get up, and left the stadium on the Asterisk Medical Mule. We’ll tweet an update as soon as we find out more on the condition of both Cunningham and Hansen.
Adam Cianciarulo was the fastest super-mini rider in both sessions with 1:39.995 and 1:37.733 times. Jessy Nelson was fastest in the first timed Amateur All-Stars qualifier with a 1:34.881, but was only able to post the sixth fastest time in the last session. Geico Powersports Amateur Zach Bell took top honors in the final qualifier with a 1:33.138.
Make sure to stay tuned to www.racerxonline.com and follow us on twitter, @racerxonline, for updates from tonight’s race.