Results: 2024 Crestview Construction Southwick National

Saturday, June 29, 2024 | 10:35 PM

   

Consistency Brings Jett Lawrence Fourth Pro Motocross Championship Victory of the Season
at Southwick

   

Haiden Deegan Prevails with Fourth 250 Class Victory
to Extend Points Lead

   

After a week off, the Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, returned to action for Round 5 of the 2024 season with an annual visit to Western Massachusetts and the iconic sand track at The Wick 338. The 43rd running of the Crestview Construction Southwick National was greeted with overcast skies, cool temperatures, and a huge crowd of passionate fans, which set the stage for another memorable day of racing. In the 450 Class, defending champion Jett Lawrence parlayed 1-2 moto scores into his fourth win of the season for Team Honda HRC, while the 250 Class saw Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Haiden Deegan prevail with 1-2 finishes of his own and add to his point lead with his fourth win of the summer.

450 Class

Moto 1

The opening premier class moto began with the familiar sight of Team Honda HRC mounted Lawrence siblings at the head of the pack, with Jett securing the MotoSport.com Holeshot over Hunter. Right behind them was Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Chase Sexton. With a clear track ahead of him, Jett Lawrence was able to sprint out to an early lead of more than 2.5 seconds before the completion of the opening lap.

As the moto wore on, the young Australian continued to add to the advantage over his brother, which eventually approached 10 seconds. Behind them, Sexton asserted his hold of third, which allowed the top three to move upwards of 30 seconds over the rest of the field.

Jett Lawrence managed the margin through the final stages of the moto and wrapped up a wire-to-wire effort to secure his fifth moto win of the season by 6.4 seconds over Hunter Lawrence, with Sexton alone in a distant third. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson followed in fourth, with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Justin Cooper in fifth.

Jett Lawrence (1-2) relied on consistency to emerge with his fourth win of the 2024 season.
Jett Lawrence (1-2) relied on consistency to emerge with his fourth win of the 2024 season. MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Moto 2

It was more of the same to begin the second and deciding moto as Jett Lawrence once again led Hunter Lawrence through the first turn for the MotoSport.com Holeshot, while Sexton gave chase from third. Sexton was aggressive on the opening lap and made the pass on Hunter Lawrence for second. Right after that he began to look for a way into the lead around Jett Lawrence. Sexton’s forward momentum then stalled out, which allowed Hunter Lawrence to close in and reclaim second.

Hunter’s push wasn’t finished as he got alongside his brother and made the pass on Jett to grab control of the lead. Jett settled into second, while Sexton and his Red Bull KTM teammate Aaron Plessinger pursued from third and fourth, respectively.

The pace remained calm through the heart of the moto but the intensity picked up in the final 10 minutes when Hunter Lawrence briefly went off track. That allowed Jett Lawrence to close in and apply pressure on his brother. Jett was able to make the pass happen with a handful of minutes to go and easily distanced himself, but all eyes were on Sexton who was the fastest rider on the track. Sexton made quick work of Hunter Lawrence to take over second and then set his sights on the lead.

The KTM rider put on a charge to close in on Jett Lawrence and initiate a fight for the lead with less than two minutes to go. Sexton got alongside Lawrence and briefly nosed ahead, but the Honda rider battled back to hold onto the position. Sexton didn’t relent and his persistence ultimately paid off as he seized control of the moto just before time ran out. From there, Sexton checked out over the final two laps.

Sexton took his third moto win of the season by 8.5 seconds over Jett Lawrence, who needed to fend off a late push from Hunter Lawrence on the final lap.

Chase Sexton (3-1) earned a Moto 2 victory to secure a runner-up finish at Southwick.
Chase Sexton (3-1) earned a Moto 2 victory to secure a runner-up finish at Southwick. MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Overall

Jett Lawrence’s consistency proved to be the difference maker in the overall classification as his 1-2 effort was enough to clinch his fourth victory of the season and the 15th of his career, which moved him into a tie with Jeremy McGrath for 10th on the all-time 450 Class wins list. Sexton’s impressive second moto triumph moved him into the runner-up spot  (3-1), while Hunter Lawrence maintained his podium streak in third (2-3), which now sits at five races.

The podium finish for Hunter Lawrence allowed him to maintain his lead atop the championship standings, which now sits at just three points over Jett Lawrence and Sexton, who sit tied for second.

Hunter Lawrence (2-3) captured his fifth straight overall podium result to hang on to the red plate.
Hunter Lawrence (2-3) captured his fifth straight overall podium result to hang on to the red plate. MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Jett Lawrence, Team Honda HRC
“I’ve been having to rely on my legs more [managing a shoulder injury] and wore them out. Chase was just riding too strong in that one [Moto 2]. I tried to give him a fight, but this was just one of those races that was his. We’ll need to go back and do some work and come back better.”

Chase Sexton, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
“I felt super good early, then I lost touch a little bit and had to reset to get my flow back. I didn’t expect to catch them that quickly, but I got my flow back and was able to make it happen. I’m glad we came back strong in that second moto to get the win. I’m really happy about that.”

Hunter Lawrence, Team Honda HRC
“I was definitely riding my heart out. I was just going for it. This track is really gnarly and it’s tricky to get the bike set up for it. We gave it our all and that’s all I can ask for. We’ll keep working and come back stronger.”

  

250 Class

Moto 1

The first moto of the afternoon got underway with the red plate of Deegan’s Yamaha leading the field through the first turn for the MotoSport.com Holeshot over his rivals in Team Honda HRC’s Chance Hymas, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Levi Kitchen, and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tom Vialle. The clear track gave Deegan an early advantage that he took full advantage of as the point leader soon established a multi-second advantage over the field.

While Deegan continued to build on his lead Vialle was on the move forward. The Frenchman started the moto in fourth but rode a consistent pace that allowed him to work his way around both Kitchen and Hymas and secure second place. He faced a deficit of just over eight seconds with a little more than 10 minutes left in the moto and was able to ride faster lap times than Deegan, which allowed Vialle to gain ground on the lead. The gap between the top two closed to about five seconds before Deegan responded, emphatically, and pulled away to establish his largest lead of the moto.

Deegan went wire to wire and charged to his sixth moto win of the season by a margin of 15.3 seconds over Vialle. Hymas fended off a late challenge from Kitchen to secure third, while Triumph Racing’s Joey Savatgy rounded out the top five.

Haiden Deegan (1-2) continued his hot start to the season with a fourth victory in five rounds.
Haiden Deegan (1-2) continued his hot start to the season with a fourth victory in five rounds. MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Moto 2

The second moto started with each of the top five finishers from Moto 1 at the front of the field exiting the first turn, with Kitchen leading the way. However, a red flag for a downed rider necessitated a restart. When the gate dropped for the second time Kitchen once again put his Kawasaki out front for the MotoSport.com Holeshot, but Deegan went on the attack to take the lead from Kitchen with an aggressive pass. Behind them Vialle slotted into third, with Team Honda HRC’s Jo Shimoda in fourth.

As Deegan started to inch away from the field, Vialle put the pressure on Kitchen and was able to make the pass for second to give chase to Deegan. The Frenchman was able to close in and apply pressure on Deegan, who tucked his front tire and crashed out of the top spot. Vialle was forced to take evasive action but inherited the lead, while Shimoda and Kitchen followed through in second and third, respectively. Deegan remounted in sixth but made a quick pass to move back into the top five.

With the lead in hand, Vialle opened a lead of 4.5 seconds on the field as Deegan continued his recovery effort with a move into the top four and then engaged in a battle with Kitchen for third. Deegan waited for his opportunity and made an easy pass to break into the top three. Vialle was able to stabilize his hold of the lead through the majority of the moto, but Shimoda started to close in the closing minutes and got the gap to within three seconds as Deegan lurked a few additional seconds behind in third. As the pace increased up front Deegan responded and was able to catch Shimoda with two laps to go.

Soon the top three were separated by less than a second and Shimoda found himself alongside Vialle with a pass for the lead. Vialle and Deegan then engaged in a battle for second, still in pursuit of Shimoda out front. As they took the white flag the top three were within 1.5 seconds of one another. As Vialle looked to make a move on Shimoda he slid out and went down, which handed second to Deegan as Vialle remounted in third.

Shimoda closed out his first moto win of the season and his first with Team Honda HRC by a margin of 6.3 seconds over Deegan. Vialle settled for third.

Tom Vialle (2-3) had a victory within reach but settled for a runner-up finish.
Tom Vialle (2-3) had a victory within reach but settled for a runner-up finish. MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Overall

Deegan’s 1-2 finishes put him atop the overall standings for his fourth win of the season and the sixth win of his career, while Vialle’s late falter from first to third in the final moto relegated him to the runner-up spot (2-3). Shimoda’s Moto 2 triumph vaulted him onto the overall podium for the first time this season in third (9-1).

With another win to his credit Deegan added to his lead in the championship standings, which now sits at 42 points over Hymas, who finished fourth (3-5). Vialle is one additional point back in third, 43 behind Deegan.

Jo Shimoda (9-1) became the newest addition to the overall podium following a Moto 2 victory.
Jo Shimoda (9-1) became the newest addition to the overall podium following a Moto 2 victory. MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Haiden Deegan, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
“I look past those doubts [about riding in the sand]. I’m a motivated person and I’m willing to just put in the work. I was stalled out in third [in Moto 2], but then I saw those two guys [Shimoda and Vialle] and knew I had to dig deep at the end to try and make it happen. Tom went down and that’s what I needed for the [overall] win.”

Tom Vialle, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
“I had a great moto and was riding really well. I almost hit a lapper and then Jo [Shimoda] caught me. I tried to make a pass back on him, but I crashed and that was it.”

Jo Shimoda, Team Honda HRC
“I crashed in the first moto and had to do a lot of work. I came out ok on the restart [in Moto 2] and just never gave up. Vialle was getting away from me, but I kept pushing. The last three laps were just insane, but I’m really happy to get the moto win.”

    

Southwick National - 450 Class

- Southwick, MA

RiderHometown Motos
1Jett LawrenceAustralia Landsborough, Australia 1 - 2
2Chase SextonUnited States La Moille, IL 3 - 1
3Hunter LawrenceAustralia Landsborough, Australia 2 - 3
4Justin CooperUnited States Cold Spring Harbor, NY 5 - 6
5Dylan FerrandisFrance Avignon, France 7 - 5
6Aaron PlessingerUnited States Hamilton, OH 12 - 4
7Justin BarciaUnited States Monroe, NY 6 - 11
8Phil NicolettiUnited States Cochecton, NY 9 - 9
9Harri KullasEstonia Estonia 10 - 10
10Australia Korumburra, Australia 17 - 7
Full Results

   

450 Class Standings - 2024

RiderHometownPoints
1Chase SextonUnited States La Moille, IL 360
2Hunter LawrenceAustralia Landsborough, Australia 332
3Justin CooperUnited States Cold Spring Harbor, NY 284
4Aaron PlessingerUnited States Hamilton, OH 281
5Jason AndersonUnited States Edgewood, NM 261
6Dylan FerrandisFrance Avignon, France 237
7Malcolm StewartUnited States Haines City, FL 213
8Jett LawrenceAustralia Landsborough, Australia 210
9Christian CraigUnited States El Cajon, CA 161
10Justin BarciaUnited States Monroe, NY 148
Full Standings

    

Southwick National - 250 Class

- Southwick, MA

RiderHometown Motos
1Haiden DeeganUnited States Temecula, CA 1 - 2
2Tom VialleFrance Avignon, France 2 - 3
3Jo ShimodaJapan Suzuka City, Japan 9 - 1
4Chance HymasUnited States Pocatello, ID 3 - 5
5Jordon SmithUnited States Belmont, NC 7 - 4
6Joey SavatgyUnited States Thomasville, GA 5 - 6
7Levi KitchenUnited States Washougal, WA 4 - 7
8Ty MasterpoolUnited States Fallon, NV 6 - 8
9Pierce BrownUnited States Sandy, UT 8 - 12
10Casey CochranUnited States Portsmouth, VA 11 - 10
Full Results

     

250 Class Standings - 2024

RiderHometownPoints
1Haiden DeeganUnited States Temecula, CA 361
2Tom VialleFrance Avignon, France 307
3Levi KitchenUnited States Washougal, WA 291
4Chance HymasUnited States Pocatello, ID 275
5Jo ShimodaJapan Suzuka City, Japan 271
6Ty MasterpoolUnited States Fallon, NV 233
7Pierce BrownUnited States Sandy, UT 195
8Jalek SwollUnited States Belleview, FL 187
9Ryder DiFrancescoUnited States Bakersfield, CA 181
10Jordon SmithUnited States Belmont, NC 165
Full Standings