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

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

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

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