Sexton Masterful at Unadilla MX

Along the way, the Illinois native passed title rival Eli Tomac in both motos and set the two fastest lap times. Teammate Ken Roczen finished fifth overall via 5-7 finishes, while the 250 class saw Hunter and Jett Lawrence finish third and fourth overall, each picking up a second place in a moto.

Roczen raced in the lead at the start of the 450 moto 1, while Sexton looked to recover after finishing the first lap in sixth place. Tomac took the lead midway through the race, but Sexton was relentless, moving into second place midway through while cutting Tomac’s lead. He made a clean pass with six laps remaining and eventually reached the checkered flag with a winning margin of almost 13 seconds, with Roczen finishing fifth. Sexton started better in moto 2 and was third after one lap. By lap five he had passed the leading Tomac, after which he had increased his advantage to almost 16 seconds at the finish. Roczen crossed the finish line in seventh place after spending most of the race in sixth.

The 250 action proved erratic and unpredictable at Unadilla, and that was certainly true for the Lawrence brothers. After finishing the first lap of moto 1 in fifth position, Jett worked his way up, only to crash out fighting for second place. He and Hunter teamed up to advance, only for Jett to fall a second time as he ran fourth with five laps to go. Hunter then finished second, while Jett moved up 10e and could only climb to seventh place by the time the ladies flew. The second outing saw Jett start second, with Hunter quickly in third. Both riders suffered crashes in the race, but Jett recovered to take second place. Meanwhile, Hunter slowed down when he suspected a bike problem that was actually a rock temporarily getting stuck in his rear brake pedal, then dislodging after a bit; he eventually recovered to finish fifth.

REMARKS

  • During the two-weekend break from the previous round at Washougal, the Honda HRC team members had the rare opportunity to break their routines a bit. Crew chief Lars Lindstrom traveled to Europe to watch the Swedish round of MXGP with the HRC team, Ken Roczen took his family on a getaway to the Bahamas and Chase Sexton worked to move into a new home.

  • Honda HRC team test rider Trey Canard was missing at Unadilla as he recovered from foot surgery performed during the break.

  • To protect themselves from the rocks that this event is notorious for, Honda HRC team riders Ken Roczen and Jett Lawrence both opted to use Cycra handguards at Unadilla.

  • The Red Riders dominated qualifying in both categories, with Roczen (450) and Jett Lawrence (250) taking the honors. Jett’s time of 2’12.777” was particularly impressive, a second and three quarters better than anyone else in both categories! Hunter Lawrence was third fastest in the 250 division, while Sexton was fifth fastest in the 450 ranks.

  • Again, the weather conditions were great in Unadilla, with temperatures ranging from 69 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit for the motorcycles.

  • The Honda HRC team riders set the fastest lap times in all four motos at Unadilla. In the 450 class, Sexton’s moto 1 time was the best by a margin of almost seven tenths of a second, and his moto 2 time was more than a second and a half better than anyone in the world. other! In 250 races, Jett Lawrence set the fastest time in moto 1 and Hunter Lawrence set the fastest lap in moto 2.

  • Unadilla marked the third time this season that Sexton has won a 450 overall, and the fifth time in his career. He also notched the seventh and eighth 450 moto wins of his career.

  • Sexton’s 1-1 Unadilla performance extended the Honda HRC team’s 450-game winning streak at the venue to six, with Roczen winning both motos last year and in 2019 (there was no Unadilla National in 2020).

  • The Honda HRC Team’s Yoshimura Award of Excellence for round nine went to practice technician Thomas Harris, who also worked for amateur Honda rider Chance Hymas. Harris spent much of the break working for the AMA National Amateur Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s ranch, and he was on hand at Unadilla as an extra mechanic. As is the case with all award winners, Harris took home a unique trophy created by Yoshimura.

  • The Honda HRC team and everyone at American Honda congratulates the HRC team and Tim Gajser, who won his fifth World Championship this weekend, at the Finnish round of the MXGP.

  • After a brief two-lap stint without the red plate, Sexton once again leads by 450 class points leaving Unadilla, albeit with a slim one-point advantage over title rival Eli Tomac. Jett Lawrence’s 250 class advantage over his brother Hunter Lawrence has been reduced slightly, to 26 points.

  • There are only three rounds left in the series, and the next stop is the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Maryland on Saturday.

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