It was a long four weeks, but the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is finally underway. Heading into the first race, it was hard to predict who would come out on top. Zach Osborne, Eli Tomac, Cooper Webb, and Ken Roczen were ones to watch for the 450s, and Jeremy Martin and Austin Forkners’ return from their respective injuries was sure to shake up the 250 class. Read on to see who finished on top and what the early points standings look like for Thunder Valley.

250 Start at Pala 1 2021
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450MX Report

Moto 1

Cooper Webb took the holeshot of the first 450 moto, but the early lead went to Adam Cianciarulo as he made some quick passes from his 4th place start to overtake 1st. Cianciarulo quickly gapped Webb, Dylan Ferrandis, Ken Roczen, and Aaron Plessinger behind him, leaving them to deal with each other and a charging Chase Sexton.

Adam Cianciarulo at Pala 1 2021
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After Sexton made a pass on Roczen for 4th, Cianciarulo went down hard coming out of a corner. He fell back to 4th place, and his bike seemed to be bent out of shape as he shakily resumed the race. Webb was once again in the lead, but he once again lost it as another rider, this time Ferrandis, came speeding by to overtake it. Noticeably missing from the action was Zach Osborne and Jason Anderson, both of which were riding outside of the top 10 after slower starts and first-lap mishaps.

Chase Sexton at Pala 1 2021
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As the clock ticked down, Ferrandis was still holding onto 1st, but Webb was slowing down. Sexton had made his way around the 2021 Supercross champ, leaving the door open for Justin Barcia, who had charged his way into the top 5, to do the same. Before the end of the race, Plessinger passed Webb as well, making the top 5 Ferrandis, Sexton, Barcia, Plessinger, and Webb.

Moto 2

After finishing out of the top 5 in Moto 1, Roczen had some speed to prove early on. He took the lead from Plessinger in the first turns of the race, while Cianciarulo, Osborne, and Barcia tried to find their positions in the top 5. Ferrandis was sitting somewhere around 8th place, and Sexton was trying to recover from a first-turn crash.

Justin Barcia at Pala 1 2021
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It did not take long for Ferrandis and Sexton to make progress. Ferrandis had made his way up to Barcia and Osborne, and Sexton had climbed to just outside of the top 10 before the halfway point of the race. After Barcia made his way around Osborne, Ferrandis pushed past as well. This slotted Ferrandis into 5th, putting him in a good spot to take the overall win. Barcia continued his charge forward and overtook 3rd from Cianciarulo, but 2nd place was sitting over 10 seconds ahead.

Aaron Plessinger at Pala 1 2021
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Back up front, Plessinger was trying to make his way around Roczen for the lead. If Plessinger took 1st and Ferrandis finished at the bottom of the top 5, Plessinger would take the overall win. Roczen wasn’t relenting, though, and it seemed like the two would be fighting until the checkered flag. The fight proved to be fruitless for Plessinger, however, as Ferrandis was able to make his way into 3rd place with still five minutes left in the race.

450MX Podium at Pala 1 2021
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Roczen held onto 1st place through the checkered flag, finishing ahead of Plessinger, Ferrandis, Anderson, and Osborne. Webb and Cianciarulo faded throughout the second half of the race, losing several positions. The overall win went to Ferrandis, with Roczen and Plessinger joining him on the podium. Barcia and Sexton took the final top-5 positions.

450MX Results

114Dylan Ferrandis134545
294Ken Roczen614040
37Aaron Plessinger424040
451Justin Barcia363535
523Chase Sexton2103333
621Jason Anderson1042929
725Marvin Musquin872727
82Cooper Webb5112626
93Eli Tomac982525
101Zach Osborne1352424
119Adam Cianciarulo7122323
1229Christian Craig1192222
1334Max Anstie15141313
1417Joey Savatgy12181212
1572Coty Schock16151111
16177Alessandro Lupino361388
1715Dean Wilson144077
1819Justin Bogle261655
19951Ryan Surratt172055
2043Fredrik Noren401744
21515Tyler Medeglia182133
2228Brandon Hartranft211922
23715Phillip Nicoletti192222
2458Jacob Hayes203611
2574Mitchell Falk232300
26179Cole Thompson222400
2797Ben LaMay252500
2883Alex Ray292600
29559Dylan Merriam282900
30441Scott Meshey312700
31309Jeremy Smith302800
32600Connor Olson273100
3357Justin Rodbell243900
34447Deven Raper333300
35193Hunter Schlosser323400
36427Deegan Vonlossberg383000
37314Tyler Stepek343500
38645Colby Copp393200
39446Blaine Silveira353800
40114Nick Schmidt37DNF00
41647Matthew HubertDNF3700

250MX Report

Moto 1

Likely no one expected it, but the first holeshot of the season was taken by Max Vohland as he led the pack around the first turn of 250MX Moto 1. Stilez Robertson and Jeremy Martin were close behind in 2nd and 3rd place, while Seth Hammaker and Garret Marchbanks battled for 4th. Jett Lawrence was well outside of the top 10 after a bad start, and Justin Cooper was just a few spots ahead trying to break into the top 5.

Max Vohland at Pala 1 2021
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After just a few laps, spots had already shuffled. Vohland’s speed was fading, and the pressure began mounting from Robertson and Martin. Lawrence had made it into the bottom of the top 10, and Cooper had climbed all the way up to Marchbanks in 5th place. It seemed as though Cooper might be able to make his way out of 6th, but RJ Hampshire came at him with incredible speed and overtook 6th, 5th, and 4th place with ease. He cleared the way for Lawrence to do the same.

Jett Lawrence at Pala 1 2021
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Back up front, Martin made a pass on Robertson and immediately started challenging Vohland for the lead. It took a few laps, but Martin was able to close in on Vohland and make the pass, leaving Vohland to hold down 2nd place until he had to pull off the track with a smoking bike. This pushed Lawrence up to 2nd as he had made a quick move around Hampshire. He took the checkered flag there, behind Martin, with Hampshire, Michael Mosiman, and Cooper rounding out the top 5.

Moto 2

In the second 250 moto, Martin and Cooper kicked things off by taking the first turn nearly bar-to-bar. Cooper was just ahead of Martin, however, so he got credited with the holeshot and early lead of the race. Vohland was just behind the two with Lawrence and Mosiman slotting into the bottom of the top 5.

Justin Cooper at Pala 1 2021
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Lawrence was anything but settled in 4th place. It took him a few laps, but he pressured Vohland long enough to make his way into 3rd. Lawrence started to reel in Martin, but Martin picked up the pace and started to turn the heat up on Cooper. By the midpoint of the race, the gap between Cooper, Martin, and Lawrence was greatly reduced, and the pressure was on for the best podium position. Lawrence ended up acting first, making his way inside of Martin and right to Cooper’s rear wheel. This pushed Cooper forward, and the two ended up leaving Martin a few seconds behind.

Jeremy Martin at Pala 1 2021
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Martin wasn’t out of the action for long, though. Over the finish line jump, Lawrence was able to shoot past Cooper. This left Cooper to deal with Martin, who made quick work of the previous race leader. As the action in the top 3 quieted slightly, crashes were happening all over the track. Cameron McAdoo went down hard by the mechanic’s area, and Vohland and Hampshire collided while battling for the top 5.

250MX Podium at Pala 1 2021
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In the end, Martin was never able to catch Lawrence. He finished in 2nd, leading Cooper in 3rd, Mosiman in 4th, and Hunter Lawrence in 5th. The results in the second moto put Jett Lawrence finishing in 1st overall, Martin in 2nd, and Cooper in 3rd. Mosiman and Hampshire took 4th and 5th overall, respectively.

250MX Results

118Jett Lawrence214747
26Jeremy Martin124747
332Justin Cooper533636
442Michael Mosiman443636
524RJ Hampshire393232
641Hunter Lawrence653131
748Garrett Marchbanks862828
838Austin Forkner782727
964Colt Nichols9122121
1030Jo Shimoda14111717
1147Jalek Swoll12131717
1259Jarrett Frye13141515
13115Maximus Vohland3871414
1467Stilez Robertson10181414
1545Pierce Brown26101111
16150Seth Hammaker11231010
1791Nate Thrasher161799
1826Alex Martin191677
1939Carson Mumford271566
2031Cameron McAdoo153766
2175Ty Masterpool172444
2290Dilan Schwartz183533
23241Joshua Varize221922
24604Max Miller262011
2533Derek Drake202211
26220Ramyller Alves242100
27742TJ Uselman302700
28901Brayden Lessler292800
2977Jerry Robin213900
30726Gared Steinke283300
31195Blake Ashley332900
32162Maxwell Sanford323000
33112Xylian Ramella313100
34995Christopher Prebula402500
35778James Harrington392600
36667Jesse Flock254000
37165Jorge Rubalcava373200
38198Cole Bailey343600
39819Blake Hoag353800
40124Lane ShawDNF3400
41159Tyson Johnson36DNF00

With Pala being the first race of the season, race winners Dylan Ferrandis and Jett Lawrence, who is tied with Jeremy Martin, will carry the red plates for their respective classes to Thunder Valley.

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