・ Fire Power Honda’s Max Anstie takes dramatic debut win in 250SX race
・ Jett and Hunter Lawrence stretch points leads with 250SX podium finishes
・ Chase Sexton and Colt Nichols take fourth and 16th in 450SX main event
When a rain-and-lightning storm hit the East Rutherford Supercross just before the 250SX East-West Showdown was scheduled to start, the event turned into something of an unknown, and while the eventual winner was something of a surprise, the bike was the same one that had topped 11 of the 13 races run until that point. Fire Power Honda’s Max Anstie rode his CRF250R flawlessly in the sloppy conditions to earn his debut AMA Supercross victory, and he was followed across the finish line by fellow Red Riders Jett and Hunter Lawrence, the Team Honda HRC racers stretching their respective points leads in the West and East Regions. In the 450SX division, Chase Sexton tallied a fourth-place finish aboard his CRF450RWE, while Colt Nichols ended the long night in 16th place.
When the delayed 250SX main event finally ran, Anstie emerged from turn 1 with the lead, and while the Lawrence brothers were both in the top 10, they and the rest of the pack were immediately covered in muck. Jett and Hunter completed lap 1 fourth and fifth, respectively, and Jett was up to third by lap 3. He took over second just past the halfway point and closed on the leading Anstie, nearly passing him two turns before the finish, only to be taken down in the final turn by another rider attempting a last-second pass attempt. Jett remounted in time to retain second, and Hunter took advantage of the opportunity to finish third.
In the 450SX main event, Sexton got a good jump and took the holeshot but was quickly overtaken by Ken Roczen. Sexton was then knocked down by another rider, but he remounted and completed lap 1 in eighth place. He steadily advanced through the pack, climbing to fourth place by the checkered flag, while Nichols survived to take 16th.
After a close call last week at Atlanta that saw him get out of shape in a set of rollers, Hunter Lawrence needed a midweek trip to the emergency room for an injured groin. The Australian also elected to stay off the bike during the week.
Race organizers used the East Rutherford round to raise awareness for the work done by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Team Honda HRC had special “Love Moto Stop Cancer” graphics prepared by Throttle Jockey, and Renthal prepared special gold-colored, Limited Edition-Hard Ano handlebar and sprockets.
Race day was also the birthday of American Honda Manager of Sports & Experiential Brandon Wilson, who was on hand for the event.
Belleville, New Jersey, dealership Motorcycle Mall had a dealer activation booth in the Team Honda HRC pits at the New Jersey Supercross, where they displayed Honda powersports products, engaged with fans and customers and held a giveaway.
The Lawrence brothers were the fastest riders in qualifying for their respective 250SX classes, with Jett topping the West region (and also taking the best 250SX time overall, by nearly seven-tenths of a second), while Hunter was best in the East region. In the premier-class ranks, Chase Sexton was third-best in qualifying, with Colt Nichols 10th.
The Lawrence brothers both finished second in their respective 250SX heat races. Jett started sixth in the West heat, slipped back to seventh and then mounted a charge that carried him all the way to the runner-up spot, just behind the winner. Hunter started third in the East heat, quickly moved up to second and ultimately finished just behind the winner. Fire Power Honda’s Max Anstie was seventh, followed by Phoenix Racing Honda’s Jace Owen and TiLube/Storm Lake Honda’s Michael Hicks. Red Riders took the top three spots in the last-chance qualifier, with Phoenix’s Coty Schock and Cullin Park sandwiching Red Research Group’s Luke Neese.
Sexton was first out of turn 1 in the second 450SX heat race, and he pulled steadily ahead to win by over eight seconds. Meanwhile, Nichols had finished a solid fourth in the first premier-class heat, with Honda-mounted, Valley Ford Truck-sponsored Jeremy Hand eighth.
Anstie’s win added him to the list of Red Riders to top the support class in East Rutherford–a list that includes Brian Swink, Justin Bogle, Malcolm Stewart and Chase Sexton. Anstie’s victory also grew Honda’s record as the manufacturer with most East Rutherford support-class wins, to five.
Both Lawrence brothers took part in the post-race press conference.
In the 250SX East title chase, Hunter Lawrence now has a lead of 49 points—nearly two races!—with a very realistic chance of clinching the crown next week in Nashville. Jett Lawrence has a 39-point lead in the 250SX West points battle and could clinch his championship in Denver the following week. In the premier division, Sexton still sits third, 21 points behind the leader and 10 behind second place.
250SX East Standings
|1||Hunter Lawrence||96||Team Honda HRC||Honda||198|
|2||Haiden Deegan||238||Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing||Honda||149|
|3||Max Anstie||63||Fire Power Honda||Honda||148|
|4||Nate Thrasher||29||Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing||Yamaha||120|
|5||Jordon Smith||58||Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing||Yamaha||120|
|6||Chris Blose||57||Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki||Kawasaki||117|
|8||Cullin Park||67||Phoenix Racing Honda||Honda||96|
|10||Coty Schock||285||Phoenix Racing Honda||Honda||83|
|11||Henry Miller||66||Ti-Lube, Storm Lake Honda, Innovation Concrete Inc, Rangeline||Honda||72|
|12||Jace Owen||62||Phoenix Racing Honda||Honda||67|
|14||Chance Hymas||832||Team Honda HRC||Honda||60|
|15||Jeremy Hand||91||Valley Ford Truck, Dean Hushon Insulation, Wiseco, SKDA, 6D||Honda||52|
|17||Michael Hicks||460||TDMX Graphics||Honda||51|
|18||Caden Braswell||243||Phoenix Racing Honda||Honda||44|
|22||Luke Neese||125||Red Research Group, Honda of Lynchburg||Honda||32|
|24||A J Catanzaro||330||The Moto Academy, Honda||Honda||23|
|25||Gage Linville||602||Fire Power Honda||Honda||14|
|32||Lance Kobusch||95||STR, 100%, Dunlop, Canvas||Honda||3|
250SX West Standings
|1||Jett Lawrence||18||Team Honda HRC||Honda||176|
|2||Rj Hampshire||24||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||137|
|3||Enzo Lopes||56||Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha||Yamaha||118|
|4||Levi Kitchen||43||Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing||Yamaha||112|
|5||Max Vohland||34||Red Bull KTM||KTM||104|
|6||Cameron Mcadoo||48||Monster Energy ProCircuit Kawasaki||Kawasaki||101|
|7||Mitchell Oldenburg||49||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda||Honda||99|
|18||Anthony Rodriguez||111||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda||Honda||40|
|25||Maxwell Sanford||162||Concrete Plants Inc||Honda||12|
|30||Wilson Todd||102||Firepower Honda||Honda||6|