Leads brother Hunter as Shimoda tops the 250 class in HRC debut.
A dominant performance from Jett Lawrence saw him crowned the 2023 ‘King of Paris’ Supercross on Sunday, leading brother Hunter Lawrence in a 1-2 result, as Jo Shimoda earned the SX2 class overall in his first showing with Team Honda HRC.
Lawrence delivered a perfect 1-1-1 scorecard on Saturday and backed that up with 2-2-1 finishes on Sunday to capture the event victory with a comfortable buffer.
Impressing in his first competitive outing in the 450 class, Hunter Lawrence made his brother work for some race victories, grabbing a win himself in race one on Sunday as he took second overall in Paris with 2-2-6, 1-3-3 results. Notably, Jett made a move on Hunter that brought the latter down in the final encounter.
Consistency paid off for Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Cooper Webb, going 5-3-3 Saturday, before a 4-4-2 two scorecard on Sunday landed him P3 overall, ahead of HEP Suzuki’s Ken Roczen.
Roczen went 3-6-2 on the first night of competition, and 3-1 results in the opening two Sunday races had him in contention for the runner-up spot. However, two falls in the final race saw him drop from the lead to P6, ultimately finishing fourth overall in France, ahead of Cedric Soubeyras (Honda), who completed the top five.
Notably, an apparent shoulder injury ruled Justin Brayton out of both nights. It’s unclear if the Honda rider will contest the final round of the Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX) and World Supercross Championship (WSX) rounds this coming weekend in Melbourne.
Marking the first race in his return to Honda, Jo Shimoda demonstrated he has wasted no time adapting to the CRF250R and won four out of six SX2 races to be crowned ‘Prince of Paris’.
Race three winner Tom Vialle (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) edged fellow Frenchman Anthony Bourdon (Bud Racing Kawasaki) for P2 overall on countback, although to Bourdon’s credit, he won final two races on Sunday and was still third overall.
GSM Yamaha’s Jace Owen concluded the 40th anniversary of the event in P4, while Cullin Park (Honda) completed the top five. Last year’s Price of Paris, Matt Moss, was unable to defend his title due to season-ending injuries sustained the week prior in the AUSX series.