2022 Budds Creek Motocross | Race Report & Results
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship entered its tenth round of the summer, the 2022 Budds Creek Motocross, with a one-point difference between the key contenders in the 450 Class and a sibling stronghold on the top two spots in the 250 Class. How did the day end? With jumbled scores, two surprise overall winners, a one-point difference between the key contenders in the 450 Class, and a new rider ranked second in the 250 Class standings.
250 Moto One
Rj Hampshire was off to the early lead with Michael Mosiman alongside. Michael wasted no time, as he made a quick pass on Rj for the lead. Meanwhile, Jalek Swoll and Justin Cooper got together while running in the top-5 and went down, dropping them to the back of the pack. Mosiman continued to sprint, attempting to break away from both Hampshire and Nate Thrasher, who was in third place.
On the second lap, Nate Thrasher went down while running in third place. The Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider was quick to remount but the bike struggled to turn over, shuffling him back in the pack. Meanwhile, Hunter Lawrence battled to enter the top-25 after an early crash. Pierce Brown went down and was slow to get up, placing him in last place before he rode into the mechanics area with issues.
Up front, Rj Hampshire continued to trail Mosiman and sat within a second of the leader. Rj attempted to cut under Michael but lost traction, forcing him to regroup and mount another attack. However, that mistake allowed Jett Lawrence to enter the picture.
As the battle up front continued, Jo Shimoda pressured Yamaha fill-in Guillem Farres for fifth. After trailing for a few laps, Shimoda was ultimately able to make the pass on the rookie for fifth place.
Hunter Lawrence was off the track and at a stop, as his bike was tangled in some banners. Rj Hampshire made another run at Mosiman and the lead, where he dove inside and took the lead with 14-minutes to go. Less than a lap later, Jett Lawrence made the pass on Mosiman for second place. However, Michael fought back immediately, as he retook the position momentarily before loosing the front-end and going down. Michael was quick to remount and held onto third place.
Laps after securing fifth place, Jo Shimoda had reeled in Maximus Vohland and the battle for fourth place was on. After taking a wide line, Jo tripled over Maximus and into fourth place. Shimoda then set his sights on Mosiman and a podium.
Michael Mosiman fought to make his way past a lapped rider, which allowed Shimoda to close-in even more. However, Michael pushed to get past a few more lapped riders quickly and broke back away from Jo.
A lap or so later, Shimoda was back on Mosiman and challenging for third place. Finally, Jo Shimoda was able to make the pass for third place with two laps to go. Further back in the pack, Hunter Lawrence and Justin Cooper battled up to eighth and ninth place after their separate issues.
On the final lap, Mosiman dove inside and repassed Shimoda for third. However, Jo railed an outside line a few sections later to secure the podium position. Rj Hampshire crossed the finish line to collect an impressive moto win over Jett Lawrence.
250 Moto Two
As the 250MX class left the gate for the second time, Justin Cooper collected the hole shot and left the first turn with the early lead. Jalek Swoll pulled alongside Cooper before securing second place ahead of Shimoda. Jo worked to make a pass on Jalek early and did so after an inside line before the triple step-up.
Meanwhile, Jett Lawrence got squeezed off on the start and rounded the first turn outside of the top-20. After passing into second place, Shimoda began to work on Justin Cooper for the lead. Jo railed an inside rut and exited the corner ahead of Cooper to take over the race lead.
Just sections later, Justin Cooper bolted to the inside of Shimoda and retook the lead. Further back in the pack, Jett Lawrence continued to climb his way up to a top-10, as he passed Carson Mumford for ninth place.
Jett was now pressuring Hunter Lawrence for eighth place, just as Jo Shimoda began to challenge Justin Cooper for the lead, again. Shimoda was the first to advance in the respected battles, as he pulled past Cooper going up the hill following a great corner and took the race lead.
Rj Hampshire was now challenging Swoll for third place and ended up with the position after a faster corner. A few positions behind, Jett was pushing Hunter Lawrence to make a pass on Thrasher for seventh, but Hunter made a mistake that allowed Jett to make the pass on him a corner later. Jett then began challenging Thrasher and made the pass a lap later in the same turn.
Moments later, Jett squeezed by Mosiman using an inside line and took over sixth place. Jett then worked on Vohland and made the pass after a few attempts, landing him in fifth place.
Late in the moto, Rj Hampshire caught up to Justin Cooper and challenged for second place. Hampshire charged down the hill on the far outside and then swept inside of Cooper to take over second place, securing the overall victory.
Hunter Lawrence had more issues with three minutes to go, as he lost traction and got kicked sideways. After going down, Hunter remounted in ninth place. As for his brother, Jett was on Swoll’s rear wheel and pressuring for fourth place. Jett dove inside at the end of a switchback to take away the position from Jalek.
With two laps to go, Jett Lawrence overtook Justin Cooper for third place. Jo Shimoda took the checkered flag first to claim the Moto Two win. Rj Hampshire finished in second place and took the overall victory at Budds Creek with a 1-2 result.
450 Moto One
The 450MX class was off and Ken Roczen cut under Antonio Cairoli to take the early race lead. Ryan Dungey shuffled into second place after the first turn and Eli Tomac followed behind in third. Shortly after Eli made the pass on Chase Sexton, Chase lost the front-end and went over the bars. Antonio Cairoli then went down while running in second place, dropping him to last.
At the end of the first lap, Roczen led Dungey but Eli Tomac made a pass on Tomac shortly after to secure second place. Chase Sexton had more issues on the second lap, as a rider went down right in front of him and Chase flipped over the downed bike.
As Tomac worked on Roczen for the race lead, Sexton battled with riders well outside of the top-20. After trailing for a few laps, Eli Tomac used an inside line to rocket past Roczen and take over the race lead.
Jason Anderson made a sneaky pass on Aaron Plessinger to take over fourth place. Meanwhile, Chase Sexton had crawled up to 12th place after two crashes. With 15-minutes to go, Sexton had plenty of time to continue ticking off passes.
Minutes later, Anderson got his first sight of Ryan Dungey and third place. After closing-in a little more, Jason sent it inside of Ryan to take the spot. Aaron Plessinger went down and dropped back to tenth place after running up front.
Jason Anderson continued his charge towards the front, as he cut under Roczen and scrubbed into second place. Dylan Ferrandis was now pressuring Christian Craig for fifth place, but Craig fended off the challenge from his teammate and held onto the top-5. Eli Tomac crossed the finish line to take the first moto win.
450 Moto Two
The second 450MX race was off and Joey Savatgy was off to the early lead with Jason Anderson alongside. However, Ryan Dungey snuck inside of both the Kawasaki teammates and stole the race lead after the second corner. Ken Roczen also passed Savatgy and Anderson, as he took over second place early-on. Roczen took the lead momentarily, but Dungey fired right back and scrubbed back into the race lead.
Meanwhile, Chase Sexton sat in fifth place after the first lap, as Eli Tomac sat just outside of the top-10 after a bad start. Up front, Roczen continued to pressure Dungey for the lead, as Jason Anderson took third place from Savatgy. Ken looked outside of Ryan and railed a wide line to triple past Dungey and into the lead.
Chase Sexton made the pass on Joey Savatgy for fourth place, just before Jason Anderson bolted past Dungey and into second. Half a lap later, Chase Sexton darted inside of Dungey to take over third.
Jason Anderson jumped inside of Roczen and scrubbed back down the hill holding onto the race lead. A few positions back, Eli Tomac closed-in on sixth place. Just over a lap after losing the lead, Roczen got shuffled back to third place after Sexton made the pass.
Laps later, Chase Sexton had reeled in Jason Anderson and the battle for the lead was on. Sexton dove inside of Anderson after cutting far left and took the race lead almost as soon as he caught the leader. While Sexton and Anderson exchanged positions, Dylan Ferrandis went down and rode back to the pits after remounting.
Chase Sexton went down while leading, allowing both Anderson and Roczen to repass him. A lap later, Jason Anderson stalled while leading and gave the lead to Roczen. Chase Sexton then took Anderson wide to take over second place. Just a few sections later, Chase Sexton cut inside of Ken and made the pass to take the race lead again.
During the battle up front, Eli Tomac had made a few more passes to secure fifth place. Eli then reeled in Ryan Dungey, but Ryan fended off the attacks from Eli and held onto fourth place. Chase Sexton crossed the finish line to take the second moto win. Jason Anderson finished in second place and snagged the overall victory at Budds Creek with a 2-2 result.