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Sign of The (Lap) Times: Southwick

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The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship may have reached its halfway point at RedBud two weekends ago, but for the riders this week probably feels like the true halfway mark as they get a much needed weekend off before getting back to it in Millville, Minnesota

And just as we get to the midseason break things seem to have stabilized in both classes. Eli Tomac and Zach Osborne both won their classes at Southwick and extended their championship leads out to a comfortable 19 and 45 points respectively. 

Let’s dive into the lap data to figure out how these races were won and lost with this week’s Sign of the Lap Times. First, our traditional lap time charts.

450 Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap On Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1st 2:07.714 4 2:13.235 Eli Tomac
2 2nd 2:10.714 4 2:14.461 Blake Baggett
3 3rd 2:11.366 4 2:15.658 Cooper Webb
4 4th 2:12.995 6 2:15.288 Marvin Musquin
5 12th 2:13.140 2 and 4 2:15.865 Justin Barcia
6 7th 2:14.016 4 2:18.296 Martin Davalos
7 36th 2:14.279 2 2:16.396 Weston Peick
8 5th 2:14.365 6 2:17.563 Cole Seely
9 8th 2:14.816 3 2:18.897 Fredrik Noren
10 6th 2:15.075 6 2:18.039 Dean Wilson
Lap Rank Finish Best Lap On Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1st 2:12.203 5 2:16.348 Eli Tomac
2 2nd 2:12.840 4 2:18.000 Blake Baggett
3 38th 2:13.347 6 2:14.306 Marvin Musquin
4 6th 2:15.105 4 2:17.825 Cooper Webb
5 12th 2:15.280 2 2:24.280 Justin Barcia
6 3rd 2:15.879 4 2:18.890 Dean Wilson
7 4th 2:16.081 4 2:19.942 Martin Davalos
8 5th 2:16.436 4 2:19.933 Cole Seely
9 7th 2:17.347 4 2:20.989 Christian Craig
10 8th 2:17.780 4 2:21.471 Weston Peick
Lap Rank Finish Best Lap On Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 5th 2:12.210 2 2:18.930 R.J. Hampshire
2 1st 2:13.135 3 2:16.299 Dylan Ferrandis
3 38th 2:13.963 3 2:14.437 Aaron Plessinger
4 3rd 2:14.260 3 2:17.577 Alex Martin
5 2nd 2:14.916 7 2:16.636 Zach Osborne
6 6th 2:16.020 4 2:17.769 Mitchell Harrison
7 4th 2:16.039 4 2:17.001 Jeremy Martin
8 7th 2:16.118 4 2:20.267 Joey Savatgy
9 8th 2:17.930 8 2:20.051 Colt Nichols
10 10th 2:17.970 4 2:25.391 Luke Renzland
Lap Rank Finish Best Lap On Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1st 2:16.880 3 2:20.974 Zach Osborne
2 2nd 2:17.369 3 2:21.557 Dylan Ferrandis
3 3rd 2:17.531 2 2:20.974 Alex Martin
4 4th 2:17.548 3 2:21.778 R.J. Hampshire
5 5th 2:18.087 2 2:21.872 Joey Savatgy
6 6th 2:18.173 2 2:22.536 Jeremy Martin
7 10th 2:19.279 3 2:25.111 Colt Nichols
8 7th 2:19.392 2 2:22.823 Mitchell Harrison
9 8th 2:19.963 2 2:22.719 Chase Sexton
10 13th 2:20.900 2 2:28.719 Shane McElrath

Southwick is a unique round on the Pro Motocross tour as it is really the only true sand track on the circuit. At the other rounds, the first practice session is usually the slower of the two as the tracks are tend to be a little soggy in the morning and the lines need to be cut into the track. Not at Southwick, though. This track gets rougher (and slower) in each session, so the fastest times almost always come from the first practice sessions and it can give the 450 B riders a huge advantage as they are the first ones on the track on Saturday.

In fact, this weekend Marvin Musquin and Dean Wilson were the only 450 riders in the top 20 to set their fast lap in the second session. Take a look at the combined qualifying times and note which session each rider locked in their fast lap. 

Qualifying Position Rider Best Time In Session
1 Eli Tomac 2:04.471 450 A Session 1
2 Blake Baggett 2:06.636 450 A Session 1
3 Marvin Musquin 2:07.414 450 A Session 2
4 Cooper Webb 2:07.485 450 A Session 1
5 Christian Craig 2:08.079 450 A Session 1
6 Justin Barcia 2:08.191 450 A Session 1
7 Ryan Dowd 2:08.910 450 B Session 1
8 Josh Grant 2:08.917 450 A Session 1
9 Cole Seely 2:09.758 450 A Session 1
10 Justin Bogle 2:09.895 450 A Session 2
11 Dakota Alix 2:10.066 450 A Session 1
12 Dean Wilson 2:10.227 450 A Session 2
13 Jon Borrello 2:10.268 450 B Session 1
14 Tristan Lane 2:10.870 450 B Session 1
15 Martin Davlos 2:10.900 450 A Session 1
16 Brandon Scharer 2:10.917 450 A Session 1
17 Austin Phelps 2:11.004 450 B Session 1
18 Chris Canning 2:11.177 450 B Session 1
19 Weston Peick 2:11.240 450 A Session 1
20 Fredrik Noren 2:11.268 450 A Session 1

Tomac's Regroup

Going into the season many pegged Tomac as the guy to beat and were wondering who, if anyone, would be able to challenge him. His 1-1 performance at Hangtown seemed to confirm a lot of preseason predictions, but then he fell into a slump going 9-5-4 at the next three rounds and losing the points lead. 

Since High Point Tomac has regrouped and won three straight overalls and took five of the six possible moto wins as well. He now holds a 19-point lead over Blake Baggett, who is struggling with a thumb injury, and looks to have his season back on track. Is this the run Tomac needs to get his first premier class championship?

Osborne is pretty clearly the best rider in the 250 Class this season. He has four overalls out of seven rounds so far and is rocking a 45 point lead. However, when we list out the fastest lap times at the beginning of this column, Osborne isn't always a lock to be in the top spot. In fact, he's often around the third or fourth fastest rider in the motos. 

Out of 14 motos, Osborne set the fastest lap time in four of them, which isn't too bad. You can take a look at where his best times ranked in each moto this season, along with where he finished that race below.

If you are wondering which rider has set the most fastest laps this season it's Aaron Plessinger with six. He currently sits sixth in the points, 111 points behind Osborne. 

Unleashing the most speed can certainly help you win a race, but it is just one of many factors that go into landing on the top spot of the podium at the event and at the end of the season. Osborne seems to have it figured out this year. 

Track Moto 1 Lap Time Ranking Moto 2 Lap Time Ranking Moto 1 Finish Moto 2 Finish Overall 
Hangtown 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Glen Helen 4th 2nd 4th 2nd 1st
Thunder Valley 6th 5th 8th 5th 5th
High Point 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd
Muddy Creek 6th 2nd 5th 1st 2nd
RedBud 2nd 4th 2nd 1st 1st
Southwick 5th 1st 2nd 1st 1st