Honda Riders Set the Pace in Unadilla Qualifying
The 50th Anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship begins its stretch run with the Parts Unlimited Unadilla National. One of American motocross' most hallowed grounds at New York's Unadilla MX will challenge riders with it's high-speed, highly technical layout for the ninth stop of the 2022 season. As the morning qualifying sessions completed, a pair of Team Honda HRC riders led the way atop the time sheets.
Known for his prowess on the Euro-styled layout, it wasn't a surprise to see Ken Roczen at the top of the 450 Class standings. The reigning back-to-back Unadilla winner began his quest for a three-peat with a fastest time of 2:14.543 that he posted in the first session of the day that ultimately withstood through the final session. The German edged out Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jason Anderson's 2:14.840 by three tenths of a second, while Monster Energy Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy followed in third (2:15.181).
In the 250 Class, current point leader and defending series champion Jett Lawrence laid down a blistering time of 2:12.77 to lead all riders at Unadilla with the single-quickest lap of the day. The young Aussie took the win in New York last season and got a head start on his pursuit of back-to-back victories, nearly two full seconds clear of Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing's Justin Cooper in second (2:14.525) and Team Honda HRC's Hunter Lawrence in third (2:14.755).