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Cycle News 2021 Issue 37 September 14

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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D ylan Ferrandis put an exclamation point on his 2021 Lucas Oil 450 Pro Motocross Championship with a con- vincing performance at the Hangtown Moto- cross Classic, just outside of Sacramento, California. The Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha rider, who had already wrapped up the title the previous weekend in Southern California, won the first moto at Hangtown, then came from a first-turn crash in the second moto all the way up to third to clinch another overall win. The real drama, however, took place in the 250cc class, where Team Honda's 18-year-old Jett Lawrence came into the race with a 23-point lead over Justin Cooper, the last man standing between himself and his first professional championship. But after two crashes in the early laps put Lawrence outside the top 20, the pressure was sud- denly intense for the Australian. He ended up eighth, but with Cooper winning, his points lead was suddenly cut in half. And after another early spill in the second moto, it seemed like Lawrence's youthful exuberance was becoming more like panic. But he settled down, moved up to third-place and ended up clinching Team Honda its first AMA 250 Pro Motocross since 1996, when Steve Lamson was the in-house specialist in the 125 class. VOLUME 58 ISSUE 37 SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 P71 PHOTOGRAPHY BY BROWNDOG WILSON Ferrandis battles back, Lawrence holds on for 250MX Championship The 2021 250MX Championship came down to these two guys at the season finale at Hangtown. At one point, Justin Cooper (32) was in a position to win it, but Jett Lawrence (18) held on for the title.

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