Lakewood, CO (June 1, 2019) – After showing good speed but being beset by bad luck at the previous Pro Motocross Championship round in California, Colorado’s Thunder Valley National flipped the script for the GEICO Honda team. The results were consistent, with Chase Sexton, RJ Hampshire and Hunter Lawrence in the top ten, but all four riders expected more. Sexton has started the year with solid top-fives, but that’s not enough to satisfy the rider who recently claimed the 250SX East Region Supercross Championship. He went 7-6, with his consistency turning those scores into fifth overall on the day.
“Definitely not what I wanted at all, I struggled with starts and couldn’t get to the front like I wanted,” said Sexton. “I just want a holeshot just to see what it’s like—I don’t think I’ve ever had a holeshot outdoors. My standards are high now. You win the supercross title, you expect to at least be on the podium, battling for race wins. I keep ending up top five which is good but I’m frustrated, I want better than that.”
Hampshire started the day with the fastest qualifier award, a career first, and he led moto one for a bit, indicating it might be a big day. He admitted that the altitude impacted his ride, though. He carded 5-11 scores for seventh.“Fastest qualifier which was a first for me,” he said. “Good start in the first moto and made some passes to get the lead fast. Had no flow and my body tightened up so bad. Led a few laps but was struggling bad with the elevation. Dropped back to fifth. Second moto got a terrible start then crashed on lap three and went way back. Seventh on the day which was a bummer because we had speed. Regroup and be ready for Highpoint.”
Hunter Lawrence couldn’t replicate his scintillating ride from last weekend, where he took the lead and tried to check out in the second moto. This time he was good, but less spectacular.“Mile High city was tough, but start of the day wasn’t too bad, qualified P5,” Lawrence said. “First moto I had a bad start, got shut down by two blue bikes up the hill and had my work cut out for me. I fought from way back so I had used all my tear offs by the time I reached sixth place, struggling to see with the rain that started coming down. i went to make the pass and went down, finished tenth. Second moto was a struggle, with the altitude my body was feeling it. I got a little bit better start, around mid pack and got up to seventh. It was an average day, so I’m just looking forward to the next round in two weeks.”
Christian Craig went 15-19 for 18th overall, a day that included some early troubles in the second moto.“All day long I battled myself for a bunch of reasons, but that’s still not an excuse,” Craig said. “I’ve got work to do in these next few weeks, that’s for sure. Practice and first moto were terrible. I got myself together for the second moto and was finally feeling like myself again. I had a mid-pack start and made some early passes in the first couple laps. Then I went down and a banner got stuck in my bike which put me dead last by the time I got it out and back up. I was able to fight my way to 19th which I was happy about because everyone was spaced out pretty good by then. Really, it’s a weekend I’d like to forget but happy that I’m healthy and there’s a lot of room for improvements.”
After a weekend off, the team will race next at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania.
GEICO Honda Results
5. Chase Sexton (7-6)
7. RJ Hampshire (5-11)
8. Hunter Lawrence (10-7)
18. Christian Craig (15-19)