In a thrilling final turn, RJ Hampshire took desperate measures to secure the championship title, causing Jett Lawrence to crash. However, despite the collision, Jett was able to recover and finish in second place. Surprisingly, Hampshire ended up injuring his own points more than Jett’s, as he fell before colliding with Lawrence and ended up finishing 13th after getting stuck in the mud, losing his chance for a podium finish.
RJ said: “I started off pretty decent in practice and felt good. I got the holeshot in the heat race and won that. Then the rain came. It was different. We were waiting down there for an hour and a half…almost two hours. Finally, when the gate dropped, I got a decent start and just rode in third for a while. The track was brutal with the puddles. It was getting worse and worse as it went on. I saw an opening there at the end in the last corner and went for it. There was nothing else to it. I thought I would have had a good line. As soon as I cut underneath, I lost the front and I was just along for the ride there. Just hydroplaning across the water and took us both down. It’s a bummer to end it like that where I couldn’t even finish the race. I’m bummed about that, but overall, for how the race went and the whole day was, it was pretty solid. I’ll look forward to Denver and hope that I can get a win in these next two rounds.”
RJ Hampshire posted on social media – Day was going awesome till it wasn’t. I seen an opening and took a shot. As soon as I hit that water my front washed and I went hydroplaning into the last corner. Clearly it didn’t turn out good for me but if I had the same opportunity tomorrow, I’d make the same call.
Extremely bummed for my team and supporters. We move on and be better in Denver!
See the incident and get Jett’s view below: