Jett Lawrence Stretches Points Lead With Birmingham SX Win

The AMA Supercross Championship visited Birmingham, Alabama’s Protective Stadium for the first time, and for the second week in a row, riders faced treacherous track conditions due to inclement weather leading up to the race.

The soft and rutted track didn’t stop Team Honda HRC rider Jett Lawrence from becoming the season’s first four-time winner and first back-to-back winner in the 450SX division. Meanwhile, Chance Hymas battled through an eventful 250SX East main event to come home in 10th. Unfortunately, Hunter Lawrence missed round 9 due to a shoulder injury that he sustained in Daytona the previous weekend.

In the 450SX main-event start, Lawrence snuck up the inside of turn 1 to grab a narrow holeshot aboard his CRF450RWE. From there, the 20-year-old rode a near-perfect race, maintaining a gap of 4 to 5 seconds for the entirety of the main event. Despite several charges from title-rival Cooper Webb, Lawrence maintained his composure and crossed the checkers with a 2.445-second advantage. The win added another three points to his championship lead, now 13 up on Webb.

Hymas rocketed his CRF250R to the front of the pack down the 250SX main-event start straight, but he ran wide in the first turn. The Idaho native was still inside the top five in the early stages of the race, then slipped back to sixth position, where he stayed for most of the main event before getting knocked down by another rider during a block pass with three laps to go. Hymas remounted in 10th place, which is where he would finish the race.

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