Redbud MX, Buchanan, MI — September 25, 2022
After a two-one-two finish in the three qualifying heats of the 2022 Motocross of Nations, Team USA is poised to capture the trophy that has eluded them since 2011. Solid runs by all three riders put them in a position to grab a top gate pick, take a run at the holeshot and get out to an early lead.
Avoiding racing in the pack could be a key factor today as rain storms are coming in waves over Southwest Michigan. If any track can handle the moisture and still produce great racing it’s Redbud MX. However, it will take some adjusting to the day’s conditions.
Eli Tomac did not get a great start in his heat, coming off turn one mid-pack. He recovered quickly moving into the sixth position and settled in that spot for most of the race. In true Tomac style, Eli began his late race charge picking off riders ahead of him as the laps wound down. Tomac passed Swiss rider Jeremy Seewer on the last lap to take second behind Jago Geerts of Belgium.
Justin Cooper looked like a man on a mission as he took the lead on lap one and never looked back. Hunter Lawrence, one of the brothers riding for Team Australia, tried to reel in Cooper but without success. Justin built a huge advantage and then, to the ovations of noise from the assembled American supporters, fist-pumped his way around the track over jumps.
The MX2 Class was stocked full of talent as Marvin Musquin rode for France, Hardy Munoz for Chile, and Joe Shimoda for Japan.
Chase Sexton looked to pull off a repeat performance of the Cooper wire-to-wire victory. But, he could not open space between himself, Dylan Ferrandis of France, and the other half of the brother duo from Australia, Jett Lawrence.
The Trio staged a thrilling battle over the Redbud course with Ferrandis taking over the lead in the final laps of the moto. Expect this class to be hotly contested between the same three riders this afternoon. It may well prove to be the deciding factor in who takes home the winner’s trophy.
Check back with The Lasco Press tomorrow for the final round results of the 2022 Motocross of Nations.
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