Sign of the  Lap Times: St. Louis

Sign of the Lap Times: St. Louis

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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 49.369 6 50.476 Ryan Villopoto
2 5 49.799 7 51.153 Justin Barcia
3 2 49.843 15 50.769 James Stewart
4 4 49.879 7 50.865 Ryan Dungey
5 6 49.883 8 51.531 Davi Millsaps
6
3 50.134 17 50.797 Chad Reed
7 7 50.493 7 51.742 Mike Alessi
8
13 50.583 14 52.585 Eli Tomac
9 8 50.641 11 N/A Trey Canard
10 9 50.980 18 51.908 Justin Brayton
11 10 51.040 9 51.936 Andrew Short
12 11 51.120 13 52.042 Broc Tickle
13 18 51.159 7 52.076 Weston Peick
14 15 51.286 7 53.071 Matt Goerke
15 12 51.207 14 52.411 Jake Weimer
16 14 51.286 7 53.071 Jimmy Albertson
17 17 51.449 6 53.204 Robby Kiniry
18 16 52.481 7 54.705 Kyle Partridge
19 19 53.979 2 54.014 Phil Nicoletti
20 20 DNF DNF DNF Kyle Chisholm

* The data for lap number four was skewed due to a red flag restart. Therefore we were unable to use lap four data. Also, the average lap time for Trey Canard was skewed. We were unable to use the data regarding his average lap time.

450SX

- Ryan Villopoto regained his spot atop the fastest lap throne with a 49.369 on lap 6.

- Ryan Dungey was on fire down the home stretch, setting eight straight laps under 51 seconds to end the race.

- Chad Reed made some major changes to his setup in St. Louis and it seemed to work as Reed collected his second podium of the year. Reed started hot with eight of his first nine laps under 51 seconds. Unlike previous weeks, Reed put together a strong finish as well, wrapping up his race with eight straight laps under 51 seconds.

- James Stewart also set a torrid pace early, turning seven of eight laps under 51 seconds.

- The latest, fastest lap of the night belonged to Justin Brayton who laid down a 50.980 on lap eighteen.

Comparison

Ryan Villopoto vs. James Stewart

* The data for lap number four was skewed due to a red flag restart. Therefore we were unable to use lap four data.

Let’s not continue to beat a dead horse here. The scenario that played out between Ryan Villopoto and James Stewart has been well documented, so let’s dig a little deeper into the lap times to see where RV gained and lost ground in St. Louis.

Lap Ryan Villopoto James Stewart
2 50.929 49.919
3 52.932 52.905
5 50.246 50.232
6 49.369 50.173
7 49.617 50.188
8 50.713 50.521
9 49.662 50.711
10 50.713 50.477
Avg 50.522 50.640
11 49.919 51.243
12 52.526 53.651
13 49.798 50.077
14 50.193 51.905
15 50.188 49.843
16 50.161 50.106
17 49.8 49.917
18 50.333 50.101
19 50.354 51.026
20 51.228 50.855
Avg 50.450 50.872

There is no denying that RV was en fuego on Saturday, but Stewart was right there with him every step of the way. The two averaged a blistering pace that hardly ever left the 50-second mark. But RV was a notch better in the first half and then turned things up a little more to separate himself from Stewart and the rest of the pack late in the race. As you can see, it's all coming down to a scant few tenths of a second.

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Ryan Villopoto set the fastest lap of the night in St. Louis.
Simon Cudby photo

250SX Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 2 49.795 6 50.598 Dean Wilson
2 1 50.232 14 50.880 Wil Hahn
3 3 50.388 2 51.545 Blake Wharton
4 4 50.812 6 51.719 Marvin Musquin
5
5 51.029 12 52.064 Jeremy Martin
6 11 51.814 5 53.803 Gavin Faith
7
8 51.819 5 52.825 Cole Thompson
8 16 51.821 10 53.061 Justin Hill
9 7 51.865 5 53.057 Jimmy Decotis
10 10 52.142 5 53.521 PJ Larsen
11 9 52.149 7 53.078 Zach Bell
12 6 52.512 6 53.276 Vince Friese
13 13 52.519 3 53.539 AJ Catanzaro
14 12 53.065 14 53.771 Zack Freeberg
15 19 53.091 3 55.452 Lance Vincent
16 14 53.104 5 54.464 Kyle Hussey
17 15 53.128 7 55.113 Mitchell Oldenburg
18 18 53.460 7 54.314 Daniel Herrlein
19 20 53.506 7 54.156 Shawn Rife
20 17 54.104 6 55.318 Levi Kilbarger

250SX

- For the third consecutive week, Dean Wilson would set the fastest 250SX lap of the night with a 49.795. Wilson would also set the fastest average time of the night with a 50.598. How is this possible considering Wil Hahn won the race? It’s actually pretty simple. Lap 1 is NOT counted toward your average time due to the fact that the rider does not complete a full lap.

- Wilson was the only 250SX rider to set a lap time under the 50-second mark. Wilson’s 49.795 marked the second fastest lap of the night (250/450 combined), bested only by Ryan Villopoto’s 49.369.

- Wil Hahn and Wilson were the only riders in 250SX to set all of their laps under 52 seconds.

- Receiving heavy pressure from Dean Wilson down the stretch, Hahn turned it up a notch, ending the race with five straight laps under 51 seconds.

- The latest fastest lap of the night would belong to Hahn and Zack Freeberg, who both set their fastest laps of the night on lap fourteen. Hahn had a 50.232 and Freeberg a 53.065.

- Blake Wharton joined Wil Hahn and Dean Wilson as the only three riders to set all of their laps under 53 seconds.

- Only six riders’ average lap times were under 53 seconds, compared to fifteen in 450SX.

Comparison
Wil Hahn vs. Dean Wilson

Following his second consecutive runner-up finish in St. Louis, Dean Wilson told Racer X’s Jason Weigandt, “I think I proved to myself that I’m the fastest,” and that he just needs to “put it all together.”  As mentioned earlier, Wilson did prove to be the fastest in St. Louis—setting the fastest 250 lap of the night and the fastest average lap time. Let’s go deeper into the lap charts to see where Hahn may have picked up time.

Lap Wil Hahn Dean Wilson
2 50.948 51.128
3 50.899 51.058
4 51.009 50.481
5 50.883 50.216
Avg 50.934 50.720
6 50.728 49.795
7 51.043 50.664
8 51.042 50.462
9 51.388 50.812
10 51.072 50.731
Avg 51.054 50.492
11 50.537 50.408
12 50.997 50.445
13 50.904 51.853
14 50.232 50.367
15 50.641 49.963
Avg 50.662 50.607

We divided the race into three segments: the first four laps, the middle five and the last five. According to the data provided by the AMA, Hahn was slower than Wilson in all three segments. Wilson was a bit faster in the first segment, and then really made up ground through the middle of the race. But once the pressure mounted on Hahn late, he picked the pace back up and nearly matched Wilson’ 50.607 average lap time on the final five laps, averaging 50.662.

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

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