Sign of the  Lap Times: Atlanta

Sign of the Lap Times: Atlanta

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When Chad Reed announced last week that a torn ACL and other injuries would keep him from contesting the remainder of the 2012 SX season, and possible the outdoor season as well, many were expecting the once five-man army of Monster Energy Supercross Championship contenders to dwindle to one. But Ryan Dungey had other ideas in Atlanta. He held off a furious charge from Ryan Villopoto to capture his second win of the season and cut Villopoto’s points lead to ten.

In the Lites class, the boys showed a little more respect for each other than they did in Dallas, but the results remained the same as Justin Barcia took home his second win of the season. Blake Baggett rebounded nicely from a disastrous opening round to finish second with rookie Justin Bogle capturing his first career podium with a third.

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 50.713 12 52.045 Ryan Villopoto
2 3 51.073 15 52.809 James Stewart
3 1 51.257 20 52.066 Ryan Dungey
4 6 51.816 2 53.984 Cole Seely
5 4 52.528 3 53.717 Davi Millsaps
6 5 52.635 8 53.780 Justin Brayton
7 7 52.706 6 53.752 Jake Weimer
8
8 53.056 6 54.123 Kevin Windham
9 15 53.064 10 57.308 Josh Hansen
10 11 53.155 4 55.476 Kyle Chisholm
11 10 53.391 4 54.755 Nick Wey
12 12 53.467 5 55.733 Mike Alessi
13 9 53.470 11 55.211 Bret Metcalfe
14
16 54.010 6 57.464 Broc Tickle
15 13 54.245 6 56.053 Matt Goerke
16 20 54.357 6 1:02.959 Weston Peick
17
14 54.442 4 55.998 Bobby Kiniry
18 17 54.876 7 1:03.211 Kyle Partridge
19 19 55.322 3 1:10.391 Justin Sipes
20 18 56.203 4 1:05.731 Jeff Alessi

After a two-week hiatus, Ryan Villopoto reclaimed the throne of “King of the Lap Charts” with a scorching 50.713 on lap 12, which helped him reel in Ryan Dungey. Late mistakes would cost RV the win, but he reined King of the Charts in the ATL.

Although Ryan Dungey didn’t set the fastest lap of the night, he did put down a blistering 51.257 on the final lap, yes the FINAL lap, to hold off the advances of a hard charging RV. While Dungey wasn’t in a must-win situation, yet, this win did provide Dungey with a fist full of confidence heading into St. Louis.

When Cole Seely was announced as a replacement rider for an injured Trey Canard, many were expecting a couple of top ten finishes before heading back to the West Region Lites series. But Seely dug into his bag of tricks and snagged a holeshot. Seely would go onto to hold Dungey at bay for seven laps before giving way and dropping back to sixth before the night was over. It was a breakout SX class ride for Seely and one many around the industry took notice of.


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Villopoto would set the fastest lap of the night, but Dungey walked away with the win.
Photo: Simon Cudby


AMA Supercross Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 52.125 2 53.543 Justin Barcia
2 2 52.172 5 53.567 Blake Baggett
3 4 52.404 4 54.149 Blake Wharton
4 6 52.450 10 53.867 Ken Roczen
5
3 52.510 7 53.888 Justin Bogle
6
5 53.055 6 54.453 Darryn Durham
7 7 53.532 7 56.244 Kyle Cunningham
8 13 54.778 6 57.199 Matt Lemoine
9 9 54.945 3 55.959 Jake Canada
10 11 54.958 3 57.584 Lance Vincent
11 12 55.345 7 57.500 PJ Larsen
12 8 55.399 4 56.582 Hunter Hewitt
13 10 56.116 3 57.167 Shane Sewell
14 14 56.135 5 57.777 Les Smith
15 16 56.456 3 58.958 Levi Kilbarger
16 15 56.617 7 58.084 Shawn Rife
17 19 56.693 4 1:01.268 Austin Politelli
18 17 57.533 3 1:00.098 Daniel Herrlein
19 18 58.503 6 1:00.792 Angelo Pellegrini
20 20 58.991 2 1:03.874 Brad Ripple

GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia continues to show a newfound sense of control on the track and it showed in Atlanta, as he captured his second straight victory at his home away from home race. Although he had Blake Baggett nipping at his heels he also set the fastest lap of the night in the Lites class with a 52.125, edging out Baggett’s 52.172.

Interesting stat of the week: While the East Region may not stack up depth wise with the West; the top contenders are all very close in speed, with the top five finishers in the Lites class all putting down their fastest lap times in the 52-second range.  So while Barcia may be setting the pace early, don’t count out the host of contenders that are laying in wait.


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


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