Thunder Valley Pro Motocross Jett Lawrence Recovers, Deegan Continues

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Thunder Valley Motocross Park, Lakewood, CO — June 8, 2024

The Jett Lawrence Pro Motocross 24-race win streak ended last week at the Hangtown Motocross Classic. A first-lap crash and tumble over the handlebars sent Jett to the rear of the 40-rider field. While he finished the moto, Jett could not get to a points playing position. It looked like Hunter would ride to his first 450MX win, but Chase Sexton passed late to get back to the top of the podium.

Sexton followed the Moto #1 performance with a remarkable ride in the second race. After going down in the first corner and starting 40th, he rode through the field, passing Aaron Plessinger on the final lap to go one-one and take the overall win.

Haiden Deegan ran his win streak to three straight to start the 250MX season. The 250SX East champion, Tom Vialle, ended that run with a win in Moto #2. Deegan took the overall, and he leads the season standings. Vialle will be looking to close the gap and get into the Championship points race.

Thunder Valley will throw a bit of a curve at the riders and the viewers this week. The 450MX riders will be on the track first on Peacock at 3 pm. NBC will pick up coverage at 4 pm to show the 250MX Moto #1 and 450MX Moto #2.

The event then switches back to Peacock to wrap up the day’s events with 250MX Moto #2.

450MX Moto #1

Justin Cooper(32) got out front early with a clear holeshot win. He was followed by Justin Barcia(51) and Jason Anderson(21). One of the Lawrence brothers settled into fourth, it was Hunter(96). Jett Lawrence(1) started seventh behind Aaron Plessinger(7) in fifth and Chase Sexton(4) in sixth.

Jett caught his brother after passing Sexton and Plessinger, but the top three remained the same, with Cooper four seconds up on Barcia.

Barcia began to fade as the moto progressed to the 10-minute mark. Anderson passed but continued to lose time to Cooper. Hunter Lawrence took over third and began to close down on Anderson. Hunter made that pass and began to chip away at Cooper’s lead. Jett followed a lap later, moving to third and putting Anderson and Barcia between himself and Sexton.

With 10 minutes to go in the timed portion of the moto, Hunter Lawrence continued to run down Cooper. Pulling to within three and a half seconds of the leader. Jett Lawrence stayed within a second of his brother. Sexton had moved up to fourth but trailed Jett by seven seconds.

With three minutes to go, Hunter and Jett passed Cooper. The race will come down to a battle of the brothers. Cooper should be able to hold onto the final podium spot. His advantage over Sexton was over 10 seconds.

As time ran out, Sexton went down and dropped back to the seventh position. There won’t be a big comeback this week. Jason Anderson also lost control of his bike and dropped to the 10th position. Barcia moved into the fourth position, but he trailed Cooper in third by a full 20 seconds.

Hunter began to pull away from his brother, it’s possible Jett was feeling the effects of his injuries from the Hangtown crash. It is also possible Jett eased up so Hunter could cruise to his first 450MX win.

Hunter Lawrence at Thunder Valley / Photo Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

With Sexton finishing in sixth, Hunter Lawrence became the new points leader in the 450MX class.

450MX Moto #1 Results

250MX Moto #1

As expected, Haiden Deegan(38) and Tom Vialle(16) rode to the front early. Chance Hymas(48), Jalik Swool(33), and Levi Kitchen(47) rounded out the top five. Deegan quickly built a two-second lead. The same approximate interval that separated the first five riders.

At the midway point of the timed portion of the moto, the top five remained the same. Deegan’s lead grew to four seconds.

With 10 minutes to go, Kitchen had moved passed Swoll for the fourth spot. The lead interval fluctuated between two and three seconds, with Deegan stretching it out every time Vialle would get close.

In the final third of the 30-minute moto, Kitchen moved past Hymas into third, and Vialle cut the lead to under two seconds. As the leaders moved through lapped traffic, Haiden stretched the lead.

However, just like last week, Haiden made a mistake, and the bike slid out from underneath him as time was running out. He lost the lead despite getting back on his bike quickly.

With two laps to go, Haiden was at the rear wheel of Vialle. At the white flag, Deegan cut inside Vialle and retook the lead. Vialle got inside Deegan, and they were side-by-side with the checkered flag in sight. Vialle lost the bike and went down, Deegan pulled away for the win, much to the delight of the crowd.

Haiden Deegan at Thunder Valley / Photo Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

250MX Moto #1 Results

450MX Moto #2

Again it was Justin Cooper out front early. Both Lawrence brothers got a better start in this moto as they started Hunter in second and Jett in third. However, the rider charging early was Chase Sexton, he blew past both brothers into second and passed for the lead briefly until Cooper regained the position. Jason Anderson tried to follow and got past Jett. But only for a few seconds, as the younger Lawrence did not take kindly to the move. All of that happened on lap one.

Justin Cooper at Thunder Valley / Photo Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Sexton hounded Cooper looking for an opportunity to pass. At the 10-minute mark, he found an opening and took a shot. The pass was successful, but Sexton could not hold onto his bike and went down. He dropped to the seventh position.

At the halfway point of the timed portion of the race, Cooper, Hunter, and Jett were all fighting it out for the top spot. Anderson sat eight seconds back in fourth, with Sexton 15 seconds out in the fifth position.

With five minutes to go, the top three were all within 2.5 seconds. Jett passed this brother for second. Anderson in fourth and Sexton in fifth continued to lose time to the top three.

Jett Lawrence closed on Cooper, and the chance to take the lead for the event’s overall win. As time ran down, both Jett and Hunter passed Cooper. With three laps to go, it was down to the brothers for the overall. Whoever won the moto would win the overall title for the Thunder Valley National.

Jett held on for the win, giving him a (2-1) score for the event. Hunter finished second with a (1-2) score. Jett gets the overall win by virtue of winning the second moto, which is considered the tie-breaker.

For Hunter, the consolation is he leaves Thunder Valley with the 450MX points lead. Sexton trails the leader by 10 points with Jett Lawrence another 10 points behind in the third position.

450MX Moto #2 Results

450MX Overall Event Results

Rider, Hometown, Bike (Moto Finish // Points)

  1. Jett Lawrence, Landsborough, Qld., Australia, Honda (2-1 // 47)
  2. Hunter Lawrence, Landsborough, Qld., Australia, Honda (1-2 // 47)
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (3-3 // 40)
  4. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS (4-6 // 34)
  5. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., KTM (6-5 // 33)
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM (5-8 // 31)
  7. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Kawasaki (10-4 // 30)
  8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Husqvarna (7-7 // 30)
  9. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Honda (8-9 // 27)
  10. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Husqvarna (9-10 // 25)

450MX Points Standings

250MX Moto #2

Chance Hymas nosed out Haiden Deegan for the holeshot, with Levi Kitchen running a close third. Rain fell just before the start of the moto and soaked the track making things a little slick.

Kitchen veered off the track but held onto his position ahead of Jalik Swool and Tom Vialle, at least momentarily. He made another mistake and crashed, dropping to seventh.

With ten minutes gone, Hymas had built a five-second lead over Deegan, Vialle had passed Swool but was another five seconds back.

Chance Hymas at Thunder Valley / Photo Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Vialle suffered a fall and dropped to fifth place 15 seconds out of the lead. At the midway point, Deegan hung five seconds back of Hymas, and Jo Shimoda(30) passed Swool for the third and final podium spot.

After recovering from laying his bike down, Vialle worked his way back to fourth and closed to within three seconds of Shimoda.

Chance Hymas led the entire moto and captured his first professional moto win. Hymas’s (4-1) score placed him second in the overall. Deegan’s (1-2) gave him his third consecutive overall win. Tom Vialle (2-4) edged out Shimoda (5-3) for the final podium spot.

Hymas leaves Thunder Valley tied with Vialle for second in the points standings, 23 points behind Deegan.

250MX Moto #2 Results

250MX Overall Event Results

Rider, Hometown, Bike (Moto Finishes // Points)

  1. Haiden Deegan, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (1-2 // 47)
  2. Chance Hymas, Pocatello, Idaho, Honda (4-1 // 43)
  3. Tom Vialle, Avignon, France, KTM (2-4 // 40)
  4. Jo Shimoda, Suzuka, Japan, Honda (5-3 // 37)
  5. Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Kawasaki (3-7 // 35)
  6. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Triumph (7-5 // 32)
  7. Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas., Kawasaki (8-6 // 30)
  8. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS (6-9 // 29)
  9. Julien Beaumer, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., KTM (9-10 // 25)
  10. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Yamaha (11-11 // 22

250MX Points Standings