Motocross

Jason Anderson And RJ Hampshire Win Budds Creek Pro Motocross National

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Although he didn’t win a moto in the 450 class he was just happy to finally get a win on the board. Photo: Align Media

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship made its annual visit to Southern Maryland for Round 10 of the 50th anniversary season in the shadow of the nation’s capital.

The GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National featured hot and humid conditions at famed Budds Creek Motocross Park, which resulted in a competitive afternoon of racing where a consistent effort from Jason Anderson allowed him to prevail for a second career 450 Class victory. In the 250 Class, RJ Hampshire emerged to become the division’s third different winner of the season.

The first moto in the 450 Class began with Ken Roczen leading the way for the Holeshot with Red Bull Ryan Dungey in tow, followed by Eli Tomac and Chase Sexton, the two championship leaders. Sexton then crashed and dropped deep in the field. He encountered even more misfortune on the following lap when he was caught up in another rider’s incident.

Sexton’s hard luck provided an opening for Tomac, who made the pass on Dungey for second and pressured Roczen for the lead. Tomac bided his time and made the pass happen seven minutes into the moto as Sexton looked to fight his way back into the top 20 in the running order.

Tomac slowly added to his lead through the middle portion of the moto and moved out to more than five seconds clear of Roczen, who asserted his hold on second. Dungey maintained third for most of the moto but was forced to do battle with Anderson as the moto reached its final 10 minutes. Anderson went on the attack at his first opportunity and made the pass for the position.

Anderson’s march forward didn’t end there. He closed in on Roczen just a couple laps later and made an easy pass for second inside the final five minutes of the moto. From there the battle for third came down to Roczen and Dungey as the two longtime rivals gave chase to one another throughout the closing minutes of the moto.

The 450 class start at Budds Creek. Photo: Align Media

Tomac was in a class of his own out front and charged to his 11th moto win of the season by 12.1 seconds over Anderson, while Roczen held off Dungey for third. Christian Craig rounded out the top five. Sexton fought back to finish seventh.

The final moto of the day saw Joey Savatgy charge to the Holeshot only to be quickly passed by Dungey as Roczen followed through into second. A little further back Sexton started in sixth while Tomac found himself just outside the top 10 in 13th place. Back up front, Dungey and Roczen duked it out for control of the moto. Roczen appeared to make the pass, but Dungey countered and reaffirmed his hold on the spot.

A persistent Roczen didn’t relent and was able to make the pass five minutes into the moto, which left Dungey to fend off Anderson, who soon moved into second and dropped Dungey to third. Sexton lurked in fourth, while Tomac fought his way up to seventh. Back up front, Anderson closed onto the rear fender of Roczen and made quick work to take control of the lead nine minutes into the moto, while Sexton passed Dungey for third.

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Second place was enough to see Eli Tomac take back the championship lead by a single point. Photo: Align Media

Anderson continued to build on his lead as Roczen came under fire from Sexton and lost his hold of second, as Tomac remained stuck in seventh. Sexton’s pursuit of the lead continued as he started to inch on Anderson at the halfway point of the moto. The Honda rider continued to chip away and got close enough to mount an attack, surging around the Kawasaki and into the lead. Unfortunately, Sexton crashed and gave up control of the moto, remounting in third with just over 10 minutes to go.

Anderson reclaimed the lead and Roczen moved up into second, but Anderson briefly stalled and dropped from first to third, which moved Roczen back out front and Sexton up into second. Not long after that Sexton made another pass on his teammate to retake control of the top spot. That left the battle for the overall between Roczen and Anderson as they fought for second. Anderson amped up his aggression and went on the attack and made his way past to move into the runner-up spot. Further back, Tomac was slowly moving forward and methodically worked his way into fifth in the waning minutes.

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Ken Roczen was back on the 450 class podium with third at Budds Creek. Photo: Align Media

Sexton overcame the earlier misfortune to grab his seventh moto win by 4.2 seconds over Anderson, with Roczen third, Dungey fourth and Tomac fifth.

As the most consistent rider of the afternoon Anderson emerged with his second overall win of the season (2-2) and the second victory of his career, as Tomac finished in second (1-5) for his ninth consecutive podium result. Roczen completed the overall podium in third (3-3), his first since taking the win at the third round.

Tomac reclaimed possession of the point lead one week after losing it to his rival, while Sexton missed out on the overall podium for the first time in fourth (7-1). A total of two points changed hands between the two riders, with a single point now separating them with two rounds and four motos to go.

“Today, two plus two equals one. I’ll take it [the win] anyway I can get it,” Anderson said. “I said we’re making progress and this proves it. I’ve always liked Budds Creek and it feels really good to get the job done today. Let’s keep it going and see if we can finish the season strong.”

250 Class

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RJ Hampshire became the third winner of the year in the 250 class.Photo: Align Media

The opening 250 Class moto got underway with Hampshire at the head of the pack with the Holeshot, followed by Michael Mosiman. The GASGAS rider went on the attack immediately and was able to make the pass on the opening lap. Hampshire settled into second, followed by Nate Thrasher in third and Australian Jett Lawrence in fourth.

As the first full lap of racing started Thrasher crashed out of third, which moved Lawrence into podium position. From there, the lead trio was able to sprint away from the field and open an advantage of more than 10 seconds. RJ Hampshire closed back in on Mosiman and looked for a way around, but the GASGAS rider fended him off, which allowed Lawrence to close in from third. The top three stabilized again but Hampshire picked up the pace once more as the moto reached its halfway point.

Hampshire pulled the trigger on the first opening he saw and was able to make the move to reclaim the lead. Lawrence then went on the attack and appeared to have the pass complete, but Mosiman fought back. Mosiman got back ahead of Lawrence briefly, but then slid out and went down. He was able to remount in third, but lost valuable ground to Hampshire and Lawrence.

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RJ Hampshire (24) gets the jump on the way to the round 25 class win. Photo: Align Media

As the lead duo continued forward the attention shifted to a brewing battle for third between Mosiman and Jo Shimoda, who battled his way forward from a start deep inside the top 10. Mere bike lengths separated the two riders for multiple laps, as lappers ultimately factored into any pass attempts by Shimoda. The Kawasaki rider’s persistence eventually paid off as he made the pass just before the start of the last lap. Mosiman repassed the Kawasaki, but Shimoda reclaimed the spot and inched away in the waning moments.

Out front, Hampshire went unchallenged the rest of the way and captured his first moto win since the opening moto of Round 2 during the 2020 season. He took the checkered flag 5.3 seconds ahead of Lawrence, with Shimoda a distant third. Mosiman soldiered home in fourth, with Max Vohland in fifth.

The field exited the first turn to open Moto 2 with Justin Cooper out front with the Holeshot, followed by Jalek Swoll and Shimoda. Hampshire started inside the top five as well, while Lawrence was mired deep in the top 2

Shimoda made the move on Swoll to slot into second and gave chase to Cooper. A slight bobble by Cooper opened the door for Shimoda and the Kawasaki rider took advantage of it to grab the lead. Cooper regrouped and fought back to reclaim the position. The Yamaha rider then pushed to put some distance on Shimoda as Swoll strengthened his hold of third over Hampshire, who ran fourth.

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Jo Shimoda continued his incredible consistency with second overall in the 250 class. Photo: Align Media

The battle for the lead reignited 12 minutes into the moto as Shimoda closed back in on Cooper and was able to get back into the lead, this time distancing himself from the Yamaha after the pass was complete. Behind them, Hampshire closed in on Swoll for third and made the pass on his teammate to move into podium position just before the halfway point of the moto.

While the leaders settled in out front Lawrence was going to work charging through the field. The defending champion easily climbed into the top 10 and started to make impressive moves to fight his way up into the top five with just under 10 minutes left in the moto. The resiliency paid big dividends in the overall classification as it put Lawrence into podium position. The battle for the overall also factored into the fight for second as Hampshire closed in on Cooper and challenged for the runner-up spot. The hard-charging Husqvarna rider went on the attack and got by to seize control of the position, which proved to be the winning move.

Shimoda rode clean through the rest of the moto to secure his third moto win of the season by 4.8 seconds over Hampshire, while Lawrence’s impressive rise through the field culminated with a late pass on Cooper to grab third.

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Despite missing out on the win, Lawrence saw his lead in the point standings grow significantly as he now holds a 37-point lead with two rounds and four motos remaining. Photo: Align Media

The same three riders traded positions over the course of both motos as Hampshire prevailed with the overall win following 1-2 finishes for his first podium performance of the season. It’s the fourth victory of his career and came at the site of his maiden victory during the 2018 season. Shimoda was forced to settle for a runner-up finish (3-1) for his seventh podium result of the season, while Lawrence rounded out the overall podium in third (2-3

Despite missing out on the win, Lawrence saw his lead in the point standings grow significantly as he now holds a 37-point lead with two rounds and four motos remaining. Shimoda has now moved into second in the championship, dropping Team Honda HRC’s Hunter Lawrence to third after the elder Lawrence brother endured through an eighth-place result (8-9). It marks the first time this season the Lawrence siblings don’t sit 1-2 in the 250 Class standings.

“It’s so special,” Hampshire said. “We’ve been progressing and progressing and have been close, but today we were just clicking. Getting those good starts was huge today and made things a lot easier. Today we got it done.

The penultimate round of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will commence next Saturday, August 27, with the series’ annual visit to the greater Indianapolis area and Crawfordsville’s Ironman Raceway.

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RJ Hampsire celebrates his first overall win of the series with 1-2 moto scores in the 250 division. Photo: Simon Cudby

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish // Points)
1 Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Kawasaki (2-2 // 44)
2 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha (1-5 // 41)
3 Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (3-3 // 40)
4 Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (7-1 // 39)
5 Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (4-4 // 36)
6 Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha (5-7 // 30)
7 Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (9-6 // 27)
8 Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS (8-8 // 26)
9 Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM (10-9 // 23)
10 Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Husqvarna (12-11 // 19)

450 Class Championship Standings (Round 10 of 12)
1 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha – 449 Points
2 Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 448 Points
3 Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Kawasaki – 369 Points
4 Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 344 Points
5 Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha – 303 Points
6 Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 302 Points
7 Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS – 259 Points
8 Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM – 253 Points
9 Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 218 Points
10Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Husqvarna – 176 Points

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finishes // Points)
1 RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (1-2 // 47)
2 Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki (3-1 // 45)
3 Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (2-3 // 42)
4 Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GASGAS (4-7 // 32)
5 Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-4 // 30)
6 Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., Yamaha (7-6 // 29)
7 Max Vohland, Sacramento, Calif., KTM (5-8 // 29)
8 Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (8-9 // 25)
9 Guillem Farres, Spain, Yamaha (6-13 // 23)
10 Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., Suzuki (14-10 // 18)

250 Class Championship Standings (Round 10 of 12)
1 Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 433 Points
2 Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki – 396 Points
3 Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 390 Points
4 Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 346 Points
5 RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 274 Points
6 Max Vohland, Sacramento, Calif., KTM – 251 Points
7 Seth Hammaker, Bainbridge, Pa., Kawasaki – 207 Points
8 Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GASGAS – 201 Points
9 Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., Yamaha – 198 Points
10 Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Yamaha – 180 Points

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