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Hunter Lawrence keeps championship hopes alive with victory in Denver

2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Round 16 Denver Empowerment Court in the High Mile Denver, CO

Reporting by Trevor Hedge – Picture by Jeff Kardas

250 heat a

Christian Craig successfully opened fire in the first game, against Dominique Thury of Germany and Jo Shimoda of Japan.

250 heat a

Thury was quick enough to hold off Shimoda for the opening two minutes of the six-minute Heat plus one lap. After that, it took Vince Friese several rounds to push the German back to fourth place.

Dominique Thury

Up front even though Craig was just reeling with himself, until he started patting people… Craig was the clear winner ten seconds ahead of Shimoda, while Vince Friese stepped onto the podium

Jo Shimoda

Australian private Geran Stapleton finished 15th and therefore had to go to the LCQ where he went on to finish fourth to claim a spot in the Main.

250 heat a result

Location Rider Bicycle Loop / Interval
first Christian Craig Yamaha YZ250F 9 rounds
2 Jo Shimoda Kawasaki KX250 +09,646
3 Vince Friede Honda CRF250R +17.532
4 Dominique Thury Yamaha YZ250F +19.227
5 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F +19,672
6 Derek Kelley KTM 250 SX-F +21.417
7 Jy Roberts Kawasaki KX250 +40.216
8 Devin Harriman GASGAS MC 250F +41,863
9 McClellan Hile Honda CRF250R +44,752
ten Maxwell Sanford Honda CRF250R +49,442
11 Jerry Robin GASGAS MC 250F + 1m21,670
twelfth Jesse Flock Yamaha YZ250F 8 rounds
13 Carson Mumford Suzuki RM-Z250 +11.672
14 Logan Leitzel Kawasaki KX250 +15.288
15 Geran Stapleton GASGAS MC 250F +15.608
16 Wyatt Lyonsmith Kawasaki KX250 +16,641
17 Addison Emory Yamaha YZ250F +25,741
18 Kameron Barboa Yamaha YZ250F +46,188
19 Mike Henderson Kawasaki KX250 7 rounds
20 Ryan Carlson Kawasaki KX250 6 rounds

250 Heat Two

Hunter Lawrence scored a goal with his nose against Carson Brown and Michael Mosiman in Heat Two but capitalized on that start, dropping out of the field and winning the match. Notable however is the fact that Hunter’s fastest lap was half a second faster than Craig managed in the opening Heat…

250 Heat Two

In second place is Michael Mosiman, who is also ahead of Craig while Garrett Marchbanks is ahead of Chris Blose. Mosiman took second place after a somersault just over half the race sent him relegation to fourth but he had the pace to climb back to second in front of the flag.

250 Heat Two Results

Location Rider Bicycle Time / Distance
first Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF250R 9 rounds
2 Michael Mosiman GASGAS MC 250F +06.457
3 Garrett Marchbanks Yamaha YZ250F +08,929
4 Chris Blose GASGAS MC 250F +10.255
5 Jalek Swoll Husqvarna FC 250 +16.839
6 Carson Brown KTM 250 SX-F +19.345
7 Robbie Wageman Yamaha YZ250F +19,980
8 Mitchell Harrison GASGAS MC 250F +36,443
9 Ryan Surratt Yamaha YZ250F +38.615
ten Brandon Ray Kawasaki KX250 +48,730
11 Preston Taylor Kawasaki KX250 +49,362
twelfth Alexander Nagy KTM 250 SX-F +54,293
13 Colby Copp GASGAS MC 250F +1: 07,971
14 Joshua Greco Kawasaki KX250 8 rounds
15 Bamboo Fierro Kawasaki KX250 +07.759
16 Bobby Piazza KTM 250 SX-F +20.005
17 Rider Fisher Kawasaki KX250 +28,500
18 Chad Saultz KTM 250 SX-F +30,093
19 Isaiah Goodman Kawasaki KX250 +49.448
20 David Pulley Yamaha YZ250F DNS

250 main

The form guide for Main goes beyond what we’ve witnessed in the Heat races, which is a fight between Christian Craig, Hunter Lawrence and Michael Mosiman and, depending on how they run away, Jo Shimoda and Vince Friese, who will also display platform speed if things fall their way…

Heading to Main Christian Craig just finished a few slots ahead of Hunter Lawrence tonight to win the Western 250 championship with one round still remaining. The two stood side by side on the starting line, but it was Lawrence who took the lead over Swoll and Craig. Craig quickly moved into second and it was the title challengers 1-2 with 15 minutes plus a lap…

250 main

Craig just had to follow Lawrence home to win the championship this round but he showed the Aussie youngster a two-minute wheel in the race to let him know he was right there… Further on, Mosiman worked his way forward and up to third after taking Swoll.

250 main

Craig overshadowed Lawrence, put pressure on and even wanted more speed when he waited for his moment – or let Lawrence make a mistake – but Craig made that mistake instead! After the five-minute race, Craig plunged into the sand and was back in seventh by the time he was back up and running.

250 main

At half-time, Lawrence is now five seconds ahead of Mosiman, Shimoda is evenly third while Christian Craig is fifth – now three seconds behind Shimoda and 13 seconds behind race leader Hunter Lawrence.

Christian Craig

With five minutes to run, all leaders had to deal with heavy traffic at most turns.

Christian Craig took third place from Jo Shimoda with two laps remaining and a pass left him easily behind. Craig then started catching up with Mosiman before traffic halted that charge and he ran out of time to challenge that second place, having to settle for third.

Hunter Lawrence

Hunter Lawrence was the clear winner, withstood that early pressure from Craig and picked up 26 points.

Craig’s 21 points for third place him into the Salt Lake City season finale in next weekend’s East-West showdown with an 18-point advantage over the Australian. Their age is 8 years old, and the difference is 18 points… Craig certainly has the upper hand when it comes to the final round but it’s not over until the end… The pair currently have four wins this season.

250 Podium

The only other winner this season is Michael Mosiman, who won the third round of the season in San Diego. Mosiman finished the race for number 1, but was only 16 points behind Hunter Lawrence and not out of the race for number 2…

Victorian privateer Geran Stapleton finished the main game in a very reliable 14th place, scoring his fourth in the last five rounds to move up to 22nd on the championship standings.

250 main results

Location Rider Bicycle Loop / Interval
first Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF250R 20 rounds
2 Michael Mosiman GASGAS MC 250F +04.042
3 Christian Craig Yamaha YZ250F +07,495
4 Jo Shimoda Kawasaki KX250 +11,183
5 Garrett Marchbanks Yamaha YZ250F +25.575
6 Vince Friede Honda CRF250R +29.409
7 Chris Blose GASGAS MC 250F +30.413
8 Robbie Wageman Yamaha YZ250F +32,444
9 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F +39,720
ten Jalek Swoll Husqvarna FC 250 +41.348
11 Derek Kelley KTM 250 SX-F +46.145
twelfth Dominique Thury Yamaha YZ250F 19 rounds
13 Carson Mumford Suzuki RM-Z250 +03.697
14 Geran Stapleton GASGAS MC 250F +13.117
15 Ryan Surratt Yamaha YZ250F +14,788
16 Mitchell Harrison GASGAS MC 250F +24,900
17 Devin Harriman GASGAS MC 250F +29,055
18 Brandon Ray Kawasaki KX250 18 rounds
19 McClellan Hile Honda CRF250R +12,654
20 Alexander Nagy KTM 250 SX-F 17 rounds
21 Jy Roberts Kawasaki KX250 +00.851
22 Carson Brown KTM 250 SX-F 11 rounds

250 Main Featured Videos

250 Post Race press conference

250 Western Championship Rankings

Location Rider Home Point
first Christian Craig Temecula, CA 215
2 Hunter Lawrence Wesley Chapel, FL 197
3 Michael Mosiman Minneaola, FL 181
4 Vince Friede Menifee, CA 144
5 Jo Shimoda Menifee, CA 144
6 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN 126
7 Garrett Marchbanks Coalville, UT 117
8 Robbie Wageman Newhall, CA 109
9 Chris Blose Phoenix, AZ 106
ten Jalek Swoll Clermont, FL ninety three
11 Carson Brown Ravensdale, WA 84
twelfth Carson Mumford Simi Valley, CA 80
13 Derek Kelley Riverside, CA 78
14 Dominique Thury Schneeberg, GER 60
15 Cole Thompson Brigden, ON 50
16 Ryan Surratt Corona, CA 48
17 Mitchell Harrison Leesburg, FL forty six
18 Seth Hammaker Temecula, CA 44
19 Dylan Walsh Southam, GB 41
20 Logan Karnow Amherst, OH 40
21 Devin Harriman Longview, WA 32
22 Geran Stapleton Clyde North, VIC 30
23 Kaeden Amerine Great Bend, KS 28
24 Dilan Schwartz Alpine, CA 26
25 Hunter Schlosser El Paso, TX 16
26 Dylan Woodcock Rayleigh, ENG 15
27 Jerry Robin Hamel, MN 13
28 McClellan Hile Atascadero, CA 13
29 Bamboo Fierro El Paso, TX ten
30 Brandon Ray Fremont, CA 9
thirty first Justin Rodbell Prince Frederick, MD 8
32 Maxwell Sanford Pasadena, MD 7
33 Wyatt Lyonsmith Boise, ID 7
34 Jesse Flock Claremore, OK 3
35 Alexander Nagy Richmond, IL 3
36 Gared Steinke Klamath Falls, OR 2
37 Richard Taylor Woodland Hills, CA 2
38 Jy Roberts Cooranbong, AU 2

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