Direct updates from round one of the outdoor season in Tennessee.
With the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship opening at Loretta Lynn’s today, follow Racefeed for direct updates on qualifying and the motos in Tennessee.
Monster Energy Star Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis posted a 2m00.222s to place him almost three seconds clear of the chasing pack. The Frenchman led Jeremy Martin (Geico Honda) in second place on the time-sheets, who was directly ahead of opening session pace-setter Justin Cooper (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha). Australian teenager Jett Lawrence (Geico Honda) displayed his strengths outdoors in P4, as Alex Martin (Yoshimura JGRMX Suzuki) completed the top five. Positions six through 10 included RJ Hampshire (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) on return from knee surgery, Carson Mumford (Geico Honda), Shane McElrath (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), debutant Dylan Schwartz (Barx Chaparral Suzuki) and Hunter Lawrence (Geico Honda).
450MX rookie Chase Sexton qualified quickest on debut with Team Honda HRC, stunning in drying conditions by setting the benchmark of 1m58.840s on his second lap to lead Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM) and Zach Osborne (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna). Another premier class rookie, Adam Cianciarulo (Monster Energy Kawasaki) was fourth and the last rider beneath the 2m00s bracket, followed by Justin Barcia (Monster Energy Yamaha) in filling the top five. Sixth to 10th positions featured Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) on return from injury, defending champion Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) after he was caught in the mud for part of the practice, Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), Joey Savatgy (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki), also back, and Christian Craig (Team Honda HRC).
250MX moto one:
Ferrandis captured the first moto victory of the season with a commanding ride, hitting the front on lap one and then inching away from the field to a 19.802s advantage by the checkered flag. He was followed by Jeremy Martin in second, with Hampshire enjoying a strong return to racing in third, while the fast-starting McElrath crossed the line fourth and Alex Martin stormed to a top five. Jett Lawrence was able to salvage sixth following a fall mid-moto, followed by Derek Drake (TLD Red Bull KTM), Mason Gonzales (Rock River Yamaha), Cameron McAdoo (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) and Cooper, who had scored the hole-shot. Hunter Lawrence went out on the opening back with a mechanical, while Kawasaki replacement Mitchell Harrison had been inside the top five until he stalled and couldn’t restart, dropping down the order to 23rd.
450MX moto one:
The opening premier class moto was controlled by Anderson as he stormed to the front on lap one and delivered a 4.895s win over factory Husqvarna teammate Osborne, who pressed through the field from the back of the top 10 into the runner-up. A hard-charging Barcia came from even further back to third, with Musquin fourth and Webb fifth after circulating as high as second. The first appearance of Cianciarulo resulted in P6, passing teammate Tomac in the latter stages, as Blake Baggett (Rocky Mountain WPS KTM), Joey Savatgy (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki) and now privateer Benny Bloss (Husqvarna) were the top 10. The holeshot belonged to Fredrik Noren (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki) alongside Savatgy, while another to put on an early attack was top qualifier Sexton, but he made an error while battling for the podium and wound up 13th.
250MX moto two:
Another win in moto two for Ferrandis sealed him the overall and early points-lead in the season, with the top three being the same as the opening outing as Hampshire was second, 13.199s in arrears and this time getting the better of Jeremy Martin in third. In fact, the entire top five was identical, with early leader McElrath fourth and Alex Martin a solid fifth. Sixth was an improvement for McAdoo this time out, trailed by Jett Lawrence, Cooper, Harrison and Brandon Hartranft (TLD Red Bull KTM). Ferrandis was sixth at the end of the opening lap, climbed into the top three by lap four and led from lap seven, going on to dominate for the second race in a row this afternoon. Overall it was Ferrandis atop the podium, joined by Hampshire and Jeremy Martin.
450MX moto two:
Winning the second moto this afternoon at the ranch saw Osborne earn his first 450MX victory, overcoming a late challenge from Tomac to cross the line 3.605s ahead of the number one plate-holder and Sexton was third. It was initially Cianciarulo who led the way only to crash out of contention with bike damage, handing Osborne the lead and that’s where he stayed. Behind the top three came Baggett and Musquin, while opening race victor Anderson was among the top three early, only to gradually slide down the order later in the race to sixth. Barcia recovered from an early fall for eighth ahead of Webb, Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Max Anstie (HEP Motorsports Suzuki). Overall via a 2-1 score, Osborne stood in the middle of the podium ahead of Anderson and Tomac.