Written by Nick Thiel
In the 250 class, Eli Tomac topped the timed qualifying sessions with a 2:01.858. Tomac was absolutely flying in both timed practices, topping Baggett’s 2:02.064. It was considerably rougher in the second round of practices, but Tomac was still able to set the fastest time.
Jason Anderson qualified in third place with a 2:02.518. The Redbull KTM teammates Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin rounded out the top five. For the 250 guys, airing it into the sand section was a definite time saver, but I don’t think it will be done every lap in the motos.
Once again James Stewart set the fastest lap time in timed practice with a 1:59.126, topping Dungey, who had a 2:01.096. Not only did Stewart top Dungey, but he did so in the second timed qualifying where the track was considerably rougher. James said “the rougher the track gets, the better my motorcycle works.”
Josh Grant, Broc Tickle and Nico Izzi rounded out the top five. The track was definitely shaping up nicely by the end of the 450 practice, but line choice will be crucial for the motos.