After a COVID-19-related delay, the 2020 AMA Pro Motocross series kicked off this weekend at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, where Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton made his premier-class debut, qualifying fastest and finishing eighth overall via a 13-3 moto tally. Sexton battled for the lead in both motos, running as high as third in the first outing before falls eventually set him back to 13th. He proved his speed in moto two, battling at the front and finishing on the podium, for eighth overall.

Christian Craig was thwarted by poor starts and a hard moto-two crash. He finished 14th in both races for the same position overall.


  • This was the first AMA Pro Motocross National for Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, the facility known for hosting the annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, which took place the previous week. For this event, minor layout adjustments were made to add length and technicality to the course.
  • The Ranch won’t have to wait nearly as long for its second AMA Pro National, as next week’s race–originally slated to take place in Washougal, Washington–has been moved to the Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, track. It will be the first time a circuit has hosted back-to-back National rounds.
  • After a dry week of racing for the AMA Amateur Nationals, the Ranch experienced a couple days of intermittent thunderstorms leading up to race day, leaving the course wet and muddy. The track proved to be extremely challenging for the pros, due to the rutted, technical conditions.
  • Compared to the AMA Supercross series, concluded just under two months ago in Salt Lake City, the AMA Pro Motocross season sees Team Honda HRC presenting an entirely new rider lineup. Chase Sexton was promoted to the factory squad midyear following his second-straight 250SX East Region title, while Christian Craig is filling in for Ken Roczen for the entire series. Craig has served as a substitute rider for the team several times in the past, most recently in 2018. The pair know each other well from their time together at GEICO Honda.
  • The team arrived in Nashville on Thursday, and mechanics began working out of the trucks (which had arrived a week earlier) in their designated paddock location. The trucks will remain in place this week for round two.
  • The State of Tennessee did not require all event attendees to be tested for COVID-19, although everyone needed to pass a health screening prior to entering the premises. Event rules also dictated the use of face masks for all non-riders at all times.
  • New rules regarding rider assistance were developed to allow social distancing, including only one mechanic and one team representative per rider allowed at the podium area.
  • To align with local government and health officials, only 5,000 tickets were available for the event.
  • Sexton posted the fastest lap during morning qualifying, with a 1’58.840” time in the final session. Craig had the 10th-best time, at 2’03.073”.
  • GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin was fast in the 250 class, with 2-3 moto results giving him third overall. The Minnesota native had to come from behind in both outings. Teammate Jett Lawrence was also competitive, earning sixth overall, with Carson Mumford, Jo Shimoda and Hunter Lawrence earning 13th, 16th and 17th overall, respectively.



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Chase Sexton 23

"This weekend was pretty good. I qualified first, which was a good confidence booster. In the first moto I came from 11th to third on the first lap and then I ran up there for probably half the race. I ended up going down and then from there on it kind of just went downhill; I fell about four or five times, so definitely not a great moto, but I showed I had a good speed. In the second moto I had a good start and was running third. Then Adam [Cianciurulo] fell, and I got into second but kind of got freight-trained by Eli [Tomac], [Jason] Anderson and [Marvin] Musquin. I just got on the back of those guys and made a run, getting Anderson and Musquin back which was good, and ended up third. I went 13-3 for eighth, but overall I showed really good speed and I'm happy with how it went."

Christian Craig 28

"The weekend started off pretty good when I qualified 10th. The track was super muddy in the beginning. I went into the first moto pretty confident in myself, but unfortunately I got off to a bad start and had to make my way through the pack. It was already pretty hot out there, so it took a lot of my energy to get up to where I was. Unfortunately, that was only 14th, but I went into the second moto refueled and ready to go. I had a better start and was making passes early on, but me and another rider got together and we both went down. Then when I was getting up I got hit by another rider. It was nobody’s fault, just an unfortunate mishap on both of our parts. After that I just wanted to salvage what I could, and I came back to 14th again. My goals are to be inside the top 10, so we’ll try again here next weekend.

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

"I think it was a solid day for Chase. He rode really hard and went from about 11th to fourth in a couple laps. I think he put out too much effort in the first part of that race; his nerves got to him and he hit the ground a few times. In the second moto he had a way better start and rode to his full capabilities. I think he learned a lot from the experience today, coming to grips with the 450. Christian’s starts hurt him today. He was in the back and couldn’t get out of all the mayhem going on back there. He just needs to work on his starts and get better there. We’ll work with the guys and come back stronger next weekend.”

Jade Dungey

Mechanic (Chase Sexton)

“Practice today for Chase was pretty good in the second qualifier. The first moto started off good, but didn’t end the best like we wanted. In the second moto, he rode phenomenally, like the Chase that I know, so it was a good start to the season and hopefully we keep making progress.”

Jordan Troxell

Mechanic (Christian Craig)

“The first round here at Loretta’s was a cool experience, just to come to the Ranch. We definitely dealt with some weather making the track pretty rough. This was Christian’s first race with this team this season, and I wasn’t sure where we would fit in. He’s only been on the bike for three days, but he’s been training. We kind of had some bad starts and a couple falls, ended up 14th overall. We’ll go back and do some work this week and try to improve since we get to come back here next weekend.”

AMA Pro Motocross 2020
Race Round 1   Hurricane Mills

450 Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Anderson Jason 21 USA 25 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
2 Osborne Zach 16 USA 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
3 Barcia Justin 51 USA 20 TLD/Red Bull GasGas GasGas
4 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 18 Red Bull KTM KTM
5 Webb Cooper 2 USA 16 Red Bull KTM KTM
6 Cianciarulo Adam 9 USA 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
7 Tomac Eli 3 USA 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
8 Baggett Blake 4 USA 13 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
9 Savatgy Joey 17 USA 12 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
10 Bloss Benny 73 USA 11 SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda Honda
11 Anstie Max 34 GBR 10 Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports Suzuki Suzuki
12 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
13 Sexton Chase 23 USA 8 Team Honda HRC Honda
14 Craig Christian 28 USA 7 Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
15 Tickle Broc 20 USA 6 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
16 Masterpool Jake 146 USA 5 None Yamaha
17 Bogle Justin 19 USA 4 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
18 Smith Jeremy 309 USA 3 SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki Kawasaki
19 Miller Henry 81 USA 2 Trigger Racing Yamaha
20 Lamay Ben 71 USA 1 TPJ/Fly Racing Honda
AMA Pro Motocross 2020
Race Round 1   Hurricane Mills

450 Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Osborne Zach 16 USA 25 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
2 Tomac Eli 3 USA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
3 Sexton Chase 23 USA 20 Team Honda HRC Honda
4 Baggett Blake 4 USA 18 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
5 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 16 Red Bull KTM KTM
6 Anderson Jason 21 USA 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
7 Barcia Justin 51 USA 14 TLD/Red Bull GasGas GasGas
8 Webb Cooper 2 USA 13 Red Bull KTM KTM
9 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
10 Anstie Max 34 GBR 11 Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports Suzuki Suzuki
11 Savatgy Joey 17 USA 10 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
12 Renzland  Luke USA 9 Dreamland MX Racing Husqvarna
13 Tickle Broc 20 USA 8 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
14 Craig Christian 28 USA 7 Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
16 Smith Jeremy 309 USA 5 SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki Kawasaki
17 Hubert Matthew 647 USA 4 TPJ/Fly Racing Husqvarna
18 Miller Henry 81 USA 3 Trigger Racing Yamaha
19 Bowers Tyler 83 USA 2 Bowers Racing Kawasaki
20 Lamay Ben 71 USA 1 TPJ/Fly Racing Honda
Location Information

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