News 3 Sep 2022

Tomac strikes first in Fox Raceway 450MX qualifying

Defending champion Lawrence sets late benchmark in 250MX session.

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Red plate-holder Eli Tomac struck first at Fox Raceway this morning, qualifying on top of the 450MX leaderboard, as Jett Lawrence led the way with a late fast lap in the final 250MX session.

With the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on the line at today’s 12th and final round, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing rider Tomac signalled his intentions by setting a late 2m24.345s lap-time.

Behind Tomac was Jason Anderson (Monster Energy Kawasaki), 0.373s in arrears, but near half a second clear of title challenger Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC), who was in P1 prior to both Tomac and Anderson stepping it up in the closing moments.

Next in line were former champions Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM) and Ken Roczen (Team Honda HRC), while Aaron Plessinger (Red Bull KTM) was marginally ahead of Christian Craig (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing) in the battle for sixth position.

BBMX KTM rider Benny Bloss was seventh on the time-sheets, followed by Garrett Marchbanks (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha) and Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas), while in his last outdoor appearance, Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) slotted into 11th position.

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The benchmark for 250MX qualifying was set by defending champion Jett Lawrence (Team Honda HRC) at 2m26.061s on his final lap of session two, dislodging Justin Cooper (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing) by half a second in the process.

With one hand on a second-straight crown, it was another important step for the teenager on championship day and behind both Lawrence and Cooper, RJ Hampshire (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) was third on the charts.

P4 was Nate Thrasher (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing), as Hunter Lawrence (Team Honda HRC) completed the top five.

Positions six through 10 included Jo Shimoda (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki), Seth Hammaker (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki), Haiden Deegan (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing), Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) back in the 250 class and his youthful teammate Max Vohland. On debut today, Chance Hymas (Team Honda HRC) qualified in P11.

Detailed results