Salt Lake City 2
AMA SX 2021
Round 17

Jett Lawrence Wins 250SX East/West Showdown

us Rice-Eccles Stadium

Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence ended the dramatic 2021 AMA Supercross series with a stirring victory in the Dave Coombs Sr. 250SX East/West Showdown during the finale at Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Jett Lawrence Wins 250SX East/West Showdown

The young Australian finished the season third in the 250SX East standings, while teammate and older brother Hunter Lawrence also performed well, taking third in the main and second overall in the 250SX West class. Meanwhile, the 450SX division saw Chase Sexton lead before notching his third podium result of the season. After vying for the premier-class title for much of the season, Ken Roczen–10th at the finale–ultimately settled for a respectable second in the final standings. It was a positive season for Team Honda HRC, which topped the final Manufacturer standings, based on total points in both 450SX and 250SX.

This was the fifth consecutive season that the 450SX class title came down to the final race, and when the gate dropped Roczen made strong passes that quickly put him at the front of the pack. After leading for eight of 29 laps, the German relinquished the lead to a charging Sexton and unfortunately fell back through the pack, eventually finishing 10th. With less than four minutes left on the clock, the rookie Sexton lost traction in a corner and was passed by Cooper Webb but still posted a solid third-place finish.

The highly anticipated 250SX East/West Showdown–which pitted riders from both regions against one another–saw the Lawrence brothers exploit their superior speed in the whoops, with Jett securing the lead on the 17th of 22 laps, after running third in the early going. Hunter was also on the move early on but tipped over while attempting a pass for third and lost two positions. Jett went on to secure his third win of the season, while Hunter recovered to finish third.

Ken Roczen
Ken Roczen 94
Team Honda HRC
Round 17 was a tough one again. I just seemed to struggle with the altitude. After getting the holeshot in the main, the first little bit of the race looked promising, but I really let go and dropped way back. Overall, I’ve had a good season. I’ve never stayed in the game for so long—making it all the way to the last round being in the championship hunt. Last year I was third, this year I was second—at least we’re going in the right direction. We had some really good battles, and I learned a lot about myself this year. I’m looking forward to the outdoor season now, and the supercross season next year.

Chase Sexton
Chase Sexton 23
Team Honda HRC
I started off really good and qualified first and was feeling good on the bike all day. In the heat race, I didn’t get the best start and rode in fifth and had a battle with [Justin] Barcia and those guys. In the main event, I came out and felt really good. I got a good start from being pretty far outside and then kind of just put my head down and did some pretty good laps. I could put it all on the track tonight and obviously got a little tired, but we got to put ourselves out there. I feel like we’re knocking on the door and I’m looking forward to supercross next year.

Jett Lawrence
Jett Lawrence 18
Team Honda HRC
Coming into the weekend, I was excited for the Showdown with my brother Hunter and couldn’t wait for the main event. In the first qualifier I got P1 and was feeling a little better on the track and started to get a good flow. The second qualifier was pretty good also; I had a little mistake in a rhythm lane but nothing crazy. Going into the heat race I was pretty excited to get it underway, and it went pretty good. I got second in the heat and ended up getting the third gate pick for the main. I was throwing up all through the break to the main, so I was a little nervous and didn’t know how I’d do, but I was able to dig deep and kind of focus and came out with a win. I was super-pumped from how I was feeling before the race, and to top it off Hunter got third; it was awesome for both of us to be on the box, so the last round ended pretty well, I think.

Hunter Lawrence
Hunter Lawrence 41
Team Honda HRC
Awesome weekend in Salt Lake City to finish off the season. I got P2 in the West class championship, so that was really cool; I’m stoked on that. I was pretty good throughout the day and was happy with qualifying and felt really good. In the main event I was in a really good position and just rushed a pass for third and washed the front end out. I dropped back to fifth and took a lap to regroup and breathe, and then put on a push and got myself into third on the last lap. The track wasn’t something you could really send it on, so it was definitely about patience and a lot of corner speed--you had to execute your corners really well. Obviously, Jett and myself both getting on the podium was really special. What a way to finish out the supercross season! The team and everyone was really happy with that, and I can’t thank the team enough; they’re like a family and they’ve been awesome, so I’m looking forward to the outdoors and just happy to end it on a solid note. Obviously we would’ve loved to win, but I’m looking forward to going racing again shortly.

Erik Kehoe
Erik Kehoe
Team Honda HRC
The entire team did an amazing job this supercross season! To have Jett win the final and Hunter finish on the podium at the ultra-competitive 250 East/West Showdown was a real statement! In the 450 final, Chase rode hard and showed his determination to get a podium spot. Ken had a great start, but unfortunately lost his momentum late in the final and settled for 10th place on the night. It was a great finish to the season, with the team finishing in the top three of each championship! The collective efforts of Ken, Chase, Jett, Hunter and the entire team paid off when Honda was awarded the 2021 Manufacturers’ Cup award based on all of the finishes in both classes for the season.

450SX - Results

12Cooper WebbKTM21'00.382
225Marvin MusquinKTM+03.556
323Chase SextonHonda+05.566
414Dylan FerrandisYamaha+08.300
527Malcolm StewartYamaha+10.847
617Joey SavatgyKTM+12.918
1094Ken RoczenHonda+22.258
1337Benny BlossHonda+1Lap
1620Broc TickleHonda+1Lap

450SX - Point Standings

12Cooper WebbKTM388
294Ken RoczenHonda353
31Eli TomacKawasaki326
451Justin BarciaGASGAS289
57Aaron PlessingerYamaha264
627Malcolm StewartYamaha248
1223Chase SextonHonda162
1320Broc TickleHonda128
1710Justin BraytonHonda96
1840Vince FrieseHonda94
2237Benny BlossHonda66
2749Mitchell OldenburgHonda29
2912Shane McelrathHonda15
31805Carlen GardnerHonda12
37981Austin PolitelliHonda3

250SX East/West Showdown - Results

Pos. No. Rider Machine Time/Gap
1 18 Jett Lawrence Honda 16'10.019
2 64 Colt Nichols Yamaha +01.112
3 41 Hunter Lawrence Honda +05.608
4 31 Cameron Mcadoo Kawasaki +06.744
5 150 Seth Hammaker Kawasaki +12.171
6 30 Jo Shimoda Kawasaki +17.972
10 56 Kyle Peters Honda +29.344
12 50 Enzo Lopes Honda +38.506
16 95 Joshua Osby Honda +1Lap
18 72 Coty Schock Honda +1Lap
22 914 Geran Stapleton Honda +3Laps

250SX East - Point Standings

164Colt NicholsYamaha210
230Jo ShimodaKawasaki181
318Jett LawrenceHonda177
429Christian CraigYamaha158
542Michael MosimanGASGAS124
695Joshua OsbyHonda111
949Mitchell OldenburgHonda91
1176Grant HarlanHonda71
15122Jeremy HandHonda59
20185Wilson FlemingHonda41
25162Maxwell SanfordHonda18
27914Geran StapletonHonda16

250SX West - Point Standings

132Justin CooperYamaha194
241Hunter LawrenceHonda181
331Cameron McadooKawasaki177
4150Seth HammakerKawasaki160
547Jalek SwollHusqvarna153
648Garrett MarchbanksYamaha137
856Kyle PetersHonda124
972Coty SchockHonda104
1035Mitchell HarrisonHonda90
1650Enzo LopesHonda51
2539Carson MumfordHonda20

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