Sign of the Lap Times: Houston

Sign of the Lap Times: Houston

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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 51.703 2 53.206 Ryan Villopoto
2 19 51.956 6 N/A James Stewart
3 3 51.991 6 53.316 Ryan Dungey
4 4 52.176 4 53.920 Justin Barcia
5 3 52.333 5 53.883 Trey Canard
6
5 52.795 6 53.927 Davi Millsaps
7 8 53.943 3 55.495 Josh Hill
8
6 53.989 5 55.410 Justin Brayton
9 17 54.029 4 57.084 Weston Peick
10 7 54.038 8 55.165 Andrew Short
11 12 54.094 9 55.485 Phil Nicoletti
12 9 54.199 5 55.300 Jake Weimer
13 10 54.224 5 56.038 Broc Tickle
14 20 54.247 4 54.606 Mike Alessi
15 11 54.359 5 56.333 Matt Goerke
16 15 54.759 4 56.753 Chris Blose
17 14 54.997 4 57.544 Les Smith
18 13 55.515 2 57.566 Robert Kiniry
19 16 56.531 3 1:00.259 Kyle Partridge
20 18 56.744 3 1:01.460 Adam Enticknap

*NOTE: There was an error in James Stewart's average lap time, therefore we were unable to use it.

450SX

- Ryan Villopoto rolled to a fifth straight win in Houston. He bolted to an early lead that was helped by setting his first three laps under 52 seconds—the only rider to have more than one lap under 52 seconds. The points leader would also set the fastest lap of the night with a 51.703 on lap 2.

- Ryan Dungey came ready to match the intensity of RV, setting his first seven laps under 53 seconds, which was the best in the field.

- A crash ruined any chance James Stewart had of securing his first podium since Indy, but he was able to nudge Dungey out of the second-fastest lap spot with a 54.956, just edging RD’s 51.991—also set on lap 6.

- NINE: Number of riders that set their fastest lap in the 54s.

- Phil Nicoletti matched a career-high in Houston, and was moments away from his first career 450SX top ten—before crashing late in the race. The N-Fab/TiLUBE Yamaha backed rider set the latest fastest lap of the night with a 54.094 on lap 9.

- Trey Canard, who found the podium for the first time since A2 in Houston, was also setting a nice pace early, with his first six laps all under 54 seconds.

- Davi Millsaps was the most consistent rider of the night, setting all 20 laps under 55 seconds. The Rockstar Energy Racing man was the only rider to achieve the feat.

 

Comparison

Ryan Villopoto vs. Ryan Dungey – Laps 8-20

Ryan Dungey has been unable to stop the red-hot Ryan Villopoto, as RV rolled his streak to five straight wins, tightening his grip on the points chase. But Dungey has shown he can match RV’s intensity. Dungey’s first official lap in second came on lap eight. Once he had a clear track in front of him, Dungey actually set a faster pace than Villopoto, as you will see below.

Lap Ryan Villopoto Ryan Dungey
8 53.244 52.914
9 53.045 52.956
10 52.861 53.624
11 52.989 52.885
12 53.42 52.534
13 52.409 52.619
14 53.019 52.155
15 52.671 53.226
16 53.479 54.247
17 53.614 55.422
18 54.726 54.771
19 55.565 54.608
20 57.18 55.841
Avg 53.709 53.677

Dungey rallied off consecutive 52s once taking control of second. RV answered with a 52 of his own on lap 10, but Dungey fired back with four straight laps in the 52s, compared to only two from Villopoto. But RV was resilient and came back strong, especially when they hit lapped traffic. He was quicker than Dungey on the following four laps (15-18), and that helped him secure his fifth straight win.

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

250SX Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 52.959 4 54.614 Blake Wharton
2 3 53.122 8 N/A Marvin Musqin
3 2 53.281 7 54.528 Wil Hahn
4 4 54.763 8 55.514 Tyler Bowers
5
8 54.766 5 56.703 Lance Vincent
6 5 55.129 6 55.991 Gavin Faith
7
17 55.464 2 56.587 AJ Catanzaro
8 6 55.521 4 56.508 Cole Thompson
9 13 55.683 3 56.687 Vince Friese
10 7 55.736 9 56.694 PJ Larsen
11 20 56.113 5 56.953 Zack Freeberg
12 15 56.342 3 58.671 Ryan Zimmer
13 10 56.446 2 57.816 Steven Clarke
14 14 56.478 5 58.245 Jackson Richardson
15 12 56.633 4 58.007 Zack Williams
16 11 56.806 9 57.786 Levi Kilbarger
17 9 56.871 3 57.720 Daniel Herrlein
18 19 56.988 11 58.835 Mitchell Oldenburg
19 16 58.247 3 1:00.545 Bradley Ripple
20 18 58.504 3 1:02.612 Chad Crawford

*NOTE: There was an error in Marvin Musquin's average lap time, therefore we were unable to use it.

250SX

- Blake Wharton found redemption in Houston, erasing the bad memories from a last lap blunder in Indy. The Rockstar Energy Racing rider set the fastest 250SX lap of the night with a 52.959, and was the only 250 rider to set a lap under 53 seconds.

- Points leader Wil Hahn extended his points lead over Marvin Musquin in Houston and also became the only 250 rider to set his first nine laps under 55 seconds.

- Motoconcepts’ Gavin Faith had a career-high fifth in Houston, thanks to setting 10 of his first 11 laps under 56 seconds. Three-time defending AMSOIL Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers, who was making his SX debut for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki, also set 10 of his first 11 laps under 56 seconds en route to a fourth place finish.

- Marvin Musquin would join Wil Hahn as the only 250 riders to string together three consecutive laps under 54 seconds. Musquin’s streak came during laps 3-5, while Hahn’s came during laps 4-6.

- Mitchell Oldenburg, who has been battling an injured collarbone after a crash in Toronto, struggled in Houston—finishing 19th. But the rookie privateer did manage to set the latest fastest lap of the night with a 56.988 on lap 11.

 

Comparison

Blake Wharton vs. Wil Hahn

Blake Wharton’s aggression early helped him garner the lead, but his relentlessness down the stretch led to his first 250SX win of 2013. Let’s take a closer look at the Wharton/Hahn matchup from Houston.

Lap Blake Wharton Wil Hahn
2 54.404 54.214
3 53.215 54.362
4 52.959 53.301
5 54.017 53.775
6 54.038 54.581
7 53.75 53.281
8 55.109 53.957
Avg 53.927 53.924
9 54.809 53.915
10 54.739 54.768
11 56.469 55.702
12 54.932 56.329
13 55.553 54.364
14 55.260 55.750
15 55.346 55.108
Avg 55.301 55.133

The two couldn’t have been much closer through laps 2-8, with Hahn’s 53.924 average lap time just edging out Wharton’s 53.927. The last seven laps are were things got interesting. Hahn and Wharton traded fast laps, going toe-to-toe for the win. A 56.469 on lap 11 for Wharton could have proved costly, but he rebounded with a 54.932 the following lap. Hahn, who had his share of problems with the finish line double, could have also been deterred by a 56.329 on lap 12, but he also would come back strong the following lap with a 54.364. Hahn closed back in on Wharton on lap 13 with a strong 54.364, but again Wharton would answer the following lap with a 55.260 to Hahn’s 55.750.

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

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