2023 Joliet SuperMotocross | Qualifying Report & Times
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The second round of the inaugural SuperMotocross series is officially underway in Illinois, as the fastest racers in the world met in Chicagoland Speedway for round two of the unique three-round championship. The fast, technical course helped produce incredibly close lap times in both classes. Just fractions of a second split the front-runners in the 250 and 450 Class on the qualifying sheets, which ratcheted up the anticipation for today’s racing even more. Here’s a look at the fastest lap times and results…
Rj Hampshire looked to be turning it around after an unfortunate opening SuperMotocross finals round, last weekend. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider was the guy to beat in timed-qualifying, as he logged a 1:52.205 before the rain hit – the quickest time in the 250 class.
Seth Hammaker was just behind on the leaderboards, as he also logged a quick time in the opening session of riding. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider laid down a 1:52.411 on the dry track and claimed second place on the time sheets.
Levi Kitchen’s fast lap in the first session of timed-qualifying also held-up, as he remained in third place on the leaderboards. The Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider logged a 1:52.653 to claim the final podium position in qualifying.
Late in the opening session of qualifying, Ken Roczen set the fastest lap in the 450 class. That 1:51.362 held it’s position at the top of the leaderboard, as rain slowed the track and times in the final session of qualifying.
Jett Lawrence held the fastest lap time for a majority of the first timed-qualifying session, before being shuffled back to second place. The Team Honda HRC rider ended up in second place overall with that 1:51.982.
Last weekend’s winner, Chase Sexton jumped into third place on the leaderboards late in the first session of qualifying. His 1:52.320 shuffled Garrett Marchbanks back to fourth place on the time sheets.