News 16 Jul 2022

Sexton and Cooper lead Millville qualifying

The fields are set for the seventh round of the championship at Spring Creek.

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Team Honda HRC’s 450MX championship leader, Chase Sexton and Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper have set the bar during qualifying at the seventh round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at Millville, MN.

Some track work between the first and sessions saw everyone in the 450MX class better their times in the second outing, but it was Chase Sexton who stormed to the top of the qualifying charts.

Sexton’s time of 2m.06.351s was just half a second clear of his team-mate, Ken Roczen, who registered a quickest lap of 2m06.513s.

The two Honda riders were almost two seconds clear of third-placed Jason Anderson (Monster Energy Kawasaki) and Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Eli Tomac, who topped the first qualifying session.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy put in an impressive lap to qualify fifth, ahead of hometown hero, Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM).

Aaron Plessinger (Red Bull KTM), Christian Craig (Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing), Max Anstie (Fire Power Honda) and Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas) completed the top 10.

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Justin Cooper topped both qualifying sessions in the 250MX class, but it was his first-session time that was the clear standout.

His quickest lap of 2m08.584s was almost 1.6s faster than that of second-placed Jett Lawrence (Team Honda HRC), and set the standard for the rest of the field.

Lawrence’s older brother, Hunter (Team Honda HRC) posted the third-quickest qualifying lap, ahead of Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing rookie Nate Thrasher, with TLD Red Bull KTM’s Michael Mosiman rounding out the top five.

KTM privateer Ty Masterpool logged the sixth-quickest lap, ahead of Stilez Robertson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), Jo Shimoda (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki), Max Vohland (Red Bull KTM) and Seth Hammaker (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki).

All lap-times between P2 and P10 were within 1.5 seconds.

Detailed results