Jett Lawrence came into the last AMA Pro Motocross round of 2021 with a 23-point advantage in the 250MX division, and although poor starts and minor crashes made for a dramatic day at the Hangtown Motocross Classic, the 18-year-old Australian kept his head and rode intelligently, securing the title by tallying 8-3 moto finishes for fifth overall. Meanwhile, Team Honda HRC colleague and older brother Hunter Lawrence turned in 3-9 moto results in the hot, dry conditions at Rancho Cordova, California’s Prairie City SVRA, earning sixth overall and wrapping up third in the final standings.

After a poor launch in moto 1, Jett hit a wet patch and went down while trying to make up ground on the first lap. He remounted and resumed his charge forward, only to crash again when he was unable to avoid a downed rider in front of him. From near the back of the pack, Jett rode his CRF250R to 11th by the midway point of the 30-minute-plus-two-laps moto, and although the gaps were larger by that point, he overtook two more riders late in the race, including one just before the finish. This meant that — assuming another moto win by title-rival Justin Cooper — Jett had to finish moto 2 in seventh or better to take the crown. Another subpar getaway and an early fall had him 13th at the end of lap 1, but he was up to fourth by the halfway point. Another pass on lap 11 put him third, where he remained when he reached the checkered flag.

In the 450MX division, Ken Roczen rode an inspiring first moto, leading past the midway point aboard his CRF450R before surrendering one position in the hot, dry conditions. Unfortunately, another rider made contact with the German on the start straight in moto 2. Unable to continue due to pain in his right foot, Roczen was credited with 40th place in the moto and had to settle for a ninth-overall result.

NOTES

  • Roczen posted the second-fastest time during 450MX qualifying, with a 2’12.552” lap in the final session. FXR/Chaparral Honda’s Coty Schock was 10th best. Privateers Bryson Gardner, Justin Jones, Dominic DeSimone and Nicholas Nisbet were 22nd, 27th, 31st and 35th, respectively.
  • Jett posted the second-fastest time in 250MX qualifying, at 2’13.722 2”, with Hunter right behind in third. FXR/Chaparral Honda rider Carson Mumford posted the ninth-best time. Having missed the previous round with an enlarged spleen, Chase Sexton was hoping to return for the series finale. Unfortunately, his condition hadn’t improved enough for him to take part.
  • Hunter Lawrence wore special Alpinestars gear that was a tribute to Formula 1 driver and fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who won the following day’s Italian Grand Prix.
  • Jett Lawrence’s title was the first ever by an Australian in the 250MX class. The only other Australian to win an AMA Pro Motocross crown is Chad Reed, and his came in the 450MX class, in 2009.
  • Jett finished the series six points ahead of second-place Justin Cooper in the final standings, marking the first 250MX class championship for Honda since 2013 with Eli Tomac.
  • With Hunter Lawrence wrapping up third in the 250MX final points standings, he and Jett became the first brothers ever to both finish in the top three of an AMA Pro Motocross or AMA Supercross Championship. The feat is also rare on other disciplines, although road racers Tommy and Roger Hayden finished first and second in the 2004 and ‘05 AMA Supersport series, and Nicky and Tommy Hayden did likewise in the ‘99 AMA Supersport series.
  • Following the final AMA Pro Motocross round, series organizers MX Sports Pro Racing presented Christien Ducharme, Jett Lawrence’s mechanic, with the Mechanic of the Year Award.
  • As Team Honda HRC prepares for the off-season, they bid farewell to Jade Dungey, who departs after having served as Chase Sexton’s mechanic with the squad this season.
  • With the 2021 season now complete, Team Honda HRC will begin testing and prepping for 2022, with Ken Roczen, Chase Sexton, Hunter Lawrence and Jett Lawrence developing their CRF machines.

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Ken Roczen 94

“My weekend in Hangtown was super tough. I was good in practice and got off to a good start in the first moto and led for over half of the race before settling for second, scoring some more points on [Eli] Tomac. In the second moto, there was a bunch of carnage going on at the start and my foot got stuck in somebody’s wheel to where I thought my foot was broken. I decided to go back to the mechanics’ area and get my foot checked out and unfortunately couldn't finish the race. It was a huge bummer, especially since I couldn't hold second in the championship, but we're just going to have to eat that, get some rest now and focus on the upcoming season.”

Chase Sexton 23

“Overall, it was an up-and-down outdoor season. We had some real highs and some lows, but overall I feel like I have something to build on for 2022 and come out stronger. Congrats to Jett and the whole team on an awesome job this season.”

Hunter Lawrence 41

"I’m happy to finish off the season – 8/10 would do it again [laughs]. I got third overall and obviously I would’ve loved more, but considering where we were at the start of the year, then going through Supercross, and making it to every race this year was a huge goal of ours. The past few years have been really tough with injury, so that was a big box that we checked this year. The team getting some race wins, a few overalls, some podiums and Jett’s championship was a good year and something great to build on for next year. I'm looking forward to some time off now to reflect with the team. A massive thank you to them, as they've been awesome; I couldn't have asked for a better team and support all year long. I'm really excited get into next year."

Jett Lawrence 18

“I didn't ride good at all today. The practices were good, but I was 'sleeping' on the first-moto start and then was rushing stuff, but I got a bit of a blessing to come up to eighth. Going into the second one, the mental frame was just to go out there and do my job. I got up from the crash as quick as I could and tried to put on a charge and not override the track, because it was pretty rough. I kind of got a flow and just relaxed and made my way through up to third, which was a lot better than the first moto. It's cool to wrap it up, but I don't think it's actually sunk in yet, realistically; I'm still trying to process it. I didn't come over here for nothing; my one goal was to win a championship and since then I've really been working my butt off to get to where I am today. Thankfully it's all paid off, and I can take a break and get ready for next season.”

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“The entire team worked hard this season, and it showed as Jett battled hard to win his first-ever 250MX Championship -- congratulations Jett and Team Honda HRC!”

AMA Pro Motocross 2021
Race Round 12   Rancho Cordova

450MX Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Ferrandis  Dylan 14 USA 25 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
2 Roczen Ken 94 GER 22 Team Honda HRC Honda
3 Webb Cooper 2 USA 20 Red Bull KTM KTM
4 Tomac Eli 3 USA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
5 Craig Christian 28 USA 16 Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
6 Shock Coty 37 USA 15 FXR/Chaparral Honda Racing Honda
7 Hartranft  Brandon 41 USA 14 Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports Suzuki Suzuki
8 Surratt Ryan 58 USA 13 PR-MX Pelletier Kawasaki Kawasaki
9 Anstie Max 34 GBR 12 Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports Suzuki Suzuki
10 Bogle Justin 19 USA 11 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
11 Rodbell Justin 55 USA 10 SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki Kawasaki
12 Wageman Robbie 69 USA 9 Nuclear Blast Rockwell Yamaha Racing Yamaha
13 Noren Fredrik 61 SWE 8 PR-MX Pelletier Kawasaki Kawasaki
14 Meshey Scott 84 USA 7 None Husqvarna
15 Runkles Jacob 88 USA 6 None Husqvarna
16 Wageman RJ 99 USA 5 Team Solitaire/Nuclear Blast Yamaha Yamaha
17 Moranz Kevin 57 USA 4 TPJ/Fly Racing KTM
18 Gardner Bryson 837 USA 3 Team BWR Honda
19 Tucker Clayton 178 USA 2 None Yamaha
20 Copp Colby 645 USA 1 None GasGas
AMA Pro Motocross 2021
Race Round 12   Rancho Cordova

450MX Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Tomac Eli 3 USA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
2 Webb Cooper 2 USA 22 Red Bull KTM KTM
3 Ferrandis  Dylan 14 USA 20 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
4 Craig Christian 28 USA 18 Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
5 Anstie Max 34 GBR 16 Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports Suzuki Suzuki
6 Hartranft  Brandon 41 USA 15 Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports Suzuki Suzuki
7 Bogle Justin 19 USA 14 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
8 Surratt Ryan 58 USA 13 PR-MX Pelletier Kawasaki Kawasaki
9 Wageman Robbie 69 USA 12 Nuclear Blast Rockwell Yamaha Racing Yamaha
10 Gardner Bryson 837 USA 11 Team BWR Honda
11 Moranz Kevin 57 USA 10 TPJ/Fly Racing KTM
12 Rodbell Justin 55 USA 9 SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki Kawasaki
13 Mohnike Jake 466 USA 8 Mohnike Racing Yamaha
14 Wageman RJ 99 USA 7 Team Solitaire/Nuclear Blast Yamaha Yamaha
15 Smith Jeremy 309 USA 6 SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki Kawasaki
16 Meshey Scott 84 USA 5 None Husqvarna
17 Williams Zack 80 USA 4 Tenkom Motorsports Yamaha
18 Schlosser Hunter 79 USA 3 None Yamaha
19 Smail Layton 454 USA 2 None KTM
20 Shock Coty 37 USA 1 FXR/Chaparral Honda Racing Honda
AMA Pro Motocross 2021
Race Round 12   Rancho Cordova

250MX Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cooper Justin 32 USA 25 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
2 Hampshire RJ 24 USA 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
3 Lawrence Hunter 41 AUS 20 Team Honda HRC Honda
4 Shimoda Jo 30 JPN 18 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki Kawasaki
5 Vohland Max 36 USA 16 Red Bull KTM KTM
6 Kitchen Levi 59 USA 15 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
7 Varize Joshua 38 USA 14 KTM Orange Brigade/Factory Connection KTM
8 Lawrence Jett 18 AUS 13 Team Honda HRC Honda
9 Frye Jarrett 39 USA 12 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
10 Schwartz Dilan 40 USA 11 Bar X/Chaparral/Ecstar Suzuki Suzuki
11 Mosiman Michael 29 USA 10 TLD/Red Bull GasGas GasGas
12 Kelley Derek 74 USA 9 AJE Motorsports/Motul GasGas
13 Mumford Carson 43 USA 8 FXR/Chaparral Honda Racing Honda
14 Kilroy Preston 68 USA 7 BarX Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
15 Masterpool Ty 42 USA 6 AEO/GasGas GasGas
16 Robin Jerry 97 USA 5 Blue Buffalo Slater Skins/ Yamaha Yamaha
17 Elzinga Rick 772 NDL 4 AEO Powersports KTM
18 Black Austin 377 USA 3 None GasGas
19 Ward Tanner 484 CAN 2 Honda Canada Honda
20 Ramella Xylian 112 SWI 1 None KTM
AMA Pro Motocross 2021
Race Round 12   Rancho Cordova

250MX Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cooper Justin 32 USA 25 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
2 Shimoda Jo 30 JPN 22 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki Kawasaki
3 Lawrence Jett 18 AUS 20 Team Honda HRC Honda
4 Vohland Max 36 USA 18 Red Bull KTM KTM
5 Forkner Austin 33 USA 16 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki Kawasaki
6 Hampshire RJ 24 USA 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
7 Schwartz Dilan 40 USA 14 Bar X/Chaparral/Ecstar Suzuki Suzuki
8 Mosiman Michael 29 USA 13 TLD/Red Bull GasGas GasGas
9 Lawrence Hunter 41 AUS 12 Team Honda HRC Honda
10 Frye Jarrett 39 USA 11 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
11 Varize Joshua 38 USA 10 KTM Orange Brigade/Factory Connection KTM
12 Kitchen Levi 59 USA 9 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
13 Kilroy Preston 68 USA 8 BarX Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
14 Kelley Derek 74 USA 7 AJE Motorsports/Motul GasGas
15 Mumford Carson 43 USA 6 FXR/Chaparral Honda Racing Honda
16 Elzinga Rick 772 NDL 5 AEO Powersports KTM
17 Ramella Xylian 112 SWI 4 None KTM
18 Black Austin 377 USA 3 None GasGas
19 Lessler Brayden 901 USA 2 AEO Powersports KTM
20 Rios Tommy 172 USA 1 Manluk Rock River Merge Yamaha Yamaha
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