Indianapolis, IN (March 16, 2019) – GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton continues to ride well in Monster Energy Supercross’ 250SX East division, but his first-ever career win continues to elude him. The Illinois-born Sexton considers the Indianapolis round the closest to his home, and he hoped extra support from friends and family might power him to the top of the podium. The building also held good vibes for the team, which captured the Indy race win a year ago with Jeremy Martin at the controls. It worked early in the night, as Sexton won his heat race convincingly. In the main event, he quickly worked up to second place behind his championship rival Austin Forkner, but couldn’t get close enough to mount a challenge. Sexton now holds back-to-back second-place finishes and four podiums in the last five races. He’s now ranked second in 250SX East points.
“It’s cool, this is the closest race to Illinois, where I’m from,” said Sexton. “Last year this was my worst race of the year, I DNFed, so it wasn’t hard to go up from there. It felt good to win the heat race, I wish I could have put on a better show in the main event, but didn’t really ride like myself. It’s cool to have all the friends and family here. It’s cool to be at your home race, and to finish on the podium is always good.”
The whoop section presented Sexton’s biggest struggle early in the race. “The heat race they were fresh and they were actually really fun,” Sexton said. “I went out there for the main event and I tried to jump them on the sight lap and it didn’t work out. It was bad. I was really struggling to jump. I finally figured it out, I think fifth lap maybe, but by the time I got it down it was way too late and Austin was gone. It was a struggle the first few laps, I need to work on it at home, obviously.”
The championship moves west for a date in Seattle this weekend, so GEICO Honda’s 250SX West competitors RJ Hampshire and Cameron McAdoo will return to action. Sexton resumes his chase in the East on April 6 in Nashville, Tennessee.