Double victory for the Honda HRC team at Thunder Valle…

Chase Sexton and Hunter Lawrence also picked up overall podiums, and with the season now past the quarter hour mark, the Red Riders continue to hold the top two spots in the points standings in both classes.

The 450 class saw Roczen start well and move quickly to the front, where he raced comfortably until he was passed by Eli Tomac near the end. Sexton ran the first half of the race in fifth before making a pass and finishing fourth. The second moto saw Roczen quickly move into first again and race ahead until he was found and passed by his teammate. Sexton appeared to have a moto victory over when he suffered a knockdown on the final lap, allowing the German to come back for the moto and the overall wins. Although Sexton quickly moved up to second, the change in position was enough for his teammate to take the overall victory, with Sexton third overall.

In the 250 ranks, both Lawrence brothers were still feeling the effects of illness, but Jett made good use of good starts. The first moto saw him finish the first lap in fourth and, a lap later, move up to second, where he stayed for the rest of the moto, while Hunter had to work through the field until the fourth. Hunter took advantage of a long-awaited holeshot in Moto 2, and he stayed comfortably ahead until the finish, while his younger brother raced in an almost lonely second, with some brief scuffles with Justin Cooper. Jett’s consistent 2-2 finishes earned him the overall win, with Hunter one spot behind.

REMARKS

  • In a humorous nod to the film Stupid and even dumber (part of which is set in Colorado), Hunter and Jett Lawrence wore Alpinestars clothing in light blue and orange, respectively, mimicking the tuxedos worn by Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey in the film. Additionally, the Lawrence brothers’ helmets featured phrases from the film: “You sold my dead bird to a blind child?” (Hunter) and “Put another shrimp on the barbie” (Jett). The brothers even starred in a short social media video recreation of the scene from the movie where Harry de Daniels shows Lloyd de Carrey the new motorcycle he bought (in this case, a Honda Trail 125).

  • Ken Roczen and his mechanic Jordan Troxell also had fun at the movies at Thunder Valley National. Roczen ran a Superior gun “Maverick” logo on the back of his Fox racing pants, and his tech even wore a “Rooster” logo on the butt of his mechanic pants. (Troxell, who also won the Weekly Team Achievement Award, carried that moniker even before the hit sequel.)

  • For the second time in three races, Chase Sexton was the fastest 450 rider in combined qualifying times, while Ken Roczen was third. Jett and Hunter Lawrence finished second and third respectively in the 250 class.

  • Thunder Valley is always physically challenging with its 6,100-foot elevation, but this year was especially tough due to the high temperatures, ranging from 95-99º Fahrenheit during motos.

  • Sexton set the fastest lap time in 450 Moto 2.

  • Roczen’s 450 total victory was his 21st in AMA Pro Motocross, as well as his fifth at Thunder Valley in seven attempts. His Moto 2 victory took his total on the track to seven, half of the motos he has entered. Jett Lawrence’s victory by 250 points was his third in a row and the eighth of his young career.

  • Honda HRC team riders continue to hold the top two spots in the points standings in both classes. Sexton’s advantage over Roczen in the 450 division has been reduced from 12 to five, while Jett’s advantage over Hunter in the 250 class has increased from 11 to 12. Hunter’s margin on third is 26 points .

  • The Honda HRC team enters the second quarter of the AMA Pro Motocross season this weekend, with Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania’s High Point round representing the first race of the season in the eastern United States

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