Sign of the  Lap Times: Freestone

Sign of the Lap Times: Freestone

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It’s quickly become apparent in the early stages of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship that James Stewart and Ryan Dungey are a cut above the rest. The two have established themselves as the alpha males of the 450 Class leaving only the hopes of a third place finish in their wake.

Freestone further solidified the gap between Stewart, Dungey and the rest. The dynamic duo was able to distance themselves from the field with a blistering, yet smooth, pace. Using a combination of precise lines and poise under pressure, Stewart held off a stringent charge from Dungey in both motos, bringing his record to a perfect 4-0 in the early stages of the season. Another great ride from MotoConcepts’ Mike Alessi was smothered under the Dungey/Stewart headlines, but Alessi was right there to pick up the pieces if Stewart or Dungey were to falter. He scored his second-consecutive overall podium finish.

Redemption was the name of the game in the 250 Class. Both Eli Tomac and Blake Baggett have faltered in the Lone Star State before, one with heat related problems (Tomac), the other with crashes (Baggett), but each left a positive imprint in their wake with 1-2 finishes Saturday. Ken Roczen continues get his American wings under him capturing his second consecutive podium behind Tomac and Baggett.


450 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:04.380 16 2:06.246 James Stewart
2 2 2:04.419 16 2:06.263 Ryan Dungey
3 3 2:06.306 4 2:07.790 Jake Weimer
4 13 2:06.433 16 2:10.250 Brett Metcalfe
5 4 2:06.837 3 2:08.670 Nico Izzi
6 7 2:06.917 17 2:08.676 Broc Tickle
7 5 2:07.033 6 2:08.842 Mike Alessi
8
8 2:07.075 6 2:09.538 Ryan Sipes
9 6 2:07.188 2 2:09.008 Josh Grant
10 9 2:07.758 4 2:10.184 Tommy Hahn

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:04.642 15 2:06.566 James Stewart
2 2 2:05.060 16 2:06.577 Ryan Dungey
3 3 2:07.513 2 2:10.780 Mike Alessi
4 25 2:08.621 5 2:17.975 Nico Izzi
5 5 2:08.935 5 2:11.462 Andrew Short
6 4 2:09.135 7 2:10.900 Josh Grant
7 6 2:09.366 10 2:10.718 Jake Weimer
8
7 2:09.414 3 2:12.109 Tommy Hahn
9 9 2:09.647 6 2:12.206 Derek Anderson
10 17 2:09.805 7 2:14.327 Ryan Sipes

The pace Stewart and Dungey set at Freestone was remarkable. A matchup featuring the precise Dungey and the unflappable Stewart brought an unmatched level of anticipation and excitement to Freestone County Raceway. It’s easy to preach about the speed the pair laid down at Freestone but when the unreal lap times further help define your point, it’s elementary my dear Watson.

Not only were their fastest laps two (first moto) and three (second moto) seconds faster than the next closest competitor, their average lap times eclipsed the fastest lap set by anyone else! That's just an unreal statistic that we will further examine later in this weeks Bench Racing Ammo. The two also set their fastest laps on lap 16 and 15… in both motos!

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Stewart set the fastest lap in both motos at Freestone.
Simon Cudby photo


250 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:04.067 7 2:06.080 Eli Tomac
2 2 2:04.141 12 2:06.623 Blake Baggett
3 4 2:05.551 4 2:07.345 Justin Barcia
4
3 2:06.202 5 2:07.794 Ken Roczen
5 7 2:06.208 2 2:10.046 Jessy Nelson
6
5 2:06.867 3 2:08.974 Marvin Musquin
7 12 2:07.075 4 2:10.334 Wil Hahn
8 34 2:07.634 4 2:10.216 Phil Nicoletti
9 8 2:08.741 5 2:10.334 Jake Canada
10 11 2:08.808 7 2:10.678 Ivan Tedesco

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:06.329 9 2:08.613 Eli Tomac
2 2 2:07.329 9 2:08.980 Blake Baggett
3 4 2:07.531 6 2:10.413 Ken Roczen
4 7 2:07.993 4 2:11.790 Jason Anderson
5 5 2:08.005 4 2:10.597 Justin Barcia
6 3 2:08.127 11 2:10.242 Blake Wharton
7
8 2:09.334 6 2:11.805 Marvin Musquin
8
6 2:10.007 2 2:11.723 Wil Hahn
9
9 2:10.440 3 2:12.771 Jessy Nelson
10
14 2:11.019 6 2:15.275 Jake Canada

Not to be outdone by their 450 counterparts, Eli Tomac and Blake Baggett also threw down the gauntlet in Texas. Only four riders dipped into the 2:04 range; Stewart, Dungey and the 250 duo of Tomac and Baggett. What makes this stat even more impressive is that Tomac and Baggett were running the same pace as Stewart and Dungey on a much more rutted, tougher track.

The resurrection of Jason Anderson continues. A hard crash would derail the New Mexico native in the first moto, but the third fastest qualifier in practice turned on the jets once again in moto two. Engaged in an intense battle with Blake Baggett and Ken Roczen throughout the moto didn’t hinder Anderson’s lap times, as the Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki rider was able to set the fourth fastest lap of moto two en route to a seventh place finish. As Anderson continues to adjust to the pace that is being set up front look for him to start making a run at some podiums.

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Tomac set the fastest laps in both motos en route to a 1-1 finish.
Simon Cudby photo


WMX Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:22.082 6 2:23.072 Jessica Patterson
2 2 2:23.273 3 2:25.512 Ashley Fiolek
3 3 2:23.893 3 2:26.181 Meghan Rutledge
4 7 2:23.901 3 2:31.653 Tarah Gieger
5 4 2:25.609 4 2:27.576 Kasie Creson

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 2 2:19.334 8 2:22.499 Jessica Patterson
2 1 2:21.269 3 2:22.866 Ashley Fiolek
3 3 2:21.421 8 2:23.270 Meghan Rutledge
4 4 2:25.034 6 2:26.792 Tarah Gieger
5 5 2:25.330 5 2:27.017

Sayaka Kaneshiro

Jessica Patterson has had her share of bad luck at Freestone before, such as last year when she bumped into the back of Ashley Fiolek while battling for the lead, crashed and lost a ton of all-too valuable championship points. This year, she obviously brought the speed to Texas, setting the fastest time in both motos, but a crash early in moto two set her back. This time, she was at least able to salvage second in the race for second overall.

But Fiolek, despite food poisioning, rode steady and took the overall--and her laps were right in the hunt despite the illness. These girls are tough!

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