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The Time Sheets: Oakland

Fortunately, we were once again treated to exciting racing in Oakland, round four of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross series. Although the battle for the win was not as exciting as last week, there were still a lot of interesting aspects to keep an eye on. So, join us as we break down some of the battles from Oakland.

Ryan Villopoto vs. James Stewart (450SX Main Event):

Ryan Villopoto (1st):

James Stewart (2nd):

Lap 14

56.275

56.312

Lap 15

56.299

55.583

Lap 16

56.293

56.200

Lap 17

56.274

56.173

Lap 18

56.301

56.141

Lap 19

56.516

56.613

Lap 20

57.164

57.822

I have seen a lot of fans say that Ryan Villopoto got lucky in Oakland, because James Stewart was seemingly faster once he found his way into second on the thirteenth lap. However, the latter part of that statement is not really correct, judging by the lap times. Sure, Stewart had some faster times, but he was not significantly faster on every lap. Although he was jumping the quad, James was not making a lot of time (if any) by doing this obstacle. But, because he was clearing it occasionally, I feel like it skewed the opinions of most, as it looked that much faster. Stewart cleared the quad on lap fourteen, for instance, but did not make up any time on Villopoto, overall.

But was that quad really faster? Jeff Emig and Jeremy McGrath thought that you could make up more than a second by doing it, which does seem ludicrous. Although that is false, a rider could make up around half a second by doing it. In Monster Energy Supercross that is a huge difference. Shall we look at some individual segment times? If a time is in italics, it signalizes that the rider jumped it.

Ryan Villopoto (1st):

James Stewart (2nd)

Lap 14 (Segment Two)

13.431

13.024

James Stewart (2nd):

Chad Reed (3rd):

Lap 11 (Segment Two)

12.972

13.162

Ryan Villopoto (1st):

James Stewart (2nd):

Lap 18 (Segment Two)

13.292

12.862

Chad Reed (3rd):

Ryan Dungey (4th):

Lap 19 (Segment Two)

13.218

12.932

Evidently, that quad was faster, which was obvious. But, it is not as much faster as it seemed when you were watching the main event. Obviously, there were other factors that went into the segment two times. So, you cannot really get a reading of how much faster the quad was specifically. Ryan Villopoto did not jump the quad at any point in the main event, so it wasn’t pivotal.

Jason Anderson vs. Dean Wilson (250SX Main Event):

 

Jason Anderson (1st):

Dean Wilson (2nd):

Lap 10

59.056

56.847

Lap 11

56.499

56.700

Lap 12

56.480

57.482

Lap 13

56.232

57.289

Lap 14

56.586

56.774

Lap 15

57.242

1:01.120

Oh, Dean Wilson! The Scotsman was so close, and should have won that main event; we will get that out of the way first. Dean seemed to flick a switch at the halfway point, as he pulled away. Interestingly, Jason Anderson was faster than Wilson on the last few laps, so, the KTM rider was clearly pushing for the win, but if Dean was not struck by a mechanical problem on the last lap, there is no way that he would have won that race. Interestingly, Jason lost three seconds on lap ten. Maybe the time that Anderson lost prompted Dean to back it down, and bring it home.

Of course, things did not work out, but Dean can take a lot of positives from the event. For the first time this year, Wilson looked fast enough to win a race, whereas he has been off the pace at the first three rounds. Unfortunately, he lost more points in the standings, so he has an even bigger hole to get out of now. But, I’m sure he is looking at those positives.

Words: Lewis Phillips

Image: James Lissimore

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