News 5 Mar 2022

Stewart and Lawrence qualify quickest at Daytona

The field is set for the the ninth round at Daytona International Speedway.

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Rockstar Husqvarna’s Malcolm Stewart and Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence have topped the qualifying time sheets at the ninth round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship at the Daytona International Speedway.

Stewart made the most of the local advantage by putting in a hard-charging final lap to leap to the top of the 450SX qualifying charts, with a stunning time of 1m10.902s at the Daytona International Speedway.

Stewart’s time pipped Monster Energy Kawasaki racer Jason Anderson’s 1m11.030 seconds for the top spot and the first gate pick for the night show.

Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) finished in third, snapping at the heels of Anderson with a time of 1m11.186s.

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen put in some solid laps to finish fourth, ahead of 450SX series leader Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha).

Tomac’s time was good enough to stay ahead of his Star Racing Yamaha team-mate, Dylan Ferrandis, with Chase Sexton (Honda HRC) finishing the qualifying session in seventh.

Qualifying positions eighth to 10th were filled by defending champion Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM), Dean Wilson (Rockstar Husqvarna), and Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas).

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Joint red-plate holder Jett Lawrence (Team Honda HRC) set the pace in the 250SX East qualifying, posting a time of 1m11.947s around the technical Daytona track.

Coming off a difficult round at Arlington last weekend, it was a great bounce-back for the Australian, who was the only rider to break the 1m11s time barrier.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s RJ Hampshire also had a great showing after being cleared of concussion last week, with a second-fastest time of 1m12.483s.

Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha’s Enzo Lopes rounded out the podium with an impressive time of 1m12.552s, just 0.04 seconds faster than Fire Power Honda rider Jordon Smith, with Stilez Robertson (Rockstar Husqvarna) rounding out the top five.

Last week’s winner and joint-points’ leader, Cameron McAdoo (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) finished qualifying in sixth.

Kyle Peters (Phoenix Racing Honda), Phil Nicoletti (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha), Mitchell Oldenburg (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda) and Jace Owen (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha) rounded out the top 10.