Sign of the  Lap Times: Daytona

Sign of the Lap Times: Daytona

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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 1:18.964 5 1:21.565 Ryan Villopoto
2 3 1:19.471 5 1:22.208 Justin Barcia
3 8 1:19.795 3 1:24.066 James Stewart
4 2 1:19.908 5 1:21.801 Ryan Dungey
5 7 1:19.930 3 1:23.721 Ken Roczen
6
5 1:20.547 3 1:22.705 Chad Reed
7 4 1:20.613 13 1:22.313 Eli Tomac
8
6 1:20.684 3 1:23.234 Trey Canard
9 9 1:21.268 3 1:23.928 Broc Tickle
10 11 1:21.379 3 1:24.462 Matt Goerke
11 16 1:21.852 6 1:25.807 Mike Alessi
12 10 1:21.993 3 1:24.823 Davi Millsaps
13 12 1:22.137 3 1:25.635 Andrew Short
14 20 1:22.813 4 1:23.251 Justin Brayton
15 14 1:23.126 4 1:26.353 Les Smith
16 18 1:23.801 5 1:26.985 Weston Peick
17 13 1:23.912 6 1:25.637 Jake Weimer
18 17 1:24.178 5 1:28.798 Ben LaMay
19 15 1:24.228 5 1:26.444 Josh Hill
20 19 1:24.283 3 1:27.645 Phil Nicoletti

450SX

- For the second consecutive week Ryan Villopoto would set the fastest time of the night with a 1:18.964. Villopoto was the only rider to have a lap under 1:19.

- RV laid down some heaters early in the race, setting his first nine laps under the 1:21 mark.

- Ryan Dungey also had a good stretch early (laps 3-9), with seven straight laps under 1:21. This stretch would mark the second longest behind Villopoto’s nine straight to begin the race.

- The latest fastest lap of the night belonged to Eli Tomac, who set a 1:20.613 on lap 13. Tomac was on fire late, gaining nearly a second a lap on Justin Barcia for third, before a late mistake cost him a chance at a podium position.

- Here’s an idea of how far Tomac stepped up with that 1:20 lap time. On laps 3-13, Tomac kept his laps under the 1:23 mark. That’s solid, but it gives you an idea how much faster he got to set that 1:20.

- Chad Reed was fast all day, but mistakes plagued the veteran. Still, Reed showed the speed was there with eight straight laps under 1:22 to begin the race.

- The long, tough Daytona track definitely tested the mental and physical fortitude of the field. Laps times dropped off significantly late in the race, with most riders’ average lap times nearly three seconds slower than early in the race.

Comparison

Justin Barcia, Davi Millsaps

Even race winner Ryan Villopoto said it was almost impossible to avoid mistakes on the rough Daytona track. And as the laps went on the riders got tired, and the track got rougher, mistakes were magnified. Check out the chart below to see the difference for Justin Barcia and Davi Millsaps.

Lap Justin Barcia Davi Millsaps
2 1.21.719 1.27.046
3 1.19.933 1.21.993
4 1.20.178 1.23.380
5 1.19.471 1.22.638
6 1.19.843 1.23.300
7 1.21.442 1.23.158
8 1.21.671 1.22.583
9 1.23.069 1.23.521
10 1.22.238 1.23.790
11 1.22.486 1.23.537
12 1.22.585 1.22.968
13 1.21.515 1.23.935
14 1.21.765 1.23.964
15 1.23.707 1.25.529
16 1.23.723 1.24.937
17 1.23.592 1.26.230
18 1.23.523 1.26.594
19 1.23.002 1.27.480
20 1.26.505 1.34.357

As you can see, Barcia stayed relatively close to his opening round laps, falling off the pace a couple seconds during laps 15-19. But he was consistent—staying in the 1:21s and then the 1:23s lap after lap. Meanwhile, Millsaps, who looked to be laboring most of the day, started going all over the map during laps 15-19. Millsaps crashed earlier in the week testing, and it seemed to have affected him late in the race on a tough, tough track.

Comparison #2

James Stewart vs. Davi Millsaps vs. Broc Tickle  - Laps 16-20

Dodge/Sycuan RCH team owner Ricky Carmichael didn’t seem pleased with his star rider Broc Tickle’s performance in Daytona, expressing as much on the Speed broadcast. But looking at the raw numbers, late in the race, Tickle actually held Millsaps (who was desperate for points) at bay and picked up ground on Stewart. Check out the chart below to see how Tickle fared against Stewart and Millsaps through the final laps.

Lap James Stewart Davi Millsaps Broc Tickle
16 1.24.869 1.24.937 1.26.685
17 1.25.825 1.26.230 1.24.530
18 1.25.468 1.26.594 1.25.226
19 1.26.257 1.27.480 1.25.858
20 1.29.823 1.34.357 1.26.464
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Ryan Villopoto set the fastest lap of the night in Daytona.
Simon Cudby photo

250SX Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 4 1:19.778 3 1:24.359 Dean Wilson
2 1 1:20.855 4 1:22.410 Marvin Musquin
3 2 1:21.539 3 1:22.717 Wil Hahn
4 3 1:21.739 8 1:22.668 Jeremy Martin
5
18 1:22.807 8 1:25.760 Zach Bell
6 5 1:23.161 9 1:24.201 Blake Wharton
7
12 1:23.196 3 1:25.828 Jimmy Decotis
8 6 1:23.228 12 1:24.223 Justin Hill
9 10 1:23.482 3 1:26.686 Vince Friese
10 7 1:23.837 8 1:25.541 Kyle Peters
11 9 1:23.923 6 1:25.651 Cole Thompson
12 8 1:24.264 3 1:25.849 Zack Freeberg
13 15 1:24.476 2 1:27.102 Lance Vincent
14 11 1:24.485 4 1:26.646 Mitchell Oldenburg
15 16 1:24.590 3 1:29.021 Brady Kiesel
16 13 1:24.807 5 1:26.940 PJ Larsen
17 14 1:25.165 7 1:27.408 AJ Catanzaro
18 19 1:25.495 2 1:28.830 Gavin Faith
19 17 1:27.864 6 1:30.441 Daniel Herrlein
20 20 DNF DNF DNF Shawn Rife

250SX

- For the fourth straight week Dean Wilson held down the top spot in 250SX lap times with a 1:19.778 on lap 3. Wilson was the only rider in 250SX to break the 1:20 mark.

- Marvin Musquin picked up his first career SX win in Daytona, thanks in part to his consistency on the harsh Daytona conditions. Musquin had only two laps over the 1:23 mark—his final two.

- Jeremy Martin also played the consistent card en route to his first career podium. Martin’s three laps over 1:23 were second only to Musquin in the consistency category.

- The latest fastest lap of the night came from rookie Justin Hill, who set a 1:23.228 on lap 12.

- Blake Wharton didn’t have the night he wanted in Daytona, but his lap times were very consistent. The Rockstar Energy Racing team member never went under 1:23 in his lap times, but also never went over 1:26.

Comparison

Dean Wilson vs. Wil Hahn vs. Jeremy Martin

Throughout the day in Daytona, Dean Wilson looked primed to secure his second victory of 2013. He topped the charts in practice, won his heat, and was applying pressure early to leader Marvin Musquin. Then the wheels began to come off for Wilson. First he was tracked down by points leader Wil Hahn, losing valuable championship points in the process. But the bleeding didn’t stop there, as hotshot rookie Jeremy Martin was able to catch and pass Wilson. Let’s dig deeper to see where Wilson lost ground.

Lap Dean Wilson Wil Hahn Jeremy Martin
2 1.21.675 1.21.888 1.22.596
3 1.19.778 1.21.539 1.23.322
4 1.21.690 1.21.638 1.21.826
5 1.21.686 1.22.098 1.22.674
6 1.22.107 1.21.559 1.21.958
7 1.24.483 1.22.284 1.22.105
8 1.23.125 1.23.376 1.21.739
9 1.22.470 1.22.389 1.22.726
10 1.25.758 1.24.636 1.22.295
11 1.27.659 1.23.478 1.25.378
12 1.29.763 1.23.758 1.22.846
13 1.27.543 1.23.012 1.22.854
14 1.27.016 1.23.438 1.22.041
15 1.26.281 1.22.954 1.23.002
Avg 1.24.359 1.22.717 1.22.668

As the chart shows, lap eight was a big one for Martin, who gained nearly two seconds on both Wilson and Hahn to join the fray. Two laps later Wilson began to sink, setting a 1:25.758—his worst lap up to that point—, which allowed Hahn to make the pass. Wilson continued to struggle, posting five straight laps over 1:25 to end the race, while Martin was in a groove with only one lap over a 1:22 during the same stretch.

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

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