Dylan Ferrandis to skip final four Supercross rounds to prepare for Motocross season

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Dylan Ferrandis will skip the final four rounds of the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross season so he can prepare to defend his 2021 Lucas Oil Motocross championship.

Ferrandis has already missed three races since injuring his wrist in a crash at Detroit on March 12 in Round 10 and the injury has not healed sufficiently to be competitive.

In the first 10 races of 2022, Ferrandis earned only one podium finish, which was a third in San Diego. He came close to repeating that feat twice, including on the Daytona International Speedway infield course that is perhaps the closest comparison to the conditions he races in Motocross.

“Looking at the bigger picture, we made the decision as a team that it was best for Dylan to focus on getting back to feeling 100 percent for the outdoor season,” said team manager Jeremy Coker in a press release. “It’s a tough sport, and we have a lot of racing ahead of us, so it’s more important at this point of the Supercross season to focus on defending his title in the Pro Motocross Championship.”

Ferrandis earned the 2021 Motocross title by a massive 73-point margin over Eli Tomac. Ferrandis’ 2021 effort included six wins and a perfect record of podium finishes in overall results. His wins bookended the season with a triumph in the opener at Fox Raceway in Pala, California and the closer at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California.

“Together with the team, we decided to not go back to racing for the remaining rounds of Supercross,” Ferrandis said. “I just returned to riding Motocross and I felt that my wrist was not fully ready to support the load of Supercross.

“It’s a bummer for sure. I will focus on getting my wrist back to 100 percent and be ready for the outdoor season.”

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will once again get underway at the Fox Raceway on May 28.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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