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Practice Report

Hangtown

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www.allisports.com   Barcia, Tomac Top the Charts

450 Class

For the 450 riders, it was the Honda Muscle Milk duo of Justin Barcia and Trey Canard topping the charts. Barcia was the only guy to post a lap time under 1:58.

Right behind them was James Stewart, one of the few riders to actually improve on his time in the 2nd qualifying session. Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto rounded out the top five, while Dean Wilson qualified 8th in his 450 debut.

Best Lap Times

1. Justin Barcia, 1:57.971
2. Trey Canard, 1:58.218
3. James Stewart, 1:58.909
4. Ryan Dungey, 1:58.923
5. Ryan Villopoto, 1:58.958
6. Mike Alessi, 1:59.164
7. Chad Reed, 1:59.169
8. Dean Wilson, 1:59.703
9. Josh Grant, 1:59.869
10. Andrew Short, 2:00.022

250 Class

One of the major stories this morning was Adam Cianciarulo's highly-anticipated rookie debut being put on hold. He announced that due to illness, which he's been battling all week and which even sent him to the hospital on Thursday, he won't be able to race today.

Meanwhile Eli Tomac tore it up out on the track. His 1:57.513 lap time was the fastest in either class and nearly two seconds faster than the closest 250 rider, Jason Anderson.

Despite all the time off the bike, Blake Baggett appears to be back in form, qualifying 3rd. The Red Bull KTM duo of Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen made up the rest of the top five.

Best Lap Times

1. Eli Tomac, 1:57.513
2. Jason Anderson, 1:59.353
3. Blake Baggett, 1:59.495
4. Marvin Musquin, 1:59.530
5. Ken Roczen, 1:59.816
6. Darryn Durham, 2:00.514
7. Nico Izzi, 2:00.583
8. Kyle Cunningham, 2:00.998
9. Martin Davalos, 2:01.027
10. Justin Bogle, 2:01.099

www.racerxonline.com  And from RacerXon line's Aaron Hansel comes a little more detail.

Welcome to the first practice report of the 2013 Lucas Oil Motocross Championship, coming to you from  the Red Bull Hangtown Motocross Classic in Northern California, where conditions couldn’t be better to host the opening round of what promises to be an exciting and incredible series. The track looks beautiful and features the same basic layout it’s had for the last few years-traversing up and down the hills of the facility. As usual, the dirt is full of rice hulls, which help hold the moisture, and so far, the track appears to have far fewer rocks than in the past. The weather is also fantastic, with the weather report currently calling for a high of 85 degrees. That’s much better than the high 90s and occasional triple digit temps we’re used to seeing at this venue, which is something the large crowd that has already descended on the Hangtown hills are certainly thankful for.

Right now there are so many storylines to follow it’s not even funny. 2011 450 National Champ Ryan Villopoto makes his return to Lucas Oil Motocross after missing the 2012 season with a torn ACL, James Stewart, who won the first four motos last year before getting hurt is here, Cooper Webb is set to begin his professional career (Adam Cianciarulo is out with flu-like symptoms) and much, much more. For more storylines to follow, check out Racer X Online’s Ten Things to Watch.

When the first 450 practice got going Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey was fast right away, but on lap six it was none other than Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia, who is entering his official rookie 450 season in Lucas Oil Motocross, who set a 1:57.971, the fastest lap of the session. Behind him was his teammate Trey Canard with a 1:58.218, James Stewart (1:58.909), Ryan Dungey (1:58.923), and Ryan Villopoto (1:58.958). Dean Wilson, who is entering his first season on the 450, was eighth fastest in this session with a 1:59.703.

When the second 450 session went out, times were slightly slower. The track was broken in and more lines had developed, but the racing surface had also gotten much rougher. The conditions agreed with James Stewart, who put in a heater of a lap (1:58.309) just after the halfway point that would be the fastest time of the qualifier. Ryan Villopoto, who came in second, did better in this session as well with a 1:59.084 posted on the fourth lap. Justin Barcia, whose fast time from the first session held up for fastest 450 time overall, was third with a 1:59.681, followed by Trey Canard (2:00.075), Ryan Dungey (2:00.157) and Mike Alessi (2:00.485).

In the 250 ranks things promise to be interesting, as a host of top guns are returning from injury. Reigning Champ Blake Baggett, Jessy Nelson, Justin Hill, Darryn Durham, Zach Bell, Jeremy martin, Alex Martin, Nico Izzi, Justin Bogle and more are all making their return to racing here at Hangtown. Of course, if the rest of the day plays out anything like the first practice session did, they’ll have their hands full trying to go through Eli Tomac, who set a blistering 1:57.513 in session one. Amazingly, that’s faster than Justin Barcia’s fastest time, although that’s due in part to the fact that the track was at its best during the first 250 session; lines had developed but it wasn’t very rough yet. Jason Anderson was second fastest with a 1:59.353, followed by Blake Baggett (1:59.495) who despite complaints of wrist pain on press day looked very fast, Marvin Musquin (1:59.530), Ken Roczen (1:59.834) and Darryn Durham (2:00.514). Rookie Cooper Webb looks great and was twelfth fastest in session one with a 2:01.406.

In the second 250 session, which took place after the 450s, the track had gotten pretty rough, and times were significantly slower than session one. The rough conditions didn’t matter to Tomac, however, as he once again topped the field. He recorded a fast lap of 1:59.330, followed by Ken Roczen (1:59.816), Jason Anderson (2:00.401), Marvin Musquin (2:00.674) and Zach Osborne (2:01.169).

 
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