Sign of the (Lap) Times: Anaheim 2

Sign of the (Lap) Times Anaheim 2

The race may not have been as electric as it was last weekend in San Diego, there are still some interesting things lurking in the lap times.

After Ken Roczen got around Cooper Webb on lap four, he logged the best time of the race as he chased down Cole Seely on lap 5. He also had the fastest average time, but this is due to every other rider having to roll the section he was down in, bringing their lap times up around the 1:01–1:02 range for six laps.

Similar to Roczen, most of the 450 riders turned their quickest lap times in the first half of the race, except for Chad Reed and Blake Baggett, who turned their quickest laps on lap 16, the first lap after the red cross flag was put away. 

Let’s dive into the lap data to figure out how these races were won and lost with this week’s Sign of the Lap Times. First, our traditional lap time charts.

450SX Class Lap Times

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 22 56.259 5 56.604 Ken Roczen
2 3 56.368 8 58.770 Cole Seely
3 1 56.430 6 58.372 Ryan Dungey
4 2 56.493 6 58.332 Marvin Musquin
5 6 56.829 8 59.008 Josh Grant
6 8 56.913 8 59.523 Eli Tomac
7 7 57.158 16 58.945 Chad Reed
8 4 57.223 2 58.973 Cooper Webb
9 18 57.285 5 1:00.776 Malcolm Stewart
10 9 57.529 2 59.883 Davi Millsaps
11 5 57.651 5 58.899 Weston Peick
12 12 57.946 9 59.697 Broc Tickle
13 10 58.222 16 59.591 Blake Baggett
14 13 58.334 5 1:00.452 Justin Brayton
15 11 58.349 2 59.883 Dean Wilson
16 16 58.572 8 1:01.087 Vince Friese
17 14 58.577 9 1:01.034 Christophe Pourcel
18 15 59.097 9 1:00.914 Jake Weimer
19 17 59.143 6 1:02.156 Tommy Hahn
20 19 59.901 3 1:04.430 Nick Schmidt
21 20 1:00.764 5 1:05.305 Ronnie Stewart
22 21 1:02.183 3 1:06.052 Adam Enticknap

250SX Class Lap Times

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 56.269 2 58.006 Justin Hill
2 2 57.091 4 58.303 Aaron Plessinger
3 3 57.344 4 58.393 Shane McElrath
4 10 57.359 6 59.144 Jeremy Martin
5 5 57.645 4 58.999 Martin Davalos
6 4 57.799 6 58.676 Austin Forkner
7 6 57.905 6 59.201 Jimmy Decotis
8 7 58.165 5 59.546 Dan Reardon
9 8 58.475 4 59.970 Tyler Bowers
10 12 58.732 4 59.880 Phil Nicoletti
11 9 59.268 3 1:00.062 Josh Hansen
12 13 59.340 6 1:00.990 Noah McConahy
13 11 59.403 6 1:00.502 Kyle Chisholm
14 14 59.529 10 1:01.381 Martin Castelo
15 17 59.977 4 1:02.382 Ryan Surratt
16 18 1:00.143 3 1:03.342 Killian Auberson
17 15 1:00.303 7 1:01.586 Cole Martinez
18 16 1:00.521 4 1:02.179 Justin Starling
19 21 1:01.219 2 1:04.998 Scott Champion
20 20 1:01.813 2 1:07.494 Jon Jon Ames
21 19 1:02.119 2 1:05.170 Bryce Stewart
22 22 DNF DNF DNF Hayden Mellross

The Track Got Tricky...

Roczen's crash left many riders reflecting on how difficult the track became, with extra ruts in the transitions between jumps due to all the rain in the area.

How tough did it get? Let's take a look at the lap times for Ryan Dungey, Marvin Musquin, and Seely from the early stages of the race, and then again during the final laps.

Ryan Dungey fell off of his early pace the most of the top three, increasing his lap time by almost a 1.5 seconds. Notice his last lap time of 1:00.4 as he cruised through the last few corners keeping an eye on Musquin.

"I felt good but my second half of the race definitely wasn’t as good as I like it, but with what happened and then seeing Ken’s incident, I knew the track could reach out and bite you," Dungey said. "I had multiple close calls so I was like, 'Man, do we keep going after it or do we be smart and tame it down a little bit?' So I decided to just kind of, let’s chill out."

Marvin's lap times remained the most consistent of the top three, although even he got rattled by seeing Roczen off the side of the track. He said in the post-race press conference, "It’s hard to see because you see him laying down and not moving. It gets in your head. The rest of the lap you think about it."

Similar to Dungey, Cole Seely's lap times rose by almost a second and a half. His last two laps eclipsed one minute which was due to Seely just trying to finish the race in one piece. He said, "Even the last two laps for me out there, I kind of backed it down and rode it in just because it was hectic."

In the 250 class we'll take a look at Jeremy Martin, who once again had to work his way through the pack after starting in last place at both San Diego and Anaheim 2. He also got a bad start at Anaheim 1. Consequently, he has put himself in a 30-point hole going into Phoenix. 

In San Diego, Martin got caught in the starting gate and then crashed on lap one. At Anaheim 2, he was down in a first-turn crash. It's interesting to note that the 22nd place start position gets recorded at the end of lap one. Jeremy was so far back, it took him more than a lap to even get out of last place! Makes his first-lap starting position at Anaheim 1—which was 12th—seem amazing in comparison.