HRC Honda’s Hunter Lawrence took his second win of the season, and moved the Honda rider into second place in the 250SX West points standings.
After a five week break, Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Christian Craig grabbed the holeshot in the thundering return of the Western Regional 250SX Class. Craig was just ahead of Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman and Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda.
Hunter Lawrence crossed the holeshot stripe in seventh. Craig tried to quickly gap the field, but Mosiman stayed right with him. Two minutes into the 15-minute plus one lap race Hunter Lawrence made his way into third place. Soon after that, up front Mosiman aggressively passed Craig for the lead.
Mosiman’s contact pass sent Craig over the berm and onto the ground; he remounted in sixth and started his charge forward. Five minutes into the race Lawrence caught Mosiman and a lap later took the lead. Mosiman was dropping slightly off the pace with a bent rear brake rotor from his contact pass on Craig. A little after the midpoint Craig got by Mosiman without incident and into second place. Late in the race Shimoda put in a valiant charge on Moisman.
He briefly took over third place on the last lap, lost it again, then nearly crashed himself out with a last turn, last ditch effort. Mosiman held on for third and Shimoda recovered from his off-track excursion to earn fourth place. The series now takes a one-weekend break. The racers will next line up in two weeks at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo. on Saturday, April 9th.
The event will be the final of three 2022 Triple Crown events where the top racers face each other over three races in one night. It will also be a return to the Eastern Regional 250SX Class series after two weekends without a race.