Sign of the Lap  Times: Lake Elsinore

Sign of the Lap Times: Lake Elsinore

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The final round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships at the inaugural Red Bull Lake Elsinore National created plenty of pre-week hype as the 250 and WMX titles were still very much within reach for six riders.

As Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett was putting the final touches on a brilliant first moto performance, the title hopes for GEICO Honda teammates Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia were fading away under the boiling Southern California sun. In the second moto, a crash from Tomac, and a subsequent second place finish from Baggett put the final nail in the coffin for GEICO Honda and gave Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki its second consecutive 250 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

In the 450 Class, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey rode to another dominating performance, capturing his tenth straight overall along with wins in 18 of 20 motos. MotoConcepts’ Mike Alessi once again proved to be a formidable foe but was unable to muster enough of a charge down the stretch to challenge the two-time 450 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Champion. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle put the final touches on a breakout rookie season, rounding out the 450 podium.

A surprise entrance from 2012 WMX World Champion Chiara Fontanesi threw a wrench in the WMX title chase. The Italian was dominant in her maiden voyage in the States, taking the overall via a 1-1 performance. Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Jessica Patterson entered the final round with five-point lead over American Honda’s Ashley Fiolek and 10 points over Lucas Oil Troy Lee Design Honda’s Tarah Gieger but was nursing a hand and ankle injury. Fiolek was able to take advantage and clinched her fourth WMX Championship when Patterson had to bow out of the second moto due to the aforementioned ankle injury.

450 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1

2:43.648

11
2:46.063
Ryan Dungey
2 2
2:44.038
10
2:47.595
Mike Alessi
3 3
2:48.559
5
2:50.812
Broc Tickle
4 4
2:49.723
9
2:52.616 Tyla Rattray
5 5
2:50.169
8
2:53.535
Jake Weimer
6 8
2:52.740
3
2:57.515
Andrew Short
7 29
2:52.876
3
3:08.094
Austin Politelli
8
6
2:53.830
7
2:55.968
Kyle Regal
9 12
2:53.852
13
2:57.927
Justin Brayton
10 11
2:54.171
10
2:57.952
Jimmy Albertson

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1
2:41.360
4
2:45.022
Ryan Dungey
2 2
2:42.556
3
2:46.795
Mike Alessi
3 4
2:44.754
8
2:48.790
Tyla Rattray
4 3
2:45.628
5
2:47.880
Broc Tickle
5 5
2:46.815
8
2:49.102
Justin Brayton
6 7
2:47.078
3
2:50.466
Nico izzi
7 6
2:47.616
3
2:50.090
Josh Grant
8
10
2:47.852
3
2:53.138
Christian Craig
9 30
2:47.928
3
2:50.730
Fredrik Noren
10 9
2:48.392
5
2:51.198
Jake Weimer

No surprises here as Dungey ended his 2012 campaign atop the lap charts once again—a spot he’s held firmly for a majority of the season. Dungey and Alessi were clearly a step above the field—setting lap times three and four seconds a click faster than Tickle and company.

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Mike Alessi set the second fastest lap times in both 450 motos.
Simon Cudby photo


250 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 2
2:41.730
10
2:46.432
Eli Tomac
2 1
2:42.452
8
2:45.685
Blake Baggett
3 4
2:44.456
7
2:48.327
Marvin Musquin
4
3
2:45.024
8
2:47.809
Justin Barcia
5 6
2:45.830
8
2:48.229
Ken Roczen
6
5
2:46.911
7
2:49.158
Wil Hahn
7 8
2:47.444
5
2:50.510
Blake Wharton
8 10
2:47.605
9
2:50.763
Jeremy Martin
9 7
2:48.291
13
2:49.175
Malcolm Stewart
10 31
2:48.759
6
2:51.216
Jason Anderson

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 2
2:39.190
14
2:43.426
Blake Baggett
2 1
2:42.431
9
2:44.211
Justin Barcia
3 3
2:43.825
10
2:46.184
Marvin Musquin
4 14
2:44.156
14
2:49.115
Eli Tomac
5 11
2:44.503
3
2:51.621
Justin Bogle
6 4
2:45.422
8
2:46.759
Wil Hahn
7
5
2:45.546
4
2:47.745
Jason Anderson
8
6
2:45.730
5
2:47.765
Malcolm Stewart
9
8
2:46.323
8
2:48.514
Blake Wharton
10
17
2:46.412
3
2:55.441
Alex Martin

Tomac stole the show in the first moto with his unworldly performance on lap 10, where he laid down a 2:41.730 to trim Baggett’s lead to a second. But the amazing lap left Tomac gasping for energy, and unable to challenge Baggett late in the moto, as he labored across the line to finish second.

Overshadowed by Tomac’s first moto lap time—partly because he had the title in hand—was Baggett’s scorching 2:39.190 on lap 14 in the second moto. The lap was a full two seconds faster than any other lap of the day in the 250 Class and it occurred on LAP 14, just in case you missed that part. The guy already had both the title and overall wrapped up with his 1-2 scores, but he was still digging into the final lap of the season to try to get one more moto win.

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Blake Baggett was on fire late in moto two.
Simon Cudby photo

WMX Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 4 3:10.325 6 3:14.853 Jessica Patterson
2 1 3:10.393 4 3:12.902 Chiara Fontanesi
3 2 3:11.533 3 3:14.700 Ashley Fiolek
4 3 3:12.970 6 3:15.427 Mariana Balbi
5 6 3:15.375 5 3:17.278 Jacqueline Strong

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 3:03.015 3 3:05.294 Chiara Fontanesi
2 3 3:03.801 5 3:08.262 Ashley Fiolek
3 28 3:04.763 3 3:06.455 Jessica Patterson
4 2 3:05.074 3 3:07.534 Mariana Balbi
5 5 3:05.865 5 3:08.975 Tarah Gieger

With injuries and inconsistencies keeping the drama pegged all season, the WMX Class didn't even need a new star at the finale to go down as one of the craziest events in the history of the class. But it got one in Fontanesi, who wasn't even jumping a few of the bigger jumps around the track, yet was still fast enough to track down early-leader Fiolek to get the lead in the motos. Patterson's result was a dissapointment, but, her desire showed via her fast lap in the first moto, where she was digging deep to get to the front.

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