There are still three rounds left to contest in the 250SX East Region, including the East/West Showdown this weekend in Atlanta, but Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence is on the verge of his first career 250SX title and can clinch as early as this weekend, actually.
With Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Cameron McAdoo sustaining a shoulder injury last week during press day in St. Louis, it has opened the door for Lawrence to clinch early.
Here is how it can happen…
Let’s assume McAdoo is not racing this weekend, which all signs point to he won’t. Lawrence currently enters the weekend with a 34-point lead over McAdoo. Following this weekend, a maximum of 52 points will remain available in the series, which means if Lawrence finishes fifth or better McAdoo will be eliminated from title contention.
If Lawrence wins, he will hold a 60-point lead over McAdoo.
If Lawrence finishes second, he will hold a 57-point lead over McAdoo.
If Lawrence finishes third, he will hold a 55-point lead over McAdoo.
If Lawrence finishes fourth, he will hold a 53-point lead over McAdoo.
If Lawrence finishes fifth, he will hold a 52-point lead over McAdoo. Lawrence would hold the tie-breaker over McAdoo in this case.
Got all that? There is more. RJ Hampshire, coming off his first career win last weekend in St. Louis is still in contention. Lawrence enters this weekend up 41 points on RJ, so how can he clinch? We got you covered. In simple terms, Lawrence needs to gain 11 points on Hampshire to claim the title this weekend.
If Lawrence wins… Hampshire would have to finish 8th or worst for Lawrence to clinch.
If Lawrence finishes second… Hampshire would have to finish 11th or worst for Lawrence to clinch.
If Lawrence finishes third… Hampshire would have to finish 13th or worst for Lawrence to clinch.
And so on…
While it is likely this title fight will go to Foxborough on April 23, there is a possibility Lawrence can clinch this weekend.
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