- Sexton finishes a solid second in 450SX
- Chance Hymas wins Futures class again
In AMA Supercross 250SX return to Foxborough, Massachusetts, following a four-year absence, Team Honda HRC scored a pair of second-place finishes, one of which was enough for Jett Lawrence to clinch the 250SX East Region Championship one race early, and the other coming courtesy of Chase Sexton in the premier class.
Lawrence suffered a bad start in the 250SX main event, running outside the top 10 early and completing lap one in the eighth. Although he only had to finish 18th or better to secure the crown, he quickly advanced through the pack, hitting the top five on lap 4.
While engaged in a heated battle with Austin Forkner, the 18-year-old set the race’s fastest lap, and the duo took over second and third when RJ Hampshire went down with four minutes remaining.
AMA Supercross 250SX
Lawrence moved by Peirce Brown for second on the penultimate lap, then crossed the line just .58 seconds behind Forkner. Also impressive was SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda rider Mitchell Oldenburg, with a fourth-place finish, Phoenix Racing Honda’s Cullin Park, who led early and finished an eventual ninth.
Sexton didn’t get a great start in the 450SX main but was quickly up to the fourth place, then third on lap 3 when Eli Tomac stalled. He set the race’s fastest time a lap later and moved by Cooper Webb two laps, then charged after the leading Jason Anderson. The 22-year-old managed to close up to Anderson’s rear fender at one point, ultimately finishing just over three seconds back.
- Chase Sexton took part in Friday’s Media Day activities at Foxborough, logging some time ahead of race day on the circuit.
- Foxborough was a Supercross Futures round, and once again, Honda’s Chance Hymas was dominant, topping all of his qualifying sessions and leading every lap of the main event aboard his CRF250R.
- Jett Lawrence scored the second-best time in 250SX East qualifying, less than three-tenths off the top rider. Also quick were SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Mitchell Oldenburg (fifth), as well as Fire Power Honda riders Jordon Smith (eighth) and Jarrett Frye (10th). Tube Honda’s Hunter Yoder was 13th-best, one ahead of Phoenix Racing Honda’s Cullin Park, and Jones Powersports’s John Short was 18th.
- In the 450SX class, Chase Sexton was the quickest rider, more than three-tenths ahead of the next-best rider. MotoConcepts riders Justin Brayton and Vince Friese were eighth and ninth, respectively. SGB Unlimited Honda riders Cade Clason and Jeremy Hand were 14th and 18th, respectively.
- Foxborough enjoyed pleasant weather for race day, with the temperature at 66º Fahrenheit when the main program kicked off.
Lawrence suffered a poor start in the first 250SX heat race and had to fight through the pack from ninth at the end of lap 1 to second at the finish, one spot ahead of Smith. Also advancing from the first heat were Red Riders Park (fifth), Frye (sixth) and Short (seventh). Heat 2 saw Oldenburg (fourth) and Yoder (seventh) make it through.
- Sexton topped the second 450SX heat race two seconds after leading every lap. Friese also qualified from that race with a fifth-place finish, whereas Red Riders made it through from heat 1 were Brayton (fourth) and Clason (seventh).
- Lawrence’s crown is Honda’s 11th in the AMA Supercross 250SX East Region (the most recent by Sexton in 2020), with five in the West Region. It is his second AMA title and his 2021 AMA Pro Motocross 250 Championship. Lawrence’s second-place finish marked his 14th podium in AMA Supercross, while Sexton tallied his 10th podium in the 450SX division and his third in a row.
Sexton and Lawrence both took part in the post-race press conference Saturday afternoon.
- Alpinestars had unique T-shirts prepared to celebrate Lawrence’s title, and Throttle Jockey had printed a number 1 plate. In addition, Yoshimura had a special sticker for the muffler end-tip, and Renthal had a gold handlebar pad. In addition, Lawrence’s agent Lucas Mirtl organized a special post-race celebration in the stadium visitors’ locker room.
- Following the race, team manager Lars Lindstrom and 450 Crew Chief Shane Drew headed to Florida for outdoor testing with Ken Roczen, Hunter, and Jett Lawrence.
- The AMA Supercross charity benefit for St. Jude Children’s Hospital opens today. Fans can bid on autographed bike parts and other memorabilia from now through May 9.
- Next up for Team Honda HRC is the Denver Supercross, which will see Hunter Lawrence back in action alongside Sexton.
“Was a little bit slow initially, and then after Eli [Tomac] stalled it, and I picked up the pace a little bit. I knew Jason [Anderson] would be good from watching him all day, so I knew I had to go with him if I wanted to win. There was a part in the middle of the race where I felt like I was riding well.And lapped riders were a factor; it was just a yo-yo effect, and then obviously, he broke away.
My goal after Seattle – after weeks of me laying on the ground – was to get back to being on the podium. Now that I’ve done that, I want to continue being on the platform, but my other goal is going for wins.
I’ve been close, but Jason has been riding really well, and so has Eli. It’s not easy, but I’m doing the best I can. And feel like my riding and confidence are getting better every weekend, which will help me head to the outdoors.
Wanted to finish this season strong, go for these last two wins, and have fun. When you’re having fun, it’s easy to be comfortable and go fast. Overall, I’m happy with how I’ve been riding.”
“To be honest, I was calmer than last weekend, going into the East-West Showdown. I enjoyed it, which helped me have more fun with the track. I got out of the gate okay in the main event, but I was off-balance. I lost all my traction there, but I was happy to make it through the first turn. Liked battling with Austin [Forkner]; it helped me not worry about the championship because was more excited about the race. I tried some different lines and made some mistakes, but this track was so about being consistent.
I’ve dreamed of this since I was a little kid. All the hard work that the team and I have put in and all the hard times I’ve gone through – this one night makes all that disappear. Have to say thanks to the team. I wouldn’t be here without my brother; I feel like he should have a number 1 plate because he’s a big part of this. This one is a lot more than the outdoors [title]; I’ve had a lot of rough runs in supercross, so this is unreal.”
Lars Lindstrom – Team Manager
“Today was another great weekend for the team, with Chase being fastest in qualifying and P2 in the race. The highlight was Jett wrapping up the championship one race early. I’m proud of Chase for turning his season around and having three podiums in a row, almost winning all three.
It was extraordinary to be a part of Jett’s Championship; he deserves everything and has proven to be a level above the other riders in his class. Now we’ll start focusing on motocross so that we can challenge for both 250 and 450 titles this summer!”
- Jason Anderson (Kaw)
- Chase Sexton (Hon)
- Marvin Musquin (KTM)
- Malcolm Stewart (Hus)
- Justin Barcia (Gas)
- Cooper Webb (KTM)
- Eli Tomac (Yam)
- Vince Friese (Hon)
- Alex Martin (Yam)
- Justin Brayton (Hon)
13. Cade Clason (Hon)
450SX Championship Points (after 15 of 17 rounds)
- Eli Tomac: 341
- Jason Anderson: 298
- Justin Barcia: 275
- Malcolm Stewart: 272
- Marvin Musquin: 266
- Chase Sexton: 250
- Cooper Webb: 244
- Dean Wilson: 152
- Brandon Hartranft: 151
- Justin Brayton: 145
12. Ken Roczen: 133
16. Vince Friese: 96
250SX East Results
- Austin Forkner (Kaw)
- Jett Lawrence (Hon)
- Pierce Brown (Gas)
- Mitchell Oldenberg (Hon)
- Kyle Chisolm (Yam)
- RJ Hampshire (Hus)
- Enzo Lopes (Yam)
- Joshua Varize (Hus)
- Cullin Park (Hon)
- Jace Owen (Yam)
13. John Short (Hon)
14. Jordon Smith (Hon)
15. Hunter Yoder (Hon)
17. Jarrett Frye (Hon)
250SX East Region Championship Points (after 8 of 9 rounds)
- Jett Lawrence: 192
- RJ Hampshire: 139
- Pierce Brown: 128
- Mitchell Oldenburg: 122
- Enzo Lopes: 116
- Cameron McAdoo: 114
- Jordon Smith: 104
- Jace Owen: 90
- Austin Forkner: 81
- Derek Drake: 79
15. John Short: 54
16. Cullin Park: 49
20. Jarrett Frye: 32