Sign of the  Lap Times: Oakland

Sign of the Lap Times: Oakland

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Take a deep dive inside the lap charts with this week's Sign of the Lap Times.

 

 

 

 

 

450SX Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 54.995 2 57.018 Ryan Villopoto
2 3 56.136 14 57.162 Ryan Dungey
3 2 56.223 4 57.421 Davi Millsaps
4 4 56.478 5 57.485 Trey Canard
5 12 56.720 2 58.467 Chad Reed
6
8 57.255 4 58.521 Broc Tickle
7 10 57.261 6 58.709 Justin Brayton
8
5 57.404 5 58.499 Mike Alessi
9 6 57.508 5 58.436 Andrew Short
10 7 57.677 5 58.523 Matt Goerke
11 9 57.690 6 58.994 Vince Friese
12 16 57.889 4 59.406 Josh Grant
13 11 57.970 5 59.167 Jimmy Albertson
14 18 58.084 6 1:01.261 Matt Lemoine
15 13 58.336 7 59.749 Kyle Chisholm
16 14 58.446 5 1:00.029 Les Smith
17 15 58.525 7 1:00.017 Robby Kiniry
18 17 58.630 6 1:01.691 Cedric Soubeyras
19 19 DNF DNF DNF James Stewart
20 20 DNF DNF DNF Justin Barcia

450SX

- Ryan Villopoto set the fastest time of the night with 54.995 on lap 2. Villopoto was the only rider to set a lap under 55-seconds, and was the only 450SX rider to have laps under 55 and 56-seconds—54.995, 55.460 and 55.740 on laps 2, 3 and 4, respectively.

- Ryan Dungey set the latest fastest lap in 450SX with a 56.136 on lap 14. His 56.136 would also mark the second fastest lap in 450SX. Yup, a 56 was the second-best lap, but Villopoto had a 54!

- Dungey set 19 of his 20 laps under the 58-second mark—the most of any rider. And remember, he was in traffic most of the race. This kind of consistency is much more consistent with the Ryan Dungey we’re used to seeing.

- The track was obviously tough, and pretty long. Four riders (Robert Kiniry, Matt Lemoine, Les Smith and Cedric Soubeyras) had average lap times exceed the one-minute mark—the most in 450SX all season.

- The numbers confirm what we’re seeing: Davi Millsaps is super-solid this year. In Oakland, he had five consecutive laps (3-7) under 57-seconds, which was the most of any rider in 450SX. After reeling off five consecutive laps under 57-seconds, he backed it up with ten consecutive laps under 58-seconds.

- Ryan Villopoto had the most consecutive laps under 58-seconds with seventeen straight to begin the race.

- After the second turn melee that claimed a number of riders, Chad Reed set five of his next seven laps under 58-seconds.

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Villopoto was the only rider with a lap in the 54-second range.
Simon Cudby photo

250SX Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 55.453 6 56.640 Ken Roczen
2 2 55.988 8 57.073 Cole Seely
3 20 56.022 4 56.483 Eli Tomac
4 5 56.349 15 58.380 Malcolm Stewart
5
3 56.441 4 57.897 Jason Anderson
6 4 56.611 4 58.025 Martin Davalos
7
7 56.833 11 58.441 Kyle Cunningham
8 10 56.862 8 58.935 Zach Osborne
9 8 57.265 5 58.555 Austin Politelli
10 13 57.661 5 59.541 Jessy Nelson
11 19 57.679 5 58.792 Jake Canada
12 11 57.694 6 58.965 Tyla Rattray
13 6 57.716 8 58.715 Joey Savatgy
14 9 57.845 5 58.913 Christian Craig
15 12 57.958 4 59.251 Travis Baker
16 15 58.895 5 1:00.842 Jean Carlos Ramos
17 14 59.168 6 1:00.575 Chris Plouffe
18 16 59.220 8 1:00.272 Josh Cachia
19 17 1:00.135 5 1:03.319 Kade Mosig
20 18 1:01.604 4 1:02.771 Killy Rusk

250SX

- For the first time all season, someone not named Eli Tomac would set the fastest lap in 250SX. Ken Roczen would claim the top spot with a 55.453 on lap 5.

- Roczen and Cole Seely joined Ryan Villopoto as the only riders in the field to have laps times under 56-seconds.

- Malcolm Stewart set the latest fastest lap of the night with a 56.349 on the final lap! His 56.349 would also mark the fourth fastest in 250SX.

- Roczen reeled off eleven straight laps (4-14) under 57-seconds, the most of any rider in 250SX.

- Seely began the race with nine consecutive laps under 57-seconds.

- Another from the track is tough department: Five riders (Killy Rusk, Chris Plouffe, Josh Cachia, Kade Mosig and Jean Carlos Ramos) had average laps times over the one-minute mark—the most all season.

- And another: For the first time all season, two riders (Rusk and Mosig) would set every lap over the one-minute mark.

- Before going out of the race after a crash in the whoops, Eli Tomac laid down three straight laps under 58-seconds and two straight (2-3) under 57-seconds.

Comparison:

Ken Roczen vs. Cole Seely – Laps 8-11

Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda’s Cole Seely set the pace early in Oakland, leading the first eleven laps before Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen made a late charge en route to his first victory in 2013. Let’s dig a little deeper and look at laps 8-11 to see where Roczen made up the most ground.

Lap Ken Roczen Cole Seely
8 55.739 55.988
9 55.689 56.525
10 56.182 56.4
11 56.824 57.571
Avg. 56.108 56.621


Roczen began to cut into Seely's lead on lap 8 and bested the TLD rider in lap times on three of the next four laps before taking the lead for good on lap 12 (the first full lap Roczen was registered as the leader). Roczen was knocking off tenths of seconds before lap 11 when he picked up nearly a full second--setting a 56.824 to Seely's 57.571.

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Ken Roczen became the first rider other than Eli Tomac to set the fastest lap in 250SX.
Simon Cudby photo

Seely (A2) vs. Seely (Oakland)

At first glance, Cole Seely’s performances at Anaheim 2 and Oakland match up quite similarly. He led a ton of lap at both (10 at A2 and 11 at Oakland), but was passed for the lead late in the race and seemed to have lost stream down the stretch. Let’s look at his laps from the last two races closely to see what happened.

Anaheim 2 / Lap Time
Oakland / Lap Time
2 55.299
2 56.623
3 54.567
3 56.587
4 54.238
4 56.354
5 55.042
5 56.192
6 54.937
6 56.224
7 54.97
7 56.163
8 55.028
8 55.988
9 54.854
9 56.525
10 55.194
10 56.4
Avg. 2-10 54.903
Avg. 2-10 56.339
11 56.16
11 57.571
12 56.921
12 58.324
13 57.205
13 57.538
14 55.844
14 58.665
15 58.656
15 59.87
Avg. 11-15 56.557
Avg 11-15 58.396

 

At Anaheim 2, Seely ran lap times in the 54-55 second range through lap 10. On lap 11, he started to lose that pace, going from a 55.1 on lap 10 to a 56.1 on lap 11. He got back into 55s once—on lap 14—but also hit the 57 mark on laps 13 and 15.

Similarly, in Oakland his lap times were in the 56-second range for the first 10 laps—and he even hit a 55 on lap eight. But again on lap 11, he lost steam, jumping into the 57s on the 11th lap, and then compounding that with times ranging in the 57-59 range through the finish.

After the race, Seely told Racer X’s Aaron Hansel that he has been “trying to ride smart races,” and would “rather take a second than go down and end up in last.” So maybe Seely was making the smart decision to back it down a touch, or maybe he just lost stream down the stretch—he is only four races back from a long injury. Maybe he just lost momentum once he lost the lead. Either way, at both races, Seely’s first ten laps were great, but his last five weren’t as strong.

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