Dylan Ferrandis, Jett Lawrence end the 2021 Motocross season atop the Power Rankings

Motocross Rankings 2021
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Dylan Ferrandis and Jett Lawrence ended the 2021 season just as strong as they were for its entirety and remained atop the Motocross Power Rankings after Round 12 at Hangtown.

Saying Ferrandis was the dominant force in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 division is an understatement. Claiming victory in the final race of the season gave him a .500 rating in terms of overall wins and he was perfect in regard to overall podium finishes. It was not the first time someone has earned a perfect record of podiums – in fact, it has happened eight times previously – but to do so as a rookie is remarkable.

Eli Tomac failed in his bid to sweep the final three rounds of the MX season and end his tenure on a Kawasaki in style. With his second-place finish at Hangtown in the finale, he certainly gave them a great parting gift. That was his 10th consecutive top-four overall finish and one wonders what might have happened if he had not struggled to finish ninth in the season opener at Fox Raceway or 10th the next week at Thunder Valley.

Ken Roczen failed to finish Moto 2 last week after an early accident. He counted himself lucky to have not broken his foot in the incident, however. That is the glass-half-full kind of attitude that made him fun to watch in his return to the outdoor series. And he put it best in his Instagram post: If not for zero points earned at Millville and Hangtown, he would have easily clinched second in both the standings and Power Rankings.

It took a while to get started, but Cooper Webb came on strong in the closing races with three consecutive podium finishes. Those were his only top-threes for 2021, but it gives him momentum to defend his Supercross championship.

Max Anstie was another rider who waited till the end of the season to record his best results. He failed to crack the top 10 through eight rounds and then swept that mark in the final four. His Power Ranking was also aided by a pair of fifth-place moto finishes in the last two rounds.

450 Power Rankings (Last Week)

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

Jett Lawrence added a little more drama to the season finale than he intended. Falling at least three times in the two races at Hangtown, he finished fifth overall and recorded his second-worst result of the year. He had enough momentum to win the title and keep Justin Cooper at bay in the Motocross Power Rankings.

Cooper has been waiting all season to record a perfect weekend. He won Moto 1 three times, but could not manage to win the second race – until last week at Hangtown. Knowing he needed all the points he could possibly get, he swept the weekend with a 1-1, but Lawrence narrowly edged him for the top spot by six points.

Michael Mosiman sits third in the rankings, but he lost a little ground in terms of points in the finale with a 10th-place in the overall after finishing 11-8 in the motos. Still, this is a rider who missed three rounds to injury and his accomplishment should not be underrated.

RJ Hampshire was slowed, but not stopped, by minor injuries along the way to his fourth-place in the rankings. With three modest results from Budds Creek through Fox Raceway, he might easily have fallen down the order. The 250 ranks were thinned by injury, however, and he charged to an overall podium in the finale to clinch his top-five spot.

Hunter Lawrence had a consistent season that saw him sweep the top 10 in all 12 rounds. When he was at his best, he won at The Wick and finished on the podium in Thunder Valley. He ended the season with a sixth at Hangtown that included a podium finish in Moto 2.

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 (6)
  7. Austin Forkner (8)
  8. Dilan Schwartz (9)
  9. Max Vohland (12)
  10. Ty Masterpool (7)
  11. Jarrett Frye (10)
  12. Joshua Varize (13)
  13. Carson Mumford (11)
  14. Levi Kitchen (15)
  15. Preston Kilroy (14)
  16. Austin Black (NA)
  17. Brayden Lessler (NA)
  18. Christopher Prebula (17)
  19. Brandon Scharer (18)
  20. Kaeden Amerine (19)

Justin Grant prevails over Kyle Larson in the Turkey Night Grand Prix

Grant Larson Turkey Night
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On the heels of his Hangtown 100 victory, Justin Grant worked his way from 13th in the Turkey Night Grand Prix to beat three-time event winner Kyle Larson by 1.367 seconds. The 81st annual event was run at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway for the sixth time.

“My dad used to take me to Irwindale Speedway, and we’d watch Turkey Night there every year,” Grant said in a series press release. “This is one of the races I fell in love with. I didn’t think I’d ever get a chance to run in it, never thought I’d make a show and certainly never thought I’d be able to win one.”

With its genesis in 1934 at Gilmore Stadium, a quarter-mile dirt track in Los Angeles, the race is steeped in history with winners that include AJ Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Gary Bettenhausen and Johnnie Parsons. Tony Stewart won it in 2000. Kyle Larson won his first of three Turkey Night Grands Prix in 2012. Christopher Bell earned his first of three in 2014, so Grant’s enthusiasm was well deserved.

So was the skepticism that he would win. He failed to crack the top five in three previous attempts, although he came close last year with a sixth-place result. When he lined up for the feature 13th in the crowded 28-car field, winning seemed like a longshot.

Grant watched as serious challengers fell by the wayside. Mitchel Moles flipped on Lap 10 of the feature. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid took a tumble on Lap 68 and World of Outlaws Sprint car driver Carson Macedo flipped on Lap 79. Grant saw the carnage ahead of him and held a steady wheel as he passed Tanner Thorson for the lead with 15 laps remaining and stayed out of trouble for the remainder of the event.

“It’s a dream come true to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix,” Grant said.

Kyle Larson follows Justin Grant to the front on Turkey Night

The 2012, 2016 and 2019 winner, Larson was not scheduled to run the event. His wife Katelyn is expecting their third child shortly, but after a couple of glasses of wine with Thanksgiving dinner and while watching some replays of the event, Larson texted car owner Chad Boat to see if he had a spare car lying around. He did.

“We weren’t great but just hung around and it seemed like anybody who got to the lead crashed and collected some people,” Larson said. “We made some passes throughout; in the mid-portion, we weren’t very good but then we got better at the end.

“I just ran really, really hard there, and knew I was running out of time, so I had to go. I made some pretty crazy and dumb moves, but I got to second and was hoping we could get a caution to get racing with Justin there. He was sliding himself at both ends and thought that maybe we could get a run and just out-angle him into [Turn] 1 and get clear off [Turn] 2 if we got a caution, but it just didn’t work out.”

Larson padded one of the most impressive stats in the history of this race, however. In 10 starts, he’s won three times, finished second four times, was third once and fourth twice.

Bryant Wiedeman took the final spot on the podium.

As Grant and Larson began to pick their way through the field, Kofoid took the lead early from the outside of the front row and led the first 44 laps of the race before handing it over to Cannon McIntosh, who bicycled on Lap 71 before landing on all fours. While Macedo and Thorson tussled for the lead with McIntosh, Grant closed in.

Thorson finished 19th with McIntosh 20th. Macedo recovered from his incident to finish ninth. Kofoid’s hard tumble relegated him to 23rd.

Jake Andreotti in fourth and Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top five.

1. Justin Grant (started 13)
2. Kyle Larson (22)
3. Bryant Wiedeman (4)
4. Jake Andreotti (9)
5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1)
6. Logan Seavey (8)
7. Alex Bright (27)
8. Emerson Axsom (24)
9. Carson Macedo (7)
10. Jason McDougal (18)
11. Jake Swanson (16)
12. Chase Johnson (6)
13. Jacob Denney (26)
14. Ryan Timms (23)
15. Chance Crum (28)
16. Brenham Crouch (17)
17. Jonathan Beason (19)
18. Cade Lewis (14)
19. Tanner Thorson (11)
20. Cannon McIntosh (3)
21. Thomas Meseraull (15)
22. Tyler Courtney (21)
23. Buddy Kofoid (2)
24. Brody Fuson (5)
25. Mitchel Moles (20)
26. Daniel Whitley (10)
27. Kaylee Bryson (12)
28. Spencer Bayston (25)