Dylan Ferrandis, Jett Lawrence win Pro Motocross season openers

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With a win in Moto 1 and third-place finish in Moto 2, Dylan Ferrandis took the overall win in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season opener in the 450 class at Fox Raceway, and Jett Lawrence took the top honors in 250 results for Round 1 in Pala Calif. It was Ferrandis’ first pro win on a 450.

Moto 1 was about missed opportunities, but since racing is a zero sum game, when one driver stumbles another takes his place. Adam Cianciarulo took the early lead and was in a class of his own through the first half of the Moto. Just when it appeared the only rider who could beat Cianciarulo would be himself, he clipped a rock on the downside of a jump and laid his bike down.

Cianciarulo’s accident momentarily handed the lead over 2021 Supercross champion Cooper Webb, but Ferrandis was coming. fast. Ferrandis also built up a significant lead, but may have relaxed a little too much in the closing laps. That allowed a late-race surge by Chase Sexton to end the Moto in a photo finish.

Ferrandis narrowly edged Sexton to win the first Moto of his career. He had more adventure in Moto 2 and had to come from deeper in the pack. Ferrandis climbed to third at the checkers and a 1-3 earned enough points for the overall.

In a preseason press conference, Ken Roczen talked about how he felt disconnected with Motocross after missing last year’s outdoor season. It didn’t take long to reconnect.

While Roczen looked a little sluggish in Moto 1 with a sixth-place finish, he passed Aaron Plessinger early in Moto 2 and held on to the lead until the checkers. Plessinger would not go away, however, and crossed under the checkers on Roczen’s back tire.

Roczen and Plessinger wound up with the same number of points, but Roczen’s Moto 2 win gave him the tiebreaker.

With a 4-2, Plessinger took the final spot on the podium.

Justin Barcia (3-6) and Sexton (2-10) rounded out the top five.

Moto 2 was one a huge disappointment for Webb and Cianciarulo as both riders finished outside the top 10 in that race.

Webb’s 5-11 put him eighth on the overall list. With a 7-12, Cianciarulo finished 11th overall.


450 results (moto finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-3)
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (6-1)
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (4-2)
  4. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS (3-6)
  5. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (2-10)
  6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (10-4)
  7. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (8-7)
  8. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (5-11)
  9. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (9-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (13-5)

450 points standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 45
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 40
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 40
  4. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS – 35
  5. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 33
  6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 29
  7. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 27
  8. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 26
  9. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 25
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 24

Moto 1 in the 250 class also showcased huge disappointment. This time it belonged to Max Vohland, who grabbed the early lead.

Instead of laying down his bike like Cianciarulo in 450s, the bike laid down on him and Vohland retired on Lap 10 of 15. Immediately after Jeremy Martin took the lead, Vohland’s bike began to smoke. The engine expired a few laps later.

Vohland finished respectably in seventh in the second race, but was only 13th overall.

Meanwhile, Jett Lawrence charged from deep in the field to finish second.

The 250 class was dominated by Lawrence and Martin.

Lawrence won Moto 1 and was second in the next race. Martin won the first event of the season and finished second in Moto 2. With the tiebreaker of the second Moto win, Lawrence took the overall victory.

“It’s definitely a good feeling,” Lawrence told NBCSN pit reporter Will Christien. “The winning is good, because of all the hard work I’ve been putting in. I can finally prove to everyone that I’m not just a kid with talent.”

With a 5-3, Justin Cooper finished third.

Michael Mosiman (4-4) and RJ Hampshire (3-9) rounded out the top-10.

Lawrence’s brother, Hunter Lawrence finished sixth overall with a 6-5.


250 results (moto finish)

  1. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (2-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (1-2)
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (5-3)
  4. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GASGAS (4-4)
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (3-9)
  6. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (6-5)
  7. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha (8-6)
  8. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (7-8)
  9. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (9-12)
  10. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki (14-11)

250 points standings

  1. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 47
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 47
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 36
  4. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GASGAS – 36
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 32
  6. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 31
  7. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha – 28
  8. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 27
  9. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 21
  10. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki – 17; Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna – 17 (tie)

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
Feld Entertainment, Inc.
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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.