TAKE A PIXELATED LAP OF SATURDAY’S 2021 HOUSTON SUPERCROSS 3

TAKE A PIXELATED LAP OF SATURDAY’S 2021 HOUSTON SUPERCROSS 3

If you time the flapping Yamaha flag for a full lap, you will discover that this layout portents to have a 53-second lap time, but that means one of three things: (1) The blue flag would fail to qualify if the fast guys are back in the 43 seconds range as they were at Houston 1 and Houston 2. (2) The blue flag already set the fastest time in qualifying and gets first gate pick. (3) The 2021 Houston Supercross 3 track will actually be 53 seconds per lap.

Why do the riders care how long or short the track is? Because if the lap times are long, closer to one minute, they will only go around it 20 times, but if the lap times are 43 seconds, they will have to do 28 or more laps like we saw on Saturday on Tuesday. What difference does it make if they are going around for the same number of minutes? First, the track gets more beat up the more times the riders go around with their tires creating deeper ruts and bigger bumps. Second, the most dangerous jumps, and there are lots of them, get kickers on the lip when they get used too many times. Third, lappers play a bigger role on a track with short lap times—and are often lapped more than once.

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