Sign of the  Lap Times: Millville

Sign of the Lap Times: Millville

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Get with the times with this week's Sign of the Lap Times.


450 motos by Aaron Hansel
250 motos by Chase Stallo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

450 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 1:56.464 4 1:58.474 James Stewart
2 5 1:56.673 4 1:58.613 Ryan Dungey
3 6 1:56.766 11 1:58.757 Ryan Villopoto
4 3 1:56.927 3 1:59.169 Justin Barcia
5 2 1:57.128 5 1:58.557 Trey Canard
6 4 1:58.084 4 1:59.521 Josh Grant
7 10 1:58.313 7 2:01.044 Chad Reed
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8 1:58.314 7 2:00.867 Broc Tickle
9 7 1:58.769 2 2:00.853 Andrew Short
10 11 1:58.924 4 2:00.877 Mike Alessi

Love him or hate him, you can't deny that James Stewart was spectacular in this moto. Not only did he withstand tremendous pressure from Trey Canard, who also rode brilliantly, he set the fastest lap of the race. Let's examine the lap times of Stewart and Canard, in what we can all agree was one of the best battles of the season. The two didn't go at it hard until the final three laps or so, but we've included the last seven laps to show how Canard upped his pace when he got close to Stewart.

Lap James Stewart Trey Canard
12 1:58.355 1:58.101
13 1:59.561 1:59.517
14 1:59.663 1:59.294
15 1:59.736 1:59.226
16 2:00.080 1:59.242
17 1:58.708 1:58.701
18 1:59.128 1:58.883

It's pretty rare for the fastest laps of so many guys to be so close. Check out the top five laps; they're separated by significantly less than a second! Part of the reason for this is that in anticipation of rain, the track wasn't prepped as deep and less water was put down. This translated into a bit of a smoother track than we're used to seeing at the Red Bull Spring Creek National, which allowed more guys to lay down some seriously scorching laps. The lower times added up to the longest motos of the year-18 laps!

The 450 Class is stacked. We've heard it so many times this year that at this point it just about goes in one ear and out the other. But seriously, it is! When was the last era you can remember that a rider as ridiculously dominant as Ryan Villopoto wasn't able to win despite crashing and remounting in just about dead last? Remember in 2008 when James Stewart could win no matter what? And when we say no matter what, we mean it; the dude went undefeated that year. Or what about Ricky Carmichael? There were some seasons where it seemed that he would have won even if he was still in the process of putting his gear on when the gate dropped. Well, those days are gone (for now), as Villopoto was only able to muster a sixth after going down early in the moto and watching the whole pack roar by.

Speaking of adversity, both the Ryans experienced some in this moto. We've already gone over Villopoto's crash, and Dungey had a chain come off early on, which he was able to wrestle back into place by himself on the side of the track. Let's compare the lap times of both Ryans as they were forced to fight through the pack.

Lap Ryan Dungey Ryan Villopoto
2 1:58.385 2:02.232
3 2:01.528 1:59.690
4 1:56.673 1:58.614
5 1:56.968 1:58.168
6 2:20.921 1:59.173
7 1:56.941 1:59.757
8 1:57.961 1:59.400
9 1:58.493 1:58.797
10 1:58.573 1:58.516
11 1:58.705 1:56.766
12 1:58.955 1:58.531
13 1:59.255 1:58.852
14 1:59.450 1:58.595
15 1:59.491 1:57.549
16 1:58.610 1:58.293
17 1:58.693 1:57.822
18 1:59.142 1:58.127

 

450 Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 4 1:57.778 3 2:00.355 Ryan Villopoto
2 1 1:58.653 7 2:00.258 Ryan Dungey
3 5 1:58.935 2 2:01.990 Justin Barcia
4 3 1:58.994 3 2:00.649 James Stewart
5 2 1:59.121 5 2:00.331 Trey Canard
6 10 2:00.045 6 2:03.555 Broc Tickle
7 6 2:00.274 7 2:02.308 Mike Alessi
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15 2:00.684 7 2:02.253 Malcolm Stewart
9 7 2:00.936 6 2:03.084 Chad Reed
10 9 2:01.185 6 2:03.436 Jake Weimer

When the second motos rolled around, the track had gotten rougher, which you can see in the fastest lap times. In the first moto, the top five times were extremely close. In this moto, the fifth-fastest lap is nearly a second-and-a-half slower than the fastest lap, which was set by Villopoto, who, thanks to a bad start and a crash, failed to win at least one moto for the first time this year.

Speaking of broken streaks, Dungey's five-race win streak at Spring Creek came to an end, although he was still able to get a moto win. He had to go through Stewart to get it, but when he made the pass for the lead on lap four it looked like it was all over. But Stewart fought back and retook the lead on lap six! He'd been able to go hard to the end to beat Canard in the first moto, could he do it again against Dungey? Nope, although Dungey didn't immediatley open up a huge gap after taking over the lead for good on lap seven. Check out what the battle looked like on paper through lap ten.

Lap Ryan Dungey James Stewart
2 2:00.444 2:00.531
3 1:59.345 1:58.994
4 1:58.961 2:00.559
5 1:58.724 1:59.348
6 2:01.507 1:59.498
7 1:58.653 2:00.732
8 1:58.717 1:59.819
9 1:59.674 1:59.795
10 2:00.245 2:00.208

How about Andrew Short? After a bit of a slow start to the season, the BTO Sports KTM rider has been excellent at the past several rounds, which continued at the Red Bull Spring Creek National. His fastest lap of moto two wasn't one of the ten fastest (in moto one he was ninth fastest), but he was extremely consistent. He had no big spikes in his times, and he even turned thirteen of seventeen timed laps within nearly two seconds of one another in the second moto. He went 7-8 for sixth overall.

Another rider that's worthy of note lately is Broc Tickle. At Spring Creek he set the eighth-fastest lap (one thousandth of a second slower than Reed's best lap!) in the first moto, and the sixth-fastest in moto two. At the end of the deay, he'd earned tenth overall via 8-10 moto scores.

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Andrew Short put in another solid performance at Millville.
Simon Cudby photo


250 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 1:57.309 9 1:58.844 Eli Tomac
2 2 1:57.669 9 1:59.803 Jeremy Martin
3 4 1:58.344 8 2:00.349 Marvin Musquin
4
3 1:58.691 11 1:59.965 Jason Anderson
5 35 1:58.870 2 1:59.090 Ken Roczen
6
15 1:59.121 4 2:06.470 Kyle Cunningham
7 5 1:59.597 6 2:00.899 Justin Bogle
8 6 1:59.764 12 2:00.922 Blake Baggett
9 7 1:59.996 3 2:01.362 Justin Hill
10 9 2:00.278 6 2:01.821 Adam Cianciarulo

Eli Tomac’s march to the red plate continued at Spring Creek. Following a 1-1 performance, Tomac holds the coveted red plate for the first time since Freestone in 2010—his rookie year. Tomac was forced to dig himself out of an early hole (fourteenth after lap 1), but still set the fastest lap in moto 1 with a 1:57.309. Tomac and MyPlash/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin were the only two riders to set a lap below 1:58.

Speaking of Martin, the rookie from Millville was spectacular at his home race. The quiet, well-spoken Minnesota native wowed the home crowd when he led the first laps of his career early in moto one. Let’s take a look and see how Tomac used his veteran experience to chase down the rookie. (Note: Tomac was recorded in second for the first time on lap 9. He took the lead for the first time on lap 17.)

Lap Eli Tomac Jeremy Martin
9 1.57.309 1.57.669
10 1.58.270 1.58.569
11 1.59.266 2.00.174
12 1.58.050 1.59.091
13 1.57.687 1.59.569

It’s been a long time coming for Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson. The New Mexico native, who was tabbed as the next big thing after turning pro, finally broke through for his first career moto podium in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. Anderson would set the fourth-fastest lap of the moto (1:58.691), which was just over a second slower than Tomac’s.

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Jason Anderson captured his first career moto podium at Millvile.
Simon Cudby photo


250 Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 1:57.606 9 1:59.585 Eli Tomac
2 3 1:57.940 3 2:01.201 Blake Baggett
3 2 1:58.602 10 2:00.641 Ken Roczen
4 5 1:59.110 4 2:01.803 Jason Anderson
5 4 2:00.039 4 2:01.601 Marvin Musquin
6 6 2:00.058 5 2:02.012 Justin Bogle
7 8 2:00.273 6 2:02.702 Wil Hahn
8 7 2:00.321 6 2:02.329 Jeremy Martin
9 10 2:00.784 6 2:02.882 Cooper Webb
10 9 2:01.250 5 2:02.548 Zach Osborne

Another brilliant performance from Eli Tomac followed in moto 2. Once again mired in a bad start, Tomac ran off tweleve consecutive laps under 2:00 minutes to roar into the lead—bypassing title contender Ken Roczen in the process. Tomac was joined by Blake Baggett as the only two riders to set laps under 1:58 in the moto.

Although he lost the points lead--and the second moto win--at Spring Creek following a brutal crash in moto 1, Ken Roczen did salvage some points on the day with a gutsy second in moto 2. Roczen set the third fastest lap of the moto and even led for a brief period. Let’s take a look at see how Tomac took the lead from Roczen.

Lap Eli Tomac Ken Roczen
5 1.58.567 2.00.271
6 1.58.319 1.58.794
7 1.58.643 1.59.070
8 1.57.858 1.59.597
9 1.57.606 1.59.320

GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle has quietly worked himself into a consistent top-five threat following numerous injuries throughout the past two years. Bogle pieced together another solid performance at Spring Creek, just missing out on a top five spot. He would set the sixth-fastest lap of moto 2.

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