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Jett Lawrence wins 450 main event in Philadelphia

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

PHILADELPHIA —Team Honda rider Jett Lawrence is just the second 450 winner in Philadelphia. He got the lead out of the gates and was not challenged.

This was the first Supercross event at Lincoln Financial Field. It was the first Supercross event since 1980 in the City of Brotherly Love when it was held at John F. Kennedy Stadium.

Supercross rider Jett Lawrence attempts to make a jump during the 450 SX race
Jett Lawrence attempts to make a jump during the 450 SX race (Photo by David Stewart/The Capital Sports Report)

The 43-year gap between 450 events is the largest in Supercross’ 50-year history.

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This was Lawrence’s seventh win on the season.

“There’s only really one option with the start is: get a good start and be up there,” Lawrence said. “And on this track, that’s a little difficult to pass [on], it definitely helped [to get the Hole shot]. Nailed my start finally and I know we’re still focusing on each race.

“I mean, [the] job’s not done yet so we’re going to stay focused and make sure we execute these last two rounds.”

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Chase Sexton finished second. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Jason Anderson finished third.

“I might have found some of my speed back in that Main Event,” Sexton said. “I had some good laps, came from pretty far back, and, especially on a track like this that’s really hard to pass on, I feel like I made the best of it. Yeah, we made some big [adjustments] this week on the bike, and it seemed to pay off somewhat.

“So we’ll go back to work, keep improving, and [we] gotta get another win before the season’s out. I think I’m starting to get back to my normal form, and we’re looking forward to these last two rounds and heading into outdoors.”

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Anderson finished third after a controversial pass on Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing rider Copper Webb, who finished fourth. Both men were going into a corner and it caused Webb to fall off his bike.

“I wish I knew. I’ve just been, you know, working hard with the team, just trying to get better, get the bike better, me be better,” Anderson said about his latest performance. “I had that little mid-season [period] where I wasn’t riding that good and it’s nice to be back up here. I couldn’t do it without the whole Monster Energy Kawasaki team; man, we’ve been working our butts off… I’m excited to keep going and let’s keep charging!”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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