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    RJ Hampshire back on top as 250SX West series resumes in Glendale

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    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s RJ Hampshire has returned to the top step of the 250SX West Class podium at Round 6 of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship in Glendale, Arizona, on a night where 450SX teammates Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig both raced to season-best results.

    Hampshire resumed his quest for the western regional championship by posting the third-fastest qualifying time onboard his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition, which he would follow up with P3 in his Heat Race.

    A top-three start in the Main Event saw the number 24 exercise patience as the battle unfolded at the front, with a decisive move for the lead allowing Hampshire to move into clean air, as he extended his winning margin to over two seconds as the checkered flag flew. He's now within five points of the red plates entering a six-week break in the 250SX West schedule.

    “Glendale was awesome,” recalled Hampshire. “The ending was especially awesome, but I felt really good at the beginning of the day, and then had a big case in the first timed qualifying. I was in a lot of pain from that, although I knew I needed to pull it together for the Main, and that was when I rode my best. I made a couple of quick passes, then saw I had a bit of a gap after the others made mistakes, and just managed it from there. Really stoked and am looking forward to some time off before Seattle.”

    450SX contender Stewart was ranked P6 in qualifying inside the sizable State Farm Stadium, before racing to a convincing second-place finish in his Heat Race, and taking his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition into the Main Event.

    Starting outside the top 10, Stewart charged all race long as he progressively made his way up the leaderboard, putting in a spirited ride that would last the entire Main Event to land him eighth place for the night and his best finish of the season so far.

    “Glendale went fairly well for me,” said Stewart. “Qualifying was decent with P6, then we finished with P2 in the Heat Race, which felt really good to be up there. Main Event, not a great start, so I just had to pick my way through the field and got all the way back up to P8. My riding was great, although you need to get the start in this class, so we’ll work on those heading into Arlington.”

    Craig, meanwhile, found comfort early in Arizona as he qualified in ninth position, which he converted into a P7 score in his Heat Race. In posting a calculated ride on a highly-technical circuit, Craig would seal P12 in the Main Event, which was also his best result of the year.

    “Glendale started off well, I felt comfortable right away with the layout and big rhythm sections,” Craig commented. “I struggled a little with arm strength today for some reason, which was frustrating, so this week off comes at a good time. Feeling more comfortable, had more fun, so I feel the improvements are coming over the break.”

    Next Event (Round 7): February 24, 2024 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington Texas.

    Round 6 Results: Glendale

    250SX West – Glendale Results

    1. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    2. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki)

    3. Jo Shimoda (Honda)

    450SX – Glendale Results

    1. Ken Roczen (Suzuki)

    2. Jason Anderson (Kawasaki)

    3. Jett Lawrence (Honda)

    8. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    12. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    250SX West Rider Point Standings

    1. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki) – 106 points

    2. Jordon Smith (Yamaha) – 102 points

    3. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 101 points

    450SX Rider Point Standings

    1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) – 117 points

    2. Chase Sexton (KTM) – 111 points

    3. Aaron Plessinger (KTM) – 108 points

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    12. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 51 points

    15. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 39 points

    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing keeps pushing forward in Detroit

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    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing experienced a mixed day at Round 5 of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship in Detroit, with 450SX contenders Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig racing to P11 and P13 results, while 250SX East Class rookie Guillem Farres claimed a solid eighth place finish on debut.

    Stewart opened race day by registering the ninth-fastest qualifying time aboard his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition, adjusting to the softer, rutty conditions that the East Coast dirt served, before powering his way to fifth place in his Heat Race.
    A top 10 start saw Stewart battling forward in the premier class Main Event, before an untimely fall while making further passes ultimately cost him a stronger result. Tumbling down the running order, the fan favorite would eventually climb into 11th position by race's end.

    “Detroit, I was P1 in Free Practice, which meant I felt pretty good all day,” recalled Stewart. “Ninth overall in qualifying, then fifth in the Heat, and felt really good at that point. I tried to get by [Jason] Anderson in the whoops after a good start, and then just dropped it at the end of the set there. It really sucks to crash like that, but I fought hard for 11th – the riding has been improving, so we’ll keep fighting.”

    450SX teammate Craig started the day with consistency, posting a time good enough for P13 in qualifying, before improving to seventh place in his Heat Race. In struggling for track position on the technical track surface, he would salvage a 13th place finish to complete his day inside Ford Field.

    As the Eastern Region made its anticipated first showing of the year, Guillem Farres made his Supercross debut, with the talented Spaniard piecing together a confidence-inspiring day across the variety of sessions. Ninth place in 250SX East qualifying, followed by P7 in his Heat Race set the rookie up well entering the Main Event, where he went on to finish in eighth position on the Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition.

    “Detroit was pretty good, especially for my first Supercross ever!” Farres commented. “Luckily, I got the track pretty dialed on press day, which was helpful. I felt good in my qualifiers today and then was super nervous heading into the Heat Race, but got a decent start and finished seventh. Then, in the Main there was a massive pile-up that I was lucky to avoid... I was running sixth until the last lap before a small tip-over, so I am a little mad about the fall, but happy with my first Supercross.”

    Next Event (Round 6): February 10, 2024 – State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona

    Round 5 Results: Detroit

    250SX East – Detroit Results

    1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)

    2. Max Anstie (Honda)

    3. Daxton Bennick (Yamaha)

    8. Guillem Farres – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    450SX – Detroit Results

    1. Jett Lawrence (Honda)

    2. Chase Sexton (KTM)

    3. Ken Roczen (Suzuki)

    11. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    13. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    250SX East Rider Point Standings

    1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki) – 25 points

    2. Max Anstie (Honda) – 22 points

    3. Daxton Bennick (Yamaha) – 20 points

    8. Guillem Farres – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 13 points

    450SX Rider Point Standings

    1. Chase Sexton (KTM) – 98 points

    2. Jett Lawrence (Honda) – 97 points

    3. Aaron Plessinger (KTM) - 96 points

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    14. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 37 points

    17. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 29 points

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