The rain stayed away for practice today during round two of the 2006 AMA Toyota National Motocross Series at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania. And just like the first round, things are already shaping up to be a showdown between two riders: Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart and Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael, as both riders were in a league of their own.
The Floridian racers battled for the fastest lap all day. In the first practice, RC was over a second faster than Stewart; however, in the second outing Stewart bested the defending champion by just over a second. At the end of the day, Stewart had a fastest lap of 2:02.527 minutes, while Carmichael put down a best lap of 2:03.987 minutes. As for the other riders in the Motocross class, Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed was third quickest on the day with a time of 2:05.667 minutes, while Team MDK’s Nick Wey turned in the fourth fastest lap of the premier class.
In the Motocross Lites division, Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto put down the fastest lap of the day in his very first time out on the track. In that same session, the young racer from Washington was also third overall fastest. In the second go-around, Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant turned in the fastest time while Villopoto was second quickest. Villopoto’s times in the first outing, however, were quick enough for him to retain the honor of being the fastest rider in practice. As for last week’s overall winner Team Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, he stayed on the pace all day, but at the end was just less than a second slower than Villopoto and Grant.
In the pits, things remained relatively calm compared to the hustle and bustle of last week’s opening round. All the teams seem to have everything in order right now, and are just working out some last minute bugs before the big day tomorrow.
The forecast for tomorrow is calling for partly cloudy skies and no chance of rain. If the condition of the track remains the same, tomorrow is going to be an epic battle in both classes, and you know what that means… keep checking back on www.transworldmotocross.com for more updates and a race report. Oh yeah, and take a look at the photo gallery on the right-hand side of this page if you want to see more photos from today.