Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, MN — July 15, 2023
After losing the points lead in the 250 CC Class, Hunter Lawrence will be looking to rebound and get back on the winning track at Spring Creek. Rookie Haiden Deegan squeezed past Lawrence last week at Southwick, despite not making the podium. He will be looking to get back into the top three at Millville.
In the 450 CC Class, it’s the same story. Can anyone end the Jett Lawrence 12-race win streak? Just five events remain to determine the riders who will compete in the first Super Motocross Playoffs.
250 Class Moto #1
Joe Shimoda(30) picked the perfect gate in the middle of the track. He drove easily to the holeshot and into the lead ahead of Haiden Deegan(238) and Levi Kitchen. Hunter Lawrence(96) was mired back in the ninth spot.
Five minutes in, and Shimoda opened over a four-second lead on the pack. Positions began to change behind the leader. Lawrence began to move to the front, passing Tom Vialle(128), RJ Hampshire(24), Kitchen, and Justin Cooper(32) to move into the third spot.
Deegan made a mistake and veered off track, allowing Lawrence and Cooper to move up to second and third.
At the mid-point of the timed portion of the moto, Shimoda held a five-second lead over Lawrence. Deegan dropped another spot as Hampshire passed for the fourth position. RJ continued his march forward as he passed Cooper to move into a podium position.
Up front, Lawrence cut the deficit behind Shimoda in half and continued to pick up fractions of a second each lap. With two minutes to go, they were nose to tail. As the clock ran out, they were side-by-side.
After crossing the finish line with two laps to go, Lawrence made the pass. Once in the lead, Hunter stretched his advantage. Hampshire rode safely in third, followed by Cooper and Deegan. The points battle will take another shuffle with Lawrence back on top heading into the second moto of the day.
250 Class Moto #1 Results
450 Class Moto #1
Someone other than Jett Lawrence(18) got the holeshot in the 450 CC Moto #1. Adam Cianciarulo(9) and Aaron Plessinger(7) crossed the line first.
The advantage did not last long as Lawrence took the lead well before they completed the first lap. Chase Sexton was third until he caught his front tire first out of a jump, and it pitched his bike to the right causing Chase to hit the dirt. He dropped to the sixth spot.
Sexton rebounded to finish in second, 12 seconds behind the moto winner. Jason Anderson(21), on the comeback from his Supercross injury, finished third. The interval between Lawrence and Anderson was 51.078 seconds.
450 Class Moto #1 Results
250 Class Moto #2
Levi Kitchen tried to edge out Hunter Lawrence for the holeshot win. But Lawrence passed for the lead before the line and immediately checked out on the field.
Justin Cooper ran third, Ryder DiFrancesco(75) was fourth, and Shimoda sat fifth. Haiden Deegan lost the points lead in Moto #1 and will lose more points in this race if he cannot improve on his 14th place position at the start.
Cooper took over second but could not cut into the advantage Lawrence held.
Jo Shimoda and Levi Kitchen put on a classic battle for the third spot as they were looking at the overall standings behind Lawrence.
Shimoda eventually prevailed and made a run on Cooper before dropping back and settling into the position. Deegan worked his way through the field to move to eighth as time wound down.
Lawrence crashed on the final lap and gave away the win to Cooper. His lead was large enough that he recovered before Shimoda could catch him. However, it was close at the finish as the interval was just four-tenths of a second.
Hunter still took the overall event win (1-2), with Cooper taking second (4-1) and Shimoda completing the podium line-up in third (2-3).
250 Class Moto #2 Results
250 Class Points Standings
450 Class Moto #2
After a great run in Moto #1, where he pressured Jett Lawrence late, Chase Sexton grabbed the holeshot. Unfortunately, before he could attempt to establish a lead interval, Sexton lost traction on his rear wheel, allowing Lawrence to take the top spot away.
Adam Cianciarulo ran third, with Dylan Ferrandis in fourth. Jason Anderson, who finished third in the first race, got involved in an incident at the start and was in 37th position on lap one.
Six minutes into the 30-minute timed portion of the moto, Sexton went into a corner too deep and fell over. Cianciarulo passed for second. The result was Lawrence stretched his advantage to 12 seconds, and it appears the unbeaten streak will continue.
Sexton recovered to pass Ciaciarulo and move back to second. At the same time, Dylan Ferrandis closed to challenge Adam for the third position.
At the halfway point, Ferrandis moved past Cianciarulo for third. A charging Aaron Plessinger also got around taking the fourth spot.
The leaders held their positions to the finish. Jett Lawrence easily wins the overall (1-1). Chase Sexton finishes second (2-2). Dylan Ferrandis (5-3) edges out Aaron Plessinger (4-4) by virtue of his better finish in the second moto.
Next week the series visits Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Washington, before taking a three-week break. Coming back East, three events will close out the season.
450 Class Moto #2 Results