The 42nd running of the Southwick Nationals is complete, as Jett Lawrence fended off Honda teammate Chase Sexton during both 450 motos to claim his sixth consecutive race of the motocross season. In the 250, meanwhile, Tom Vialle fended off Justin Cooper for his first career professional win at The Wick 338 on Saturday.
Through six races, Lawrence remains atop the 450 Class Points Standings with 300, Dylan Ferrandis holds second with 233, and Aaron Plessinger rounds out the top three spots with 210 points. Ferrandis missed an opportunity to claim his fourth crown in five years at Southwick as the Frenchman placed third.
Despite claiming the second 250 moto, Jo Shimoda’s sixth-place finish in the first heat helped secure him a top-three finish just ahead of R.J. Hampshire. During his first competition in years since recovering from Lyme Disease, Peabody native Jimmy Decotis finished the highest for local participants in 15th.
Aside from finishing sixth overall with a fourth and 10th-place seed during both motos, Haiden “Danger Boy” Deegan narrowly remains atop the leaderboard with 218 points over Hunter Lawrence (213) and R.J. Hampshire (205).
However, the 450 side told a different story as Hartford native Chris Canning finished just behind Jose Butron of Spain for seventh place behind multiple top-10 finishes. That’s a noticeable difference after earning 11th place in last year’s nationals.
Following an eventful weekend, races will now prepare for the Spring Creek National in Millville, Minnesota, on Saturday, July 15, at Spring Creek MX Park. There will be only four regular-season nationals remaining following next weekend, so the heat is on as competitors attempt to qualify for the upcoming postseason.
Complete results of the race can be found here.