The seventh round of the 2021 AMA Supercross series took place Saturday at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium, where Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen put together another solid ride aboard his CRF450R, finishing second and maintaining the lead in the 450SX title chase. Meanwhile, his 17-year-old teammate Jett Lawrence notched his second career win in the 250SX East class.

Roczen topped his heat race and started the main event in third, then made his way into second on lap two. At times the German seemed destined to score his fourth consecutive victory, as he gained ground on the leading Cooper Webb in the whoop section, but the margin stretched to nearly three seconds due to a couple of mistakes by Roczen. Still, a late-race charge brought him close again, and he finished less than a second back.

Lawrence dominated the evening in his class, topping his heat race before riding his CRF250R flawlessly in the main event. The young Australian will now have a couple months off from racing before the East Region finishes up in Salt Lake City.


  • Round 7 was the first time since 2007 that AMA Supercross held a round in Orlando. Although Ken Roczen couldn’t quite manage the victory, Honda remains the most successful manufacturer at the venue, with five premier-class wins at the hands of Jeremy McGrath, Jeff Stanton and Ron Lechien.
  • After enduring freezing temperatures in Indy the weekend before, teams and riders experienced wet conditions for round 7. The track crew was prepared, covering the course with plastic during the precipitation earlier in the week.
  • Press day and free-practice sessions were canceled due to the weather, and the qualifying schedule was revised, beginning at 2:15 p.m. for the 250SX East riders.
  • In timed qualifying, Roczen posted the fifth-fastest lap with a 51.106” in the final session. SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda riders Benny Bloss, Broc Tickle and Vince Friese were 10th-, 15th-, and 19th-best, respectively, with times of 51.880”, 52.029” and 52.570”. Muc-Off Honda rider Justin Brayton was 20th-best at 53.043.
  • In the 250SX East class, Lawrence was the third-best qualifier, with a 52.743” lap time. Muc-Off Honda’s Mitchell Oldenburg was fifth with a 53.871” lap, while Phoenix Racing Honda rider Joshua Osby was eighth.
  • Roczen rode to another solid win in 450SX heat 2, while Friese, Brayton, Bloss, and Tickle were sixth, seventh, eighth and 10th, respectively.
  • Red Riders swept the podium in the second 250SX East heat race, with Lawrence leading Oldenburg finishing and World of Wheels rider Jeremy Hand. In heat 1, Osby posted a sixth-place result.
  • Although Roczen conceded ground to Webb in the title chase, he still enjoys a healthy 13-point lead after round 7.
  • With round 8 scheduled to be held at the same venue, the riders and some Team Honda HRC staff members will stay in Florida prepping for Saturday’s race. Roczen will test at the Sandbox, Jett and Hunter Lawrence will ride at Chad Reed’s old facility and Chase Sexton will continue to prep at James Stewart’s compound for his return.
  • The second half of the Orlando double-header will take place this Saturday on a redesigned track, and the 250SX West Region Class series will commence, with Hunter Lawrence debuting on his 2021 CRF250R.


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Ken Roczen  94

“Orlando was a different kind of race. The schedule was delayed due to the possibility of rain and lightning, so we only had two qualifying practices, with completely different types of dirt. The first practice was kind of sketchy because it was super hard-packed on the jumps and soft and wet at the bottoms, from the water sitting. Then it ended up being really slick and tricky. By the night show, we felt pretty decent; got a holeshot and heat-race win, which set us up nicely for the night show, and grabbed another good start there; it wasn’t quite a holeshot, but I was in the top three, battling up there with Cooper [Webb], who ended up getting by me. By then it was basically just him and me battling all the way to the end. It wasn’t quite enough for the win, but with the track a little tricky, I was happy to keep the rubber side down and take second place for the night. Hopefully we can turn it around for Orlando 2 and see if we can get back on the top step.”

Ken Roczen

Jett Lawrence  18

“Today was a smooth day; I felt like I rode very smart and made smart decisions in qualifying and was P3 in both sessions. I felt like I was smarter with my thinking process. Going into the heat race, I didn’t get a very good start; I popped the clutch a little, which made me wheelie out, but I was able to manage the first turn and get further up in the pack. With [Christian] Craig going down, I ended up winning that, so got pretty lucky. In the main event, I executed my start very well and was able to manage the race to the checkered flag. Colt [Nichols] was on me, which was good to have the pressure there, keeping me on it. I’d like to thank the team, my mechanic Christian [Ducharme], and my trainer Johnny [O’Mara] for all the support. We’ve been working really hard and it’s good to leave on a good note. I can’t wait for Salt Lake.”

Jett Lawrence

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“It was a really good night for the team! Jett rode well all day and focused hard to get a great start in the main event and take the win. This was an important win for Jett to build some confidence going into the East Region series break. Ken is riding really smart right now. He has worked hard to be more consistent on the starts, and it shows! After managing another good start in the main event, Ken handled the pressure well up front and finished a solid second place. He’s focused on podium finishes to continue to gain valuable points every week.”

Erik Kehoe

450SX Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 WEBB Cooper 2 USA 26 Red Bull KTM
2 ROCZEN Ken 94 GER 23 Team Honda HRC
3 OSBORNE Zach 16 USA 21 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna
4 BARCIA Justin 51 USA 19 TLD/Red Bull GasGas
5 TOMAC Eli 3 USA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki
6 PLESSINGER Aaron 7 USA 17 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki
7 MUSQUIN Marvin 25 FRA 16 Red Bull KTM
8 ANDERSON Jason 21 USA 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna
9 STEWART Malcolm 27 USA 14 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha
10 CIANCIARULO Adam 9 USA 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki
11 BRAYTON Justin 10 USA 12 Muc-Off Honda
12 WILSON Dean 15 GBR 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna
13 SAVATGY Joey 17 USA 10 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
14 BLOSS Benny 37 USA 9 SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda
15 FRIESE Vince 40 USA 8 SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda
16 DAVALOS Martin 36 USA 7 Team Tedder/Monster Energy/Lucas Oil/KTM Racing
17 MCELRATH Shane 12 USA 6 SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda
18 BOGLE Justin 19 USA 5 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
19 CHISHOLM Kyle 11 USA 4 Chisholm Racing
20 STARLING Justin 68 USA 3 AJE Motorsports
21 NOREN Fredrik 43 SWE 2 PR-MX Pelletier Kawasaki
22 FERRANDIS  Dylan 14 USA 1 Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha

250SX East Region Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 LAWRENCE Jett 18 AUS 26 Team Honda HRC
2 NICHOLS Colt 64 USA 23 Star Racing Yamaha
3 CRAIG Christian 29 USA 21 Star Racing Yamaha
4 SHIMODA Jo 30 JPN 19 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki
5 OLDENBURG Mitchell 49 USA 18 Muc-Off Honda
6 VARIZE Joshua 241 USA 17 KTM Orange Brigade/Factory Connection
7 MORANZ Kevin 85 USA 16 TPJ/Fly Racing
8 OSBY Josh 95 USA 15 Phoenix Racing Honda
9 SCHLOSSER Hunter 193 USA 14 None
10 KARNOW Logan 88 USA 13 Madd Parts/Double Eagle MX/Namura Technologies Kawasaki
11 SIMONSON Devin 170 USA 12 PR-MX Pelletier Kawasaki
12 NEESE Luke 125 USA 11 PR-MX Pelletier Kawasaki
13 SHAW Lane 124 USA 10 TPJ/Fly Racing
14 DO Thomas 773 USA 9 Tech32/KTM Marseille
15 NAGY Alexander 509 USA 8 None
16 HARLAN Grant 76 USA 7 Tilube Storm Lake Honda
17 MESHEY Scott 441 USA 6 None
18 FLEMING Wilson 185 USA 5 Team BWR
19 SANFORD Maxwell 162 USA 4 Tilube Storm Lake Honda
20 CAMPORESE Lorenzo 384 USA 3 Gaerne, Shoei, LC384, NLAB
21 SAYLES Hunter 99 USA 2 Race Driven KTM/Hoosier/EVS/Ryno
22 HAND Jeremy 122 USA 1 World of Wheels/AM Motocross/Wiseco

Dan Lamb is a 12+ year journalist and the owner of MotoXAddicts.