Sign of the  Lap Times: Los Angeles

Sign of the Lap Times: Los Angeles

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Sometimes there are moments in sports, and to a greater extent, life that leave you breathless. As Trey Canard and Ryan Morais layed motionless on the track last Saturday night, there wasn't a person in Dodger Stadium or watching at home who's heart didn't skip a couple beats. Thankfully initial reports show that Trey and Ryan will make a full recovery. Thoughts and prayers are with both riders and their families.

When the gate dropped for the second time around in Dodger Stadium, veteran Chad Reed made the most of his second opportunity. Reed hounded Jake Weimer early, before putting on a hard charge and cruising home to his first win of 2012. The same could not be said for Ryan Villopoto. An early mistake would leave the co-points leader searching. But the Washington native would then put on a display of brilliance as he devoured rider after rider en route to a stunning fourth place finish.

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 4 54.341 20 55.210 Ryan Villopoto
2 1 54.446 4 55.313 Chad Reed
3 3 54.565 11 55.812 James Stewart
4 2 54.750 9 55.502 Ryan Dungey
5 11 55.313 1 57.790 Jake Weimer
6 6 55.547 5 56.469 Davi Millsaps
7 5 55.674 6 56.473 Brett Metcalfe
8
8 55.849 5 57.007 Broc Tickle
9 7 56.000 8 56.594 Josh Hansen
10 9 56.120 9 57.088 Kevin Windham
11 10 56.360 3 57.176 Mike Alessi
12 12 56.420 8 58.191 Kyle Chisholm
13 14 56.489 8 57.836 Andrew Short
14
17 57.110 1 1:36.770 Josh Grant
15 13 57.193 6 58.107 Nick Wey
16 16 57.235 6 1:00.850 Kyle Partridge
17
15 57.333 6 59.971 Weston Peick
18 18 57.840 1 57.840 Ivan Tedesco
19 DNS - - - Trey Canard
20 DNS - - - Ryan Morais

For the second straight week Ryan Villopoto had to put together a championship saving performance after an early mistake. Villopoto was once again able to step up to the challenge, and set the fastest lap in the SX class in the process, laying down a 54.341. What made this performance that much more impressive was that Villopoto set his fastest lap of the night on lap 20! The competition needs to take note, because Villopoto is going to be a force of nature throughout the rest of the series.

It took a couple of weeks, but Brett Metcalfe is finally starting to find his form. Overcoming an illness earlier in the week, Metcalfe would put in his best performance of the season at L.A. Metcalfe has admitted that he and the team were behind in testing coming into the season, but it looks as if they found their momentum in the City of Angels.

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Villopoto set the fastest lap of the SX class on lap 20!
Photo: Simon Cudby


AMA Supercross Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 53.915 1 55.514 Eli Tomac
2 9 54.380 2 58.291 Martin Davalos
3 2 54.705 4 56.415 Dean Wilson
4 19 54.889 5 56.117 Marvin Musquin
5
3 55.018 3 56.552 Zach Osborne
6
15 55.245 4 57.930 Cole Seely
7 5 55.773 8 57.340 Jason Anderson
8 12 55.844 2 58.880 Ryan Sipes
9 4 55.975 11 56.592 Tyla Rattray
10 11 56.010 5 57.654 Nico Izzi
11 8 56.487 3 57.216 Matt Moss
12 6 56.507 4 57.461 Max Anstie
13 7 56.673 7 57.781 Michael Leib
14 10 56.919 11 57.933 Billy Laninovich
15 18 56.948 4 1:00.538 Gavin Faith
16 17 57.616 3 59.881 Nick Paluzzi
17 14 58.244 11 59.160 Teddy Maier
18 16 58.249 2 59.454 Scott Champion
19 13 58.259 5 59.083 Vince Friese
20 20 1:13.705 1 1:13.705 Travis Baker

For the third straight week Eli Tomac would take reign of the lap charts by setting a 53.951. Unlike the previous two weeks Tomac was finally able to get a good start, and he quickly showed what he could do with said start. The GEICO Honda sophomore would not only get his first win of 2012, but would set the fastest lap of the night in the process. Just in case you misinterpreted that last statement, Tomac didn't just set the fastest lap in the Lites class, he bested Ryan Villopoto's 54.341 to set the fastest lap of either class.

Go ahead and purchase your tickets for the Michael Leib bandwagon, because this kid is looking more and more legit each week. After spending the past year and a half contesting the GPs, Leib is back and confident as ever. Although he missed the main at Anaheim 1 -- his first career supercross race -- Leib has bounced back with an eleventh and seventh in Phoenix and L.A., respectfully. Give this kid a couple of more rounds and he could be challenging for podiums.

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Tomac took home fastest lap of the night honors for the third consecutive week.
Photo: Simon Cudby

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