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    RJ Hampshire finishes third overall in 250SMX World Championship

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    It was a pressure-packed final round of the SuperMotocross Playoffs at the historic Los Angeles Coliseum, and thanks to a third-place finish, RJ Hampshire jumped up two spots in the final SMX 250 class standings to take the bronze and lead the way for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team.

    250 SuperMotocross

    RJ Hampshire was eighth early in the first moto on his FC250, but quickly went to work and started to pick off riders ahead of him. He moved into third with seven laps to go, into second with five to go, and was challenging for the lead on the last lap…but had to settle for second. In moto two, he was eighth off the gate, and could only work his way to sixth before the finish. His 2-8 score netted him a third overall for the night and for the series overall. His next stop? The Motocross of Nations as the 250 rider for Team USA.

    “The last round was pretty solid. I felt good all day and had good qualifying (2nd). The first moto start was good, and I gave myself a chance to win it there at the end. I charged hard and felt really good on the bike. In the second moto, I didn't get a great start and was just flat. I couldn't really get going. But I'm stoked to end it on the podium for the race and the SMX Playoff overall,” said Hampshire. “I'm really looking forward to the Motocross of Nations in France in a couple of weeks. I'll go back home, recover a bit, do a couple of days of riding, and head over there and represent the USA. I can't wait.”

    Jalek Swoll showed what a mix of FC250 power and great start skills can do as he grabbed the holeshot in the first moto. While the championship battles raged around him, he slipped to sixth at the finish. In the second moto, a bit too much aggression with the throttle resulted in a mid-pack start, though he did recover quite a few spots to finish eighth for the moto, and also eighth overall for the season.

    “Honestly, this being the last round is a bit frustrating because I feel like I'm starting to find the groove and know what I can do. My starts were on point today, reaction-wise, and just getting off the gate with the bike. I ran third for a while in the first moto and finished sixth. In the second one, I felt I rode a lot better, but didn't have the start to match. I just lit the rear tire up a bit on the super-dry stuff and it kind of messed me up. I just got a really bad start and came from the back,” said Swoll. “I have some things to work on for sure, but I'm a lot closer than I've been. I feel good but need a little bit of intensity. But all in all, it was decent. I was in the mix a little bit and left healthy...anytime you leave the track healthy you can put a smile on your face.”

    Talon Hawkins showed improvement through the three SMX rounds, and an 11-9 score for the day only shows part of the story. He advanced forward four positions in the first moto and ran in the top five for the first few laps of the second moto. He just missed out on a top ten overall, and was 14th overall for the series.

    “I was stoked to end it on a good note. I got my first top ten out of the three races. I'm looking forward to a little time off and then getting back on the bike,” said Hawkins. “I'm so thankful for the whole Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Team for giving me the shot this year. I turned pro early, but I made the most of it and did the best I could all year long. I've learned a lot this year, and have a lot of good memories. Thank you guys.”

    SuperMotocross Playoffs: Los Angeles Coliseum

    250 SuperMotocross Results

    1. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 5-2
    2. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 4-4
    3. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 2-6

    8. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 6-8
    11. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 11-9

    450 SuperMotocross Results

    1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 1-1
    2. Ken Roczen (Suzuki), 2-2
    3. Cooper Webb (Yamaha), 5-3

    250 SuperMotocross Rider Final Point Standings
    1. Haiden Deegan – 157 points
    2. Jo Shimoda – 152 points
    3. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 122 points

    10. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 88 points
    14. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 58 points

    450 SuperMotocross Rider Final Point Standings
    1. Jett Lawrence – 163 points
    2. Ken Roczen – 146 points
    3. Chase Sexton – 120 points

      RJ Hampshire rebounds for fourth overall at round two of SuperMotocross Playoffs

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      After a rough start to the SuperMotocross playoffs in Charlotte, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team came to Chicagoland with renewed focus and hunger for results. The long, flowing track provided ample opportunity to show the true speed of their FC250s, with high speeds, and nearly two-minute lap times.

      250 SuperMotocross

      RJ Hampshire’s day got off to a great start as he grabbed the top spot in qualifying among the 250 competitors. When the gate dropped for the first 250 moto, he was in the sixth spot as they crossed the stripe. He moved to fourth spot for three laps before settling into fifth for the rest of the moto. He currently sits in fifth overall in the playoff standings, with one round to go.

      “This was much improved from last weekend. Last weekend was such a struggle I was just looking for any type of positive from this weekend, and I came out and was P1 in practice...I believe that's one of my first poles of the season, and then just two solid motos. I didn't get great starts, but I didn't get terrible starts, so fourth overall on the day.,” said Hampshire. “I'm not stoked on it, but it's a huge improvement so we'll take that into L.A. next weekend where it's a more Supercross track. Hopefully, my back heals from this track today, and then I'll be ready to go next weekend.”

      Jalek Swoll was eighth out of the gate in moto one, and was ninth for a good portion of the race before moving to seventh at the checkers. In moto two, a poor start had him near the back of the 22-rider field, but he rebounded to 11th before a late-race crash dropped him to 13th at the finish.

      “Moto one was okay, but I would've liked to get more comfortable earlier on. That was P7. In the second moto, it was not a good start and I wasn't riding too well and had a big crash at the end, so it wasn't the best day but I still feel good and feel like I can run up there. I just need that start,” said Swoll. “All in all, I'm not broken up, so we'll be good and continue to fight in L.A.”

      Getting to the end of his rookie season, Talon Hawkins is still learning the ins and outs of the pro scene. But in a new playoff format where even veterans struggle to make the right setup choices, the playoffs have been a challenge. His 15-15 moto scores resulted in a 16th overall.

      “It was a rough one, but there are positives to take away from it. It's been hard to get the bike set up for these types of races. This is a brand-new thing this year, so I think everyone is struggling with bike setup. I think we're getting there, we just need a few things,” said Hawkins. “I'm looking forward to next weekend, and I want to thank the team for believing in me for these last couple rounds.”

      Next Event (SuperMotocross Round 3): September 23, 2023 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif.

      SuperMotocross Playoffs: Chicagoland Speedway

      250 SuperMotocross Results

      1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 1-1
      2. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 2-2
      3. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 3-3

      4. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 5-4
      10. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 7-13
      16. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 15-15

      450 SuperMotocross Results

      1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 1-2
      2. Ken Roczen (Suzuki), 3-1
      3. Chase Sexton (Honda), 2-3

      250 SuperMotocross Rider Point Standings

      1. Hunter Lawrence – 89 points
      2. Jo Shimoda – 86 points
      3. Haiden Deegan – 82 points

      5. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 62 points
      12. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 46 points
      16. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 25 points

      450 SuperMotocross Rider Point Standings
      1. Chase Sexton – 90 points
      2. Jett Lawrence – 88 points
      3. Ken Roczen – 80 points

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