Editorial

Tipping Jett Becomes More Than Just A Fantasy

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Jett Lawerence on his way to his maiden AMA 450 Supercross win and winning the hearts of supercross fantasy players world wide.

A1 is won is done, and if you are a Jett Lawerence fan, you are certainly happy right now, and if you were able to find a tipping / Fantasy competition to pick him in, you are more than just a little happy right now.

The opening round of the 2024 AMA Monster Energy Supercross certainly delivered on a lot of levels, and while A1 is not always the best form guide for how the rest of the year will play out, it gives us a bit of an idea how riders are looking early in the season.

As we all saw, Jett was nearly flawless all day long, topping the time sheets on every qualifying session, and though he had a little mishap in his heat, he showed that he has the speed to burn to quickly wheel in Cooper Webb before making a small mistake.

The main was all Jett, he quickly muscled his way past eventual second-place finisher Jason Anderson and rode to a controlled win. It was one of those dream scenarios that generally do not go to plan, but for the young Aussie, who has barely put a foot wrong since moving up to the 450 class, it was just another step to becoming one of the greats.

THOSE NOT NAMED JETT LAWERENCE

Jason Anderson fought hard to fight off Cooper Webb for second spot and looks to be in the form that helped him capture the 2018 championship – Credit Kawasaki Media

Behind him, Anderson was fantastic, showing the speed that the 2018 450 champion possesses; he held Webb at bay for most of the race and then used his usual determination after being passed by Cooper Webb to fight back and hold on for second place.

Chase Sexton was quick and along with Webb got close to knocking Jett off the top spot in qualifying and was looking good in the main, sitting in 4th and not far off the pace until he had a Chase moment and nearly threw it all away in the big rhythm section, luckily he was able to hold and, and later benefited from Webb’s crash to land himself on the podium.

Aaron Plessinger in fourth was solid, and if he can keep up that form, he will be every chance of taking a rmain event win, and the same goes for Dylan Ferrandis, both of those riders being sneaky good at the opening round and will only get better.

With his fast qualifying times and race speed, Webb would have to be considered the biggest challenger to Jett after the opening round.

Webb is good when he is qualifying a second or more off the pace; when he is qualifying just .1 of a second off the pace, the rider with the reputation of being the best rider on a beaten-down track is going to be hard to stop, especially when racing moves to the East Coast.

Cooper Webb may have finished 6th, but in my eyes he was the second most impressive rider, just behind Jett at A1 – Credit Yamaha Media

Justin Barcia will only get better as he continues to recover from injuries sustained late last year. Justin Cooper was solid, and it will be interesting to see how his season unfolds.

Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen rounded out the top ten! Think about that for a minute! This field has a lot of talent.

Roczen looked good all night, just unlucky in the main; he will win a race or more this year; for Tomac, there is certainly no need to hit the panic button just yet. He is coming back from a significant injury, and Tomac is sure to do Tomac things; before we know it, we will be at round 11, and he will be sitting there, within a few points of the championship lead and be right in the title fight.

Jorge Prado back in the 13th was very, very good. The current World Motocross qualified 9th fastest and had pace in the race but struggled in the whoops as they broke down; apart from that he looked very impressive especially for a rider with Zero SX experience before A1, and he came out and ran 13th in the premier 450 class in a field full of former champions and 450 race winners.

He has to get through two more rounds and then head back to Europe to win another MX Championship. Hopefully, after that, we will see him racing Supercross full-time in 2025, and by 2026, I would be surprised if he is not challenging for wins.

THE OTHER AUSSIES IN THE 450 CLASS

Hunter looked solid all day, it was just a luckless night for the 2023 East Coast 250SX Champ

There was nothing of too much note to speak of through the rest of the field apart from the usual Vince shenanigans, which played a hand in putting an early end to Hunter Lawrence’s first ever-450 Supercross event.

After getting caught up in the opening heat first-turn mess, Hunter struggled with his start in the LCQ, and despite his best effort, he missed the main event by less than half a bike length and was forced to watch the main event from the stands.

For the other Australian in the 450 class at the opening round, the day was over a little earlier after Joel Wightman just missed out on making the 40-rider cut-off for the night show. It was going to take a lot of work for the rider who finished 5th in the Australian Supercross Championship to make the night show, with over 60 riders trying to qualify at A1. Wightman, who was in the C group for qualifying, had to contend with the worst track conditions, being in the last group on track each time and finished just 7/10ths of a second away from making the show in 44th position.

THE 250s

Photo od supercross rider RJ Hampshire at the start of the 2024 Supercross season
RJ Hampshire was in a league of his own at A1 in the 250 class

The 250 main event was also a good race. RJ Hampshire got to the front early and checked out, but behind him, it was an arm wrestle to see who would finish second.

Rookie KTM racer Julien Beaumer showed he would be a name to remember, running second for a good portion of the main before fading back to sixth at the end, but still a great ride by the sixteen-year-old.

Jordon Smith, Levi Kitchen and Maximu Vohland took turns running up front, while Jo Shimoda, who was not looking good early after a bad start, nearly ran them all down in the final stages. But if round one is anything to go by, everyone will need to do some work to catch the veteran of the class in Hampshire.

Just the one Aussie lined up in the 250 class at A1, with now U.S regular Geran Stapleton making the night show and was close to qualifying straight out of his heat, running 9th before slipping outside of the final spot, then crashing. A bad start in the LCQ put an end to his night.

LET ME GIVE YOU A TIP

An inside look at my early picks for San Fransico this weekend, It is still not to late to join out private league over on the VitalMX website.

I was going to skip the Fantasy/Tipping Competitions this year, but the excitement leading into A1 got the better of me. I went searching, starting with the PULP Fantasy comp, only to find out that it was only available to play for people in the United States and half the people living in the U.S!

My second stop was over at the Rocky Mountain website. They have a different style of fantasy competition and a lot of great prizes, and with David from Always Moto setting up a private league, I jumped in, picked Jett for the win, and had Jason Anderson for second, so things were looking good, putting Tomac for 3rd and Roczen for 4th hurt my score a little along with having Hunter in 10th for my wild card while having Webb in 5th helped my score enough to put me second in the private league.

After picking my team for the Rocky Mountain competition, I headed to Vital MX. I found their all-new fantasy competition, which had a familiar feel to it.

Much like our old tipping competition for the MX Nationals back in the day, Vital has gone down the path of giving you a $1,000,000 budget each week, then letting you “Pay” for your riders, with the top riders costing you a premium price, with riders prices staggered down to the riders who may or may not make the main event, or even the night show.

Mattho leads the way in our private league after week one. Could a mudder this weekend derail his great start to the season?

Despite having a couple of riders in my team who did not make the main event, I managed to pull down a score that had me sitting 442nd and 5th in the FULLNOISE Private League.

Yep, that is right. I decided to create a private league for anyone following fullnoise.com.au on our socials or reading here to join. If you did not join at round 1, it is not too late; click here, sign up and join the fun. When putting in the password for the league, it is FULLNOISE (All Caps)

This season will be for bragging rights, but we might see what we can organise when the American outdoors rolls around to make it a little more interesting; I might have to beg Gaz to build another tipping competition before the ProMX starts this year!

THE LOCAL FRONT

Venues have now been announced for the 2024 AORC, time to start planning some travel!

While all focus was on the American SX Championship and A1 last weekend, along with the opening stages of this year’s DAKAR, which I’ll cover next week, ( Gaz has been doing a great job all week long, chasing up all the press and results to put a tremendous daily recap in the main news section every single day) things are slowly starting to take more shape on the local racing front.

Today, M.A. released the locations for the 2024 Australian Off Road Championship (AORC), with the series making two trips to both Queensland and Victoria and one trip to South Australia before finishing up with a round in New South Wales.

With venues now announced, I plan to get myself to all six weekends, beginning with a nice 1800km trip each way to Roma, Queensland, in early March.

We are still waiting for a few more announcements on team riders for this year’s AORC championship, but we will put together a list of teams and riders in the coming weeks.

Photo of motocross rider Kyle Webster at the final round ot the 2023 ProMX
Some of Australia’s top MX riders are set to line up at Wonthaggi in early February for a preseason hitout at the venue that will host the opening round of the 2024 ProMX.

On the motocross front, most teams have announced the riders for the 2024 season, and we are starting to see many Insty posts of riders riding and training for the upcoming ProMX series.

CDR Yamaha’s Jed Beaton, Honda’s Kyle Webster, and Beta’s Levi Rogers have all dropped some great snippets of the past couple of weeks, while Empire Kawasaki posted some footage of the team testing with Luke Clout today.

The Dandenong Motorcycle Club, who will host the opening round of the ProMX Championship, have also announced this week that they will be holding their two-day event Saturday, the 3rd and Sunday, the 4th of February, which should provide an excellent little preview of this year’s championship as it usually attracts a good portion of Australia’s top talent. It might be a little tight time wise, but we might make the trip across to see who is looking good early in the year.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK

From pros to local state racers, the 2024 season is fast approaching; it’s time to get out riding.

That is a wrap for this week, first week back at work for 2024, the brain is a little tired and the body a little sore, we will be back next week with a few little additions as we head towards what we are all waiting for….. The local racing season to kick off in Australia.

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