Teenager takes red plate following opening round of 2022 season.
Team Honda HRC teenager Jett Lawrence has won the opening round of 250SX East in 2022 Monster Energy Supercross, delivering a commanding performance at Minneapolis tonight.
After qualifying fourth and finishing second in his heat, Lawrence peaked in time for the opening round main event to pick up win number one of the year and claim the red plate in the process.
It was Austin Forkner (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) – fastest this afternoon – who jumped out of the gates and the the field initially, before Lawrence made light work of him in an immediate pass and gradually powered away to a 5.349s advantage as the checkered flag flew.
Still, runner-up was solid for Forkner after enduring a rough outdoor campaign last year, trailed by teammate Cameron McAdoo throughout the main event in a Pro Circuit podium double.
McAdoo was able to hold his composure despite having Jeremy Martin (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) chasing him down, who in turn himself was coming under pressure from RJ Hampshire (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) late on, but that is how the top five would remain.
Sixth was a convincing recovery from first heat winner Pierce Brown (TLD Red Bull GasGas), moving forwarding from 12th on lap one, as Stilez Robertson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) was impressive for seventh with minimal recent seat-time.
Enzo Lopes (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha) competitive in eighth place, Levi Kitchen (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) registering P9 on debut and class veteran Phil Nicoletti (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha) completing the top 10 in his return indoors.
There were a number of high-profile non-finishers, including Max Vohland (Red Bull KTM) after going down early, Jarrett Frye (Fire Power Honda Racing), Joshua Varize (Husqvarna) and Arenacross champion Kyle Peters (Phoenix Racing Honda), who was circulating inside the top 10 before Brown made contact on his way through mid-race.