For the first time in his career, Team Honda HRC’s Hunter Lawrence dominated the 250MX class with an overall victory this weekend. The Australian swept both motos for a breakthrough performance aboard his CRF250R during round 5 of AMA Pro Motocross–Massachusetts’ popular Southwick National.
Hunter’s younger brother and teammate Jett Lawrence experienced a more challenging day, finishing sixth overall in the same class, via 9-3 moto scores, though he maintains possession of the red plate that indicates leadership in the title chase. Meanwhile, 450MX teammate Ken Roczen posted second overall via a 4-2 tally, and Chase Sexton was seventh overall with 7-8 finishes.
Hunter enjoyed a decent start in the first moto, completing lap 1 in fifth place, and he secured the lead two-thirds of the way through the 30-minute-plus-two-lap race, going on to win by nearly eight seconds, while Jett overcame a poor start and pair of crashes to salvage a ninth-place finish. In moto 2, the Australian brothers rode strong and found themselves fourth and fifth at the end of lap 2. Hunter took over the lead on lap 10 of 15 and held it to the finish, with Jett finishing two spots back.
In the first 450MX moto, Roczen sat just outside of the top five at the end of lap 1, and he made a couple of passes to finish fourth, while Sexton finished seventh. Moto 2 saw Roczen lead the first half of the race before finishing second in the moto and overall. Unfortunately, Sexton suffered a hard crash in lap 4, forcing the Illinois native to charge through the field for an eighth-place moto result to earn seventh overall.
The fifth round of the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross season returned to “America’s Sandbox” at The Wick 338, a facility it skipped last year due to the pandemic. Known as one of the most physically demanding events of the season–and the series’ only true sand track–the Southwick National experienced overnight rain that resulted in challenging conditions for the racers and an action-packed afternoon for the large crowd.
Hunter Lawrence was third-fastest rider in 250MX qualifying at 2’17.108”, and Jett Lawrence had an eighth-best time of 2’18.894”. FXR/Chaparral Honda rider Carson Mumford posted the 14th-best time.
Roczen was second-fastest in qualifying for the 450MX class, posting a 2’13.212” in the final session, with Sexton right behind in third at 2’13.593”. FXR/Chaparral Honda’s Coty Schock was 11th-best.
While Hunter Lawrence’s 1-1 sweep this weekend was his career-first AMA Pro Motocross overall victory, he had enjoyed previous success. The Australian topped two motos during the 2019 season–one at High Point and one at Spring Creek.
Roczen remains second in the 450MX title chase, with a 19 point deficit, while Sexton sits sixth. Jett Lawrence maintains the 250MX lead by three points, while Hunter gained valuable ground and now sits only 26 points out of the lead, in third.
All four Team Honda HRC riders were present for the post-race media-corral interviews. The top finishers in each class also participated in the virtual post-race press conference Saturday evening, via Zoom.
Next up, Team Honda HRC will travel to the Spring Creek National in Millville, Minnesota, where the fifth round will take place this weekend.