Dylan Ferrandis, Jett Lawrence top the Motocross Power Rankings after Fox Raceway

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Dylan Ferrandis’ domination of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Power Rankings continued unabated after finishing first and second in the two motos at Fox Raceway. Nine straight moto podium finishes helped push him over the line and he wrapped up the 450 championship in his rookie season with one round to spare.

Eli Tomac announced before the start of the Motocross season that he would not return to the Monster Energy Kawasaki team in 2022, but said he wanted to leave on a high note. It took 10 rounds for him to score his first victory of the season. It took only one more round to add a second victory. Notably, all five of his moto wins have come in the second race, which is a tribute to his conditioning.

After missing 2020, Ken Roczen was not sure how he would perform over the course of a full motocross season. He kept Ferrandis in sight through the middle of the year, but began fading at the ends of races and in his second motos. With one round remaining in 2021, he has a solid hold on third in the Power Rankings standings, but if he slips at Hangtown, he could lose second in the points’ standings to Tomac.

Cooper Webb had identical performances at Ironman and Fox. Finishing 4-3, he was third overall in both races. Those are his only podium finishes this season and it seems that he has saved his best for the end of the year.

Max Anstie is another rider who has gotten progressively stronger this season. Finishing 13th to 16th overall in his first five rounds, he improved to 11th at Spring Creek and Washougal. His last three efforts netted top-10 results, including a season-best sixth last week at Fox.

Coty Schock’s first top-10 overall came at Unadilla. In three rounds since then, he has landed inside that mark each time and steadily worked his way up the ladder. He sits just outside the top five in sixth. The battle for fifth could be very interesting next week among these second-tier riders.

450 Power Rankings (Last Week)

    1. Dylan Ferrandis [5 overall, 7 moto wins] (1)
    2. Eli Tomac [2 overall, 5 moto wins] (2)
    3. Ken Roczen [2 overall, 7 moto wins] (5)
    4. Cooper Webb (6)
    5. Max Anstie (8)
    6. Coty Schock (9)
    7. Joey Savatgy (7)
    8. Christian Craig (NA)
    9. Brandon Hartranft (12)
    10. Kyle Chisholm (11)
    11. Justin Bogle (10)
    12. Justin Rodbell (17)
    13. Ryan Surratt (13)
    14. Jeremy Hand (14)
    15. Ben Lamay (18)
    16. Chris Canning (15)
    17. Kevin Moranz (NA)
    18. Tyler Stepek (19)
    19. Jacob Runkles (16)
    20. Jace Kessler (20)

Jett Lawrence was not quite able to wrap up his title last week in the 250 class, but a win in Moto 1 at Hangtown would give him the points needed to be crowned champion. He surged to the top of both the Power Rankings and points standings in the past two weeks with perfect performances at Ironman and Fox.

An illness two weeks ago at Ironman may have lingered into the Fox Nationals 2 for Justin Cooper. He didn’t seem crisp on top of his Yamaha, but that might have had something to do with the comparison to Lawrence.

After almost a month off the bike, Michael Mosiman came roaring back with a podium finish in Moto 1 at Ironman and a 4th-place overall result. Last week at Fox was even better as he finished 2-4 and second overall.

Riding for a team decimated by injury and illness, Hampshire may not be at 100 percent himself. Still, his performance has been strong enough to give him five consecutive top-10 finishes in the overall.

With his second overall, top-five finish in the last three rounds, Hunter Lawrence rounds out the top five in 250s.

The thinning of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team opened an opportunity for Joshua Varize to ride for a factory team for the first time in his career. He made the most of his opportunity by finishing 9-9 at Fox and earning his first overall top-10 with an eighth. That allowed him to climb from 15th to 13th in this week’s Power Rankings.

250 Power Rankings (Last Week)

  1. Jett Lawrence [4 overall, 8 moto wins] (1)
  2. Justin Cooper [1 overall, 5 moto wins] (2)
  3. Michael Mosiman (3)
  4. RJ Hampshire [1 overall] (4)
  5. Hunter Lawrence [1 overall, 2 moto wins] (5)
  6. Jo Shimoda (9)
  7. Ty Masterpool (6)
  8. Austin Forkner (7)
  9. Dilan Schwartz (8)
  10. Jarrett Frye (12)
  11. Carson Mumford (10)
  12. Max Vohland (11)
  13. Joshua Varize (15)
  14. Preston Kilroy (13)
  15. Levi Kitchen (14)
  16. Devin Simonson (18)
  17. Christopher Prebula (19)
  18. Brandon Scharer (20)
  19. Kaeden Amerine (17)
  20. Jerry Robin (22)

Houston Supercross by the numbers: Five riders begin to gap the field

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Chase Sexton stumbled in San Diego and Eli Tomac had a hard fall in Anaheim 2, but the Monster Energy Supercross numbers for Houston suggest they will continue to be the ones to beat in Houston. To do so, they will have to turn back challenges from another pair of riders who have swept the top five in the first three rounds and another with a worst finish of sixth.

Houston Supercross numbers
Cooper Webb’s ability to close races makes him a Houston favorite. – Feld Motor Sports

Despite an accident in his heat in San Diego that sent him to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), Sexton recovered to score a top-five that weekend. His podium finish in Anaheim 1 and overall win last week in Anaheim 2 makes him one of the three riders with a perfect top-five record. He is joined by Cooper Webb, who finished second in the first two rounds and fourth last week, and Ken Roczen, whose consistency in the first three races contributed to him grabbing the top spot in this week’s NBC Supercross Power Rankings.

There are reasons to believe Webb and Roczen can keep those streaks alive.

Webb is the only multiple winner at Supercross’ current Houston stadium. His pair of wins came in 2019 and 2021, the same year he won his two 450 championships.

Clinton Fowler points out this week, that Webb has carried that strength into 2023. Webb had a late surge in Anaheim 1, advancing from fifth to second in the final six laps. In San Diego, he set his ninth fastest lap with two to go and his eighth fastest on the final lap. He posted his fastest lap of Anaheim 2 on Lap 12 while the rest of the field did so on Lap 6 on average.

By comparison, Tomac set his 14th fastest lap on the final circuit in route to winning the Main at San Diego while he was trying to keep Webb at bay.

With a sixth at San Diego, Dylan Ferrandis barely missed sweeping the top five in his first three races as did Tomac with a sixth last week at Anaheim 2.

This will be the 46th year Supercross has visited Houston and with 55 races the city is tied for the second-most with Detroit.

Jim Pomeroy won the first race in the Astrodome during the inaugural season of 1974 on a 250, which was the premiere class at the time. Houston was one of three races held that year along with events at Daytona International Speedway and the Los Angeles Coliseum. All three venues return in 2023 with the first SuperMotocross championship finale returning to the famed LA Coliseum in September.

Webb won most recently in 2021 in the final race of three held there that year as the series executed a strategy of racing in residencies to limit travel during height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tomac and Justin Barcia also won in Houston in 2021.

Two privateers have started the season on a high note.

Joshua Cartwright and Joshua Varize have each made the last two Mains. Cartwright finished 18th in San Diego and 21st last week in Anaheim 2 – all while working fulltime as a Business Intelligence Analyst at the University of Texas, Dallas. Varize earned a top-15 (12th) in San Diego and was 21st in Anaheim 2 in his third season on a 450.

Michael Mosiman scored his first 250 win last year in San Diego. – Feld Motor Sports

The numbers show none of the active 250 Supercross East riders have won in Houston, so no matter who steps on top of the box, there is going to be a fresh face. That is not surprising since most of the top competitors have not raced at this venue yet.

Michael Mosiman has a pair of top-fives there, however. His best finish was a second in the second 2021 race. Garrett Marchbanks scored a top-10 in his rookie season of 2019 in Houston.

In the 250 East division, Hunter Lawrence is one of the favorites to win the title now that Christian Craig has moved to 450s. Last year he had four wins and nine podiums, but failed to set a fast lap in a race.

The other 250 riders with 2022 wins this week are Mosiman, who earned his first Supercross win last year in San Diego, and Nate Thrasher, who became the fifth new class winner at Daytona.

Jeremy Martin will attempt to extend a record this week in Houston. His division leading SuperMotocross podiums number 65. He has 26 wins in the combined sessions, which ranks fourth all time.

Last Five Houston Winners

450s
2022, no race
2021, Race 3: Cooper Webb
2021, Race 2: Eli Tomac
2021, Race 1: Justin Barcia
2020, no race
2019, Cooper Webb
2018, Jason Anderson

250s
2022, no race
2021, Race 3: Colt Nichols
2021, Race 2: Jett Lawrence
2021, Race 1: Christian Craig
2020, no race
2019, Dylan Ferrandis
2018, Aaron Plessinger

By the Numbers

Anaheim 2
San Diego

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