Sign of the  Lap Times: Southwick

Sign of the Lap Times: Southwick

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Southwick is quietly, or maybe not so quietly, beginning to set the standard for the unusual. From Ryan Dugney going all NASCAR and making a pit stop, to what seemed like the entire GEICO team hitting trees, to Mike McDade becoming an overnight star for helping a fellow rider escape the clutches of his own bike—Southwick provided it all.

While the atypical grabbed the majority of headlines, Southwick also complied with the norm. Even with a pit stop Dungey captured his seventh straight overall after Mike Alessi was unable to capitalize on a rare mistake from the points leader. And the South African sand master, Tyla Rattray, won a moto at Southwick for the third time in his career—albeit in a different class. His second moto win would mark the first career 450 moto win for Rattray.

The 250 Class would also follow the company line, so to speak, as Blake Baggett used his prowess down the stretch in the second moto to wear down Ken Roczen en route to the moto win and the overall. But one story out of the 250 Class was unsual, as Justin Barcia—for the first time in his career—failed to win a moto at Southwick, and in the process lost valuable championship points. The New York native now returns home and finds himself approaching must-win scenarios each weekend to win the title.

Let’s check out 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 1 1:59.082 2 2:04.312 Ryan Dungey
2 2 1:59.823 2 2:05.452 Mike Alessi
3 3 2:00.729 2 2:06.218 Tommy Hahn
4 4 2:00.890 2 2:06.648 Robbie Marshall
5 35 2:01.744 2 2:06.187 Phil Nicoletti
6 7 2:02.230 3 2:07.847 Davi Millsaps
7 20 2:02.805 2 2:11.427 Tyla Rattray
8
5 2:02.809 3 2:06.574 Andrew Short
9 8 2:03.254 3 2:08.028 Josh Grant
10 6 2:03.452 4 2:06.645 Broc Tickle

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 2 2:00.584 3 2:06.550 Ryan Dungey
2 3 2:02.844 2 2:07.676 Mike Alessi
3 35 2:03.568 3 2:26.063 Tommy Hahn
4 1 2:03.619 9 2:05.702 Tyla Rattray
5 15 2:05.905 2 2:12.615 Christian Craig
6 11 2:05.984 2 2:11.231 Andrew Short
7 4 2:06.042 4 2:07.319 Broc Tickle
8
7 2:06.242 3 2:10.034 Mike Brown
9 10 2:06.259 3 2:10.327 Les Smith
10 6 2:06.648 3 2:09.283 Davi Millsaps

A rare mistake from Ryan Dungey in the second moto, which would eventually lead to the KTM rider having to make a pit stop after his gas cap came loose, opened the door for Tyla Rattray to seize his first career 450 moto win. But Dungey wasn’t going to make it easy on the South African, pushing him all the way to the finish. Let’s dig a little deeper to see how the two matched up down the stretch.

Lap Ryan Dungey Tyla Rattray
14 2.18.110 2.04.725
15 2.06.252 2.05.947
16 2.06.504 2.06.077
17 2.04.255 2.03.938

You can cleary see that Dungey switched it into another gear after his pit stop, but Rattray was there to match his every move, setting faster laps than the series points leader down the home stretch en route to his first career 450 moto win.

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Rattray won his first-career 450 moto at Southwick.
Carl Stone photo


250 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:01.577 2 2:05.075 Eli Tomac
2 38 2:03.141 5 2:13.523 Zach Bell
3 2 2:03.193 5 2:06.044 Marvin Musquin
4
3 2:03.239 5 2:06.192 Blake Baggett
5 5 2:03.803 4 2:08.231 Jessy Nelson
6
4 2:04.205 3 2:07.079 Ken Roczen
7 9 2:05.460 3 2:10.234 Blake Wharton
8 7 2:05.824 9 2:08.651 Justin Barcia
9 6 2:06.244 5 2:08.600 Malcolm Stewart
10 8 2:06.937 8 2:09.596 Alex Martin

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:02.524 3 2:07.058 Blake Baggett
2 2 2:02.614 2 2:08.115 Ken Roczen
3 3 2:03.711 9 2:08.594 Eli Tomac
4 4 2:05.208 3 2:09.150 Justin Barcia
5 13 2:05.412 3 2:14.226 Justin Bogle
6 6 2:05.462 2 2:09.613 Alex Martin
7
5 2:05.826 3 2:09.387 Marvin Musquin
8
11 2:06.223 2 2:13.541 Jessy Nelson
9
7 2:06.623 4 2:10.965 Malcolm Stewart
10
8 2:07.361 3 2:11.667 Jason Anderson

While Blake Baggett was able to capture the overall, extending his points lead in the process, at Southwick, it was GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac that was the fastest on the day. After crushing the field in moto one, Tomac went down early in moto two. Remarkably, Tomac began to click off laps at a astonishing pace, quickly closing the gap on Baggett and Roczen. Although a late crash would cost Tomac the overall, his lap times were worth comparing to that of Baggett’s and Roczen’s.

Lap Blake Baggett Ken Roczen Eli Tomac
9 2.07.540 2.08.060 2.03.711
10 2.06.225 2.09.105 2.06.916
11 2.07.703 2.08.718 2.05.823
12 2.09.229 2.08.679 2.05.645
13 2.10.134 2.09.455 2.05.539
14 2.09.801 2.10.677 2.23.835
15 2.11.117 2.11.308 2.17.478
16 2.07.311 2.14.673 2.11.712
17 2.10.749 2.19.301 2.13.858

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Baggett set the fastest lap in the second moto en route to the overall.
Simon Cudby photo


WMX Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:18.021 5 2:21.181 Ashley Fiolek
2 2 2:18.401 2 2:22.327 Jessica Patterson
3 3 2:20.413 2 2:25.143 Tarah Gieger
4 4 2:23.118 4 2:26.158 Sara Pettersson
5 31 2:24.232 2 2:27.436 Brianna DeGray

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 2 2:16.863 2 2:22.959 Jessica Patterson
2 1 2:17.552 3 2:21.471 Ashley Fiolek
3 4 2:22.145 5 2:22.964 Sara Pettersson
4 3 2:20.244 5 2:23.060 Mariana Balbi
5 5 2:20.514 2 2:23.517 Tarah Gieger

The WMX title chase failed to clear itself up at Southwick, and will head to the season finale at Lake Elsinore with three riders separated by 10 points. Ashley Fiolek captured her third straight overall after returning from a concussion in Colorado, and now enters the final round only five points back of leader Jessica Patterson. Meanwhile, Patterson will gladly welcome the break as she is still recovering from a hand injury.

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