Dylan Ferrandis wins Motocross Round 3 at High Point, takes points lead

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Dylan Ferrandis finished second in both motos of Round 3 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, and took the points lead.

In Moto 1, Adam Cianciarulo grabbed the holeshot and led flag to flag, but his win was not uncontested.

Cianciarulo visualized the start and jumped out to an early lead, but he could not afford to feel comfortable. The opening laps have not been an issue for him so far this season. He has seen leads disappear with minor mistakes and it appeared the same might be true at High Point when he clipped a banner at the 10-minute mark and almost gave up a two-second lead.

Chase Sexton and Ken Roczen were on his back tire until each of them also bobbled a few minutes later, allowing Cianciarulo to extend his advantage again.

Just as it appeared he would walk away with the win, another rider went down right in front of him just short of the finish line.

“A little fire drill at the end,” Cianciarulo said at the end of the race. “It’s kind of funny. The guy just dumped the clutch right in front of me. I tried to wheelie over his bike. I got up real quick, but it’s memories I guess.”

Cianciarulo righted his bike and walked it across the line to secure the Moto 1 win. This is his first moto win of the season.

Riding second in the closing laps, Sexton buried his front tire in a rut and crashed, handing the runner-up position to Ferrandis.

Roczen rounded out the podium.

Cianciarulo also had the early lead in Moto 2 until Eli Tomac finally found his rhythm for what seems like the first time in 2021.

With a best moto finish of eighth at Fox Raceway, Tomac started the season with disappointing results. At High Point he finally looked like the rider who won the 2019 outdoor title.

But he also faced a late race challenge. As Tomac settled into his pace, Ferrandis and Roczen got around Cianciarulo and started to catch the leader despite being engaged in a fierce contest for second. The battle finally proved to be a distraction, which allowed Tomac to pull away to a three second lead and score his first moto win of the year.

Consistency proved to be the key to Ferrandis’ day and his second-place finish in Moto 2 gave him the overall lead.

Roczen took the final podium spot, going 3-3 on the day, and finished fourth overall. Roczen and Tomac earned the same number of points in the race, but with his Moto 2 win, Tomac earned the tiebreaker.

Ferrandis gained four points on his principle rival and left Pennsylvania with the red plate.

450 results (moto finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (2-2)
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-4)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-1)
  4. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (3-3)
  5. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (4-5)
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (5-8)
  7. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS (9-6)
  8. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (10-7)
  9. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM (8-9)
  10. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (7-11)

450 points standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 133
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 130
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 103
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 101
  5. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 101
  6. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS – 96
  7. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 86
  8. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 76
  9. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 76
  10. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha – 72
Ken Roczen finished 3-3 at High Point, but gave up the points lead to Dylan Ferrandis. Align Media

It was a career day for Jalek Swoll in the 250 class.

Last week he earned a career-best of sixth in Moto 2 and finished seventh overall. At High Point, Swoll chased teammate RJ Hampshire for most of the race until a chain fell off the leader’s bike. Swoll had to fend off a late-race charge by by Colt Nichols, but did not put a wheel wrong on his way to not only his first top-five, but the moto win.

“I got that second in Supercross and that was great, but geez – an outdoor nationals win is unbelievable,” Swoll said from the top spot on the podium. “It’s one of those things I always dreamed about growing up.

“I’m not going to get too high on this. I’m just going to go out and try to do it again next moto.”

But the question remained if Moto 1 was a fluke. Swoll answered with a resounding ‘no’ in the second race with another podium finish. His 1-3 on the day gave him his first overall win of his career.

“To get a win here in front of all these fans is incredible,” Swoll said at ProMotocross.com. “My tongue was in the spokes, I was so tired, but I dug deep. I knew I could do this (win). We’ve put in so much work to have the opportunity to be here. I’m at a loss for words right now.”

Jett Lawrence finished third in Moto 1 behind Swoll and Nichols. He improved by a position in Moto 2 and finished second overall in Round 3.

For Lawrence, it was risk versus reward at the end.

“I got into second and tried to put in a charge on (Justin) Cooper, but noticed I wasn’t gaining much ground,” Lawrence said. “I realized I’d rather just settle in and ride for second rather than potentially lose more points. I’m not totally happy with my effort today, but we still finished second and had a good day in the championship.”

Cooper minimized the points’ loss by winning Moto 2. After tipping over in the first race and finishing fifth, he knew he could not give up any ground.

Cooper got out to an early lead and protected the gap between himself and Lawrence to win his first moto of the year.

With his 3-2, Lawrence was able to extend his points lead over Cooper to 11 points.

250 results (moto finish)

  1. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna (1-3)
  2. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-2)
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (5-1)
  4. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (2-5)
  5. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha (10-4)
  6. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (7-6)
  7. Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas, GasGas (9-10)
  8. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (8-11)
  9. Dilan Schwartz, Alpine, Calif., Suzuki (6-13)
  10. Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., (13-7)

250 points standings

  1. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 132
  2. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 121
  3. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 90
  4. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna – 88
  5. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 87
  6. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha – 85
  7. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 77
  8. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 72
  9. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki – 68
  10. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 68
Jalek Swoll swept the podium at High Point and earned his first overall win of his career. Align Media

2021 SEASON SO FAR

Round 1: Dylan Ferrandis, Jett Lawrence victorious at Fox Raceway
Round 2: Ken Roczen’s perfect day as Justin Cooper takes 250s at Thunder Valley

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup
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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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