Overall Podiums for Ken Roczen, Jett Lawrence at Budds Creek MX

2022-09-13 02:27
Ken Roczen made a welcome return to the 450 overall podium at Maryland’s Budds Creek round of the AMA Pro Motocross series, stringing together a pair of third-place moto finishes for the same position on the day. Meanwhile, teammate Chase Sexton avoided a potentially disastrous day for his title chances, following up a crash-plagued first moto to top the second outing and finish just off the overall podium, and only one point down on rival Eli Tomac. Neither Lawrence brother had a memorable Budds Creek experience, but Jett ultimately managed his title defense well, taking third overall via 2-3 finishes, while Hunter was eighth overall.

Roczen started the first 450 moto with a holeshot and led for three laps before being overtaken by Tomac. Five laps from the end, the German lost one more spot but kept fighting for an eventual close third. Sexton had gone down on the first lap and then again shortly thereafter, leaving him buried in 29th place at the end of lap 1. The Illinois native set about reducing the damage, advancing to 15th one-third of the way in and then ninth at the two-thirds mark. By the end, he had climbed to seventh place. Roczen once again started strong in moto 2, running in the top two through the first five laps until being passed by Sexton, who secured the lead just before the halfway point. A crash then dropped Sexton to third, but he only needed two more laps to resecure the lead, which he held to the finish. Roczen pushed hard to the line to keep third.

The 250 action saw Jett racing in third for the first half of moto 1 before taking over second and holding it to the end, while Hunter was slowed by crashes and finished eighth. In moto 2, both brothers were back a ways after lap 1, but Jett managed to climb from 12th to eighth by the halfway mark. He took over third with two laps remaining and nearly caught second by the finish. Hunter ended up ninth, for eighth overall.

NOTES

During the opening ceremonies, the AMA officially announced Team USA for the upcoming Motocross of Nations, where Team Honda HRC rider Chase Sexton will join Eli Tomac and Justin Cooper. This will be Sexton’s debut appearance in the international event, but the venue—Michigan’s RedBud MX—is his home race.
In addition to Sexton, Team Honda HRC will send Hunter and Jett Lawrence to the Motocross of Nations, as the brothers will join Mitch Evans on an all-Honda Team Australia. The event will serve as the 450 debut for Jett Lawrence.
To support the Team USA Motocross of Nations effort, a fundraiser golf tournament is being organized for September 4 at Redhawk Golf Club in Temecula, California. Sexton is taking part (as are Team Honda HRC manager Lars Lindstrom and 250 crew chief Grant Hutcheson), and Honda is sponsoring a hole. For info on how to take part or donate, visit raiseit4usa.com.
For the second week in a row, Team Honda HRC riders were the fastest qualifiers in both classes, with Ken Roczen topping the 450s and Jett Lawrence best in the 250s. Sexton was fourth-best in the premier class, and Hunter Lawrence was seventh in the quarter-liter ranks.
Whereas the season has been largely marked for unusually mild temperatures, Budds Creek was as hot as usual, with the mercury varying between 84 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit for the motos.
Jett Lawrence had the fastest lap time in the second 250 moto, and he posted it on the final lap of the race.
Sexton’s moto 2 victory was the eighth of his career in the 450 class.
For Budds Creek, Team Honda HRC presented the Yoshimura Award of Excellence to Jordan Troxell, Roczen’s mechanic.
With two rounds remaining, Jett Lawrence has a comfortable 37-point lead in the defense of his 250 championship, while Hunter Lawrence slipped one spot, to third. Sexton also slipped from first to second in the 450 title chase, but he’s only one point behind Eli Tomac.
Next up for Team Honda HRC is the penultimate AMA Pro Motocross round of the year, the Ironman National in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

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450 Overall Results

Jason Anderson (Kaw)
Eli Tomac (Yam)
Ken Roczen (Hon)
Chase Sexton (Hon)
Ryan Dungey (KTM)
Christian Craig (Yam)
Joseph Savatgy (Kaw)
Aaron Plessinger (KTM)
Malcolm Stewart (Hus)
Fredrik Noren (KTM)



Jeremy Hand (Hon)
Bryson Gardner (Hon)
Cullin Park (Hon)
Jace Kessler (Hon)

450 Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)

Eli Tomac: 449
Chase Sexton: 448
Jason Anderson: 369
Ken Roczen: 344
Christian Craig: 303
Ryan Dungey: 300
Justin Barcia: 259
Aaron Plessinger: 254
Joseph Savatgy 222
Shane McElrath: 177

250 Overall Results

RJ Hampshire (Hus)
Jo Shimoda (Kaw)
Jett Lawrence (Hon)
Michael Mossiman (Gas)
Justin Cooper (Yam)
Nathanael Thrasher (Yam)
Maximus Vohland (KTM)
Hunter Lawrence (Hon)
Guillem Farres (Yam)
Carson Mumford (Hon)

250 Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)

Jett Lawrence: 433
Jo Shimoda: 396
Hunter Lawrence: 390
Justin Cooper: 346
RJ Hampshire: 274
Maximus Vohland: 251
Seth Hammaker: 207
Michael Mosiman: 201
Nathanael Thrasher: 198
Levi Kitchen: 180

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Ken Roczen 94

“We’re trying! We seem to take these for granted, but I’m super-excited to be back on the podium! It was a hard battle the whole second moto, and I was excited I stayed in it. I’m pumped for my team too; it was a little bit of a drought, but we’re back on the box. That’s a step in the right direction, so we’re going to continue and hopefully finish out these last couple rounds strong.”

Ken Roczen




Chase Sexton 23

“Man, today was not my day. Even from practice, I never felt that good—just too many mistakes. In the first moto, I hit neutral and went over the bars, and then I ran into another rider and had my work cut out for me. I had a big effort and knew I had to bounce back and amass points in the second moto. I got it done—fell over but still knew I could win and just kept fighting. You don’t win championships on your good days; it’s your bad days you win them, so if we can manage the points and come back strong next weekend and ride a lot better, we’ll be in a good spot.”

Chase Sexton




Jett Lawrence 18

“It could’ve been better, obviously, but it wasn’t a terrible day—honestly, it was better than last weekend. Qualifying went well, but my starts weren’t the greatest today, especially the second one; I just got closed out. I definitely need to work on those because my starts have gone downhill since Washougal. My riding was really good, and the second moto I felt really good; I had some good lap times and felt really strong. It was the first time in a while that I had to push all the way to the end. The goalpost was RJ [Hampshire], but I wasn’t close enough to make any moves on the last lap. It’s good to be back on the podium.”

Source: Honda Racing Corporation

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