Stewart, Davalos Quick in Salt Lake

Jean Turner | April 30, 2011

The sun is out and it’s snowing in Salt Lake City, where round 16 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series is about to take place. Snowfall during the week (and this morning) has left piles of snow in the pits, but the track remained covered until today’s first practice session, rendering it in good shape for racing. Small snow flurries, looking more like gnats swarming in the air, continue to descend on Rice Eccles Stadium, but all remain hopeful that the weather will cooperate for tonight’s program.

Martin Davalos of the Rockstar Suzuki squad topped the Lites qualifying sessions with a 44.2-second lap time. Quick laps, running mostly in the 45-second range, will make for quick main events tonight. Eli Tomac had the second-fastest time followed by Seattle Lites race winner Cole Seely.

Josh Hansen looked quick, but didn’t set the hot lap in the Lites. Still, perhaps the fact that he made it through practice unhurt is enough to make it a good day so far for Hanny. Kyle Cunningham rounded out the top-five in qualifying followed by KTM’s Ken Roczen. The German teenager is trying to kick a cold from last week, but still returned to AMA Supercross racing during a break in the FIM World Motocross Grand Prix Championship.

James Stewart looks on his game in Salt Lake, and showed the fast way around the track as the only rider able to crack the 43-second mark. Ryan Villopoto followed in second nearly a half second behind, and Ryan Dungey rounded out the top-three in qualifying.

The start straight that runs nearly the length of the stadium should make for interesting first-turn antics, as should the treacherous whoop section which has odd spacing in the middle.

Supercross Lites Practice

1. Martin Davalos     44.200

2. Eli Tomac     44.248

3. Cole Seely     44.587

4. Josh Hansen     44.633

5. Kyle Cunningham     44.667

6. Ken Roczen     44.760

7. Broc Tickle     44.898

8. Tyla Rattray     45.670

9. Travis Baker     45.725

10. Ryan Morais     45.898


Supercross Practice

1. James Stewart     42.609

2. Ryan Villopoto     43.322

3. Ryan Dungey     43.379

4. Chad Reed     43.427

5. Andrew Short     43.580

6. Kevin Windham     43.772

7. Davi Millsaps     44.040

8. Justin Brayton     44.178

9. Austin Stroupe     44.334

10. Tommy Hahn     44.448

Jean Turner | Contributor

A former staffer at Cycle News, Turner continues to contribute to the website and magazine as a columnist and someone we can count on to whip up a few thousand words on an off-road race when needed.