U.S Motocross

Chase Sexton Takes Hometown Win at RedBud While Chance Hymas Snares First Career Pro Win

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Rebud once again provided a huge Independence day crowd.

The 2024 Pro Motocross Championship reached its halfway point with the annual Independence Day tradition from legendary RedBud MX for Round 6 of the summer campaign.

The first race following the recent news that defending champion Jett Lawrence will miss the rest of the season with injury, the Bob The Cooler Co. RedBud National featured near-perfect weather conditions, where one of the biggest crowds in RedBud history was on hand to cheer on hometown racer Chase Sexton to victory sweeping both motos for his second win of the season, and the first at the track where he grew up racing, which also allowed him to take control of the 450 Class points lead. In the 250 Class, Chance Hymas kept his breakout season going with the first victory of his professional career.

450 Class

The first premier class race of the afternoon saw the red plate of entering point leader Hunter Lawrence lead the field through the first turn for the Holeshot. Early on, Aaron Plessinger pressured from second with teammate Sexton starting third. Lawrence fended off an initial attack from Plessinger and soon the top three settled into their respective positions.

The lead trio remained unchanged through the first 10 minutes of the moto, but Sexton picked up the pace and was able to make the pass on Plessinger for second. At that point, just a couple of seconds separated Lawrence from Sexton as the moto reached the halfway point. Sexton bided his time behind Lawrence and did get close enough at point to attempt a pass, but Lawrence held him off and stretched the lead back out entering the final 10 minutes. Behind them, Justin Cooper was able to catch and pass Plessinger for third.

Photo of Chase Sexton at round six of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at Redbud.
Chase Sexton (1-1) captured a big win at his home race and took over the points lead. Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

As they approached the final five minutes of the moto Sexton had once again reeled Lawrence back in, partially aided by heavy lapped traffic. The lead stabilised once more as Sexton made slight contact passing slower riders, which slowed his momentum, but then lappers became a factor again in the final two minutes, which allowed Sexton to close onto the rear fender of the Honda. Less than a second sat between the leaders entering the final two laps. As they navigated one of the track’s slow, bumpy downhills, Lawrence’s bike went sideways and caused him to lose grip of the motorcycle, which then slammed him into the ground. Sexton inherited the lead while Lawrence was able to remount in second, just ahead of Cooper in third.

Sexton cruised to his fourth moto win of the season, 15.5 seconds ahead of Lawrence, who recovered to minimise the damage and finish second. Cooper followed in third, with Plessinger fourth and Jason Anderson fifth.

Photo of Photo of Aaron Plessinger at round six of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at Redbud. Sexton at round six of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at Redbud.
Aaron Plessinger (4-2) finished runner-up in a 1-2 sweep for KTM. Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

The final moto of the day saw Anderson emerge with the Holeshot, only to be passed by Australian Championship leader Kyle Webster. Anderson battled back to reclaim the lead while Sexton made a charge on Webster from third. Lawrence started the moto just outside the top five in seventh.

Sensing the moment, Sexton went on the attack in the opening laps. He made the pass on Webster for second and then set his sights on Anderson out front. Sexton closed in, awaited his opportunity, and made the pass to seize control of the moto inside the opening 10 minutes. Further back, Lawrence ran sixth and looked to challenge Malcolm Stewart for fifth. The point leader closed in and made the pass.

Back up front, Sexton’s lead stabilized at around seven seconds, but it was Plessinger who gave pursuit from second after he made the pass on Anderson. A couple of positions behind, Lawrence was able to pass Webster to move into fourth place.

Sexton remained in firm control during the second half of the moto and extended his lead to more than 20 seconds in the end, as he completed the sweep of the motos with the largest margin of victory of the season, 21.1 seconds over Plessinger, with Anderson in third. Lawrence missed out on a moto podium for just the second time this season in fourth.

Photo of Hunter Lawrence at round six of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at Redbud.
Hunter Lawrence (2-4) secured his sixth straight podium result in third. Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Sexton’s most dominant outing of the season gave him the fourth 1-1 sweep of his career and his eighth victory in the premier class. Plessinger’s strong second moto and season-best runner-up finish (4-2) capped off a 1-2 outing for Red Bull KTM, while Lawrence extended his six-round podium streak in third (2-4).

The win vaulted Sexton to the top of the championship standings, as the third different rider to carry the red plate this season. He sits seven points ahead of Lawrence, who entered the day with a three-point lead. With Jett Lawrence sidelined Cooper moved into third following a fifth-place effort (3-6) and sits 48 points out of the lead.

“It feels so good [to win at RedBud]. I don’t even know what to say. This is something special. I had so much fun in that second moto. I had such a good flow. The track was amazing. This is unreal.” Sexton said.

Photo of Photo of Chase Hymas at round six of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at Redbud. Sexton at round six of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at Redbud.
Chance Hymas (4-1) broke through for his maiden professional victory. Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

250 Class

The first 250 class moto of the afternoon began with Ty Masterpool inching ahead of Tom Vialle for the Holeshot, but it was the Frenchman who moved into the early lead while Masterpool dropped to third following a pass by Hymas for second. Behind them, Ppoint leader Haiden Deegan started fourth, with Levi Kitchen fifth.

Hymas was aggressive on the opening lap and after his pass on Masterpool, he went after Vialle, successfully making a pass for the lead. From there, Hymas put the hammer down to establish a lead of 2.5 seconds on the field, while Vialle and Masterpool settled into second and third, respectively.

Hymas continued to build on his lead, which grew to nearly six seconds 10 minutes into the moto. As Vialle gave pursuit he went down and lost his hold of second. Masterpool assumed the position while Deegan followed in third. Vialle remounted in fourth.

As the moto reached the halfway point Masterpool was able to carve into Hymas’ lead and closed to within two seconds. Deegan also gained ground and lurked in third. Entering the final 10 minutes of the moto, just three seconds separated the top three. Masterpool went on the attack and the pair went side-by-side across the finish line jump, after which Masterpool completed the pass for the lead. He then pulled away as Deegan began to pressure Hymas. Deegan was relentless and made the pass, then set his sights on Masterpool.

As they came to take the white flag Masterpool and Deegan were separated by mere bike lengths. Over the final circuit they took different lines, with Deegan searching for enough momentum to attempt a pass. They raced side-by-side across the sand rollers, but Masterpool inched ahead enough to take Deegan’s line and carry on to the moto win by 0.3 over the Yamaha rider. Vialle was able to make a late pass on Hymas to capture third, while Jo Shimoda rounded out the top five.

The second and deciding moto saw Hymas lead the field through the first turn for the MotoSport.com Holeshot ahead of Pierce Brown and Shimoda. A little further back, Masterpool started deep in the top 10, just ahead of Vialle, while Deegan found himself outside the top 10.

Photo of Ty Masterpool at round six of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at Redbud.
Ty Masterpool (1-5) earned his second career podium with a runner-up finish. Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Hymas mirrored his leading effort from Moto 1 to open a comfortable margin over Shimoda, who passed DiFrancesco for second. Kitchen then moved into the top three after a pass around DiFrancesco. Behind the leaders, Masterpool was able to move into the top four, while Vialle and Deegan looked to climb through the pack together at the tail end of the top 10.

As the opening 10 minutes of the moto passed, Hymas had moved out to a lead of more than seven seconds on Shimoda, who looked to hold off a hard-charging Masterpool, who made the pass on Kitchen for third. Meanwhile, both Vialle and Deegan stalled out in their forward progression and ran sixth and eighth, respectively.

While the Honda teammates continued to pull away from the field the attention shifted to Masterpool, who was in control of the overall classification, as he started to lose ground to his teammate Kitchen. With less than five minutes to go Kitchen reclaimed third. Shortly thereafter, Masterpool lost fourth to Vialle and settled into fifth, one position ahead of Deegan.

The battle for the overall remained in flux over the final two laps as Shimoda closed in on Hymas to set up a head-to-head showdown for the moto win with his teammate. A total of 1.2 seconds separated the Honda duo as they took the white flag. A lapped rider worked in Hymas’ favor and allowed him to inch away over the second half of the racetrack. Hymas secured his second career moto win by three seconds over Shimoda, with Kitchen a distant third. Vialle battled back for fourth, with Masterpool holding on for fifth. Deegan went down after he was caught up in a crash by another rider, but held on for sixth.

Hymas’ moto victory, combined with Masterpool’s late fade, allowed the Honda rider to emerge with his first career win in professional competition (4-1) and become the 93rd different winner in 250 Class history. Masterpool earned his second career podium result with a runner-up effort (1-5), while Shimoda parlayed another strong outing in Moto 2 to secure the final spot on the podium in third (5-2).

Hymas’ victory and points gain in the championship standings, was negated by a penalty that was assessed to him in Moto 1 for jumping on a red cross flag (Rule 1.6.14, Section F, Item 4). The punishment for the violation was a deduction of five championship points (Penalty Section 3.1.8, Item E.2).

With Hymas’ penalty assessed, Deegan, who missed the overall podium for the first time this season in fifth (2-6), maintained his 42-point lead over Hymas at the halfway point of the season. Vialle, who finished in a tie with Deegan for fourth (3-4) but earned the Moto 2 tiebreaker, remains one additional point back, 43 behind the championship lead.

“It’s about time,” Hymas declared of his win, “To do it on America’s birthday is incredible. I’m so glad I finally put it together. None of this would be possible without the support of everyone around me, from my team, to my teammates, to my parents. This is the first of many, but I’m proud to do it here (at RedBud).”

The 2024 Pro Motocross Championship will continue next Saturday, July 13, with its annual visit to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and Minnesota’s Spring Creek MX Park. The FXR Spring Creek National Presented by Frescados Tortillas

Photo of Jo Shimoda at round six of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at Redbud.
Jo Shimoda (5-2) finished third and has back-to-back podium results. Credit: MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish // Points)
1 Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., KTM (1-1 // 50)
2 Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM (4-2 // 40)
3 Hunter Lawrence, Landsborough, Qld., Australia, Honda (2-4 // 40)
4 Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Kawasaki (5-3 // 37)
5 Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (3-6 // 36)
6 Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Husqvarna (6-7 // 31)
7 Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha (7-8 // 29)
8 Kyle Webster, Korumburra, Vic., Australia, Honda (10-9 // 25)
9 Harri Kullas, Tallinn, Estonia, KTM (9-12 // 23)
10 Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Husqvarna (8-13 // 23)

450 Class Championship Standings (Round 6 of 11)
1 Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., KTM – 260 Points
2 Hunter Lawrence, Landsborough, Qld., Australia, Honda – 253 Points
3 Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 212 Points
4 Jett Lawrence, Landsborough, Qld., Australia, Honda – 210 Points
5 Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM – 202 Points
6 Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Honda – 152 Points
7 Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Kawasaki – 185 Points
8 Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Husqvarna – 164 Points
9 Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS – 148 Points
10 Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Husqvarna – 106 Points

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finishes // Points)
1 Chance Hymas, Pocatello, Idaho, Honda (4-1 // 43)
2 Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas, Kawasaki (1-5 // 42)
3 Jo Shimoda, Suzuka, Japan, Honda (5-2 // 39)
4 Tom Vialle, Avignon, France, KTM (3-4 // 38)
5 Haiden Deegan, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (2-6 // 38)
6 Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Kawasaki (6-3 // 36)
7 Casey Cochran, Portsmouth, Va., Husqvarna (7-9 // 28)
8 Ryder DiFrancesco, Bakersfield, Calif., GASGAS (13-7 // 24)
9 Max Anstie, Newbury, England, Yamaha (9-13 // 22)
10 Mark Fineis, Westfield, Ind., Yamaha (11-12 // 21)

250 Class Championship Standings (Round 6 of 11)
1 Haiden Deegan, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha – 276 Points
2 Chance Hymas, Pocatello, Idaho, Honda – 234 Points
3 Tom Vialle, Avignon, France, KTM – 233 Points
4 Jo Shimoda, Suzuka, Japan, Kawasaki – 213 Points
5 Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Kawasaki – 213 Points
6 Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas, Kawasaki – 188 Points
7 Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS – 145 Points
8 Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Triumph – 138 Points
9 Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Yamaha – 124 Points
10 Ryder DiFrancesco, Bakersfield, Calif., GASGAS – 120 Points

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