Chase Sexton helps Team USA to overall victory, whilst Jett Lawrence wins Open class to help all-Honda Team Australia secure a podium finish
Team Honda HRC riders Chase Sexton, Jett Lawrence and Hunter Lawrence all enjoyed solid showings during the Motocross of Nations at Michigan’s RedBud MX, helping their respective national teams to strong results. Just three weeks after finishing a close second in the AMA Pro Motocross 450 Championship, Chase Sexton turned in steady 2-3 finishes in challenging conditions during his debut entry in the international event. Those results by the CRF450R rider, combined with strong showings from fellow countrymen Eli Tomac and Justin Cooper, were enough to give Team USA its first MXoN victory in over a decade.
Team HRC’s Mitch Evans put in a great performance for a fifth place in race one of the 2022 Motocross of Nations, to help Team Australia get only their second ever podium in this historic event.
After a Saturday performance that gave them third gate-pick on a dry RedBud circuit, Sunday morning brought a deluge of rain which completely changed the nature of the terrain and meant that it was almost a total reset for all the teams.
While Team Honda HRC members were the star Red Riders at the Motocross of Nations, a number of other CRF racers also performed well. Team Australia’s Mitch Evans posted a solid fifth place in Race 1, Team Spain’s Ruben Fernandez did likewise in Race 2 and Team Canada’s Dylan Wright was 10th in Race 3. Strong Red Rider performances in the B final included Team New Zealand’s Josiah Natzke, Team Venezuela’s Anthony Rodriguez and Team Japan’s Yuki Okura, finishing in seventh-through-ninth places, respectively.