In the 250 class: Tyla Rattray’s 2:18.685 bested teammate Christophe Pourcel’s 2:18.915 and Just Barcia’s 219.272. Broc tickle was fourth fastest with Nico Izzi (back after an embarrassing week at home), Dean Wilson, Trey Canard, Jake Weimer, Eli Tomac and Martin Davalos rounding out the top ten.
But the real battle isn’t for the top ten, it is for 40th and 41st place (because the 41st guy goes home). Tony Archer snatch 40th place away from Eric Montreull By 0.002 seconds. Scott Champion was 42nd.
In the 450 class: Ryan Dungey smoked everybody with a 2:16.762. No other rider was in the 2:16 range and, in fact no other rider was in the 2:17 time limit. Chad Reed was second with a 2:18.284. Brett Metcalfe turned in a 2:18.366 in front of Ben Townley, Kyle Chisholm, Josh Grant, Andrew Short, Mike Alessi, Kyle Regal and Nick Wey. Jarred Jet Browne, the fill-in rider for the Rockstar/Canidae Suzuki team was 13th.
The 40th place rider in timed qualifying was David Gassin with a 2:27.679. Garret Toth just missed the cut by 7/10 of a second. Bruce Dehn was 42nd.