The Honda HRC team takes all the victories at Washoug…

Round eight of the series also saw Ken Roczen and Hunter Lawrence put in strong performances, with the former beating the fever to finish fourth overall in the 450 class, and the latter winning a 250 moto and taking third place in the standings. general.

The first 450 race saw Sexton start second and quickly take the lead. He was passed by title rival Eli Tomac on lap 6, but kept him close throughout the race – so close that when Tomac dropped his bike with three minutes plus two laps to go, Sexton l hit and also fell. Both were delayed in the remount, with no change in position, and Sexton finished just over a second behind. Meanwhile, Roczen moved from fifth on lap one to third two laps later, and he eventually finished fourth. Moto 2 was a tour de force from Sexton, who grabbed a huge holeshot and led all 16 laps aboard his CRF450R, withstanding 35 minutes of killer attacks from Tomac to win by over eight seconds. Roczen finished Round 1 in eighth and qualified fourth before health issues dragged him down to sixth place.

Hunter and Jett raced second and third at the start of Round 250, with Hunter taking the lead on lap five and Jett moving up to second eight laps later. From there the brothers rode to the finish, with Hunter enjoying a just over four second advantage at the end. Hunter was second at the start of Round 2, with Jett back in sixth, and they were third and fourth after one lap. Hunter dropped his bike on lap 7, letting Jett pass for third, and the defending champion was second two laps later. In the end, Jett’s consistent 2-2 moto scores were good enough for the win, while Hunter’s 1-4 gave him third place overall.

REMARKS

  • Chase Sexton and Ken Roczen finished second and fourth in the 450 qualifying, both less than a second behind the leader. In the 250 ranks, Jett and Hunter Lawrence finished second and third.

  • As has been the case all season, the weather has been idyllic in Washougal, with temperatures ranging from 62 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit for the motorcycles.

  • To give an idea of ​​the closeness of Sexton and Eli Tomac, the rivals both set a best lap in 450 moto 1 in 2’12.953”, linked to the thousandth of a second! (Sexton came in on the penultimate lap, Tomac on the final lap.) Hunter and Jett Lawrence were the only riders to dive into the 2’14” range in 250 moto 1, and Jett was the only rider in the 2 Range ’15” in motorcycle 2.

  • Sexton’s 2-1 performance ended Tomac’s winning streak in moto and overall, and it marked Sexton’s second win of the year (fourth of his career in the 450 class), as well as his second 450 win at Washougal. Jett Lawrence took his total of 250 career wins to 12, and he’s had all but one win this season (with a technical DNF contributing to the single loss). Hunter Lawrence earned his seventh career 250 moto victory.

  • The Team Honda HRC crew member to take home the Excellence Award this week was Showa technician Derek Atkinson, who has been busy all week preparing suspension settings for the rugged Washougal track.

  • Sexton’s 2-1 win keeps him just five points behind Tomac in the 450 title chase (third is 74 more points), while Jett Lawrence has a 28-point lead over Hunter in the 250 battle.

  • With the series now three-quarters over, the Honda HRC team heads into a welcome two-weekend break, with Unadilla, New York, the next round on August 13.

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