Nine months after wrapping up the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross 250 Championship at Northern California’s Hangtown National, Jett Lawrence took another important step in defending that title, notching the overall win at the same track.
This time the venue was hosting round 2 of the series, a week after a perfect performance by the young Australian at the opener, and his performance was impressive given that he was suffering from a bad cold. Also notable was Lawrence’s Team Honda HRC colleague Chase Sexton, who finished second overall in the 450 class.
The first 250 moto saw Jett and his brother Hunter both get so-so starts before working their way up to third and fourth about halfway in. Also suffering from a cold, Hunter actually had a chance of finishing ahead of Jett, were it not for a small tip-over just past the halfway point. In moto 2, Jett moved into first on lap 1 and rode consistently well for the entire race while fending off his competition—including eventual runner-up Hunter during the final two laps. Hunter’s 4-2 tally was enough for third overall.
Sexton rode his CRF450R to the 450 moto 1 holeshot, and the Illinois native led most of the race before he was overtaken by Jason Anderson four laps from the end. Sexton fought back and finished less than .4 seconds back, while teammate Ken Roczen rode to a steady third-place finish. In the final race, Roczen and Sexton quickly moved into first and second, and then Sexton took over at the front on lap 5. This time it was Eli Tomac who eventually displaced Sexton, but again, the Honda rider rebounded and hounded the leader over the final six laps, ultimately finishing just over a second back. Roczen’s 3-4 scores earned him fourth overall.
On Friday evening, Team Honda HRC enjoyed a catered Italian dinner at the hospitality truck to celebrate their incredible performance at round 1 last week.
Chase Sexton was the second-fastest 450 rider in combined qualifying times, less than .4 seconds off the leader, with Ken Roczen fifth. In the 250 ranks, Jett and Hunter Lawrence were second- and third-best, respectively.
Following his Hangtown success, Jett Lawrence has a total of seven career 250 overall victories and 12 career 250 moto wins.
For the second week in a row, Team Honda HRC presented an Award of Excellence to a team member, and this time the deserving winner was Cameron Camera, mechanic for Hunter Lawrence.
As was the case after round 1, Team Honda HRC riders hold the top two spots in the championship chases for both classes. Sexton doubled his 450 class advantage to 12 over Roczen, who in turn maintains a six-point edge on third place. In the 250 class, Jett Lawrence has an 11-point margin over brother Hunter (five more than last week), who doubled his lead on third place, to 12 points.
Next up for Team Honda HRC is AMA Pro Motocross round 3 this coming weekend, just over 1,000 miles east of the Hangtown race at Lakewood, Colorado’s Thunder Valley Park. The Lawrence brothers are spending the interim back home in Florida, while Sexton and Roczen are remaining in California.
|1||Jett Lawrence||1||Team Honda HRC||Honda||95|
|2||Hunter Lawrence||96||Team Honda HRC||Honda||84|
|3||Jo Shimoda||30||Monster energy ProCircuit Kawasaki||Kawasaki||72|
|4||Justin Cooper||32||Star Racing Yamaha||Yamaha||60|
|5||Levi Kitchen||59||Star Racing Yamaha||Yamaha||59|
|6||Michael Mosiman||29||Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing||GasGas||55|
|24||Lance Kobusch||194||STR Honda||Honda||3|