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.
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.
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.
Jett Lawrence: “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.”
Hunter Lawrence: “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.”
Jo Shimoda: “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.”
Lars Lindstrom: “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.”