Sign of the Lap Times: Dallas

Sign of the Lap Times: Dallas

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After beginning the season with six straight rounds out west, Monster Energy Supercross packed up and headed east to The House that Jerry Built for round seven. Just when it looked like we were in for another barn-burner between Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed, a horrific crash from Reed left over 53,000 fans stunned. Villopoto cruised home from there for his third straight victory. Reed is now faced with the very real possibility of missing the rest of the 2012 season, after suffering a torn ACL among other injuries. But let’s not count out the gritty Aussi for an outdoors return just yet.

Saturday also marked the East Region Lites opener, and boy did Justin Barcia and crew bring the heat to the Big D. Barcia grabbed the opening round win, sending a clear message to the rest of the field that the title runs through him. Barcia’s GEICO Honda rookie teammate, Justin Bogle and J-Star JDR KTMs Malcolm Stewart provided fireworks of their own, ending with each receiving $500 fines from the AMA for their actions on the track.

Now let’s get to the lap charts to see how it all broke down.

AMA Supercross

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 20 46.662 6 47.045 Chad Reed
2 1 46.734 6 48.852 Ryan Villopoto
3 2 48.027 6 48.935 Ryan Dungey
4 3 48.220 3 49.234 Jake Weimer
5 6 48.289 8 50.247 James Stewart
6 7 48.496 4 50.361 Kevin Windham
7 4 48.644 5 49.996 Mike Alessi
8
15 48.956 2 53.053 Davi Millsasps
9 5 49.141 6 50.066 Josh Hansen
10 18 49.305 6 54.389 Nico Izzi
11 8 49.414 11 50.730 Brett Metcalfe
12 9 49.476 7 51.151 Justin Brayton
13 13 49.702 6 52.106 Kyle Partridge
14
11 49.744 10 51.359 Broc Tickle
15 12 50.123 10 51.863 Nick Wey
16 10 50.304 6 51.298 Kyle Chisholm
17
14 50.442 8 52.433 Robby Kiniry
18 17 50.509 4 54.190 Gavin Faith
19 16 50.907 8 52.856 Matt Goerke
20 19 51.876 2 58.904 Jeff Alessi

For the second straight week Chad Reed bested Ryan Villopoto to set the fastest lap of the night with a 46.662. Sadly he set that lap on the sixth go around. Just two laps later, he crashed out for the season.

The lap charts confirmed what most of us already knew from Dallas—Villopoto and Reed were in a league of their own. The two set the track ablaze consistently throwing down 46 and 47 second lap times (before Reed crashed), which at times were up to two seconds faster than Ryan Dungey and James Stewart.

After taking his first SX class podium in Phoenix, Jake Weimer has struggled to find that podium magic again. Weimer proclaimed that he was going to get more aggressive in Dallas and he did just that, fighting for second with Dungey before settling for third, and his second podium of the year. With Reed now out of the mix this may not be the last time in 2012 Weimer graces the podium.

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Reed would set the fastest lap of the night before a big crash ended his night and SX season.
Photo: Simon Cudby


AMA Supercross Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 48.903 6 49.628 Justin Barcia
2 14 49.100 6 55.305 Justin Bogle
3 3 49.147 6 49.939 Ken Roczen
4 2 49.150 5 50.080 Darryn Durham
5
6 49.369 5 51.635 Malcolm Stewart
6
15 49.709 4 52.935 Blake Bagget
7 4 50.081 4 50.945 Blake Wharton
8 5 50.393 5 51.360 Phillip Nicoletti
9 9 50.744 3 52.241 Cole Thompson
10 8 50.865 3 51.974 PJ Larsen
11 10 50.970 5 52.510 Lance Vincent
12 7 50/971 4 51.825 Jake Canada
13 11 51.424 8 52.428 Alex Martin
14 12 51.701 4 53.894 Hunter Hewitt
15 13 52.787 6 54.390 Austin Politelli
16 17 53.475 3 1:00.635 Angelo Pellegrini
17 18 53.587 3 54.839 Sean Hackley
18 16 54.899 10 59.019 Les Smith
19 19 - - - Matt Lemoine
20 20 - - - Kyle Cunningham

Justin Barcia began his title defense with an impressive showing in Dallas, not only securing the East Region opening round win, but taking home the top spot on the lap charts as well. Most expected Barcia to be at, or near, the top of the charts but a bigger surprise was his teammate Justin Bogle setting the second fastest lap of the night in his first career SX Lites race. Although Bogle’s impressive performance was somewhat overshadowed by a slap to the back of Malcolm Stewart’s head (after a suspect pass/knockdown from Stewart), Bogle looks to have what it takes to challenge for wins in 2012.

After spending last year down under competing in the Australian Nationals, Phil Nicoletti made his return to Monster Energy Supercross and proceeded to shock the industry with a fifth. In 2010 Nicoletti was a very under-the-radar privateer that was a consistent top ten threat, so while his fifth wasn’t the most shocking in history, it was a surprise that he accomplished it in his first race back.

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Barcia would top the charts in the Lites class en route to his opening round win.
Photo: Simon Cudby


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