2021 HANGTOWN NATIONAL PRE-RACE REPORT: THE FINAL ROUND OF THE 2021 PRO MOTOCROSS SEASON
The final round of the season is upon us and it may no longer be a battle for the championship in the 450 class, there is still plenty of great racing to be had in the 250s and 2nd and 3rd still have to be decided in the premier class. In the 250 division, it is still a battle between Jett Lawrence and Justin Cooper as the two are separated by what is now 23 points after Jett’s dominant run at Fox Raceway. The 450 class is still pretty close for second and third as Ken Roczen must hold off the very fast Eli Tomac who only sits 9 points away. After Eli lapped up to ninth place the weekend before, we expect the fight will be close for the two 450 veterans. Scroll down below and find out what you need to know heading into the final round of the 2021 motocross season.
DYLAN FERRANDIS 2021 450 CHAMP
After what was an extremely impressive 250 season the year before, Dylan Ferrandis made lite work of the 2021 season, absolutely hauling butt across the finish line as a rookie. The occurrences for a rookie dominating the 450 class are rare which makes Dylan’s huge lead in the points, even more impressive. There is no doubt that Dylan had the grit and determination to become the 450 champ, but there is still plenty of action we’re looking forward to between Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen for the rest of the podium positions.
THE BATTLE FOR SECOND
We all have that one friend that doesn’t seem to get tired when riding. If you’re a pro rider in the 2021 season, you would know that one friend is Eli Tomac. Eli’s inhuman performance in the 100+ degree weather at Fox Raceway was a statement that yes it may be late in the season, but boy does he wants that second-place position in the points. Now only nine points behind Ken Roczen, we’re eager to witness what exactly will go down at Hangtown.
JETT’S LEAD GROWS
The 250 championship is currently being dominated by Jett Lawrence as Justin Cooper has been riding well, just not as well as his fellow competitor. The season started out with Jett taking a win but ultimately, Justin Cooper would have a considerably stronger start to the first half of the 2021 championship. However, with the introduction of Jeremy Martin winning a handful of motos and Justin getting sick, Jett Lawrence rose to the occasion and the top of the points leaderboard. Now, Jett leads by over 20 points. With two motos left in the season, anything can happen.
WE’RE RACING HANGTOWN
If you were watching the recent Fox Raceway National, you may have noticed an orange helmet spinning laps in the motos. Or maybe an 830. Well, several of our test riders, Dennis Stapleton (age 40) and Ezra Lewis (first national) qualified for the races. Now, our very own Assistant Editor, test rider, and former professional dirt bike racer Josh Mosiman will be lining up on the gate at Hangtown. Call us crazy, absolutely bonkers, or even insane. Dirt bikes are about having fun, and it looks like we’ll be dabbling once again in this whole Pro Motocross thing.
INJURED OR OUT LIST:
CHASE SEXTON | ENLARGED SPLEEN | NOT MAKING A RETURN
After tests and an ultrasound this week I have found that I have an enlarged spleen and that it wouldn’t be safe to race with it. I’m gutted not to be able to race and see all you California fans. Further updates will be coming soon thank you for the support.”
MARVIN MUSQUIN | COVID-19 | NOT MAKING A RETURN
DEAN WILSON | EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS
JUSTIN BARCIA | CONCUSSION
Justin Barcia, Round 6 winner, crashed leading up to the Unadilla National during a practice session, causing him to miss Rounds 9 – 11. We know he has been riding again, but we haven’t heard whether he’ll be racing at Hangtown yet or not.
JEREMY MARTIN | BROKEN WRIST
GARRETT MARCHBANKS | ADDISON’S DISEASE
ALEX MARTIN | WRIST
PIERCE BROWN | CONCUSSION/COLLARBONE
COLT NICHOLS | INJURED SHOULDER
ADAM CIANCIARULO | INJURED ARM
ZACH OSBORNE | INJURED BACK
JASON ANDERSON | BROKEN HAND
PHIL NICOLETTI | KNEE SURGERY
CAMERON MCADOO | FRACTURED TIBIA
SETH HAMMAKER | CONCUSSION
2021 HANGTOWN NATIONAL TV SCHEDULE
250 MOTO 1 – 1:00 PM Pacific, 4:00 PM Eastern – MAVTV & Peacock
450 MOTO 1 – 2:00 AM Pacific, 5:00 PM Eastern – MAVTV & Peacock
250 MOTO 2 – 3:00 PM Pacific, 6:00 PM Eastern – Peacock
450 MOTO 2 – 4:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Eastern – Peacock
*Delayed 250 MOTO 2 – 4:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Eastern – NBCSN
*Delayed 450 MOTO 2 – 5:00 PM Pacific, 8:00 PM Eastern – NBCSN
Coverage of the Hangtown National will begin at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET on the MAVTV. The opening motos of both the 250 Class and 450 Class will kick off the afternoon and will transition an hour later into the second and deciding set of motos for each division on NBCSN, starting at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET.
450 POINT STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 11 OF 12
250 POINT STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 11 OF 12