AMA SX 2023
Round 7

Chase Sexton, Hunter Lawrence Improve Title Chances at Arlington Triple Crown SX

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Chase Sexton, Hunter Lawrence Improve Title Chances at Arlington Triple Crown SX

・Sexton reduces premier-division points gap with second overall
・Lawrence extends 250SX East title-chase lead despite finishing third

Although the Arlington Triple Crown was the first AMA Supercross round of the season at which neither class was won by a Team Honda HRC rider, both Chase Sexton and Hunter Lawrence actually improved their situations in their respective title chases. Sexton entered the round seven points behind Eli Tomac in the premier class and reduced the gap to five with a second-overall finish, while Lawrence–third overall in Texas–leaves the event having expanded his lead on fellow Red Rider Max Anstie from eight to 11.

Sexton suffered a terrible start in the first 450SX race and had to work his way forward after completing lap 1 in 11thplace. With his CRF450RWE, Sexton steadily picked off riders, ultimately climbing to third by the finish. Nichols started well and finished ninth. Sexton started fourth in race 2 and passed Tomac on lap 9, then challenged Cooper Webb for second before settling for third. Fire Power Honda’s Dean Wilson was 10th, and Nichols finished 16th after crashing in the whoops. Race 3 saw Sexton emerge from turn 1 in second behind Tomac and dog him until crashing in a corner with eight minutes left. He remounted in time to take advantage of a Tomac fall a couple of minutes later, only for a lapped rider to block him shortly after, allowing Webb into the lead. Sexton held on to finish a close second. Wilson ended the race 11th, with Nichols another four positions back.

The first 250SX East race saw Lawrence put his CRF250R into turn 1 first and lead every lap for the win. Fire Power Honda’s Anstie was third, with Hymas ninth. Lawrence emerged from turn 1 in second in the next race, then slipped to third and was bumped back to fifth. He recovered to enter a three-way battle for the lead before he and Nate Thrasher made contact, sending Lawrence to the ground. The Australian remounted in time to finish third, with Anstie one position back and Hymas seventh. Heading into race 3, Lawrence and Thrasher were tied on points, but Lawrence went down in turn 1 and was trapped under two bikes. He sat in 18th place after lap 1, and despite riding with a broken clutch perch, he worked his way up to sixth by the finish. Anstie was ninth, one ahead of Phoenix Racing Honda’s Jace Owen, with Hymas 16th.


While Colt Nichols currently lives in Southern California, he’s originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma. With his hometown about four hours north of Arlington, Nichols had several guests on hand for the race.

American Honda held a National Sales staff summit to coincide with the Arlington race. In addition to meeting for work-related matters, the managers met the Team Honda HRC riders, participated in a track walk and watched the racing from a suite.

On Friday, Nichols took part in Friday’s media-day activities, getting some time on the Arlington track.

During daytime qualifying, Hunter Lawrence set the fastest lap time of the 250SX East riders, and was the only rider to dip into the 46-second range. Fire Power Honda’s Max Anstie was third, with Chance Hymas ninth. Chase Sexton was the third-fastest rider in the 450SX division, with Fire Power Honda’s Dean Wilson seventh and Nichols 12th.

Although Jett Lawrence is on a break along with the rest of the 250SX West division, he made the trip to Arlington, where he hosted 150 fans to a Friday-night event at Texas Live!, with free dinner, donuts and country music. Jett also made a guest appearance in the broadcast booth during the night show.

Half of the riders in the 250SX East night program–11 of 22–were CRF250R-mounted.

Sexton posted the fastest lap time in the third 450SX race, and Lawrence did likewise in the second 250SX East race.

Arlington marked the 17th 450SX podium finish of Sexton’s career, and the 16th 250SX podium finish of Lawrence’s career.

Sexton and Lawrence both took part in the post-race press conference at Arlington.

With the Daytona Supercross up next week (March 4), several Team Honda HRC technicians left directly from Arlington to spend the week in Florida testing with the riders.

Chase Sexton
Chase Sexton 23
Team Honda HRC
I felt like I elevated my speed all day. I didn’t qualify the fastest in practice, so that gave me some motivation in the night show. In the last race I washed the front in a corner, but with my pace, I still felt like Eli was within reach. I just put my head down until he made that mistake. Unfortunately, I ran into some lappers but I just need to be able to read them better. Overall, I felt really solid in every main event–it was some of the best riding I’ve had. Obviously, I didn’t get the win, but everyone has to face the same thing. Lots of positives to take into next weekend.

Colt Nichols
Colt Nichols 45
Team Honda HRC
Another Triple Crown, and a very rough night in the office for me. I wasn’t agreeing with the track and had some mistakes and crashes. I had some bad starts and just put myself in poor positions. Luckily, we get to try again in seven days in Daytona; I really like that place and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve just got to wipe it clean from tonight and focus on next weekend.

Hunter Lawrence
Hunter Lawrence 96
Team Honda HRC
I was sitting in a good spot coming into the third race. Unfortunately, on that start I just ran out of real estate on the inside and got pinched; it’s never a good thing when you end up under your bike in the first turn. I just focused on damage control and not making a bonehead mistake or being worse off. There’s still a lot of racing to go; I’ve just got to go back and be better next weekend. That’s the beauty of it–you get to go again.

Chance Hymas
Chance Hymas 832
Team Honda HRC
This weekend wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. I struggled in qualifying, just wasn’t feeling comfortable enough to push to my limit. My first two mains were pretty good, just need to limit my mistakes and get a little meaner. Third main I ended up crashing and getting 16th. Tenth overall is nothing to be stoked about, but I’m happy to get out of it healthy. Now to get ready for Daytona.

Lars Lindstrom
Lars Lindstrom
Team Honda HRC
It was another busy day, with four riders in the truck. Everybody was in a good mood and happy to be racing inside a dome; even though it was cold outside, the racing inside was hot! It’s the first race of the season we haven’t won in either class, but we were contending all day–and we extended our points lead in the 250 class, and closed the points gap in the 450 class.

250SX East Standings

Pos. Rider Num. Team Constr. Pts
1 Hunter Lawrence 96 Team Honda HRC Honda 73
2 Max Anstie 63 Fire Power Honda Honda 62
3 Nate Thrasher 29 Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing Yamaha 57
4 Haiden Deegan 238 Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing Honda 53
5 Jeremy Martin 6 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha 53
6 Jordon Smith 58 Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing Yamaha 52
9 Chance Hymas 832 Team Honda HRC Honda 43
11 Jace Owen 62 Phoenix Racing Honda Honda 35
12 Henry Miller 66 Ti-Lube, Storm Lake Honda, Innovation Concrete Inc, Rangeline Honda 30
13 Coty Schock 285 Phoenix Racing Honda Honda 29
15 Cullin Park 67 Phoenix Racing Honda Honda 23
18 Jeremy Hand 91 Valley Ford Truck, Dean Hushon Insulation, Wiseco, SKDA, 6D Honda 13
19 Luke Neese 125 Red Research Group, Honda of Lynchburg Honda 13
20 Caden Braswell 243 Phoenix Racing Honda Honda 11
22 Michael Hicks 460 TDMX Graphics Honda 7
24 A J Catanzaro 330 The Moto Academy, Honda Honda 5

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