HRC’s Jett Lawrence continued his dominance of the 250SX East Region, riding his CRF250R to his third win in four events, and his second in a row in Detroit.
After topping timed qualifying and the second heat race, Lawrence secured the lead on the first lap of the 250SX East main event and apart from a bid by Pierce Brown when they hit lapped traffic about seven minutes in was never challenged, winning by nearly six-and-a-half seconds.
It was the sixth indoor 250 victory of the young Australian’s career, as well as the 10th podium. The win extended Lawrence’s lead in the title chase to nine, and Honda’s support-class win record in the Detroit-Pontiac area to twelve. Also posting solid results in the class were Fire Power Honda’s Jordon Smith and SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Mitchell Oldenburg, in fifth and sixth, respectively.
“That one was really tricky. The track’s pretty tight and basic, but it got chewed up pretty gnarly, especially in those rhythms; it would catch you off guard now and then. It was a lot more difficult than our last couple weekends. I felt like the times were really, really close, so the boys definitely kept me on my toes. Pierce [Brown] surprised me; normally every guy revs it in the air, but he was silent – scared the living daylights out of me on the inside [laughs]. The biggest thing was just making sure I clicked my lap times off and focused on myself, because you never know when I make a silly mistake and one of these boys capitalizes on that. I had fun in that one. I’m very grateful, and hopefully I can keep marching on.”