Sexton Takes Top Spot at Hangtown, Lawrence Streak Ends in Dramatic Pro Motocross Round

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The 2024 Pro Motocross Championship delivered another thrilling chapter at the historic Hangtown Motocross Classic, leaving fans buzzing and the championship battle wide open. Under scorching California sun, Chase Sexton (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) stole the show in the 450 Class, while Haiden Deegan (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing) extended his lead in the 250 Class.

240602 Chase Sexton - Hangtown Motocross Classic

Chase Sexton made an emphatic statement with a memorable 1-1 performance.
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Sexton Shocks the Field with Dominant Performance

The 450 Class saw Jett Lawrence's (Team Honda HRC) perfect record come to an end after a first-moto crash. However, the day belonged to Sexton, who showcased incredible grit and determination. After starting fifth in the first moto, he fought his way through the pack, capitalizing on mistakes and eventually overtaking Hunter Lawrence (Team Honda HRC) for a stunning victory.

240602 Hunter Lawrence - Hangtown Motocross Classic

Hunter Lawrence earned a second straight runner-up finish (2-4).
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The second moto saw Justin Cooper (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing) grab the holeshot, but Aaron Plessinger (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) quickly took the lead. Sexton, despite falling early, mounted an impressive comeback, passing Hunter Lawrence and Cooper before a dramatic final lap saw him overtake teammate Plessinger for a remarkable 1-1 moto sweep and the overall win.

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Aaron Plessinger (7) led almost the entirety of Moto 2 en route to third overall (5-2).
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This marks Sexton's first victory since the 2022 season and ends a 49-race winless streak for KTM. He now leads the 450 Class championship by eight points over Hunter Lawrence, with Plessinger in third.

240602 Haiden Deegan - Hangtown Motocross Classic

Haiden Deegan has opened the season with back-to-back wins (1-2).
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Deegan Maintains Dominance in the 250 Class

In the 250 Class, Haiden Deegan continued his impressive run, overcoming a crash in the second moto to secure the overall win with consistent 1-2 finishes. Tom Vialle (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) put in a strong performance to finish second, while Levi Kitchen (Monster Energy Kawasaki) rounded out the podium. Deegan now leads the 250 Class championship by 13 points over Kitchen, with Vialle in third.

240602 Tom Vialle - Hangtown Motocross Classic

Tom Vialle’s second moto win vaulted him to a runner-up finish (4-1).
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240602 Levi Kitchen - Hangtown Motocross Classic

Levi Kitchen enjoyed a solid 3-3 effort for third overall.
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Looking Ahead

The Pro Motocross Championship continues next Saturday, June 8th, with the third round at Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Lakewood, Colorado. Get your tickets today!