Fellow defending champion Sexton leads the way in eastern region.
Defending 250SX champions Dylan Ferrandis and Chase Sexton topped their respective qualifying sessions at the Monster Energy Supercross finals, setting up this afternoon’s Showdown in Utah.
Monster Energy Star Yamahas’s Ferrandis was fastest of 250SX West with a 48.346s, which was the best of all by a considerable margin.
Behind Ferrandis, who carries a seven-point lead into the finals, was Jett Lawrence (Geico Honda), with Austin Forkner (Monster Energy Kawasaki), Justin Cooper (Monster Energy Star Yamaha) and Michael Mosiman (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) the top five.
Next on track, Geico Honda rider Sexton led 250SX East at 48.735, ahead of Colt Nichols (Monster Energy Star Yamaha), Shane McElrath (Monster Energy Star Yamaha), Jo Shimoda (Geico Honda) and Chris Blose (Chaparral FXR Racing Honda).
McElrath – who trails Sexton by six points in the standings – was involved in a heavy crash at the start of the second session, squeezed by Sexton and rookie Pierce Brown (TLD Red Bull KTM), which saw both McElrath and Brown go down. The latter wound up 11th on the charts.