Ken Roczen, Jett Lawrence top Motocross Power Rankings after Thunder Valley

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The 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Round 2 is in the books and it is time to see who is at the top of the Power Rankings.

In two divisions, four overall winners have emerged. And while competition for the top spot has been been intense, early patterns are emerging.

The two riders at the top of the 450 order may not have believed they would be this competitive early, with Ken Roczen saying he felt disconnected with Motocross before the season started and Dylan Ferrandis still getting comfortable on the 450 as a rookie.

But those concerns are being dispelled by Roczen’s three moto wins and Ferrandis’ sweep of the podium positions. The are closely matched at the top of the Motocross Round 2 rankings.

In 250s, the motos have been won by two riders, but the podium has looked a little different each time they have hit the course.

Ranked No. 1 this week, Roczen’s win in Moto 2 at Fox Raceway suggested his “disconnection” with Motocross was all in his head. He didn’t seem overly enthused by his Fox results, but after a ‘perfect day’ at Thunder Valley, where he swept both motos and the overall win, he looks like his old self again.

Second in the rankings, Ferrandis seems as surprised by his opening round victory as the rest of the field. He finished 1-3 at Fox Raceway and 2-2 at Thunder Valley, so he is quickly becoming accustomed to the podium.

Adam Cianciarulo launched out of the gate strong at Fox, but he fell while leading the Moto 1 pack with a sizeable margin. An 11th overall in Round 1 put him on his rear wheel, but he rebounded at Thunder Valley to finish third. He ranks sixth in the Motocross Round 2 rankings.

Eli Tomac has also been a surprise in the first two rounds – and an unpleasant one at that. His best moto finish of eighth means there is a lot of work to do with this team in his lame duck season. He is ranked 10th this week.

450 Rankings

  1. Ken Roczen [1 overall, 3 moto wins]
  2. Dylan Ferrandis [1 overall, 1 moto win]
  3. Aaron Plessinger
  4. Justin Barcia
  5. Chase Sexton
  6. Adam Cianciarulo
  7. Cooper Webb
  8. Marvin Musquin
  9. Christian Craig
  10. Eli Tomac
  11. Max Anstie
  12. Joey Savatgy
  13. Zach Osborne
  14. Justin Bogle
  15. Fredrik Noren
  16. Coty Schock
  17. Dean Wilson
  18. Ryan Surratt
  19. Brandon Hartranft
  20. Mitchell Falk

 


Through three motos it appeared there would be a spirited battle for the 250 red plate. Jett Lawrence and Jeremy Martin swapped moto wins with Justin Cooper taking the overall victory at Fox Raceway.

Lawrence’s effort at Fox saw him finish second to Martin in Moto 1 and win the second race. Martin finished second in Moto 2, so Lawrence had the tiebreaker and the overall win. A  bad start at Thunder Valley landed him fourth in that track’s first moto, but he charged back to win the second. That is enough at the moment to give him the top spot.

Ranked second, Justin Cooper is disappointed he has not yet won a moto. He improved considerably between the rounds, however, with a 5-3 at Fox followed by a pair of runner-up finishes at Thunder Valley.

Hunter Lawrence also got off to a slow start at Fox with a 6-5. He did not improve nearly as much as Cooper and for the moment is a fairly distant third in the Motocross Round 2 rankings.

Jo Shimoda came on strong at the end of the Supercross season with a podium finish at Indianapolis and a victory at Salt Lake City. He carries the momentum forward and is locked in a tight battle to be among the Motocross Round 2 rankings top five. He currently sits fifth.

Disappointment comes in may fashions. After watching his brother Alex Martin break an arm in practice, Jeremy won Moto 1 at Thunder Valley. He crashed out of the second moto and will probably miss a few rounds.

“Really bummed about my second moto crash yesterday,” Martin said on Instagram. “Hit a soft spot when I landed off a jump and the front end just knifed on me. I’ve been managing a left fractured wrist to the Scaphoid for months and a bum left shoulder. I still felt like I could be competitive to win races and contend for this outdoor championship. Unfortunately stuff happens and it’s time to get healthy!”

250 Rankings

    1. Jett Lawrence [1 overall, 2 moto wins]
    2. Justin Cooper [1 overall win]
    3. Hunter Lawrence
    4. Garrett Marchbanks
    5. Jo Shimoda
    6. Colt Nichols
    7. RJ Hampshire
    8. Jeremy Martin [2 moto wins]
    9. Austin Forkner
    10. Jalek Swoll
    11. Michael Mosiman
    12. Jarrett Frye
    13. Dilan Schwartz
    14. Nate Thrasher
    15. Carson Mumford
    16. Max Vohland
    17. Pierce Brown
    18. Joshua Varize
    19. Ty Masterpool
    20. Stilez Robertson

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Houston

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Eli Tomac led all 23 laps of the Monster Energy Supercross race at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and the results show he now has three wins in the season and is one shy of tying Ricky Carmichael’s 48 for third on the all-time list. With this win, he takes a seven point lead in the standings with 12 rounds remaining.

For Tomac at Houston, it was literally a tale of two races. Both his heat and the main started the same with Tomac grabbing the holeshot, but he was passed quickly by Chase Sexton in the heat. Tomac faded quickly after getting passed and was trailing by almost eight seconds at the checkered flag, which caused him to retreat to the hauler and reassess his lines. Without making any adjustments to the bike, Tomac entered the Main with a new attitude, and simply rode better.

Supercross Results Houston
Chase Sexton played it safe in the sand, but he was aggressive in every other turn. – Feld Motor Sports

Sexton had so great a lead in his heat that one could not even use the cliche that he left Tomac in his dust. By the time the rider with the No. 1 plate crossed the same real estate as the No. 23, the dust was well settled. Sexton had a modest start on the initial gate drop and ended Lap 1 in fourth. He worked his way past Aaron Plessinger on Lap 3 and got around Jason Anderson three laps later. Sexton was able to catch Tomac and pressure him, but he picked a safe, i.e. slow line through the sand section and could never get alongside his rival.

RESULTS: Click here for 450 Results; Click here for full 250 East Main Results

After starting the season with back-to-back seventh-place finishes, Anderson now has a pair of podiums. He won his heat and was easily one of the top three riders in the field, ultimately finishing behind the riders who finished 1-2 in the other preliminary. Anderson was subdued on the podium – happy he was there, but disappointed he has not yet found a way around the riders he is chasing in the points.

In the early stages of the race, Plessinger appeared to have a bike capable of winning. He pressured Tomac on the first two laps and was setting up the pass just as a red flag waved for an injury to Dylan Ferrandis that brought out a red flag. He lost second to Anderson on the restart and eventually slipped to fourth to score his first top-five of the season.

Click here for 450 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier

Cooper Webb rounded out the top five. Along with Sexton, he is now one of just two riders with a sweep of that mark in 2023, but with Tomac’s three wins, he is beginning to slip in the points. Webb sits third in the standings, 12 points behind the leader.

Ken Roczen entered the race as the third rider with a sweep of the top five and progressively better results in the first three races of 2023. Had the pattern held, he would have finished at least second, but he struggled for most of the night, finishing fifth in his heat and eighth in the Main. There may have been extenuating circumstances, however. Ferrandis’ injury was suffered when he landed on the back of Roczen’s bike and potentially damaged the No. 94 Suzuki.

Click here for 450 Main results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points | Lap Chart


The 250 East division made their 2023 debut in Houston, but the name atop the board was familiar. Hunter Lawrence joined his brother Jett Lawrence as the early points’ leader in their respective divisions, but it didn’t come without a little anxiety.

Riding behind Supercross newbie Tom Vialle on the second lap, Lawrence was forced to take evasive action when the leader pitched his bike sideways to scrub speed over a jump. Lawrence veered left and landed off course, but he cleared the Tuff Blox and kept his bike straight. Lawrence made the pass for the lead on Lap 18 and never relinquished it.

Click here for 250 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier

In his first attempt on a 250, Max Anstie ascended to the podium. – Feld Motor Sports

England’s Max Anstie made the move from 450s to 250s this year after scoring a best result of 11th on the big bike at Anaheim 2 last year. It didn’t take anytime at all to find the front for Anstie, who finished second in both his heat and main.

It has been a while since Jordon Smith stood on the podium: February 23, 2019 to be exact when he finished that well in Detroit. A series of injuries kept him off the bike for much of 2020 and 2021, but he’s proving to be a factor when he’s healthy.

Click here for 250 Main results | 250 East Rider Points | Combined Rider Points | Lap Chart

There was a lot of hype surrounding the debut of Haiden Deegan in the 250 class and he proved it was merited. He finished fourth in his heat and main. He was as far down as ninth at one point in the feature before slowly picking off riders on his way to the front.

Jeremy Martin finished fifth and now has a streak of three consecutive top-fives to his credit stretching back to last year. Unfortunately, his pair of strong runs in 2022 were interrupted by injury.

Making impressive debuts in the 250 division, Vialle recovered from a fall to finish seventh, Chance Hymas finished eighth, and Talon Hawkins just missed the top 10 with an 11th.

2023 Results

Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Chase Sexton falls
Week 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s