News 11 Sep 2021

Hangtown qualifying topped by Webb and Cooper

The field is set for the final round of the 2021 Pro Motocross season.

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The final qualifying sessions are complete from the 12th round of the Pro Motocross season with Cooper Webb and Justin Cooper topping the timesheets from Hangtown.

In what’s predicted to be another hot day in Northern California, riders hit the track at Hangtown for the first time since the opener of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season.

In the 450 class, momentum continues to build for Webb aboard his Red Bull KTM, topping the timesheets with his blistering lap from the first qualifying session. On the heels of back-to-back podiums, Webb clocked a 2m12.384s lap to take the top spot.

Just behind him was Ken Roczen (Team Honda HRC) with a 2m12.552s lap in second. Roczen now looks to end a highly successful year on the podium.

Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) had plenty of pace finishing just a few tenths back from the lead duo. Tomac rounds out his stint with Monster Energy Kawasaki today, looking for his 63rd win for the team and third in a row before departing.

Fourth was the newly-crowned champion Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) with his teammate Christian Craig just behind him as the first rider in the 2m13s range. Craig was just off the podium pace in his return to racing last weekend as he searches for another top-five today.

The first riders in the 2m14s range were Justin Bogle (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM) in sixth with Brandon Hartranft (Twisted Tea HEP Suzuki) taking seventh. Both riders searching for their first top-five finishes of the season.

Eighth was Fredrik Noren (KTM) who had an impressive run that saw him notch a top 10 last weekend. He finished just ahead of Max Anstie who also had an impressive run at Fox Raceway notching a top-five moto finish and sixth overall.

The final spot in the top 10 went to Coty Schock in his final run for the FXR Chaparral Honda team that is set to close it’s doors at the end of the day.

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In 250MX action, Cooper managed to snag another pole position before the season’s end. His 2m13.481s lap from the first session put him right where he wants to be as he looks to close a 23 point gap to Jett Lawrence (Team Honda HRC) for the championship.

Lawrence however finished just behind him, less than three-tenths off, as he looks to continue momentum after winning the last four motos in a row.

Just behind him was his brother and teammate Hunter Lawrence as the first rider in the 2m14s range. The elder Lawrence is hoping to rebound from a tough go in the previous to rounds to end his season on the podium.

Austin Forkner (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) was fourth fastest on the day as he continues to show he’s found his rhythm after a rough start to the season. He finished just ahead of local rider Max Vohland (Red Bull KTM) as he takes to the line for the first time at his home race today.

Jo Shimoda (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) was sixth. The Japanese rider has had a strong showing in the last few rounds and will look to go out atop the box today before heading into the offseason.

Also at his hometown race is Michael Mosiman (TLD Red Bull GasGas) who finished the session in seventh. Mosiman encountered bike issues that saw him miss much of the second session.

Eighth went to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s RJ Hampshire. Hampshire has been battling injury and illness for much of the season and is hunting for an overall win in the final round.

Carson Mumford put his FXR Chaparral Honda inside the top 10 as he competes for the final time with the team, his 2m16.270s was enough to edge out Ty Masterpool (AEO Powersports GasGas) who rounded out the top 10.

Detailed results