2021 Ironman Motocross | Race Report & Photo Gallery
The closing portion of the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is proving to be a challenge, with warm weather and intense on-track battles that have demanded riders give it their all through the end of the summer. That was certainly the case at the 2021 Ironman Motocross, the tenth round of the series and third of five consecutive races, where all four Motos saw races for the lead, different riders on the podium, and changes to the championship chase in both classes.
250 Moto One
As the first moto at Ironman left the gate, Justin Cooper was off to the early lead with another hole shot. Jett Lawrence was just behind in second, but Maximus Vohland made an early pass on Jett and took over second. Jeremy Martin then shuffled into the number four spot, just behind Jett. Jett Lawrence flew through the rollers at the end of the first lap and beat Maximus to the following corner to take second place back over. Jeremy Martin now worked on Maximus for third, as Jo Shimoda closed in on the pair. Up front, Jett Lawrence continued to pressure Justin Cooper for the lead as he looked inside but was unable to find a way around. Jett got alongside as they entered a lane of doubles and scrubbed his way past Cooper and into the lead. Jeremy Martin then made the pass on Vohland for third, leaving Maximus to deal with Jo Shimoda. Jeremy Martin then began to work on Justin Cooper for second place. Jeremy swept outside to inside and went for the pass on Cooper, but Justin kept on the gas and held onto second place for the time being. Jeremy jumped past Justin Cooper and into second place as they neared the start straight. While Jeremy Martin was working on Justin Cooper for second, Jo Shimoda made the pass on Maximus for fourth. After passing Justin, Jeremy Martin dropped the hammer and closed in on Jett Lawrence, who had already built himself a four second lead. Justin Cooper continued to fall back, as Jo Shimoda was now challenging him for third place. Jo Shimoda made a quick pass after railing an inside rut and then beating Justin to the next corner to take over third. Up front, Jeremy Martin laid down the fastest lap of the day on a 250 and was now on Jett Lawrences rear wheel. Jeremy railed around the outside lines and pulled alongside Jett through the section of doubles, but Jett was able to beat Jeremy to the next inside line and hold onto the lead. Michael Mosiman now made the pass on Justin Cooper, dropping him to fifth place. A lap later, Mosiman was now pressuring Shimoda for third place. Up front, Jeremy Martin got loose while scrubbing into the rollers and went down hard, resulting in another broken wrist. Martins crash resulted in Jett Lawrence’s 16-second lead on Jo Shimoda and the rest of the field. Jo had put a 5-second lead on Mosiman after the two battled for a lap. Jett Lawrence took the checkered flag first and collected the first moto win at Ironman.
250 Moto Two
The second 250 moto was off and Jo Shimoda was off to the early lead after collecting the holeshot. Jett Lawrence sat just behind but Ty Masterpool was trailing closely. However, Justin Cooper made a quick pass on Ty and moved into third place. Jett Lawrence went after Jo for the lead, as he looked inside of Shimoda but was shot down. A lap after Jett’s initial attempt, Jo went outside and Jett was able to rip the inside rut and beat Jo to the next corner. Jo then went right back after Jett and the lead but Jett took the line away and settled into the lead. Rj Hampshire went inside before the finish line and made the pass on Masterpool for fourth. A few laps later, Levi Kitchen made the pass on Masterpool and was then going after RJ Hampshire for fourth. However, just as it looked like Kitchen would make the pass on RJ, Levi cruised off the track with some sort of issue before rejoining. Laps later, Levi Kitchen pulled into the pits just as RJ Hampshire began pressuring Justin Cooper. RJ had a better run through the rollers and beat Justin Cooper to the following corner to take over third place. With 5-minutes left on the clock, Austin Forkner took Masterpool wide and made the pass for sixth place. A few spots ahead, RJ Hampshire was now pressuring Shimoda and challenging for second place. RJ scrubbed alongside Jo and then beat him to the inside line to take over second place. However, Jo went back after RJ, as he dove inside and showed RJ a wheel but wasn’t able to make the pass. Jo continued to keep pressure on RJ but ran out of time to counter the pass. Jett Lawrence took the checkered flag first and grabbed another moto win to go 1-1 at Ironman and take over the points lead.
450 Moto One
As the first 450 moto left the gate, Joey Savatgy lead the field into the first turn with Dylan Ferrandis and Eli Tomac just behind. Eli Tomac dove inside of Ferrandis but Dylan beat Eli to the next corner and held onto second. Eli made a slight mistake, allowing Ken Roczen to scrub by and take over third place. Ken then joined the battle up front, as Dylan challenged Joey for the lead. Dylan looked to have the lead before the finish line, but Joey fought back as both them and Ken were in the air at the same time over the jump. Joey went to cut under Dylan, but Ken blocked that line and then went after Dylan himself. Ken then went inside a corner later to take the lead away from Ferrandis. Eli Tomac then dove inside of Joey and took over third place. Dylan wasn’t done, as he pulled alongside Ken mid-corner and continued to challenge for the lead. Ferrandis took the outside through the rollers and got a better run, as he beat Ken to the next corner to retake the lead. During all the battles up front, Cooper Webb made the pass on Savatgy for fourth place. Eli Tomac was now challenging Roczen for second place, but just as those two began to battle they reeled in Dylan, who’s line came together with Ken, forcing Roczen to roll the downhill jump. As Dylan, Ken, and Eli continued to battle for the lead, Webb began to creep-up on the group. After trailing for 15-minutes, Eli Tomac finally made the pass on Ken when he cut under Roczen and beat him to the following corner. Eli Tomac then went after Dylan, as he trailed the leader looking for a section to make the pass. However, Dylan seemed to up the pace at the end of the moto and pull away ever so slightly. As the checkered flag waved, Dylan Ferrandis took the hard-fought first moto win at Ironman.
450 Moto Two
The second 450 moto was off and Dylan Ferrandis was off to the early lead with Cooper Webb just behind. Chase Sexton held down third place but Eli Tomac was trailing. Cooper Webb scrubbed alongside Dylan and then worked his way to the inside line to take over the lead as they exited the following corner. Eli Tomac then made the pass on Sexton for third and began his hunt on Ferrandis. A lap later, Ferrandis got passed again in the same section, but this time it was Eli Tomac making the pass, as he took over second place. Eli Tomac then challenged Webb for the lead and looked inside a few times before making a slight mistake. Ken Roczen made the pass on his teammate, Chase Sexton, for fourth place. A lap later, Eli Tomac set up Cooper Webb and swept outside to inside to take the lead away. A few more laps down and Dylan Ferrandis was now making moves on Webb as he made the pass but not before the two made some contact after fighting for the same line. Half-way through the moto, Chase Sexton re-passed Ken Roczen for fourth place and seemed to do so with ease. With 8-minutes on the clock, Cooper Webb was closing in on Dylan Ferrandis and looking to take back second place. Aaron Plessinger called it with 5 minutes left on the clock, as he rode back to the pits after attempting to race with his injuries. As the checkered flag waved, Eli Tomac snagged the second moto win and the overall win with a 2-1 result.