Dylan Ferrandis wins Motocross Round 4 at RedBud, stretches lead over Ken Roczen

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Dylan Ferrandis finished 1-2 in Round 4 to take his third overall win of the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season at RedBud MX Park in Buchanan, Michigan, and extended his points lead over Ken Roczen.

It was not as easy as the final box score would indicate, however. Lining up side-by-side in Moto 1 with Ferrandis to the outside, he got pushed wide by Roczen in the first turn. Ferrandis fell back to sixth as Aaron Plessinger earned the holeshot and pulled away from a fierce battle involving Roczen, Eli Tomac, Cooper Webb and Adam Cianciarulo.

Ferrandis charged through the field with his feet flying off the pegs on occasion and steadily picked his way through the field. Meanwhile, Roczen slowly chipped into Plessinger’s lead and took the top spot at the 10-minute mark.

Ferrandis grabbed the lead late in the race to win Moto 1 – his once red plate caked with enough mud that the number could not be read.

In Moto 2, Ferrandis was fourth at the end of Lap 1. He had Roczen in sight, however, and slipped past him when Roczen cross-rutted and flipped violently over his handlebars. This time, Ferrandis climbed as high as second and was on Eli Tomac’s back tire as the checkers waved.

“I gave everything,” Ferrandis told NBC Sports’ Ashley Reynard after taking the overall win. “It was a big fight in the beginning with Ken and I saw him crash, and I was like ‘wow’, it’s not often you see Ken crash. So it took me a few laps get back in a rhythm and then I charged really hard. I passed my teammate (Plessinger) and then I really wanted to pass Eli, but I don’t know if anybody passes him on the last lap ever. I tried. I failed, but such a moto. Back to back wins is amazing – a dream come true.”

With a 4-1, Tomac took second in the overall.

“All I know is right now we’ve got it going on in the second moto,” Tomac said. “That was a huge turnaround there. I was a little off in Moto 1, so I knew I’d come out a little quicker in Moto 2. I got a good start and grabbed the lead early. That was key for me.”

Tomac’s second moto win of the season came in back to back events in the Race 2 of each event. With this win, he is third on the all time list at 50 behind Ryan Dungey and Ricky Carmichael.

Plessinger grabbed the holeshot in each race, but lost a little energy late in both races. His 3-3 was enough for third overall.

Meanwhile after high-siding in Moto 2, Roczen faded to sixth in the second race and finished fourth overall with a 2-6.

Rounding out the top five was Christian Craig with a 5-5.

450 results (moto finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-2)
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (4-1)
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (3-3)
  4. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (2-6)
  5. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (5-5)
  6. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-4)
  7. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (7-9)
  8. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS (9-8)
  9. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM (10-10)
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Suzuki (11-13)

450 points standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 179
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 166
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 143
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 132
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 129
  6. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS – 121
  7. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 116
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha – 104
  9. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 102
  10. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 90

Two weeks ago Justin Cooper won the overall with a pair of second-place finishes in the 250 class and he was not very happy about it.

The same could not be said for RJ Hampshire, who battled back from illness in the middle of the week and had to ride hard in order to come through the pack. He finished 2-2 at RedBud to earn his first overall win of the season.

That elusive win might have come last week at High Point Raceway if not for a broken chain that relegated him to 38th in the first moto.

Hampshire assumed the lead in Moto 1 when Cooper buried a wheel early in the race, but under pressure from Jett Lawrence, Hampshire had an easy tip over and lost the top spot. He battled back, had Lawrence in sight, and crashed a second time. He fell to third behind Hunter Lawrence before riding back into the runner-up spot.

Lawrence won Moto 1 for his third moto win of the season.

After crashing in Moto 1, Cooper was determined to make up for his mistake and won the second race.

“Those wins in the motos are critical,” Cooper said. “I did my best; I got two good starts. Thankfully got up pretty quick after that spill in the first one. Got another good start in this moto. RJ was riding so good. He got around me, so I tried to hook onto him but he put in a couple of sprint laps and got away from me. Tried to just stay there in case he made a mistake, and it happened, but props to him – he’s been riding good these first four rounds. Good to battle that guy and good to see him get his win.”

Adding to Cooper’s determination was the fact that it appeared Jett Lawrence was going to have a disastrous Moto 2, which would have allowed Cooper to take the points lead. Lawrence got a horrible start and was 18th at the end of Lap 1. On Lap 2, matters got worse. He was clipped by another rider and crashed – a stark reminder of how dangerous it can be racing against riders with whom one is unfamiliar.

Lawrence ended Lap 2 outside the top 30 – and well outside the top 20 where points are awarded.

“You can’t take me out of this; I’m Australian,” Lawrence said after the race. “It was a good comeback. I felt like that was a championship ride.”

And he was right. Climbing to sixth in Moto 2, Lawrence salvaged third overall and protected his championship lead. Lawrence has an eight-point advantage heading into Southwick next week.

Consistency played a role in Hunter Lawrence finishing fourth overall with a 3-4.

Perhaps the gutsiest performance of the night went to Jeremy Martin. Returning from multiple injuries that include two broken fingers, shoulder and wrist injuries, Martin finished 5-3 to take fifth overall.

Michael Mosiman also returned from injury, but a crash in Moto 1 stranded him outside of the points in 35th. He finished 15th in Moto 2.

Making his pro debut, Levi Kitchen finished ninth in Moto 1. He wasn’t quite as productive in Race 2, but with a 9-19, he finished 12th overall.

250 results (moto finish)

  1. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-2)
  2. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (4-1)
  3. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (1-6)
  4. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-4)
  5. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (5-3)
  6. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki (6-5)
  7. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GasGas (7-7)
  8. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, Calif., Husqvarna (12-8)
  9. Max Vohland, Sacramento, Calif., KTM (10-11)
  10. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna (8-14)

250 points standings

  1. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 172
  2. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  3. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 128
  4. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 111
  5. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 108
  6. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna – 108
  7. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha – 103
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki – 99
  9. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 97
  10. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 87
Motocross RedBud Round 4
RJ Hampshire captured his second straight RedBud overall win in the 250 class with a 2-2. Align Media


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

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

Winner Josef Newgarden earns $3.666 million from a record Indy 500 purse of $17 million


INDIANAPOLIS — The first Indy 500 victory for Josef Newgarden also was the richest in race history from a record 2023 purse of just more than $17 million.

The two-time NTT IndyCar Series champion, who continued his celebration Monday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earned $3.666 million for winning the 107th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

The purse and winner’s share both are the largest in the history of the Indianapolis 500.

It’s the second consecutive year that the Indy 500 purse set a record after the 2022 Indy 500 became the first to crack the $16 million mark (nearly doubling the 2021 purse that offered a purse of $8,854,565 after a crowd limited to 135,000 because of the COVID-19 pandemic).

The average payout for IndyCar drivers was $500,600 (exceeding last year’s average of $485,000).

Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske, whose team also fields Newgarden’s No. 2 Dallara-Chevrolet, had made raising purses a priority since buying the track in 2020. But Penske but was unable to post big money purses until the race returned to full capacity grandstands last year.

The largest Indy 500 purse before this year was $14.4 million for the 2008 Indy 500 won by Scott Dixon (whose share was $2,988,065). Ericsson’s haul made him the second Indy 500 winner to top $3 million (2009 winner Helio Castroneves won $3,048,005.

Runner-up Marcus Ericsson won $1.043 million after falling short by 0.0974 seconds in the fourth-closest finish in Indy 500 history.

The 107th Indy 500 drew a crowd of at least 330,000 that was the largest since the sellout for the 100th running in 2016, and the second-largest in more than two decades, according to track officials.

“This is the greatest race in the world, and it was an especially monumental Month of May featuring packed grandstands and intense on-track action,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “Now, we have the best end card possible for the 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500: a record-breaking purse for the history books.”

Benjamin Pedersen was named the Indy 500 rookie of the year, earning a $50,000 bonus.

The race’s purse is determined through contingency and special awards from IMS and IndyCar. The awards were presented Monday night in the annual Indy 500 Victory Celebration at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.

The payouts for the 107th Indy 500:

1. Josef Newgarden, $3,666,000
2. Marcus Ericsson, $1,043,000
3. Santino Ferrucci, $481,800
4. Alex Palou, $801,500
5. Alexander Rossi, $574,000
6. Scott Dixon, $582,000
7. Takuma Sato, $217,300
8. Conor Daly, $512,000
9. Colton Herta, $506,500
10. Rinus VeeKay, $556,500
11. Ryan Hunter‐Reay, $145,500
12. Callum Ilott, $495,500
13. Devlin DeFrancesco, $482,000
14. Scott McLaughlin, $485,000
15. Helio Castroneves, $481,500
16. Tony Kanaan, $105,000
17. Marco Andretti, $102,000
18. Jack Harvey, $472,000
19. Christian Lundgaard, $467,500
20. Ed Carpenter, $102,000
21. Benjamin Pedersen (R), $215,300
22. Graham Rahal, $565,500*
23. Will Power, $488,000
24. Pato O’Ward, $516,500
25. Simon Pagenaud, $465,500
26. Agustín Canapino (R), $156,300
27. Felix Rosenqvist, $278,300
28. Kyle Kirkwood, $465,500
29. David Malukas, $462,000
30. Romain Grosjean, $462,000
31. Sting Ray Robb (R), $463,000
32. RC Enerson (R), $103,000
33.  Katherine Legge, $102,000

*–Broken down between two teams, $460,000 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, $105,500 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Cusick Motorsports