Practice is underway in the Big Easy and after the first session, Pro Circuit’s Christophe Pourcel and San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart have the fastest lap in their respective classes. Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Chad Reed posted the second fastest lap, followed by factory Yamaha’s Josh Hill. Muscle Milk/MDK/KTM’s Martin Davalos and Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Nico Izzi posted the second and third fastest times in the Lites behind Pourcel.
In other news, Nathan Ramsey is making his season debut with the Joe Gibbs/Toyota/Yamaha team. And though he did look calm and comfortable in the B practice session, he did not post in the top five.
We also expected Boost Mobile/ampm/Monster/ Troy Racing’s Jason Lawrence, but he has yet to make an appearance.