250 OVERALL QUALIFYING RESULTS | 2021 INDIANAPOLIS SUPERCROSS 1
250 OVERALL QUALIFYING RESULTS | 2021 INDIANAPOLIS SUPERCROSS
Supercross is back and this time around it’s under the Lucas Oil Stadium roof for three more rounds for the Monster Energy Supercross season. The first of the three tracks in Indianapolis shows a lot more variety than the previous three with each round being different than the rest instead of just changing lanes and the direction of the track. Round four will include two sets of whoops, steep doubles, an over-under, and more obstacles to set its self apart from the faster previous rounds. Observing practice lap times, the lap times seem to be around similar marks as the third round of the season, which was the most technical of the three Houston rounds. However, with Indy, several riders will be sitting out giving some of the other faster riders an advantage to sit on the podium. Both Austin Forkner and Rj Hampshire have confirmed to be skipping the fourth round in the season and it looks like the two will take some time to heal after both sustaining injuries during the third round. The two were contenders for the championship and with the two out of the picture, who do you think will take their place? Who do you think will be the fastest 250 qualifiers during the first Indy round? Find out below as we report LIVE from Lucas Oil Stadium.
Photos by Brian Converse
250 OVERALL QUALIFYING
Christian Craig had the fastest lap time in the first qualifying session.
Jett Lawrence and Christian Craig jumped in front of the pack of 250s in the second qualifying session however Jett went down in a turn a lap in. Christian Craig proceeded to race ahead of the rest of the competition while Jo Shimoda sat in second in the lap times. Colt Nichols shortly jumped in front of Jo Shimoda for third place and the number 30 sat in front of Josh Osby. The crash that Jett had at the very beginning of the timed qualifying session did not faze the Australian as he quickly came back to second place. 5 minutes in, Michael Mosiman gained the third place position while Jett Lawrence and Christian Craig swapped places. The top three riders were all in the 47 second lap time separated by just tenths of a second. Soon Colt Nichols would join this lap time and skip ahead of Michael Mosiman for third place. With only a couple of minutes left, Max Vohland went down hard in the whoops section resulting in a red flag and the halt of the second qualifying session. As the remainder of the qualifying session took, Max was pulled off the track for further evaluation from the medics. By the end of the second qualifying session, Jett Lawrence would remain the fastest qualifier in the 250 class.
Mitchell Oldenburg qualified fifth in the first qualifying time.
Max Vohland had a bad crash in the second qualifying session through the whoops section.
250 GROUP A FIRST QUALIFYING SESSION
Austin Forkner on his injury via Instagram: “So unfortunately in that crash at Houston I broke my collarbone, knew it right away when I felt the bones moving around. It was broke in 3 or 4 spots, so it wasn’t pretty, but I immediately had surgery and got it plated. Obviously I’m out for this week but looking to make to a decision with my team to come back as soon as I can safely. Obviously I’m super disappointed, but I just wanna thank my team and everyone who’s still backing me. And good luck to Jo and the team this week.”
After several track difficulties that the track crew was experiencing, Qualifying was underway and Christian Craig got out front as usual to get a clean lap in. Jo Shimoda and Jett Lawrence followed behind the 29 of Christian Craig during the first qualifying session for Group A 250s. Christian Craig quickly grabbed the fastest lap time out of the 250s with a 48 second lap time followed by Jett with a 49. Michael Mosiman sat in second after passing Jett Lawrence but not for long as Jett moved back up and grabbed the fastest time with a 48.2. Josh Osby was qualifying very well as he sat in fifth place behind Mosiman and Oldenburg sat in sixth place. With 5 minutes left, Colt Nichols threw down a fast lap time and then sat in third place behind Craig. Christian Craig quickly took back his first place position in the first session of timed qualifying nearly getting a 47 second lap time with a 48.02. However, Colt Nichols would show this is possible by passing Craig and getting a 47.93. Colt’s lead wouldn’t last long because Christian would slide on by for the first place spot right before timed qualifying ended.
Christian Craig got the faster lap time in the first qualifying session.