Carmichael And Stewart Hauling At Hangtown Practice
Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael and Kawasaki’s James Stewart are nearly dead even when it comes to lap times for today’s National at Hangtown. In the final 250-class practice session this morning, Carmichael edged Stewart for the quickest lap time, posting a 2:31.820 and Stewart a 2:31.940. Both riders are nearly a full three seconds faster than the third-best time turned in by Team Yamaha’s Tim Ferry with a 2:34.997. Ferry’s teammate David Vuillemin reeled off a 2:36.572 for the fourth-best time, and Amsoil/Chaparral Honda’s Kevin Windham is fifth best with a 2:36.949.
Off the pace slightly from yesterday is Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed, who suffered a hard get-off in the first practice session. Reed took his time to get going again after the fall but came back to post the sixth-best time in the second practice session with a 2:37.495.
This 125-class times are much tighter at the top. The top four riders are all within a second of each other. Heading the list is Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Grant Langston, followed by ECC Honda’s Ryan Hughes, Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps and Pro Circuit’s Ivan Tedesco. All posted times in the 2:37 range.
Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi was 11th fastest with a 2:39.
Conditions for today’s race could not be much better. The sky is clear and temperatures are expecting to reach the upper 80s.