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Critical points scored by Dobson despite collarbone injury

Serco Yamaha entry moves to third in the MX2 standings.

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A fifth-place finish at Canberra’s second round of the 2021 Penrite ProMX Championship proved to be a critical points haul for Jesse Dobson, the Serco Yamaha rider putting in a courageous ride less than two weeks after undergoing collarbone surgery in a bid to keep his title hopes alive.

The Queensland-based contender broke his collarbone in a practice crash during the lead-up to Canberra, forcing him to wait until the opening lap of practice to determine if he could even race the pair of motos.

Dobson went 8-5 across the two outings for fifth overall, promoting him to third in the championship standings while positioning him just two points shy of second’s Rhys Budd (Yamalube Yamaha Racing).

“Going into the weekend, there was still a big question mark on if I could even ride a dirt bike,” Dobson told On Monday I actually called a friend and was talking them – I told them I couldn’t even put my socks on.

“I didn’t know how the weekend was going to go, so with what I could salvage, it was really good. If I could ride, I wanted to be around the top five depending on the shoulder, but I was just taking it race by race.

“If I could only do one race, that’s better than not being on the start gate at all with the cards I’ve been dealt in the last two weeks. I managed to finish the whole day and move up one position in the points – now I’m only two points off second. Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out.”

The number 14 sits 33 points behind series leader Kyle Webster (Honda Racing), who has gone undefeated across the first four motos of the season.


Lawrence brothers celebrate double podium milestone

Spectacular rides seal 250SX championship top three for both Australians.

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Team Honda HRC brothers Jett and Hunter Lawrence celebrated a double podium milestone on Saturday night at the Monster Energy Supercross finals, going 1-3 and sealing 250SX championship podiums in their respective regions.

Younger of the duo, Jett, charged to his third win of the 250SX East season and earned third in the final standings, while Hunter’s P3 result was enough for him to hold onto runner-up in 250SX West for 2021.

It’s a result that further signifies the arrival of both Lawrences, the 17-year-old Jett regarded as the sport’s brightest young talent, while at 21 years, Hunter has proven his potential in Supercross after injuries affected his previous campaigns.

“Coming into the weekend, I was excited for the Showdown with my brother Hunter and couldn’t wait for the main event,” recalled Jett, who was struck by illness prior to the main. “In the first qualifier I got P1 and was feeling a little better on the track and started to get a good flow. The second qualifier was pretty good also.

“Going into the heat race I was pretty excited to get it underway and it went pretty good. I got second in the heat and ended up getting the third gate pick for the main. I was throwing up all through the break to the main, so I was a little nervous and didn’t know how I’d do.

I was able to dig deep and kind of focus and came out with a win. I was super-pumped from how I was feeling before the race and to top it off Hunter got third; it was awesome for both of us to be on the box, so the last round ended pretty well, I think.”

Hunter managed to rebound from an early incident in the 250SX Showdown, quickly remounting and putting on a charge to pass Cameron McAdoo (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) on the final lap and securing second in the championship as a result.

“I got P2 in the West class championship, so that was really cool and I’m stoked on that. In the main event I was in a really good position and just rushed a pass for third and washed the front-end out. I dropped back to fifth and took a lap to regroup and breathe, then put on a push and got myself into third on the last lap.

“The track wasn’t something you could really send it on, so it was definitely about patience and a lot of corner speed – you had to execute your corners really well. Obviously, Jett and myself both getting on the podium was really special.

“What a way to finish out the supercross season! The team and everyone was really happy with that, and I can’t thank the team enough, they’re like a family and they’ve been awesome, so I’m looking forward to the outdoors and just happy to end it on a solid note. Obviously we would’ve loved to win, but I’m looking forward to going racing again shortly.”


Improvements evident for Rykers in second Kawasaki showing

Set-up changes promote new-found confidence for the Western Australian.

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Western Australian Jayden Rykers believes Canberra’s second round of the 2021 Penrite ProMX Championship was a step forward after experiencing an improved performance in the MX1 category.

The Empire Kawasaki talent indicated a number of set-up changes were made to his KX450 in the lead-up to round two, which promoted a new-found confidence on his way to an encouraging seventh in the opening encounter.

The 24-year-old backed up the result with a pair of eighth-place finishes in the back-to-back sprint motos – a format first for 2021 – to secure an improved seventh overall.

“Today was definitely a step forward in comparison to the first round and we took a lot out of this one,” Rykers said. “We’ve made some changes with the bike to suit me more and they’ve worked, although I’d still like to be up toward the front further. All in all, we had a consistent day and it’s more to build from.”

The seventh-place result has elevated Rykers from P8 to P7 in the premier class championship rankings, while the series now heads to Gillman in South Australia for round three of the series on 30 May.


CDR Yamaha riders respond to Dack’s increased pressure

Clout and Mellross finish 1-2 at Canberra’s second round.

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Monster Energy CDR Yamaha duo Luke Clout and Hayden Mellross responded to Craig Dack’s call to ‘stand up’ at round two of the 2021 Penrite ProMX Championship after a self-described average season-opener, the pair delivering with an incredible 1-2 finish.

Round one of ProMX was far from Dack’s expectations last month, where Clout recorded a DNF in moto two as Mellross finished fifth overall – the results prompting the team owner to apply increased pressure last weekend in the ACT.

Dack mentioned the team couldn’t afford to experience ‘another average round’ as it would put them on the back foot in the title hunt, however he was overwhelmingly pleased with how the duo responded to his calls by dominating the podium.

“We needed to put up a fight here as another average round could see us lose touch in the championship chase, so I put it on the team and the riders to stand up this weekend and get racing back on our terms,” Dack explained.

“To the credit of both guys, they did that and now find themselves in a much better position as we head to round three. Both riders can take confidence from their results today and as a team, we will immediately focus on Gillman and look for more of the same.”

Clout’s 1-1-2 scorecard for first overall promoted him to fourth in the championship standings, while Mellross was able to elevate himself to third in the rankings with 4-3-3 results at the Canberra round.


Serco Yamaha indicates misfire issue the cause of Crawford DNF

Queenslander rebounds for moto two runner-up in Canberra.

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Serco Yamaha has revealed a misfire issue is what forced MX2 contender Nathan Crawford to withdraw from the opening moto at Canberra’s second round of the 2021 Penrite ProMX Championship.

Crawford’s YZ250F starting developing symptoms just one lap into the 17-lap encounter, prompting him to exit the outing and record a championship-damaging DNF. It’s understood the outfit is still investigating the problem.

Equipped with his spare bike for moto two, the popular Queenslander rebounded for a much-needed P2 result, however his points deficit to undefeated championship leader Kyle Webster (Honda Racing) sits at 40 just two rounds into the series.

“Today was a bit frustrating, but sometimes things like that are out of your control and the team did everything they could to fix the issue,” Crawford explained. “We still aren’t sure what caused it but I know the guys will be all over it in the workshop during the week and work out exactly what happened to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“But it was important I scored good points in race two, and I was able to do that. It took me a while to get going as I hadn’t been on the track for so long and I had to search for the lines I liked, but once I settled down, my speed was pretty good and I was able to get to second.”

Crawford is ranked fifth in the MX2 championship standings as ProMX heads to Gillman in South Australia on 30 May, marking the third stop on the calendar.


‘More to come’ insists Mellross after long-awaited podium

MX1 runner-up ends a nearly two-year drought for CDR Yamaha rider.

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CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Hayden Mellross insists there’s ‘more to come’ after claiming his first podium since July 2019, his runner-up result at Canberra’s second round of the 2021 Penrite ProMX Championship coming as a huge relief to the number 45.

Mellross was in title contention during the 2019 season before a knee injury at the closing rounds ruled him out of supercross that year, and along with racing being cancelled altogether in 2020, it meant the New South Welshman went almost two years without experiencing podium success at a national level.

The 25-year-old, who grew up in Goulbourn near Canberra, put on an impressive display in front of a home crowd as he charged to fourth in the opening encounter, however he really came into his own during the pair of back-to-back 13-minute plus one-lap motos, where he went 3-3 for second overall.

“It’s been too long since I stood on a podium at a national event,” said a relieved Mellross. “With Covid and injuries, it’s been a long time between podium visits, so I’m glad to finally get back up here and reward myself and the team for the hard work we have all put in behind the scenes.

“Today was an improvement on Wonthaggi as my speed was better. My starts weren’t what they needed to be, but I will work on that and hopefully put myself in better positions to win races at the next round.

“The more racing I’m able to do, the better I feel as I missed a large chunk of the pre-season with injury. I feel there is still more to come and think there is room for improvement as we head into Adelaide.”

The runner-up result promoted Mellross to third in the championship standings, one position ahead of team-mate and Canberra overall winner Luke Clout (Monster Energy CDR Yamaha).


Turnaround sees Ferguson rise for first MX2 podium

GasGas-mounted contender secures runner-up honours in the ACT.

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A pair of third-place results amounted to a career-first MX2 podium for rookie Noah Ferguson, the GasGas-mounted rider experiencing a turnaround performance at Canberra’s second round of the 2021 Penrite ProMX Championship on Sunday.

The youthful Queenslander endured a challenging opening round last month in victoria, mustering up just 10 championship points with a 13-DNF scorecard.

It was a drastic turnaround in the ACT for Ferguson, who after claiming an impressive second overall result, suggested an anticipated maiden podium would come further along in the series after his difficult start to the championship.

“I’m pretty pumped with my first P2 in MX2, which was only my second race in that category,” Ferguson told “The podium hasn’t surprised me – it was always the goal and the intention to be on the podium, but after round one, it was more of a doubt.

“I knew that’s where I needed to be, and it was a bit of a breakthrough ride to be on the podium so early. I’m always driving to be better – I’ll just take it week by week, and try to get better and be more consistent – that’s been the biggest downfall in my years of racing. I’d say it’s flipped a few goals around.”

The breakthrough result now sees Ferguson ranked seventh in the MX2 championship standings as ProMX visits South Australia for the next stop on the calendar, scheduled for 30 May.


Larwood hospitalised after Canberra collision

Dislocated shoulder puts WBR Yamaha rider in race against time for Gillman.

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WBR Yamaha Race Team’s Alex Larwood was hospitalised following a moto two collision in Canberra’s second stop of the 2021 Penrite ProMX Championship, where a dislocated shoulder now puts him in a race against time for his home round in South Australia at the end of the month.

The MX2 rookie collided with Yamaha counterpart Jay Wilson (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) in the early stages of moto two, crashing heavily and dislocating his shoulder in the process.

The teenager was initially treated by the Race Safe Medical Crew, however was forced to seek further medical treatment at the hospital for his shoulder to be repositioned in place.

Larwood, who finished 14th in the opening moto, is hopeful of making a swift recovery in the coming weeks, with his home round at Gillman set to be staged in just under four weeks’ time on 30 May.

“I got off to an awesome start, and I was running around sixth and just got by Rhys Budd and then I passed Jay Wilson as well,” Larwood told “As soon as I passed Jay, in the next corner – going by the mechanic’s pit lane where they had that single – and Jay sort of not jumped into me, but we collided and I got taken down.

“I dislocated my shoulder and Race Safe couldn’t get it back in, so I had to go to hospital and get it popped back in there. I reckon I should be fine [for Gillman], I’m going to see Jon [Park] tomorrow and start physio – hopefully everything goes to plan and I can be back for round three at my home track.”

The number five recently beat MX2 points leader Kyle Webster (Honda Racing) – who’s undefeated in ProMX this season – at the Gillman venue in a South Australian Motocross Championship event, although his current injury cloud puts him doubt of repeating the feat on a national stage.


Waters rides ‘within capabilities’ on way to fourth overall

Husqvarna Racing Team entry takes cautious approach in Canberra.

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Defending Australian MX1 champion Todd Waters was satisfied to take away a consistent points haul at Canberra’s second round of the 2021 Penrite ProMX Championship, admitting he rode within his capabilities to secure fourth overall.

Waters displayed strong form during early proceedings in the ACT, setting the second-fastest time in qualifying before finishing runner-up in the opening moto, which saw the number one put in comeback performance after dropping outside the top five.

Track conditions significantly deteriorated in the back half of the day, with the Canberra circuit becoming incredibly slick and dusty. It led the Husqvarna Racing Team rider to take a cautious approach in the new back-to-back sprint format – the first of 2021 – where he rode within his limits to 4-5 results, finishing two points shy of the overall podium.

“It was an interesting day out there,” Waters explained. “I qualified well and had a good first race, but the track baked out before the back-to-back races and I struggled with that hard-pack.

“It was an easy track to throw it away on and, with everyone being so close, I didn’t want that to happen. I rode within my capabilities and I’m happy to walk away with the points today – it’s certainly a lot better than crashing and getting 10ths. We might have lost a few points in the championship, but we’ll go back, regroup and look forward to Gillman.”

The Queenslander remains second in the championship standings, seven points down on red-plate holder and MX1 rookie Regan Duffy (KTM Racing Team) as the series returns to action on 30 May at Gillman in South Australia.


Webb takes 450SX championship with dominant win

Nichols, Cooper crowned as Lawrence wins 250SX Showdown.

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Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb scored a dominant victory at the final round of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross season in Salt Lake City to take his second 450SX championship.

After getting a great start in the main event, Webb found himself behind his championship rival Ken Roczen (Team Honda HRC) and locked in a battle with Roczen’s teammate Chase Sexton.

Sexton and Webb went back and forth for the opening laps, allowing Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) to get in on the action as followed the pack in fourth, all the while Roczen stretched out to a bit of a lead at the front.

Sexton broke away from the Red Bull KTM duo, running down his teammate and taking the lead with 14 minutes to go in the race and stretched out a four-second lead over the next few laps. Roczen then came under siege from the charging Red Bull KTM’s.

With 10 minutes to go, Webb pulled the trigger on an aggressive pass to take second from Roczen, allowing Musquin past in the process. Roczen dropped down the order shortly thereafter,  eventually finishing in 10th on the night, securing second in the championship.

Webb proved he was not to be denied, running Sexton down with four minutes to go, making the pass after a bobble from Sexton that also allowed Musquin through for an eventual Red Bull KTM 1-2 finish.

Sexton brought it home in third, notching another podium in what was an impressive rookie season in the premier class despite some crashes and subsequent injuries. His finish also locked up the manufacturer’s championship for Team Honda HRC.

Fourth went to newly crowned 2021 450SX rookie of the year Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha), with his teammate Malcolm Stewart finishing just behind him rounding out the top five.

Joey Savatgy wrapped up his season with an impressive sixth-place result aboard his Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM, taking his best finish of the season in the final race. Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas) battled hard for seventh, making plenty of aggressive moves throughout the race in typical BamBam fashion.

Eighth-place on the night went to Aaron Plessinger (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) who battled inside the top five with his teammates for a good portion of the race.

Out-going champion Eli Tomac’s (Monster Energy Kawasaki) rough start did him little good in his last ride with the number one plate, as he found himself locked in a heated battle for seventh for most of the race.

Roczen’s bid for the championship ended with a 10th-place finish, the Team Honda HRC man dropping down the order after being passed by Webb, with Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) finding himself 11th on the night, missing out on his eighth straight top-10 after an impressive run in the back half of the season.

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It was a wild night of racing in the 250SX East/West shootout for the conclusion the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross championship with Jett Lawrence putting his Team Honda HRC CRF250R on top of the box ahead of Colt Nichols and his brother Hunter Lawrence.

The final round of the 2021 championship saw the 250SX classes collide for the Dave Coombs Sr. 250SX Showdown at Rice-Eccles Stadium. After a day of overcast skies, the track came together nicely to create incredible racing for the final round.

With both championships on the line, Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha teammates Nichols and Justin Cooper came into the night needing few points to pick up their titles.

At the start of the main, it was all Nichols, taking a commanding holeshot over Seth Hammaker (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) and Jett Lawrence, the trio setting a solid pace out front for the opening five minutes of the race with Cooper maintaining down in eighth place.

Hunter Lawrence joined the party at the front, as the brothers began to pressure Hammaker for second. Jett eventually made the move and set out after Nichols, with Hunter hitting the ground attempting a pass just moments later.

As the laps wore down, Jett closed the gap to Nichols, making a pass stick and heading into the lead, while his older brother caught McAdoo for the final spot on the podium.

As Jett crossed the line for the showdown win with Nichols just behind, Hunter made a last-lap pass on McAdoo with just a half-lap to go to put brothers on a Supercross podium for the first time in history.

The headline of the night though went to the Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha teammates of Nichols and Cooper, who brought home the 250SX East and West championships with second and ninth-place finishes, both taking career-first titles.

The trio of Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s finished fourth through sixth on the evening, with McAdoo taking fourth, Hammaker in fifth, and Jo Shimoda grabbing fifth on the evening.

Seventh-place went to Pierce Brown (TLD Red Bull GasGas) who came out on top of a battle between eventual eighth-place finisher Jalek Swoll (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna).

250SX West class champion Cooper, who rode a steady, trouble-free race with the championship clearly in mind, ahead of Kyle Peters who put his Phoenix Racing Honda in the final spot in the top 10.

Michael Mosiman (TLD Red Bull GasGas) took a dominant heat race win but hit the ground early in a first turn pile-up in the main event and would eventually finish the night in 15th.

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