|The highly anticipated 2021 AMA Supercross season kicked off on Saturday at Houston’s NRG Stadium, where Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen rode his factory CRF450R to a runner-up result, while mistakes and bad luck limited teammate Chase Sexton to 14th in his 450SX debut. In the 250SX East race, Jett Lawrence showed good speed on his CRF250R before finishing in sixth.
Shortly after the gate dropped for the 450SX main event, Roczen worked his way through the top five to reach second place, with over 17 minutes left on the clock. The German stayed close to the leading Justin Barcia before applying pressure with about five minutes remaining, making three strong pass attempts. Ultimately he opted not to force the issue and settled for second. Sexton showed his speed earlier in the day by qualifying first in practice, but it was a tough main event for the rookie, who suffered a poor start and then fell when coming through the pack. In the end, his 14th-place finish didn’t accurately reflect his ability.
Lawrence showed great speed throughout the day in the 250SX class, posting the best 250SX East qualifying time and placing third in his heat race, but unfortunate mistakes in the main event held him to sixth at the finish.