The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, hosted its fifth round of the 2021 season at The Wick 338 for the annual Twisted Tea Southwick National. Overnight rain brought a lot of moisture to the circuit known as “America’s Sandbox”, creating a physically demanding track that treated Northeastern fans to an action-packed afternoon of racing. Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis continued to show he’s the man to beat, taking his third consecutive win and fourth victory in just five rounds to extend his championship lead. In the 250 Class, Team Honda HRC’s Hunter Lawrence swept both motos to capture his first career win.
It was Ferrandis’ consistency that paid off for the overall victory (1-3). Roczen finished the day runner-up in second place (4-2) and Barcia earned his first podium of the season in third (2-4). Tomac just missed the overall podium in fourth (8-1).
“It’s amazing to win another overall,” said Ferrandis. “The team showed me on the pit board to save my bike in moto 2. Eli [Tomac] was riding really well in that last moto and it made me just want to go faster and faster, but I had to be smart for the bike. I wanted to beat Ken [Roczen] so badly, but the team asked for me to save the bike. It was a great day overall, getting another win and picking up some more points on the day. As a rider I always want to win so I’m a little bit frustrated to not be able to push as hard as I would have liked at the end.”
With the win, Ferrandis was able to extend his lead in the championship standings to 19-points over Roczen. Plessinger’s second moto mechanical issue moved Tomac into third in the standings and slid Plessinger back to fourth.
The final 250 Class Moto of the afternoon saw Hampshire get out of the gate quickly to capture the Motosport.com Holeshot ahead of Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Jeremy Martin and Cooper. The opening moments of the race saw Cooper waste no time in making his way around Martin for second. As they crossed the line on the opening lap it was Hampshire, Cooper, Shimoda, Hunter Lawrence, and Jett Lawrence in sixth.
The 1-1 sweep for Hunter Lawrence gave the Australian the overall victory for the first time in his career since moving to America. Shimoda’s consistent 3-4 moto scores were good enough for a career-best second overall, while Cooper completed the podium in third (6-2). Jett Lawrence was sixth overall (9-3).
“Ah, man, this feels so good,” said Hunter Lawrence. “Huge shoutout to my entire team around me. None of this would be possible without them. This 1-1 feels so good and is such a great way to stamp the weekend here at Southwick. It’s a bit of an emotional win for me with everything that I’ve been through these past few years. I just want to keep building and take this momentum into the rest of the season.”
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Twisted Tea Southwick National
The Wick 338 – Southwick, Mass.
July 10, 2021
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
- Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-3)
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (4-2)
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS (2-4)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (8-1)
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (6-5)
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (5-6)
- Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (7-8)
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (10-7)
- Dean Wilson, United Kingdom, Husqvarna (12-9)
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM (11-10)
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
- Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (1-1)
- Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki (3-4)
- Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (6-2)
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-6)
- Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (4-5)
- Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (9-3)
- Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GASGAS (7-7)
- Stilez Robertson,Bakersfield, Calif., Husqvarna (8-8)
- Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna (5-17)
- Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS (13-10)
Source: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.