Second overall double results for team H…

Between Chase Sexton and Jett Lawrence, the Honda HRC team won the first three races at the St. Louis Triple Crown AMA Supercross, and while overall wins weren’t on the cards, both drivers finished second and advanced in their respective points pursuits.

Sexton nailed the 450SX race hole 1 aboard his CRF450R and was never seriously challenged, winning with four seconds to spare, and then the Illinois native completed the first lap of race 2 in fourth place before moving on to third and hold that position until checkers. Sexton’s worst start of the night came in the final race of the night, dropping him to seventh after lap 1, but he rode fast and confident to secure third on lap 5 and hold onto the position until the end.

In the first 250SX race, Lawrence suffered from a terrible start and crossed the line eighth, but quickly began to annoy the riders. He got some help when RJ Hampshire went down while he was leading, and the Australian was in the lead by lap 8. From there, Lawrence ran the final four laps at the helm, winning by more than five seconds. Race 2 was red-flagged, and after the restart Lawrence took over the lead with seven laps remaining, then took another win by a six-second margin. A poor start in race 3 was followed by an early crash when Lawrence hit the back of another rider, dropping him to last place. He came in fifth place in the end, taking second place on the night. Also of note was SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda rider Mitchell Oldenburg, who posted a commendable third overall finish on the night.

GRADES

  • Team Honda HRC riders Chase Sexton and Jett Lawrence participated in Media Day activities on Friday, giving them a chance to sample the track and the famously excellent St. Louis dirt.

  • Lawrence recorded a short television interview on Saturday that was played during the opening of the television broadcast. Additionally, Jett and Hunter Lawrence appeared in a segment that followed them at a golf game near their home in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

  • With his birthplace three and a half hours north in La Moille, Illinois, Sexton considers St. Louis one of his local races, and he had several guests available. Although he had attended the St. Louis round as a spectator in the past, this was the first time he had competed at the venue.

  • Team Honda HRC test rider Trey Canard missed St. Louis because he made a TED Talk appearance the night before in St. George, Utah. Canard spoke on the topic of overcoming trauma.

  • In day qualifying, Lawrence posted the second-fastest time in the 250SX East, just 0.3 seconds off the lead. Other CRF250R riders who qualified directly for the evening program included SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Mitchell Oldenburg (4th), Fire Power Honda’s Jordon Smith (7th), Phoenix Racing Honda’s Kyle Peters (11th), Jeremy Hand SGB ​​Unlimited Honda (12th), STR’s Lance Kobusch (15th), Fire Power Honda’s Jarrett Frye (17th) and Moto Academy’s AJ Catanzaro (18th). Jones Powersports’ John Short made it through the Last Chance Qualifier.

  • Sexton finished 450SX qualifying as the sixth-best rider, one ahead of MotoConcepts’ Justin Brayton and just 0.145 seconds behind the top-ranked rider. Other qualified Red Riders included MCR’s Vince Friese (9th), SGB’s Cade Clason (18th), and LCQ driver Alex Ray of SGB Unlimited.

  • As reported by runner XMitch Kendra, St. Louis saw Sexton become the first rider to earn individual victories in Triple Crown races aboard 450 and 250 machines.

  • Phoenix Racing Honda’s Kyle Peters broke his C5 and C6 vertebrae during a crash in race two of the 250SX and had to undergo surgery. Best wishes from Honda to the reigning AMA Arenacross Champion for a speedy recovery.

  • Both Sexton and Lawrence participated in the post-race press conference on Saturday night.

  • Even without a win, Lawrence extended his points lead in the 250SX East by 23, to 34, due in part to Cameron McAdoo missing the race due to injury. There are three rounds left in the East Region. Although Sexton did not advance from seventh in the 450SX class, he did gain ground on most of his rivals.

  • The next race for the Honda HRC team is the Atlanta Supercross, and since it’s also a 250SX East-West Showdown, the Honda HRC team will feature all three active riders: Chase Sexton plus Hunter and Jett Lawrence.

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