450SX
AMA SX 2022
Round 17

Second-Place Finishes for Chase Sexton, Hunter Lawrence at Salt Lake City SX Finale

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During a busy AMA Supercross series finale in Salt Lake City, CRF450R-mounted Chase Sexton and CRF250R rider Hunter Lawrence both ended the series with strong performances, the Team Honda HRC riders taking second place in their respective main events.

Second-Place Finishes for Chase Sexton, Hunter Lawrence at Salt Lake City SX Finale

Sexton was fifth out of turn 1 in the 450SX main, but he was already up to second by the end of lap 1. The Illinois native made an early run at the leader but couldn’t quite match Jason Anderson’s pace and ultimately crossed the line just over two seconds back. The 250SX East-West Showdown final saw Lawrence take the holeshot from a poor gate position, and he led for two laps before relinquishing the spot to Nate Thrasher. Lawrence took the middle part of the race to regroup but closed back in on the leader as the three-minute mark approached. The two battled hard for the final laps, with the Australian ultimately coming up less than half a second short. Unfortunately, Hunter’s brother Jett had to sit out the race after a crash in qualifying.

Also of note was Honda wrapping up the Manufacturers’ Championship, and Red Rider Chance Hymas taking the 250SX Futures title.

NOTES

  • Chase Sexton spent the week between the Denver and Salt Lake City AMA Supercross rounds in California, in order to get in some track time in dry, hardpack conditions.

  • Hunter Lawrence was second-quickest in the combined 250SX West qualifying times, just over two-10ths behind Christian Craig. SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda rider Vince Friese (eighth) and Concrete Plants’ Maxwell Sanford (16th) were other West Region Red Riders who qualified for the main program.

  • MotoConcepts rider Mitchell Oldenburg was impressive in East Region qualifying, nabbing the top spot in combined times, two ahead of Jett Lawrence. Other East Region CRF250R-mounted racers to qualify were Fire Power Honda’s Jordon Smith (eighth), TiLube Honda’s Hunter Yoder (11th), Phoenix Racing Honda’s Cullin Park (15th) and Fire Power’s Jarrett Frye (16th).

  • Jett Lawrence jammed his right foot in a qualifying crash and opted to sit out the remainder of the day with a sprained right ankle. The newly crowned 250SX East Region Champion will focus on healing up ahead of the opening AMA Pro Motocross round.

  • In the 250SX West heat race, Hunter Lawrence suffered a poor start and was in sixth place at the end of lap 1. He made early progress, but mistakes – including a crash – resulted in a seventh-place finish, one spot in front of Friese. In the 250SX East heat, Oldenburg picked up where he left off in qualifying, leading the first half of the race before finishing second, two spots in front of Smith. Frye was ninth, and Park made it through with a third-place ride in the LCQ.

  • Sexton was third-quickest in 450SX qualifying, five-10ths off the top time. MotoConcepts rider Justin Brayton was eighth-best, while SGB Unlimited’s Cade Clason, HRT Racing’s Austin Politelli and SGB’s Jeremy Hand were 14th through 16th, respectively. SGB’s Alex Ray was 20th.

  • Despite hitting the gate in the second 450SX heat race, Sexton got a third-place start, and that’s where he stayed to the finish. Politelli notched a solid eighth-place result. Brayton was the top-finishing CRF450R rider in the first 450SX heat, with Clason and BWR Engines’ Bryson Gardner eighth and ninth, respectively. Hand made it through the LCQ with a runner-up result.

  • Honda’s Chance Hymas extended his Futures class win streak at Salt Lake City, topping qualifying and coming out on top of an exciting main-event battle with rival Ryder DiFrancesco. Hymas exited turn 1 in third place and dogged DiFrancesco for two laps before making his move and pulling away to win by over 8 seconds. Afterward, Hymas was awarded the Futures number-one plate.

  • Sexton’s 450SX result brought his season podium tally to eight and his career total to 11, and he finished sixth in the final points standings. Meanwhile, Hunter Lawrence increased his season and career 250SX podium collections to nine and 13, respectively, and he finished second in the final 250SX West points for the second year in a row.

  • The Salt Lake City round served as the retirement race for Justin Brayton, and everyone at Honda congratulates the longtime Red Rider on a great career. The Iowan rode two stints with the factory team, and most recently with the MotoConcepts squad. His career highlight was unquestionably winning the 2018 Daytona Supercross, but he was also known for his consistency, which this year saw him take ninth in 450SX points despite missing several rounds due to injury.

  • Phoenix Racing Honda rider Cullin Park was named AMA 250SX Rookie of the Year. Racing in the 250SX East Region, Park had a best finish of ninth (at Foxborough) and ended the season 15th in the final standings.

  • Honda congratulates Christian Craig and his team for winning the 250SX West title. Many at Honda worked with Craig during his time as a Factory Connection rider, and as a fill-in racer on the factory team.

  • Sexton, Hunter Lawrence and Hymas all took part in the post-race press conference Saturday evening.

  • The finale saw Honda sew up the Manufacturers’ Championship, which compiles the points earned from the top finisher in each class at every round.

  • With the AMA Supercross series complete, Team Honda HRC now turns its attention to the AMA Pro Motocross series, which kicks off May 28 at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.


Chase Sexton
Chase Sexton 23
Team Honda HRC
At the beginning, Jason [Anderson] and I had a really good pace going. I made a few mistakes and kind of lost my flow a little bit, and once I lost touch, there was no getting it back; he was riding really good. Lappers did come into play, but he had to deal with them just like I did. It was a tough racetrack. I struggled in the dry, slick parts, but I was happy they put a lot of water down for the night show; it plays to my strengths when there’s ruts on the track. I’m happy to end the season on a somewhat high note. Minus three races where I didn’t finish, everything else was really good. I was in the top five pretty much every race, and eight podiums and a win is big progress from last year. That was my goal coming into this year; I wanted to be a little bit calmer. I still had a few moments out there, but I made a lot of progress with my riding and mentality. I just want to keep progressing. I’ve got a lot of work to do, but I feel like I’m on the right track. I’m looking forward to the outdoors and next year racing supercross. It’s going to be fun.

Hunter Lawrence
Hunter Lawrence 96
Team Honda HRC
On the first few laps, I was jumping through the whoops, which I lost a lot of time on. I didn’t have that extra bit of energy and strength tonight, so I was watching the clock, trying to time gassing myself out. It was tough, a good race. [Nate Thrasher] was really close in a few spots, and I thought if I went a little more it may have crossed the line and put both of us on the ground. I just kept it clean, and it was a good race. Every year you see what’s kind of trending with the champions that win the class; the first thing that comes to mind is you obviously have to win, but also be on the box every round, so that was one of my big goals this year. I did that at every race I finished, bar A3 where I crashed out. That’s huge to tick that box in my book, so a lot of positives. We fell short a little bit, but I’m still not mad on the season. I proved a lot to myself and to other people. I left it all out there and tried my best every race.

Lars Lindstrom
Team Honda HRC
It was a hectic but exciting day for us as a team because we had Chance Hymas for the Futures class, both the East and West classes with the Lawrences and the 450SX class with Chase. We had a lot going on, but our guys were fast all day. Chance proved that he’s the top Futures up-and-coming rider, being fastest in all his sessions and winning convincingly. Unfortunately, Jett had a crash where he jammed his foot. He should be fine, but it just wasn’t worth racing and risking the outdoor series. Hunter didn’t have the best heat race but got an incredible start from the 14th pick. He was able to holeshot and had a great battle with Nate Thrasher before coming up just a tad short. Chase had another great race with Jason Anderson. We ended up wrapping up the Manufacturers’ Championship, which was cool for us as a team and shows that the brand is really strong in both classes. For the team, it was a really good day.


250SX West Standings

Pos. Rider Num. Team Constr. Pts
1 Christian Craig 28 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha 230
2 Hunter Lawrence 96 Team Honda HRC Honda 220
3 Michael Mosiman 29 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing GasGas 197
4 Jo Shimoda 30 Monster Energy ProCircuit Kawasaki Kawasaki 162
5 Nate Thrasher 49 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha 152
6 Vince Friese 62 Smartop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda Honda 150
28 Mcclellan Hile 503 Team BWR, HD Supply, L-Tec, SSI Decals, Fly Racing Honda 13
32 Maxwell Sanford 162 Concrete Plants Inc Honda 7

250SX East Standings

Pos. Rider Num. Team Constr. Pts
1 Jett Lawrence 18 Team Honda HRC Honda 192
2 Rj Hampshire 24 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 158
3 Pierce Brown 44 Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing GASGAS 149
4 Mitchell Oldenburg 54 Smartop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda Honda 132
5 Enzo Lopes 80 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX, IAMACOMEBACK, Yamaha Yamaha 117
6 Jordon Smith 90 Smartop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda Honda 116
16 John Short 72 Volkswagen of Waco, Jones Powersports Honda 54
20 Jarrett Frye 39 Fire Power Honda Honda 35
21 Kyle Peters 52 Phoenix Racing Honda Honda 25
26 Jeremy Hand 63 SGB Unlimited Honda Honda 16
29 Lance Kobusch 194 STR, 100%, Dunlop, Canvas Honda 15
41 Aj Catanzaro 330 Moto Academy Honda 1


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