Results: 2024 Honda Fox Raceway National

Sunday, May 26, 2024 | 4:30 AM

   

Reigning SuperMotocross World Champions Open Pro Motocross Championship in Dominant Fashion at Fox Raceway National

   

Jett Lawrence Continues Undefeated Streak in 450 Class,
while Haiden Deegan Asserts Himself Atop 250 Class

   

The 53rd season of the Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, kicked off in the motocross epicenter of Southern California under sunny skies and balmy temperatures. Pala’s Fox Raceway was the site of the season-opening Honda Fox Raceway National Presented by Fox Racing, where the reigning SuperMotocross World Champions both made a statement with dominant performances in their respective divisions. In the 450 Class, Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence picked up where he left off from last year’s perfect season to remain undefeated in premier class competition with his 23rd and 24th consecutive moto wins and a seventh straight victory at Fox Raceway. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Haiden Deegan shined in front of the hometown crowd with an impressive 1-1 effort in which he showed an ability to come from behind and run from the front.

450 Class

Moto 1

The opening premier class moto started with the Lawrence brothers leading the way aboard their Team Honda HRC rides, with Jett edging out Hunter for the MotoSport.com Holeshot. They were joined by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Aaron Plessinger, who pushed hard early to move into second behind the young Aussie. As Lawrence asserted his control of the lead, Plessinger settled in to keep him honest.

Jett inched away as the moto wore on and soon built a lead of more than five seconds, which left the battle for second to take shape between Plessinger and Hunter Lawrence. The KTM rider held strong for the majority of the moto, but the elder Lawrence went on the attack as the moto entered its final 10 minutes. Hunter made the pass for second and quickly put distance on Plessinger.

Out front, Jett cruised to his 23rd straight moto win dating back to last season, crossing the line five seconds ahead of Hunter to complete a Lawrence 1-2 in their first 450 Class race together. Plessinger followed in third, with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Chase Sexton fourth and Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Justin Cooper in fifth.

Jett Lawrence remained unbeaten in 450 Class competition and is now 24-0 to begin his premier class career.
Jett Lawrence remained unbeaten in 450 Class competition and is now 24-0 to begin his premier class career. MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Moto 2

The Lawrences led the field into the first turn to open the final moto, with Hunter edging out Jett for the MotoSport.com Holeshot. Jett then made an early push to slip by his older brother and seize control of the lead, while Hunter briefly dropped to third behind a hard-charging Phil Nicoletti aboard his Muc-Off/FXR/ClubMX Yamaha. Hunter reclaimed the position, while Sexton followed into third.

The top three set a torrid pace early and put several seconds on the rest of the field. Soon, a sibling battle unfolded as Hunter closed onto Jett’s rear fender. The champ fended off the challenge, but it allowed Sexton to close back in from third to make it a three-rider pursuit for victory. As Jett continued to lead, Sexton was able to make the pass on Hunter for second and mount an attack for the top spot. Sexton kept Jett within reach for several laps, but went off track just before time ran out on the moto and lost considerable ground to end the threat.

Sexton gave it his all over the final two laps and got back within sight of Lawrence, but it wasn’t enough. The Honda rider wrapped up the 1-1 effort by 1.3 seconds over Sexton, with Hunter Lawrence a distant third.

Hunter Lawrence's 450 Class debut resulted a second-place finish (2-3) behind his younger brother.
Hunter Lawrence's 450 Class debut resulted a second-place finish (2-3) behind his younger brother. MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Overall

Jett Lawrence wrapped up the 12th overall win of his career and moved to 24-0 in 450 Class competition, spearheading a historic Lawrence brothers 1-2 in their first race together following Hunter’s 2-3 effort. Sexton rebounded strongly from a challenging first moto to round out the podium in third (4-2).

With the win, Jett Lawrence has established an eight-point lead over Hunter, while Sexton sits 10 points out of the lead in third.

It’s the third straight season that Team Honda HRC has finished 1-2 at the opening round.

Chase Sexton was resilient en route to a third-place finish (4-2).
Chase Sexton was resilient en route to a third-place finish (4-2). MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Jett Lawrence, Team Honda HRC
“Mid-race [in Moto 2] I looked back and saw [Hunter] behind me, then I looked back again and it was Chase [Sexton]. I couldn’t let up at all. It was a great day and now I’m tied with James [Stewart] at 24-0 [in motos], which is pretty cool.”

Hunter Lawrence, Team Honda HRC
“I knew the points situation [in Moto 2] and made a change [on the bike] that we’ll get better with. I just took what it gave me. I didn’t want to do anything silly. I’m stoked to put it on the box [in my first race].”

Chase Sexton, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
“I went off the track at the top of the hill and thought the race was over. I picked the pace up and got close to Jett [Lawrence] on the final lap, but he picked it up [too] and that was it. We got off to a good start and will look to build on this next weekend.”

  

250 Class

Moto 1

The first moto began with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing machine of Tom Vialle leading the field through the first turn for the MotoSport.com Holeshot, but the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki of Levi Kitchen slotted right into second. Kitchen showed patience early but went on the attack during the opening 10 minutes of the moto and took control of the top spot. With the lead in hand, Kitchen opened up a multi-second advantage over the field, while Vialle and Deegan engaged in a battle for second. Deegan soon made the pass to move into the runner-up spot.

Deegan showed a quicker pace than Kitchen through the middle portion of race and slowly chipped away at the deficit until he eventually closed to within a few bike lengths as the moto entered its final 10 minutes. The battle was on from that point forward as Kitchen responded, leading to trades of momentum. An off-track excursion briefly slowed Deegan’s momentum but he regrouped and continued to put the pressure on the Kawasaki out front.

Kitchen appeared to have control of the moto as they took the 2-Lap Board, but an errant track marker became lodged in his boot, which slowed the Kawasaki’s momentum while he removed it and allowed Deegan to slip into the lead. The Southern California native dropped the hammer to sprint away and grab the first moto win of the season, 7.2 seconds ahead of Kitchen. Vialle followed in third, with Team Honda HRC’s Chance Hymas fourth, and Triumph Racing’s Joey Savatgy fifth.

Following the race, officials determined that Vialle was in violation of Rule 1.6.20 Track Cuts/Unfair Advantage of the series rulebook after the Frenchman went off track early in the moto. As a result, Vialle was docked one position to fourth, which moved Hymas into third.

Haiden Deegan captured his third career win following a 1-1 moto sweep.
Haiden Deegan captured his third career win following a 1-1 moto sweep. MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Moto 2

The final moto saw Deegan pick up where he left off with the MotoSport.com Holeshot as Triumph Racing’s Jalek Swoll and Kitchen gave chase. Kitchen didn’t waste any time with a pass on Swoll for second and positioned himself right behind Deegan. The early pace of the top-two finishers from the opening moto allowed them to pull away from the field. Swoll, meanwhile, came under fire from Vialle, but the KTM rider tipped over and lost positions.

Deegan and Kitchen both settled in through the middle portion of the moto, with about one second sitting between them. Behind them the battle for the overall podium heated up as three riders were in position to capture third overall. Swoll’s third-place positioning on the track gave him the edge, but both Vialle and Hymas were also in the mix. With five minutes to go, Swoll, Vialle, and Hymas were running 3-4-5 on the racetrack, separated by mere bike lengths. Vialle went on the attack and successfully made the pass on Swoll for third, which gave him the advantage in the overall classification. Hymas then made the pass on Swoll for fourth.

Back out front, Deegan picked up the pace in the waning moments to prevent a late push from Kitchen and extended his lead on the final lap. He wrapped up a 1-1 sweep of the motos by 1.9 seconds over Kitchen, with Vialle finishing strong in third.

Levi Kitchen battled up front all afternoon with 2-2 motos and a runner-up effort.
Levi Kitchen battled up front all afternoon with 2-2 motos and a runner-up effort. MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Overall

The second career 1-1 performance by Deegan resulted in the third win of his career, kicking off the season in dominant fashion in front of the hometown crowd. Kitchen secured a solid runner-up effort with his 2-2 scores, while Vialle (4-3) edged out Hymas (3-4) for the final spot on the podium via the second moto tiebreaker.

With maximum points scored at the opening round, Deegan has established a six-point lead over Kitchen in the championship standings. Vialle and Hymas sit tied for third, 12 points out of the lead.

Frenchman Tom Vialle finished third overall with 4-3 moto finishes.
Frenchman Tom Vialle finished third overall with 4-3 moto finishes.
MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Haiden Deegan, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
“I’ve put in a lot of work [preparing for this championship]. I go out and grind. I put my heart into this sport and you guys saw that. Great job to Levi [Kitchen], he kept me honest the whole time and didn’t make it easy on me. I’m stoked to start the season with a win.”

Levi Kitchen, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
“We [Deegan and I] know each other pretty well from years training together [at Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing]. I didn’t know if I could make a push at the end. As soon as I tried, he tried. I’m stoked to come out of here with a podium and start the season off this way.”

Tom Vialle, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
“The track was really hard to pass on and everyone was riding really well in the second moto. I just wanted to finish as good as I could in the second moto, so I’m happy with the result. I’m looking forward to next weekend [at Hangtown].”

    

Fox Raceway National - 450 Class

- Pala, CA

RiderHometown Motos
1Jett LawrenceAustralia Landsborough, Australia 1 - 1
2Hunter LawrenceAustralia Landsborough, Australia 2 - 3
3Chase SextonUnited States La Moille, IL 4 - 2
4Dylan FerrandisFrance Avignon, France 7 - 5
5Justin BarciaUnited States Monroe, NY 6 - 6
6Justin CooperUnited States Cold Spring Harbor, NY 5 - 8
7Jason AndersonUnited States Edgewood, NM 10 - 4
8Aaron PlessingerUnited States Hamilton, OH 3 - 12
9Malcolm StewartUnited States Haines City, FL 8 - 7
10Phil NicolettiUnited States Cochecton, NY 9 - 9
Full Results

   

450 Class Standings - 2024

RiderHometownPoints
1Hunter LawrenceAustralia Landsborough, Australia 129
2Chase SextonUnited States La Moille, IL 123
3Jett LawrenceAustralia Landsborough, Australia 113
4Justin CooperUnited States Cold Spring Harbor, NY 109
5Aaron PlessingerUnited States Hamilton, OH 100
6Jason AndersonUnited States Edgewood, NM 97
7Justin BarciaUnited States Monroe, NY 95
8Dylan FerrandisFrance Avignon, France 89
9Malcolm StewartUnited States Haines City, FL 87
10Fredrik NorenSweden Lidköping, Sweden 68
Full Standings

    

Fox Raceway National - 250 Class

- Pala, CA

RiderHometown Motos
1Haiden DeeganUnited States Temecula, CA 1 - 1
2Levi KitchenUnited States Washougal, WA 2 - 2
3Tom VialleFrance Avignon, France 4 - 3
4Chance HymasUnited States Pocatello, ID 3 - 4
5Jalek SwollUnited States Belleview, FL 6 - 5
6Jo ShimodaJapan Suzuka City, Japan 8 - 6
7Nate ThrasherUnited States Livingston, TN 11 - 7
8Pierce BrownUnited States Sandy, UT 10 - 8
9Joey SavatgyUnited States Thomasville, GA 5 - 13
10Ryder DiFrancescoUnited States Bakersfield, CA 9 - 12
Full Results

     

250 Class Standings - 2024

RiderHometownPoints
1Haiden DeeganUnited States Temecula, CA 144
2Chance HymasUnited States Pocatello, ID 121
3Tom VialleFrance Avignon, France 121
4Levi KitchenUnited States Washougal, WA 119
5Jo ShimodaJapan Suzuka City, Japan 99
6Jalek SwollUnited States Belleview, FL 93
7Pierce BrownUnited States Sandy, UT 84
8Julien BeaumerUnited States Lake Havasu City, AZ 73
9Ty MasterpoolUnited States Fallon, NV 69
10Joey SavatgyUnited States Thomasville, GA 60
Full Standings