The popular young Australian drove his CRF250R to victory in Motorcycle 1 and overcame the crashes of Motorcycle 2 to place third in the day’s overall standings, retaining the red plaque which signifies leadership in the title race. His brother and teammate Hunter Lawrence finished fourth overall in the same class, while his 450MX teammates Ken Roczen and Chase Sexton finished fourth and sixth overall, respectively.
In the 250MX class, the first race at the Michigan venue saw Jett and Hunter start well and finish strong, first and third respectively. In Race 2, the brothers both had poor starts and finished the first lap outside the top 10. Jett made a mistake and crashed in the second lap, putting him outside the top 30, but he and Hunter made their way through the peloton. to finish fourth and sixth respectively, winning Jett third overall and Hunter fourth.
In the 450MX, Roczen got off to a good start in race one and led nine of 16 laps, ultimately securing a solid second place, less than three seconds behind Dylan Ferrandis. Unfortunately, the German was penalized by two points for having jumped on a red cross flag. In Moto 2, Roczen suffered a brutal fall on lap 7 when he was third, but quickly recovered and finished in sixth place, for fourth place overall. Sexton suffered an accident on the first lap of Motorcycle 1, forcing the Illinois native to climb into the field for eighth place in the race. In the last race of the day, Sexton completed the first lap in sixth and eventually finished fourth to place sixth overall.
・ This weekend marked the return of the annual National RedBud to its traditional Independence Day weekend date, after being postponed last year due to COVID-19. The event enjoyed perfect weather and a large crowd as it also regained its full spectator capacity. This season has also seen the return of podium celebrations.
・ Although pit access remained closed to most of the public, the ongoing process of removing fan restrictions reached its most recent phase at RedBud, where VIP ticket holders had exclusive access to the paddock at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Access to the riders and their respective areas of the team stands was not allowed. Runner autograph sessions remain suspended, but access to runner posters has been provided, at the sole discretion of each team.
・ Team sponsor Honda HRC Throttle Jockey, located near Kokomo, Indiana, designed custom July 4th graphics with US flags for the four CRF racing machines. This weekend also marked 20 years since the team began using their Woody Woodpecker graphics and sponsorship with Universal Studios. Renthal also designed a custom American flag bar pad for Ken Roczen’s CRF450R.
・ On race day, Chase Sexton of Team Honda HRC participated in interviews and video footage for an upcoming Monster Energy project, highlighting her life at home and on the races. His mechanic, Jade Dungey, was also interviewed and his race day activities for tuning Sexton’s CRF450R were recorded.
Jett Lawrence posted another competition alert via social media, promising to sign his moto-two jersey and personally hand it over to the fan who posted the best poster of the race, which he did on the podium afterwards. its celebration. Ahead of his first race, the young Australian also invited a large crowd to attend a brief autograph signing during his donut display in the Red Bull tent.
・ For the second time this season, Jett, Hunter and Sexton all wore matching Alpinestars clothing, this time with red, white and blue colors in commemoration of Independence Day. Ken Roczen also wore special red, white and blue Fox gear which was a replica of the gear the great Rick Johnson wore in 1986.
・ Jett Lawrence posted the third fastest time in the 250MX qualifying, with a time of 2’06.601 “in the final session, three ahead of Hunter Lawrence in 2’07.903”. FXR / Chaparral Honda rider Carson Mumford set the 20th fastest time, and TiLube Honda’s Grant Harlan finished 31stst.
・ Sexton was third in qualifying for the 450MX class, posting a 2,05.062 “in the second session, while Roczen had the fifth fastest lap in 2’05.580”. Coty Schock of FXR / Chaparral Honda finished 14th and privateer Jeremy Hand is 19e-better.
・ In the 450MX title race, Roczen remains second at 14 points behind Dylan Ferrandis, while Sexton is fourth. Roczen was docked at two crucial points in the final race for accidentally jumping under a Red Cross flag. Jett Lawrence has an eight point lead over Justin Cooper in the 250MX class, and he retains the red plate, while Hunter Lawrence remains third.
・ Series promoter MX Sports has introduced a “media corral,” offering media a 15-minute window to conduct interviews with the top 10 finishers in each category in a single, convenient post-race location. It didn’t replace the standard post-race Zoom press conference with the top three overall in each category. All four of the Honda HRC riders were in attendance for media interviews, and the press conference featured the Jett Lawrence podium (with a cameo appearance by Brother Hunter).
The Honda HRC team will now travel to the beautiful town of Southwick in southwest Massachusetts, where the fifth round of the AMA Pro Motocross will take place this weekend.