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Qualification report for Minneapolis Supercross

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With four minutes left on the clock, Joey Savatgy trimmed nearly three-quarters of a second off his first session and posted the quickest time in 450s qualification. He will attempt to score his first top five of the season in Round 6 at Minneapolis. Last week in San Diego, he posted his best result of seventh.

Last week’s winner Eli Tomac was second fastest with a time of 46.824. Marvin Musquin (46.828) rounds out the top three.

The fastest rider from Group B was Adam Enticknap with a time of 49.483 that was 19th-fastest overall.

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In the 250 class:

The East drivers got their first taste of competition with Austin Forkner setting fast time with a 46.641 despite laying his Kawasaki down as he tried to pass a slower rider with five minutes remaining in the second session.

He beat Justin Cooper (46.804) and Chase Sexton (47.153).

Jayce Pennington (49.044) was the fastest rider from Group B. He landed 16th on the chart.

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Qualification each week can be seen live with NBC’s Sport Gold Supercross / Motocross season pass, which can be purchased at https://www.nbcsports.com/gold.

MORE: Minneapolis Preview: Eli Tomac bids for back-to-back wins

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IMSA’s Bill Auberlen joins NASCAR America to discuss this weekend’s race at Lime Rock

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Turner Motorsport GTD driver Bill Auberlen joined NBC Sports’ Marty Snyder on NASCAR America Presents the Motorsports Hour Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Lime Rock Park.

Auberlen, alongside co-driver Robby Foley, enters Lime Rock with a great amount of momentum after finishing on the GTD podium at Watkins Glen and taking the GTD class honors in the most recent IMSA race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

There’s also an extra incentive for the duo to win this weekend as well, as Auberlen is one win away from tying Scott Pruett for the most IMSA victories all-time.

Both drivers will have to be on their A-game this weekend, however, as Auberlen stated that Lime Rock is one of the tougher circuits on the IMSA calendar and compared the 1.5-mile Connecticut road course to a short track.

“It’s what we call the bullring of our season,” Auberlen said. “It is a 54-second lap and we’re going to go around it a million times before the end of the day. It’s going to be a hot one, and I think whoever survives this is going to be on the podium.”

Luckily for the GTD and GTLM teams, with no Protoype and LMP2 entries competing at Lime Rock this weekend, the worry of having to yield to entries from the faster classes is gone.

“These Protoypes are so fast now, that interacting with them, you can’t imagine,” Auberlen said. “We have radars in our car that can alert us when they are coming.

“They get on you so fast that if you’re not always looking or something is not telling you they’re coming, you could have a problem and catch into them. That’s gone. Now it’s going to be focus-forward. You’re going to be focused on everything ahead of you. You got GLTM in there at the same time, but they’re virtually the same speed as us – just a little bit faster.

“It’s going to be nice. When you stand on that podium you might be able to go for an overall victory.”

Live race coverage of IMSA’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCsports.com and the NBC Sports app with an encore presentation of the race airing later in the evening at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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