News 10 Mar 2024

Lawrence makes it consecutive victories at Birmingham Supercross

Back-to-back wins promote Vialle to 250SX East points lead.

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It was yet another showcase by Jett Lawrence (Team Honda HRC) and Tom Vialle (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) at Birmingham’s Monster Energy Supercross, the pair earning second-straight main event wins in 450SX and 250SX East respectively.

In the 450SX main, Lawrence squeezed Cooper Webb (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) for the hole-shot, while a bizarre opening lap incident saw the multi-time 450SX champion make contact with the 30-second board card holder, who found themselves on track as the field charged through.

Lawrence was unstoppable from the get-go, maintaining a comfortable lead for a majority of the 20-minute plus one-lap encounter to earn his fourth win of the season, and his second in as many weeks.

It was largely an eventful main event in what were technical conditions following poor weather leading up the round, with Webb ultimately securing second as a hard-charging Ken Roczen (Progressive Insurance Ecstar Suzuki) stormed to the final spot on the podium.

Reigning champion Chase Sexton (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was fourth after a back-and-forth battle with Justin Cooper (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), who completed the top five.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson was sixth, followed by Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), Aaron Plessinger (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas), and Malcolm Stewart (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing).

On return from injury – and debuting in the 450SX category – Australian Aaron Tanti (PRMX Racing Team) recovered from a heavy fall to finish 19th after running as high 13th in the earlier stages of the main event. Lawrence now leads Webb by 13 points in the championship standings.

In 250SX East, Vialle captured back-to-back main event wins after storming to a commanding victory, promoting him to the championship lead.

The Frenchman hit the front early on at the fourth 250SX East round before distancing himself from the field, navigating the technical conditions with ease as he crossed the line with a comfortable margin for just his second-career victory.

Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Cameron McAdoo kept his cool in a consistent ride to second to keep himself in the championship fight, as drama unfolded further down the field.

Triumph Factory Racing’s Jalek Swoll held down third until a crash at the halfway mark demoted him from the podium, while moments later former series leader Max Anstie (Fire Power Honda) suffered a devastating mechanical failure as battled inside the top 10, stripping him of the red plate.

It was Seth Hammaker (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) who benefited from Swoll’s earlier mistake to claim third, finishing ahead of Pierce Brown (TLD Red Bull GasGas) and Jeremy Martin (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX).

Swoll worked his way back to sixth after an aggressive pass on Chance Hymas (Team Honda HRX) in the final stages, as Daxton Bennick (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) was credited seventh.

There was drama between Coty Schock (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX) and Haiden Deegan (Monster Energy Star Yamaha) – the latter pulling the trigger on a final corner take out, however, he was later penalised for an earlier track infringement and was docked two positions.

Vialle holds a slender one-point advantage over McAdoo as the series heads to Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium next weekend.

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