Gate selection set for first east coast round of the outdoors.
It was Jason Anderson and Jett Lawrence who set the pace in qualifying this morning for round four of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Hight Point.
Slower track conditions weren’t able to slow Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Anderson in the final qualifier as he recorded a 2m02.662s to marginally better the time of Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) set earlier by 0.030s.
That bumped Anderson up from P4 in the first outing to P1, which in turn placed Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton and Ken Roczen third and fourth overall.
In what is expected to be his final appearance – at least for now – in the US, Tony Cairoli (Red Bull KTM) qualified fifth, followed by Joey Savatgy (Monster Energy Kawasaki), Christian Craig (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM), his teammate Aaron Plessinger and Garrett Marchbanks (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha) the top 10.
Quick times were set in the opening 250MX qualifying session, where Jett Lawrence posted a benchmark of 2m02.664s and that’s where it would remain.
Brother and teammate Hunter Lawrence made it a Team Honda HRC 1-2 with his 2m02.714s lap-time, with Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha duo Justin Cooper and Nate Thrasher next in line in the 2m03s.
Seth Hammaker and Jo Shimoda were also in the 2m03s, the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders fifth and sixth, respectively, while Michael Mosiman (TLD Red Bull GasGas), Nick Romano (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), Stilez Robertson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Pierce Brown (TLD Red Bull GasGas) were the top 10.
Also of note, RJ Hampshire (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) has made his return and qualified in P13 after missing much of the first session with a bike issue, while teammate Jalek Swoll is absent this weekend.