Jett Lawrence experienced more pressure than in any previous Pro Motocross race in 2023 when Chase Sexton closed in on him at the end of Moto 1, but Lawrence reclaimed his dominance in Moto 2 and beat the field by a wide margin of almost 17 seconds.

“It’s a bummer for Chase on that one,” Lawrence told NBC Sports’ Jason Thomas. “He did the right thing; he got the start on me and had that little mistake after the first rollers that spun him in too much. I feel like that was the one thing, that he got the start on me because he can run my speed or go faster like the first one.”

With another pair of second-place finishes in the motos, Sexton was easily Lawrence’s main competition. In both races, he had an opportunity to put his name at the top of the charts.

“I’m sick and tired of getting second place,” Sexton said. “It’s a little disappointing obviously with going down in both motos. I felt like I really had a shot today and I kind of blew it. I slid off the back corner and let Jett get around me and felt like I had good speed before going down in a corner.”

Dylan Ferrandis rounded out the podium again.

“It was a tough day for me,” Ferrandis said. “It’s good to be on the box but one more time we got beaten by Jett. It’s pretty tough to accept, but that’s the way it is.”

Lapped riders kept Hunter Lawrence from having a perfect day. He came across a four-man battle with time running off the clock and crashed in Moto 2, turning a massive lead over Justin Cooper into a four-second loss. But he had already gotten back into winning form with a Moto 1 victory.

Although he failed in his attempt for a perfect race, Lawrence made a statement to the field and let them know DNFs in his last two rounds were not typical. He reclaimed the red plate one week after losing it to Haiden Deegan and now has a 13-point advantage over Deegan and is 20 above Justin Cooper and Jo Shimoda, who are tied in points.

Lawrence now has six Pro Motocross wins to go with seven Supercross victories and holds a massive points advantage over second in the combined SuperMotocross standings that will seed the opening round of the playoffs this September.

A fourth-place finish in Moto 1 combined with his Moto 2 win placed Cooper second overall.

Jo Shimoda earned the holeshot in Moto 1 and finished second. He was third in Moto 2 and with that sweep of the podium. he finished third overall. It will be important over the next couple of rounds for Deegan, Shimoda and Cooper to keep the pressure on to see if they can force Lawrence into a mistake.

At the playoff bubble of 20th, Jalek Swoll is looking for a little breathing room as he is likely to catch and pass Chris Blose in 18th and Mitchell Oldenburg in 19th next week. Neither rider is participating in the 2023 Pro Motocross championship. Swoll finished eight and 14th in the two Spring Creek National motos.

Dylan Schwartz was 16th and 13th in his motos and should also advance from his 21st-place standing in the SMX points.


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