Chase Sexton Captures Hometown Win at RedBud with Sweep of Motos as Pro Motocross Championship Reaches Halfway Point, Chance Hymas Breaks Through for First Career Pro Victory in 250 Class

The 2024 Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, 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 an injury, the Bob The Cooler Co. RedBud National featured near-perfect weather conditions. One of the biggest crowds in RedBud history was on hand to cheer on hometown racer Chase Sexton to victory. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider swept the motos for his second win of the season and the first at the track where he grew up racing, allowing him to take control of the 450 Class points lead. In the 250 Class, Team Honda HRC’s Chance Hymas continued his breakout season with the first victory of his professional career.

450 Class

Moto 1

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 aboard his Team Honda HRC machine for the Holeshot. Early on, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s 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 one point to attempt a pass, but Lawrence held him off and stretched the lead back out entering the final 10 minutes. Behind them, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Justin Cooper was able to catch and pass Plessinger for third.

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 stabilized 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 minimize the damage and finish second. Cooper followed in third, with Plessinger fourth and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson fifth.

Chase Sexton (1-1) captured a big win at his home race and took over the points lead.
Photo By MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Moto 2

The final moto of the day saw Anderson emerge with the Holeshot, only to be passed by Fire Power Honda’s Michael 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 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s 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.

Aaron Plessinger (4-2) finished runner-up in a 1-2 sweep for KTM.
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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).

Hunter Lawrence (2-4) secured his sixth straight podium result in third.
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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.

250 Class

Moto 1

The first moto of the afternoon began with the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki of Ty Masterpool inching ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s 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, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing rider and point leader Haiden Deegan started fourth, with Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s 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 Team Honda HRC’s Jo Shimoda rounded out the top five.

Chance Hymas (4-1) broke through for his maiden professional victory.
Photo By MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

Moto 2

The second and deciding moto saw Hymas lead the field through the first turn for the Holeshot ahead of Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing’s 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.

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.

Ty Masterpool (1-5) earned his second career podium with a runner-up finish.
Photo By MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc.

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.

Out front, Hymas was dominant en route to his first career moto win. He took the checkered flag 6.7 seconds ahead of Shimoda, while Kitchen completed the moto podium in third.

Jo Shimoda (5-2) finished third and has back-to-back podium results.
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By virtue of his 4-1 finishes, Hymas emerged with his first career overall win in his seventh start. He’s the third different winner in the 250 Class this season. Shimoda earned his first overall podium result of the season in second (5-2), while Masterpool earned the first podium finish of his career in third (1-5). Vialle missed out on a spot on the overall podium by a single point in fourth (3-4), while Deegan finished fifth (2-6) to retain his point lead.

With two more moto holeshots, Hunter Lawrence continues to lead the 450 Class standings with six total, while both Chance Hymas and Ty Masterpool added to their leads in the 250 Class with three each.

The second half of the 2024 Pro Motocross Championship will commence next weekend with the sport’s return to the Pacific Northwest with the Washougal National. Washougal MX Park will host the seventh round of the season on Saturday.

450 Class Results: RedBud National

  1. Chase Sexton, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (1-1)
  2. Aaron Plessinger, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (4-2)
  3. Hunter Lawrence, Team Honda HRC (2-4)
  4. Jason Anderson, Monster Energy Kawasaki (5-3)
  5. Justin Cooper, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing (3-6)

450 Class Standings – 2024

  1. Chase Sexton, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – 260 points
  2. Hunter Lawrence, Team Honda HRC – 253 points
  3. Justin Cooper, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing – 212 points
  4. Jett Lawrence, Team Honda HRC – 210 points
  5. Aaron Plessinger, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – 202 points

250 Class Results: RedBud National

  1. Chance Hymas, Team Honda HRC (4-1)
  2. Jo Shimoda, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing (5-2)
  3. Ty Masterpool, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki (1-5)
  4. Tom Vialle, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (3-4)
  5. Haiden Deegan, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing (2-6)

250 Class Standings – 2024

  1. Haiden Deegan, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing – 241 points
  2. Hunter Lawrence, Team Honda HRC – 228 points
  3. Ty Masterpool, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki – 223 points
  4. Levi Kitchen, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing – 217 points
  5. Jo Shimoda, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing – 214 points

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