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Aussie Hunter Lawrence wins AMA Supercross Triple Crown event with a consistent 2-1-2 finish in the 250SX West class

The first AMA Supercross Triple Crown event of the season saw Team Honda HRC rider Hunter Lawrence take his first win of the season with consistent 2-1-2 finishes in the 250SX West class.

Hunter Lawrence

Lawrence was impressive all day in the 250SX West class, topping daytime qualifying aboard his CRF250R and charging hard in the night program. The young Australian battled over second in the first race, eventually securing the position. In the second race, he avoided a dramatic incident involving Vince Friese and points-leader Christian Craig to take the win. The final race saw Lawrence complete lap one in third and then race to a runner-up finish, which was enough for the overall victory.

Hunter Lawrence

In a nod to Australian Formula 1 driver Daniel Riccardo, Lawrence celebrated on the podium by chugging champagne from his boot. While Ricciardo is closely associated with this celebration (called a “shoey”), as is MotoGP racer Jack Miller.

Hunter Lawrence

Lawrence’s 250SX win was the second of his career, and it kept his perfect string of 2022 podium finishes going. It was also his ninth career podium result in just 16 starts.

Lawrence sits second in the 250SX West title chase just eight points behind series leader Christian Craig.

Hunter Lawrence

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“Great weekend here in Arizona! I had no idea what to expect going into it because it was my first Triple Crown. It was exciting with the three races, but at the same time I thought it was going to be tougher on the endurance side of things – it was really just three sprints. We worked on starting our day better, and we did so, going P1 in both qualifying sessions, and then winning the overall was awesome. It’s weird when you go 2-1-2; right off I didn’t feel like I actually won it because of the moto scores, but it was a crazy night. We ended up staying out of trouble for all three races, which rewarded us well! Massive thanks to the team! I’m looking forward to next weekend. Obviously I want to do it on a proper night as well – and I want to get a holeshot!”

Hunter Lawrence

In the 450SX class, Chase Sexton finish third overall in Glendale, Arizona, helped by a first-place result in the last of three 450SX races, while teammate Roczen finished fifth overall.

Chase Sexton

Roczen ran in second early in the first 450SX race, but he slipped two positions before the finish. Meanwhile, Sexton suffered a couple of tip-overs and turned in an 11th-place result. Sexton and Roczen had their CRF450R race machines in the top five for the majority of the 12-minute-plus-one-lap second race. Sexton made smart passes for a third-place finish, while Roczen was sixth at the finish. Sexton secured the holeshot in the final race and built a four-second lead before eventually reaching the checkered flag with a 2.5-second margin. Roczen suffered a poor start and climbed to seventh by the finish.

Ken Roczen

Team Honda HRC will now head back to California for round 6 at Anaheim 3, after which the 250SX West class will take a five-week break, as the 250SX East Region kicks off in Minneapolis on 19 February.

450SX Results

  1. Eli Tomac (Yam)
  2. Malcolm Stewart (Hus)
  3. Chase Sexton (Hon)
  4. Jason Anderson (Kaw)
  5. Ken Roczen (Hon)
  6. Justin Barcia (Gas)
  7. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  8. Cooper Webb (KTM)
  9. Dean Wilson (Hus)
  10. Shane McElrath (KTM)
  11. Aaron Plessinger (KTM)
  12. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)
  13. Mitchell Oldenburg (Hon)
  14. Justin Brayton (Hon)
  15. Brandon Hartranft (Suz)
  16. Justin Bogle (Suz)
  17. Kyle Chisolm (Yam)
  18. Alex Martin (Yam)
  19. Max Anstie (KTM)
  20. Ryan Breece (Suz)
  21. Cade Clason (Hon)
  22. Fredrik Noren (KTM)

450SX Championship Points (after 5 of 17 rounds)

  1. Eli Tomac: 111
  2. Chase Sexton: 100
  3. Jason Anderson: 96
  4. Malcolm Stewart: 93
  5. Justin Barcia: 89
  6. Cooper Webb: 88
  7. Ken Roczen: 80
  8. Marvin Musquin: 80
  9. Dylan Ferrandis: 75
  10. Aaron Plessinger: 67
  11. Dean Wilson: 61
  12. Shane McElrath: 50
  13. Max Antsie: 44
  14. Brandon Hartranft: 40
  15. Justin Brayton: 33
  16. Mitchell Oldenburg: 33
  17. Joey Savatgy: 27
  18. Kyle Chisholm: 24
  19. Adam Cianciarulo: 23
  20. Alex Martin: 20 

250SX West Region Results

  1. Hunter Lawrence (Hon)
  2. Christian Craig (Yam)
  3. Jo Shimoda (Kaw)
  4. Garrett Marchbanks (Yam)
  5. Vince Friese (Hon)
  6. Jalek Swoll (Hus)
  7. Nate Thrasher (Yam)
  8. Carson Brown (KTM)
  9. Michael Mosiman (Gas)
  10. Robbie Wageman (Yam)
  11. Derek Kelley (KTM)
  12. Dylan Walsh (Kaw)
  13. Mitchell Harrison (Gas)
  14. Chris Blose (Gas)
  15. Jerry Robin (Gas)
  16. Dominique Thury (Yam)
  17. Logan Karnow (Kaw)
  18. Cole Thompson (Yam)
  19. Geran Stapleton (Gas)
  20. Wyatt Lyonsmith (Kaw)
  21. Mcclellan Hile (Hon)
  22. Carson Mumford (Suz)

250SX West Region Championship Points (after 5 of 10 rounds)

  1. Christian Craig: 122
  2. Hunter Lawrence: 114
  3. Michael Mosiman: 99
  4. Jo Shimoda: 87
  5. Nate Thrasher: 79
  6. Vince Friese: 76
  7. Robbie Wageman: 64
  8. Carson Brown: 55
  9. Carson Mumford: 55
  10. Garrett Marchbanks: 54
  11. Jalek Swoll: 51
  12. Cole Thompson: 50
  13. Chris Blose: 46
  14. Seth Hammaker: 44
  15. Dylan Walsh: 41
  16. Derek Kelley: 38
  17. Dominique Thury: 32
  18. Mitchell Harrison: 30
  19. Dilan Schwartz: 26
  20. Logan Karnow: 26