Sign of the  Lap Times: Indianapolis

Sign of the Lap Times: Indianapolis

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The Indy Supercross created some head-scratching during the Lites Main on Saturday night amongst all of those who were not AMA officials. Sure, there are a select few out there who claim to have read and memorized the rulebook cover to cover, but even the riders were at a loss for words as the closest comparison to the staggered restart they could come up with was "the GNCC start" and "they had us lined up like we were at a fair race". The situation was unfamiliar to all except for Tyler Bowers, as it turns out, since this has happen in Areancross. As you'll see, it was even unfamiliar on the lap charts!

But before we dissect the unusual Lites race, let's ease into it with something slightly more familiar from the Supercross class.

AMA Supercross

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 52.356 5 53.299 Ryan Villopoto
2 2 52.521 5 53.647 Justin Brayton
3 4 52.613 5 54.046 Brett Metcalfe
4 3 52.821 15 53.734 Davi Millsaps
5 18 52.999 4 53.603 Kevin Windham
6 6 53.025 4 54.524 Mike Alessi
7 5 53.059 12 54.009 Cole Seely
8
7 53.292 13 54.567 Marvin Musquin
9 10 53.627 6 56.258 Nico Izzi
10 20 54.059 4 55.115 Kyle Chisholm
11 9 54.122 6 55.965 Weston Peick
12 16 54.284 7 57.983 Kyle Regal
13 8 54.309 7 55.263 Broc Tickle
14
15 55.477 4 57.726 Jeff Alessi
15 14 54.752 7 57.321 Matt Goerke
16 11 55.000 15 56.163 Josh Grant
17
12 55.291 4 56.442 Justin Sipes
18 19 55.466 7 1:11.079 Gavin Faith
19 13 55.604 7 56.960 Bobby Kiniry
20 17 56.865 4 59.602 Ryan Clark

And it doesn't get any more familiar than this: once again, Ryan Villopoto tops the lap charts and cruises away with another victory. Big players Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey, and James Stewart were not there to line up for the Main, so many feared RV would go unchallenged in the Main Event. He did win, but he wasn't exactly unchallenged since there were still four other riders matching the 52-second lap range. Villopoto also battled with the likes of Brett Metcalfe and Justin Brayton for the vast majority of the race. It was far from a start-to-finish runaway for the defending champion, who did say it was a track where you couldn't really push too hard.. With his main competition out of the running, though, RV2's championship strategy is still something to debate.

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Villopoto walked away with the win, but it
certainly wasn't unchallenged.
Andrew Fredrickson photo

AMA Supercross Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 16 46.016 6 2:08.398 Ken Roczen
2 1 46.017 6 1:58.942 Blake Wharton
3 2 47.568 6 1:59.231 Darryn Durham
4 6 48.348 6 2:00.349 Justin Bogle
5
3 50.091 6 1:59.069 Justin Barcia
6 4 50.689 6 2:00.120 Blake Baggett
7
8 51.307 6 2:00.760 Tyler Bowers
8 7 52.262 6 2:00.586 Matt Lemoine
9 5 53.207 11 1:59.846 Jake Canada
10 20 54.040 3 54.560 Kyle Cunningham
11 11 54.195 6 2:02.007 Angelo Pellegrini
12 14 54.640 11 2:01.753 PJ Larsen
13 9 54.655 4 2:01.267 Les Smith
14 15 55.128 13 2:02.505 Alex Martin
15 10 55.577 12 2:01.658 Shawn Rife
16 13 55.740 12 2:01.931 Shane Sewell
17 17 55.750 3 2:08.170 Tommy Weeck
18 12 56.028 11 2:01.413 Kyle Peters
19 19 56.238 8 2:09.391 Brad Ripple
20 18 56.263 6 2:08.213 Kelly Smith

Ken Roczen seemed to be running away with his first win of the year, but his lead was diminished as soon as the red flag came out at the end of the fifth lap. In fairness, the staggered restart had a massive effect on lap times in this one. When the staggered restart was implemented, scorers began the sixth lap by hand timing the riders from the moment the green flag waved. But that means the riders started the lap on the start stretch, not at the finish line jump, so almost every rider has an abnormally quick sixth lap.

If you take the red flag and restart laps out (laps five and six), it was Justin Barcia, though, who set the fastest full lap time with a 52.465. Roczen had the fourth fastest full lap with a 52.873, after Darryn Durham's 52.557 and Blake Wharton's 52.715. The riders' average lap time was also thrown off by the 16-minute recorded waiting period between the red flag and the restart.

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Ken Roczen was able to set the fastest lap of the night from this point forward.
Andrew Fredrickson photo

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But it was Justin Barcia who set the fastest full lap of the Lites Main.
Andrew Fredrickson photo

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