Washougal, Washington (July 29, 2017) – Since returning to action on his GEICO Honda at the High Point National in June, RJ Hampshire has shown big gains in speed and the ability to mix it up at the front of the pack. He hasn’t been able to fully put it together in the results column until now, though, as he logged a career-best at the Washougal National, leading laps in the second moto and ultimately finishing the race in second. In the tight 250 class of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, his 6-2 scores for the day netted him fifth overall.
“Washougal has been one of those tracks I struggled at. We turned it around yesterday,” said Hampshire. “Missed my shift first moto out of the gate and was way back. Had a pretty solid moto and came up to sixth but knew I could run up there with a start. Got out of the gate good that second moto right behind Joey Savatgy. The opening laps I found really good lines and knew I could make the pass but at one point I thought about waiting a little later so he didn’t have enough time to pick up on my lines, but that would have been risky and I’m not going fast enough to make that type of call. So I made the pass to the lead and was feeling good but I knew he was all over me. Once he got me back, I think around 22 minutes in, I still felt good, we were right there. Fell just short of a moto win and an overall win! It’s been a bumpy road since my head injury, but I’m thankful to be able to show what I can do again and be battling in the front!”
Rookie Chase Sexton was also happy with his speed, but mistakes left him with 13-12 scores ane 13th overall.
“Washougal in the books! Track was actually really fun and is one of my favorites so far,” said Sexton. “Qualifying went pretty good ended up and ninth. First moto was running inside the top 10 and tried to make a pass on McElrath and stalled it so I went back to 15th or so and made a few passes, ended up 13th. Second moto was in the top 10 once again and made a dumb move and hit a hay bale and fell over. Was dead last almost after that and came back to 12th. Overall my speed was the best it had been so far, just have to limit the mistakes and fix the starts. But that is why they call us rookies! Learning every weekend and ready for the last three nationals!”
As for Jeremy Martin, it was a forgettable day. He moved into second in the 250 standings but was not happy with his 9-6 scores and seventh overall.
“I don’t know what to say,” said Martin. “Another frustrating day but we’ll keep working.
The pro team takes a weekend off before resuming action at Unadilla in New York.
GEICO Honda Results
5. RJ Hampshire
7. Jeremy Martin
13. Chase Sexton