One week after his perfect overall-win tally came to an end, CRF250R-mounted Jett Lawrence posted a flawless 1-1 victory at the Southwick, Massachusetts, round of the AMA Pro Motocross series, resuming the lead in the 250 class title chase.
In the 450 division, Jett’s Honda HRC teammate Chase Sexton shrugged off so-so starts to turn in a pair of second-place results and keep the red plate on his CRF450R.
Both 450-class holeshots went to Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen, who ran at the front for the first two laps of moto 1. The German then rode in second place until just before the midway point, after which he slipped to fifth. In the meantime, Sexton had completed lap 1 in fourth, but he took over third at the halfway mark, then dispatched second place with four laps left. Moto 2 saw Roczen run at the front for the first seven laps before eventually finishing fourth, while Sexton completed lap 1 in seventh place and went to work passing riders. He was up to fourth halfway in, and a late-race charge carried him to second place by the finish, his second-overall result five better than his next-best showing at the sandy circuit.
Both 250-class holeshots went to Jett Lawrence, and despite stiffer-than-usual challenges from his competition—Justin Cooper in moto 1, Levi Kitchen in moto 2—the reigning champ rode to both wins, crossing the finish line with advantages of 10.8 and 9.5 seconds. Jett’s brother and teammate, Hunter Lawrence (who had earned last year’s 250 overall win at The Wick 338), was hurt by poor starts and a scary moto 1 crash that left him banged up and with a chipped tooth. Hunter climbed to sixth by the finish of moto 1, and moto 2 saw him finish seventh.
Southwick has a sandy, uphill start straight, and Team Honda HRC got every holeshot, with Ken Roczen and Jett Lawrence doing the honors in the 450 and 250 classes, respectively.
As has been the case at the last few races, weather conditions were close to ideal for Southwick, with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s.
Jett Lawrence topped the 250 combined qualifying times, his 2’09.153” over a second and a half better than the next-best rider and even competitive against the 450-class racers. Hunter Lawrence had the third-best time. In the 450 division, Roczen and Sexton were fourth and fifth overall, respectively.
Jett Lawrence posted the fastest time in the first 250 moto.
Jett’s Southwick success raised his AMA Pro Motocross overall win total to 10. The event also delivered his 13th and 14th moto victories.
This week’s winner of Team Honda HRC’s regular Award of Excellence was Showa technician Trey Rein, who was busy in the week leading up to Southwick, coming up with suspension settings for the unique track.
Brit Max Anstie enjoyed a very strong ride in his second appearance with Fire Power Honda, qualifying second in the 450 class and earning sixth overall via 5-5 moto finishes. Also impressive was Phoenix Honda’s Cullin Park in 15th
As has been the case through the entire first part of the season, Team Honda HRC leads the standings in both classes post-Southwick. Sexton has a slim one-point margin over Eli Tomac in the 450 division, with Roczen maintaining third. After losing the 250 class red plate to Hunter for one round, Jett Lawrence is once again in demand, with a 15-point cushion on his brother.
The AMA Pro Motocross season enters its second half, with the Spring Creek National next up, in Millville, Minnesota.