Sign of the  Lap Times: Seattle

Sign of the Lap Times: Seattle

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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 3 55.762 4 58.561 Davi Millsaps
2 2 55.810 6 57.532 Ryan Villopoto
3 1 55.949 6 57.448 Justin Barcia
4 4 56.554 7 58.702 Ryan Dungey
5 18 56.846 6 58.746 Trey Canard
6
6 57.486 2 1:00.638 Mike Alessi
7 5 57.860 9 1:00.019 Jake Weimer
8
8 58.625 10 1:00.060 Justin Brayton
9 7 58.793 7 1:00.433 Broc Tickle
10 12 58.940 7 1:00.961 Josh Hill
11 11 59.307 4 1:01.594 Vince Friese
12 9 59.391 12 1:01.228 Andrew Short
13 16 59.543 6 1:02.772 Weston Peick
14 13 1:00.043 3 1:02.377 Ben LaMay
15 10 1:00.204 5 1:01.181 Phil Nicoletti
16 14 1:00.555 6 1:03.225 Chris Blose
17 15 1:01.406 3 1:03.419 Cody Gilmore
18 17 1:01.595 5 1:05.824 Kyle Partridge
19 19 1:03.089 7 1:05.003 Mike Horban
20 20 DNF DNF DNF Chad Reed

450SX

- Justin Barcia led start to finish in Seattle securing his second career 450SX victory in just his fifteenth start. But the 450SX rookie would not take home fastest lap of the night honors, nor would runner-up Ryan Villopoto. That crown belonged to Davi Millsaps, as the Rockstar Energy Racing backed rider set a 55.762 on lap four. Millsaps finished third.

- Consistency was key in Seattle’s treacherous conditions. Series points leader Villopoto and Barcia were the only two riders with only one lap over the one minute mark—and both were set on the final lap, with the race basically in hand.

- Barcia was consistent all race, but used an early spark—setting his first eight laps under 57 seconds—to put some space between himself and Villopoto.

- FOURTEEN: Numbers of riders with an average lap time over one minute, the most since Daytona.

- Phil Nicoletti, who secured his first career 450SX top ten in Seattle, was the only rider that finished inside the top ten to set every lap over one minute.

- Things looked promising for Trey Canard early in Seattle, as he set his first eleven laps under 59 seconds, but things quickly turned for the worse as Canard stalled, then crashed, eventually leading to a DNF.

- It’s no secret that Jake Weimer has been struggling since returning from a mid-season rib injury. But the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider was strong late in Seattle, stringing together his best stint during laps 12-18, during which he set all of his laps under one minute. His top-five finish was his best since round three.

- While his championship hopes took a major turn for the worse in the first turn in Seattle, Ryan Dungey was able to salvage a fourth, thanks in part to a great run during laps 6-12 in which he set all of his laps under 58 seconds. Keep in mind that he was marching through traffic during this charge.

Comparison:

Justin Barcia vs. Ryan Villopoto

Nothing is ever easy when you’re trying to run away from two-time defending 450SX champion Ryan Villopoto. And as you’ll see, RV made things tough on the rookie early. Let’s examine the lap charts a little closer.

Lap Justin Barcia Ryan Villopoto
2 56.612 57.071
3 56.805 56.098
4 56.839 56.297
5 56.598 56.854
6 55.949 55.81
7 56.089 56.493
8 56.585 56.779
9 56.291 55.932
10 57.094 56.53
Avg 56.540 56.429



11 57.26 58.515
12 56.842 57.395
13 57.693 57.888
14 58.428 58.252
15 58.628 58.005
16 58.157 59.378
17 58.683 58.631
18 58.056 57.953
19 57.523 58.466
20 1:01.397 1:00.762
Avg 58.266 58.524

Once again, we see how close the top riders in Monster Energy Supercross are these days. While Barcia jumped out to an early lead in the sloppy Seattle terrain, the hometown hero, Villopoto, was actually a tick faster than the rookie. But it was darned close, as even on a track that bred mistakes, they matched average times down to the same tenth of a second. Down the stretch Barcia showed the composure that garnered him two 250SX East Region titles, and was able to hold RV at bay, en route to the win.

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Davi Millsaps set the fastest lap of the night in Seattle
Simon Cudby photo

250SX Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 2 56.149 4 58.011 Eli Tomac
2 1 56.958 5 58.303 Ken Roczen
3 4 57.216 14 58.870 Cole Seely
4 3 57.928 14 59.031 Zach Osborne
5
9 58.492 6 1:00.945 Martin Davalos
6 6 58.594 8 1:00.330 Austin Politelli
7
10 58.641 13 59.585 Jason Anderson
8 7 58.858 3 1:00.930 Ryan Sipes
9 8 58.925 9 1:00.755 Joey Savatgy
10 5 59.055 7 1:00.395 Tyla Rattray
11 18 59.287 7 1:01.821 Kyle Cunningham
12 11 59.487 7 1:01.116 Malcolm Stewart
13 12 59.724 10 1:01.617 Christian Craig
14 14 1:00.524 9 1:03.518 Jake Canada
15 15 1:00.972 3 1:02.784 Travis Baker
16 13 1:03.016 3 1:06.025 Killy Rusk
17 16 1:03.742 5 1:0.594 Scott Champion
18 17 1:04.297 3 1:09.743 Travis Bright
19 20 1:04.979 5 1:08.573 Trevor Ivey
20 19 1:05.339 4 1:12.028 Bryce Stewart

250SX

- In the blink of an eye, what would have been a fourteen-point deficit quickly turned into a twenty-point hole for Eli Tomac. The GEICO Honda rider didn’t miss a beat all night long until the rutty Seattle surface jumped up and grabbed him. Tomac was fast early, which led to his lead, setting his first eight laps under 58 seconds, including the fastest 250SX lap of the night with a 56.149.

- Eventually winner Ken Roczen joined Tomac as the only riders in 250SX to set laps under 57 seconds.

- Zach Osborne struggled early in the season with a shoulder injury, but the big break proved to benefit the veteran, as he garnered his first podium of the season and shared the latest fastest lap set with Cole Seely.

- Also benefiting from the break was Seely, who is returning from major injuries suffered nearly a year ago. Seely was strong down the stretch as he had to work back from a bad start. He set his last seven laps under 58 seconds.

- Austin Politelli was also strong down the home stretch, putting together his best string of laps during laps 8-13, where he set every lap under the one-minute mark.

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Eli Tomac set the fasest lap of the night in 250SX.
Simon Cudby photo

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