Sign of the Lap Times: Indy

Sign of the Lap Times: Indy

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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
50.902
6
52.117
Ryan Villopoto
2 2
50.991
6
52.391
Ryan Dungey
3 3
51.242
2
52.692
James Stewart
4 4
51.293
5
53.039
Davi Millsaps
5 6
51.552
6
53.722
Chad Reed
6
7
52.086
5
54.328
Andrew Short
7 9
52.139
6
53.739
Eli Tomac
8
5
52.165
6
53.607
Justin Barcia
9 8
52.356
6
54.481
Matt Goerke
10 11
52.877
5
54.266
Broc Tickle
11 12
53.371
5
55.790
Josh Hill
12 10
53.810
9
54.896
Weston Peick
13 13
53.979
7
56.429
Justin Brayton
14 19
54.180
2
54.180
Trey Canard
15 14
54.673
5
58.007
Phil Nicoletti
16 17
54.735
9
56.811
Mike Alessi
17 16
54.789
4
57.511
Justin Sipes
18 15
54.857
7
58.747
Kyle Partridge
19 18
55.437
5
56.266
Bobby Kiniry
20 20
57.856
2
57.856
Jake Weimer

450SX

- For the third consecutive week, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto would set the fastest lap of the night with a 50.902 on lap 6. Yes, he also won all three of those races.

- Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey was the only rider other than Villopoto to set a lap under 51 seconds—Dungey set a 50.991 on lap 6.

- Villopoto and Dungey set a scorching pace in Indy. Both riders had only three laps over 52 seconds.

- Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart was on fire early, setting four of his first five laps under 52 seconds before tipping over in the off-camber corner.

- Villopoto’s average lap time (52.117) was faster than GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac’s fastest lap time, 52.139, which ranked seventh in 450SX.

- The latest fastest lap time of the night belonged to Weston Peick and Mike Alessi, who both put down their best on lap 9. Peick’s 53.810 would best Alessi’s 54.735.

Comparison

Ryan Villopoto vs. Ryan Dungey

As the rounds begin to dwindle and the window for a championship begins to close, the intensity begins to rise. Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey knew this going into round 11 of 17 in Indianapolis, which led to a torrid pace from the title contenders. Let’s look at the lap times to see how the drama unfolded.

Lap Ryan Villopoto Ryan Dungey
2 52.652 53.175
3 51.727 52.109
4 53.412 52.391
5 51.611 51.664
6 50.902 50.991
7 52.249 52.126
8 51.438 51.39
9 51.682 51.437
10 51.399 51.979
Avg 51.896 51.918
11 51.935 51.534
12 51.747 52.337
13 51.85 52.318
14 52.32 52.11
15 52.472 52.137
16 53.121 52.454
17 52.186 52.416
18 51.915 52.515
19 52.611 55.083
20 53.005 55.268
Avg 52.316 52.817

During laps 2-10, the two were matching each other step for step. Villopoto would lay down a scorcher, only to have Dungey match his pace. The same could be said for the second half (laps 11-20) as well, expect for laps 19 and 20, when Dungey had a Tuff Block kicked out in front of him, dramatically slowing his pace. There’s no denying the pace set down the stretch was unprecedented. Now with only six rounds remaining, will the pace continue to rise?

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Ryan Villopoto set the fastest lap of the night in Indy.
Andrew Fredrickson photo

250SX Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1
52.509
11
53.986
Marvin Musquin
2 9
53.201
3
54.174
Blake Wharton
3 3
53.366
8
54.306
Wil Hahn
4 4
53.626
5
55.072
AJ Catanzaro
5
20
53.770
7
56.205
Jeremy Martin
6 2
53.886
7
54.727
Kyle Peters
7
8
54.016
8
55.269
Gavin Faith
8 5
54.187
11
55.171
Justin Hill
9 13
54.589
10
56.161
Zach Bell
10 18
54.656
2
58.747
Jackson Richardson
11 6
54.753
7
55.823
Vince Friese
12 16
54.754
3
56.211
Cole Thompson
13 7
54.813 6
55.986
Mitchell Olbenburg
14 19 54.865 5 56.107 Lance Vincent
15 10
55.015
13
56.268
PJ Larsen
16 14
55.199
6
57.657
Zack Freeberg
17 12
55.223
4
56.919
Jimmy Decotis
18 17
55.598
3
57.470
Daniel Herrlein
19 15
55.821
6
57.617
Levi Kilbarger
20 11
56.077
9
56.944
Steven Clarke

250SX

- For the first time all season, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin set the fastest lap of 250SX with a 52.509 on lap 11.

- After setting his fastest lap of the night on lap 8, GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn would set five of the next seven laps under 54 seconds.

- Once clear of traffic, Musquin went on a tear during laps 9-14, setting all of his laps under 54 seconds.

- Rockstar Energy Racing’s Blake Wharton separated himself from the field early by setting his first six laps under 54 seconds.

- AG Motorsports’ Kyle Peters set his first twelve laps under 55 seconds en route to his first career podium.

- AJ Catanzaro, who also had a career night, set eight of his first nine laps under 55 seconds.

- The latest fastest lap of the night belonged to Eleven10 Mods Yamaha’s PJ Larsen. The newest member of the team would throw down a 55.015 on lap 13.

Comparison

Marvin Musquin vs. AJ Catanzaro, Kyle Peters & Blake Wharton

Mavin Musquin’s unparalleled performance in Indy was one for the record books. From last in the first turn to first in the last, Musquin had to maneuver past nineteen other riders en route to his second consecutive win. Let’s look at laps 8-14 (when Musquin moved from fourth to first) and compare Musquin’s times versus the times of Kyle Peters (second), AJ Catanzaro (third) and Blake Wharton (first).

Lap Marvin Musquin Kyle Peters AJ Catanzaro Blake Wharton
8 54.109 54.719 54.454 54.076
9 52.833 54.788 54.552 55.278
10 53.349 54.545 54.656 54.139
11 52.509 54.342 55.49 54.257
12 52.523 54.626 55.313 55.491
13 52.986 54.744 55.072 54.469
14 53.388 56.788 57.181 55.82
Avg 53.099 54.936 55.245 54.79

Clearly, Musquin was on another level, as the lap chart shows. He was over one second faster than Wharton during the span and nearly two seconds faster than Peters. While St. Patrick's Day weekend brought some luck of the Irish to this Frenchman, he put himself in position to capitalize by going really, really fast.

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Musquin set the fastest lap of the night in 250SX.
Andrew Fredrickson photo

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