Sign of the  Lap Times: Las Vegas

Sign of the Lap Times: Las Vegas

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With Monster Energy Supercross drawing to a close, and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on the horizon, Ryan Dungey and the GEICO Honda duo of Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia tasted the glory of victory one last time before Monster Energy Supercross faded into the Vegas sunset.

If there was any hope for Ryan Dungey to make up a 12-point deficit on Davi Millsaps for second in the championship he needed a win and some help. And early on it looked as if Dungey was going to catch the break he needed. Dungey set a blistering pace early, marching to a comanding lead while Millsaps was buried mid-pack. Then Millsaps caught fire, slicing his way through the field picking off one contender after another. With Dungey running away with the win all Millsaps needed was an eighth or better to cap off a career best season. But Millsaps refused to settle, instead charging to a second place finish—which was more than enough for Millsaps to hold serve and finish second in the championship chase. Dungey and Justin Brayton would finish in a deadlock for third, with Dungey taking the third spot due to his four wins.

For only the second time in history the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout had to share the limelight with the East and West Region season finales. And once again the show belonged to GEICO Honda stable mates Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac. Although they already had their foot squarely on the throats of the Lites class, there was no letting off for Barcia and Tomac as both claimed the top throne in their respective classes. The celebration didn’t stop there, as the GEICO Honda squad capped off a career year with Barcia and Tomac also taking the top two spots in the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout.

Let’s check out the lap charts to see how it all broke down.

AMA Supercross

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 1:03.014 6 1:04.380 Ryan Dungey
2 18 1:03.447 3 1:05.952 Brett Metcalfe
3 2 1:03.952 2 1:04.638 Davi Millsaps
4 4 1:04.052 2 1:04.909 Jake Weimer
5 3 1:04.127 12/17 1:04.719 Justin Brayton
6 6 1:04.176 5 1:05.747 Nico Izzi
7 7 1:04.375 2 1:06.065 Mike Alessi
8
5 1:04.388 6 1:05.286 Josh Grant
9 9 1:04.494 5 1:06.126 Andrew Short
10 11 1:04.634 6 1:07.087 Broc Tickle
11 8 1:04.938 13 1:06.037 Weston Peick
12 20 1:05.165 7 1:10.660 Kyle Regal
13 13 1:05.245 4 1:08.314 Chris Blose
14
15 1:05.292 4 1:09.957 Tyler Bowers
15 10 1:05.342 7 1:06.126 Nick Wey
16 14 1:06.059 4 1:08.941 Gavin Faith
17
12 1:06.238 5 1:07.511 Justin Sipes
18 19 1:06.465 4 1:09.157 Matt Goerke
19 16 1:08.181 7 1:10.091 Jason Thomas
20 17 1:09.389 8 1:11.225 Ryan Clark

Ryan Dungey setting the fastest lap in the Supercross class came as no surprise. Actually it was expected. But Brett Metcalfe setting the second fastest lap was a surprise. The 2012 season has proven as a difficult one for Metty, as many expected more from the Australian. And although his night didn’t end the way it began (Metcalfe finished 18th) he can take solace in setting the second fastest lap of the night. Needless to say, Metty is ready for the Nationals.

Interesting stats of the night: Las Vegas proved to be one of the longest tracks of the series, with every rider surpassing the one-minute mark on their fastest and average lap time(s). Daytona was the only other track where every rider surpassed the one-minute mark. Justin Brayton not only set his fastest lap of the night on lap 12, but also managed to set the EXACT same time on lap 17—marking the only time all season this abnormality has occurred.

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Ryan Dungey set the fastest lap of the Supercross class en route to his fourth win of the season.
Simon Cudby photo


AMA Supercross East Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 1:02.640 9 1:03.481 Justin Barcia
2 2 1:02.668 5 1:03.690 Ken Roczen
3 2 1:03.171 7 1:04.539 Blake Baggett
4 4 1:04.640 3 1:05.983 Malcolm Stewart
5
11 1:04.727 8 1:06.388 Justin Bogle
6 6 1:04.840 4 1:05.983 Kyle Cunningham
7 5 1:05.005 5 1:05.829 Blake Wharton
8 7 1:05.173 10 1:06.183 Hunter Hewitt
9 8 1:05.374 6 1:06.413 Jake Canada
10 9 1:05.567 12 1:06.492 Matt Lemoine
11 10 1:06.108 14 1:07.011 Kyle Peters
12 13 1:06.836 5 1:08.599 Les Smith
13 14 1:07.130 8 1:09.068 Austin Politelli
14 12 1:07.255 14 1:08.409 AJ Catanzaro
15 17 1:08.508 4 1:11.501 Shane Sewell
16 15 1:09.415 10 1:10.921 Zack Freeberg
17 19 1:09.739 6 1:13.223 Dakota Tedder
18 16 1:10.356 9 1:12.254 Michael Akaydin
19 18 1:14.279 4 1:18.796 John Pauk
20 20 1-lap 1-lap 1-lap Shawn Rife

Setting the fastest lap in the Lites class no longer seems to be enough for Justin Barcia. The two-time East Region Lites champion put down a soul crushing lap time of 1:02.640 topping Ryan Dungey’s 1:03.014 to set the fastest lap of the night. Red Bull KTMs Ken Roczen was right on the heels of Barcia setting a 1:02.668 in the East Region finale. Barcia and Roczen were the only two riders all night to dip below the 1:03 mark.

Hyped as a championship contender to begin the year J-Star JDR KTMs Malcolm Stewart has yet to full fill the high expectations that have been garnered upon the sophomore. Although he’s shown flashes of brilliance, the younger Stewart has been unable to put together consistent results. But right when you’re about to jump off the bandwagon Stewart put’s in a ride like he did in Vegas, capturing a career high fourth, which draws you right back in. Is this the breakout ride we’ve been waiting for? Only time shall tell.

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Malcolm Stewart had a career high fourth place finish in Vegas.
Photo: Simon Cudby

AMA Supercross West Lites

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 1:03.215 3 1:04.344 Eli Tomac
2 5 1:03.293 3 1:05.786 Jason Anderson
3 3 1:03.651 6 1:05.020 Wil Hahn
4 2 1:03.658 4 1:04.766 Dean Wilson
5 6 1:04.056 4 1:05.941 Marvin Musquin
6 4 1:04.169 4 1:05.495 Martin Davalos
7 8 1:04.615 9 1:06.137 Ryan Sipes
8
20 1:05.313 3 2:36.020 Billy Laninovich
9 7 1:05.375 15 1:06.948 Matt Moss
10 9 1:08.511 2 1:10.888 Scott Champion
11 11 1:09.197 6 1:11.487 Chris Plouffe
12 19 1:09.355 3 1:10.498 Killy Rusk
13 10 1:09.714 7 1:11.199 Landen Powell
14
15 1:09.772 2 1:14.184 Preston Tilford
15 17 1:09.859 2 1:17.789 Myles Tedder
16 12 1:10.212 6 1:12.007 Ryan Smith
17
13 1:10.406 5 1:12.502 John Greco
18 14 1:11.631 5 1:13.386 Cole Martinez
19 16 1:12.245 6 1:14.190 Mitch Alcorn
20 18 1:12.442 4 1:19.062 Beau Hudson

Eli Tomac would set the pace in the West Region finale, setting a 1:03.215 to take “fastest lap of the West Region” honors en route to the win. But overshadowed by teammates Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac, was Wil Hahn. Coined as a pre-season championship contender Hahn suffered another early season injury (hip) that quickly dashed any hopes he had of challenging Wilson and Tomac for West Region supremacy. Hahn briefly filled in for the injured Trey Canard in the Supercross class with varying amounts of success, but has been on a tear since his return to the West.

After carding a fifth in his return (a season high) at Seattle Hahn went one better in Salt Lake City finishing fourth. The season finale provided Hahn one last chance to prove he should be mentioned alongside the likes of Tomac, Wilson, Musquin and Seely out west. Finally able to breakthrough and secure his first podium of the season, Hahn in his brief return to the West Region has quickly put his name in the hat of 2013 title contenders.

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Wil Hahn captured his first podium of 2012 in Vegas.
Simon Cudby photo


Lites East/West Shootout

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 4 1:02.875 2 1:03.904 Ken Roczen
2 1 1:03.145 2 1:03.864 Justin Barcia
3 2 1:03.281 7 1:03.843 Eli Tomac
4 3 1:03.467 4 1:04.310 Martin Davalos
5 5 1:03.517 6 1:04.003 Marvin Musquin
6 6 1:03.547 8 1:04.038 Wil Hahn
7 9 1:03.744 5 1:06.016 Blake Wharton
8
7 1:03.869 7 1:04.827 Ryan Sipes
9 19 1:03.926 5 1:09.146 Jason Anderson
10 13 1:04.220 7 1:05.870 Justin Bogle
11 8 1:04.288 4 1:05.245 Malcolm Stewart
12 12 1:04.379 6 1:05.664 Blake Baggett
13 10 1:04.619 5 1:05.704 Matt Moss
14
11 1:04.669 5 1:05.966 Dean Wilson
15 16 1:04.823 7 1:06.337 Billy Laninovich
16 14 1:04.920 6 1:05.989 Kyle Cunningham
17
15 1:05.607 10 1:06.567 Matt Lemoine
18 17 1:05.863 8 1:07.006 Jake Canada
19 18 1:06.436 8 1:07.996 Hunter Hewitt
20 20 1:08.850 4 1:10.131 Scott Champion

The Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout provided some of the best racing of the night with Justin Barcia fighting off a hard challange from Martin Davalos and Eli Tomac to take home his second victory of the night.

But there was one small accomplishment that a GEICO Honda rider didn't grab in Vegas' Lites racing. Ken Roczen who would lay claim to one of the fastest laps of the night, this time with a 1:02.875, just tenths of a second off his East Region Lites race pace, to get the fastest lap of the Shootout. That's something!

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Justin Barcia would steal the spotlight in Vegas winning both the East Region finale and the Dave Coombs Sr. East-West Shootout.
Photo: Simon Cudby

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