Sign of the Lap  Times: Washougal

Sign of the Lap Times: Washougal

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Chuck Daly, the late head coach of the Detroit Pistons, and head coach of the original U.S. Olympic Dream Team in 1992, famously stated “Streaks are made to be broken" after a notorious Pistons winning streak was snapped in 1990. Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey was riding the wave of a 10 race winning streak entering Washougal and seemed untouchable, winning at an impervious rate of about thirty seconds a race.

Washougal would spell the demise of Dungey’s streak, as MotoConcepts’ Mike Alessi was able to hold off a strident charge from Dungey in the first moto to capture his first moto win since Hangtown—circa 2010. Chaparral Honda’s Andrew Short used 4-3 moto scores to edge Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer for his first overall podium since Thunder Valley.

GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia has been very outspoken about his uncomfortableness on hard packed, slick race tracks—ala Washougal. But unlike past years, Barcia was able to make the necessary adjustments and secure his second overall win of the season. Barcia now sits just eleven points back of Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett with the series heading to his favorite track, Southwick, in two weeks time.

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

450 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 2 2:07.061 4 2:09.374 Ryan Dungey
2 1 2:07.860 8 2:09.520 Mike Alessi
3 3 2:08.863 4 2:11.217 Jake Weimer
4 5 2:09.045 7 2:12.595 Justin Brayton
5 17 2:09.126 2 2:16.960 Josh Grant
6 4 2:09.659 9 2:11.315 Andrew Short
7 7 2:10.891 3 2:13.810 Tommy Hahn
8
6 2:11.658 4 2:13.777 Broc Tickle
9 8 2:12.500 6 2:14.064 Kyle Chisholm
10 9 2:12.511 9 2:14.056 Weston Peick

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:09.589 4 2:11.924 Ryan Dungey
2 2 2:10.908 4 2:13.894 Mike Alessi
3 3 2:11.901 5 2:14.499 Andrew Short
4 5 2:12.791 4 2:15.063 Jake Weimer
5 4 2:13.477 12 2:14.846 Broc Tickle
6 6 2:13.504 10 2:15.191 Josh Grant
7 8 2:14.197 6 2:16.174 Fredrik Noren
8
9 2:14.517 6 2:16.336 Christian Craig
9 11 2:15.110 11 2:17.558 Weston Peick
10 10 2:15.110 7 2:17.063 Kyle Chisholm

For the first nine laps of moto one, Mike Alessi was clocking in with lap times in between the high 2:07’s and the low 2:09’s. After Ryan Dungey lost the front end, and in the process lost time on Alessi, the MotoConcepts rider's laps times oddly began soaring into the 2:12 range—well off his early pace. With the laps closing down, and a charging Dungey closing in even faster, Alessi threw down the hammer with three laps remaining, dropping his lap times back down into the 2:07-2:08 range—even tossing out a 2:07.971 on the final lap to help secure the moto win.

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Mike Alessi put down some fast laps down the stretch to hold off Ryan Dungey in moto one.
Carl Stone photo


250 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:09.189 15 2:11.059 Justin Barcia
2 6 2:09.485 7 2:13.394 Blake Baggett
3 2 2:09.576 13 2:11.107 Eli Tomac
4
4 2:10.275 9 2:11.549 Ken Roczen
5 3 2:10.380 10 2:11.659 Marvin Musquin
6
5 2:11.627 5 2:13.064 Wil Hahn
7 8 2:12.383 3 2:14.116 Ryan Sipes
8 7 2:12.445 8 2:13.771 Blake Wharton
9 10 2:12.765 15 2:14.896 Jason Anderson
10 9 2:12.794 16 2:14.174 Justin Bogle

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:10.310 15 2:11.702 Blake Baggett
2 2 2:10.894 9 2:13.288 Justin Barcia
3 3 2:11.548 14 2:13.568 Eli Tomac
4 4 2:11.847 8 2:14.348 Marvin Musquin
5 9 2:13.686 9 2:15.869 Jason Anderson
6 6 2:13.676 7 2:15.433 Blake Wharton
7
5 2:13.786 9 2:15.205 Justin Bogle
8
11 2:14.276 9 2:16.723 Malcolm Stewart
9
8 2:14.583 3 2:16.186 Ryan Sipes
10
10 2:14.605 4 2:16.568 Wil Hahn

The GEICO Honda duo of Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac have been able to slow down Blake Baggett’s rampage on the 250 Class just long enough the past two races to secure back-to-back overalls, picking up valuable championship points in the process. And they are doing some of their best work late in the moto, as both Barcia (lap 15) and Tomac (lap 13) set their fastest times of the day late in moto one. With the championship slowly becoming a battle of attrition, and only four rounds remaining, Barcia and Tomac will need to stay strong late in the motos, because we have all seen what Baggett can do down the stretch.

For the first time in his career Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen failed to secure a spot inside the top ten lap times when his 2:14.614 in the second moto was only good for eleventh best. With his championship hopes slowly slipping through the cracks, Roczen will need to make a big statement through the last four rounds if he has any hopes of capturing his first career Lucas Oil Pro Motocross title.

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Justin Barcia captured the overall at Washougal.
Carl Stone photo


WMX Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:26.927 6 2:28.014 Ashley Fiolek
2 3 2:27.033 5 2:28.893 Tarah Gieger
3 2 2:27.205 5 2:28.428 Jessica Patterson
4 4 2:29.905 6 2:31.578 Mariana Balbi
5 9 2:30.877 8 2:34.899 Jacqueline Strong

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 3 2:26.882 4 2:28.688 Mariana Balbi
2 1 2:27.327 4 2:28.276 Ashley Fiolek
3 2 2:27.394 5 2:28.421 Tarah Gieger
4 8 2:27.626 4 2:32.950 Jessica Patterson
5 5 2:29.372 4 2:30.804 Jacqueline Strong

The WMX class keeps getting crazier, as another rough weekend for Rockstar Racing Suzuki's Jessica Patterson (2-8 moto scores) has allowed both Lucas Oil Troy Lee Honda's Tarah Gieger and Team Honda's Ashley Fiolek to close the gap in points. Fiolek went 1-1 for the second race in a row, and was her usual consistent self throughout the day. But check out those moto two laps--Mariana Balbi was fastest of all! The Brazilian has always had great speed, but said she was working on being more consistent and injury free this year after a few tough seasons. Clearly her speed is coming back around.

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