The HRC Honda rider led from start to finish in the 250SX East Region main event at the Houston 2 round in NRG Stadium.
It was a convincing performance by the young Australian, who also topped his heat race and rode flawlessly in the main event, setting the race’s fastest lap time in the process.
Meanwhile, it was a challenging evening for the premier-class riders on Honda’s factory squad, as rookie Chase Sexton suffered a hard crash in the main event and wasn’t able to finish, while team-mate Ken Roczen had to charge forward from a poor start in the 450SX main, working his way up from 14th place on lap one to fifth at the finish.
Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac won the race, a massive statement after his 13th-place “failure” at round one on Saturday, finishing ahead of Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis and Honda’s Justin Brayton.
After the race, Roczen was penalised four points for inadvertently jumping during a red cross flag. The team filed an appeal, but the penalty ultimately stood.
Husqvarna rider Jason Anderson was also penalised, docked three points.
Roczen unofficially sat atop the 450SX points standings following the race, but his penalty dropped him to fifth with two of 17 rounds completed, just three points behind the leader, Gas Gas rider and round one winner Justin Barcia.
The race results remain the same, but the points have been updated with Barcia holding a one point advantage over Dylan Ferrandis. Roczen has dropped from first to fifth in the points after being docked four points while Jason Anderson was docked three points.
Barcia is on top with 40 points, Ferrandis is on 39, Brayton 38, KTM’s Marvin Musquin 38, Roczen 37, Tomac 36, Yamaha’s Malcolm Stewart 34, KTM’s Cooper Webb 33, Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo 30 and Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne 26 in 10th place.
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