Dylan Ferrandis will have to wait to defend his 2019 Supercross title

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Dylan Ferrandis is accustomed to running what is, in essence, two Supercross seasons per year.

With the 250 class of the Monster Energy Supercross Series broken into East and West divisions, there are long breaks in the action as the schedule crisscrosses the continent. But there is no denying the fact that 2020 will be unique with a spring and fall schedule to determine the title.

After sitting through a four-week break, Ferrandis was preparing to return to action. He took a few weeks to relax and recover and had just climbed back on his bike to train for the final four races that would complete his championship run.

“When you sign up for the season, you know that you have these breaks,” Ferrandis told NBCSports.com. “In my mind it was just normal. … I was just feeling good and ready to go for the second half of the season when we had to stop it. … At this time, when the situation started to be crazy, I was ready.”

Dylan Ferrandis has three wins in six races so far in 250W competition. Feld Entertainment, Inc.

But then dominoes began to fall.

Round 10 at Daytona was in the books, and Supercross prepared to head for Indianapolis in what was to be the fifth consecutive 250 East race. In two weeks, Ferrandis would be able to pick up where he left off. He had the points lead and a ton of momentum from five first- or second-place finishes in the six races run in 250 West competition.

The next West race was supposed to be in Seattle, which at the time was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. That race was canceled.

Soon after, every other race on the Supercross calendar fell to crowd bans and stay-at-home orders.

Typically, there is a well-established rhythm to the Supercross and Motocross seasons.

With its built-in breaks, the indoor series allows riders to surge, recover and then surge again. Then they brace for a long, grueling outdoor season.

“The week (after Daytona) was a training week; I pushed really hard,” Ferrandis said. “(It was) two weeks before I was due to race. I started to get back to normal and then we had to stop everything.

“It was a little bit weird. For me, as an athlete, those first few weeks (of the break) were difficult because I was ready for the second part of the season. Ready to race again and then there was no race. I did all of this work for the six weeks for nothing and it was difficult to accept that. Now, we all know the situation and that it’s the best for everyone.”

Supercross requires intense concentration and precise movements. And while strength is certainly not of secondary concern indoors, the toll on the body is much less than what is exacted on longer and steeper outdoor tracks.

By the time the combined seasons are over, in late August or early September, a rider is spent both mentally and physically.

Ferrandis was consistent and strong in the outdoor season last year.

In 12 rounds, he never finished worse than fourth. He won his first overall MX at RedBud halfway through the season and went on to score three more wins in the last five weeks.

The late-season charge was not quite enough to overtake Adam Cianciarulo for the top spot, but after dramatically beating that same rider in Supercross in the final race of the season, second in the outdoor championship completed a solid year.

And then he was done.

He could let his battered body rest.

This year, Ferrandis and the rest of the riders will have to head back indoors and reestablish their concentration.

“You have to ride the outdoor and then right afterward we’ll be back in Supercross,” Ferrandis said. “I think it will be difficult because outdoor and Supercross are two different sports, they’re different riding styles and a different approach. Physically they are also really different. We have to stay in good shape all summer and be injury-free. … I think we will not have a lot of time to get prepared.

“Most of the time we are pretty sore and tired (after motocross). That’s why it’s going to be really important to stay healthy all summer and in good shape, because as soon as outdoors will be finished, we will have maybe one or two weeks to get ready for the Supercross tour. It’s a really short time to get ready. It’s going to be really, really interesting and the rider will make the best of the summer.”

No matter what happens in the outdoor season, as long as he is healthy at its completion, Ferrandis will return to Supercross in an enviable position.

Dylan Ferrandis‘ San Diego win gave him momentum entering the 250W break. Feld Entertainment, Inc.

The season started with everyone tied at zero. Ferrandis will return to action with a seven-point advantage over Justin Cooper.

Better still, Ferrandis has finished ahead of Cooper nearly every week. Ferrandis gave up the majority of his points at St. Louis with one bad run and a 12th-place finish.

Ferrandis knows that he needs to avoid that same kind of catastrophic race. If he does not make mistakes, he has the bike and team that will allow him to remain in the lead.

“It’s difficult when you start to think about points or championships,” Ferrandis said. “For me, the best is to always give it everything that you have. … Most of the time the wins come when you are trying to stay in position. I think when the championship will be back, we will keep the same momentum that we had in the first six rounds. (I need to ) Stay aggressive and try for the wins.”

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Motocross 2023: Results and points after SuperMotocross Round 18 at Hangtown


For the second consecutive week, Jett Lawrence had perfect results in the Pro Motocross round at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California with a pair of moto wins and the overall victory, only this time he didn’t have Chase Sexton, who sat out the round with a concussion, to keep him honest in the second race.

Jett Lawrence’s performance in the first two Motocross rounds has him thinking of a rookie championship. – Align Media

Lawrence led all 16 laps of both races after taking the holeshot in the second moto and grabbing the lead from Dylan Ferrandis in Turn 2 of Moto 1. Lawrence claimed a four-second lead in Moto 1 and five seconds in Moto 2, but as dominant as it seems on paper, there were some exciting moments during the weekend. In the second race, Lawrence wanted to build an advantage that would allow him to maintain his pace and he nearly high-sided a couple of times in heavy ruts.

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In his second race back from a concussion, Ferrandis finished in the runner-up spot with a second in Moto 1 and a third in Moto 2. While his finish of second overall goes into the record books, Pro Motocross points are rewarded for each individual race and that meant Ferrandis lost eight points in championship battle to Lawrence. With Sexton failing to mount up for the race, Ferrandis advanced to second in the standings with an 18-point gap to Lawrence. Equally important, Ferrandis gained ground in the SuperMotocross World Championship (WSX) points and now has a gap of 44 over 21st-place Justin Starling.

Cooper Webb is also in his second round since returning from a Supercross injury suffered in Nashville at the end of their season. Claiming results of fourth and second in the two races, Webb earned 40 SuperMotocross points at Hangtown and closed in on Sexton in the WSX battle. Sexton entered Hangtown with a large enough lead that he could not be overtaken, but he is now only 38 points up and could face a difficult decision next week at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado if he wants to hold onto his lead.

Moto 1 Results | Lap Chart | Fastest Segment Laps | Moto 2 Results | Lap Chart | Fastest Segment Laps | Consolation Race

Aaron Plessinger had an adventurous weekend in which he seemed to close on Lawrence in his second race before crashing and dropping to fourth. Coupled with a fifth-place finish in Moto 1, he earned 35 points and was credited with fourth overall.

Cashing in on confidence he gained in the final rounds of the Supercross season, Adam Cianciarulo earned his first top-five of the Pro Motocross championship after narrowly missing out last week with a sixth. He earned the distinction with consistent results of fifth in Moto 1 and fourth in Moto 2.

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Hunter Lawrence showed his back to the competition at Hangtown, just as he did the week prior at Fox Raceway. – Align Media

The Lawrence brothers made history last week as the first siblings to win in two Pro Motocross divisions on the same day. Fans should get accustomed to seeing this happen with some regularity as Hunter Lawrence posted identical results in Hangtown to those he had at Fox Raceway in the season opener.

In both races, Lawrence got off to a slow start in Moto 1 and had to claw his way back to the podium. He dominated Moto 2 in both rounds to earn the overall victories.

Justin Cooper did not allow Lawrence to gain much of an advantage in the Motocross points’ standings, however. Finishing second in both motos, the earned only one point less than Lawrence. His modest showing in Round 1 of the outdoor season has him 12 points out of first in the championship standings.

Moto 1 Results | Lap Chart | Fastest Segment Laps | Moto 2 Results | Lap Chart | Fastest Segment Laps | Consolation Race

Haiden Deegan scored his first moto win in just his fourth start in the series. In the first race of the day, he had to withstand constant pressure from Cooper, but when his teammate closed in on him, Deegan reached down and found a little more speed. Now that he’s won one of these races, he has his sight set on challenging Lawrence for the title. Deegan is second in the Pro Motocross championship standings with a 10-point deficit to the leader.

Haiden Deegan scored podiums in both Motocross rounds of 2023. – Align Media

Tom Vialle tied his career-best finish of fourth overall with a seventh-place finish in Moto 1 and a third in Moto 2. Vialle was fourth last week in overall ranking and has one fourth-place finish in the Supercross series that came in the Triple Crown format at Arlington.

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RJ Hampshire rounded out the top five with a pair of fifth-place results and 32 points for the round. Even though the deficit is a whopping 61 points, Hampshire climbed to second in the SuperMotocross championship standings now that Jett Lawrence has moved to the big bikes.

Jalek Swoll struggled last week and finished 21st overall at Fox Raceway. This week, he finished on the cusp of 10th in both races with a ninth in Moto 1 and 11th in Moto 2. In the SuperMotocross standings, he has a lot of ground to make up. He currently sits 49th on the chart with a 70-point gap to Chance Hymas, who is on the bubble to earn a guaranteed position in the SMX Mains for the three playoff races that will be held on September.

2023 Motocross Results

Round 1: Jett Lawrence, Hunter Lawrence win

2023 Supercross Results

Round 17: Chase Sexton, Jett Lawrence win
Round 16: Chase Sexton, RJ Hampshire win
Round 15: Chase Sexton, Hunter Lawrence win
Round 14: Justin Barcia, Max Anstie win
Round 13: Chase Sexton, Hunter Lawrence win
Round 12: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Eli Tomac, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 18: Jett Lawrence rockets to the top
Week 16: Chase Sexton takes SX title
Week 15: Eli Tomac is back on top
Week 14: Justin Barcia, most of top 20, hold steady
Week 13: Barcia leapfrogs the Big Three
Week 12: Eli Tomac gains momentum
Week 11: Cooper Webb, Tomac overtake Chase Sexton
Week 10: Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Sexton unseats Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s