James Stewart vs. Ryan Dungey (450SX Main Event):
James Stewart (1st):
Ryan Dungey (2nd):
Strangely, the 450SX main event in Arlington (round seven of the Monster Energy Supercross series) was very similar to San Diego. Why? Well, James Stewart started second and made his way into the lead early on (it took him a little longer than it did last week) and then controlled the race, but did not pull away too much. Anyway, as I said, Stewart was not clearly faster than Ryan Dungey, but he was consistently a couple of tenths faster.
Interestingly, both James Stewart and Ryan Dungey set their fastest lap times on the seventh lap. Perhaps James dragged Ryan along a little bit? James was the only rider to drop down into the forty-five second range, and he only did this on one lap. So, he (like Dungey) spent most of his time clocking lap times in the forty-six second range. James was still faster than Dungey more often than not, so it was surprising that he ended the race with a measly three-second margin.
There was nothing to really separate them, as the track was quite generic, so perhaps this contributed to it. James and Ryan were doing something different in the section following the finish. But seeing as they were both doing it, there was not an opportunity for either of them to make up time on the other rider.
Adam Cianciarulo vs. Blake Baggett vs. Martin Davalos (250SX Main Event):
Adam Cianciarulo (1st):
Blake Baggett (2nd):
Martin Davalos (3rd):
Immediately, one of the things that caught my attention with these lap times is how varied they are, which is quite surprising. Whereas James Stewart and Ryan Dungey stayed within the same second more often than not, these guys were quite inconsistent with their times. Martin Davalos went down on the fourth lap, and then got straight back up and was the fastest guy on-track. However, he then went down on lap six, which meant that he lost another chunk of time. After that he seemed a bit deflated, as he was no longer matching the pace of the leaders, but his times were certainly affected by traffic.
Following the race, Adam Cianciarulo mentioned that he came into the race sick, and that he got tired around lap ten. However, he was much stronger in the final five laps, as he set his fastest time on the tenth lap, and then kept his times in the forty-seven second range. Interestingly, he clearly upped his pace after Blake Baggett attempted to make a pass, which shows that AC had more in the tank and can positively react to pressure. It is also intriguing to see that Adam was consistently faster than Baggett in the time range highlighted above, despite the fact that Blake was all over him.
Words: Lewis Phillips
Image: James Lissimore