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    RedBud National the best yet for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing in 2024

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    All three Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders took season-best finishes at the RedBud National, marking Round 6 of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Malcolm Stewart charged to sixth and Christian Craig 10th in 450MX, while newcomer Casey Cochran raced to the highest finish of his 250MX career in P7. Stewart qualified a convincing sixth on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition – complete with a USA-themed appearance this weekend – before battling hard to 6-7 scores in the pair of premier-class motos. He was challenging inside the top-five until falling during the middle stages of Moto 2, but left satisfied with sixth overall, and now sits P8 in the title race.
    "For another track I haven't been back to in 10 years, I can say one thing – the fans were awesome this weekend!"   Stewart said.   "It's pretty cool and I had a really, really great time out there. Moto 1 was good for me, and then Moto 2 was better again in a lot of ways. I made a mistake, went down, and got back up to charge to seventh. We were sixth overall, but I am really happy because I rode good and we're learning a lot as a team. We're just going to take this same momentum into Millville, and I'm glad we're leaving here on a good note, so we'll keep the ball rolling."
    RedBud also started convincingly for 450MX teammate Christian Craig, qualifying inside the top 10 with ninth position, and then he raced forward to a solid eighth-place score in Moto 1. His second moto result was 13th after struggling for track position, however, it was still enough to match his best result of the year in 10th overall – equalling his finishes from Hangtown and Thunder Valley.
    "The day started off pretty well, qualified inside the top 10 and felt confident going into the motos,"   Craig reflected.   "Moto 1, I got a mid-pack start and was able to work my way up into eighth, so that was decent. Second moto, I had a bad start and then started to make my way through, before some big mistakes cost me a lot of time. I was pretty frustrated, but I did what I could for 10th overall. My speed is still coming around and I'm just lacking some strength still, so we will keep working on that and come back better for next week."
    At one of the few tracks so far that he's been to before, teenage rookie Cochran stopped the clocks in eighth position at the end of 250MX qualifying, and then made even further progress on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition to claim P7 in the first race. He backed that up with ninth in the final outing, which resulted in seventh overall to retain 13th in the point standings.
    "RedBud was good for me,"   Cochran commented.   "I've had some success here in the past, so today I felt comfortable and I was able to get my best pair of moto finishes with a 7-9 for seventh overall. We're making progress each week, so we'll keep on building and hopefully get up there into the top five soon."
    Next Race:  July 13 – Spring Creek, Minnesota

    Results 450MX Class – RedBud National
    1. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
    2. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM
    3. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    6. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    10. Christian Craig (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 6 of 11 rounds
    1. Chase Sexton, 260 points
    2. Hunter Lawrence, 253
    3. Justin Cooper, 212
    5. Aaron Plessinger, 202
    8. Malcolm Stewart, 164
    9. Justin Barcia, 148
    10. Christian Craig, 106

    Results 250MX Class – RedBud National
    1. Chance Hymas (USA), Honda
    2. Ty Masterpool (USA), Kawasaki
    3. Jo Shimoda (JPN), Honda
    4. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
    7. Casey Cochran (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    8. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS
    17. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS

    Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 6 of 11 rounds
    1. Haiden Deegan, 276 points
    2. Chance Hymas, 239
    3. Tom Vialle, 233
    7. Pierce Brown, 145
    10. Ryder DiFrancesco, 120
    12. Julien Beaumer, 107
    13. Casey Cochran, 102

    All three Rockstar Energy Husqvarna riders race into Hangtown National top 10

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    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing has been able to draw from the positives following an encouraging Hangtown National that saw all three riders – Casey Cochran, Malcolm Stewart, and Christian Craig – finish inside the top 10. For 250MX rookie Cochran, he started the day in convincing fashion by qualifying quickest overall in class. At 17 years of age and in his first full season of AMA Pro Motocross Championship competition, Cochran qualified in P1 this morning riding his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition, and then went on to claim a consistent scorecard of 12-12 for a deserved 10th overall. With speed on his side and experience increasing, his early progression has been evident this weekend. "It was definitely a good day,"   reflected Cochran.   "I surprised myself and I think a lot of people this morning by qualifying fastest, then ended up 10th overall for the weekend. To finish inside the top 10 at the second round, we can keep building and building off of that result, and I'm happy with the day overall." In the 450MX Class, Stewart made a welcome return to the Hangtown Motocross Classic for the first time in a decade, and he too delivered a consistent performance. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider qualified in P7 and then went 7-9 across the two premier class motos for eighth overall, improving upon his result at the opening round one week prior, and he remains ninth in the standings.
    "Hangtown was fun for me!"   Stewart said.   "It's been 10 years since I've been here and the track's changed, but the people haven't. I've always had some really solid fans here and there's nothing better than the fans welcoming me back. Practice was good, then first moto I rode a solid race, before in the second moto I had a rough start, went down, and made a lot of passes right until the very end! I was enjoying the moment, so we'll take what we learned here, regroup, and come back out swinging in Colorado."
    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Craig placed his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition inside the top 10 as well, both in qualifying and the overall results. Craig was 10th in qualifying and went 12-11 in the races, which handed him P10 for the weekend and saw him climb to 12th position in the 450MX championship standings two rounds into his return to racing.
    "Today was a better day and in qualifying my speed's starting to come around,"   commented Craig.   "I'm still lacking strength, but that's going to take time and will eventually come. We were better today, I had two mid-pack starts and stayed out of the chaos, so ended up going 11-12 for 10th overall – we'll take that luck on our side with the overall. I'm getting more comfortable on the bike again with more seat time, so we'll just keep building each week from here."
    Next Race:  June 8 – Thunder Valley, Colorado

    Results 450MX Class – Hangtown National
    1. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
    2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    3. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM
    7. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS
    8. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    10. Christian Craig (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 2 of 11 rounds
    1. Chase Sexton, 90 points
    2. Hunter Lawrence, 82
    3. Aaron Plessinger, 69
    8. Justin Barcia, 61
    9. Malcolm Stewart, 57
    12. Christian Craig, 33

    Results 250MX Class – Hangtown National
    1. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
    2. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
    3. Levi Kitchen (USA), Kawasaki
    6. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
    9. Julien Beaumer (USA), KTM
    10. Casey Cochran (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    15. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS

    Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 2 of 11 rounds
    1. Haiden Deegan, 97 points
    2. Levi Kitchen, 84
    3. Tom Vialle, 81
    7. Pierce Brown, 55
    8. Julien Beaumer, 48
    13. Ryder DiFrancesco, 35
    16. Casey Cochran, 28

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