Sign of the  Lap Times: Atlanta

Sign of the Lap Times: Atlanta

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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
52.502
6
53.595
James Stewart
2 4
52.537
8
53.831
Justin Barcia
3 3
52.795
7
53.677
Davi Millsaps
4 5
52.820
6
53.912
Trey Canard
5 2
52.876
6
53.607
Ryan Villopoto
6
6
53.038
6
53.926
Ryan Dungey
7 7
54.002
12
55.002
Eli Tomac
8
14
54.196
5
56.148
Andrew Short
9 8
54.235
4
55.353
Jake Weimer
10 9
54.342
9
55.260
Chad Reed
11 11
54.481
10
55.352
Matt Goerke
12 13
54.486
4
55.188
Justin Brayton
13 10
54.688
6
55.418
Mike Alessi
14 12
54.706
7
55.580
Broc Tickle
15 20
55.171
11
55.934
Robert Kiniry
16 19
55.305
5
57.253
Jimmy Albertson
17 16
55.538
9
57.213
Josh Hill
18 15
55.542
11
56.994
PJ Larsen
19 18
55.571
5
58.744
Les Smith
20 17
55.741
7
57.671
Chris Blose

450SX

- For the first time all season James Stewart would set the fastest lap in the main event with a 52.502 on lap 6.

- In his 450SX debut, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac would set the latest fastest lap of the night with a 54.002 on lap 12. Although he admitted to riding tight in his maiden 450 voyage, Tomac’s 54.002 would rank seventh best in 450SX. That’s the position he finished in, as well.

- Stewart and Ryan Villopoto were the only two riders to set all their laps under 55-seconds.

- Davi Millsaps and Ryan Dungey would come close to matching the feats of Stewart and RV with each setting just one lap over 55-seconds.

- The pack was tight in Atlanta. Every rider in 450SX set a fast lap under 56-seconds. Far and away the closest the times have been all season.

- Stewart stormed out of the gate with twelve consecutive laps under 54-seconds to begin the race. Yet, it was only good enough for second best as RV set his first thirteen laps under 54-seconds.

- Jake Weimer was back in action after missing the last two rounds with broken ribs, but Weimer’s fitness didn’t seem to miss a beat. He’s last five laps were under 56-seconds, which bested his first five laps where he had two laps over 57-seconds.

 

Comparison

James Stewart vs. Ryan Villopoto – Segments

A hot topic from Atlanta was James Stewart’s ability to stretch his lead over Ryan Villopoto in the dragon back rhythm section. We decided to dig a little deeper and take a look at the segmented times from Atlanta. The AMA actually breaks the track into three sections, and riders and teams can follow their times in each section. In Atlanta, segment one included the rhythm section and was the longest of the night. The other two segments began at the whoops section and ran until after the finish line.

Lap JS / Seg 1 RV / Seg 1 JS / Seg 2 RV / Seg 2 JS / Seg 3 RV / Seg 3 Lap Time JS / RV
2 21.904 23.1 18.852 17.859 12.749 12.708 53.505 / 53.667
4 21.827 22.367 18.185 18.059 13.013 12.86 53.025 / 53.286
15 22.394 22.715 18.533 18.934 13.021 12.628 53.948 / 54.277
17 22.27 22.582 18.558 18.492 13.466 12.876 54.294 / 53.950

As you can clearly see Stewart was making up a ton of time in the first segment, but Villopoto was able to reel Stewart back in in the next two segments. The segment times indicate that Stewart gained nearly two seconds there on the second lap, then about a half second through there in other laps. We looked at the later laps to see if RV had adjusted, but as you can see he wasn’t able to figure out the section, allowing Stewart to continue to open the gap en route to the win.

Meanwhile, Villopoto was a little bit quicker around the rest of the track, which put their lap times at nearly a standstill.

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James Stewart set the fastest lap of the night in Dallas.
Simon Cudby photo

250SX Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 2 53.920 7 54.675 Dean Wilson
2 1 454.018 4 54.682 Wil Hahn
3 3 54.200 6 55.112 Marvin Musquin
4 4 54.392 6 55.702 Blake Wharton
5
5 54.577 7 55.588 Jeremy Martin
6 6 54.826 2 56.719 Justin Hill
7
8 55.551 6 56.883 Kyle Peters
8 7 55.785 6 56.837 Gavin Faith
9 13 56.039 4 57.552 Cole Thompson
10 10 56.197 4 57.536 Zach Bell
11 9 56.308 7 57.346 Vince Friese
12 11 56.385 5 57.701 Mitch Oldenburg
13 12 56.429 6 57.878 Lance Vincent
14 16 56.466 6 58.366 Gareth Swanepoel
15 14 56.502 5 58.357 Jimmy DeCotis
16 15 57.112 7 58.487 Steven Clarke
17 18 57.432 5 59.043 AJ Catanzaro
18 20 58.335 3 59.662 Jackson Richardson
19 19 58.603 3 1:03.002 Kurtis McCabe
20 17 58.611 3 1:01.174 Adam Gulley

250SX

- For the second consecutive week Dean Wilson would set the fastest lap in 250SX. He logged a 53.920 on lap 7.

- Wil Hahn and Wilson were the only two 250 riders to set all their laps under 56-seconds.

- Hahn set an intense early pace with his first thirteen laps under 55-seconds-the best in 250SX.

- If Blake Wharton seemed off the leaders pace in Atlanta, it's because he was. Wharton's seven laps in the 56-second range were the most among the top-five finishers.

- Jeremy Martin made a statement in Atlanta with a fifth in his first SX race (missed the main in Dallas). J-Mart's first nine laps were all under 56-seconds.

- The latest fastest lap of the night belonged to four riders: Dean Wilson, Vince Friese, Jeremy Martin and Steven Clarke all set their fastest lap of the night on lap 7. Wilson topped the group, followed by Martin, Friese and Clarke.

- Marvin Musquin set a fast pace early, as his first thirteen laps were under 56-seconds.

Comparison:

Wil Hahn vs. Dean Wilson


Two title contenders went head-to-head in Atlanta, with Wil Hahn withstanding the pressure of capturing his first win, and points leader Dean Wilson breathing down his neck. Let's dig a little deeper and see where Hahn made, and lost ground.

Lap Wil Hahn Dean Wilson
2 54.919 55.270
3 54.306 55.152
4 54.018 54.538
5 54.367 54.042
6 54.772 54.813
7 54.146 53.920
8 54.254 54.113
Avg 54.397 54.549
9 54.46 54.307
10 54.374 54.439
11 54.649 55.393
12 54.829 54.814
13 55.235 55.286
14 55.835 54.583
15 55.394 54.783
Avg 54.968 54.800


Hahn was firing on all cylinders early, which helped him open a small gap over Wilson with his first two laps in the 54-second range compared to Wilson's 55s. Wilson struck back on lap 7 with a scorcher (53.92) to reel Hahn back in. But the bridge Hahn built early was able to withstand the pressure. Wilson continued to close the gap over the next two laps, but Hahn once again held strong and widened the gap with two strong laps on 10 and 13. Wilson was actually faster than Hahn in the second half of the race, but Hahn's early start proved too much for Wilson to overcome.    

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Wilson set the fastest lap of the night in 250SX.
Simon Cudby photo

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