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

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.