U.S Motocross

Jett Lawrence Sweeps High Point As Ty Masterpool Earns Breakthrough 250 Class WIN

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Photo of Jett Lawrence at the 2024 High Point National motocross race.
Jett Lawrence (1-1) earned his third win in four rounds with his second moto sweep of the season. Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

An evening of scattered thunderstorms gave way to picture-perfect weather conditions and an ever-changing racetrack on Saturday as the Pro Motocross Championship kicked off its East Coast swing with the annual Father’s Day weekend tradition from legendary High Point Raceway.

The 47th running of the High Point National Presented by Sustainable Yard Management represented Round 4 of the 2024 season, where the “Country Club of Motocross” welcomed a massive crowd that saw reigning 450 Class Champion Jett Lawrence ride to a 1-1 effort for his third win of the season. In the 250 Class, Ty Masterpool prevailed with a breakthrough maiden victory that also signified an unprecedented 300th victory for the most successful team in the history of the sport.

450 Class

The Australian Lawrence brothers led the field through the first turn to open Moto 1, with points leader Hunter Lawrence inching ahead of Jett to earn the Holeshot and hold onto the early lead. Behind them, Dylan Ferrandis battled his way into third. The Frenchman held the position for just over a lap until Justin Cooper made the pass. A little more than seven minutes into the moto, Hunter Lawrence lost traction coming out of a turn and stopped briefly, which allowed Jett Lawrence to assume the lead. Moments later, Cooper endured a similar hiccup, which allowed Chase Sexton to move into third.

As the moto wore on, the Lawrences increased their advantage over the field as some miscues by Sexton allowed the lead to grow to nearly 20 seconds entering the final 10 minutes of the moto. The distance between Jett and Hunter hovered around two seconds, with some ebb and flow as the pair navigated lapped riders. With three laps to go the intensity picked up, with less than a second between the siblings. They mirrored lap times and took the white flag with eight-tenths separating the teammates. Hunter Lawrence went on the attack and looked for alternate lines to attempt a pass, but it was too little too late.

Photo of Jett Lawrence at the 2024 High Point National motocross race. START
The 2024 Pro Motocross Championship kicked off its East Coast swing with the annual Father’s Day weekend tradition from legendary High Point Raceway

Jett Lawrence captured his fourth moto win of the season a mere seventh tenths ahead of Hunter, while Sexton followed in a distant third, 36 seconds back. Cooper finished fourth, with Aaron Plessinger in fifth.

The final moto of the afternoon started with Phil Nicoletti leading the field to the Holeshot before he gave way to Jason Anderson. Jett Lawrence then slotted into third, with Hunter Lawrence following into fourth. The Lawrences were quick to pass Nicoletti and take over the remaining podium positions. Sexton followed through into fourth and pressured Hunter Lawrence for third. Sexton made quick work of the points leader to slot into the top three five minutes into the moto.

Sexton continued his push and pressured Jett Lawrence for second, which saw the champ close in on Anderson for the lead. A battle for the top spot ensued and as Anderson looked to fend off Lawrence, it allowed Sexton to make the move past both riders and jump from third to first. Lawrence completed the pass on Anderson and quickly worked his way around Sexton to seize control of the lead 10 minutes into the moto. From there, Lawrence and Sexton settled into their respective positions through the heart of the moto.

Photo of Chase Sexton at the 2024 High Point National motocross race.
Chase Sexton (3-2) finished in the runner-up spot and chipped away at his deficit in the championship. Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

With a little more than 10 minutes to go Sexton mounted an attack on Lawrence and made an easy pass to move into the lead. Lawrence gave chase and passed Sexton back, only for Sexton to do the same and put his himself out front. Sexton kept a patient Lawrence at bay and as the moto dipped into its final five minutes Sexton lost traction with his front tire and tipped over, which handed the lead back to Lawrence. Sexton remounted in second, but found himself under fire from Hunter Lawrence in third.

Sexton dug deep to get Jett Lawrence back within his sights but the Honda rider managed the lead through to the finish to wrap up his second sweep of the motos this season. He crossed the finish line 3.7 seconds ahead of Sexton, with Hunter Lawrence in third.

Photo of Hunter Lawrence at the 2024 High Point National motocross race.
Hunter Lawrence (2-3) maintained his points lead with a fourth straight podium effort. Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Jett Lawrence’s second 1-1 effort of the summer resulted in his third overall win in four rounds and the 14th victory of his 450 Class career and provided back-to-back wins to follow up his worst outing in the premier class in which he crashed and suffered minor injuries. Sexton (3-2) earned the tiebreaker over Hunter Lawrence (2-3) for the runner-up spot, while the elder Lawrence, who is the championship leader, remains the only rider to finish on the overall podium at each round thus far.

With his four straight podium results to start the season, Hunter Lawrence remains atop the championship standings. He holds a six-point lead over Sexton, with Jett Lawrence in third, eight points out of the lead.

“Chase had some good lines in Moto 2. It was a bummer to see him go down. It was his race for sure. My shoulder was a bit more fatigued today. I struggled a bit, so it’s good to get the overall and head into the break,” Jett Lawrence said.

Photo of Jett Lawrence at the 2024 High Point National motocross race.
Ty Masterpool’s (2-1) margin of victory for his first career win was a mere 0.3 seconds. Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

250 Class

The opening moto of the day got underway with Nick Romano out front for the Holeshot, but he was quickly passed by Ryder DiFrancesco and Tye Masterpool. However, the rider to watch was Chance Hymas, who clawed his way into the lead before the completion of the opening lap. Well behind was point leader and Haiden Deegan, who started the moto outside the top 20.

As the moto wore on, Hymas, Masterpool, and Jo Shimoda settled into the top three and all three remained within striking distance of one another as they navigated tricky track conditions. Just as the moto surpassed its halfway point, Hymas had a slight bobble while attempting to navigate lapped riders. With the Honda’s momentum halted momentarily, both Masterpool and Shimoda were able to get by and drop Hymas to third. Behind them, Deegan was on an impressive comeback and managed to claw his way into the top four.

Deegan’s charge forward brought him within reach of Hymas, which forced the Honda rider to respond. With the moto winding down, the battle for second became a three-rider affair between Shimoda, Hymas, and Deegan. A savvy move allowed Deegan to pass Hymas and move into the top three. Deegan then went on the attack against Shimoda. Deegan took advantage of a lapper to make the pass for second and then had two laps to track down Masterpool.

Deegan closed in and took advantage of his first opening to make the move on Masterpool just before the white flag. The Kawasaki rider battled back and kept the fight tight through the finish, but Deegan completed an impressive come-from-behind effort by 2.6 seconds over Masterpool. Shimoda followed in third, with Hymas fourth and DiFrancesco fifth. Deegan posted his fastest lap of the moto on the final circuit, to put the finishing touch on a statement ride.

The second moto saw Coty Schock earning the Holeshot over Jett Reynolds and Mark Fineis. As they jockeyed for position it was the rookie, Fineis, who emerged with the lead for the first time. Tom Vialle was also in the mix and made quick moves to jump into second and give pursuit of Fineis. Behind the top two, Masterpool was also pushing forward to slot into third. Deegan, meanwhile, found himself on the ground and started outside the top 20 for the second consecutive moto.

Vialle was patient and waited for his opportunity, which he capitalised on to seize control of the lead just over five minutes into the moto. While leading, Vialle landed off-kilter and went down, which handed the lead back to Fineis and dropped the Frenchman to fourth. Fineis’ lead was short-lived as Masterpool made a quick pass to grab the top spot, while Hymas followed from third.

Photo of Haiden Deegan at the 2024 High Point National motocross race.
Haiden Deegan (1-2) was impressive with a pair of come-from-behind climbs through the field en route to a runner-up finish. Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc

With a comfortable gap on the field, Masterpool went down and gave the lead back to Fineis, but quickly remounted in second. Fineis then crashed out from first a short time later, which allowed Hymas to slip past Masterpool and become the moto’s fifth different leader right as it reached the halfway point. Hymas was able to quickly establish a multi-second lead on Masterpool, who settled into second. Behind the leaders, Vialle ran third but faced pressure from a hard-charging Deegan, who once again marched his way into the top five. Deegan bided his time and eventually took advantage of a bobble by Vialle to move into third.

Back up front, Masterpool mounted a charge for the lead with less than four minutes to go and forced a bobble out of Hymas, which allowed the Kawasaki rider to reclaim the lead. With pressure coming from Deegan, Hymas was able to erase the deficit to Masterpool and make it a three-rider battle to the finish. Deegan got by Hymas and was on Masterpool’s rear fender in the final turns, but the Kawasaki rider held off the threat to secure his first career moto win by a mere three tenths of a second. Hymas finished in third.

With the moto win, Masterpool (2-1) and Deegan (1-2) finished tied atop the overall classification, but Masterpool earned the second-moto tiebreaker to capture the first overall win of his professional career. He became the 175th rider in Pro Motocross history to earn a 250 Class victory, which also signified the milestone 300th win for the decorated Pro Circuit race team led by Mitch Payton. Hymas secured his second straight podium result in third (4-3).

Photo of Chance Hymas at the 2024 High Point National motocross race.
Chance Hymas (4-3) now has back-to-back podiums and sole possession of second in points. Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

With three wins and a runner-up finish through the first four rounds, Deegan’s lead in the championship standings sits at 32 points over Hymas. Vialle, who finished fifth (8-4), sits third, 38 points behind Deegan.

“It’s been a rough three to four years. I’m lucky to have a great team around me and just keep my head down. This is proof hard work pays off. I believed in the team around me and in God’s plan and it all worked out,” Masterpool said,

Haiden Deegan was gracious in defeat saying, “I’m super proud of Masterpool [for the win]. He’s been through a lot of highs and lows. It was a battle and we took it down to the wire. I made things hard on myself today, but we still showed a lot of speed and extended the points lead, so it was still a good day.”

Chance Hymas was once again happy to have made the podium for the second week in a row. “I felt good on the bike all day. I just got to be better. I’m super glad to be on the podium again and show some consistency. Now I’ve got second all to myself [in the point standings] and I’m ready to come out swinging after the break,” Hymas said.

The 2024 Pro Motocross Championship will observe its first off weekend of the season before a return to action on Saturday, June 29, with the fifth round from the sands of Southwick, Massachusetts’ legendary The Wick 338.

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish // Points)
1 Jett Lawrence, Landsborough, Qld., Australia, Honda (1-1 // 50)
2 Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., KTM (3-2 // 42)
3 Hunter Lawrence, Landsborough, Qld., Australia, Honda (2-3 // 42)
4 Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM (5-5 // 34)
5 Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (4-6 // 34)
6 Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Kawasaki (7-4 // 33)
7 Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Honda (6-7 // 31)
8 Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS (10-8 // 26)
9 Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Husqvarna (9-9 // 26)
10 Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Suzuki (8-10 // 26)

450 Class Championship Standings (Round 4 of 11)
1 Hunter Lawrence, Landsborough, Qld., Australia, Honda – 171 Points
2 Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., KTM – 165 Points
3 Jett Lawrence, Landsborough, Qld., Australia, Honda – 163 Points
4 Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 143 Points
5 Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM – 134 Points
6 Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Kawasaki – 130 Points
7 Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS – 121 Points
8 Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Honda – 120 Points
9 Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Husqvarna – 113 Points
10 Freddie Noren, Lidkoping, Sweden, Kawasaki – 82 Points

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finishes // Points)
1 Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas., Kawasaki (2-1 // 47)
2 Haiden Deegan, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (1-2 // 47)
3 Chance Hymas, Pocatello, Idaho, Honda (4-3 // 38)
4 Jo Shimoda, Suzuka, Japan, Honda (3-5 // 37)
5 Tom Vialle, Avignon, France, KTM (8-4 // 32)
6 Julien Beaumer, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., KTM (6-8 // 30)
7 Ryder DiFrancesco, Bakersfield, Calif., GASGAS (5-13 // 26)
8 Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS (13-6 // 25)
9 Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Kawasaki (10-9 // 25)
10 Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Yamaha (9-10 // 25)

250 Class Championship Standings (Round 4 of 11)
1 Haiden Deegan, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha – 191 Points
2 Chance Hymas, Pocatello, Idaho, Honda – 159 Points
3 Tom Vialle, Avignon, France, KTM – 153 Points
4 Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Kawasaki – 144 Points
5 Jo Shimoda, Suzuka, Japan, Kawasaki – 136 Points
6 Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas, Kawasaki – 116 Points
7 Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Triumph – 116 Points
8 Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS – 109 Points
9 Julien Beaumer, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., KTM – 103 Points
10 Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Yamaha – 82 Points

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