On Saturday evening at the San Diego round of the AMA Supercross series, Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton notched a 450SX victory for the first time in his career. The Illinois native was dominant aboard his CRF450R, grabbing the main-event holeshot and leading 23 of 26 laps. In the 250SX West class, Hunter Lawrence overcame a crash to secure a solid second-place result for the second week in a row.
When the gate dropped for the 450SX main event, Sexton was the first rider to turn one but was quickly passed by Marvin Musquin. Three minutes into the 20-minute-plus, one-lap race, Sexton reclaimed the lead and never looked back. It was an impressive performance by the 22-year-old, who finished with a winning margin of over six seconds. Meanwhile, Round 1-winner Ken Roczen had a decent start, completing lap one in fifth, and he executed firm passes to advance to third on lap six. At that point, he and Jason Anderson made contact, with Roczen going down. The German was quick to remount and ended the night in seventh.
In the 250SX West main event, Lawrence ran second for the entire 20-lap race, dogging leader Michael Mosiman. The Australian, who had topped his heat race, made a late bid for the lead, but with less than two minutes remaining, he became entangled with lappers in the whoop section, made contact with Mosiman and went down. Lawrence remounted without losing a position and made a final pass attempt, ultimately coming up just 1.361 seconds short.
With 14 races remaining on the schedule, Sexton is now tied for second in the title chase, a single point behind Eli Tomac, with teammate Roczen seventh, only seven points back. Lawrence remains second in the 250SX title chase. Next up is the second Anaheim race on Saturday.