Dylan Ferrandis wins Motocross Round 12 at Hangtown; Jett Lawrence clinches 250 championship


Dylan Ferrandis capped off his championship with wins in half of 2021’s events after finishing Motocross Round 12 at Hangtown with a 1-3 while Jett Lawrence wrapped up his 250 title with an 11th top-five overall finish of the season.

About the only thing Ferrandis has not accomplished in a remarkable rookie 450 season has been to win with a perfect sweep of moto victories. He started Moto 1 outside the top three, but Ferrandis moved up to second within a couple of laps and set his sights on Ken Roczen. A fierce battle developed between the two riders who contended for the title most of the year.

With less than 10 minutes remaining, Ferrandis prevailed to win Moto 1 for the fifth time this season. He was not able to win Moto 2 in any of those rounds.

Ultimately, the same would be true at Hangtown. After crashing early, he remounted his bike, but could only climb as high as third.


“I gave it everything I had today with a clear mind,” said Ferrandis. “I just went out there and rode as hard as I could. That was my plan. I didn’t know that I won.

“I thought I was too far back to win the overall, especially with a crash on the start, so I didn’t believe it when my team told me I won. It’s been an unreal season and I’m just so proud to do this for my team and everyone that supports me.”

Ferrandis ended the season with a perfect record of overall podium finishes, becoming the ninth rider in history to do so.

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Eli Tomac won his sixth moto of the season. All have come in the second race of the round. (Align Media)

Roczen was also involved in the Lap 1 accident of Moto 2 and was unable to continue.

His second-place finish in Moto 1 relegated him to ninth in the overall, which is tied with Washougal as his worst result of the year.

Even though Ferrandis had the championship clinched with one round remaining, Roczen still had something to lose.

A red-hot Eli Tomac won the last two rounds and closed within striking distance of Roczen’s second-place position in the title. Tomac won Moto 2. Combined with a fourth in the first race, he took second overall and passed Roczen for second in the championship.

Cooper Webb did not stand on the Motocross podium until Round 10, and then with identical 4-3 finishes, he scored third-place overall in back-to-back races. His moto performance improved in the finale and he earned a third straight podium with a 3-2.

Fourth-place Christian Craig finished 5-4 in the motos while Brandon Hartranft rounded out the top five with a 7-6.

450 results (moto finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-3)
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (4-1)
  3. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (3-2)
  4. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (5-4)
  5. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, NJ, Suzuki (7-6)
  6. Max Anstie, England, Suzuki (9-5)
  7. Ryan Surratt, Corona, Calif., Husqvarna (8-8)
  8. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., KTM (10-7)
  9. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (2-DNS)
  10. Robbie Wageman, Newhall, Calif., Yamaha (12-9)

450 points standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 531
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 458
  3. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 446
  4. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 358
  5. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 342
  6. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha – 292
  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

In the 250 class, Justin Cooper finally revealed what has slowed him in recent rounds.

His fall at Washougal five rounds ago resulted in a broken thumb that has plagued him since. He told reporters the thumb was healed and he was ready to do all he could to steal the 250 championship from Jett Lawrence.

Cooper did his part.

All season, he has been vocal in his disappointed that he has not swept a weekend with 1-1 moto finishes. He won Moto 1 at Washougal and in the next two rounds, but as the races continued, his broken thumb denied him a Moto 2 win. He was finally able to accomplish that feat at Hangtown.

This was the first time in his career that he won multiple races in a season. He was also victorious in Round 2 at Thunder Valley.

“Every weekend on the overall podium is a big accomplishment for me,” said Cooper. “I gave it all I had today and did what I had to do. I’m really proud of that, especially to get my first 1-1.

“Maybe it was too little, too late, but we worked our butts off and can end the season with our heads held high.”

Despite scoring only two wins, Cooper finished on the overall podium in every round.

Lawrence entered the weekend with a 23-point lead over Cooper and needed only a safe, incident-free ride in Moto 1 to clinch.

He didn’t get it.

Lawrence crashed on Lap 1 of Moto 1 and remounted his bike 23rd. Determined to make up the positions, he was stalled when another accident happened in front of him and he was forced to dismount to keep from tipping over. He could climb to only eighth in the first race, which is his second-worst moto finish of the season. Lawrence was ninth in Moto 1 at the Wick.

The championship battle continued into Race 2 with the gap narrowed to 11 points. Lawrence went down in Moto 2 as well and fell outside the top 10 for a while, but this time he was able to finish third and clinch the 250 championship by six over Cooper.

“It feels so great,” Lawrence said. “I rode so bad today and Cooper rode awesome. I loved racing him this season because he kept me on my toes.”

Lawrence finished fifth overall.

Jo Shimoda scored his third runner-up finish of the season with a 4-2.

With a 2-6, RJ Hampshire grabbed the final spot on the overall podium.

Max Vohland finished fifth with a 5-4. His second top-five of the season and fourth top-10 contributed to Vohland being named the 2021 Rookie of the Year.

Meanwhile, further back in the pack Joshua Varize continued to make the most of his factory Rockstar Energy Husqvarna opportunity. He earned the Moto 2 holeshot before fading to 11th at the checkers. Still, his 7-11 was enough for a eighth-place in the overall and his second  consecutive top-10 finish.

250 results (moto finish)

  1. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki (4-2)
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-6)
  4. Max Vohland, Sacramento, Calif., KTM (5-4)
  5. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (8-3)
  6. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-9)
  7. Dilan Schwartz, Alpine, Calif., Suzuki (10-7)
  8. Joshua Varize, Perris, Calif., (7-11)
  9. Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Yamaha (6-12)
  10. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GasGas (11-8)

250 points standings

  1. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 497
  2. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 491
  3. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 381
  4. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 364
  5. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki – 340
  6. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 307
  7. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki, – 256
  8. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GasGas – 252
  9. Max Vohland, Sacramento, Calif., KTM – 236
  10. Dilan Schwartz, Alpine, Calif., Suzuki – 209


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

Round 11: Eli Tomac wins two in a row as Dylan Ferrandis clinches the 450 title

IndyCar results, points after 107th Indy 500


INDIANAPOLIS — With his first victory in the Indy 500, Josef Newgarden became the first repeat winner through six race results of the 2023 NTT IndyCar Series season and made a move in the points.

Newgarden, who celebrated with fans in the grandstands, moved from sixth to fourth in the championship standings with his 27th career victory and second this season (he also won at Texas Motor Speedway).

The Team Penske star won his 12th attempt at the Brickyard oval, tying the record for most starts before an Indy 500 victory with Tony Kanaan (2013) and Sam Hanks (1957). Newgarden, whose previous best Indy 500 finish was third with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2016, became the first Tennessee native to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and the first American since Alexander Rossi in 2016.

He also delivered the record 19th Indy 500 triumph to Roger Penske, whose team ended a four-year drought on the 2.5-mile oval and won for the first time since he became the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in 2020.

Newgarden, 32, led five laps, the third-lowest total for an Indy 500 winner behind Joe Dawson (two in 1912) and Dan Wheldon (one in 2011).

The race featured 52 lead changes, the third most behind 68 in 2013 and 54 in ’16, among 14 drivers (tied with ’13 for the second highest behind 15 leaders in ’17 and ’18). Newgarden’s 0.0974-second victory over Marcus Ericsson was the fourth-closest in Indy 500 history behind 1992 (0.043 of a second for Al Unser Jr. over Scott Goodyear), 2014 (0.0600 of a second for Ryan Hunter-Reay over Helio Castroneves) and 2006 (0.0635 of a second Sam Hornish Jr. over Marco Andretti.).

It also marked only the third last-lap pass in Indy 500 history — all within the past 17 years (Hornish over Andretti in 2006; Wheldon over J.R. Hildebrand in 2011).

Ericsson’s runner-up finish was the ninth time the defending Indy 500 finished second the next year (most recently four-time winner Helio Castroneves in 2003).

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the 107th Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:


Click here for the official box score from the 200-lap race on a 2.5-mile oval in Indianapolis.

Lap leader summary

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Event summary

Pit stop summary

Here is the finishing order in the Indy 500 with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (17) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 200, Running
2. (10) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 200, Running
3. (4) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 200, Running
4. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 200, Running
5. (7) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 200, Running
6. (6) Scott Dixon, Honda, 200, Running
7. (8) Takuma Sato, Honda, 200, Running
8. (16) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 200, Running
9. (21) Colton Herta, Honda, 200, Running
10. (2) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 200, Running
11. (18) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Chevrolet, 200, Running
12. (27) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 200, Running
13. (25) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 200, Running
14. (14) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 200, Running
15. (20) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 200, Running
16. (9) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 200, Running
17. (24) Marco Andretti, Honda, 200, Running
18. (32) Jack Harvey, Honda, 199, Running
19. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 198, Running
20. (13) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 197, Contact
21. (11) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 196, Contact
22. (33) Graham Rahal, Chevrolet, 195, Running
23. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 195, Running
24. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 192, Contact
25. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 192, Contact
26. (26) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 192, Contact
27. (3) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 183, Contact
28. (15) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 183, Contact
29. (23) David Malukas, Honda, 160, Contact
30. (19) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 149, Contact
31. (31) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 90, Contact
32. (28) RC Enerson, Chevrolet, 75, Mechanical
33. (29) Katherine Legge, Honda, 41, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 168.193 mph; Time of Race: 2:58:21.9611; Margin of victory: 0.0974 of a second; Cautions: 5 for 27 laps; Lead changes: 52 among 14 drivers. Lap leaders: Palou 1-2; VeeKay 3; Palou 4-9; VeeKay 10-14; Palou 15-22; VeeKay 23-27; Palou 28-29; VeeKay 30-31; Rosenqvist 32; Rossi 33-34; Palou 35-39; VeeKay 40-47; Palou 48-60; VeeKay 61-63; Rosenqvist 64-65; O’Ward 66; Power 67; Herta 68; Rosenqvist 69; O’Ward 70-78; Rosenqvist 79-81; O’Ward 82-89; Rosenqvist 90-94; Ilott 95-99; Rosenqvist 100-101; O’Ward 102; Rosenqvist 103-107; O’Ward 108-109; Rosenqvist 110-113; O’Ward 114-115; Rosenqvist 116-119; O’Ward 120-122; Rosenqvist 123-124; O’Ward 125-128; Rosenqvist 129-131; Ferrucci 132; Ericsson 133-134; Castroneves 135; Rosenqvist 136; Ericsson 137-156; Newgarden 157; Ericsson 158; Ferrucci 159-168; Ericsson 169-170; Rossi 171-172; Sato 173-174; O’Ward 175-179; Hunter-Reay 180-187;
O’Ward 188-191; Ericsson 192; Newgarden 193-195; Ericsson 196-199; Newgarden 200.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the GMR Grand Prix:



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Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Palou 219, Ericsson 199, O’Ward 185, Newgarden 182, Dixon 162, McLaughlin 149, Rossi 145, Grosjean 139, Power 131, Herta 130.

Rest of the standings: Lundgaard 122, Kirkwood 113, Rosenqvist 113, Ilott 111, Ferrucci 96, VeeKay 96, Rahal 94, Malukas 84, Armstrong 77, Daly 73, Castroneves 69, Harvey 65, DeFrancesco 63, Canapino 61, Pagenaud 55, Pedersen 51, Robb 47, Sato 37, Carpenter 27, Hunter-Reay 20, Kanaan 18, Andretti 13, Enerson 5, Legge 5.

Next race: The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, which has moved from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown, will take place June 4 with coverage starting on Peacock at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.