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At Thunder Vally, Jett Lawrence, and as the great Ralph Sheheen would say, Jett Lawrence’s brother Hunter, became just the third set of brothers to land on the same overall podium in Pro Motocross, joining the Martin brothers (Alex and Jeremy), who did so in both 2016 and 2017, and the Jones brothers (Gary and Dewayne) who did so in 1973 at the Lake Whitney 250 National in Texas. Well, I like the bros to do it again. I ain’t predicting finishing order over here, but they both will be on the overall podium.
WE were well on our way to making this happen as the great Ralph Sheheen would say, Jett Lawrence’s brother, led the opening 250 moto. Then he crashed and fell back to like last or something. The second moto something else happened. Apparently he passed 50 riders when you combine both motos, but that was only good for 8-11 finishes. Hey, at least Jett made the podium….
Slawdiction: 5 out of 10. Hey, I got one right.
Can he finally do away with the mistakes? Yes, yes he can. AC has been riding great and I think the week off will only help. He takes the 450 overall at High Point.
HE WON A MOTO!!!!! I’LL TAKE IT!!!!
Slawdiction: 100 out of 10.
LEAD SLAW LOCK OF THE WEEK ALERT. Throw out his Thunder Valley results, as Michael Mosiman had a problem with gas in his GasGas in the first moto and I think crashed in the second. I’m not even going to post his moto scores, because they don’t matter. You know what does? His 4-4 for fourth overall at Fox Raceway. Look for a moto podium from him this weekend.
Fun fact: Mosiman got hurt BEFORE the race and didn’t even race. Did I curse Mosiman? I think I did. I didn’t know I had that kind of power, but apparently I do. Sorry, Mike.
This is a stretch, but I think Ferrandis lands just off the podium this weekend. Look, he’s been amazing through two rounds, but he’s still a rookie. I think he still gets a top five overall, just not a podium.
Slawdiction: -90 out of 10.
Former pro, and current FLY Racing badass and Racer X contributor, Jason Thomas is currently fourth on the all-time 250/450 moto start list with 253 career moto starts. Well, JT has been preparing for a comeback and is going to High Point to track down the great John Dowd for the record. The only problem? He doesn’t have a gas can, so he can’t race. Shame.
We here at Vurb have found exclusive footage of JT at High Point….
Hey, at least he got a gas can.
Slawdiction: 10 out of 10.
LET’S MOVE ON TO REEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDDBUUUUUUUUUUUUDDDDDDD.
The Kitchen Heats Up, Kind Of
Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha’s Levi Kitchen will make his pro debut this weekend before returning to the AM ranks and racing Loretta’s. Speed WILL not be a problem for the Kitchen, but can he handle the nerves, etc? I think he can. Give this dude a start and he’s a shoe-in for a top 10 overall finish. LEAD SLAW LOCK OF THE WEEK.
Roczen Reclaims Points Lead
Roczen lost the points lead after Ferrandis held off his furious charge in the second moto at High Point. I really like Ferrandis this weekend, but I like Kenny better. He takes the overall and reclaims the points lead heading into Southwick.
Moto Podium for Jo
Shimoda had a great first moto at High Point, claiming fourth. Then he got caught up in a pileup off the start in the second moto. Really loving what I’m seeing from Jo this year. I think an overall podium might be tough, but I do like him for a moto podium.
Momentum Continues for Tomac
WE FINALLY GOT ELI TOMAC BACK! That second 450 moto was pure Eli. He just ran away with that b****. I like for this to continue this weekend. Another overall podium for the three-time champ.
Top 10 For Shock
SUMMER OF SHOCK, BABY! This might be going out on a limb a bit, but this dude has been shredding all damn season, coming super close to a top 10 overall finish. It happens this weekend. Mark it!
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