The AMA Pro Motocross Championship kicked off its final stretch run of the 2021 season this weekend at Unadilla MX in New Berlin, New York, where Team Honda HRC took overall victories across both the 450 class and 250 classes. Ken Roczen executed one of the most dominant outings this season in the 450MX class. The German rode to a flawless 1-1 sweep for his second win of the season, tightening the championship fight. Chase Sexton was also impressive, securing second place in 450MX moto 2, though a hard first-moto crash held him to fifth overall. Jett Lawrence prevailed in the 250MX class, achieving his second victory of the season, via 2-1 moto results, setting him only four points away from recapturing the red plate. Meanwhile, 5-11 finishes put his teammate and older brother, Hunter Lawrence, sixth overall in the same class.

After showing good speed in qualifying first and third, respectively, Roczen and Sexton carried their momentum into the first 450MX moto, with great starts. Roczen secured the holeshot and built a considerable gap on the rest of the pack. He was challenged by Aaron Plessinger before Plessinger suffered a frightening crash. From there Roczen rode solo to the checkered flag, finishing 10.6 seconds ahead of runner-up Dylan Ferrandis. Unfortunately, Sexton had gone down at the start, but he remounted and was able to charge forward from the back of the field to an 11th-place finish. Sexton started the second moto with the holeshot, with Roczen fourth. Roczen was aggressive and made quick passes up to second behind his teammate, with a decent gap on third. Sexton maintained a good pace, but Roczen stayed patient and made an impressive move on the outside of his teammate, assuming the lead. Roczen never looked back and completed one of the most dominant outings of his career, winning by a margin of over six seconds, with Sexton second for fifth overall.

The 250MX class saw Jett Lawrence in second in the early going of moto 1, and he applied pressure to points leader Justin Cooper. The two battled about 10 minutes in, but Jett eventually settled for second. Hunter showed good speed and ultimately finished fifth. In the opening moments of the second moto, Jett found himself in a battle with RJ Hampshire for third. Jett made his way into second, which he and Cooper traded back and forth before Lawrence made a pass that stuck. The Australian then set his sights on the leading Jeremy Martin and made a crucial pass just before the halfway point. He maintained the lead to the finish, earning his first moto win since RedBud four rounds earlier. Unfortunately, Hunter dealt with a bent front brake rotor during the second moto but managed to finish 11th, for sixth overall. 

NOTES

  • This weekend marked AMA Pro Motocross’s return to Unadilla MX after the legendary circuit was skipped last year due to the pandemic. The event was marked by picture-perfect weather, with sunshine and warm-but-not-uncomfortable temperatures peaking at 77º F by late afternoon. That said, track conditions proved challenging at what most consider to be the toughest track of the 2021 season thus far.
  • During the break after the previous round, Team Honda HRC and crew spent time testing and prepping in both Southern California and Florida, and the riders also were very busy with media-related events. Chase Sexton and the Lawrence brothers attended the 2022 Alpinestars gear launch at Southern California’s Perris Raceway, and then the Lawrence brothers joined test rider Trey Canard at the media ride event for the 2022 Honda CRF250R, in Sandy, Oregon. The Australian brothers will race the all-new machine next year in AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross.
  • The Unadilla event ran at 100% capacity, with pro pit passes made available for the first time this season from 9 a.m. to noon. Whereas only VIP ticket holders were allowed in the pits previously, anyone with a pro pit pass could enter the Unadilla pits.
  • Live broadcast coverage from Unadilla was highlighted by a national network telecast of the second 450 class moto on NBC. Therefore, for the second time this season, the day’s racing began with the 450 class. Additionally, live coverage of the first motos were featured on MAVTV Motorsports Network, and tape-delayed coverage of the second motos aired on NBC Sports Network on Saturday night.
  • This was the first time at Unadilla MX for Hunter Lawrence. Hunter was active in AMA Pro Motocross in 2019 but injured his collarbone in a practice crash, forcing him to sit out two rounds–the Washougal and Unadilla Nationals.
  • Former Team Honda great and current training coach for the Lawrence brothers, Johnny O’Mara was inducted into the Unadilla Walk of Fame this weekend. Among “O’Show’s” memorable Unadilla performances was the 1986 250 USGP, where the Californian won the first moto and led late in moto 2 until running out of fuel, handing the overall win to Bob Hannah.
  • Roczen dominated qualifying in the 450MX class, posting a notable 2’21.338” lap in the final session, and Sexton was third-fastest at 2’22.492”. FXR/Chaparral Honda’s Coty Schock was eighth-best, and privateer Jeremy Hand was 17th.
  • Hunter Lawrence posted the third-fastest time in 250MX qualifying, his 2’24.942 ” in the final session good for seventh overall, one ahead of Jett Lawrence’s 2’25.619”. FXR/Chaparral Honda rider Carson Mumford posted the 13th-best time, and TiLube Honda’s Maxwell Sanford was 34th.
  • This was Roczen’s second 1-1 effort for this season and the 22nd overall AMA Pro Motocross win of his career (20 in 450, 2 in 250). His 20th 450MX class victory moves him into a tie with James Stewart for sixth on the all-time wins list. It’s also the second straight victory for Roczen at Unadilla, where he also won both 450 motos the last time AMA Pro Motocross visited, in 2019.
  • Unadilla marked the third overall AMA Pro Motocross 250 win of Jett Lawrence’s career, the other two having come at Fox Raceway (last year’s season finale and this year’s opener). He and Cooper are tied for the most moto wins so far this season, with four.
  • This is the first time Team Honda HRC has won both classes this season. The previous time Honda was at last year’s Fox Raceway season finale, where Sexton and Jett Lawrence came out on top.
  • Roczen gained eight points on Dylan Ferrandis in the 450MX title chase, and now only 39 points separate them, with four rounds remaining. Sexton also gained valuable points and now sits fourth, 75 points out of the lead. In the 250MX title chase, Jett is eager to regain the 250MX red plate and sits in second, with just a four-point deficit to Justin Cooper. Hunter is in third, 61 points out of the lead.
  • Roczen, Sexton and Jett Lawrence participated in the virtual post-race press conference Saturday evening, via Zoom. Earlier, they attended the post-race media-corral interviews, which include the top 15 finishers from each class.
  • The AMA Pro Motocross series will continue this Saturday, August 21, in Mechanicsville, Maryland, for the Budds Creek National. 

Media contact:

Kayla Mead // Jonnum Media // kayla@jonnummedia.com // +1 (760) 822-4786

Ken Roczen 94

"Unadilla weekend was really good for us. It seems like it's a track that suits me well, obviously; it's starting to become a pattern of me doing well here. I seem to like the long ruts and just the way the track develops and the soil that it has; I feel like it's something that I kind of grew up with, so I just feel super comfortable here. We had the bike dialed a lot more for the track conditions this weekend, so that helped out a lot. We've been doing a little bit of testing to try and get the bike better, and at least for this weekend it paid off. We topped qualifying and I had pole position going into the first moto. I got a super-good start and was leading every single lap to get the first-moto win. Then in the second moto, I got off to another decent start, around fifth, and made some really quick moves happen and settled in behind Chase [Sexton] for about half the moto. He made a little mistake, and I had some good lines and carried a little bit more momentum and made my way by him and then just stayed up front and rode a really solid end of the race. I got into a good flow, and we ended up going 1-1 at Unadilla. I'm super happy for me and the team."

Chase Sexton 23

"Round 8 at Unadilla started off pretty good; I qualified first in the first session. I didn't really feel that great on the bike and ended up third in the second one. I got a good gate pick going into the first moto and got a good start but ended up going down pretty hard in the second corner. It was a tough way to start the day, but I charged back as much as I could. I ended up going down again, which definitely hindered me a little bit. I came out in the second moto and got the holeshot. I tried to run away as fast as I could, but Ken [Roczen] obviously is really good at that too, and he's faster. I felt like I rode pretty good. Definitely got roosted a lot today, so I’m going to be a little bit sore from that and the crash, but I’m looking forward to Budds Creek and will try and get some wins under my belt before the season's over."

Hunter Lawrence 41

"It was a tough weekend, very frustrating. In the first moto, I made mistakes in the first two corners, and the one mistake in the first turn cost me a bunch of positions. I had a really good start but ended up getting fifth, which was okay; I wasn't really happy with my riding, and I struggled to pass. In the second moto I got a decent start, but in the fourth turn something happened to my front brake; my brake rotor was that bent it was hitting the caliper, so I had to deal with that for the moto, which was sketchy from the first lap—not ideal. It was pretty sketchy, but nothing we can do, nothing my mechanic could do, so just a bit of an unfortunate racing incident. On to the next!"

Jett Lawrence 18

"I got P8 in both qualifiers, but I felt pretty good; I was a little confused but not too worried about it because I really like this track. In the first moto I got a good start and was P3, then quickly moved into second. I had a few goes at first but couldn't get close enough to make a full pass. I tried looking at some new lines to see if I could make a pass and ended up losing some ground on the leader. I was trying to bring back that time again, but it was so hard because we're all so close on speed. I ended up getting second in that one, which I'm not too mad about; it's a good improvement from the weekends before. In the second moto I had another good start and felt really, really strong and was having a lot of fun chasing the boys. I ended up getting [Justin] Cooper, then I made a mistake and he got me back. I was able to get him back a couple laps later and made a charge on J-Mart [Jeremy Martin] in first. I ended up getting him in the same spot and just kept pushing because I felt so good. I ended up getting the win and getting back in this championship chase again, which is really nice.”

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“It was an amazing double-class victory for Ken, Jett and the team at the Unadilla event! The entire team has been working hard this year, and a weekend like this shows it! Unfortunately, Chase’s first-moto crash on the start hurt his chances at an overall podium finish, but a strong second place in moto 2 still earned him fifth overall on the day! Hunter had to deal with a bent front brake rotor in moto 2 but still managed sixth overall on the day.”

AMA Pro Motocross 2021
Race Round 8   New Berlin

450MX Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Roczen Ken 94 GER 25 Team Honda HRC Honda
2 Ferrandis  Dylan 14 USA 22 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
3 Tomac Eli 3 USA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
4 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 18 Red Bull KTM KTM
5 Webb Cooper 2 USA 16 Red Bull KTM KTM
6 Savatgy Joey 17 USA 15 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
7 Craig Christian 28 USA 14 Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
8 Anstie Max 34 GBR 13 Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports Suzuki Suzuki
9 Bogle Justin 19 USA 12 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
10 Hartranft  Brandon 41 USA 11 Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports Suzuki Suzuki
11 Sexton Chase 23 USA 10 Team Honda HRC Honda
12 Shock Coty 37 USA 9 FXR/Chaparral Honda Racing Honda
13 Kessler Jace 92 USA 8 Kessler Concrete Yamaha Yamaha
14 Surratt Ryan 58 USA 7 PR-MX Pelletier Kawasaki Kawasaki
15 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 6 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
17 Canning Chris 82 USA 4 Pilgrim Powersports KTM
18 Rodbell Justin 55 USA 3 SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki Kawasaki
19 Runkles Jacob 88 USA 2 None Husqvarna
20 Meshey Scott 84 USA 1 None Husqvarna
21 Stepek Tyler 93 USA 1 Tomahawk MX Kawasaki
22 Lamay Ben 71 USA 1 TPJ/Fly Racing Honda
AMA Pro Motocross 2021
Race Round 8   New Berlin

450MX Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Roczen Ken 94 GER 25 Team Honda HRC Honda
2 Sexton Chase 23 USA 22 Team Honda HRC Honda
3 Ferrandis  Dylan 14 USA 20 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
4 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 18 Red Bull KTM KTM
5 Webb Cooper 2 USA 16 Red Bull KTM KTM
6 Craig Christian 28 USA 15 Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
7 Tomac Eli 3 USA 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
8 Wilson Dean 15 GBR 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
9 Anstie Max 34 GBR 12 Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports Suzuki Suzuki
10 Shock Coty 37 USA 11 FXR/Chaparral Honda Racing Honda
11 Surratt Ryan 58 USA 10 PR-MX Pelletier Kawasaki Kawasaki
12 Bogle Justin 19 USA 9 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
13 Canning Chris 82 USA 8 Pilgrim Powersports KTM
14 Stepek Tyler 93 USA 7 Tomahawk MX Kawasaki
15 Lamay Ben 71 USA 6 TPJ/Fly Racing Honda
17 Rodbell Justin 55 USA 4 SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki Kawasaki
18 Runkles Jacob 88 USA 3 None Husqvarna
19 Smith Jeremy 309 USA 2 SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki Kawasaki
20 Savatgy Joey 17 USA 1 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
21 Clason William 280 USA 1 PR-MX Pelletier Kawasaki Kawasaki
22 Kessler Jace 92 USA 1 Kessler Concrete Yamaha Yamaha
AMA Pro Motocross 2021
Race Round 8   New Berlin

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 Lawrence Jett 18 AUS 22 Team Honda HRC Honda
3 Martin Jeremy 6 USA 20 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
4 Hampshire RJ 24 USA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
5 Lawrence Hunter 41 AUS 16 Team Honda HRC Honda
6 Vohland Max 36 USA 15 Red Bull KTM KTM
7 Shimoda Jo 30 JPN 14 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki Kawasaki
8 Swoll Jalek 31 USA 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
9 Hammaker Seth 47 USA 12 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki Kawasaki
10 Mumford Carson 43 USA 11 FXR/Chaparral Honda Racing Honda
11 Masterpool Ty 42 USA 10 AEO/GasGas GasGas
12 Kitchen Levi 59 USA 9 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
13 Frye Jarrett 39 USA 8 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
14 Varize Joshua 38 USA 7 KTM Orange Brigade/Factory Connection KTM
15 Schwartz Dilan 40 USA 6 Bar X/Chaparral/Ecstar Suzuki Suzuki
16 Kilroy Preston 68 USA 5 BarX Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
17 Robertson Stilez 50 USA 4 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
18 Martin Alex 26 USA 3 Manluk/Rock River Yamaha/Merge Racing Yamaha
19 Robin Jerry 97 USA 2 Blue Buffalo Slater Skins/ Yamaha Yamaha
20 Uselman TJ 742 USA 1 Race Trailer Parts Tru Contracting GasGas
21 Harrington James 778 USA 1 Newcomb Racing Yamaha
22 Prebula Christopher 995 USA 1 Team Imperial KTM
AMA Pro Motocross 2021
Race Round 8   New Berlin

250MX Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lawrence Jett 18 AUS 25 Team Honda HRC Honda
2 Martin Jeremy 6 USA 22 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
3 Hampshire RJ 24 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
4 Cooper Justin 32 USA 18 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
5 Vohland Max 36 USA 16 Red Bull KTM KTM
6 Forkner Austin 33 USA 15 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki Kawasaki
7 Kitchen Levi 59 USA 14 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
8 Frye Jarrett 39 USA 13 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha Yamaha
9 Swoll Jalek 31 USA 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
10 Kilroy Preston 68 USA 11 BarX Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
11 Lawrence Hunter 41 AUS 10 Team Honda HRC Honda
12 Schwartz Dilan 40 USA 9 Bar X/Chaparral/Ecstar Suzuki Suzuki
13 Varize Joshua 38 USA 8 KTM Orange Brigade/Factory Connection KTM
14 Masterpool Ty 42 USA 7 AEO/GasGas GasGas
15 Mumford Carson 43 USA 6 FXR/Chaparral Honda Racing Honda
16 Marchbanks Garrett 35 USA 5 Club MX Yamaha
17 Ramella Xylian 112 SWI 4 None KTM
18 Prebula Christopher 995 USA 3 Team Imperial KTM
19 Harrington James 778 USA 2 Newcomb Racing Yamaha
20 Renzland  Luke USA 1 Dreamland MX Racing Husqvarna
21 Hammaker Seth 47 USA 1 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki Kawasaki
Location Information

New Berlin, NY, United States - View in Google Maps