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Poor Starts Mask Good Rides by Team Honda HRC at Anaheim 2 SX

Team HRC Supercross 2024 Anaheim 2 Jett Lawrence

  • Jett Lawrence sixth overall in 450SX despite strong charges through the pack
  • 11th overall in 450SX for Hunter Lawrence, via 9-9-12 finishes
  • Jo Shimoda takes fourth overall in 250SX West, with second place in last race 

Although AMA Supercross’s first Triple Crown race of the season didn’t go down the way Team Honda HRC had hoped (none of the team’s three participating riders finished on the overall podiums), there was reason for the squad to hold their heads high as they head to round 5. The series’ second trip of the year to Anaheim, California’s Angels Stadium saw Jett Lawrence, Hunter Lawrence and Jo Shimoda all ride hard and show their potential at moments, but the fact that they were forced to deal with subpar starts meant their overall results were limited to sixth, 11th and fourth, respectively.

Team HRC Supercross 2024 Anaheim 2 Hunter Lawrence

In the 450SX class, Jett Lawrence put together 7-3-4 race finishes, the first despite a lap 1 crash and the last after charging through the pack to second place, only to fall on the final lap. That last miscue proved to be particularly consequential on the wild evening, transforming what would have been a second-overall result and the points lead to sixth overall and fourth in the title chase (eight behind the leader). Hunter Lawrence spent most of the evening battling to be inside the top 10, putting together 9-9-12 results that delivered him an 11th-overall showing.

Team HRC Supercross 2024 Anaheim 2 Jo Shimoda

Meanwhile, the 250SX West class saw Shimoda in 12th, 15th and seventh after the first lap of the three races–a consequence of poor getaways and early falls. The Japanese rider was among the fastest racers on the track as he worked his way forward, but he was ultimately limited to a 9-3-2 tally for fourth overall.

NOTES

  • Ahead of Feld’s media-day activities on Friday, Honda hosted journalists to a “Brunch With Brabec” event in the Team Honda HRC pits. Held exactly one week after Ricky Brabec won the Dakar Rally for the second time, the event celebrated the achievement and gave media the opportunity to conduct one-on-one interviews with the Hesperia, California, resident.
  • On race day, Brabec was interviewed on the Race Day Live broadcast, and he participated in a celebrity meet-and-greet on the start line. He was also joined by teammate Skyler Howes and mentor Johnny Campbell for an autograph session. During the opening ceremonies, he and Campbell did a parade lap around the stadium floor’s perimeter—Brabec on a factory CRF450 RALLY, Campbell on a production Transalp. They then visited managers in American Honda’s suite before watching the race from the Monster Energy suite.
  • SoCal Honda Powersports staffed a popup dealer-activation booth in the Team Honda HRC pits at Anaheim 2. They displayed a CRF450RWE and CRF110F and engaged with fans and customers.
  • American Honda displayed several powersports products in the Team Honda HRC pits at Anaheim 2, including Proctor Racing’s desert-racing Talon 1000R, Raceco-USA’s short-course Talon 1000R and JCR Honda’s California 300-winning CRF450X. A few feet away, SLR Honda displayed a Baja 1000-winning CRF450X, an NGPC title-winning CRF250RX and a gold-medal-winning ISDE CRF450RX—but the star was unquestionably the factory Monster Energy Honda CRF450 RALLY machine.
  • In combined times for daytime qualifying, Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence was fifth-quickest in 450SX, with Hunter Lawrence 11th-best. Jo Shimoda had the third-best time in 250SX West.
  • Anaheim 2 hosted the season’s first 250SX Futures race, and SLR Honda’s Parker Ross turned in a solid performance to notch a podium result. Other Red Riders to take part included MXE Coaching-backed Kile Epperson, SmarTop/MotoConcept’s Noah Viney, Woolf Aircraft-backed Ethan Day and Interactive Mortgage-sponsored Alvin Hillan.
  • With four rounds in the books, Jett Lawrence sits fourth in the overall 450SX standings, eight points in arrears of the leader. Hunter Lawrence is 11th on the list, while Jo Shimoda is sixth in the 250SX West rankings.
  • The day after the race, Team Honda HRC technicians performed their typical bike rebuilds in the Angel Stadium parking lot, in preparation for the Detroit round this Saturday, when Chance Hymas will campaign the first 250SX East Region round of the year.
Team HRC 2024 Jett Lawrence Profile Headshot

Jett Lawrence 18

“Not the ideal situation we wanted to be in, but we’re making our way back to where we were. I made a silly decision in the last race, and that really cost me. We’re only eight points back, so it’s still a very close championship at the moment. I need to work on stuff for the rest of the season, but it’s always a good thing when you can learn something from the weekend.”

Team HRC 2024 Hunter Lawerence Profile Headshot

Hunter Lawrence 96

“Really tough day in the office. We have a lot to work on in these hard-packed, slippery, California conditions. We’ll keep working on the bike and myself, and come out swinging in Detroit.”

Team HRC 2024 Jo Shimoda Profile Headshot

Jo Shimoda 30

“I think my pace was there all day. I feel confident in my speed and fitness. I still haven't figured out my starts yet. We know these results don’t reflect the work we’ve put in, so we’ll just keep pushing ourselves.”

Team HRC 2024 Lars Lindstrom Profile Headshot

Lars Lindstrom Team Manager

“Even though the headline is that we didn’t get great starts again, I don’t think it’s fair to say that we were terrible coming into the first turn; we just need to do better in the first couple of turns, and we can’t fall down. The amount of talent this season is incredible, and the results so far show that—four different winners in four races! Unfortunately, Jett got the short end of the stick when he fell; the two positions in the race cost him four positions in the overall and the points lead (which he would’ve had). We’re in this fight, and only eight points down, which is nothing considering that we have 13 races to go.”
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