Sign of the Lap Times: Phoenix

Sign of the Lap Times: Phoenix

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Last week in 10 Things to Watch For in Phoenix, we wrote that things can change on a dime. It took just one round to drive that point home. Red Bull KTMs Ryan Dungey, in just two races, has broken the KTM supercross curse. Dungey secured the brand's first Supercross class podium appearance in the opener and backed it up with the brand's first AMA Supercross class victory in Phoenix--showing that he and his new team are ready to challenge for a title in 2012. The Monster Energy Kawasaki team provided a lot of drama as well. Jake Weimer had a break through race en route to his first career SX podium, while Ryan Villopoto rebounded from a first lap crash to take home third. Let's take a look at the lap charts to see how it all broke down.

AMA Supercross

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 3 52.030 11 52.898 Ryan Villopoto
2 1 52.058 4 53.182 Ryan Dungey
3 2 52.389 5 53.381 Jake Weimer
4 8 52.394 5 54.291 James Stewart
5 5 52.825 12 54.007 Chad Reed
6 4 52.857 6 53.760 Kevin Windham
7 7 52.915 4 54.199 Trey Canard
8
14 52.915 12 55.697 Justin Brayton
9 6 53.090 5 54.084 Andrew Short
10 9 53.430 5 54.754 Brett Metcalfe
11 11 53.432 4 54.704 Ivan Tedesco
12 16 53.641 9 55.850 Mike Alessi
13 10 53.725 12 54.559 Josh Hansen
14
13 53.826 19 54.984 Davi Millsaps
15 18 54.083 12 55.190 Tommy Hahn
16 12 54.097 5 55.087 Kyle Chisholm
17
15 54.159 6 55.956 Chris Blose
18 17 55.147 6 57.828 Kyle Partridge
19 19 1 Lap
1 Lap
1 Lap
Nick Wey
20 20 1 Lap 1 Lap
1 Lap
Jimmy Albertson

While Ryan Dungey was coasting to his first win of 2012, and KTMs first-ever as a team, Ryan Villopoto was setting down blistering lap times while slicing his way through the pack. Villopoto picked off seventeen riders, and quickly turned what could have been a championship changing crash into another routine podium appearance. Villopoto also set the fastest lap of the night with a 52.030, besting Dungey's 52.058.

Davi Millsaps has yet to live up to the high expectations that were placed on him entering the season, but this in not atypical for Millsaps, as it typically takes a few races for him to find his stride. But Millsaps can take solace in setting his fastest lap of the night on lap 19, further proof that his hard work during the off-season is paying off.

In sharp contrast to last week, Phoenix proved to provide riders with a more "typical" supercross track. But it also brought back sub one minute lap times with it. Last week no rider posted a fast lap under the one minute mark. This week, every rider posted a fast lap under one minute. Whether you agreed with the set-up last week or not, one thing it did accomplish was extending the race.

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Dungey set the second fastest lap of the night en route to his first win of 2012.
Photo: Andrew Fredrickson


AMA Supercross Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 4 52.3857 7 53.276 Eli Tomac
2 1 52.523 7 53.300 Dean Wilson
3 5 52.554 14 53.443 Cole Seely
4 3 52.811 8 53.436 Tyla Rattray
5
2 53.024

11

53.403 Marvin Musquin
6
6 53.308 10 54.088 Zach Osborne
7 7 53.366 6 54.811 Jason Anderson
8 11 54.007 9 55.167 Michael Leib
9 10 54.068 7 55.417 Travis Baker
10 8 54.132 8 54.876 Nico Izzi
11 9 54.192 11 54.837 Max Anstie
12 12 54.395 8 56.003 Billy Laninovich
13 20 54.416 3 55.505 Martin Davalos
14 13 54.741 13 56.269 Bruce Rutherford
15 15 55.287 9 56.471 Teddy Maier
16 14 55.504 7 56.810 Vince Friese
17 17 55.879 6 57.773 Gareth Swanepoel
18 19 56.386 3 57.975 Adam Chatfield
19 18 56.386 8 58.142 Jean Ramos
20 16 56.479 2 57.364 Scott Champion

For the second straight week Eli Tomac found himself buried mid-pack after another sub-par start. But Tomac again proved he has what it takes to bounce back. Another trend has followed Tomac in 2012, setting down some blitzing lap times. Following up on his "King of the Lap Charts" performance in Anaheim, Tomac would set the fastest Lites time of the night again in Phoenix with a 52.385.

While Cole Seely was unable to back up his dominating performance at the opener, he was able to put in another solid performance at Phoenix, further solidifying his chance at a Lites title. Seely also proved he is going to be a beast down the stretch as he set his fastest lap of the night on lap 14!

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Tomac took home fastest lap of the night honors, but Wilson took home the win in Phoenix.
Photo: Andrew Fredrickson

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