News 19 Jun 2020

Point to prove in 250SX Showdown admits Sexton

'Offence mentality' for Geico Honda rider with championship on the line.

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250SX East champion Chase Sexton is targeting victory in the Showdown to clinch back-to-back titles, motivated to display the strengths of the eastern region at the Monster Energy Supercross​ finals.

It’s widely regarded that the west coast series has had more depth during 2020, however, Sexton is certain to prove that the outright pace of the east is just as competitive.

Geico Honda rider Sexton has been incredibly impressive through what will be his final campaign on the CRF250R, already signed to be joining Ken Roczen at Team Honda HRC when Lucas Oil Pro Motocross commences. He will then step into 450SX from 2021.

“I’ve been looking forward to this East/West [Showdown] all year,” Sexton said. “I want to race everybody and I think we were supposed to have two this year, but we’re only going to get to race one.

“So for me, I want to go out there and have that offensive mentality and put myself in a good position, hopefully can run up there and try to win the race. I think I want to prove some stuff on Sunday and, yeah, I feel tonight I rode well, so hopefully carry that into Sunday.

“Just yeah, come in with the offensive mentality and I want to win that race, so I’m looking forward to getting out there and mixing up with the rest of the crew.”

After picking up a pivotal victory on Wednesday, Sexton will carry a six-point lead over Shane McElrath (Monster Energy Star Yamaha) into SLC7 this weekend. Meanwhile, in 250SX West, Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy Star Yamaha) holds a seven-point advantage over Austin Forkner (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki).