Sexton prevails in drama-packed 250SX East final
Geico Honda rider maintains red plates at SLC3 ahead of series break.
Defending champion Chase Sexton has won the 250SX East main event at Salt Lake City 3, reclaiming the sole points-lead in 2020 Monster Energy Supercross.
It was initially Shane McElrath (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) who led part one before a red flag, providing Sexton with a second chance.
That initial start saw Sexton lead before being put off-track by McElrath in a pass for the lead and then he went down directly afterwards. An incident from Garrett Marchbanks (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) then saw the race stopped.
Upon the restart and with rain falling, it was McElrath who hole-shotted with Sexton in tow. This time around it was McElrath who made an error, clashing in lapped traffic and going down, allowing Sexton to go on to a 8.023s victory.
McElrath managed to remain in second position, joined on the podium by teammate Colt Nichols, as Pierce Brown (TLD Red Bull KTM) and Kyle Peters (Phoenix Racing Honda) filled the top five.
Sixth place was Jalek Swoll (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), followed by Chris Blose (Chaparral FXR Racing Honda), Enzo Lopes (ClubMX Yamaha), Jace Owen (Phoenix Racing Honda) and John Short (Manluk Racing Honda).
Now entering a 10-day break for the eastern regional series, it is Sexton who has a three-point advantage atop the championship standings. 250SX East will next be at Rice-Eccles Stadium on 17 June.