AMA Supercross 450SX 2021- Houston Round 2
In just the eighth AMA Supercross race of his career, 17-year-old Team Honda HRC rider Jett Lawrence notched his first indoor win, leading from start to finish in the 250SX East Region main event at the Houston 2 round in NRG Stadium. It was a convincing performance by the young Australian, who also topped his heat race and rode flawlessly in the main event, setting the race’s fastest lap time in the process.
Meanwhile, it was a challenging evening for the premier-class riders on Honda’s factory squad, as rookie Chase Sexton suffered a hard crash in the main event and wasn’t able to finish, while Ken Roczen had to charge forward from a poor start in the 450SX main, working his way up from 14th place on lap one to fifth at the finish. Also of note was an impressive podium finish by Muc-Off Honda rider Justin Brayton, who last year rode for Team Honda HRC.
- Sexton’s main-event crash occurred in the sand section, which claimed a number of victims. The Illinois native suffered a high-side on the corner’s exit and landed on his back on the face of a jump. Sexton was slow in getting up and took a trip to the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Unit to have an extremely painful right shoulder checked out. The initial exam was inconclusive, but Sexton was scheduled to have additional scans done on Wednesday. It is not yet known whether he Sexton will race on Saturday.
- Following the race, Roczen was penalized four points for inadvertently jumping during a red cross flag. The team filed an appeal, but the penalty ultimately stood.
- Roczen unofficially sat atop the 450SX points standings following the race, but his penalty dropped him to fifth with two of 17 rounds completed, just three points behind the leader. In the 250SX East class, Lawrence’s win moved him to third, four out of the lead.
With two AMA Supercross rounds already in the books, the riders and teams will remain in Houston a few more days, as round 3 takes place Saturday at the same venue. As was the case between the first two races, the track will be modified for the next round.