2021 High Point Motocross Recap
Some fun results, at least from a few, for Round 3 of the 2021 Lucas Oi l Pro Motocross Championship held Saturday at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, PA.
In the 450 class, three-time defending champion and the occasional results-headscratcher Eli Tomac (6-1) got a Moto win. His first of the year, which sent him to his first podium of the year, in third , thanks to a sixth-place in the first race, which was also his best finish up until then. He took the final spot on the box thanks to a tie-breaker over Ken Roczen who went 3-3 on the day.
Roczen loses the Red Plate to Dylan Ferrandis who grabbed the overall, his second of the year, on 2-2 scores. Ferrandis now has a stretch of four straight second place Moto finishes and takes the Championship points lead by three over Roczen but both have at minimum a full Moto score ahead of the other riders.
Speaking of other riders...
Adam Cianciarulo (1-4) stayed on two-wheels long enough to get his first Moto win of the season. Often seen hitting the dirt during any given Moto, Cianciarulo indeed hit the dirt mere feet away from the checkers, though rolling over a downed bike hardly constitutes a mistake on his part. He ran his bike (literally) through the finish line just before Ferrandis crossed. Cianciarulo finished fourth in Moto 2, good enough for second-overall. Aaron Plessinger (5-8) finished sixth overall and sits in third-place in the standings, just two in front of Cianciarulo. Justin Barcia (9-6) posted his worst ride of the season in seventh and 2021 Supercross champ Cooper Webb (7-11) continues to enjoy his summer around the Top 10 with a 10th place finish.
In the 250 class, Jalek Swoll (1-3) briefly battled Jett Lawrence (3-2) early for the lead then later lost it to RJ Hampshire (38-8) who led nine laps and looked good for the Moto win until his bike defecated the bed. Therefore, Swoll celebrated his first career Moto win then a third-place in Moto 2 to secure his first career overall and suddenly the rider who finished 11th to open the season and a decent seventh last round jumps to fourth in the championship standings just two points from third. The second-year pro admitted post-race he didn’t know where it came from.
“I think today I just felt a lot better and meshed a lot better with the track. I never really felt comfortable on outdoor tracks and stuff like that, especially these pro nationals,” he said. “I think today I just felt a little bit more at home and everything clicked.”
Lawrence, the series points leader finished second overall despite a pretty good get-off during that early battle with Swoll for the lead which sent him off the track. Lawrence dropped to third but second in Moto 2 gave him second overall. Justin Cooper (5-1), who won the overall in Round 2 without winning a race got his first Moto win of the season, easily taking the second race which gave him third overall. He trails Lawrence by 11 in the standings. Hampshire changed the sheets and rebounded in eighth in Moto 2 for 15th overall.
ReeeedBuuuuud is next as riders get another weekend off before the annual 4th of July round on July 3 in Buchanan, MI at RedBud MX. Until then live Round 3 all again.