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Lap times tell a tale—but what is that story? When you are watching a race from the sidelines, like last weekend’s Washougal 450 National, some riders look blazing fast, while others look like they are trail riding. You can’t always tell the fast from the slow with the naked eye. But, after every race the AMA hands out individual lap times for every lap of the race. The stop watch is the true test of who’s “flying” and who isn’t—it can’t be fooled by comparative speeds (like when a factory riders is passing privateers).
MXA used Washougal’s second moto as a gauge of speed (calculating the rider’s fastest lap of the moto and his lap time on lap 14). One number is the measure of sheer speed, while the other represents fitness. yes, we could use the first moto, lap 13 or any combination of numbers, but we chose the second moto because it is when the track is rough and riders tired.
WHO WAS THE FASTEST?
The fastest laps of the second moto at Millville were turned in by Eli Tomac with a 2:14.881 (2nd lap), Ryan Dungey with a 2:15.253 (11th lap), Ken Roczen with a 2:17.338 (3rd lap), Weston Peick with a 2:20.094 (8th lap), Trey Canard with a 2:20.227 (5th lap) and Fredrik Noren with a 2:20.288 (8th lap).
WHO WAS FASTEST LATE IN THE MOTO:
The real test of speed isn’t always the ability to crank out one fast lap early in the moto, but to still be turning fast laps very late in the moto (we used lap 14 because it’s deep enough into the moto to be a test of speed, but not so late that a riders start cruising).
No surprises! Washougal winner Ryan Dungey’s 2:19.788 was several seconds a lap faster than anyone else on the track on lap 14. Eli Tomac was second fastest with a 2:21.946. Trey Canard was third fastest with a 2:22.998. Ken Roczen was fourth fastest with a 2:24.814. Fredrik Noren was ninth fastest with a 2:26.316.
Andrew Short (2:25.030), Weston Peick (2:25.126), Justin Brayton (2:25.449) and Brett Metcalfe (2:25.659) were 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th fastest on lap 14.
OTHER NOTABLES AT WASHOUGAL:
Chad Reed was fast in the second moto at Washougal. He turned in a 2:20.467 on lap two (which was sixth fastest), but he only made it six laps before DNFing. JGR rider Justin Brayton fastest lap time in the second moto at Millville was 2:21.746 and on lap 14 he turned in a 2:25.449. Those were good all-around numbers and show signs of improvement.
If you average the speed (counting every lap of the second moto), only two riders averaged better than two minutes and 20 second lap times (Dungey at 2:17.699 and Tomac at 2:18.034). The remainder of the top five on average lap times goes to Trey Canard at 2:22.404, Brett Metcalfe at 2:22.410 and Andrew Short at 2:22.960
Photos by KTM and Geico Honda