Dylan Ferrandis, Jett Lawrence remain atop the Motocross Power Rankings after RedBud

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With his third overall and second moto wins of the season, Dylan Ferrandis easily remains atop the Motocross Power Rankings for another week following the RedBud Nationals.

Ferrandis did not make it easy on himself last week. Modest starts left him deep in the field for the first half of both motos, but his strength and composure were confirmed by how he rode through the pack.

Ken Roczen stayed on Ferrandis’ back fender in Moto 1 at RedBud, but a dramatic flip midway through the second race relegated him to sixth in the race and fourth overall. He lost a little ground both in championship points and in this week’s Power Rankings, but remains second on both lists.

Three is the magical number for Aaron Plessinger. He finished third in both motos at RedBud, was third in the overall standings and landed third on the Power Rankings chart after being third last week.

Chase Sexton remains fourth after finishing 8-4 last week at RedBud. Sexton has been one of the most consistent riders in the field with overall results of either fifth or sixth in the first four rounds.

Eli Tomac is finally finding his rhythm and advanced two positions in this week’s rankings from seventh to fifth. He earned his second moto win, but came up one position shy of the overall. Both of his wins have come in Moto 2.

450 Power Rankings (Last Week)

    1. Dylan Ferrandis [3 overall, 2 moto wins] (1)
    2. Ken Roczen [1 overall, 3 moto wins] (2)
    3. Aaron Plessinger (3)
    4. Chase Sexton (4)
    5. Eli Tomac [2 moto win] (7)
    6. Justin Barcia (5)
    7. Adam Cianciarulo [1 moto win] (6)
    8. Christian Craig (10)
    9. Cooper Webb (9)
    10. Marvin Musquin (8)
    11. Joey Savatgy (11)
    12. Justin Bogle (13)
    13. Max Anstie (12)
    14. Coty Schock (16)
    15. Fredrik Noren (15)
    16. Zach Osborne (14)
    17. Brandon Hartranft (17)
    18. Chris Canning (21)
    19. Tyler Medaglia (22)
    20. Ryan Surratt (19)

 


In the 250 class, Jett Lawrence holds onto the top spot with a sweep of the overall podium through four rounds. He showed he was not quite perfect last week in Moto 2, however, when he got a bad start and fell in traffic. His sixth-place in that race is his worst moto finish of the season so far.

But Lawrence showed a valuable trait by avoiding the temptation to override and do more damage. He took what the bike would give him.

Justin Cooper struggled in Moto 1 last week to finish fourth, but he made up for it in the second race with his second moto win of the season. Along with Lawrence, he has a perfect sweep of the overall podium.

Hunter Lawrence rebounded from a bad week at High Point where he finished eight overall. He hovered around the podium at RedBud with a 3-4 and finished fourth overall.

Returning from injuries sustained in Moto 2 at Thunder Valley, Jeremy Martin landed fourth on this week’s Power Ranking. He battled through the pain of broken fingers, shoulder and wrist injuries to finish fifth in the first race and got back on the podium in Moto 2.

Garrett Marchbanks was making a slow, steady climb in the overall results until last week. He finished between fifth and seventh in overall results in the first three races, but a 10th at High Point may have shaken his confidence. He was 11th overall at RedBud with a 14-10, but maintains his fifth spot on the chart due to his early momentum.

250 Power Rankings (Last Week)

  1. Jett Lawrence [1 overall, 3 moto wins] (1)
  2. Justin Cooper [1 overall, 2 moto win] (2)
  3. Hunter Lawrence (3)
  4. Jeremy Martin [2 moto wins] (NA)
  5. Garrett Marchbanks (4)
  6. Colt Nichols (6)
  7. Jalek Swoll [1 overall, 1 moto win] (5)
  8. RJ Hampshire [1 overall] (7)
  9. Jo Shimoda (9)
  10. Austin Forkner (8)
  11. Michael Mosiman (NA)
  12. Dilan Schwartz (10)
  13. Pierce Brown (13)
  14. Carson Mumford (11)
  15. Max Vohland (14)
  16. Jarrett Frye (12)
  17. Nate Thrasher (21)
  18. Ty Masterpool (15)
  19. Joshua Varize (16)
  20. Stilez Robertson (22)

Meyer Shank Racing wins Petit Le Mans to take final DPi championship in dramatic finale

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Meyer Shank Racing outdueled Wayne Taylor Racing to win the Petit Le Mans and clinch the championship in a thrilling final race for the DPi division.

Tom Blomqvist, who started from the pole position, drove the No. 60 Acura ARX-05 to a 4.369-second victory over Pipo Derani in the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac.

“That was incredible,” Blomqvist told NBC Sports’ Matt Yocum. “I’ve never dug so deep in my life. The adrenaline. I did that for the guys. I was so motivated to win this thing this weekend. But I’ve got to thank everyone on the whole team.”

With co-drivers Oliver Jarvis and Helio Castroneves, Blomqvist helped MSR bookend its season-opening victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona by winning Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale at Michelin Road Atlanta.

In between those two victories, the No. 60 earned five runner-up finishes to stay in the thick of the championship hunt and trail WTR’s No. 10 Acura by 14 points entering Saturday’s race.

WTR’s Filipe Albuquerque had a lead of more than 10 seconds over Blomqvist with less than 50 minutes remaining in the 10-hour race.

But a Turn 1 crash between the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillacs brought out a yellow that sent both Acuras into the pits from the top two positions.

Though he entered in second, Blomqvist barely beat Albuquerque out of the pits, and he held the lead for the final 45 minutes.

Blomqvist said he gained the lead because of a shorter fuel fill after he had worked on being efficient in the second-to-last stint.

“The team asked a big job of me with the fuel; I had a big fuel number to hit,” Blomqvist said. “We knew that was probably our only chance. The yellow came at the right time and obviously we had a bit less fuel to fill up, so I was able to jump him and then it was just a matter of going gung-ho and not leaving anything on the line. And obviously, the opposition had to try too hard to make it work. I’m so thankful.”

Albuquerque closed within a few car lengths of Blomqvist with 14 minutes remaining, but he damaged his suspension because of contact with a GT car in Turn 1.

It’s the first prototype championship for Meyer Shank Racing, which also won the 2021 Indy 500 with Castroneves.

“We’ve had in the last four years, three championships for Acura, the Indy 500 win and the Rolex 24, it doesn’t get any better,” team co-owner Mike Shank told NBC Sports’ Kevin Lee.

It’s the third consecutive runner-up finish in the points standings for Wayne Taylor Racing, which won the first Daytona Prototype international championship in 2017. The premier category will be rebranded as the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class with the LMDh cars that will establish a bridge to racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Kamui Kobayashi finished third in the No. 48 Cadillac of Action Express that also includes Jimmie Johnson and Mike Rockenfeller.

The podium showing marked Johnson’s last scheduled race in IMSA’s top prototype division. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has raced in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac lineup as the Action Express entry has run the Endurance Cup races.

Johnson said a lack of inventory will preclude him having a 2023 ride in the top category. But he still is hopeful of racing the Garage 56 Next Gen Camaro in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and possibly running in a lower class for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“I’d love to be at Le Mans next year,” Johnson told NBC Sports’ Dillon Welch after his final stint Saturday. “I’d love to be at the Rolex 24. The series is going through a shake-up with the reconfiguration of the rules and classes, so I don’t have anything locked down yet, but I’m so thankful for this experience with Action. The support Ally has given us, Mr. Hendrick, Chad Knaus, all of Hendrick Motorsports. It’s been a fun two years, and I certainly hope I’m on the grid again next year.”