Eli Tomac wins Motocross Round 11 at Fox Raceway; Dylan Ferrandis clinches championship

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After waiting 10 rounds to earn his first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 victory of 2021, Eli Tomac scored back-to-back wins in Motocross Round 11 at Fox Raceway in Pala, Calif., while one championship was wrapped up and another is in firmly sight.

Brutal weather conditions have defined the last two rounds with extremely high humidity at Ironman Raceway last week and triple-digit temperatures at Fox Raceway – conditions that allowed two of the toughest motocross riders to excel. And for the second consecutive week, the results at the top of the board were identical with Dylan Ferrandis winning Moto 1 and Tomac taking Moto 2 and the overall.

For Tomac, it solidified his position among the top three in points and puts him in striking distance of second. He enters the season finale at Hangtown with a 73-point lead over Chase Sexton. He trails Ken Roczen by just nine points with two motos remaining.

“I just felt so good in Moto 2,” Tomac said. “Was a little bit back in the beginning, but was able to make passes that time a lot different than in Moto 1. In Moto 1 was struggling to get to that secondary line and make a move. That time, (in Moto 2), I was able to move around and get the job done.

“It’s a lot of fun when I get into the zone that way.”

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No one has been able to make up any points on Dylan Ferrandis in the last three rounds, despite his second-place overall finishes. That contributed to his clinching the championship with one round remaining. (Align Media)

But the news was even better for Ferrandis. He came into the Fox II Nationals with a 50-point lead over Roczen. As long as he maintained that advantage, he knew he would be the 2021 450 Champion.

Known as a poor starter, Ferrandis settled into third early in Moto 1.

Roczen earned the holeshot and rode away from the field. Ferrandis was in jeopardy of losing five points of his cushion until he caught Cooper Webb 13 minutes into the race and saw Roczen not very far ahead.

When Ferrandis gets another rider in sight, it doesn’t take long to pounce. He passed Roczen for the lead two minutes later – just shy of the halfway point.

Moto 2 showcased an even better start for Ferrandis.

Passing the holeshot line in fourth, he easily got around Coty Schock, Webb and Roczen – who briefly held the lead. Once he was caught by Tomac, Ferrandis chose not to fight. He cruised through the second half of the moto and crossed under the checkers 40 seconds behind Tomac.

“I think I’ve run out of emotion right now,” Ferrandis told NBC Sports’ Ashley Reynard. “It was hard. Today was hard; last week was hard. I pushed really deep to get this result.

“I dreamed when I was young to be a 250 champion, but I never dreamed to be a 450 champion: It’s not even a dream come true. I think it’s just the best best thing I will ever do in my life and now it’s done, so wow, it’s just unreal.”

Also making his way through the field, it took a little too long to get around Webb and Roczen for Tomac to catch the leader. He settled into second in Moto 1.

For the third consecutive week, Ferrandis won the first race only to be beaten in the overall as Moto 1’s runner-up went on to win Moto 2 and earn the tiebreaker. Ferrandis finished second in all three Moto 2s, however, and never lost a point in the round.

Like Tomac, it took nearly the entire season for Webb to find the front of the field. Last week, he scored his first overall podium of the year and his third top-five in 10 rounds. With a 4-3, Webb finished third overall at Fox.

After finishing third in Moto 1, Roczen faded even further at the end of Moto 2 to finish sixth, giving Ferrandis a 62-point lead entering the final round next week. The most a rider can earn in a round is 50.

After missing last week with a multitude of relatively minor injuries – by Pro Motocross standards, anyway – Christian Craig was back in action. He swept the top five in both motos and finished fifth overall with a 5-4.

Englishman Max Anstie earned his best overall finish of the season. He scored his best moto finish of the year in the first race with a sixth. In Moto 2, he earned his first top-five and finished sixth overall with a 6-5.

450 results (moto finish)

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-1)
  2. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-2)
  3. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (4-3)
  4. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (3-6)
  5. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (5-4)
  6. Max Anstie, England, Suzuki (6-5)
  7. Coty Schock, Dover, Del. (7-7)
  8. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, NJ, Suzuki (10-8)
  9. Joey Savatgy, Thoasville, Ga., KTM (9-9)
  10. Fredrik Noren, Sweden, KTM (11-10)

450 points standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 486
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 424
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 415
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 342
  5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 316
  6. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha – 258
  7. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 240
  8. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM – 240
  9. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GasGas – 239
  10. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 232

Jett Lawrence will have to wait until the final round to secure his 250 championship, but if he rides like he has during the past two weeks, he will not have to wait long.

With a perfect sweep last week at Ironman, Lawrence wrenched the red plate off Justin Cooper’s bike. He was perfect again at Fox and left with a 23-point advantage and could secure the title in Moto 1 if he is able to win a fifth consecutive race at Hangtown.

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With four consecutive moto wins, Jett Lawrence takes a 23-point lead into the finale next week at Hangtown. (Align Media)

Lawrence was forced to track down Michael Mosiman in Moto 1, but when the leader went down just past the halfway point, Lawrence had a clear path to the top spot of the podium. Moto 2 was never in question. Lawrence earned the holeshot before running away from the pack.

“I think everything just fell into place,” told NBC Sports’ Ashley Reynard. “It’s a hard day today. It’s very hot. I think it’s been one of the hottest weekends in a while. It’s a different type of heat than Florida; it was just real tawdry out there.

“It’s good to go 1-1. Dreams are starting to come true. I was pumped I could go three for three at Pala.”

Lawrence also won the season opener on this track in May as well as last year’s edition of this race.

Cooper was on his back foot for most of the afternoon.

In Moto 1, he fell back to eighth at one point before mounting a charge to fifth to keep his title hopes alive. He finished second in Moto 2 and was third overall. In doing so, Cooper kept Lawrence from leaving Fox with a one-race lead. Cooper kept a perfect streak of top-five overall finishes alive, but with Lawrence earning nine consecutive moto finishes of second or first, he was simply outrun.

“Just digging deep,” Cooper commented on rebounding to second in Moto 2. “Man, it was hot today. I gave it everything I had like I always do, but I didn’t have it for Jett today.  He got the holeshot in the second moto and I just tried to tag along.”

After missing three rounds earlier in the season, Mosiman rebounded with a podium at Ironman and a top-five position in the overall. He was even stronger at Fox with a 2-4 and second-place overall finish.

“So rewarding, so rewarding,” Mosiman said. “This is what we work for. So many years of preparation up to this point. Two really good races. The highs and lows, it’s a real thing. Blood sweat and tears, it’s no joke. We’re out here putting in our all.”

For the first time this year, Jo Shimoda earned back-to-back overall top-fives. He matched Cooper in points, but lost his second straight podium position on the tiebreaker. His 4-3 at Fox was enough to secure fourth overall. Last week, he swept the podium and finished second overall.

With a 6-6, Hunter Lawrence rounded out the top five.

In his first start on a factory ride, Joshua Varize earned his first top-10 of the season. He finished 9-9 in the motos and eighth overall.

250 results (moto finish)

  1. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (1-1)
  2. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GasGas (2-4)
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (5-2)
  4. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki (4-3)
  5. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (6-6)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (3-14)
  7. Dilan Schwartz, Alpine, Calif., Suzuki (10-8)
  8. Joshua Varize, Perris, Calif., (9-9)
  9. Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Yamaha (12-7)
  10. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (15-5)

250 points standings

  1. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 464
  2. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 441
  3. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 349
  4. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 327
  5. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 307
  6. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki – 300
  7. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki, – 240
  8. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GasGas – 229
  9. Max Vohland, Sacramento, Calif., KTM – 202
  10. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna – 195


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

Round 5: Dylan Ferrandis remains hot in 450s; another new 250 winner with Hunter Lawrence

Round 6: Justin Barcia snaps Ferrandis streak at Spring Creek, gives GasGas first victory

Round 7: Chase Sexton gets first 2021 win at Washougal, Jeremy Martin doubles in 250s

Round 8: Ken Roczen gets back in the 450 chase; Jett Lawrence trims Justin Cooper lead in 250s

Round 9: Ken Roczen keeps momentum alive with 1-2 finish, but Ferrandis answers with a 2-1

Round 10: “Better late than never,” Eli Tomac scores first 2021 win; Ferrandis closes in on title

Vicki Golden and 805 Beer tell a unique story from an Inverted Perspective


Vicki Golden has earned a career worthy of a thousand stories and 805 Beer tells at least one of them, as “Inverted Perspective” premiered March 30 on the company’s website and YouTube channel.

Golden did more to break the glass ceiling in SuperMotocross than she ever thought possible. She knows this because riders have never felt the need to explain any of her accomplishments with the disclaimer, “for a girl”. 

At this point in Golden’s career, she’s been the first woman to finish top 10 in AMA Arenacross Lites, the first woman to qualify in the Fast 40 in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the first woman to compete in freestyle Moto X competition, earning a bronze medal by doing so.

Her love for moto came from childhood while she watched her dad and brother ride. By seven she was on her bike and making waves throughout Southern California. 

Golden, 30, is still madly in love with the sport and has no plans on moving away but her career is already one to talk about. 805 Beer’s film series wanted to do exactly that.

“I’m taken aback by it all,” Golden told NBC Sports about the documentary. “It’s just crazy to see your story, it’s one thing to live your life and battle everything that comes about but it’s another to just sit there and talk about it.”

805 approached Golden about the feature by asking, “Do you even realize that what you do, and your story is special?”

Golden took the question as a blank canvas to map out the highs and lows of her career and life. 

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The title “Inverted Perspective” came from a brainstorming session with Dominick Russo and it highlights Golden’s outlook on the sport of SuperMotocross and her life in general. 

“My whole life, my whole career was thinking differently and looking at things that shouldn’t be done and aren’t there, while being able to make a place for myself, where no one thought there should be a place,” Golden said.  “It’s inspiring someone to think in different ways. It sums up my life.”

Vicki Golden is not “fast for a girl”; she’s just fast. – 805 Beer

While Golden is no stranger to the spotlight, this was the first time she’s been fully involved with the storytelling and creation of a feature about herself. 

“It’s not like a full new experience,” Golden said. “Obviously, you get your standard questions about your upbringing and accomplishments, but I’ve never really put into perspective things that happened in my past with my dad and putting that to light. Also, certain other things that maybe got overlooked in previous interviews or films. I wanted to touch on these and Dom wanted to create a story. It’s just cool to see it come to light, it’s a nearly impossible thing to tell somebody’s life story in 40 minutes.”

Golden’s father was left paralyzed after an ATV accident, robbing him the opportunity to ride again. This happened a few months before the father-daughter duo was set to compete in the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals when Vicki was 12. While she might have been unable to grasp the severity at the time, it’s something she carries with her. Golden continues to ride in his honor.

Years later, an accident in 2018 nearly sidelined the then 25-year-old Vicki when a freestyle accident almost resulted in the amputation of her lower leg. 

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Vicki Golden has ridden a variety of disciplines in SuperMotocross, which gives her a unique perspective. – 805 Beer

“Inverted Perspective” highlights her father’s diligence in helping Vicki continue with her career and the kindness and strength he carried while fighting his own battle. 

“My dad was the entire reason that I started riding in the first place,” Golden said. “So, to honor his memory and to honor what we went through and how hard he pushed to keep our dream alive and keep everything going – in that sense then, it was really special to be able to honor him and talk about him.”

The 40-minute feature was filmed entirely in black and white, a stark contrast from the oversaturated world of motocross where the brighter the suit the easier it is for fans to find their rider and follow him in the race. By filming in monochrome Russo and Golden had the chance to focus on the race and track from a different perspective. 

“It was cool to be able to film it differently,” Golden said. “It created a challenge in the sense of what was going to be more visually impactful for the film.

“I couldn’t be here without the companies that back me but at the same time, it’s not like the logos or colors disappeared, it’s just different lights shed on different spots. It’s just a cool way to do it and to take color away and still be impactful. When you think of black and white, you think of old school, the OG way of doing things.”