Sign of the  Lap Times: San Diego

Sign of the Lap Times: San Diego

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The California swing is now in the rear-view as Monster Energy Supercross heads east to Dallas. But what a way to send say goodbye to Cali!  Just when it looked like Dean Wilson was out of it, he goes out and TOTALLY REDEEMS himself with a win in San Diego, and also gets  help from a season’s worst 20th from points leader Eli Tomac. After sitting more than 20 points back heading into San Diego, Wilson takes a two point lead into the eight week long break before the series returns in Seattle. In the supercross class things are really beginning to heat up, as Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed took off the gloves and threw down in San Diego. Reed used his prowess through the whoops and help from some lap riders to latch onto Villopoto, before making what looked to be a race winning pass. But Villopoto would quickly strike back to regain the lead and hang on for his third win of the season.

Now onto the lap charts to see how it all broke down.

AMA Supercross

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 2
45.610
5
47.279
Chad Reed
2 1
45.674
3
47.247
Ryan Villopoto
3 15
46.496
6
52.025
James Stewart
4 3
47.082
8
48.348
Ryan Dungey
5 16
47.327
3
52.081
Kevin Windham
6 4
47.362
4
49.024
Brett Metcalfe
7 20
47.387
3
56.492
Jake Weimer
8
7
47.965
3
49.825
Davi Millsaps
9 9
48.189
3
50.021
Mike Alessi
10 6
48.199
4
49.452
Justin Brayton
11 5
48.395
8
48.998
Josh Hansen
12 8
48.808
7
49.884
Kyle Chisholm
13 10
49.171
8
50.331
Nick Wey
14
11
49.294
4
50.817
Jason Thomas
15 13
49.337
4
51.196
Weston Peick
16 19
49.345
8
55.884
Kyle Partridge
17
17
49.608
15
52.980
Matt Goerke
18 12
49.645
3
50.821
Cody Mackie
19 18
49.821
14
55.665
Broc Tickle
20 14
50.148
3
51.203
Robby Kiniry

After five straight weeks of making the top of the lap charts his personal kingdom, Ryan Villopoto’s reign as “King of the Lap Charts” has finally come to an end. Chad Reed was finally able to topple the “King” with a blistering pace through the whoops en route to setting the fastest lap of the night with a 45.610.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Brett Metcalfe is starting to find a groove. Metcalfe led his first laps of the season and capped it off with a career best fourth in San Diego. It’s been a trying season for the lone Yoshimura Suzuki rider but he looks to have finally found the right setup under the penetrating California lights.

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Villopoto's streak of setting the fastest lap came to an end, but he took home his third win of the season.
Photo: Simon Cudby


AMA Supercross Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1
46.933
2
48.669 Dean Wilson
2 20
47.243
5
48.000 Eli Tomac
3 2
47.403
6
48.804 Cole Seely
4 17
48.623
3
53.081 Jason Anderson
5
16
48.634
9
54.189 Marvin Musquin
6
3
48.836
2
49.814 Matt Moss
7 7
48.876
4
50.248 Billy Laninovich
8 15
48.881
4
53.708 Martin Davalos
9 5
48.982
8
50.125 Nico Izzi
10 13
49.105
10
53.159 Max Anstie
11 4
49.191
6
50.045 Gareth Swanepoel
12 6
49.265
11
50.117 Gavin Faith
13 9
49.296
4
51.882 Vince Friese
14 12
49.569
6
52.446 Bruce Rutherford
15 8
49.692
10
50.307 Travis Baker
16 10
49.953
7
51.847 Nick Paluzzi
17 14
50.057
5
53.170
Killy Rusk
18 11
50.167
5
52.525
Kyle Beaton
19 18
50.227
3
54.927
Jean Carlo Ramos
20 19
50.532
7
1:02.374
Scott Champion

We mentioned the Wilson/Tomac points swing in the opening paragraph, so no need to re-hash it here, but another streak of Tomac's washed away on the shores of Southern California -- his five straight weeks atop the lap charts. Wilson was relaxed in San Diego and it showed as he topped the lap charts with a blistering 46.993 -- setting the fastest Lites time of the night.

Eli Tomac wasn’t the only rider to suffer a huge points swing in San Diego. Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin was running inside the top five when he ran into the back of Tomac, all but ending his chances of capturing an SX Lites title. The Frenchman will now move to the East Coast where he will be riding the 350, ala Ken Roczen last year.

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Wilson would bring an end to Tomac's win and fastest lap streaks in San Diego.
Photo: Simon Cudby

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