Jett Lawrence’s incredible AMA Pro Motocross 450 rookie season continued at the Independence Day Weekend RedBud National, where the 19-year-old Australian led every lap of both motos aboard his CRF450RWE, keeping his unblemished record in the class intact. Five rounds in, Lawrence has yet to lose a moto in the big-bike class, and he has earned a maximum-possible 250 points, putting him over a full round in front of second place with more than half of the season still to be run. Returning to action at his home race following a three-round absence, Illinois native Chase Sexton notched a respectable third-overall result via 2-3 moto scores. In the 250 class, Hunter Lawrence enjoyed a commanding first-moto win aboard his CRF250R but—for the first time all season—wasn’t able to take the overall victory, due to a first-turn crash that put him out of moto 2.
The first 450 moto saw Jett snare an impressive holeshot and ride smoothly to an 18-second win. Sexton was fifth in the early going but moved into third on lap 5 of 17. The next lap saw him secure second place, which is where he ultimately finished. Moto 2 was a repeat performance for Jett, although Dylan Ferrandis gave him a challenge, as reflected by the five-second winning margin. Sexton, in turn, pushed Ferrandis hard from third, but a tip-over in a turn slowed his progress. In the end, he passed the checkered flag third, which was also his overall result.
Hunter was untouchable in the opening 250 moto, snaring a commanding holeshot and pulling ahead to win by 13 seconds. Unfortunately, he was caught up in the mayhem of the fast lefthand sweeper after the moto 2 start and was in enough pain to require a ride to the Alpinestars Medical Unit. Fortunately, a checkup didn’t reveal anything serious enough to cause him to miss further action, and Hunter looks forward to trying to get back on top at the next round.
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