Dylan Ferrandis wins again in Motocross Round 5 at Southwick, Hunter Lawrence gets first 250 win

Motocross Round 5 Southwick
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Dylan Ferrandis continues to win in the 450 class as Hunter Lawrence became the fifth different rider stand on top of the overall podium in 250s in the Southwick Nationals in the 2021 Pro Motocross Round 5 season.

It was the tale of two motos for Ferrandis.

Most of this season, he has been forced overcome slow starts. In Moto 1, he jumped out to an early lead and maintained it until the checkers. Ferrandis started deeper in the field in the second race and was outside the top five in the first half. But as he and Eli Tomac became embroiled in a battle, they started to move forward in Moto 2.

But Ferrandis was forced to take it easy in that race when his bike started to smoke.

“The team showed me the board early (in Moto 2) to save the bike,” Ferrandis told NBC Sports’ Ashley Reynard. “I think in the first part of the moto, Eli was putting so much pressure on me that I wanted to go faster and faster and I gave up a little technique. I needed to be smart on the bike. Then the bike starts to get hot. I made a small mistake; he passed me and it took me a little while to get the flow of the track.”

Ferrandis lost contact with Tomac in Race 2 as he protected his engine, but climbed to third and claimed his third consecutive overall win, his fourth of the season and has not finished worse than second in the overall standings. Ferrandis stretched his points’ advantage to 19.

Ken Roczen finished fourth in Moto 1 and was determined to take advantage of his track time in the second race. Roczen grabbed the hole shot and led through the halfway point until Tomac mounted what has become an accustomed second moto charge and slipped around Roczen near the end.

Roczen held onto second in Moto 2 and finished second overall with a 4-2.

“I struggled with my bike all day; didn’t really know what direction to go,” Roczen said. “Never really found the comfort that I wanted but at the same time we never stopped trying and I found myself second overall on the podium.

“I can’t complain about the day. I ripped a holeshot. That was awesome. It helped me out a lot.”

Justin Barcia secured third overall after finished second in Moto 1 and fourth in Moto 2. With five minutes running on the clock in Race 2, Barcia showed why he earned the nickname Bam Bam by riding Adam Cianciarulo hard for fifth on the track.

After his runner-up finish in Moto 1 Barcia said, “I needed this rebound big time. … I love this place. I’ve been coming here for a long time. Been on the podium a ton here.”

Tomac made it three straight Moto 2 wins after finishing eighth in Moto 1. At High Point, Tomac went 6-1 to finish third overall. He went 4-1 to finish second overall last week, but his 8-1 denied him the overall podium. Tomac finished fourth.

The 2021 Supercross champion, Cooper Webb earned his first overall MX top-five of 2021 with a 6-5.

450 results (moto finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-3)
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (4-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GasGas (2-4)
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (8-1)
  5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (6-5)
  6. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (5-6)
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (87-8)
  8. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (10-7)
  9. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Husqvarna, (12-9)
  10. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM (10-10)

450 points standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 224
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 205
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 167
  4. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 163
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GasGas – 161
  6. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 159
  7. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 147
  8. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 133
  9. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha – 124
  10. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 115

In the 250 class, it was all Hunter Lawrence with a sweep of the weekend.

Lawrence had to come from deeper in the field in both motos than he would want, but as soon as he secured the top spot in each race he did not look back. He ran fifth at the end of Lap 1 in Moto 1, passed both Jo Shimoda and Jalek Swoll at about the 10-minute mark  and was second at halfway.

With eight minutes to go in that race, he battled with Michael Mosiman and RJ Hampshire for the lead, and when Mosiman crashed moments later, it opened the door for Lawrence to check out.

“When I was behind Michael, I knew RJ was able to catch up to us,”  Hunter told NBC Sports’ Ashley Reynard. “So I knew I had to get going once I had clear track because I didn’t want to be riding in defense mode,” .

In Moto 2, Hunter was able to help his brother Jett Lawrence out in the points’ standings. Late in the race he was involved in a battle with Justin Cooper. Hunter did not need to complete the pass in order to secure the overall win, but he raced past and was able to keep Cooper from gaining valuable points for the moto win.

That proved to be important after a disappointing run for Jett in Race 1 that left him ninth. Jett left Southwick with a narrow three-point advantage over Cooper.

With his 1-1, Hunter scored his first Pro Motocross overall victory of his career.

“Oh man,  that feels good,” Hunter said. “One-one; that’s a good way to stamp it here in Southwick.”

Motocross Round 5 Southwick
Jo Shimoda earned his first overall MX podium of the season, but was disappointed that he finished fourth in Moto. Align Media

Shimoda finished second with a 3-4. Too often, he has had to come from deep in the pack, but Shimoda’s consistency this week was aided by strong starts in both races. With a third place finish in Race 1, he scored his first podium of the season after coming close on two occasions. Shimoda finished fourth in Moto 2 at Thunder Valley and again the next week at High Point in Moto 1.

“I was third in the first moto and fourth in the second.” Shimoda said. “I wanted to finish podium, podium for the podium overall. But two good starts today. I’m going to take that as a positive for the next (race).”

It was an unaccustomed bad moto for both of the principal points’ contenders in Moto 1. Both riders got off to slow starts with Cooper outside the top 10 in the first half of the race lap. For most of that moto, it appeared he would still lose points to Jett Lawrence, however, until multiple incidents – including one late in the race – allowed Cooper to get past.

Cooper finished only sixth in Race 1 – but with a second-place finish in Moto 2, Cooper secured third overall with a 6-2. This gives Cooper a perfect record of overall podiums in 2021.

Jett minimized his points’ loss to five overall with a third in Moto 2 and finished sixth overall with a 9-3.

“Not the greatest weekend,” Jett said. “Lost a lot of points especially in that first one.  That really sucked. But we still have the red plate. I’m going to keep pushing forward. I’m not backing down. … Whoever want to have a go, come at me”

Finishing fourth, Hampshire made it much tougher on himself that he needed. Coming off last week’s overall win with a 2-2, he crashed multiple times in both motos at Southwick and earned his top-five with a 6-2.

Colt Nichols rounded out the top five with a 4-5.

250 results (moto finish)

  1. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (1-1)
  2. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki (3-4)
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (6-2)
  4. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-6)
  5. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (4-5)
  6. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (9-3)
  7. Michael Mosiman, Sebastapol, Calif., GasGas (7-7)
  8. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, Calif., Husqvarna (8-8)
  9. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna (5-17)
  10. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GasGas (13-10)

250 points standings

  1. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 204
  2. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 201
  3. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 178
  4. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 148
  5. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki – 137
  6. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 131
  7. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna – 128
  8. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 125
  9. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha – 115
  10. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 94


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

Round 4: Dylan Ferrandis wins again, stretches points’ lead over Ken Roczen

IndyCar champion Will Power completes ‘Victory Lap’ at ceremony in Indianapolis

Will Power Victory Lap
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INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power went on his “Victory Lap” last week to celebrate his second career championship as the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series champion.

It began with several media interviews in Monterey, California, the day after he won the championship with a third-place finish in the Sept. 11 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.

From there, it was off to Los Angeles for more interviews and personal appearances that included a VIP Tour at the Petersen Automotive Museum, several appearances on SiriusXM and lunch at The Ivy, where the Team Penske IndyCar Series driver was treated to Wagyu Beef.

“It was one of the best steaks I’ve ever had in my life,” Power told NBCSports.com.

From L.A. back to Power’s North Carolina home, near Team Penske’s home base of Mooresville, there was one stop left on Sept. 17 — the Victory Lap Celebration at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, an invitation-only banquet where Power and his No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet crew at Team Penske were honored for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series championship.

They didn’t even have to check into a hotel and spend another night on the road. Power and his team left on a Team Penske plane from the Statesville, N.C., airport at 4 p.m. ET Saturday to fly to Indianapolis. On arrival an hour later, a limo bus took the team to IMS.

Power led the 2022 season with five NTT P1 Awards for pole, earning the NTT P1 Award as the best qualifier of the season for the fifth time in his career. Power also made history with his 68th career pole, breaking the all-time mark held by the legendary Mario Andretti.

Power and Scott Dixon also became just two of only five drivers to complete every lap of every race in IndyCar Series history.

“What a year,” Power said as he was awarded his personal Astor Cup trophy (the second in his collection after the 2014 championship. “What a phenomenal year coming off one of my worst seasons personally. We came back with a vengeance.

“I want to thank Roger and Kathy Penske for everything they have done for me over the years. I wouldn’t be standing here and have the numbers I have without what Roger has done for me. I’m given a car every week that is capable of winning the pole, races, championships, and Indianapolis 500s. I’m so grateful for that.

“Also, to Greg Penske, you are there every week now at every event and I know we will be in good hands moving forward with the Penske Family.”

There are many on Power’s team and at home, that helped support Power throughout his career. None is bigger than Power’s wife, Liz, who told Power before the season that he would win the championship and break Andretti’s record.

“I must thank my wife. I’m so lucky to have a wife with that crystal ball that can tell me what is going to happen,” Power said. “I can’t think you enough, babe. I love you so much and you have been a big support to me my whole career. We’ve been together 17 years, and I’ve been in the series 17 years. She has been such a huge support to me. The mother of our child and she is a fantastic mother.

“She can’t tell the future. She just had faith in me.”

Liz Power’s premonition came true and that allowed Power and his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet team to celebrate Penske’s 17th IndyCar championship and 42nd title in the racing team’s history.

“The 12 crew this year, I’ve never had such a great group of guys,” Power said. “Trevor Lacasse (chief mechanic) is such a calm guy, but he does such a meticulous job on the preparation of the car. He is very, very good at keeping the whole crew happy. It feels as if there is no pressure on us. That’s a huge part in getting the most out of people. It was our first year together with you as a crew chief. What a great year to start our relationship.

“Dave Faustino (Power’s longtime engineer), we’ve worked together for 15 years. He’s almost like a wife to me, a partner … apart from sleeping together. We have a very good working relationship. Sorry Dave, I’m an awkward person and you are not.

“The things we have been through in our years together, it’s crazy that we continually improve and get better. We are standing on the podium after winning the championship and we are talking about the car, the race, and the tires. We weren’t talking about the championship.

“We never stop. The other boys were laughing at us, but I’m already thinking about next year.

“Ron Ruzewski (Team Penske IndyCar Managing Director and strategist) on the radio, always calm. He has actually made me a calm person. I rarely get upset on the radio anymore.”

Power also recognized the fans who helped boost attendance at many venues on the schedule this season as NBC Sports enjoyed its largest IndyCar audience yet.

“This series is growing,” Power said. “With open wheel racing now so popular because of Formula One, it’s really our time to push and put money behind it and go now and take IndyCar to another level because we have the best racing product in the world.

“I have to thank my teammates and (Team Penske president) Tim Cindric. I can’t tell you how hard we push each other. We are ultracompetitive and love each other and push each other hard, so thank you.”

Power won the championship by 16 points over hard-charging teammate Josef Newgarden, who finished second in the standings for the third year in a row.

“Overall, I’m filled with a lot of pride for our team and what we were able to do this year,” Newgarden said in his banquet address. “Any year that you step in the championship, you can easily see the challenges it presents everybody.

“It’s a very difficult challenge for the teams and drivers. To be a part of it, make it through it and for us at Team Penske, to topple it, is a very big deal. We’re all competitive.

“The tough thing about being in a championship fight, especially with teammates is we all want to be the best. That’s how it should be. We are competitive people and want to be the best. But it’s a team sport.

“Will, tremendous season, great, great job. I think the world of everybody on our team. It’s a big group. I’m so happy for all of you on the 12-car crew. There is so much we can take into next year.”

Six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon was unable to attend the banquet because of the Goodwood Festival in England but sent congratulations to Power via a video message.

“I really want to congratulate Will Power,” Dixon said. “You drove a tremendous season this year. Even with some of the lows that you had, some of the mistakes with qualifying, you bounced back tremendously. I know how tough these championships are and to see you do it in the style that you did it in the last race of the season, massive congratulations.”

Power’s championship formula included one victory, nine podiums and 12 top-five finishes. Teammate Josef Newgarden was second in the championship with five wins but only six podiums.

Cindric saluted Power’s season in accepting the championship team owner award.

“Will, you took it to another level this year,” Cindric said. “You are the complete package. You completed every lap, had nine podiums, finished out of the top 10 just four times, broke Mario Andretti’s record, and you did it all without cussing at the officials on national TV.

“One complaint I do has is while most of us think you might be from another planet, you never told us your wife was a fortune teller.”

Cindric also honored the seasons of Penske drivers Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin, who won three times in his second full season (“You are one of only two full-time IndyCar drivers that has driven for us in the past 23 years that hasn’t won an Indy 500 or an IndyCar championship. Your time is coming.”).

Kyle Moyer was named team manager of the year (his fifth time and Penske’s sixth). Pennzoil presented Lacasse with the chief mechanic of the year for the first time, the sixth time for Team Penske. The No. 12 crew also won the Firestone Pit Performance Award for the most pit stop performance award points in 2022.

Power, Newgarden and McLaughlin delivered nine of Chevrolet’s series-leading 11 victories this season, helping Chevy win the Manufacturer Award for the seventh time since it returned to the series in 2012 and the first time since 2017. Jim Danahy, U.S. vice president, Competition Motorsports Engineering for Chevrolet, accepted the award on behalf of his team.

Christian Lundgaard was honored as the 2022 NTT IndyCar rookie of the year. Lundgaard, from Denmark, scored one podium, two top-five finishes and seven top-10s in the No. 30 Honda fielded by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. He edged David Malukas of Dale Coyne Racing with HMD by 18 points in the standings for first-year series drivers.

Christian Lundgaard (Chris Owens/Penske Entertainment)

“It’s been a tough season and looking at how it panned out, we struggled so much at the beginning of the season and how we were able to turn it around means so much to me and the team,” Lundgaard said. “It’s the one thing that you only get one shot at. I’m happy to have it.

“Being the first Dane at the Indy 500 certainly helps. Competing here for me is quite important and also special. To win this award and to be here in future years means so much to me. I have a chance to compete for wins and championships.

“This team gave me this opportunity at this track one year ago. We came back and got redemption. We got our first podium here. This year was 40 years ago that Bobby Rahal won the same award. It’s pretty special to keep it among the team.”

Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist was honored as Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion after a dominant season for HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing. Lundqvist won a series-high five races in the No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing entry and clinched the Lights championship with a race to spare, ending with a 92-point advantage over Sting Ray Robb. HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing owners Henry and Daiva Malukas accepted the team championship.

“I’m very proud of that,” Lundqvist said. “It’s cool to see. We are starting to look to the future, and this might not be doing too bad. It’s been great. As most of you can guess with Henry and Daiva Malukas (team owners), it’s been an incredible journey. So much fun that we’ve had. To be on the grid this year was so much of a struggle for us. I didn’t even know I would be doing this until January.

“To be able to pull out the season that we had, I cannot thank this team enough. We will celebrate this for a long time. I’m so happy and proud about that.”

Outgoing IndyCar Director of Medical Affairs Dr. Geoffrey Billows also was honored as he is leaving that role while battling cancer.

“When I think of Dr. Billows, I think of two words,” IndyCar president Jay Frye said. “One is selfless and the other is tough. He’s gone through a lot these last couple of years, and he didn’t want anybody to know. He’s an amazing man, and we are very grateful for what you have done.”

Dr. Geoffrey Billows with IndyCar president Jay Frye (Chris Owens/Penske Entertainment)

Billows was presented with a framed checkered flag signed by all drivers in the series as well as other IndyCar officials and dignitaries.

“I was not expecting this at all,” Billows said. “This means so much for me to be part of this family for the past 30 years. I’ve been presented with opportunities I never thought I would ever have. I can’t tell you how much I love all of you guys and care for all of you guys.

“Thank you so much. I want to also thank my wife, Tammy, who has been a pillar of strength as I continue on this journey with cancer for the past two years as well. You will still see me as a consultant because I love this too much to quit altogether.”

When the evening concluded, Team Penske boarded a bus to the airport for the short return flight to Statesville. They were home by midnight.

Power’s Victory Lap was complete.

“The best thing about this is I get to sleep in my own bed tonight,” Power said.

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