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Coming off his best finish of the season last weekend in Daytona, Justin Hill is on fire again early today in Indy. He was nearly a second quicker than second place Joey Savatgy in the first session and was the only rider to dip into the 48s with a 48.560. Savatgy was second with a 49.219.
Hill said that the whoops are the “toughest” they’ve been in a practice session this year.
Points leader Cooper Webb was third fastest with a 49.283. Chad Reed, who celebrated his 37th birthday earlier this week, was fifth fastest behind Eli Tomac.
While appearing on Race Day Live, Reed said the track is going to be really “one-lined” tonight and that he’s striving to put in a fast time to get a good gate pick tonight.
The first practice session was red flagged with about three minutes remaining when Cole Martinez went down hard. He was attended to by the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Unit and practice resumed after a slight delay. We will post an update on Martinez once we know more.
The 450 B and C sessions are currently delayed as timing and scoring is not working in the stadium.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner has had his troubles in practice this year, but not in the first 250 session. Forkner put down a 49.477 late in the session to take the top spot over Justin Cooper (49.695).
Chase Sexton was also in the 49 range with a 49.704 and qualified third. On Thursday, Mitchell Oldenburg celebrated the birth of his first child, and today he’s fourth fastest thus far with a 49.704. Martin Davalos rounded out the top five.
Forkner said the second set of whoops are already “destroyed” and that they have already begun jumping through them. He added that they were still able to blitz the other set.
“The track is really going to emphasis smooth is fast,” he said.