Sexton Completes Honda 2023 AMA Supercross Title Sweep
・Illinois native ends indoor season with his sixth win of the year
・Jett Lawrence tops 250SX East-West Showdown, Hunter Lawrence sixth
・Colt Nichols earns AMA 450SX Rookie of the Year Award
・Honda earns third consecutive Manufacturers Championship
Team Honda HRC put an exclamation mark on the 2023 AMA Supercross season at the series finale in Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium. Not only did Chase Sexton and Jett Lawrence capture the wins in the 450SX main event and 250SX East-West Showdown, but Sexton wrapped up the premier-class championship, completing a historic Honda title sweep of the three divisions.
The 450SX main saw Sexton lead all 25 laps aboard his CRF450RWE. The new champ scored the holeshot and never faltered, stretching out his advantage to over 18 seconds by the finish, where his team greeted him with a long-awaited celebration.
In the 250SX main event, Jett Lawrence exited turn 1 second behind RJ Hampshire, while Hunter Lawrence suffered a poor getaway and was mired back in about 13th place, only to be further delayed when another rider fell. At the eight-lap mark, Jett made a strong pass on RJ Hampshire to assume the lead. Meanwhile, Hunter patiently worked his way forward, ultimately crossing the finish line in sixth place.
The Friday pre-race activities included a press conference featuring Chase Sexton, Hunter Lawrence and Jett Lawrence, as well as Team Honda HRC manager Lars Lindstrom. Following the conference, the riders had the opportunity to try out the track.
Despite a hard crash last week in Denver, Team Honda HRC rider Colt Nichols had intended to compete at the Salt Lake City round, but leg injuries prevented him from taking part. The Oklahoma native was nonetheless on hand in Utah, and he was presented with the AMA Supercross Rookie of the Year award on the podium following the first qualifying session.
This was Nichols’ final race with Team Honda HRC. Everyone on the team was happy to have him in the pits this season and in Utah, and Honda thanks him for his efforts this year and wishes him well going forward.
Honda World, a powersports dealership in South Jordan, Utah, set up a pop-up activation in the Team Honda HRC pits at the Salt Lake City Supercross. They displayed a Pioneer 1000 Trail side-by-side and a CRF50F and interacted with fans and customers.
Salt Lake City included a 250SX Futures race, and SLR Honda was on hand supporting Parker Ross and Jaxon Pascal. Ross notched a podium finish (third place), while Pascal recovered from 10th place on lap 1 to finish eighth.
For the season finale, Hunter and Jett Lawrence—recently crowned champions in the 250SX East and West Regions—ran special 1E and 1W numbers on their CRF250R race machines.
Team Honda HRC was flawless in daytime qualifying, with Sexton topping both 450SX sessions, Hunter Lawrence doing likewise in 250SX East and Jett Lawrence following suit in 250SX West.
Sexton set the tone for the evening by winning the second 450SX heat race by nearly 15 seconds, despite finishing lap 1 in third place. Also impressive was Fire Power Honda’s Dean Wilson, who finished a solid second in heat 1.
Hunter Lawrence was second in the damp 250SX East heat race, and Jett Lawrence was third in the 250SX West heat. Other Red Riders to qualify through the heats were Fire Power Honda’s Max Anstie, TiLube/Storm Lake Honda’s Michael Hicks and Phoenix Racing Honda’s Cullin Park (East), as well as SmarTop/MotoConcepts Racing’s Mitchell Oldenburg (West). Making it through the last-chance qualifier were Phoenix riders Jace Owen and Coty Schock.
Sexton’s achievement is Honda’s 16th premier-class AMA Supercross title, a record.
This marks the third time that a manufacturer has swept all three AMA Supercross crowns (but the first time by a single team). One of the others was also by Honda, as Team Honda’s Jean-Michel Bayle took the 1991 premier-class title, while Peak/Pro Circuit Honda riders Jeremy McGrath and Brian Swink captured the West and East support-class crowns.
Sexton turned the fastest lap time in the 450SX main event, while Jett and Hunter Lawrence were first and second, respectively, on the lap-time sheets for the 250SX main.
Salt Lake City marked the seventh premier-class AMA Supercross victory of Sexton’s career. It also added him to the list of the venue’s Honda-mounted premier-class winners, joining Ricky Carmichael, Kevin Windham (twice) and Ken Roczen.
With his 250SX win, Jett Lawrence gives Honda sole possession of first place on the Salt Lake City support-class win list, with seven. It was his second win in Salt Lake City, where other Red Riders to have topped the support-class main include Trey Canard, Eli Tomac (twice) and Chase Sexton (three times). This also marked the 13th 250SX win of Jett’s career, making him the winningest Honda rider in the class.
Sexton and Jett Lawrence both participated in the post-race press conference.
Everyone at Team Honda HRC extends their respect and gratitude to all of the teams and riders for a hard-fought season.
Team Honda HRC now gets a rare weekend off before commencing the AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Pala, California, May 27.
250SX East Standings
|1||Hunter Lawrence||96||Team Honda HRC||Honda||241|
|2||Haiden Deegan||238||Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing||Honda||183|
|3||Max Anstie||63||Fire Power Honda||Honda||182|
|4||Jordon Smith||58||Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing||Yamaha||159|
|5||Chris Blose||57||Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki||Kawasaki||143|
|6||Jeremy Martin||6||Muc-Off FXR ClubMX||Yamaha||132|
|9||Cullin Park||67||Phoenix Racing Honda||Honda||117|
|10||Coty Schock||285||Phoenix Racing Honda||Honda||94|
|11||Henry Miller||66||Ti-Lube, Storm Lake Honda, Innovation Concrete Inc, Rangeline||Honda||86|
|12||Jace Owen||62||Phoenix Racing Honda||Honda||82|
|15||Jeremy Hand||91||Valley Ford Truck, Dean Hushon Insulation, Wiseco, SKDA, 6D||Honda||62|
|16||Chance Hymas||832||Team Honda HRC||Honda||60|
|17||Michael Hicks||460||TDMX Graphics||Honda||58|
|18||Caden Braswell||243||Phoenix Racing Honda||Honda||52|
|20||Luke Neese||125||Red Research Group, Honda of Lynchburg||Honda||44|
|24||A J Catanzaro||330||The Moto Academy, Honda||Honda||28|
|26||Gage Linville||602||Fire Power Honda||Honda||14|
|32||Lance Kobusch||95||STR, 100%, Dunlop, Canvas||Honda||3|
|34||Jace Kessler||511||Onlyfans, Kessler Concrete, ATeam Honda||Honda||2|
250SX West Standings
|1||Jett Lawrence||18||Team Honda HRC||Honda||223|
|2||Rj Hampshire||24||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||186|
|3||Levi Kitchen||43||Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing||Yamaha||156|
|4||Enzo Lopes||56||Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha||Yamaha||149|
|5||Mitchell Oldenburg||49||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda||Honda||131|
|6||Max Vohland||34||Red Bull KTM||KTM||121|
|20||Anthony Rodriguez||111||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda||Honda||40|
|27||Maxwell Sanford||162||Concrete Plants Inc||Honda||12|
|31||Wilson Todd||102||Firepower Honda||Honda||6|